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Russound MCA-88i: C-Series 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier

C-Series Advanced 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier

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The Russound MCA-88i Digital multi-zone controller amplifier provides up to eight zones of distributed audio. Scalable to 48 zones, the MCA-88i provides numerous options to tailor every room in residential or light commercial distributed audio systems.

A variety of input options have been engineered into the MCA-88i to connect up to 8 sources. AV source input options include 8 Analogue & 3 Digital (up to 3 coax, or 2 coax and 1 optical - maximum of 8 total inputs used at once). With it's digital inputs, the MCA-88i also benefits hugely from Russound's audio 'know-how' as it features three audiophile quality DACs that support high resolution audio up to 24 bit/192kHz.

These digital inputs can be perfectly utilised with Russound's advanced and professional grade MBX streamers - such as the highly adaptive MBX-PRE, to extract the best possible audio quality form any source material (hi-res or not).

The MCA-88i also has a designated Bluetooth extender connection. The Bluetooth connection allows the installation of the MCA-88i in an equipment rack while remotely locating the optional Russound BTC-1X Bluetooth receiver up to 300’ away in or near the room where the Bluetooth source will be located. Additionally, the BTC-1X improves audio quality through the high performance aptX audio codec.

All MCA products are Ethernet enabled devices allowing for IP based features and control. RIO (Russound I/O) allows Russound 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 My Russound App (iOS and Android) controls all Russound Ethernet connected products on the LAN including the MCA-88i and its source components. Additionally, an RS-232 port for integration with serial-connected home automation systems is available for utilization on the rear panel of the MCA-88i.

The MCA-88i features 6 zones of high quality amplification, providing 40 watts of power per channel into 8 ohms. All zones also feature useful fixed or variable line-level outputs, ideal for expanding if required into multi-channel power amplifiers for rooms/zones with more speakers. Zones 7 and 8 are for use with outboard amplification only. This means that zones 7 & 8 are perfect for zones that require bigger amplification for external amps and speakers, or for zones encompassing many more speakers amd multi-channel power!

Advanced custom audio settings, party modes, do not disturb, source and zone linking, and all-on/all-off participation are all standard features. The MCA-88i has alarm and sleep timers, a Home Theater trigger and one 12VDC trigger output for power management and control. Being a 'controller' you can learn in IR codes of all your infra red sources (Sky Boxes, Freeview Boxes or DAB Radios for instance), so alongside your seamless control of potential Russound MBX streaming sources, the Russound MCA-88i can control all of your additional source devices too - via keypad, remote or via App!

Alongside the 'My Russound' App, the MCA-88i can be used with advanced Russound keypads or touchscreens such as the MDK-C6 or XTSPlus. 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 My Russound App might be the predominant control interface.

Note: The MCA-88i is part of the Russound Certified Installer Required Program and can only be installed and configured by a Russound Certified Installer.

Russound C-Series MCA-88i - 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier Features & Benefits:

8 source inputs with zone specific access
8 zones - 6 amplified, all with fixed or variable line output (80 Watts per zone)
Zones 7 & 8 perfect for larger amplification requirements or home cinema integration
Fully compatible with the 'My Russound' App for Android & iOS
RS232 and IP Controllable (Expansive control system support)
Rack mountable with Rack Mount Ears Included
6 Amplified Zones @ 40 Watts per channel
Line Out for All Zones (Fixed/Variable)
Up to 8 Line-Level Stereo Inputs, 3 Digital Coaxial and 1 Optical
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
Programmable via web interface or SCS-C5 programming software
Multiple keypad options: SLK-1, MDK-C6 & XTS
Control4® Drivers Available

Russound C-Series MCA-88i - 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier Specifications:

Audio Source Input: 8 stereo RCA line level, 2 coax,1 coax/optical (maximum of 8 total inputs)
Audio Zone Outputs: 6 Speaker Level 40W/ch (8 line level, fixed or variable selectable)
Watts per channel: 40W, 1kHz into 8 ohms with <5% THD+N, 2 channels at full power, 10 channels at 1/8th
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz +/- 1 dB at 1W output into 8 ohms
Minimum Impedance: 8 ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.05%, 1W output into 8 ohms 20Hz-20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio: 93 dB unweighted, 96 dB A-weighted
Common Trigger: Out, 12VDC, @100mA
Home Theater Trigger: In/Out, 12VDC (pass-through)
Page Trigger: In, 12VDC
Speaker connection: 6 detachable, screwless 4 pole connectors
Keypad ports: 6 x RJ-45 T568A standard
IR Outputs: Up to 6 routed, with two shared outputs and 1 common
Communication ports:
  USB (firmware update only)
  1 Serial RS-232, 19.2 kHz baud rate
  1 Ethernet RJ-45, 10/100 Base T
  2 RJ-45 RNET link ports
Power Supply: 220-240 VAC, 50Hz International (MCA-88i)
Fuse Rating: 220-240V/T3.15A 250V International (MCA-88i)
Dimensions: 43.2 x 9 x 44 cm (WxHxD)
Weight 13.1 kg

Russound C-Series MCA-88i - 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier Resources & Downloads:

Russound C-Series MCA-88i Multi-Room Network Controller Amplifier Product Brief

Russound C-Series MCA-88i Multi-Room Network Controller Amplifier Manual