Hello all. I purchased a home 18 months ago, and I am finally ready to upgrade some of the existing technology. The house was built 16 years ago with a premium Crestron system, but after spending time in the home, I am leaning towards removing the Crestron system. I met with the company who originally installed the system, and they provided quotes to upgrade the entire system, as they said some of the Crestron parts are EOL. However, as I looked through the quotes, I just don’t see the value in upgrading the HA system. Since all of our TV’s stream content via wifi, we don’t use the Crestron video features. Similarly, our new thermostats, surveillance cameras, pool controls, outdoor misting system, security system, etc., all have their own apps, and we don’t mind using dedicated apps. All of our lighting is currently controlled via Lutron room keypads (and a few Crestron touch panels with extremely dim screens), so I plan to work with Lutron to install a few new keypads (to replace the Crestron screens) and a few LED dimming modules (some of the existing dimming modules cause the LEDs to blink when the lights turn on/off). Since we don’t mind using separate apps for the systems mentioned above, are there any reasons why we should consider upgrading the Crestron system? I’m sure this system was state of the art 16 years ago, but with everything migrating to wifi and apps, I can’t justify spending 5 figures to upgrade a centralized system as the world migrates to smart equipment/apps. Having said that, this is my first residence with a HA system, so maybe the sales guy didn’t do a good job in communicating the benefits of a centralized system.
Assuming we maintain this course (i.e. disconnect Crestron), I want on-demand audio control in each room/zone throughout the home. The existing system is not working correctly, and the local tech company was going to address this with the upgraded Crestron. We have approximately 20 zones pre-wired for audio distribution, and here are the amps in the central Crestron cabinet:
We have two Sonance Sonamp 1250 MKII
We have one Sonance Sonamp 1230
QUESTION – What equipment will I need to play web-based music (i.e. Spotify) in the various zones around the house? Ideally, when I am working in the garage, I will use my phone to play music in the garage. When I move to the outdoor patio, I will want to play music in that zone via my phone. I would also like to know how many zones can have a different selection playing at one time (assume me, my wife, the nanny and maybe a guest (i.e. in-law) will want to play different music in different rooms at the same time). Let me know if I left out any pertinent information, and I appreciate the help!