Control4 Announces New Entertainment & Automation Controllers

New Entertainment & Automation Controllers Cover the Spectrum
January 28, 2016

On Tuesday of this week, Control4 announced its latest family of home controllers dubbed the Entertainment and Automation Controllers. The family includes 3 models the EA-5, EA-3, and EA-1. These new models were designed to cover large, mid-size and small homes, as well as a family room implementation.

The flagship EA-5 Entertainment and Automation Controller is designed to deliver the ultimate smart home experience, featuring the highest quality audio of the EA series and processing power to coordinate hundreds of smart devices. This model can automate sophisticated home theaters, complex interior lighting scenes, vital security and communications systems, and climate controls for multiple rooms.

The EA-5 and EA-3 controllers feature a built-in music server delivering immersive, multi-stream high resolution audio with 5 and 3 built-in simultaneous audio streams from your local music collection, a variety of streaming music services, or from AirPlay-enabled devices using native Control4 ShairBridge technology. All music will be delivered from these controllers with an audiophile-grade signal-to-noise ratio of 118dB!

The automation features include an in-house ZigBee network of smart devices, IR controls, serial inputs, contact inputs, relay outputs, and IP control, all of which enable connections to smart thermostats, door locks, doorbells, cameras, security panels, motion & contact sensors, lighting devices, motorized shades, garage doors, irrigation systems, and other unique devices in your home.

Note the EA-5 has the power and performance to handle hundreds of smart devices in a large home. The EA-3 is configured to handle audio delivery and smart home automation for small to mid-size homes. And for very large homes (or mansions) a combination of both the EA-5 and EA-3 will accommodate your audio and automation needs.

For those simply wanting to automate the family room entertainment center, the EA-1 coupled with the SR260 handheld remote will control all the devices in the entertainment center with IR or serial (RS-232) control including Apple TV and Roku boxes. This controller will have sufficient power to control a number of lights, thermostats, smart locks or other smart devices.