Originally Posted by Korny30
Do must dealers frown upon a customer buying a used Control4 amp? I know my dealer wouldn't use the cables I had bought before they came down for the first installation as they wanted to make sure they had their own that they knew would be correct.
So my setup should be, get the used 4 zone matrix amp for $395, and go with that? No sonos? Would I need anything else to get the audio side all done without me having to mess with it? What drivers would I need to make it all work?
Many dealers don't. It adds the variable that if it is not working is it the used hardware or something else. Also there is a potential time unknown time component to getting the firmware up to date. Less of a thing for components like the amp than old light switches but still can add time that you may not like the bill for.
My 4 zone matrix amp is a pre-owned product. The 8 zone matrix can have cooling fan issues. The 4 seems to have very few reliability complaints.
You can use a remote dealer for these updates though. They team view onto your network or you temporary make them your dealer. Find one on c4forums. Vince has done good work for me.
The drivers are by service and number of services in some instances.
Pandora. Free driver. One per instance you may want to use. If you think you will listen to Pandora in the garage while someone else is listening to a different Pandora stream in the kitchen you install twice (well the dealer does) make one visible on the kitchen. Another on the garage.
Radio, tune in and I heart radio. Both free.
Shairbridge = Airplay, free, one per
Napster and Spotify both require subscriptions to the services. Free driver.
MyMusic, free, used for local music, e.g. ripped mp3, iTunes downloads etc.
From memory that's the main music drivers, all free (unlike sonos used to be). Sonos is now also free. Personally I choose to modify my media sources than pay for sonos or music drivers. C4 have focused on their product offering here and the native part is one of the best in class now.