Control4 5 Zone Entertainment and Automation Controller - EA-5

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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 Control4 EA-5 Entertainment and Automation Controller is designed to deliver the ultimate smart home experience, featuring the highest-quality audio of the EA series and processing power to coordinate hundreds of smart devices. The EA-5 can automate sophisticated home theaters, complex interior and exterior lighting scenes, vital security and communications systems, and climate controls for multiple zones.

The EA-5 features five independent audio outputs—two digital coaxial, two RCA stereo analog, and one HDMI—with an audiophilegrade signal-to-noise ratio of 118dB. A built-in music server delivers immersive, multi-stream, high-resolution audio with five built-in simultaneous audio streams from your local music collection, a variety of streaming music services, or from AirPlay-enabled devices using native Control4 ShairBridge technology. Expand beyond five streams by including additional EA-5 or EA-3 Controllers.

Secure, wireless Zigbee communication; plentiful I/O including IR, serial, contacts and relays; and IP control enable connections to smart home devices such as thermostats, door locks, doorbells, cameras, security panels, sensors, lighting, shades, garage door controllers, irrigation systems, and much more. The sleek design, rack-mount form factor, and top-of-the-line connectivity make the EA-5 the ultimate foundation for any Control4 system and the platform to power the future of your smart home.

  • Advanced multi-core processor delivers a new level of speed and performance for instantaneous, interactive on-screen control and access to lighting, security, music, and video libraries.
  • High-resolution audio delivered with high-quality DACs, exceptional signal-to-noise ratio and ultra-low distortion for multiple simultaneous streams of fantastic-sounding music.
  • Integrated music server with native support for Pandora®, Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, TuneIn, and Napster® streaming services.
  • 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.
  • Pre-installed rack ears and 1U rack size for convenient rack mounting.
  • Incredibly fast, intuitive control from a tablet, smart phone, touch screen, remote, or TV On-Screen Navigator.
  • Built-in five-port gigabit network switch simplifies installation for your network-connected devices around the television.
  • Integrated Zigbee radio with external antennas adds high-performance connectivity.
  • USB and eSATA ports enable connections 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 license 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; 5 concurrent streams
Inputs / Outputs
Video out1 video out—HDMI
VideoHDMI 1.4 output; HD 1080p, 50-60 Hz
Audio out5 audio out—1 HDMI, 2 stereo analog, 2 digital coax
Audio in4 audio in—2 stereo analog, 2 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 subsystemDual audio signal processors, multiple sample rate converters
Audio system controls (analog or digital coax)10-band graphic equalizer, input gain, output gain, loudness, tone controls, balance
Signal-to-noise ratio<-118 dBFS
Total harmonic distortion0.00023 (-110 dB)
Ethernet10/100/1000BaseT compatible (required for controller setup)
Built-in Ethernet switch1 Ethernet in + 4 gigabit Ethernet switch ports
WiFiInternal Dual-Band Wireless-N (EA-5 V1), (2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 802.11n/g/b), Optional Dual-Band WiFi USB Adapter (EA-5 V2), (2.4 GHz, 5 Ghz, 802.11ac/b/g/n/a)
WiFi securityWPA/WPA2
WiFi antennaExternal reverse SMA connector (EA-5 V1 only); optional WiFi adapter on the EA-5 V2
Zigbee Pro802.15.4
ZigBee antennaExternal reverse SMA connector
eSATA port1 eSATA port
USB port1 USB 2.0 port—500mA
IR out8 IR out—5V 27mA max output, 1 IR blaster—front
IR capture1 IR receiver—front; 20-60 kHz
Serial out4 serial out (2 DB9 ports and 2 shared with IR out 1-2)
Contact4 contact sensors—2V-30VDC input, 12VDC 125mA maximum output
Relay4 relays—AC: 36V, 2A maximum voltage across relay; DC: 24V, 2A maximum voltage across relay
Power requirements100-240 VAC, 60/50Hz
Power consumptionMax: 40W, 136 BTUs/hour, Idle: 15W, 51 BTUs/hour
Operating temperature32˚ ~ 104˚ F (0˚ ~ 40˚ C)
Storage temperature4˚ ~ 158˚ F (-20˚ ~ 70˚ C)
Fan dB levelMax: 35 dB
Dimensions (H × W × D)1.875" (49 mm) w/feet × 17.5" (444 mm) × 10.125" (258 mm)
Weight6.85 lbs (3.10 kg)
Shipping weight9.30 lbs (4.20 kg)
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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