infojunkie Posted April 29, 2009 Share Posted April 29, 2009 Hi everyone, this is my first post. I've been lurking for a while and have learnt a lot about the capabilities/issues/limitations with the Control4 system from all the great content on this forum. I'm currently planning a full HA system for my new build home. Studying the leading systems on the market trying to decide which is best for my needs. I'm still very much at the early stages - mapping out requirements etc. From my research so far I think that C4 would be capable of achieving most, if not all what I want to achieve but would value some feedback from any C4 owners on how well they think it would work. I recognise that there are benefits and limitations with each of the leading HA systems; be it cost, flexibility, simplicity etc. I'm not here to rubbish or promote anything in particular, just to learn and help myself make an informed decision, hopefully with the assistance of some honest experience based advice. I've mapped out my requirements below (along with my own assumptions to date as to what C4 can deliver). Any feedback greatly appreciated. HA must haves:-Scalable whole house audio distribution (check)Full thermostatic control/programability of heating system (oil fired under floor heating) - actuators are 240v (UK). (check - but likely will need 3rd party thermostat or integrated heating management system as C4 thermostats not ideally suited being 12v and from feedback don't seem to be 100% reliable at least outside US market). Security (Alarm) integration (check, with driver)Lighting control (Lutron or similar) (check, with driver)Energy consumption monitoring and reporting (no idea, can C4 do this? what options are there?)Full integration with itunes - have a huge library already managed with itunes so don't want to abandon that or have to migrate. (Not natively. AppleTV remote replacement possible as well as ipod integration - is there another whole house option that C4 can integrate with that does have itunes API level control?. So far seems ATV at each point is my best bet until C4 address the API level issue if they ever do) All primary subsystems to be fully operable in the event that C4 "brain" dies or is removed for some reason (security, lighting, heating - obviously I would have to interact through point access panels and could not use the main C4 interface if this were to happen). Dedicated home cinema room:-Blu Ray (Arcam or Denon Transport)AppleTVSatellite TV (Sky HD).Masking screen (Screen Research or SMX)Projector (JVC) with anamorphic lens. Surround Sound processor. (Arcam)Integration of the above. Nice to haves/future requirements:-IP Security camrea (full control and recording management) - (Check, Panasonic seems my best option here)Door Entry / gate entry control/intercom. (check, not sure on best options though)Integration of each room's motion detection (for security Alarm) with the heating/lighting control for efficiency management when no motion is detected. Remote management of all of the above (via iphone or similar) (limited but some possible today, will evolve I'm sure to add functionality and improve as mobile bandwidth becomes more available so no sure there is a real difference between what any vendor can provide in this space at the moment C4 apps seems as rounded as anything from AMX/Crestron as far as I can tell). So any feedback any of you can provide on the above will be welcome. Please point out if there are other C4 integration optios that I can consider for each requirement. Finally, cost aside, if you have already installed or have attampted a similar setup yourself, would you re-do it with C4 again, or would you look more closely at another system 2nd time around after living with C4?Answers on a postcard please Cheers!PS: I'm aware (although being technically minded, not entirely happy) with the Dealer dependency limitations C4 impose post install, So when I talk about "yourself" here I mean within the constraints of what dealer has to do for you in addition to what you can do yourself as an end user. But the terms are the terms so have to live with that for the time being. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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