Originally Posted by HAdiy
Should I buy the ultimate or wait for the smart control? I'm running multiple zones via a Denon 3313 receiver. My sources include cable, blu-ray and Apple TV.
My original thought process was to just use iPhones and a iPad to control everything via the Harmony app and buy the smart control to save $200. Is that truly realistic? Or will I wish I had the full control offered by the touchscreen on the ultimate remote?
Thanks for your thoughts!
Ok, so I decided to go ahead and buy the Ultimate today after much thought. Ultimately, I didn't think I would be able to control multiple zones without having the touchscreen interface (the Smart does not). I think it was a solid decision (even though i think its a bit expensive) as I'm really liking the functionality of the Ultimate thus far. All my devices (other than TV, of course) are located in a media cabinet so RF was a must. In addition, the app (via wi-fi) seems to be a good backup for control (esp for my 2nd zone...porch). Lastly, the touchscreen is pretty cool (love the favorite channels list). Oh yeah, the wireless synch is a convenient feature as well!
During set-up and testing, I came across a few things and wanted to get some thoughts on how I went about it:
1) When selecting a source on my 2nd zone, the source in the main zone (if anything was on at that time) would turn off. Therefore, in power settings, I changed the settings for all my devices to only turn off when "off" was selected. Is this the best way to handle this scenario? Are there any negative consequences in having devices stay on when not in use?
2) is there a way to set-up an activity that would allow me to "turn off zone 1 only" and another activity to "turn off zone 2 only." This would mainly be a TV in each zone and zone 1 and zone 2 on the same receiver respectively.
3) Anyone know how I can add a command to allow me to change my audio settings for my Denon 3313. Basically, I want to be able to change from Dolby, DTS, stereo, multi-channel stereo, etc?
4) Lastly, do you guys think the Ultimate and its corresponding smart phone app combined with an app for your alarm system such as one from alarm.com (to include thermostats, lighting, etc) is a huge step in DIYers being able to meet a lot of the functionality offered by Crestron, HAI, Control4, etc? Or do you guys think it's not even close? I understand there is a lot of cool features a system like Crestron can deliver in one intuitive package, but I don't think the added cost justifies the sheer simplicity if use.
Thanks in advance for your inputs!