Excerpt: If you sometimes get nostalgic for the days of two-channel audio, you’re not alone. Life was simple then. You plugged in your CD player here, your turntable over there, hooked up the preamp to the power amp (unless you were a hair-shirt audiophile with an all-in-one, integrated amp), and you were done. Then you would select the source, adjust the volume, sit back, and listen.
Excerpt: Home theater is a whole new game, as anyone who has owned one of today's multifunction A/V receivers knows all too well. These products are designed to be all things to all people; if a new feature is developed, it's in there.