There is always something like Pete Rondeau's HauntBots APC8 Pro or APC16+ with the DMX Daemon addon.
You get the best of both worlds, 8 or 16 channels of open collector output to (easily) control valves, LED's, etc plus full DMX.
3 different shows can be programmed (Ambient 'idle', Show A, Show B), super flexible, etc etc.
I've pulled our Gilderfluke Smart Media Brick and Z-Brick out of our first room show and have gone entirely with Pete's kit. The HauntBot controller will also be controlling our facade lighting this year, all DMX RGB LED washes.
For me the biggest bonus is only needing to know one programming console. No longer do I need to know how to program LOR or PC-MACs.
"The Jon's" over @ EFX make some sweet stuffs, but they lack anything to do a "full" lighting show. You can only go so far with 4 channel triacs. Not to mention the wiring nightmare that is running home runs for all of your lighting (say for a facade show). Cool for local scene's, but DMX takes the cake for anything big.
Just throwing out another (awesome) option.
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