My statement that the TV's were nothing more than monitors was my interpretation, not that I plan to buy monitors. I plan to buy 5 good LCD flat panel TV's that will be used throughout the house. These TV's will be attached to a Crestron system with DirecTV genie system and a DVD/BD player, all from a remote site in the basement. Wiring will be pull to support they requirements. My question is what features are more important on these TV's based on a Crestron system brain controlling them.
a serial control port isn't really a "bang and whistle", but a vital interface needed to make your Crestron system worth the investment. A network port WITH REMOTE CONTROL ABILITIES could be your other alternative if you had a second cat6 going back to the house network.. Every other feature besides that is a matter of taste.
My terminology "bang and whistle" was poorly used, vice indicating their significance to the system. Serial control port is what I'm asking for, it has significance to the Crestron system control. You can pay more for a Sony vice a Vizio, but if the Vizio has the elements required, then I'll buy the Vizio based on price point and number required. If it was only then I'll buy the Sony.
Because I live in the Great Northwest, Smart Home installation installers are not falling off the trees. So I talked with the ONLY installer for the basic information (that's how I found out about Crestron) and I'm doing research now. I have a thread going on the Home Automation forum, soon the Home Theater Build forum, Projector and Screen Forum. This is a great site to learn with feedback for knowledgeable individual.