Control4 has a handful of native Home Audio Solutions.  Let’s take a look at each, and I’ll walk you through the pricing of the different options.

If this is your first time reading one of our ‘What Does It Cost’ blogs be sure to check out this 30 second video on how Tym’s pricing works.

Control4 Controllers

Control4’s Audio requires a Control4 Controller; so factor that into your cost for Home Audio.  There are 3 different Controllers to choose from. We won’t dive into the differences here but for Audio, each Controller provides a different number of ‘Music Streams.’ This is the number of different Internet services like Pandora you can play at any given moment through out the house.

Control4 EA-1
1 Audio Stream

Control4 EA-1 Smart Home Controller

$500

Control4 EA-3
3 Audio Streams

Control4 EA-3 Smart Home Controller

$1,000

Control4 EA-5
5 Audio Streams

Control4 EA-5 Smart Home Controller

$2,000

Matrix Amplifiers

Whole House Audio solutiosn usually have an Audio Switch, and an Amplifier.

Control4 has a hardware piece called a Matrix Amplifier.  It’s both the Amplifier and Audio Switch all in one.

There are two versions, and both require one of the Controllers.

Control4 4-Zone Matrix Amplifier

Control4 4-Zone Amplifier

$1,195

Control4 8-Zone Matrix Amplifier

Control4 8-Zone Amplifier

$2,495

Amplifier and Audio Switch

For a home with more than 8 rooms of Audio, you would use a Control4 Audio system where the Audio Switch and Amplifier are separate. First, you choose an Audio Switch:

8-Zone Audio Switch

Control4 4-Zone Amplifier

$1,200

24-Zone Audio Switch

Control4 8-Zone Amplifier

$2,400

Next you need to add your Amplifiers:

Control4 8-Channel Amp

Living room surround sound, Utah

$1,200

Control4 16-Channel Amp

Living room surround sound, Utah

$1,700

You might be asking why you would use the 8 Zone Audio Switch when you could just buy an 8-Zone Matrix Amplifier? Say for example you have a large Covered Deck, and it has 4 pair of speakers.  You can run all of those speakers as 1 zone, but you need to amplify each set of speakers. Using an Audio Switch allows you to have more speakers in the home, while minimizing the overall zones and cost of the system.

Per Room Average

Alright, so we always like to give you an easy metric for guestimating your cost.  Obviously, it varies some depending on how you build out the system, so we’ll show you a few examples.

$630 – 595 (4-Room – 8-Room ) Matrix Amplifier.  This includes:

  • Value Line Speakers
  • EA-1 or EA-3, and
  • Speaker Wire

$640 – $600 (8-Room – 24-Room) Separate Amplifier(s) and Audio Switch. This includes:

  • Value Line Speakers
  • EA-3 or EA-5
  • Speaker Wire

*Labor and Programming Rates Not included, see Video for notes.

And for comparison, a Sonos Amplifier with the same speaker prewire and speakers would run $695 per room.  Typically Sonos is the cheaper solution through 3 rooms, but Control4’s Home Audio is cheaper as you move 4 rooms and beyond.

Using Third Party Audio Equipment

We’re not going to explore the pricing here, but in case you were wondering, Control4 can work with third-party Audio equipment. Control4 currently works with Sonos, Autonomic, VSSL, Russound, and the list goes on.  You can also incorporate third-party audio switches.

Have Questions About Control4?

If you have questions about a potential Control4 Project contact us here, and we would be happy to answer any questions.  We now ship Control4 all over the nation.

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Matt Montgomery, TYM, Salt Lake City, Ut

Matt has designed the audio/video and smart home automation systems for 4 Home of the Year Awards projects from Electronic House & CE Pro magazine, and 3 Mark of Excellence awards from the CTA™ (Consumer Technology Association), including  "Home Theater of the Year", and "Custom Smart Home of the Year". Watch Matt share his secrets on YouTube!

Matt is a Golden State fan.

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