Originally Posted by neuro11
I did look at sonos, but it seems like there is no keypad, am I correct?
Correct. Buying cheap Android tablets to 'dedicate' to each zone is an option, but lack of keypad integration is a negative, IMO, on Sonos.
I was under the impression I would need a matrix switch to connect all of my inputs (ps3, cable, blu-ray, 1 other) and with the switch can send it to multiple TVs (will put more in other rooms in the future). The only reason why I opted for the HTD lync 6 system is the price, and some features my wife likes (intercom and keypads). Would you recommend HDbaseT matrix switches or hdmi matrix switch?
Two different animals. Lync is a whole house audio system. If you want to distribute video, at a "budget-friendly" price, that will require a separate system, like an HDMI matrix switch. The two systems can share sources (TV audio playing over the WHA system), but otherwise, they'll be separate.
Is there any difference if I use a regular 4x4 hdmi matrix switch and use HDbaseT extenders or vice versa?
Less to go wrong in an integrated system, and a heck of a lot easier to set up...
I definitely like iRule which I learned from a posting where you mentioned it and probably will incorporate it somehow into my system.
There's a learning curve and a lot of DIY work with iRule, just be aware of that up front. I use iRule, but wouldn't recommend the app-based solutions for general TV usage - navigating a non-dedicated touchscreen with no hard buttons for everyday TV viewing IMO is a pain. For theaters and other system-level usage, iRule rocks. Surfing TV and using a DVR, not so much.
So my contractor is putting in 2 speakers in the above rooms I mentioned with a volume knob, what would I do with the volume knob if I were going to put the sonos?
Make sure you run a cat5e / Cat6 wire to each volume control location so you can use the Lync keypads!
Is there any way to hook up the sonos to allow all the rooms to use music from synology NAS?
That's where Sonos systems get all your digital music - you have to supply a share (PC or NAS) somewhere on your network.
Originally Posted by neuro11
would it be possible for me to put both my AVRs, cable, ps3, etc in the basement and use some sort of IR from each room where the tv is placed?
Yes, just have to plan for that and run ample wire to connect to the display and all the speakers. Note that if you go this route (centralizing the AVRs for multiple systems/displays), you probably won't want an HDBaseT matrix switch, as you'll be running HDMI from the matrix first to each AVR, then out to the displays. In that case, a "normal" HDMI matrix switch will be better, with an HDBaseT extender behind each AVR as needed
Which AVRs would you recommend?
Lots of good brands and choices. Get models with network connectivity and app support.