I'm still in the planning stages for my AV/automation system and have pretty much decided that I'm going to use multiple AV receivers to switch and distribute media to my zones that have video. Since my overall budget for automation/AV is shrinking (the wife think new flooring & paint are more important - imagine that) I'm looking for 1 receiver in the sub $1500 range for the family/media room & 3 in the sub $500 range (the cheaper the better) for the bedrooms (for now - I'll add more as finances allow.) Zone 2 on the bedroom receivers would be ideal, but that may be asking a lot in that price range.
I'm still not sure exactly how I'm going to control everything, but I do know it will involve tablets of some kind and a PC based software solution (I'm using openremote now and may well stick with it, but I'm looking at alternatives.) I'll also have conventional hard button remotes for media and lighting control. I need the receivers to have either IP or serial control so I can have feedback on the tablets and absolute volume control from the automation system. Any suggestions?