Originally Posted by filefish
IIRC, on the ultimate, you can specify that the IR is sent from both
Shh, don't tell anybody but I have been known to splice the blaster wire to a cat5 on installations where I want the hub closer to the listening area and the equipment is possibly located out of range.
You can on the Ultimate, but not the smart control. It does make some sense, beyond the fact that the price gap between the two means it's going to be a much more basic remote. There actually is a logical reason beyond cost savings. I think the Ultimate is billed more as a premium "traditional" remote, with the smartphone/tablet features there as a bonus. I think they expect most people to spend most of their time using the actual remote, so if any devices that are being controlled by IR aren't available on the presumably more rare occasions when you use the app. The Smart Control, on the other hand, seems to be aimed more at people who want to do most of their control from the smartphone/tablet, with the physical remote just there for occasional use from friends and family. In this case, it doesn't make sense to offer IR support, because if you're using the smartphone/tablet as your primary interface, the IR from the remote won't work. You really can't have anything depending on IR from the remote if you're not going to use it as much. You have to figure out a way to get a blaster into the room from your cabinet if you're going to use the smartphone/tablet to fully control the system (regardless of which one you buy).
At least that's how I read the positioning, based largely on price. After all, why would you spend an extra >$200 for the Ultimate if you plan to primarily use the smartphone/tablet? Yes, the Ultimate supports more activities, but as long as 8 is enough for you, it seems like a great value if that's how you're going to use it.