You can stay up your gum tree if you want. However the world will still go round and evolve.\n\nI think you have grossly underestimated the cost of bringing what you envisage to market. The market for that device would be miniscule. Almost everyone here would treat it with derision and a pandering to audiophool misconceptions. I think the price would be in the $10,000 to $20,000 range per unit, by the time you were done with licensing and certification to make it legal.\n\nThe way forward for most is AV. You have already cast aspersions on the fidelity of AV equipment, and that is another audiophool trope, and just wrong. In fact the top flight AV units provide the highest fidelity in the whole universe of audio. As far as speakers it has led to significant improvement. Why? Because it requires intelligible AND natural speech. That is among that hardest challenges for speakers, yet still the majority fall short, but things are on the up and up.\n\nNow I don't want to disarage two channel audio. As I have said many times two good speakers will always best 11 lousy ones. Two channel rigs can actually perform very well in the AV arena. Yesterday was a nasty cold windy day here, so I hunkered down in our family room, and listened to my two channel rig just in A and no V. It was just wonderful. But when I watched the news this morning I had the TV with clear natural speech, because the rig is AV.\n\nNow that rig would not sound one wit better if it was audio only, no matter what fancy highly touted audiophhool electronics you substituted.\n\nI personally believe that audiophilia nervosa is a clinical entity and is in the spectrum of OCD and actually deserves its own DSM code.\n\nBelow, one of my favorite winter spaces to hunker down.\n\n\n\n\n\nI advise you take a good hard look at the wonderful evolving world of AV around you and embrace it.\n\n\nOne again... I ask for some information that you might be aware of... but all that comes out is that this site is not an "audiophile" site. It's at best a Home Theater site... and you all like to ridicule people who challenge your notions.\n\nYou setups have some serious issues from an audiophile point of view, IMHO. But it's OK, it's fine with you. I'm not gonna give you free advice how to place your speakers for better soundstaging or how to increase the size of your display.... It comes down to a balance between how it looks and how it works. We all make our decisions.\n\nYours are clear. Good for you... but don't think your decisions apply to anyone else.\n\nBTW, I have done many consumer premises boxes in my career. That 1000 is extremely doable even at a low volume... BECAUSE you could add a minimal number of video which would satisfy 99.99% of all users. Heck, you could make it optional if you used a PC based or Raspberry based platform and make price it at optional tiers. Run Linux in it.