Originally Posted by Bigus
Both of those solutions look intriguing and the cost is obviously attractive. The elephant for me is control. We are going to want either a keypad/wallpad that looks nice and can control a local zone, and/or integration with cqc or some other automation system for more comprehensive touchscreen control. Ugly wallswitch or phone app only are out.
This is where Crestron shines as it offers a number of keypad controllers, some of which you can pick up online (search: crestron keypads) as well as new models which are available. Touchpanels, phone, and tablet control are all available as well.
As for software, you just need to know the right person to talk to.
I use Biamp regularly, and it is a solid option for getting audio mixed, but it doesn't offer the best control options and wiring generally doesn't use RCA inputs. Though, I haven't played with their Nexia PM which has 6 stereo inputs and 3 stereo outputs. Which remains a concern that Nexia products tend to have limited outputs. The CS is 4 in x 8 out (all mono, so stereo zones occupy 2 channels). The PM offers 16 in x 6 out. But those are their largest Nexia units on either side without going to a card based unit. My concern is that you may not get the final result that you want as a possibility if you exceed the NexLink connections (they aren't unlimited) and then you still need to have a control interface for it which is acceptable.
In relation, I have 12 button keypads in all my audio zones. I have hard button remote controls in all my TV zones. I have iPad control and I have iPhone control. Yes, it took some time to put together, but we make very few changes every year to our system so I rarely touch the system. I've installed similar in other homes where they just use the system. The key with Crestron is that if you intend to make changes all the time with equipment, then it may not be the right solution for you. Even though it's crazy reliable, it takes some experience to make it all work.