EXC!TE Awards: Control
Home Automation System:
While upstart competitors aim for the venerable category leader’s downmarket underbelly, Crestron’s awesome array of technologies, products and systems still represents the state of the art in home automation.
Fresh off a nationwide deal with Tweeter, Control4 continues to pose the question: “Why can’t home automation be for everyone?” A growing number of C-businesses are eager to answer in the affirmative.
Exceptional Innovation Lifeware
With Lifeware, EI embraces both Windows Media Center and a number of best-of-breed third-party products. The question over the next year: Will C-businesses embrace EI and its buzzworthy platform?
Niveus Media Denali
Windows Media Centers don’t have to be noisy buggers. Niveus grabbed lots of attention for its server’s silent, fanless construction—as well as its impressive connectivity and storage capabilities.
Integra NVS-7.7 Integrated Media Center
When a respected A/V component manufacturer enters the Windows Media Center space, it’s clear: The times are a-changin’.
With 1.5 terabytes of storage, the S4.2500 can hold thousands of discs’ worth of CD-quality tunes—“a year of continuous play.” Now, what to do with all of those discs?
Lutron Radio RA
The original wireless (RF) lighting control system continues to remind installers that such systems don’t have to be hard-wired into existing homes.
Vantage Controls InFusion
Vantage’s user- and installer-friendly, third-generation system can serve as the springboard to a full home automation setup.
Colorado vNet Aura
With its dynamic floorplan software and decentralized architecture, the newly-christened Aura system offers an alternative and compelling slant on the category.
Lutron Sivoia QED
The Quiet Electronic Drive family helps installers provide shade control with as little noise as possible, along with various fabrics for a stylish look.
Somfy Radio Technology Somfy
This wireless solution for shade motorization and automation makes this functionality viable for existing homes.