Originally Posted by mapostol
If I wanted to control the DVD or CD audio from another source I would need an IR system attached to the Nuvo system if I went that way?
IR repeating is built in, and if the IR codes are in the database, you can control devices from the keypads. If the codes aren't, you can add them, but will need to buy/borrow the IR learning kit (or find another way).
Honestly, if you have the music server, you'll probably never play a CD. Very easy to rip/sync...
Are firmware updates easy for the Nuvo if you are not a dealer? Are they even provided very often?
Not very often, but yes, they are available.
I know it is only your opinion but how future proof is this system?
Well, it's the only opinion that matters...
The system itself will be useful for a long time, since it's just an amp and controls. I think it's likely we'll see a "replacement" system in the next year or two - or perhaps just a keypad upgrade. I'm personally hoping for an upgraded server/streamer that looks like their (still not shipping?) new wireless system's server. Assuming they work on either of those, they usually announce stuff at CEDIA in September (as does everyone in this business).
I've had mine for three years now, and the keypads are still "up to date" from a style/technology perspective. That would be my concern long-term, that they'll eventually end up looking outdated like the hard-button/intercom keypads from <10 years ago look now. But since these systems (not just NuVo) all use a cat5 cable and RJ45 connectors for keypad communication, it will be much easier to swap out when something better comes along... Hey, sometimes the standards actually work!
NuVo does have a decent history of upgrade paths. The GC came from the "Concerto" system, and the keypads/system unit had upgrade paths.
I could go into my concept for an ideal NuVo system upgrade - replace the keypads with an Android-powered color touchscreen, connected with Ethernet/PoE back to a new server/streamer - but that will take us well into the future...