The battle between two of the top home automation companies, Control4 and Crestron, is over. And the winner is… Control4. Both these platforms have a lot to offer and are extremely versatile. Crestron has been on the market since 1971 and for a long time was the top choice for corporate board rooms and large custom homes. Control4 on the other had was started in the early 2000s by three technology moguls, Eric Smith, Will West, and Mark Morgan. At first Control4 had its problems like most other technology companies when they first start.
Their first controller, the Home Theater Control, moved at a snail’s pace compared to its competition. Despite it’s slow processing power it’s interfaces were easy to use and programming these systems took a fraction of the hours that a similar Crestron project would have. Control4 pricing was another major advantage over Crestron. Crestron’s pricing made it impossible for the everyday home owner to have a home automation system. Control4 on the other hand put affordable home control in the hands of thousands of people.
Still though with the limited capabilities of the first generation C4 home automation systems, Crestron had them beat. Control4 was quick to their feet with the release of the second generation HC-300 and HC-1000 which blew away their predecessors in terms of speed and capabilities. More and more integrators started moving over from other automation platforms to Control4. This soon became a movement and large players in the audio video market, like Sony, started integrating Control4 into their products.
I think one of the biggest indicators of Control4’s rapid race to the top, was when MGM Grand in Las Vegas decided to install Control4 controllers in all of its new rooms. There are two BIG reasons why Control4 was selected to be their automation platform. First off Control4 is so easy to use anyone can do it. On the other hand, its competitors require you to demo the equipment to a user so they can figure out how to control everything. The second reason MGM chose Control4 is because of their price. Since Control4 is just a fraction of the price of Crestron, and requires less programming time, MGM was able to keep their budget inline.
In the past couple years since Control4 went public they partnered with and bought several technology companies to advance their product offering. They purchased LeafAudio, an audio and video matrix company; Pakedge, networking company; and Extra Vegetables, a driver development company. Control4 paid top dollar for all of these companies because they knew it was just being what they need to perfect the home automation for everyone from your average Joe to your billionaire clientele.
With its newest release of the EA line of processors, competitors cannot compete on price, quality, or speed. The EA-5 boasts five independent audio outputs—two digital coaxial, two RCA stereo analog, and one HDMI—with an audiophile-grade signal-to-noise ratio of 118dB. A built-in music server delivers immersive, multi-stream, high-resolution audio with five built-in simultaneous audio streams from your local music collection, a variety of streaming music services, or from AirPlay-enabled devices using native Control4 ShairBridge technology.
I personally have owned, installed, and programmed both Crestron and Control4. With Control4 you not only get a price that cannot be beat but a system the is unmatched in speed, versatility, and ease of use. Control4 is so easy to use a 4-year-old can do it. I did just that when I taught my little niece how to use our home theater in just a few short minutes. Don’t over complicate your life with a system like Crestron. Why overpay for something just because it has been around longer. How many of us chose Google over other search engines like AOL because it just works better? AOL was around years before Google and we all know it just can’t compete. When you make the decision automate your life go with a product not “like Control4” but only Control4. You will not be disappointed… I guarantee it.
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