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Echo Gen1 vs Gen2 Products


What is the difference between Echo Gen 1 products and Echo Gen 2 products?  Are they cross compatible? 


There is no Generation 1 (Gen 1) or Generation 2 (Gen 2) of the Echo Family.  There are only Gen 1 and Gen 2 variances of individual Echo Products, such as the Echo Room Controller, or the Echo Zone Controllers.  The changes have no effect on the compatibility of the products with each other, as they all still communicate over the same EchoConnect protocol. 

All Echo Station Power supplies are compatible with all Echo Products, and all Gen2 products are capable of communication with all Gen 1 products.  The differences are changes or additions to those products. See the information below.  

Product Gen 1 Gen 2
Echo Room Controller (4 zone/8 zone)
  • 16 presets
  • 0-10v dimming
  • Limited AV input Dry contact.  
  • Single EchoConnect connection point.
  • Released April 2018
  • 16 presets
  • 0-10v dimming (now isolated from ground)
  • Broader use of Contact In than Gen 1
  • two location to land incoming EchoConnect wiring, with removable header
  • Normal power sense feed option
  • Custom Mode: able to "patch" each relay to any space and zone needed.
Echo Zone Controllers
  • 8 Presets
  • Firmware cannot be updated in the field.  
  • 0-10v control wires located on side.
  • Released April 2018
  • 16 presets
  • Firmware can be updated with microSD card in the field
  • 0-10v control wires located with power wires as is preferred by majority of electricians.
EchoTouch Controller
  • Screen and Bezel separate pieces
    • Bezel requires special ground connection
  • Released December 2019
  • New style hardware
    • Screen and Bezel single piece
    • Simpler to install mounting bracket
    • Special ground connection no longer needed
    • On-board Astronomical Timeclock



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