Thanks for reading this. I REALLY like the interface of Control4 and have always wanted to use it for my whole home audio over any other smart audio system, it just seems very complex so I had a few basic questions if someone could help... for starters I'm going to be using Control4 primarily for whole home audio which has 7 zones, all wires ran to the zones and back to central location. In my research it looks like the C4-16AMP3-B 8 zone audio matrix is my best bet, I don't plan to have any keypads, just tablets and phones. The main sources that I plan to have hooked up to this is;
-iPod dock (I have iTunes library and playlists and I assume this is the easiest way to get them into the system)
-1 TV audio
From what I can tell I will also need a Controller, and for apps like Spotify and SiriusXM they are built into the newer controllers like EA1 and not older controllers like the HC-300 for example, correct? Also, for Amazon music since it's not built into a controller I assume Chromecast Audio is the best way to go for that, or is there a better idea?
For things beyond whole home audio, I don't NEED anything else connected, but I do have a security camera system (with it's own app). I also have some smart bulbs/switches/outlets that are already running fine and mostly set on schedules or by voice commands with Alexa/Smartthings so I don't need to integrate them but wouldn't mind it if it's easy and cost effective.
Is there any integration between Control4 and voice commands through Alexa? Figured I'd better ask.
So for hardware I figured I would need the
-Controller (likely the EA1 for use of built in apps)
What kind of cost am I looking at on the software/programming side? Also is there anything I'm way off base on since I'm very new to this?