The Russound MCA-C5 distributes eight audio sources to eight listening zones simultaneously of which six are amplified at 40W/channel
and two can be put through power amps for larger areas. A built-in internal AM/FM tuner with RDS (Radio Data System) support is configured as
We would normally recommend that we supply the MCA-C5 with the Russound DMS3.1 Digital Media Streamer. This then gives you three streaming sources
which can be from your own music library held on a computer, Internet radio or a music service provider, AND
an AM/FM tuner. This combination then totals 3 digital music streams and 2 analogue radio sources.
The Russound MCA-C5 has a front USB port for programming ease and a rear RS-232 port for integration with home automation systems such as
Global Cache iTach or GC-100 Network Controllers.
Custom audio settings, Party Mode, Do Not Disturb, source and zone linking, and All On/Off participation are standard features.
Incorporated in the MCA-C5 is a system clock with an alarm and sleep timer, Home Cinema 12V trigger, routed and common IR outputs, and eight
12VDC trigger outputs. Source eight can serve as a paging input and loop output for connection to a third party paging or phone system.
With Russound MDK-C5 Multiline Display Keypad or Russound Uno-TS2 touchscreens, the MCA-C5 communicates from its built-in tuner and other
Russound Smart sources vital information such as preset name, AM/FM station frequency and metadata such as artist and song title.
The Russound MDK-C5 Multiline Display Keypad is the standard wall-mounted keypad for C-Series Controller Amplifiers that fits into a standard
US style double gang plastic back box for stud walls or
metal back box for solid walls. The keypad's
grey scale LCD screen displays real-time information including playlist, channel, artist, song title, genre and more when used with Russound
Responsive hard buttons offer access to virtually every system feature and source control function. The buttons and screen brightness
are adjustable and can be dimmed at your discretion.
The optional Uno-TS3 touchscreen from Russound is designed to work with all of the Russound RNET devices. It offers both
touch sensitive screen buttons and hard buttons for those commands most often used.
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The kit comes complete with a Russound SRC-C5 remote control. The SRC-C5 is Russoundís advanced learning remote control
for C-5 multiroom systems. It works with Russoundís MCA-C5 systems, as well as with the MDK-C5 keypad. It also controls up to eight
connected audio-video sources and up to three local devices such as a TV or AV receiver.
Interfacing with home cinema
A popular set-up is to share the rear speakers of a home cinema room with the multiroom audio system. It is possible to do this by using the SRM2.1 Speaker Relay Module
in the room and connecting it between the MCA-C5 output and the speakers, ie speaker cable
connections. The local input, eg Home Cinema audio is plugged into the speaker sockets on the front.
The SRM2.1 also must be connected (from the rear) to the MCA-C5 12V trigger out for that zone. It will then give automatic A/B
switching, normally allowing you to play the local source but switching to
multi-room whenever the zone is powered up on the keypad.
Switching HDMI video sources
The MCA-C5 does not include video distribution, however, you can use the WyreStorm 4x4 HDMI video matrix
for distributing high definition video sources, up to and including 3D Blu-ray, Apple TV or SkyHD Plus, and associating them with
a particular source input on the MCA-C5. This means that switching to a Blu-ray Player on the MCA-C5 keypad would
automatically switch an associated TV to Blu-ray.
This switching is achieved through the use of the optional Myro:Bridge hardware.
iPod/iPad/iPhone integration using AirPlay
You can play music from your iPod, iPhone or iPad (or your iTunes library on your PC or Mac computer) to the Russound multiroom controller by
adding an Apple Airport Express as an input source. The AirPlay function takes the music from the iTunes library on your computer or iPod, iPad,
iPhone (iOS) device and sends it wirelessly to the Airport Express. Since the Airport Express Base Station has a 3.5mm jack socket you simply connect the output
audio jack to the RCA phono connectors on the back of the Russound using a
3.5mm to 2 phono interconnect lead.
The Airport Express utility allows you to name individual Airport Express base stations so you can have multiple units connected to your Russound
mulitroom controller, each named differently. Why not have one per user? This would give you your own personal audio stream from your iOS device
or from your iTunes library. You can use the Russound keypad to select your stream for the room that you are in. Select your music and control
it using your iOS device.
The Airport Express uses dual band 802.11n WiFi so if you can get WiFi in the room you will be able to Airplay your music back to the centrally
located Airport Express Base Station and Russound multiroom controller.
iPod/iPad/iPhone and Android integration using Bluetooth
Although Bluetooth has a shorter range (approx 15m) than WiFi more devices can connect using it, so the Russound Bluetooth Source Kit allows
you to stream to the Russound multiroom controller.
The Russound Bluetooth Source Kit BSK1 consists of two parts. The BTC-1 is the termination box which sits beside your Russound multiroom controller.
The BTC-1X is the transceiver. This receives the Bluetooth stream and delivers it to the termination box over Cat5e/6 cable. This dual part system
allows you to stream music to the centrally located controller from the remote room despite the limited distance of Bluetooth.
The BTC-1X can receive the Bluetooth signal from your Bluetooth device within a range of 15m free space (49'). The transceiver is powered
over the Cat5e cable from a 12V power supply connected to the centrally located termination box. As with the Airport Express, the naming software allows you to name individual
Bluetooth Source Kits for easy identification.
We do not recommend this Russound MCA-C5 system for self installation.
Configuration of the Russound MCA-C5 Multizone Controller Amplifier is an installer only operation, however, you can purchase the
system pre-configured by us to a standard system with no extra charge for the configuration.
This standard configuration incorporates all or some of the following components:
If you would like more than one MDK-C5 keypad controlling a single zone, this is possible using the Russound SA-ZX3 keypad splitter, which can add two extra keypads to a zone.
- Buy the US style double gang back boxes early before the
walls are plastered. Cut out size for the back box - 112mm wide x 95mm tall x 78mm deep.
- Cabling is by Category 5e or 6 cable from the controller to each keypad, and
speaker cable from the controller to each pair of speakers.
- 8 Ohm speakers are recommended but you can have 4 Ohm speakers in up to two rooms if required.
- If you want to have a tidy termination of the Cat 5e cable from the keypads near the MCA-C5 unit, you can use the HNS RJ45 data outlets
either with or without the HNS patch panel, and connect to the
MCA-C5 unit by a patch lead. If you use this system
you must use our special T568A to T568B patch leads, because the Russound unit uses the American RJ45 colour coding but
the HNS system uses the UK T568B colour coding. Price for the 1.5 metre patch lead is shown below.
Russound MCA-C5 specification:
- Power: 40W RMS/Ch @ 8 Ohms
- Frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 KHz ( +/- 1 dB )
- Total harmonic distortion: .05%
- Signal to noise ratio: 89 dB min, "A" weighted
- Rack mount ears included, occupies 2U
- Dimensions: 432 x 305 x 89 (W x D x H)
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