Originally Posted by mayhem13
You've got a very capable touchscreen with the iPhone running the remote app....IF....you use iTunes. I have seven zones of audio and video using an iPhone, an iPad2 and an iTouch as remote interfaces. For media, I built a basic PC with 4TB of storage running just iTunes and a few other apps as well as ripping and encoding software. For two of the zones, I use Audiosource amps with signal sensin
I use a AudioSource AMP-100 to power my 2 zones as well, but I dont see anyway for a windows 7 computer to tell the audiosource amp to turn on, and go to the pool zone or garage zone whenever I want to play something.
What remote app are you using on your iphone and ipad?
Right now on the iphone I use a app call DeRemote to control the Denon and turn zones on or off and it works well. I guess I'm just looking for something with a better User Interface. Something that I could flush mount in the wall that would pull song information and album art down like most of the Jukebox software thats out there. I just havent been able to find any that will handle zones. That seems to be my only hurdle at the moment.
In a perfect world, The juke box software would have a nice interface (most of all of them do that ive seen anyway) and when you start the software up, you could press on the screen to select your zone....ie "Garage Zone" or "All Zones", and then press the source that you want those zones to play and then it ( "it" being the windows PC) would tell your multizone amp which zone outputs should be turned on and you pick your song and off you play.
I've found a lot of Jukebox apps that do just that, except they only play to one single zone. Actually I take that back. I did find one piece of software that allowed you to select your zone..I dont rememeber the name of it at the moment. I got excited when I found it and started reading more about it. The problem is, for it to work properly, you've got to purchase their $500 dollar front end jukebox application, and then also buy their $2,000 dollar NAS and 6 zone amplifier.
I've already got a 10TB NAS, and I'm not totally against paying a decent amount for software that works like it should, but 2,000 dollars is way more than I want to pay to implement a whole home audio installation when I've already got the the PC, the Storage, and speakers..