Control4 Branches Out with New A/V Switches, Amplifiers
Control4 has introduced a new A/V distribution product line that includes an Audio Matrix Switch, 100 Series Amplifiers, and HDMI Matrix Switch.
September 5, 2013
Control4 (NASDAQ: CTRL) continues to branch outside of its home automation roots with the introduction of a new family of audio and video distribution products.
With its Wall St. IPO and $32.5 million in Q2 2013 revenue now under its belt, Control4 is shifting the focus from its financial performance back to its ever broadening products. The new switches and amplifiers are heavy on design, with a polished, clean, clutter-free look, according to the company.
“Today’s homeowners want to access and distribute their favorite music and video libraries instantaneously throughout their homes,” says Martin Plaehn, CEO of Control4. “By broadening our offering, we’re enabling Control4 Dealers with sophisticated distributed media solutions for their customers—delivering exceptional multi-channel audio experiences with wide dynamic range and stunning full HD video. We also have added installation-friendly features to all of these products, simplifying installation and configuration,” he added.
Audio Matrix Switch
At the center of audio distribution products is the new Control4 Audio Matrix Switch ($1,500 MSRP) that handles 16 audio sources in 16 audio zones. The Audio Matrix Switch features: a 16-input / 16-output analog audio matrix with wide dynamic range; input gain controls for source level balancing; audio sensing inputs that provide control and feedback to the Control4 system; and o.5 dB volume steps.
The Audio Matrix Switch also supports Control4’s SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol) technology for auto-discovery, which simplifies setup and programming via Composer Pro.
100 Series 4-, 8-Zone Power Amplifiers
Also in the new are the Control4 100 Series 4- ($1,100 MSRP) and 8-Zone Power Amplifiers ($1,400 MSRP), which offer flexible, scalable and cost-effective audio amplification. Each amp features individual zone stereo-line inputs and outputs, a global input and output, input gain controls for both global and individual zone inputs, and selection switches for zone or global inputs.
The amplifier delivers 30 watts per channel into 8 ohm in stereo mode, or 60 watts per channel into 8 ohm when bridged, while the 4-Zone amplifier delivers 45 or 90 watts per channel, respectively. Both 100-Series Amplifiers are stable to 4 ohm and their Class D design, input signal sensing, and 12-volt trigger operation provide energy savings while in stand-by mode. Using the zone pre-amp outputs and/or global “bus” input/outputs, Control4 dealers can combine multiple 100 Series Amplifiers to deliver audio into much larger spaces such as great rooms or outdoor patios that utilize many speakers.
8x8 HDMI Matrix Switch
The new 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switch ($6,900 MSRP) also joins the product line with eight video sources and eight video zones. The unit features: switching and video distribution of 1080p 2D and 3D video; multi-channel audio; and Ethernet, RS-232 (Serial), and infrared (IR) control signals over a single Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable. The switch can be set up to use two local HDMI outputs, eight LAN pass-through ports, eight stereo audio outputs, eight RS-232 ports, eight bi-directional IR control ports, and an Ethernet port for control.
The 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switch also includes EDID (extended display identification data) management and zone-lock capability for dedicating a video source to a specific zone.
Integration of Control4’s SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol) technology makes setup of the HDMI Matrix Switch a simple for dealers, according to the company. Once the HDMI Matrix is connected to the home network, Control4 dealers will be able to use Composer Pro to automatically install the applicable driver, removing the need to search for the correct and most up-to-date driver.
Accompanying the 8x8 HDMI Matrix Switch is the new Control4 HDBaseT Receiver ($350 MSRP) that receives the incoming video, audio, and control signals from the HDMI Matrix via a single Cat 5e or Cat 6 cable and breaks them out into individual HDMI, LAN, and two-way RS-232 and IR outputs at the distribution endpoint.
The new media distribution products are available to order immediately through Authorized Control4 Dealers and are expected to begin shipping before the end of September.
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