I would like to see segmentation.
For instance, an stereo version, digital i/o only. They keep their revenue with the multichannel product and create another niche.
I guess they fear that stereo processing is not so compelling.
On the other hand, multichannel content usually go along with video, that increase the 3D perception, mainly the in front localization.
Nevertheless, I can’t buy the A8, considering its price and importation taxes.
But I would buy a USD500 stereo unit (without headphones and amplifier), even if the in front localization is not perfect.
At such price level, chances are that your potential costumer does not have experience to understand the requirements for best perception.
So I guess in their view, it is better to keep it restricted to a very few experienced and satisfied costumers than frustrating a vast public.
I thought Yamaha would license their algorithm to do such stereo unit, but I guess they also fear losing hi-fi equipment sales.
I am just resigned it will not happen any time soon...
Edited by jgazal - 9/4/13 at 4:55pm