Join Date: Jan 2007
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a serial control port isn't really a "bang and whistle", but a vital interface needed to make your Crestron system worth the investment. A network port WITH REMOTE CONTROL ABILITIES could be your other alternative if you had a second cat6 going back to the house network.. Every other feature besides that is a matter of taste.
If you haven't been TV shopping yet, you may be surprised to find that your idea of purchasing a simple "monitor" will be a challenge. Unless you are going to be happy with a display under 24", you are going to be looking at some very expensive commercial displays, one's that aren't going to have that super thin chassis that is so popular now days.
Seems odd that the outfit that is selling and installing your Crestron system isn't providing some input, since the amount of time and effort spent programming the system will be directly related to the hardware used and how it is connected to other devices.
Sony may be the only line offering a built in DirecTV tuner, for what that is worth, otherwise, not sure how you are getting HD video to your display using one RG6. (unless you have a QAM modulator, are using Crestron's DM video over twisted pair platform or some sort of pricey HDMI to coax balun)