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Doesn't Crestron have a multizone cat5e muxer/driver with remote demuxers for rgb 110mghz and digital audio? That should solve the problem.
I like the Crestron but it is sad that Simpl Windows is not as developed as the mini touchpanel software. Last time I checked the software driver libraries were non existant, and incompatible with the driver libraries of the mini system. SOMETHING CRESTRON CONCEALS FROM YOU UNTIL WELL INTO THE PROGRAMMING PHASE.
Also somethings like Changing a digit in the rs 232 stream Macros of say a meridian surround unit requires ridiculous skill, it should be a field on SIMPL Windows. That is so you can drive up to 8 meridian devices thru one output port instead of 8 (which they prefer to sell to you but is not streamlined design,but wasteful). Without having to use Meridian gear, but perhaps a small stack of Denons 58 consider making some of the secondary zones (living room, back yard, master bedroom) full discreet surround so you can enjoy non-mixed-down DTS, MLP, and sacd. Believe me That, you will truly enjoy.
Robin of Advanced Home Theater here in Miami has briefed me in the Panja Landmark problems of the past and most confidently swears by it's current degree of reliability and flexibility of install, I trust him. Supossedly that system is more object oriented than the SIMPL Windows. Any other recent horror stories.
Hardware wise Crestron and AMX should be comparable in built quality and reliabilty. They are both in my career the biggest chance for the customer installer to get a late arriving demerit ( for unforeseable, or misled software variances or non existant capabilities), a late demerit can wipe out all the great accomplishments of a picture perfect landmark installation.
In retrospect, and with so many lawyers recently left singing dixie around here, I think both companies should be scrutinised in class action fashion for all the damages done, in my experience I cannot overstate the callousness of these companies when confronted with their lack of software development pace as previosly projected by their forward looking statements.
Their Arguments seem to protect
: The established base of programmers.
The sale of the most Hardware (serial ports)
by leaving out Macro string edit windows
for multiple adress ID values for same product
within a stack, ie. software addresability.
Catch my drift...?
And until recently their ridiculously low margins did not begin to do justice to the complexity and somewhat half baked nature of their software.
Then some of these Official Crestron programmers like one whose name is not WC Fields, Nor Groucho Marx but very very close. Have no political skills and if by any chance you have him contact your client directly to obtain software information can drop "doubt Bombs" out of sheer negligent ignorance, and lack of field knoledge, that injustly affect your stature of confidence with the client.