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post #3241 of 5757
I bought an Eccobee Smart Si and I really like it. For $180 it has all the functionality I need, the app is pretty intuitive and installation is about as simple as it gets. Don't really see what the Nest would offer that would be worth the extra $70.
post #3242 of 5757
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Originally Posted by mike1445 View Post

yeah, it does. The price isn't much better ($219 MSRP with some rebates for $25 out there) but the Nest just felt gimmicky to me. Plus, our thermo is in an out of the way spot so I wasnt sure how well the auto-away would even work for us. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Honeywell-Wi-Fi-Smart-Thermostat-RTH9580WF/203926327#product_description
Oh I thought you had this one:

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Honeywell-Wi-Fi-7-Day-Programmable-Thermostat-Free-App-RTH6580WF/203556922

Would be nice if they made one that just tied into outside temperature and controlled based on that....
post #3243 of 5757
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Originally Posted by js0930 View Post

I bought an Eccobee Smart Si and I really like it. For $180 it has all the functionality I need, the app is pretty intuitive and installation is about as simple as it gets. Don't really see what the Nest would offer that would be worth the extra $70.

The Nest was developed by former Apple guys. It is the same kind of Apple vs Android debate - Apple charges more for the cool factor.

There are other programmable thermostats that offer more functionality than it and charge less, but such is life.
post #3244 of 5757

I bought the nest gen 1 when the gen 2s were coming out so lowes sold it at 30 bucks off if i recall correctly. i liked the look more than anything. It went with my old office and the black builtins. I moved the thermostadt when I sold the house, and it does look a bit out of place in the 230 year old farmhouse, but it stil works. now that I only have heating, i def woudl not buy again. ironically,the honeywell mentioned above woudl probably have looked better with the new decor. Oh well, time to build more shelves ;-)

post #3245 of 5757
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Edited by TheNeedMachine - 4/9/15 at 5:04pm
post #3246 of 5757

Any AV home integration experts want to look over my quote and tell me how badly I'm getting screwed over?

 

$104.99 for a Binary B6 7.5 Meter HDMI Cable seems a little excessive. Do I really need a $1500 sound bar when I've been content to listen to TV speakers for 50 years? 

 

lefty 

post #3247 of 5757
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

Any AV home integration experts want to look over my quote and tell me how badly I'm getting screwed over?

$104.99 for a Binary B6 7.5 Meter HDMI Cable seems a little excessive. Do I really need a $1500 sound bar when I've been content to listen to TV speakers for 50 years? 

lefty 

HDMI cables are basically the same. There are different version of the standard, but here's one that supports the latest version with ethernet (which the B6 does) for $18. These cables are actually one of the largest profit margin makers for Best But (that and geek squad warranties).

http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=102&cp_id=10250&cs_id=1025006&p_id=6060&seq=1&format=2

$1500 for a sound bar also sounds crazy high. You can get a decent surround sound for that much.
post #3248 of 5757

As I thought. The $450 bracket for the TV also seems a little high. I don't really listen to music so why do I need a $1600 AV receiver and $500 media streaming device? I get that they want to put on the best and mark things up, but I really don't need to take buttons off the wall and incorporate them into an ipad which gets mounted to the wall in a charging station.

 

I may not be the right customer here.

 

lefty

post #3249 of 5757
Well at least he's not trying to sell you a 10k Kaliedoscope media system.

But yeah, last I checked 2-3 years ago TV wall mounts from Monoprice were under $100 and other brands sub $200. You can get a good receiver for 500-1000 especially if you're only powering a soundbar.

Mind you this is also coming from a home theater DIY amateur hobbiest, so I can't speak to mark ups or labor costs.
post #3250 of 5757

AV needs to power 2 zones of stereo with subs (on separate amps) and TV. He's spec'ing an Anthem MRX510 Surround Sound Receiver which I believe is made by Oknyo.

 

lefty

post #3251 of 5757
Okay, that's a very fine receiver at MSRP so that part doesn't seem unreasonable.
post #3252 of 5757
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Originally Posted by lefty View Post

Any AV home integration experts want to look over my quote and tell me how badly I'm getting screwed over?

$104.99 for a Binary B6 7.5 Meter HDMI Cable seems a little excessive. Do I really need a $1500 sound bar when I've been content to listen to TV speakers for 50 years? 

lefty 

You're getting completely robbed.

You can PM me the quote, or just reject it and get others.
post #3253 of 5757
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Originally Posted by Sotiris View Post

Okay, that's a very fine receiver at MSRP so that part doesn't seem unreasonable.

No, it definitely isn't.
post #3254 of 5757
Is your integrator A Shade Above or Engineered Environments? I just completed a job with the former for full home automation but have worked with both. If you want to talk via PM I can get into more details. Either way make sure you put the time of completion in your contract and make sure that the time of completion makes allowances for some equipment changes on your end.
Edited by LeatherBoot - 4/9/15 at 4:30pm
post #3255 of 5757

Neither. 

 

idfnl will pm.

 

lefty

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