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

C-Series Advanced 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier with Streamer

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The Russound MCA-88xi Digital multi-zone controller amplifier provides up to eight zones of distributed audio. Scalable to 48 zones, the MCA-88xi 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-88X to connect up to 7 individual 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) in addition to its built-in XStream streamer. With it's digital inputs, the Russound MCA-88xi 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 XSource streamers to extract the best possible audio quality form any source material (hi-res or not).

Having the XStream unit internally (source input 2 - after the bluetooth input on 1) means that out of the box you have a hugely flexible multi-zone streaming solution ready to go. With built-in support for high resolution audio and Apple AirPlay, it couldn't be easier to use or more enjoyable. The XStream unit housed internally within the powerful MCA-88xi enables access to Internet Radio (vTuner & TuneIN), Spotify Connect® and obviously music from NAS drives or PC's on your LAN. Full control and feeedback is available from iOS/Android phones or tablets via the My Russound App, and also with Russound's XTS in-wall touchscreen and MDK-C6 keypads.

The MCA-88xi also has a designated Bluetooth extender connection. The Bluetooth connection allows the installation of the MCA-88xi 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. Additionally; 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, and also HD video integration with devices such as the Myro:Bridge.

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-88xi 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-88xi. The Russound MCA-88xi is now also fully controllable with a certified Control4® driver - making it even easier to deploy in home automation projects.

The MCA-88xi features 6 zones of high quality amplification, providing 40 watts of power per channel. All zones also feature useful fixed or variable line-level outputs, and as such Zones 7 and 8 are for use with outboard amplification only. This means that zones 7 & 8 are perfect for larger areas in a project that maybe require a bit more power than zones 1 through 6. So zones 7 & 8 are perfect for usage with Russound D250LS, A2100, D850 or D1650 amplifiers.

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-88xi 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 streaming control of Russound XSources' the Russound MCA-88xi can control all of your additional source devices too - via keypad, remote or via App!

With Russound keypads or touchscreens (MDK-C6 or XTS), the MCA-88xi 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 My Russound App might be the predominant control interface.

Note: The MCA-88xi 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-88xi - 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier with Streamer - Features & Benefits:

8 source inputs with zone specific access
8 zones - 6 amplified, all with fixed or variable line output (80 Watts per zone)
Built-in XStream™ streaming audio source
Audiophile quality DACs support high resolution audio (24 bit/192kHz)
Zones 7 & 8 perfect for larger amplification requirements or home cinema integration
Fully compatible with the Russound MRA-3 iPad/iPhone/iPod App
RS232 and IP Controllable
Supports KNX® with Optional KNX-RIO-1
Rack mountable with Rack Mount Ears Included
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
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 SCS-C5 programming software
Compatible with Myro:Bridge for HD Matrix Integration
Multiple keypad options: SLK-1, MDK-C6 & XTS
Control4® Drivers Available

Russound C-Series MCA-88xi - 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier with Streamer - Specifications:

Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz +/- 1 dB at 1W output into 8 ohms
Minimum Impedance: 8 ohms
Watts per channel: 40W*
*1kHz into 8 ohms with <5% THD+N,
2 channels at full power, 10 channels at 1/8th
Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.05%, 1W output into 8 ohms 20Hz-20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio: 93 dB unweighted, 96 dB A-weighted
Audio Source Inputs: 8 stereo RCA line level, 3 coax,1 optical (maximum of 8 total inputs)
Audio Zone Outputs: 6 Speaker Level 40W/ch (8 line level, fixed or variable selectable)
Common Trigger: Out, 12VDC, @100mA
Home Theater Trigger: In/Out, 12VDC (pass-through)
Page Trigger: In, 12VDC
Speaker connection: 6 detachable 4 pole connectors
Keypad ports: 8 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
Dimensions: 17"W x 3.5"H x 17.2"D (43.2 x 9 x 44 cm)
Weight: 28.8 lbs. (13.1 kg)

Russound C-Series MCA-88xi - 8 Zone 8 Source Network Controller Amplifier with Streamer - Downloads:

Russound MCA-88xi Product Brief

Russound MCA-88xi Manual