AV Components
What’s the Best DIY iPhone or iPad AV Remote App?
Is an iPhone app the perfect universal remote?
April 30, 2012 by Audioholics.com

iPhones and iPads are now nearly as important a part of our AV systems as the Blu-ray player, and those bright and shinny screens look like they’d make great touchscreen remotes, right? We’ve seen several iDevice-based home theater remotes, and reviewed a few here (read our review of the Gear4 Unity Remote here).

Audioholics check out a number of app-based remotes and breaks them into three categories and explains their pros and cons:

IR: Hey, everything works on IR right? But sometimes the hardware can be awkward to live with and the software integration lacking.

Bluetooth: The idea sounds good—no goofy dongles to plug into your iPhone, but Bluetooth connections can be buggy and they tend to be battery hogs.

IP (or Wi-Fi): These hold the most promise because the connection can be more solid and the required IR emitter hardware has a long battery life.

Ultimately the success of any of these systems depends on the software—how buggy or well-integrated is it, what does it do that your hardware remote doesn’t do? Audioholics’ Andrew Gash took a look at several types of iDevice remotes and offers some advice in a humorous video. Check that out here and comment on the thread here.

For another take on apps for controlling your home theater, check this out.

or this: How to Control Your Home Theater with an iPad

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