Thanks for the reply. What do you use for AV on the legrand system.
Intuity has controls for audio, but there is no video component. It was originally on the roadmap but that has since been abandoned. The predecessor to Intuity, Unity, had on-screen controls that could be connected to any video source (similar to Control4), but no actual way to control video sources. The primary focus has been on app-based control whether through a phone, tablet, or the Intuity Command Center (iPad mount).
For audio, you have to use their On-Q digital audio system (which is also compatible with Alarm.com). Intuity allows you to add audio to a scene setup, and you can also control the volume of any source within Intuity. There is a separate iOS/Android app for the On-Q audio system to select sources. A typical audio scene might be something like, at 6am, “turn on the bathroom lights to 40% and turn on bathroom audio to 20%” for a wake-up scenario.
Legrand also makes Nuvo, which at this time doesn’t interface with Intuity, but supposedly it’s “coming soon”. Speaking with my Legrand rep last week, I was told their national sales conference is on Jan 18, after which point they’ll announce any new features for the year. I hope Nuvo integration is one of them. On-Q is nice, Nuvo is better. I’d say that I sell an equal amount of each; On-Q works just fine for most installations but is limited to 4 global sources + 1 local source and 16 zones. Whereas Nuvo has a dedicated streaming & local source source for each zone. Nuvo also has a sound bar with wireless sub and tabletop speakers; my typical Nuvo install now is a sound bar for the living room, and a 3-zone player to cover the kitchen, master bath or bedroom, and outdoor zone.
Intuity has a 4-button scene control switch that I like to use; the only downside is that they do not offer customizable buttons like Lutron, Control4, etc.... They’re simply numbered 1-4; I’ve asked about having this option but it’s not something they’re looking at as far as I know. The older Wattstopper RFLC devices have this option so maybe one day we’ll see that added, but I suspect the reality is, they want you to upgrade to their Vantage line if you want that.
Speaking of Vantage, if you really want something spectacular, that’s another system you should consider. The Equinox control devices look incredible, and they also have the Adorne line available with Vantage compatibility now. You’re just going to spend a lot more money for it, and you need to work with a dealer. For Intuity, any electrical contractor can purchase it through their Legrand supplier; they offer online training which allows you to have a “certified install” that increases the warranty period on equipment to 5 years. And again, Legrand will support your installation through their own corporate tech support channel. And I don’t know how deep corporate support goes with other brands, but I can tell you the couple of times I’ve had issues, my Legrand rep was readily available to me, and came on-site at the project to help me. In my experience they’ve been a great company to work with.
I wanted to clarify one other thing; Legrand offers a video doorbell that works with Intuity, but there is no 2-way communication remotely through the app like some other services offer. It will alert you that someone has rang the bell, and you can see the video feed from anywhere and unlock the door, but you cannot talk to them via the app. You can only initiate an intercom communication from within the house via the Intuity Command Center or one of their intercom devices in the house. The video doorbell has an analog camera that is a carry-over from the Unity system, but you can connect this camera to the CM2002 IP video server to get the feed over the network. That also allows you to connect it to their CM7120 NVR for local recording of video; and the CM7120 also has an option for cloud backups via Dropbox. And no monthly fees for any of this; that’s the best selling point for me. You make a one-time investment in the system and never spend another dollar.
Something I do like about their intercom system is that it can be connected to a mag-strike kit for unlocking the door. I actually use this at my office so we can unlock the door in the vestibule if someone shows up that needs to come inside. I have the HDMI output of a CM7120 connected to some TV’s in different offices and the break room so if no one is at the front office, we can remotely let a guest in; and you’re always able to monitor cameras from inside the office. The same would apply from within a house.
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