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  1. Has anyone installed Control4 in a Baufritz (German timber home manufacturer) house? I am just wondering how to integrate their heating systems, etc. They normally install KNX but I would prefer Control4. Thanks
  2. Unfortunately the new DS series is not available in the U.K. (i am not sure where it will be available outside Australia and New Zealand). That means Escea if not an option for me unfortunately
  3. So if you could start from scratch with a newbuild house and could choose your garage door opener, would you go with MyQ or contacts? I like the simplicity of MyQ (networking rather than any physical installation!) but obviously it doesn't make sense if it is not a good solution. Thank you
  4. Perhaps in the next six to nine months someone will release good in-ceiling speakers with Alexa built-in?
  5. Yes - that's an option but given how much my daughter listens to audiobooks, I was hoping for a solution which means they can control their own audiobooks without having to come downstairs. I haven't found one yet!
  6. Has anyone used the coolautomation thermopad? Or does anyone have any feedback generally on the coolautomation system and integration into Control4? Thanks
  7. Yes - which would mean running audio cables all over the house or perhaps doing it over CAT6?
  8. Sonos is no longer compatible with Audible so that doesn't work - as far as I have been able to identify, there is no solution for getting audible through control4, controlled by the control4 panel. We are trying to avoid the children taking phones/ipads upstairs to their bedrooms (which is why streaming from an ipad isn't helpful) - this is why we would like them to be able to control their audio through their Control4 touchscreen panel or voice controlled with Echo or another solution.
  9. I like the dot because it is the only solution to play audible that I can find (other than Bluetooth streaming). I understand the issues of integrating early technology - I am hoping Amazon come out with an updated version that connects to an Ethernet cable and can use that for all audio, etc before we finish our build and then I can buy these and swap it out for a later version in a few years which hopefully can still do everything with Ethernet!
  10. If you were designing a new house with Control4, what would you do? Using the Echo for music defeats the purpose of having speakers in the ceilings, doesn't it? I am still waiting for somebody (Control4?) to publish the optimal approach to integrating Echo - I have a few months to go on my build before I need to make final decisions - hopefully there is more clarity soon...
  11. Have you looked at the coolautomation thermopad? This is a thermostat that can control your heating and your a/c. We are planning a newbuild house with underfloor heating throughout and a/c in certain rooms- in rooms with a/c, we are replacing the heatmeiser thermostat with coolautomation's thermopad
  12. Does the Control4 driver put any element of the Amazon Alexa companion app on the touchscreens? I realise the rationale may not be obvious given the purpose is voice control but the companion apps allows you to browse and play audible books which would be a great way of getting audible into Control4
  13. If you were starting from scratch (new house, new C4 system, new speakers, option regarding which music system you could use but ideally with Audible integration), what system would you use? It seems that Sonos is not a good option, I only see speaker ranges from Heos so I'm not sure if it is relevant for hard wired speakers. Would you just use the C4 built-in services (e.g. Deezer), perhaps with Amazon Alexa to play Audible books? I was planning to use Sonos (which had Spotify and is planning to integrate audible) but I won't do that anymore. Thank you
  14. This does seem key - given the 2nd generation dot knows which device is closest to the person talking so we can have lots in a house, we really need to be able to tell it, for example, to turn the TV off and Control4 will know which Echo received the command and therefore which TV to switch off.
  15. Presumably this approach limits the quality of the audio playback to the quality of an RCA cable (which seems a bit outdated!). Is this a real concern or irrelevant? Is there a better approach (available today or potentially in the near future) for Alexa to broadcast over speakers through Control4 (or Sonos?) and instruct playback through these devices? Thanks