RUSSOUND 8 Zone, 8 Source Controller Amplifier (MCA-88)
The Russound MCA-88X Digital multi-zone controller amplifier with built in XStream™ streaming media player provides up to eight zones of distributed audio, for up to 8 audio sources. Scalable to 48 zones, the MCA-88X provides numerous options to tailor to residential or light commercial distributed audio systems.
A variety of input options have been engineered into the MCA-88X to connect up to 8 total sources, all with analog audio loop outputs that can be either fixed or variable level. AV source input options include 8 Analog, 3 Digital (up to 3 coax, or 2 coax and 1 optical), 1 paging and 1 Bluetooth extender connection. The Bluetooth connection allows the installation of the MCA-88X in an equipment rack while remotely locating the optional Russound BTC-1X Bluetooth receiver up to 300’ away. Additionally, the BTC-1X improves audio quality through the high performance aptX® audio codec. An RNET link allows for metadata transmission, linking multiple MCA controllers and connection to all Russound RNET Smart Sources like the ST1 AM/FM external tuner.
All MCA products are Ethernet enabled devices allowing for IP based features and control. RIO (Russound I/O) allows IP based control systems to integrate with, control, and communicate bi-directionally through an open protocol. In addition to dedicated keypads and touchscreen control options, the free MyRussound™ App (iOS and Android) controls all Russound Ethernet connected products on the LAN including the MCA-88X and its source components.
The MCA-88X features 6 zones of advanced digital amplification, providing 40 watts of power per channel. All 8 zones are equipped with fixed or variable line-level outputs for outboard amplification, wireless expansion or subzone use. Additionally, an RS-232 port for integration with serial-connected home automation systems is available for utilization on the rear panel of the MCA-88X.
Custom audio settings, party modes, do not disturb, source and zone linking, and all-on/all-off participation are standard features. The MCA-88X has alarm and sleep timers, a Home Theater trigger and one 12VDC trigger output for power management and control. Source eight can serve as a paging input and loop output for connection to a 3rd party paging or phone system.
With Russound keypads or touchscreens, the MCA-88X communicates vital information such as preset names, station ID, artist, song titles and album art depending on the capabilities of the source being used. The simpler SLK-1 keypad can also be used for areas where basic control is sufficient such as entry/exit areas of a home or business or any area where the MyRussound App might be the predominant control interface.
- Built-in XStream includes: Apple Airplay, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, TuneIn, vTuner, dlna
- 6 Amplified Zones @40W/ch
- Line Out for All Zones (Fixed/Variable)
- Up to 8 Line-Level Stereo Inputs, 3 Digital Coaxial and 1 Optical
- RS232 and IP Controllable
- 6 Routed IR Outputs, plus 1 Global IR Output
- Home Theater 12V Trigger In/Out for Shared Sources
- Global 12V Trigger Output
- Removable Screwless Speaker Connectors
- Expandable to up to 48 Zones
- Supports Bluetooth® with Optional BTC-1X
- Paging System Support with Dedicated 12V Trigger Input
- Supports KNX® with Optional KNX-RIO-1
- Rackmountable with Rack Mount Ears Included
- Two-Year Limited Warranty