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Control4 Unveils New Media Distribution Family, Delivers Sophisticated Whole-Home Entertainment Solutions

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Control4 (NASDAQ: CTRL), a market leader in home automation systems, announced today a new family of audio and video distribution products that deliver superior sound and video quality and are designed for fast installation, simple setup and exceptional performance. The new audio and video product line now provides Control4 integrators with a broad array of media distribution solutions for any size home or business installation. Boasting a sleek industrial design, the new Control4® media distribution product line also deliver a polished, clean, clutter-free look that customers will love.

“Today’s homeowners want to access and distribute their favorite music and video libraries instantaneously throughout their homes,” said 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.

New Control4® Audio Matrix Switch
At the center of audio distribution products is the new Control4® Audio Matrix Switch, which enables customers to enjoy any of 16 audio sources in 16 audio zones and delivers high quality sound to every zone. The Audio Matrix Switch features: a 16-input / 16-output analog audio matrix with wide dynamic range; input gain controls for proper source level balancing; audio sensing inputs that provide control and feedback to the Control4 system; and ½ dB volume steps for smooth volume control. The new Audio Matrix Switch also supports Control4’s SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol) technology for efficient auto-discovery – simplifying setup and programming via Composer Pro.

New Control4® 100 Series 4 and 8-Zone Power Amplifiers
The new Control4® Audio Matrix Switch can be paired with the new Control4® 100 Series 4 and 8-Zone Power Amplifiers, offering flexible, scalable and cost-effective audio amplification for installations of any size. 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 Control4 100 Series 8-Zone 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.

New Control4® 8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch
A new 8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch also joins the Media Distribution Product line and enables customers to share up to 8 video sources in up to 8 video zones. The Control4® 8X8 HDM Matrix Switch features: seamless Control4 integration; reliable switching and 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. In addition to eight HDMI inputs and eight HDBaseT outputs, the Control4 8×8 HDMI Matrix 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.

In addition to an abundance of “connectivity” capabilities, the new Control4 8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch also benefits from a number of advanced setup options, including sophisticated EDID (extended display identification data) management to ensure fast and reliable switching between sources, along with zone-lock capability dedicating a video source to a specific zone.

Integration of Control4’s SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol) technology makes setup of the new HDMI Matrix Switch a snap. 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 8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch is the new Control4® HDBaseT Receiver (Balun), 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.

New Control4® Media Distribution Product Available in September
Control4’s new media distribution products are available to order immediately through Authorized Control4 Dealers and are expected to begin shipping before the end of September. The MSRPs of the Media Distribution Product line are:

• 8×8 HDMI Matrix Switch: $6,900 USD MSRP
• HDBaseT Receiver: $350 USD MSRP
• 16×16 Audio Matrix Switch: $1,500 USD MSRP
• 100 Series Power Amplifier (8-Zone): $1,400 USD MSRP
• 100 Series Power Amplifier (4-Zone): $1,100 USD MSRP

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