Help me keep a receiver for a decade.
February 27, 2012 10:41 AM Subscribe
What features do I need for 10 years of future-proofing out of an AV receiver?
I have had the same two channel stereo setup since 1996. It serves me pretty well, actually, at 12W per channel, plus a 25W powered sub, which I rarely use because we have thin walls. The sound reproduction is better than you would expect, but not superb.
I'm looking to upgrade, but I would prefer to be able to keep the new receiver for at least ten years. The only feature I really want is HDMI switching, because I'd like to route everything (including a component Wii) through the good speakers. I don't need 7.1, 5.1 is fine. The TV is 720p, so it seems like any receiver will meet my current needs.
However, will I regret not getting a receiver with AirPlay support, or one that doesn't do HDMI 1.4, with support for a 4Kx2K picture, or 3D? It would be a nightmare if a new TV or video standard came out without backwards compatibility, so do I need to do anything special? The receivers with Airplay seem overpriced when I could get an Apple TV for $100.