Id just like to start off by saying, I'm basically brand new to the HTPC world. I just set up my first HTPC last night. Ive read some posts around here, and searched for some answers, but am left with a few questions.
Basically, what I'm looking for is suggestions on the best way to control my new HTPC. I have a machine running windows 7 and am looking to use a few different programs including xmbc, netflix, hulu and steam to start. I have the Antec fusion max case with built in IR receiver. it also includes "Deluxe 56-button remote control and iMEDIAN HD by iMON software for media management and playback ". FYI for the rest of my components I use a Harmony 750 and love it. My ideal control would be via my phone (Galaxy Nexus) or a tablet (Nexus 7).
So after doing some reading, I find that iMon and Soundgraph are not very well supported. After playing around with it, the remote itself its decent, but leave a lot to be desired. I haven't tested the iMon software all that much, but it seems lacking as well. Am I missing something here?
I'm assuming the IR receiver will work with any software, so is there anything else I should be looking for? Any brands to look at or avoid?
Edit: So I've finally gotten to the point where I've read about the android control of xbmc. Is there anything like that for outside of xbmc (controlling windows 7)?
My Current Setpup: JVC x550, Marantz SR7010, Paradigm Monitor 7, Paradigm Centre 1, Polk FxiA4 Surrounds, Polk RtiA1 Rears, Dynamic Audio KVSC-80 In-Ceiling Atmos, Playstation 4, HTPC with Kodi.