And now something from the “How Cool Is This?!” Department: Control4 and Sony have teamed up on the world’s first receivers with built-in home automation. Two new ES Receivers featuring integrated Control4 systems are on display at the 2012 CEDIA Expo.
There’s no doubt that home automation is the wave of the future. Home owners have more control over their lighting, security, and media than ever before, and iOS or Android apps put that control never out of reach. But for some, the thought of transforming a home into a fully automated machine can be a little daunting. There’s the installation and the new gadgets to learn, and sometimes the equipment can be costly and cumbersome.
With these new receivers, Control4 and Sony are aiming to change the perception of home automation and make it something that is truly accessible to the masses. At least the masses that can afford to drop a C-Note on a new receiver. A pretty penny, sure, but consider the bang for your buck here.
The STR-DA5800ES ($2099) is a 9.2-channel behemoth capable of 130 watts per channel. And the STR-2800ES ($999) is a 7.2-channel powerhouse at 100 watts per channel. As standalone receivers, the price would be reasonable, especially when you consider that you get complete control over your home theater system and one light, but add in Control4’s whole-home lighting control, climate adjustments, locking and security capability, and energy management features and these receivers are a steal. In order to unlock all of the advanced whole-home features, owners will need to add Control4’s Activation License for an additional $300, as well as employ the services of an authorized Control4 dealer for programming, but that’s still a small price to pay for having this much control in one easy-to-use device and without all the fuss that typically comes along with a home automation installation.