Remember these things? Of course you do and you know that their popularity has declined due to all the trendy products like SONOS, iPad/Pod/Phone audio docking stations, etc. While those trendsetters are cool and all, let me bring you back to the A/V receivers we once loved. I recently considered buying the SONOS Connect ($349). It’s a nice product that adds wireless audio streaming to any old legacy amp. You might ask why I would consider augmenting an old receiver when I could just pony up a bit more and have a trendy SONOS Playbar ($699). But, the specs give the answer. My legacy receiver can deliver 120W per channel with less than .09% THD. It is big and weighty, but because it takes some real heat sinks to cool high performance FETs. (nerd talk) Instead of the Playbar or Connect or some other trendsetter, I am moving towards a different option – and perhaps you should too. Consider the modern A/V receiver. Here’s a list of reasons why: 1. Clean and powerful sound 2. You get A AND V. These things can take multiple separate and combined (HDMI) audio and video sources. 3. They plug into your network today, support WIFI, Bluetooth, and provide the same remote streaming functions that the trendsetters do. 4. Can be controlled from your smartphone or tablet. So, before the next trendsetter stimulates your A/V tech refresh, check out those legacy receivers. You might just find every feature you ever wanted and more. The product illustrated here is the YamahaRX-V779. I checked it out at a local retailer. The sound and features are remarkable. You can find it on Amazon for $799.