Originally Posted by blake
1. What about using a occupancy sensor as opposed to a motion sensor ? I believe Crestron makes a wireless version of the former. I am not sure how it works (but I seem to recall reading it uses IR and ultrasonic waves ). Would this eliminate the problem you describe ? Where would be a good place for occupancy sensor triggering the lights ? I would think bathroom at night as a start.
Even if it works 100%, which it won't, I again suggest you think about the logic. When you walk out of a room, do you always want the lights to go off? A lot of the time you don't. OK, so do you want them to go off after 15 minutes? What if you don't? What if you're hanging out in the kitchen/family room area and just want those lights on, regardless of whether you're in the room? What if you're taking a nap in the recliner and set the lights to low and the next thing you know they're turning off on you. I'm not discouraging anyone from trying it, I'm just emphasizing it can result in frustration for other household members.
Closets are great. Sometimes halls can work well. Bathrooms are great....if it works. Now If you're laying back taking a bath and suddenly the lights turn off on you and your in pitch black darkness, that might not be so fun.
2. Whole home audio. It is interesting that Crestron chose Sonos to officially partner with. Do you not feel their music interface is best ? With the Sonos Connect I think you have input options to bring in another external source, if you don’t want the usual built in steaming apps (Pandora, Apple Music)
They partnered with them because it's expedient and they are used more than any other streamer, and support services like Apple Music that no other streamer on the market supports. But you'll still see them supporting all the other streaming players as well, now or in the future.
Yes, I think the Sonos interface is the best of the ones I've used, although it used to be even much better before they "improved it" a few years back. I'm not a big fan though for multipe reasons, one being they do not play well with others. I dislike closed gardens. Companies shouldn't have to hack their product to have full control (which I believe everyone has given up on at this point). They are never going to cater to this market. Autonomic, Denon, Yamaha and others do.
I was actually thinking of doing a youtube video showing the interfaces of each of them in a comparison video. Just as you could't find much for CH, it's almost impossible to find any meaningful videos online showing any of those four products being used. All you can find are ridiculous marketing videos where you see a finger swipe and someone smiling.