Originally Posted by robertmee
I've used Xlobby, MainLobby, MyHTPC, Meedio, XBMC, etc. and nothing compares to where I believe CQC will be one day. Right now CQC is far and away the better HA controller but doesn't have the flashiness of some of the others when it comes to media management. But that's about to change some with the impending 2.0 release. Something else you'll find that's been different for me with CQC vs others is that everyone who uses it gets passionate about it. You won't find to much in the forums that dog it like you will in the Homeseer, MainLobby, etc. forums.
I'm in the same boat as robertmee and have tried all the others except MyHTPC and can say without a doubt CQC can do everything you want and is a very reliable product.
I tried all these other softwares to control my 1100+ CD collection and either they choked and ran slow..rather than point out the faults of other products I can only say there is a reason why I switched to CQC after using it maybe 10 days and giving it an honest trial.
I'll admit at first I was unsure of the product because others products seemed flashier at first glance however I can design my own graphics and don't need to be spending hundreds of dollars on graphics packages I can create myself and surely don't want to design my system so it looks like everybody else's with canned graphics.
I was looking for a system with the power of Crestron or AMX and a company that could support it without excuses or promised upgrades delayed time and time again...I took a chance and tried CQC and during my first few days downloaded IVB's music control templates and dedicated those days to seeing if CQC could control my music without excuses the way I wanted it, if I wanted buttons to be any size they could be!
After about 2-3 days I knew CQC was the product I wanted, and within 10 days I agreed to buy it and since then I havent looked back and CQC will be the product that I build my dream system with...I have been a CQC user since March 2006.
You can see many of the graphics I have designed for use with CQC at this link, many of them I use for my own system and some I have designed for other CQC users free of charge in my spare time.http://www.touchscreengraphics.com/gallery2/main.php
I'd have to say the CQC users I have met since I bought the product are one of a kind, the group is not a bunch of custom installers or fly by nights looking to make a quick buck..we have professional installers on our forum as well as many DIY's like myself and we all have something to contribute to each other and we all get along and help each other in some way.
I'm especially thankful for all the new programmers who have been writing drivers for CQC free of charge, even though I don't use all the drivers your free drivers are yet another reason I moved over to CQC.
I'm a previous owner of a multi-buck Crestron system, after realizing Crestron offered no support to DIY's I gave it back to my dealer and vowed to build my own "Crestron on the cheap"..its been many years since then and I have tried almost every product since then but can say without a doubt CQC is the closest thing you'll find compared to Crestron or AMX and the price is so much less :-)
I could babble on and on for hours and point out the faults of other products but I won't, instead I invite you to download the trial of CQC and join us on the forum for a week or two and after that you will have a very good idea of why I stand behind this product 100%...nothing else I have tried has the reliability and stability of CQC and as I mentioned before there is indeed a reason why I have stuck with CQC...nothing compares for the price