I hear you Rob.
I can’t objectively answer Triad vs NAD, but one is a well known (arguably) audiophile grade consumer electronics company and the other is a relatively unknown spin-out hardware company from a home integration company.
I know which way I would bet!
Regarding the C4 integration… I’m still on the fence myself and I already have 40+ devices that could use some control. At the moment I’m using Roon (when I’m going to sit and listen), BluOS (when I’m in a hurry, since Roon-Bluesound devices don’t always play nice on my network), and then Homekit for pretty much everything else. I have Harmony remotes, but don’t find myself needing to use them that often since my Home Theater is basically AppleTV vs Playstation and I can easily switch an input when I pick up the remote/gamepad.
My plan is to try Hoobs/Homekit integration before dropping the coin on Control4.
I have a slight bias against these old-skool integrators, since they have been so “closed” (expecting you to buy Triad stuff for example), but I do understand in the old days that was out of necessity and Control4 have been the most “open” of the bunch… ultimately they have a product to sell too, so I get that.
but my bias comes in the form that: if 90% of my house can already be controlled by one app or another, how much value is there really in a better, more integrated, single app GUI? Shouldn’t that just be a $5 purchase on the App Store for the slick software to bring it together and play nice?
I know I’m oversimplifying… and will let you know if my HOOBS experiment comes out positively.