Originally Posted by XJBaylor
Yes, that is an HDBT matrix, it should serve you well.
As for labor cost. A project like that could easily have a tech in your house for a week or more to get everything installed and dialed in. Building and dressing a rack for a system containing multiple source devices, amplifiers, network, receivers, video matrix, etc. should take a full day or more. Setting up your wireless network, cutting in speakers, programming the system, tracing out wires, installing TV's, etc. It all takes time...much more than you might imagine. $13000 doesn't sound out of line for a market like Chicago. The Savant systems may take more programming, but nearly $30k sounds a bit extreme.
As for Elan g! not having won awards since 2011, they haven't really had a major hardware release since that time. These things are pretty cyclical, so I wouldn't really worry about it. In fact, Elan just announced the release of new hardware, a pretty significant software update, the opening of their API, new drivers, etc. Thankfully, no changes to the GUI, as it is still world class.
what is the new hardware?
what is the new software update.
I am seriously considering going with Elan g! you have been very helpful. Thank you. when I make a deal with the vendor, I was thinking of asking for certain things:
- software updates for 2 years (or is that free)
- should I wait for hardware - is it ready now ??
which hardware ??
I note in the bid they are asking $700 for each Elan g! pro app . for instance, $700 to run Lutron lighting, , $700 for the Elan g! pro app to run thermostats ? Is this normal, is the price reasonable ??
For the Elan g! remote contral $760 apiece. do I need these ??
How about Apple Home Kit?? Can it run all of this stuff instead ?? What do you make of Home kit. ??
What is GUI?? is it included in what I am looking at ?