There are lots of very good remotes in that price range. Any specific requirements to narrow it down a bit? Do you plan to program it yourself? Do you mind dedicating your iPad to your home theater and risk it being dropped, sat on, scratched or knocked off a table or chair?
I don't mind some basic programming, but I don't want to make it a second career. I like the concept of downloading the codes, so I was attracted to the Harmony 1100 but it was a real dog so I returned it. I am willing to dedicate my iPad to the theater if that's the best choice. thanks
Seriously? The OP's budget is ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS.
I'd look at URC's offerings such as the MX-980, MX-780, or MX-5000.
At $1000, you are in the neighborhood of an entry level automation system, such as Control4, which would start off as a universal remote for your theater. Then down the road you could add functions such as lighting control or security system integration. Just a thought.
The MX-5000 is one sexy remote. I got the MX-980 right before the 5000 came out. While sitting at the URC booth at CEDIA, the guy immediately to my left and the guy immediately to my right each won a 5000. I got a keychain.