I am in need of a reliable remote control solution for a 8 room audio/video distribution system. My system will consist of a 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switcher (likely the Gefen GTB-HDFST-848-BLK
) and multiple sources.
System will likely be set up as follows:
Matrix Input 1 < Blu-Ray
Matrix Input 2 < Satellite Receiver/DVR #1
Matrix Input 3 < Satellite Receiver #2
Matrix Input 4 < Popcorn Hour Set Top Box
Matrix Input 5 < Computer
Matrix Input 6 < (Open)
Matrix Input 7 < (Open)
Matrix Input 8 < (Open)
Matrix Output 1 > 7.1 AVR (Audio Video Receiver) > 1080p 3D Display
Matrix Output 2 > 1080p 3D Display
Matrix Output 3 > 1080p 3D Display
Matrix Output 4 > 1080p 3D Display
Matrix Output 5 > 1080p Display
Matrix Output 6 > 1080p Display
Matrix Output 7 > 1080p Display
Matrix Output 8 > 1080p Display
I need a way to reliably control each component in each independent zone.
Assume I have an infrared path between each zone and the components.
The control system should be activity based so when the user presses "Watch Satellite 1" it turns on the TV in their room, switches the matrix switcher to input 2, and allows them to control the satellite receiver from the same remote.
At my current house I use a Harmony infrared remote but because it's infrared you have to hold the remote in place until all IR commands are sent. If you don't you run the risk of only half of the commands being received. This is unacceptable in my proposed set up. The new system needs to be next to bulletproof as non-tech savvy users will be using it on a daily basis.
My initial thought was a Harmony RF (radio frequency) system. I brought this up to a local AV home distribution company and they pretty much laughed at the idea and told me the average life span of a Harmony remote is 14 months (although I bought mine used 3 years ago and it is still running great). Said company recommended and quoted a Savant Systems HST-4001 solution to the tune of $14,300.
Given this includes iOS integration to use Apple iDevices as remotes, all programming, installation, and guarantee it works but it still seems very high.
I am hoping to have the control part of this system done for less than $5k, am I being unrealistic? Or does a reliable remote control system for 8 rooms demand a nearly $15k price tag?
This thread is in direct relation to my existing thread: HDMI Matrix Switch 8x8 needed for system with mixed audio capabiltieis (7.1 and stereo)
. I started a new thread since this relates to a separate topic (remote control).
Thanks in advance,