Sony STR-ZA5000ES 9.2-Channel AV Receiver Reviewed

Generally speaking, there are two schools of thought when it comes to designing electronics. On the one side, you focus on creating a simple, easy-to-use interface that a toddler could navigate; on the other, you create a more sophisticated interface that favors functionality over usability. I’m not saying there aren’t products that mix the best of both, but let’s ignore those as the outliers they are.

Nor am I taking a stance that one design philosophy is better than the other, mind you. When it comes to mobile phones, I’m firmly in the iPhone camp. Give me simplicity or give me a raging headache that I can’t be bothered with. And yes, I realize that the iPhone tends to lag behind other models in features, but they’re features I can easily live without. On the other hand, when it comes to computers, well, the fact that I bought Windows 10 for my Macbook Pro should tell you where I stand. I find OS X to be far too “user-friendly” for my own good. You really can’t make a computer that’s complicated enough for my tastes.

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