If these products work well, then great, but I certainly have a few issues that come up to me immediately...
Looking at the LTHDMI88...
1. The front of the unit has connections on it - this means that the front AND the rear of the unit requires cabling to be coming out of it. Make it 1RU taller if you need more space, but I'm not going to stick this in any equipment rack that I can imagine. At a basic level, it completely destroys the aesthetics of a quality rack. More significantly, client's like messing around with cables when things aren't working, and those cables hanging right off the front are an invitation for trouble in the system.
2. Not a standard IEC power cord - for no obvious reason. Well, not an internal power supply, which likely means a large external wall wart that must be placed somewhere in the rack, and then a proprietary power cord/supply which must be dealt with.
3. All receivers require local power without PoE or power of HD-Base-T as an option.
4. IR out on the receivers use a 1/8" jack, which means that a custom length IR cable will have to be custom made instead of using standard phoenix type connectors.
5. In the same context, the RS-232 output is using a RJ45 type connector instead of a standard DB9 type connection. Not very standard.
6. Do the actual receiver units have screen printing on them to indicate what the LED lights represent?
I like several things... Local HDMI input is great.
The control inputs are great - RS 232, IR, w/Ethernet on every channel along with both S/PDIF and HDMI audio local insertion.
I certainly wouldn't compare this to a DM product, which offers local audio de-embedding, downmixing capabilities, and a ton of other functions which are extremely unique in any format, but especially in their card frame format - but they cost a ton of money and are not necessarily appropriate for all jobs.
Of course, the inability to deal with multi-channel audio and analog audio or stereo audio simultaneously is a huge issue in the residential market, but you guys certainly aren't unique in not dealing with this well.
What is not shown (with this product) is the switching speed, need to blank displays as new connections are made, etc. This has been a huge issue as well, but may or may not be something you guys have addressed.
I've used AMX, Extron, Gefen, PureLink, and Crestron, and at this time the Crestron gear has proven the most reliable and functional in our systems. We continue to try new products, but the first issue with the front connections really is a deal killer IMO for commercial use. We have enough problems with client's touching things they shouldn't without giving them a free pass to do so right up front.
cshepard - Please let us know how it goes!