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Old 02-10-2008   #21
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Default Re: Is Harmony's new 1000 remote a good alternative to AMX and Crestron?

Originally Posted by deacongreg View Post

So who did you decide to use for your new home? Congratulations by the way. I hope you and your family will enjoy it.
Control4. However I'm integrating some HTPCs into the equation all running Control4 software (which may be breaking some rules with Control4). The system will be a combination of Martin Logan, Avalon Acoustics, Sonus Faber, and PSB speakers through out the house with PSB supplying the in-ceiling speakers and Martin Logan In-Walls in certain rooms. The electronics will be a combination of Bel Canto/Arcam in the HT (but the Arcam will get replaced with the Meridian 8 series version/equivelent of the new tech whenever that day comes), Arcam/NAD for whole home audio distribution (Arcam Music Server and Two NAD M25 amps), and NAD/Outlaw Audio for the Master Bedroom 5.1 system (with Martin Logan speakers) and NAD/Outlaw Audio for the Game Room 5.1 system with Martin Logan in-walls and on-walls for the speakers.

Key Digital is providing the Video Switching using both HDMI switchers and Component. My entire DVD collection, BD and HD DVD collection will be distributable via the Control4 remote/touchpads throughout the house. I'm also going to have multiple DiSH HD-DVRs that can be viewed from any room with a TV in the house.

As well as temperature control, lighting, security (cams etc), sprinkler system, pool/spa heating system, etc. all controlled by the Control4 system.

It's basically as powerful as any truly high end Crestron system but without the "Customized Screens," with button layouts I approve of. I'm really comfortable with the Control4 layout. In fact I'd say the Control4 ease of use is very Apple-like. I'm extremely familiar with the Crestron systems and their pricing. This system is being done for about 33% of the cost of a Crestron system doing the exact same thing.
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