Originally Posted by BradKas
Bringing in a certified dealer in your product of choice (sounds like C4 at the moment) will be very helpful, but it seems you need to ask yourself some questions about what you actually want.
Your wishlist is very vague, and you can count on being bombarded by questions by the dealer as he attempts to design a system around it.
If you are looking to integrate your audio and video system, it will be broken up into zones of audio & video, and zones of audio. How do you want to control these zones? In wall controllers, handheld remotes, smart phone?
Do you want surround sound in your primary TV zones? Do you want all the equipment mounted remotely, or local to the area which it serves? Will your installer provide all equipment and displays?
Will there be many zones of just audio throughout the home & outdoor (commonly referred to as distributed audio)? What are your desired sources for this audio? Is it important to be able to control this from your primary control system, or is a separate controller/app OK?
To integrate the security & CCTV a system that allows 3rd party communication and control will be selected. Do you want the ability to view the cameras away from the home on a smart phone or web page? Do you want security controls to be available from a 3rd party controller, or regular security consoles/keypads?
For the lighting, you are definitely going to want a professional product. Even with a control 4 system I would not even consider control 4 lighting as an option. Stick with Lutron, Crestron or Vantage. Personally if you're not exceeding the device caps of RadioRa 2 it will be an excellent choice but it will really depend on your expectations of the system.
How many zones of light do you want control of (zone = 1 switch leg, or bank of lights switched/dimmed together)?
Do you want local control, or keypad control? Do you want lighting pages integrated into the whole home controllers?
Do you want your exterior lights to be controlled through the system? What are your desired results?
100k may seem like a crazy number, but if we're talking about a fully integrated system with a few zones of video & audio, lighting, HVAC, swimming pool security with some 3rd party CCO zones and sensors tied in - well, all of this adds up especially when using professional hardware and not DIY **** from smart home.
In addition to narrowing down your wish list, I would also suggest determining a budget, and breaking it down by audio & video, security & CCTV, lighting, and control system. I understand having limited knowledge of these systems can make it hard to dedicate a specific part of the budget to, so if you're having a hard time with that, list them in their order of importance to you and your family. You can always pre-wire the system as designed, and finish it in phases. Many dealers will be familiar with this approach, as many jobs get finished in phases.