That's what we thought when we bought our first controller. It all depends on what he wants to accomplish now and in the future.
What receiver are you using my Pioneer elite controls my deck through channel B with iPad or iPhone. Our Denon 1611 controls front porch with channel B. its IR control. Again we stream Rhapsody and 240 Internet radio stations with Control4. We just keep adding on so that's the benefit you can add on if you want.
Denon X4000, SC-91, VSX-51,VSX-81 Pioneer Elites and Denon 1611
James loudspeaker inwalls main and future theater
Other speaker zones DefTech, Polk, Russound, Boston Acoustics