I've been out of the home automation/theater environment for 5+ years, but now have a brand new home with theater room that I'd like to start automating. I have history with xlobby/girder/mainlobby and a few other DIY automation packages.
Basic starting equipment:
Middle Atlantic rack with custom equipment shelves
Harman Kardon amp w/rs232
Sony DVPCX777ES x 2 w/rs232
CE labs switcher x1 w/rs232
Speakers; hodepodge of Klipsch to get me going but will replace eventually
Home theater pc ===> possibly change out for home troller
Media server; not purchased yet but plan on ~10TB networked
Projecter; not purchased yet
Screen; not purchased yet
Screen Curtains; maybe, maybe not
~3500 sq. feet single story
dedicated total dark media room ~14x21 ft with celing cans and rope, wall sconce lighting too
Goals in priority:
Fully automate media room AV and lighting control
Add lighting control to remainder of house (must be highly robust)
Add audio distribution to remainder of house
Add video distribution to remainder of house
So, here are my initial questions:
1) what's the recommendation for lighting? Z-wave, upb; lutron, insteon, levitron?
2) what's the recommendation for control software; homeseer, mainlobby, other commercial. I see a bunch of stuff up on the app store, but most requires dealer integration. This is a DIY for sure.
Any comments/guidance welcome.