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Control4 Launches New Zigbee Smart Thermostat

Control4 Thermostat

Control4 home automation has always had a smart thermostat to integrate with its home automation system, and for a long time has supported third-party wireless thermostats as well (yes, Nest too). At the ISE 2015 conference in Amsterdam the company is (finally) launching a home-grown successor to its original smart thermostat that controls virtually all functions of any HVAC system. The new wireless, ZigBee-based thermostat is being launched in conjunction with Control4’s new OS 2.7, which dramatically improves the “Comfort Control” experience for users with simple (and pretty) at-a-glance controls. Control4 teamed with Aprilaire to develop the latest iteration of Control4’s decade-old original model. The key features of the new product are:

1. It works with the vast majority of popular HVAC systems worldwide, including radiant heating, split HVAC, dual fuel and geothermal systems.

2. It provides user-accessible humidity controls

3. It is “more reliable” than the 10-year-old Control4 model, says Paul Williams, VP lighting and comfort products for Control4.

4. Let’s face it, the thermostat is not a thing of beauty. Hide it in a closet and use remote temperature sensors instead.

A Better Interface
The thing about a thermostat that can control such a vast array of features for a wide range of HVAC systems is that it can be quite confusing. So Control4 “went back to drawing board,” says Williams. “People are often intimidated by thermostats. How do we simplify the experience?” A better interface, enabled by Control4’s new OS 2.7, was born.

Control4 started working through its UI with OS 2.6 introduced last year, starting with a vastly improved interface for pool and spa controls. Now Control4 is taking the same experience to HVAC systems. The UI features an intuitive dial interface for quick access to all comfort functions, including temperature, heat/cool setpoints, thermostat mode, fan speed and humidity levels, as well as access to new configurable presets. There’s a colored ring in the center of the screen that glows orange in heating mode and blue in AC mode. Furthermore, solid blue dots in the ring indicate the system is humidifying; outlined dots indicate dehumidification. Two tear drops around the ring can be dragged into place to establish heating (red) and cooling (blue) setpoints. Importantly, consumers themselves can configure their own HVAC scenes, incorporating temperature, humidifaction and other related settings. They then can incorporate these settings into more global schedules and scenes, such as “away.” Previously, only the integrator could create HVAC scenes. Control4 plans to provide end users with more ways to configure their home automation systems without requiring intervention from an integrator.

Posted by ryan Mon, 16 Feb 2015 17:43:00 GMT

Control4 Introduces New Whole-Home High-Definition Video Intercom, Intuitively Smart Climate Control, and Elegant High-Performance Touch Screens

New In-Wall and Tabletop Controls

Control4 (CTRL), a leading provider of smart home solutions, today announced the upcoming roll-out of its OS 2.7 software, which will power several new Control4® solutions for smart homes. The OS 2.7 software release will support elegant new touch screens that will enable instantaneous HD video intercom communications throughout the home, beautiful enhancements to the Control4 user interface for an enriched, interactive climate control experience, Control4’s versatile new wireless thermostat, and a newly redesigned handheld system remote.

“Today, we announce several new solutions that have been designed to dramatically enhance the Control4 experience for homeowners and their families around the world,” said Control4 Chairman and CEO, Martin Plaehn. “By centering our efforts on delivering exceptional performance, exquisite design and engaging interaction, including integrating with the third-party products that customers may want in their homes, our new solutions will empower our Dealers to deliver to their customers the customized lifestyle benefits of a Control4 Smart Home.”

A New HD Video Intercom Experience Featuring Powerful and Blazingly-Fast touch screens

Whether you want to see who is at the front door, check on your sleeping baby, or simply call the family together for dinner, the Control4® high-quality audio/video intercom makes it simple and convenient — and all of that functionality is automatically enabled on every new Control4® touch screen.

Homeowners can experience this elegant video intercom capability with the all-new Control4® touch screens, which feature a High Definition camera, high-quality speakers and microphone, and a fast, high-resolution display providing full frame-rate HD video – delivering a smooth, life-like call experience. Other key benefits include:

  • Dramatically faster connection speed, to let you quickly see who’s at the front door
  • Crisp, full-screen visual clarity so that you can monitor your sleeping baby or check on your children playing in another room at a glance,
  • Enhanced control and privacy functionality, including settings for do not disturb, audio-only, and auto-answer
  • The ability to select an alternate camera as the video source for exterior video door stations, providing preferred view and the best audio source whether inside or outside the home
  • When connected on the same home or business network, interoperability with third-party SIP products, including door stations (from industry leaders like Siedle and 2N), home phones, and mobile apps for iOS & Android
  • Out-of-the-box intercom functionality – simply add at least two video-enabled end-points (one or more video touch screens or video door stations), and the security and convenience of Control4’s HD Video Intercom is now part of your smart home experience.

