Control4 Announce New Home Controller

Control4 HC-500

Control4 have announced their latest home controller – the HC-500.   In addition to its Home Automation credentials of lighting, temperature and security control, it also offers multi-room music from its built-in media server. The unit is expected to ship in March and packs IR, Serial, wired Ethernet, Wifi and Zigbee.  Read on for the details.

“Control4 announced the release of their latest Home Controller the HC-500 at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The HC-500 is a high performance home automation controller with extensive I/O connections for device control and in-built media server.

In addition to managing the home cinema, the Home Controller HC-500 can control multi-room music, lighting, temperature, security and many other home automation sub-systems.
“The combination of improved processing, high-definition screen graphics and expansion capabilities as well as the new industrial design makes this a core part of the platform for the digital home.” says Will West, chief executive officer.

The Home Controller HC-500 offers multiple infrared and serial connections and video sensing for easy home cinema integration. In addition, the HC-500 offers a comprehensive range of standards-based communication technology including Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and ZigBee mesh networking.  Additional features include:

  • HD on-screen display provides a very intuitive graphical user interface
  • New box design means unit can be on display with other AV kit
  • Audio encoding/decoding for full support of analogue/digital audio
  • Expansion capabilities via 2 USB ports and 1 Ethernet jack
  • 160 GB storage
  • Backwards compatibility with all Control4 products

The HC-500 is expected to ship in March with a list price of £1,674″   :

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