Sure it makes sense a lot of times. Sometimes it doesn't, at least to me. Like, I wouldn't buy (for example) an older Oppo blu ray player just to use as a transport. To me any of the much cheaper new Sony or Samsung wifi players will do an equally good job, they just don't have any analog outs. And you get netflix and other streaming video support which is nice. Nice. I don't know that much about Anthem - I just looked them up and saw Crutchfield was asking $2500 for a 31 lb 7.2 reciever, which seemed questionable to me, given that my $450 Yamaha had an almost equivalent feature set and is only 5 pounds lighter. Yep. I know that firsthand (having a RX-V779) and found out the hard way. Went through all kinds of troubleshooting thinking cables etc. were bad before I figured it out. I was trying to connect a Nintendo Wii (only source I have that isn't native HDMI) and wound up buying a Wii to HDMI dongle for it. Maybe it loses a tad of quality but I didn't notice anything and it saves a lot of hassle when changing inputs.