Control4 also announced a new line of gorgeous, gesture-capable glass-edge touch screens that operate as dedicated interfaces for Control4 Smart Homes, bringing intuitive, responsive, and elegant interactions to homeowners’ entertainment, lighting, comfort and security experiences. With a simple swipe, you can browse music playlists and display bold cover art images. In addition, it’s easy to personalize lighting, temperature, and security settings directly on the expansive touch screen. As powerful on the inside as it is beautiful on the outside, the new line of touch screens are powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, providing all the horsepower necessary to drive the new graphics and HD video capabilities, as well as the capacitive-touch user interaction. Key features of the new Control4 touch screens include:

  • 7” and 10” sizes available for in-wall installations
  • 7” tabletop available for coffee-table, bed-stand, and portable use
  • Extremely fast and responsive processing power
  • Crisp, beautiful picture quality, with twice the resolution of previous models
  • HD camera, high-quality speakers and microphone for video intercom use with touch screens, a door station, or front gate
  • A brand new interface for managing smart locks throughout the home (exclusive to the new line of touch screens)
  • One-touch access to local and regional weather forecasts.

A New Comfort Experience

  • Control4® OS 2.7 also delivers a completely redesigned Comfort Control experience, with an elegant new UI to provide easy interactive climate control in the home – or from miles away. The new Comfort Control experience features a more intuitive dial interface for quick access to all comfort functions, including temperature, heat/cool set-points, thermostat mode, fan speed and humidity levels, as well as access to new configurable comfort control presets. These new presets are an intuitive and easy way to save all of your HVAC settings and recall them with one touch, or simply have them take effect automatically on a schedule or when a designated event occurs. The new Control4 comfort experience also works with the world’s leading HVAC systems, including forced air, radiant heating, split HVAC, dual fuel and geothermal systems. Additionally, the new interface works seamlessly with the most popular thermostat brands across the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia including: Aprilaire, Carrier, Cool Automation, Heatmiser, and Nest.

    As part of the OS 2.7 release, Control4 is also introducing a new wireless thermostat, purposely built for comfort control and automation, and jointly developed with climate control specialists Aprilaire. The new Control4/Aprilaire Wireless Thermostat delivers a consistently comfortable home, with advanced HVAC control built-in for ideal comfort and efficient operation. The wireless thermostat features enhanced compatibility for use with more modern HVAC systems, including geothermal, dual fuel, and humidity control systems, and offers advanced scheduling and presets for increased flexibility and comfort. Additionally, the new wireless thermostat can be powered using AC power or batteries, allowing for maximum installation flexibility.

    Entertainment Enhancements

    To enhance the entertainment experience in homes worldwide, Control4 also announced a new handheld system remote. The new Control4® system remote is the perfect handheld interface for your entire home and is available in two models, with either English or iconographic buttons. The new system remote features:

    Control4 will demonstrate these new solutions from February 10 to 12, 2015 in conjunction with the 2015 Integrated Systems Europe (ISE) at the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition and Convention Center, and will share the news with its global Dealer base through a Livestream video event scheduled for February 10th at 11am EST. Integrators at ISE are encouraged to visit the Control4 booth located at 10-N114 for live demonstrations, and Dealers and distribution partners not attending the ISE show are encouraged to contact their Control4 sales representative or visit www.control4.com to learn more.

    • Intuitive button layout and powerful programmability to give you the perfect remote to control your entire smart home, from entertainment to smart lighting
    • Custom buttons that Dealers can program to control devices in the home theater, the family room, or elsewhere in the home
    • A larger display that offers a variety of font colors and improved readability
    • A more intuitive List Navigator design, making it easy to control everything in your home
    • Two models, one with English buttons (SR-260) and one with international icons (SR-260i), making this the perfect remote control for a global community
    • Redesigned button layout that makes your media experience more intuitive and easy to use in the dark or with one-hand
    • Brighter keypad backlighting that automatically adjusts based on ambient light levels
    • On-screen support for multiple languages, including multi-byte characters
    • Faster and more responsive command processing
    • Interoperability with Control4’s existing recharging stations.

Posted by ryan Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:34:00 GMT

Audio Impact Wins Home of the Year 2014 from Electronic House Magazine

San-Diego-Home-of-the-Year-Award

Audio Impact won Home of the Year again, making 4 wins total from Electronic House Magazine. This year’s winning system is an amazing Mission Beach boardwalk home with spectacular custom lighting, made simple by our expert team of technicians. Our goal is to create systems that complement lifestyles. For the owners of this beachfront estate, their goal was to illuminate the artistic details of their home, while keeping control simple, yet still fully customizable.

