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Elvis last won the day on November 18 2020

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  • Birthday 09/28/1959

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    Lake Bob Sandlin, TX
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  1. I own one of these and highly recommend them. The A.6 is far superior to Sonos, in my opinion -- and a lot cheaper for six zones. They are now just as Google friendly as Apple Airplay 2. Best whole home audio experience we've ever had.
  2. Thanks. I'm going to give it a shot. I don't have much equipment in there.
  3. https://www.acinfinity.com/component-cooling/closet-fan-systems/airframe-t7-white-av-equipment-closet-and-room-fan-system-17-exhaust/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI5buN8b7s7wIVITizAB12KALKEAQYAyABEgLGJvD_BwE#product-warranty Anyone have any experience with these? Thinking about putting one of these, if needed, in the AV closet.
  4. 1. I will have to ask Josh about shipping to Belgium.
  5. Still available. Selling it because I put Lutron lighting in my new home.
  6. I would like to use color changing (like Hue) flood lights outside. I have a Hue hub, but I was surprised that they don't offer anything but white floods. I would like it to be either HomeKit or Control4 compatible. I'm in the US. Thanks.
  7. https://customer.control4.com/account/system You might own it already. Check here first. Scroll down and look under COMPOSER HOME EDITION | PC If you see a license key here, you own it. Just download it and install it. Use the license key to register it.
  8. It worked perfectly for me. I recommend not setting it up until your system is 100% complete, at least as far as what you want to bring over into Homekit. It is so easy, makes one wonder why C4 doesn't integrate it. Of course it is $ related, but I've got some cheap plugs that are HomeKit compatible and the parent company can afford it.
  9. Here the consumer won't stand for it if the price of electricity doesn't fall in line with natural gas. We'll see how far the new administration is willing to go, but this would be a huge hit on their constituency's pocket book.
  10. "It depends." Most homes here in Texas are built with single unit AC/Heat Pumps with Natural Gas or LP augmentation for heat in the northern half of the state. Nicer two story homes have two units like you describe. One thermostat per unit. And that is my current setup. I have an upstairs and downstairs unit controlled by Ecobee 3 Lite thermostats. Each thermostat has 2 or 3 smart sensors. Each bedroom has a smart sensor. Each thermostat is located in the central/primary living areas (up and downstairs). We added one more that move between the office and sunroom, depending on the season. Since we were house-hunting over the past couple of years, I did notice that there were more zoned systems than I had seen when were house-hunting in the past. The only brands I saw were Carrier/Bryant. Zoned is much better than Ecobee/Smart Sensors because zoned will shut off areas (via dampers in the ducts) that don't need a change in temp when one zone does. For example, when the grandkids are here, we put it in "Grandkid mode" at night. Everyone else suffers to keep the babies' room within the comfort range. So my master bedroom might get up to 78 or down to 62 if the unit needs to run to keep the babies' room where Mom wants it to be 68-72* F. Whereas at the old house with the zoned Bryant Evolution, each bedroom stayed in the comfort zone all the time -- only rooms without a dedicated zone varied. Our recent home search was here on a lake where many homes are "weekender" homes, and a lot are setup like mini-hotels. They use the mini-split systems. This is going to be the way I go when my current systems fail. I'll put a mini-split in each bedroom other than our master. Shut the doors and turn the systems off. When family and friends arrive, they turn on their room like a hotel room (although it is a lot quieter because the compressor is away from the room.) The downside is this time of year, they use electrical heat strips to augment the heat -- very uneconomical -- but shouldn't be used much.
  11. Bryant Evolution. Not exactly the same, but very close. It monitors temperature change rates, back pressure on zones, changes to one zone when another zone changes and effectiveness of speed vs. temperature control per zone. The kids visiting complained that the new A/C was so loud it woke them up. Their next visit, they thought I had gotten a new A/C or had it fixed. The unit itself eventually turned down the speed when feeding that zone. The main Evolution thermostat is WiFi and looks just like the Carrier version. The zone thermostats, however, are very "industrial" looking and not that user friendly. I think that is where the Carrier version has their sister Bryant system beat. Please keep in mind this is 3-5 year old info. But new owners wrote me and told me how happy they were with it this past summer. They confessed that they didn't believe my energy bills when I provided them during the sale of the house. "You weren't exaggerating." Edit: And there is no feedback other than results to the learning process. My dealer was the only way I knew. He told me that it could take a couple of weeks in each of the first seasonal changes. As I recall, it had 4 learning triggers: First use of A/C, first use of heat pump, first use of furnace augmented heat, and first seasonal change (heat to A/C or vice-versa).
  12. Have you tried the Bryant SAM drivers? I moved before integrating mine so I don't have first hand knowledge, but the SAMs are almost, if not completely identical. In my case, I'm glad I did not dumb it down with a different thermostat. It really did "learn" and adapt as we used it and became the most efficient summer A/C we've ever owned.
  13. Great idea. Our dishwasher signal is inaudible as well, and we always end up opening it to load and find a clean batch still inside. I wonder if an Eve energy monitoring plug has alerts that are programmable. Got one on the way that is delayed in the holiday shipping crush.
  14. We have the Sony Z9F soundbar in our family room. The room is downstairs and very open so it is never going to be a home theater with a full speaker setup. I just heard a demo of this thing while out shopping and the guy was demoing Atmos. It was incredible. Mine, is just eh. The assistant in the showroom was not the expert and the guy doing the demo was making the sale of the year so I didn't want to bug him and ran out of time. His assistant did say, it's hooked up to an Apple 4k TV which puts out Atmos. We use the trailer from The Mandolorian to test things out. So the soundbar only has two inputs. Right now the majority of the devices, including the ATV 4k, are connected directly to the TV and the TVs eARC HDMI port is connected to the soundbar's HDMI eARC. I'm thinking I should connect the ATV to the Soundbar HDMI 1 and Dish to HDMI 2 instead. And then run the HDMI eARC (Out) from the soundbar to one of the TVs 4k HDMI inputs. Suggestions welcome. Thanks.
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