Throughout the Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association’s (CEDIA) Annual Expo, held here in Indianapolis, Indiana, all the buzz seemed to circulate around a very intriguing partnership – home automation leader, Control4 and consumer electronics powerhouse, Sony.
During the highly-anticipated Sony press conference, the manufacturer shared the exciting news that it had integrated Control4® automation technology into its new ES receivers (introduced at CEDIA Expo). Even more exciting is the fact that the marriage of these two technologies promises to deliver best-in-class AV performance and home automation within one easy-to-install and easy-to-use product.
This is a powerful partnership redefining the AVR category by delivering an unprecedented integrated AV and automation experience in a single device. Consumers will enjoy top AVR performance, unmatched 4K content and a stunning selection of streaming media services, plus the added lifestyle benefits of personalized automation that can transform a house into a smart home. With companies like Sony embracing and marketing the benefits of home automation, the custom installation industry benefits as a whole. Together, Sony and Control4 have created an exciting new avenue to drive consumer awareness for the category.
“We are delighted that Sony selected Control4 technology to revolutionize their receiver line and deliver a fantastic automation experience,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO. “Enthusiastic dealer feedback validates the power and promise of our integrated solution. Together, Control4 and Sony are delivering a unique and strategic product for our dealers – providing them with a high impact addition to their product portfolio to grow their business.”
“Sony has delivered many firsts to the industry and now we elevate the category standard again by integrating Control4 home automation in the new ES receiver line,” said Mike Lucas, Senior Vice President of Sony Electronics’ Home Division. “Our partnership with Control4 represents Sony’s commitment to expand automation to a broader consumer base, delivering new opportunity to the growing custom installation market.”
With a Control4 Activation License, Digitech Custom can enable full home controller functionality to automate whole-home lighting, adjust climate, arm the security system, lock the back door, and manage energy usage, all through the award winning Control4 on-screen UI. These fully integrated receivers deliver a comprehensive home automation solution with fewer boxes and cables, radically simplifying installation.
The STR-DA5800ES ($2,099 MSRP) and STR-DA2800ES ($999 MSRP) include Control4 automation out-of-the box to create and control a single-room home entertainment system, and are available for order now through authorized Control4 and Sony ES dealers. The Control4 Activation License to enable full-controller functionality is an additional $300 when purchased together with the new ES receivers in the U.S. from Control4.