Using Crestron controllers, we created lighting scenes to control everything from the individual fixtures, to a whole scene, to the whole home. Incorporated into the controls were also the entertainment systems, security cameras, and climate controls. Every entertainment system is centrally controlled, showing minimal equipment in the living areas of the home. The home features 16 discrete zones of music, including outdoor rock speakers. The owners can control audio in each zone or the entire home via their mobile devices with Apple’s AirPlay. Sitting on the patio enjoying the view, they can play music, change lighting scenes, view their security cameras, open and close shades, or change temperature settings without getting up from their ultimate relaxing beach lifestyle.

This isn’t the first or last win for Audio Impact. We are working on amazing systems for clients throughout San Diego. What makes our approach truly unique is our understanding of how an automated lifestyle should function for our clients. We take the time to discover what parts of their home are most meaningful to them and offer ideas to enhance their enjoyment of those areas. From customers who want to create a movie theater experience in their homes with hassle free controls, to customers who want ambient lighting and whole home audio, we turn those wants into craftsman quality results.

We are proud of our designs and the enjoyment our clients enjoy, day after day, with their new smart lifestyles. Below are our current and past awards as featured in Electronic House Magazine:

Audio Impact Wins 2014 Home of The Year Award from Electronic House Magazine for Home Automation

Audio Impact Wins 2012 Home of The Year Award from Electronic House Magazine for Home Theater

Audio Impact Wins 2011 Home of The Year Award from Electronic House Magazine for Outdoor System

Audio Impact Wins 2010 Home of The Year Award from Electronic House Magazine for Home Automation

Posted by ryan Sat, 31 May 2014 07:44:00 GMT

We have been nominated for a Union Tribune Best of the Best Award!

Best of the Best Awards

Thank you for your support so far and getting us nominated! We are now a candidate for a Best of the Best award in the Home Electronics Store category. Please continue to help us out by making a profile and voting us to the top!

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Thank you again for all your support so far- it’s been monumental!

Posted by virginia2 Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:47:00 GMT

Audio Impact Project Featured on Cover of San Diego Premiere Magazine - June 2012

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Posted by chantal Mon, 09 Jul 2012 17:21:00 GMT

Neat-O: Cleaning out the Closet

The panels on this enclosure wouldn’t close until the wiring was cleaned up.



By Arlen Schweiger, May 10, 2012



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It would be one thing if the owner of this Southern California home could blame his closet wiring mess on the San Andreas Fault. But unfortunately, it was the fault of the original installation company that the owner needed to call on another CE pro to check out why his low-voltage panel doors wouldn’t close.

The client found San Diego-based Audio Impact as a referral from another of the integrator’s customers, and the tidiness of this result will likely earn more referral calls.

When system designer Ryan Lipkovicius of Audio Impact visited the home, it didn’t take him long to discover the wire spillage and sources of the homeowner’s complaints. Along with simply being unable to close the panel properly, the owner noted his home’s sporadic telephone and Internet problems.

“None of the master suite closet space in this immediate area could be used. At first glance, it was obvious why the panels wouldn’t close,” says Lipkovicius. “Upon further inspection, there were notable cable patches and splices. The modem and router were dangling in place by the Cat 5e Ethernet cable that was connected to them.”

The panels contain equipment to systems from Control4, Russound and Lutron, plus wiring to the home’s security cameras. Problem is, there’s just not much real estate to navigate in the master suite and the original installer obviously did not put much work into securing everything included.



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Posted by chantal Fri, 25 May 2012 16:12:00 GMT

Neat-O! Audio Impact featured in CEPro Magazine

Audio Impact was featured in the May 2012 issue of CEPro Magazine - Neat-O!

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Posted by chantal Wed, 16 May 2012 16:21:00 GMT

Audio Impact Featured in CEPro Magazine

Audio Impact was featured in the May 2012 issue of CEPro Magazine, for their Gold Win in the 2012 Electronic House Magazine - Home of the Year Awards.

Posted by chantal Wed, 09 May 2012 16:21:00 GMT

Electronic House 2012 Awards: Audio Passion Inspired Home Theater Design

Sweet sounds take center stage in this theater, thanks to Monitor Audio speakers, an Integra preamp and a powerful Crestron amp.



May 01, 2012 by Lisa Montgomery



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It’s obvious when entering this grand, custom-crafted theater, which part of its design took priority: the audio. A contact sensor on the door that leads into the 27-by-16-foot space triggers an array of small LED fixtures, showcasing a pair of high-grade Monitor Audio Platinum tower speakers. Most people would have chosen to let the huge reference speakers stay hidden behind the acoustical fabric that covers each of two speaker cavities built into custom cabinetry at the front of the room. But not this homeowner. “On a scale from 1 to 10, his passion for audio is a 20,” says Ryan Lipkovicius of Audio Impact, the San Diego–based custom electronics design and installation fi rm hired to build this theater.

