Originally Posted by nicholsps
1- Have a system priced out with HTD.com (is a 12-zone system with all speakers, equipment, and wall controls) for 5800$... Seems like a great deal. The thing that scares me is the lack of metadata and control of sources. Thoughts on my worries or go with this system?
What are you going to use for sources? Assuming a Sonos unit or two, you'll have the best you can for that money. A 12-zone system with metadata keypads plus the music server will be ~$7-10k depending on what pricing you can get from a dealer and how much DIY install you're willing to take on.
2- Really want to do a video distribution as I don't want BD players at all locations so am thinking of going with an Octava system. A 4X8 HDMI system cost 3K. This will allow me to have 1-AppleTV, 1-BD player, 1-DTV, and another AppleTV/DTV player. Is this a good idea or thoughts here? My original though would not connect the DTV to this as I could get the DTV Genie and distribute this to 4 alt TVs and then use the little boxes if needed more, bypass the matrix all together. Good/bad?
A $3k matrix to distribute content from a $99 BD player and AppleTV? What's your reason to avoid the local sources - device clutter / placement?
I'd suggest splitting the zones up to two, 4x4 matrix switches. Put a BD player, AppleTV and D* box on each (or two), divide the zones logically between the two systems. You could split the HDMI from a source if you really need it.
3- Is there an HDMI splitter from 1 to 2, so that I can take the HDMI from a PS3 and split it to both my AVRs that feed the Theater and the Rec Room (basement locations) and allow my son to play it on either TV. Do they have a blutooth extender so that I can put the PS3 in the Mech Room and still access it from either Rec/Theater room or do I need to have it where the remote will be?
Yes, simple HDMI splitters (but use a 'powered' one) available. Don't know any solution for extending the controller reach, but just like the BD players - remember you're going to have to travel to the unit every time you want to switch movies/games. I solved the gaming console problem between the family room and the theater by simply buying a 2nd Xbox. Cheaper and less hassle.
4- If I use iRule with say the HTD.com or the Octava unit, do I need to buy an IP2SL for each and connect to the 232 port to control and then to the Switch?
If you need two RS232 ports, use the Global Cache GC-100 instead.
I am sure Jeff will read this and have a huge input, and I'm hoping so b/c I'm lost a bit with what to go with on the A/V. Whether HTD.com will be best (price is attractive for EVERYTHING) and then go with a reasonably priced Octava system; or splurge and get a control4/savant type of controller...
The "middle ground" option would be to move up to the metadata keypad system for audio, save some on the video distribution by dividing and conquering, but still be considerably less than an integrated system like Savant or Control4. Those systems will have a lot of additional potential, but you'll pay for the integration. But as long as you at least go with equipment that has decent control interfaces (RS232, IP), moving those pieces into an integrated system later can be accomplished, too...
Originally Posted by nicholsps
One more question I forgot to add... is adding all the A/V equipment to the Theater room a benefit or is adding it to the A/V closet just as good. i'm curious how good the HDMI extenders work. Thoughts?
A decent extender will work just fine, especially the HDBaseT ones. Don't forget the 'common denominator' audio problem with HDMI - you'll want to dedicate sources to the theater and/or route digital audio separately from any matrix solution, as those sources will very likely be limited to 2-channel PCM.