Russound® 8 Source 8 Zone Controller Amplifer-MCA-88X

Model #: MCA-88X
93304
Russound
At a Glance

The Russound MCA-88X Digital multi-zone controller amplifier streamer provides up to eight zones of distributed audio. Scalable to 48 zones, the MCA-88X 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 in addition to its built-in XStream streamer.

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The Russound MCA-88X Digital multi-zone controller amplifier streamer provides up to eight zones of distributed audio. Scalable to 48 zones, the MCA-88X 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 in addition to its built-in XStream streamer. AV source input options include up to 7 Analog, with up to 3 Digital (up to 3 coax, or 2 coax and 1 optical), including 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 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. 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-Series 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 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 high quality amplification, providing a robust 40 watts of power per channel. All eight 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 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.

Note: This product is part of the Russound Certified Installer Required Program and can only be installed and configured by a Russound Certified Installer.

  • 6 Amplified Zones @40W/ch
  • Fixed/Variable Line Out for All Zones
  • Up to 8 Line-Level Stereo Inputs, 3 Digital Coaxial and 1 Optical
  • RS232 and IP Controllable
  • Voice Control is available using Amazon Alexa
  • 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
Specifications

General

Shipping Dimensions21.0" (W) x 10.3" (H) x 20.1" (D), (53.3 x 26.0 x 51.1 cm)
Shipping Weight34.0 lbs (15.4 kg)
Audio Output(s)6 Speaker Level 40W/ch (8 Line Level, fixed or variable selectable)
Streaming Sources1 XStream Streamer includes Apple AirPlay, Pandora, SiriusXM, SiriusXM for Business, Spotify, TuneIn, vTuner, DLNA
Audio Source Inputs8 stereo RCA Line-Level, 3 coax, 1 optical (maximum of 8 total inputs)
Communication PortsUSB (firmware update only), 1 Serial RS-232, 19.2 kHz baud rate, 1 Ethernet RJ-45, 10/100 Base T, 2 RJ-45 RNET Links In/Out
Frequency Response20Hz-20kHz +/- 1 dB at 1W output into 8 ohms
Fuse Rating100-120V/T5.0A 250V US and Canada; 220-240V/T3.15A 250V International
Home Theater Trigger InputIn/Out, 12VDC (pass-through)
IR Outputs6 routed, 1 common
Keypad Ports8 RJ-45 T568A Standard
Paging TriggerIn, 12VDC
Power Output40W RMS into 8 ohms x 12 channels
Power Supply100-120 VAC, 60Hz (MCA-88); 220-240 VAC, 50Hz (MCA-88i)
Signal to Noise Ratio93 dB unweighted, 96 dB A-weighted
Speaker Connection(s)6 detachable 4 pole connectors
Total Harmonic Distortion<0.05%, 1W output into 8 ohms 20Hz-20kHz

Misc. Specs

Analog Audio(RCA) Input8
Watts per Channel (Watts)40
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