Control4 3 Zone Entertainment and Automation Controller - EA-3

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The controller is the brain of your smart home. It manages your home automation system, allowing the electronic devices in your home to work together—from lighting and security, to music and video, and pretty much anything else in between. No matter the size of your home, whether you’re automating a single room or a sprawling mansion, Control4 controllers are capable of powering your entire home automation system.


  • Certified HDMI with audio and video capability delivers reliable connectivity to today’s televisions and receivers.
  • Control4 App license enables in-home control from iOS and Android mobile devices, as well as PCs. A 4Sight subscription enables remote access and control from virtually anywhere.
  • Instantaneous, intuitive control from a touch screen, remote, or TV on-screen navigator.
  • Next-generation core and ZigBee processors deliver a new level of speed and performance.

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 optional mounting bracket, the compact form factor of the EA-3 makes it easy to install behind any TV or projector.

  • 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.
  • Optional 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. 
Embedded services
Control4 App licenseIncluded—Supports up to 50 devices
Streaming servicesPandora®, Napster®, Spotify Connect, TuneIn, TIDAL, Deezer
ShairBridgeUp to 20 instances of the driver in the project; 3 concurrent streams
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)
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
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 requirements100-240 VAC, 60/50 Hz or PoE+
Power consumptionMax: 25W, 85 BTUs/hour; Idle: 13W, 44 BTUs/hour
Operating temperature0 ~ 40 ˚C (32 ~ 104 ˚F)
Storage temperature-20 ~ 70 ˚C (4 ~ 158 ˚F)
Fan dB levelMax: 35 dB
Dimensions (H × W × D)31 mm (1.25") × 221 mm (8.75") × 149 mm (5.875")
Weight0.74 kg (1.60 lb)
Shipping weight1.26 kg (2.75 lb)
Optional 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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