HELP please! My home theater needs are somewhat different. Rather than integrating a wide variety of components from disparate manufacturers, I need simple. My parents are 80 and I want to set up a home theater for them. They like to watch DVDs, satellite TV, and Netflix. They need a good surround system. I am going to purchase all-new components for them.
A third party remote control solution is not practical in my experience, since they do not adequately control the state of the equipment (on/off, which input, etc).
I want to find a SINGLE manufacturer which does a great job of integrating
--flat screen (LED or LCD) with built-in Netflix app
--integrated surround system with DVD/Blu-ray OR separate DVD/Blu-ray player
such that a single remote from manufacturer does it all:
>Push the "play satellite" button, the TV turns on, the surround system turns on, the inputs are all set correctly for satellite input. (Note: the satellite receiver has no CEC control, so it will simply stay on.)
>Similarly, for the "play TV" button, the "play DVD/Blu-Ray" button, and (it would be nice) the "play Netflix" button.
It seems obvious that the ideal setup will have HDMI 1.4a throughout (TV, surround, and (if separate) DVD/Blu-ray player, with CEC and Audio Return Channel HDMI ports.
Top quality of picture and sound is a far lower consideration than superb CEC integration across all components.
SO, does anyone have experience with such a well integrated system from a single manufacturer, and ideally, a specific set of (ideally lower end) components that will satisfy my parents' needs?
IF NOT, can anyone suggest resources to shed light on this issue? I've scoured the web for hours, and there are bazillions of reviews of separate components, but only one 2008 article which assessed CEC integration within different manufacturers.