Well, they can handle A/V decently, like some of the older Crestron etc... style systems. But the world has moved on. I think what you really want for A/V, esp whole house audio, is a model where you have Google cast devices (Chromecast Audios in my case), feeding amplifiers directly, and all the control coming from hub/homes and mobile devices, including multizone synced playback.so probably going with either one of these. but I believe they don't handle whole house audio or video distribution well. true? if so what can I implement to handle this...especially audio? thanks
Mike, Your information is not up to date. Chromecast is not a very good solution as the basis of a whole house system. Google killed chromecast audio devices (like they do most every product they introduce). myServer supports Chromecast via Plex so the statement is not because of a limitation of myServer. Allonis supports all DLNA devices (lots of them) as well. We have our own line of DLNA audio products. Or use your own DLNA device as DLNA is a STANDARD that is used by many companies (unlike proprietary Chromecast). Put them in a rack and use central wiring, or put them next to a room's AV setup as an input, or connect the amp versions directly to traditional speakers - using WiFi or Ethernet.Well, they can handle A/V decently, like some of the older Crestron etc... style systems. But the world has moved on. I think what you really want for A/V, esp whole house audio, is a model where you have Google cast devices (Chromecast Audios in my case), feeding amplifiers directly, and all the control coming from hub/homes and mobile devices, including multizone synced playback.
Keypads that go up on walls tend to become obsolete rapidly and lag behind google/apple/amazon applications support. My approach is much cheaper as well.
Video is more complicated. I rip all my DVDs/BR's to a NAS, and make them available by Plex. LiveTV is done with cable card and plex and recording going to the same NAS and done in plex. And I put android TV boxes on all the TV's that support Plex, Youtube, Disney+, Hulu etc... I put the boxes at the TV's, and then run the audio back to receivers, so no switching is needed, and I don't have to deal with the situation of a cable between a receiver and the TV becoming obsolete because of a new version of HDMI being released. I use Harmony remotes for TV's that drive audio with a reciever, and the STB remote for the other TV's that drive the WHA system speakers. Works well, and my wife can use it without much fuss.
Homeseer isn't involved in playback, but can tell what's being played, where it's being played, and can even control the harmony remotes and switch modes,. etc... So when a TV goes active in the living room, it can control the lighting and set the HVAC appropriately, etc... It can let me know if the kids are playing music too loud as well.
But if you like to use something like a Satellite set top box, and use the video provider's gear, it's much more complicated, and doesn't deal with streaming integration nearly as well. They are going out of style, but many people still prefer that model.