Several small, energy-efficient LED lights were carefully positioned within each of the cabinet’s two speaker cavities. When the door to the room opens, they illuminate so the speakers can be seen through the acoustical fabric. Part of Monitor Audio’s Platinum line, the speakers are the company’s top performers and this theater’s crowning jewel.

It would take plenty of horsepower to drive these freestanding giants, plus the rest of the Monitor Audio 9.2-channel surround-sound system. Audio Impact chose an Integra DHC-80.2 preamp for its ability to work well with other A/V components and numerous audio decoding options, and a Crestron Procise Proamp-7X400 amplifier for its pure, raw output of power.

Another important part of the audio design was the engineering of a carefully constructed and acoustically treated shell. “Sam Cavitt of Paradise Theater in San Diego calculated all of the parameters, including the room dimensions, number of seats and size and position of the screen, and the software (from Kinetics Noise Control) figured where we needed to put acoustical materials, how to position the speakers, and where to put the seats so the audio reproduction was true and smooth,” says Lipkovicius. To further enhance the acoustical performance, Audio Impact and Paradise Theater instructed the contractors to “float” the room so none of its walls or ceiling would touch the walls of adjacent rooms or the floor of the room above it. Air conditioning vents, light fixtures and electrical outlets were treated with special isolation materials so that no sound would escape from the theater.





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Posted by chantal Mon, 07 May 2012 16:24:00 GMT

Audio Impact Wins Gold in Electronic House Home of the Year 2012

Audio Impact is proud to announce that it has won the 2012 Gold Best Theater from Electronic House.

The stage was set during the client discovery. When asked, “How would you describe your dream theater?” the client paused to reflect, then said “A special place. A room that draws us in, that brings us together as a family and where we can experience amazing sound and vision in comfort and serenity. A special room that creates an emotional bond as soon as we enter”. A tall order to be sure but attainable since the team was assembled early enough in the process to design and engineer excellence.

It starts with the room; the foundation of the performance theater environment. Room ratios and construction techniques were addressed to create an ideal scenario for quiet room construction and smooth acoustical performance. Subsystems were engineered, including mechanical, electrical and lighting to assure no unwanted sound entered or propagated through them. A detailed set of construction documents guided the project contractors through each step. The result was a theater “chassis” that would support the profound performance.

The engineering continues in the design of the system. The engine that provides the horsepower for our clients envisioned experiences. Monitor Platinum PL 300 reference towers and PL 350 center are perfectly matched with 6 of the newly developed Platinum In Wall PLIW for side and rear surrounds while 2 PLW-15 Subwoofers provide the prodigious bass. These superb components are precisely matched with the rooms acoustical environment resulting in accurate sound reproduction whatever the source. Powered and processed by the Integra THX Ultra 2 DHC-80 with Audyssey and Crestron PROAMP-7X400 amplifier there is no shortage of power and enveloping quality sound. The visual elements of the theater features the Runco LS-10 1080p projector driving a 135” 1.78:1 micro-perforated Stewart Filmscreen. The LS-10 complemented with Runco’s video processing provides plenty of visual excitement which is accurately rendered on the Stewart screen surface.

All the theater, house-wide audio and Crestron control systems are housed in 2 Middle Atlantic ERK racks concealed in ventilated cabinets in the rear of the room. The equipment rack cabinets and Projector compartment are constantly monitored by Crestron temperature C2N-RTHS sensors and turn on ultra quit exhaust fans if needed. The System features Crestron ADMS Intermedia Delivery System that brings movies from a Sony 400 Disk Blu-ray changer, Netflix, Hulu, The homes computers, Youtube to life at the touch of one button. There is a HD Cable box along with an Apple TV. The entire Theater Audio/Video, Lighting and HVAC is easily controlled via an in-wall removable TPS-6x wireless touchscreen remote. There are quick assess to lighting scenes and even a virtual keyboard for the ADMS.

Finally comes the blend of performance and aesthetics. The theaters acoustical components, which were specified as a result of an acoustical modeling process were integrated with the interior design artfully. The screen wall features display columns where the beautiful Platinum towers are nestled in an ideal acoustical surrounding and illuminated by concealed lighting. Behind the perforated screen sits, not only the PL350 center but custom engineered baffles to provide both expansive sound stage and accurate imaging. The whole assembly housed in a furniture grade cabinet design. Walls and ceilings feature concealed Kinetics acoustical devices behind a stretch fabric system which is complemented by pilasters, housing the surround speakers and gorgeous millwork trim throughout.

The impact upon entry is stunning, the serenity of the space is enchanting but when the system is fired up the experience is astonishing. Whether seated in the first row or the third get ready to “suspend your disbelief” for the home theater ride of your life.

Posted by chantal Fri, 04 May 2012 16:13:00 GMT