In A/V news, I picked up a surround-sound receiver from Denon so I finally get real 5-channel sound (no subwoofer though) and direct digital connection to the DVD player. The coolest feature is “5-channel stereo,” which simply plays a stereo signal through all speakers without delay or other tomfoolery. That's good for parties or just blasting music. I'd also like to see RDS in action – in Europe, the radio stations do all kinds of neat things with text, which would show up on radio of the car we rented when we vacationed in France.
The most annoying “feature” is the fact that Denon decided to use a PAL-style FM antenna connector, which means I can't use my powered FM antenna without an obscure adapter that the folks at Cameras, Inc. have so graciously decided to special-order for me. I need that antenna so I can pick up certain college stations (like WZBC) and get WMBR and WBUR in stereo. The PAL connector looks insidiously like two other kinds of antenna connector, but it won't work with either one of them. It figures that one of the simplest connections would be one of the most troublesome. The gods of technology wouldn't have it any other way !