Originally Posted by fearthisinc
I appreciate the input but here are some of the issues i have with what you say..
1. You say that the Unity system is not home automation but then refer to the Control 4 system.. Ok.. Well what does the control 4 do that the Unity system doesnt?
Well just coming off the website the only thing I see that is different is that the Unity system does not do video distribution when compared to Control4.. You also have a more expandable ability when it comes to setting "Events" where you can lower the blinds and have the tv setup when you want to watch tv.. Everything else that Control4 will do (music, lighting, climate, security) the Unity system can also handle.. It is just not as "fancy" as the control4.. I will admit that the Control 4 setup gives off a higher end look and the output specs are probably higher, however when you look at the cost for such a system (i had priced out 55k) I ask if its worth the money when I could get pretty much the same effect from a unit that is 15k..
The other issue with control 4 is hte programming.. Anytime you want something changed with such a system you are talking about bringing out a programmer.. Initial setup for the system is 10k and that isnt included in the other 10k for wiring the system.. So 20k and you havn't even gotten into the system.. The control4 would be great if you didn't have to pay to have a specialized programmer involved.. The equipment would be about 20k which would be fine.. I could probably even push if it was just 10k for total installation.. but 55k is just too much..
Again though.. This isnt downplaying the Control4 or anything like that.. It looks like a great setup.. And honestly it all comes down to money.. If I could afford it I would.. But in my situation I could take the 55k and have a system like the Unity put in and also have a 40k left over to put a pool in the house..
I will chime in too. That is a lot for the money. But as said, you get what you pay for. You are not going to get any customization with the Legrand.
A great example, is pool control. I despise the pool controls from Jandy/Zodiac, Hayward, etc. The remote systems are slow and clunky and the touch are panels are not great either. So, we had a program added to our Crestron system. Designed how we want and for how we use the pool. Obviously, nothing even close to that with Legrand.
I doubt 2x20w from a keypad will give great sound. We use 12x65w amp. It will be okay for background music. For a outdoor pool party, I would be surprised if that wattage will be loud enough.
Lighting, well I would be cautious. I would be surprised if it can compare to a full system like Lutron HomeWorks or even RadioRa2. I dont particularly care for the dimmers and definitely not the "scene director" keypads which do not seem customizable and look fairly cheap. Again, will be limited in customization.
Finally, do you like the look of their lcd consoles? I don't at all but that is personal preference. Have you considered picking a more flexible, open system and expand as budget allows?