Control4 intros Pakedge BakPak Lite router, expands Triad audio multiroom line

posted on Monday, 11th September 2017 by Geny Caloisi

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Control4 has launched the Pakedge Wireless Router-1 (WR-1) with BakPak Lite, an integrated network router and wireless access point with built-in cloud-based network management. Pakedge provides robust networking capability for connected homes, and at $300, the WR-1 with BakPak management software enables Control4 Dealers to provide a new consumer segment the benefits of a monitored, intelligent home network.

The WR-1 implements new 802.11ac Wave 2 Wi-Fi technology, providing solid reliability and throughput to support the growing number of connected devices in homes. Included on the WR-1, BakPak Lite provides integrators the ability to proactively manage a customer’s home network by delivering real-time visibility of network health and remote diagnostics for the wireless router, enabling troubleshooting options to mitigate downtime and reduce the costs of on-site service calls. 

“Network stability and performance are fundamental requirements for every connected home – regardless of its size or scope,” said Paul Williams, VP of Product Management, Control4. “The WR-1 with BakPak enables dealers to efficiently deliver this as a standard for all customers. Dealers gain visibility into their entire customer base through one complete cloud-based network management system.”

Control 4 - Pakedge - WR-1 - Back

The WR-1 supports 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless and 500MB LAN-to-WAN, blending high-performance wireless and fast throughput. It also enables multiple connected devices to leverage the bandwidth in the home more efficiently through multi-user multiple-input, multiple-output (MU-MIMO). When the Wi-Fi coverage needs to be increased within the home, the WR-1 can also be expanded with up to two additional wireless access points.

In a move to transform the listening experience in the smart home, Control4 expanded its Triad-branded line of high-resolution audio products. The new line includes the Triad AMS-24 and AMS-8 Audio Matrix Switches, Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier, and Triad One Streaming Amplifier. Control4 has also added two music services with native integration into Control4 EA Controllers including iHeartRadio® and Spotify.

“Our new Triad multi-room audio products are designed to deliver high-resolution audio in every corner of the home, from the source to the listener’s ears,” said Martin Plaehn, Control4 CEO.  “Beautiful sound, elegant design, and high-performance are the core tenets inspiring the development of the new Triad multi-room audio lineup. Coupled with Triad’s comprehensive range of build-to-order premium speakers for home theaters, family rooms, whole-home or multi-room audio, and outdoor environments, the Triad product family is a very strong go-to high-fidelity audio solution for our worldwide dealers and end-customers.”

Control 4 - Triad AMS-24 Audio Matrix Switch (4)

Recognising that dealers need audio solutions for large and small projects that deliver multi-room optimization and clean sound, Control4 rolls out two new high-resolution audio matrix switches that enable homeowners to enjoy music from 8 to 96 separate zones anywhere in the home. The Triad Audio Matrix Switches distribute audio sources throughout the home so that homeowners can listen to any source in any room, in stunning, ultra-clear, high-resolution. Equipped with digital coaxial, optical, and analog inputs to connect a broad range of source devices, the new audio matrix switches deliver an astounding -105 dB signal-to-noise ratio to maintain sound quality throughout the home. Each audio output can be adjusted with independent gain, bass, treble, 10-band parametric equalizer, balance, loudness, and mono-summing controls for precise audio customization in each room or audio zone. The ultra-compact design conserves precious rack space utilizing only 1RU and 2RU for the AMS-8 and AMS-24 (pictured above), respectively.

Control 4 - Triad - Triad One Streaming Amplifier - Black

The new Triad Audio Matrix Switches can be paired with the new Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier (AMP-8) to deliver flexible and scalable audio amplification for installations of any size. The Triad AMP-8 delivers eight zones of high-resolution amplification with an extraordinary -109 dB signal-to-noise ratio and 0.003 percent total harmonic distortion for exceptional audio throughout the entire home. The AMP-8 is designed to centralize audio amplification, hiding away clutter and electronics while delivering exceptional high-resolution sound for the entire home. The compact design is built around proven, powerful and reliable ICEpower technology delivering 100 watts per channel from eight zones and only 1RU of rack space. When extra power is needed, AMP-8 is bridgeable to 200 watts per channel. Superior audio quality and fast wake-from-standby make this amplifier ideal for audio in any home.

Triad One is a single-zone, high-resolution, wired and wireless streaming amplifier. It is slim and powerful and the most flexible way to put music in any room of a home. Simply plug in power and connect to a wired or wireless network, connect it to the Control4 system, and the Triad One can play music, from local files or streaming music services, without the need to pull speaker wire back to a central location. Triad One boasts 100 watts of power per channel with an impressive -107 dB signal-to-noise level and support for high-resolution audio playback up to 192kHz/24bit, for incredible sound in any room. Also included is a built-in 10-band parametric equalizer delivering exceptional sound output and room optimization. 

Equipped with digital and analog audio inputs, the Triad One distributes and synchronizes local audio sources, such as television audio, turntable or media players, over the IP network throughout a larger audio system. Triad One is a great solution to power speakers and soundbars in a bedroom, kitchen or other location and includes IR outputs to control TVs and other local devices. A line-level subwoofer output rounds out the Triad One for deep bass when connected to a powered subwoofer. Triad One is available in white and black and can be installed horizontally or vertically on either a bookshelf, mounted behind a TV, or in the rack.

Today, iHeartRadio and Spotify join the Control4 roster of native streaming services that include Deezer, Napster, Pandora, Tidal, and TuneIn. With Control4, users can stream music throughout their home using any Control4 EA Series controller without any additional media players; and now with the new Triad audio line, homeowners can source their own high-resolution music library for that premium listening experience. Control4 users that have accounts with any of these services can natively stream music within their Control4 systems running Control4 OS 2.10.

Control4’s new Triad audio solutions are shipping  worldwide and are priced as follows: Triad AMS-24 ($2,400) and Triad AMS-8 ($1,200) Audio Matrix Switches; Triad 8-Zone Power Amplifier ($1,700); Triad One Streaming Amplifier ($700). All products feature a 2-year warranty.

Geny Caloisi

Geny Caloisi is an accomplished technology journalist who has worked in a variety of AV industry publications. 

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