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Best iPad home theater apps

Discussion in 'Configuration & Setup' started by Razz, Mar 29, 2012.

  1. Razz

    Razz Well-Known Member

    Ok guys,
    What are they and why.

    I want to contro ofl my single 5.1 system, directTV, Onkyo 886, BluRay, AppleTV, Xbox all in one, on my iPad(3)

    I don't want basic. I want control, and ease of use combined.


    (price not to be considered... Just listed if possible)
     
  2. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    I beat my head into the wall for two months looking for a good iPad remote solution.

    IRule is a $10 app that has an amazing level of control flexibility but it is NOT intended for a novice. It requires real programming skill and experience. It works with a networked hub to operate flashers, ethernet or RS232 controls. In short the programming is pretty complicated so you may need to hire a pro to do it, but what you end up with would be exactly what you want.

    Red Eye has a similar product but I honestly haven't spent any time with it yet. It looks to be much easier to program but not quite as flexible or customizable as iRule.

    I also liked the stuff from Control4. The problem, again, was the need for expensive custom programming.

    Ultimtely I decided to use a traditional RF remote setup from URC.
     
  3. yromj

    yromj Well-Known Member

    My experience mirrors T7's. There are great individual apps for each device, but the "one app to rule them all" is still hard to find. Couple that with any "legacy" IR needs & it's even worse.

    John
     
  4. mzpro5

    mzpro5 Well-Known Member Famous

    Agree with the above. Haven't found The One for the iPad.
     
  5. Razz

    Razz Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a perfect business opportunity John!
     
  6. yromj

    yromj Well-Known Member

    Yeah I said something to that effect in another thread. The good/bad is that we're about a year or so away from it being REALLY cool. The bad is that it's still a year away. The good is that it gives us a year to get something together.

    John
     
  7. Rope

    Rope Well-Known Member Famous

  8. hawk52

    hawk52 Well-Known Member

    i looked at the Logitech Link when i got my iPad. then i looked at my Logitech harmony 1100.. thought why spend $100 to do something I already have and does the same thing. it does look good,and i like Logitech products.. if i didn't have the remote, i certainly would have gotten the Link
     
  9. Razz

    Razz Well-Known Member

    Sucks that it's 100 bucks.

    :angry-banghead:
     
  10. hawk52

    hawk52 Well-Known Member

    yea but the App is free... :character-bart: :character-bart: :character-bart:
     
  11. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Famous

    That harmony link has received average reviews at best, they have a few kinks to work out for that...
     
  12. hawk52

    hawk52 Well-Known Member

  13. Batman

    Batman Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator Famous

    Ha! I was gonna post that link earlier, but I was between flights to Yromj's...I'm still not sure whether to recommend this item, it just got a stellar write-up in Home Theater mag, but actual user reviews from sites like Amazon etc are average at best...
     
  14. malsackj

    malsackj Well-Known Member

    THX is a good beginning just need a long hdmi with the hdmi output adapter.
     
  15. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    Logitech sent an email to Harmony Link customers advising them that their devices will cease to function on March 18, 2018.
     
  16. Flint

    Flint "Do you know who I am?" Superstar

    What the heck?
     
  17. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

  18. Akula

    Akula Well-Known Member

    There's a good reason to not put too much trust in any device that is dependent on cloud services to function. If the maker gets tired of supporting it you're going to be SOL. At least a regular Harmony remote, if Logitech bailed on their programming backbone, would still be useful as long as it didn't need reprogramming.
     
  19. Towen7

    Towen7 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

    I can’t argue with the logic there. It’s a “problem” that’s likely to occur more often in the future.
     
  20. AndySTL

    AndySTL Well-Known Member

    I just had a somewhat similar experience. My NAD D7050 digital stereo amplifier and wifi streamer will no longer be compatible with Spotify soon. I can still use the USB, Bluetooth and one set of analog inputs but I use this thing with Spotify 90% of the time. I don't know if it was a Spotify issue or NAD issue. This unit is still being sold new at places like Crutchfield for $650....baffles me how they could just let some of the functionality sunset. Oh well, I can still get some use out of it. I agree that this will be occurring more often in the future, I guess we better get used to it.
     

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