Russound Debuts MCA-66i and MCA-88i Digital Multi-zone Controllers

Exclusively from The Multi-Room Company, the Russound MCA-66i and MCA-88i controllers bring digital amplification and connectivity to the...

Exclusively from The Multi-Room Company, the Russound MCA-66i and MCA-88i controllers bring digital amplification and connectivity to the multi-room audio environment. The three digital inputs, reliable Bluetooth streaming, updated IR codes for control of any source and the ability to expand to six linked controllers, creating an integrated system with up to 48 zones, will satisfy the requirements of even the most demanding installation. True to Russound’s audio roots, the MCA-88i is a high-fidelity, high power amplifier, that enables users to listen to any of eight sources in eight independent zones. The unit has a full complement of inputs, including eight analogue, three digital, one paging and one Bluetooth. There are eight fixed or variable outputs for expanding, integrating and upgrading zones. [caption id="attachment_9808" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] Russound MCA-88[/caption] For more compact installations, the MCA-66i is the perfect choice, with six sources feeding to up to six zones, and a similarly impressive array of input choices. The MCA-66i has two fixed or variable outputs for the expansion, integration and upgrading of zones and both models are controllable using Russound keypads, the TS3 touchscreen, or the My Russound App for iOS and Android. For larger installations, both models are easily expandable by cascading up to six controllers in sequence, up to a maximum of 48 zones for the MCA-88i or 36 zones for the MCA-66i. State of the art processors have been employed in the MCA-66i and 88i, to provide a faster response time when receiving commands and updating metadata to Russound keypads and the popular My Russound App. Local streaming of content from Bluetooth devices is possible thanks to the Russound BTC-1X Bluetooth Extender which overcomes the limitations of Bluetooth reach by positioning the receiver outside the rack or equipment cupboard. Linking a Russound DMS3.1 Digital Media Streamer to either model provides customers with access to today’s most popular streaming sources, including Spotify, Apple AirPlay and internet radio. All MCA series products are fully Ethernet enabled, allowing for IP-based features and control and the built-in RIO (Russound I/O) communication protocol in the MCA series also delivers bi-directional communication and integration via LAN Ethernet connection. The launch of the new MCA range also sees the introduction of the Russound Certified Installer (RCI). The products will ship “locked”, requiring a certified Russound installation professional to unlock them via the Internet in order to become functional. The RCI programme is designed to drastically reduce unauthorised online or grey import sales of Russound products, while ensuring that consumers receive the benefits of working with trained and certified installation professionals. “Russound has done it again with the MCA-66i and MCA-88i, just like they did previously with the MCA-C3 and C5 products.” Says Mike Bonnette, product director at The Multi-Room Company. “These new products represent the latest and finest evolution to a multizone controller line that integrates every innovation and technology driving whole-house audio now and in the foreseeable future. Our customers are going to love the MCA-66i and MCA-88i for the expandability and installation ease and these products embody a truly comprehensive line, to which installers can confidently commit their resources and present to their clients.”

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