Now why did they have to change that...?
I've put this in Off-Topic because maybe it could encompass a whole variety of products, not just HiFi related.
Now and again a product comes along which just ticks all your boxes. It could be part of your HiFi. It could be your TV. It could be your computer. It could even be your car. Or your washing machine.
Then, along comes the replacement, and suddenly for you, it doesn't quite tick all the boxes its predecessor did, even though they've improved all the specs that look good in adverts. But for you that vital something has gone.
For me it was when Apple dropped the optical drive from the 2011 Mac Mini. I'm toying with the idea of giving my current 2010 Mini to my twin boys as their first computer, but instead of replacing it with the current model which should be a no-brainer for me, I've found myself scouring the internet to try to find an as-new or new-old-stock 2010 Mini to replace it, because for me having an integrated drive in a Mac Mini is part-and-parcel of it being the perfect all-in-one. I'm not alone either, because I've seen mint-boxed 2010 Minis fetch the same price as new 2011 models, which are heavily discounted in many places now. Maybe I will buy a 2011; it's more powerful for sure, but imo there's something wrong when I'm even considering buying its predecessor instead.
Can anyone else relate to this? I know Chebby has fears for the Marantz '603 replacement, and partly it was his thread which made me think of starting this one.