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Control4 Promos HC-250 Home Controller at 280 Magnolia Stores

Control4 debuts new entry-level HC-250 one-room control system at 280 Magnolia in Best Buy stores with a special $50 promotion.


Magnolia Home Theater customers will be able to get $50 off Control4’s new HC-250 entry-level controller in April with the purchase of a wireless dimmer, switch or thermostat.

Control4 is now shipping its HC-250 Controller (MSRP $599), a one-room home automation and home theater solution.

At the same time Control4 is taking orders from its 2,000 custom dealers worldwide, it is also rolling out the new controller in 280 Magnolia Home Theater stores inside Best Buy nationwide with a special $50 off promotion on all its controllers with purchase of a wireless thermostat, switch or dimmer.

Control4 has been selling its products through Magnolia since October 2010. Control4 CEO Martin Plaehn says Control4 worked closely with Magnolia's IT and infrastructure departments for the rollout. Using its remote access management software, Control4 was able to assist getting the live working kiosk demos in place inside Magnolia.

The HC-250 Controller is designed to empower dealers with a single-room control solution that has the power and flexibility to extend automation beyond media entertainment devices. The unit uses Control4’s operating system to deliver intuitive control of lighting, climate, security and appliances, while providing access to video and music collections, gaming systems, streaming content and more.

Consumers can intuitively interact with their Control4 systems using on-screen navigation on a TV, through dedicated in-wall and tabletop Control4 touchscreens, and via their tablet and smartphone with the Control4 MyHome application.

“Today, we have the ability to control all of the entertainment devices you’d find in a typical living room,” says Plaehn. “What makes the HC-250 useful and unique is its capability to deliver customized control for many more systems and appliances in the connected home. It’s this value, power and versatility that provide our dealers with limitless ways to fulfill their customers’ automation needs.”

With a sleek design and compact form-factor, the HC-250 fits easily behind a TV, on a shelf or in a rack. With a 1GHz processor, the HC-250 delivers speed and power so users can quickly activate lighting, control the entire home, or browse large media libraries and select a movie, song, or playlist quickly.

The controller features new built-in Power over Ethernet (PoE) capability enabled by the single Cat 5/Cat 6 cable. Additionally, the HC-250 supports both digital audio and video over HDMI (2 audio outputs – 1 analog and 1 HDMI, plus 1 analog audio input), and offers integrated Wireless-N WiFi and ZigBee for wireless networking. The HC-250 Controller also includes support for up to 4 IR (or 2 IR and 2 Serial ) devices as well as a USB port for outboard connection to external storage of music, pictures and more.

It can be used as a standalone one-room solution or integrated into a whole-house control system with Control4's new HC-800 hub.

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Jason Knott, Editor, CE Pro
Jason has covered low-voltage electronics as an editor since 1990. He joined EH Publishing in 2000, and before that served as publisher and editor of Security Sales, a leading magazine for the security industry. He served as chairman of the Security Industry Association’s Education Committee from 2000-2004 and sat on the board of that association from 1998-2002. He is also a former board member of the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation. He is currently a member of the CEDIA Education Action Team for Electronic Systems Business. Jason graduated from the University of Southern California.

5 Comments (displayed in order by date/time)

Posted by Chad  on  04/18  at  01:36 PM

who is going to service these components when Best Buy goes out of business…..?

Posted by Greg  on  04/18  at  05:20 PM

I’m not sure who’s going to service these components, but it looks like a business opportunity to me. Maybe if someone was forward thinking enough, they’d design some media materials directing former (insert name of now out-of-business company) customers to come to call them for service on existing systems. Then when word gets out that said retailer has gone under, hit Print, slap a stamp on it and mail/email them by the thousands.

Just looking at the glass half-full this time.

Posted by Mark  on  04/18  at  07:49 PM

Control4 dealers will gladly service them. I will. And we always do well in these situations through labor and upgrades.

Posted by Metta World Peace  on  04/25  at  12:47 PM

It’s is more likely that a dealer will go out of business than a $50 billion company like Best Buy.

Posted by Steve Crowe  on  04/25  at  01:01 PM

Mr. World Peace, thanks for weighing in. Lot of free time during this 7-game suspension?

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