Control4 CORE 5 Controller (C4-CORE5)

CORE 5 can automate sophisticated home theaters, complex interior and exterior lighting scenes, vital security and communications systems, and climate controls for multiple zones.

CORE 5 features five independent audio outputs—two digital coaxial, two RCA stereo analog, and one HDMI—with an audiophile-grade 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 customer’s 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 Control4 CORE 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 customer’s smart home.

OvrC Pro remote management is built-in, giving you access to the entire network of IP devices, including third-party products. OvrC delivers enhanced troubleshooting capabilities and diagnostic data that makes remote support easy, eliminating unnecessary truck rolls and enabling you to streamline your business and tackle more jobs – all from the OvrC web or mobile app.

New DACs (digital audio converters) and additional audio outputs put the Control4 series of CORE Controllers at the center of our high-resolution audio platform: Ryff. And with OvrC Pro built-in, CORE will be the foundation for networking monitoring and management, remote connections and troubleshooting. This unique feature lets you improve your customer service, streamline your business, and have more control.



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.

  • New, updated multi-core processors allow CORE 5 to run OS 3 faster and more efficiently, with power to spare for new features and functionality currently in development
  • Seven audio outputs—one HDMI, three stereo analog, and three digital coax—distribute up to seven simultaneous, high-resolution audio streams from native streaming services, AirPlay-enabled devices, and local music libraries
  • Ryff high-resolution audio server built-in, with native support for popular streaming services including Qobuz, TIDAL, Pandora, Spotify, SiriusXM, SOUNDMACHINE, TuneIn, and more
  • Elegant 4K on-screen interactive menu for easy access to entertainment sources, device control, scene selection, comfort settings, surveillance monitoring, and more
  • 1U, fan-less design features a heat-sink chassis and integrated power supply, for a simple, silent, and reliable installation
  • Pre-installed ears and 1U sizing allows for convenient rack mounting
  • Integrated Zigbee and Zwave* radios with external antennas simplify installation while delivering reliable low-bandwidth communication for other smart/connected devices
  • Two USB ports enables connection to external hard drives for easy access to music content, or use of a WI-FI dongle
  • Registration to enables access and control from multiple mobile devices through the Control4 App for Android and iOS – including Apple Watch – while connected to the local network
  • Active 4Sight subscription enables remote access with the Control4 App, Intercom Anywhere, Notifications, integration with Alexa and Google voice assistants, When>>Then access, and automatic cloud backups
  • Communication server built-in for audio/video intercom between Control4 touchscreens, Chime Video Door Bells and door stations
  • OvrC Pro built in for advanced remote management and monitoring, device and network configurations, and simplified troubleshooting solutions including the OvrC Connect app for customers
ID ButtonControl4 appSupports up to 50 iOS and Android devices
OvrC HubBuilt-in OvrC Pro functionality
Music ServicesPandora, Napster, Spotify, TuneIn, TIDAL, Deezer, SiriusXM,
SOUNDMACHINE, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music,, Qobuz
Apple SupportAirplay-enabled devices
Inputs/Outputs – AVVideo Out1 video out—HDMI
Video OutHDMI 2.0a output; 4K @ 60Hz
Audio Out7 audio out – HDMI, 3 stereo analog, and 3 Digital Coax
Audio In2 audio in – analog, dig coax
Stereo Analog Output 1/2
– Balance (+/-12dB, 0.5dB steps)
– Max Volume (0 – 100), Volume (0 – 100)
– Loudness (on/off)
– 6-Band PEQ (Gain +/-12dB, 0.01steps; Freq 20-20kHz, 1Hz
steps; Q 0.5-15, 0.01steps)
– Mono/Stereo
– Shelving (Hi/Lo) Treble, Bass (Gain +/-12dB, 0.01steps; Freq
– Test Signal (0 to -50dB, 0.5dB steps)
DSPStereo Digital Input
– Input level
Stereo Digital Output
– Max Volume (0 – 100)
– Volume (0 – 100)
– Mute
– All controls can happen simultaneously
Audio PlaybackAAC, AIFF, ALAC, FLAC, M4A, MP2, MP3, MP4/M4A, Ogg Vorbis,
Audio ResolutionUp to 192 kHz / 24 bit
Inputs/Outputs – NetworkEthernet10/100/1000BaseT compatible (required for controller setup)
1 Ethernet in
WiFiAccessory only via USB
WiFi SecurityWPA/WPA2
WiFi AntenaAccessory only via USB
Zigbee Pro802.15.4
Zigbee AntennaExternal reverse SMA connector
ZwaveZwave 700 series
Zwave AntennaExternal reverse SMA connector
USB Port2 USB 3.0 port
Inputs/Outputs – ControlIR out8 IR out – 4V 27ma max output
IR capture1 IR receiver—front; 20-60 kHz
Serial out4 serial out (2 DB9 and 2 shared with IR)
Contacts4x; 2-30VDC input, 12VDC 125mA max output
Relays4x; AC: 36V, 2A max across relay; DC: 24V, 2A max across relay
PowerPower requirements100-240VAC, 60/50Hz
Power consumptionMax: 40W, 136 BTUs/hour
Idle: 15W, 51 BTUs/hour
OtherOperating temperature32 – 104 F (0 – 40 C)
Storage temperature4 – 158 F (-20 – 70 C)
Fan dB levelNo fan
Dimensions (H x W x D)4.92” (125mm) x 14.57” (370mm) x 20.87” (530mm)
Weight9 lbs (4.01 kg)
Other – Mechanical and HardwareFront Panel LEDsStatus LEDs (listed left to right): music streaming, warning, link,
ID ButtonIncludes LED that mimics the power LED on the front panel
RAM4GB Minimum
Flash Disk16GB eMMC
SecuritySecure Boot
Accessories3.5mm to DB9 Serial CableC4-CBL3.5-DB9
Remote for OnScreen MenuC4-SR260-B
4Sight Subscription (1 Year)C4-4Sight-E