rpmosby wrote:Like our Luddite friend, I am also not so many years away from "old." However, I'm reasonably tech savvy and worked in radio for many years. All the same, I don't really know what this is--and I'd like to know. Clearly, WOOT doesn't want to insult the great tech intelligence of its core community, but would it really kill you to explain things in a sort of nuts and bolts way once in a while? This appears to be something I might like to have, but I don't know. For example, what the hell do you connect it to? Not your phone. Speakers? A TV? I remember Onkyo with much fondness (yes, I started in radio when we cut tape with razor blades and ended--not retired, just ended--with Pro Tools digital editing).
I know for certain that there are many people in their 40s who don't know what this is. Yes, I know what a receiver is, but don't know that this is the receiver I used to attach to speakers.
Please be more clear. The world moves fast these days and some of us have blinked.
Well I'm about to go north of 60 but for me it has served as the brain of my home entertainment center. I connect my TV, speakers and other components like bluray player, CD or MP3 player, etc. and control everything from the receiver and the output comes from the 5, 6 or 7speakers you connect to it. It provides the surround sound decoding to power my 5 surround sound speakers and active subwoofer for an amazing audio experience whether I'm watching TV, a bluray movie or just listening to my favorite FM station. You can change and control how the sound "sounds" by adjusting it to the dimensions of the room your using it in and, if you like you can change whether it sounds like your at a live sporting event, in a big hall, etc. by changing what they call 'voices'. It allows you to switch to your different components using it's remote. I'm not as up on some of the newer features firsthand but you can now attach wirelessly to the internet via your WiFi router and stream, just a means of attaining video content,movies from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and many other internet sites that provide entertainment content. But more than anything it's the "brain" that provides the 5.1 or 7.2 surround sound, acts as a switching center to switch to different components (both audio & video) and pump the sound out of the attached speakers. Don't know if this is the type of info you were looking for but I gave it a shot.