So Mike, I thought I would give an explanation of why I thought your question about iRule was well timed. I have a bit of a home theater "side project" going on and plan to rework iRule for the new setup.
My family room TV setup uses a 5.1 surround setup. While it certainly isn't an acoustically ideal setting, we have always enjoyed watching TV and movies in that room. Part of the current setup is a Pioneer Elite VSX-45tx
receiver that I have had for probably 10 years. The family has been a bit frustrated with having to constantly switch inputs on all of the devices including sound and audio separately. Recently the receiver started turning the volume up or down on its own with no explanation. I couldn't figure it out, so I decided to go ahead and pick up a new receiver for the family room.
I quickly figured out you don't have to spend a ton of money to get a nice unit with lots of features. While I plan to continue to use 5.1 sound in the Family room, I thought that having 7.1 would be nice. This would allow me to temporarily use the new receiver in the theater when it is done until I have the money to buy a high end unit. Then I can return it to the family room. My goal was to spend between $250-$350 with 7.1, apps, IP control, HDMI with upscaling. While I found lots of positive and negative reviews on the major receivers, I finally decided to purchase an Onkyo TX-NR616
. There have been some negative reviews on this unit, but it appears that the problems have been resolved with the latest firmware upgrade. I am really excited to get it.
Because this unit allows for IP control, I plan to rework iRule and set up some new screens to work with the new setup. I haven't made any changes to the remote lately, so I am thinking of trying some more complex stuff while I am at it. This will give me the opportunity to do some experimenting before the theater is completed.
I will have to report back once everything is setup.