Control4 EA-3 Entertainment and Automation Controller V2

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The versatile Control4 EA-3 Entertainment and Automation Controller is the perfect fusion of multi-room, high-resolution audio and smart home automation for small to mid-size homes.

Powered by a next-generation multi-core processor, the EA-3 delivers a new level of speed and performance for instantaneous, interactive on-screen access to all the systems in the home. A built-in music server with three audio outputs delivers high-resolution audio throughout the home from your local music library, popular streaming music services, and AirPlay-enabled devices using native Control4 ShairBridge technology.

 

The EA-3 includes a variety of I/O to automate audio and video, lighting, climate control, door locks, and other devices controlled by IP, infrared (IR), serial, and ZigBee. With PoE+ for power, a port for Ethernet out, and its included mounting bracket, the compact form factor of the EA-3 makes it easy to install behind any TV or projector.

 

 

Features:

  • Three audio outputs—one HDMI, one stereo analog, and one digital coax—distribute up to three simultaneous, high-resolution audio streams from native streaming services, AirPlay-enabled devices, and local music.
  • Integrated music server with native support for popular streaming services, including Deezer, Pandora, Rhapsody, Tidal, and TuneIn.
  • Elegant on-screen experience for easy access to entertainment and the entire home.
  • Low-profile design features an integrated power supply for flexible, simple installation and long-term reliability.
  • PoE+ provides power and network connectivity over a single CAT5/CAT6 cable.
  • Built-in two-port Ethernet switch simplifies installation by connecting an additional device to the home network.
  • Included mounting bracket allows easy mounting to the back of your TV, on the wall, or to a standard wall box.
  • Integrated ZigBee radio with external antennas simplify installation while delivering high-performance connectivity.
  • USB port enables connection to external hard drives for easy access to music content.
  • Control4 App license enables in-home control from multiple iOS—including Apple Watch—and Android mobile devices. Connect to your home remotely with an optional 4Sight subscription.
  • Video/Audio Intercom for whole-home communications with Control4 touch screens and door stations.

 

Control4 Controller Comparison

 

 

EA-1-V2

EA-1-POE-V2

EA-3-V2

EA-5-V2


IR Ports

4

4

6

8


RS-232

2 - shared w/IR

2 - shared w/IR

3 - shared w/IR

4 - shared w/IR


Contacts/Relays

0

0

1/1

4/4


Number of built-in audio streams

1

1

3

5


Audio Outputs

1 x HDMI

1 x HDMI

1 x analog
1 x digital
1 x HDMI

2 x analog
2 x digital
1 x HDMI


Ethernet (1 Gbps)

1

2

2

5


WiFi

2.4GHz

-

Accessory USB

Accessory USB


PoE/PoE+

-

PoE

PoE+

-


Wall Mount

Optional

Included

Optional

-


Rack Mount

Optional

Optional

Optional

Pre-Installed


Secondary controller support

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes


Minimum OS

2.10.2+

2.10.2+

2.10.2+

2.10.2+

Model number
Model numberC4-EA3-V2
Embedded services
Control4 App licenseIncluded—Supports up to 50 devices
Streaming servicesPandora®, Napster®, Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL, Deezer
ShairBridgeUp to 20 instances of the driver in the project; 3 concurrent streams
Inputs / Outputs
Video out1 video out—HDMI
VideoHDMI 1.4 output; HD 1080p, 50-60 Hz
Audio out3 audio out—1 HDMI, 1 stereo analog (3.5 mm), 1 digital coax
Audio in2 audio in—1 stereo analog (3.5 mm), 1 digital coax
Audio playback formatsAAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, M4A, MP2, MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis, PCM, WAV, WMA
High-resolution audio playbackUp to 192 kHz / 24 bit
Advanced audio subsystemDedicated audio signal processor
Audio system controls (analog only)10-band graphic equalizer, input gain, output gain, loudness, tone controls, balance
Signal-to-noise ratio<-110 dBFS
Total harmonic distortion0.0015 (-96.5 dB)
Network
Ethernet10/100/1000BaseT compatible (required for controller setup) PoE+ supported
Power over Ethernet802.3at-2009 (PoE+) / 25.5W
Built-in Ethernet switch1 Ethernet/PoE in + 1 Ethernet switch port
WiFiInternal Dual-Band Wireless-N (EA-3 V1) (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 802.11n/g/b) Optional Dual-Band WiFi USB Adapter (EA-3 V2) (2.4 GHz, 5 Ghz, 802.11ac/b/g/n/a)
WiFi securityWPA/WPA2
WiFi antennaExternal reverse SMA connector (EA-3 V1 only); optional WiFi adapter on the EA-3 V2
ZigBee Pro802.15.4
ZigBee antennaExternal reverse SMA connector
USB port1 USB 2.0 port—500mA
Control
IR out6 IR out—5V 27mA max output, 1 IR blaster—front
IR capture1 IR receiver—front; 20-60 kHz
Serial out3 serial out (shared with IR out 1-3)
Contact1 contact sensor—2V-30VDC input, 12VDC 125mA maximum output
Relay1 relay—AC: 36V, 2A maximum voltage across relay; DC: 24V, 2A maximum voltage across relay
Power
Power requirements100-240 VAC, 60/50 Hz or PoE+
Power consumptionMax: 25W, 85 BTUs/hour; Idle: 13W, 44 BTUs/hour
Other
Operating temperature32˚ ~ 104˚ F (0˚ ~ 40˚ C)
Storage temperature4˚ ~ 158˚ F (-20˚ ~ 70˚ C)
Fan dB levelMax: 35 dB
Dimensions (H × W × D)1.25" (31 mm) × 8.75" (221 mm) × 5.875" (149 mm)
Weight1.60 lbs (0.74 kg)
Shipping weight2.75 lbs (1.26 kg)
Accessories (Not Included)
Wall-Mount BracketC4-WMEA3
Rack-Mount KitC4-EA3RMK1, C4-EA3RMK2
3.5 mm to DB9 Serial CableC4-CBL3.5-DB9B
SR-260 System Remote ControlC4-SR260-B
4Sight Subscription (1 Year)C4-4Sight-E

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