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Russound MBX-AMPi – High Resolution Network Streamer & Zonal Amplifier

£729.00 (Inc. VAT)

£607.50 (Exc. VAT)

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SKU: MBX-AMPi
Quick Overview

The all-new MBX-AMP is part of the latest generation of professional grade streamers from Russound, dedicated to high-resolution music performance and installation flexibility. They both bring Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi versatility to the customer’s music and fingertip control for their music pleasure.

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Product Description

The all-new MBX-AMP is part of the latest generation of professional grade streamers from Russound, dedicated to high-resolution music performance and installation flexibility. They both bring Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi versatility to the customer’s music and fingertip control for their music pleasure.

When the MBX-AMP is installed in a customer’s home, the music content in their smart phone, tablet, or any of their mobile devices is instantly available through their entertainment system or TV at the tap of a fingertip with the easy-to-use Russound App. These new MBX streamers are the best solution to give consumers ‘wireless sourcing’ from any of their hand held devices, streaming services and NAS drives – as well as localised source options too*.

Built on a fast next-gen processor, the MBX-AMP provides ultra-fast response with tasks like album art based menu browsing and hassle-free synching and grouping among any rooms now a seamless pleasure.More user-friendly than other streamers, the MBX-AMP has front panel controls that can allow customers to control volume, play/pause and also have a slick new feature called “favourites”. This feature enables the MBX-AMP to play not only the customers’ favourites, but also provides immediate access to the last selection that the customer was playing.

MBX-AMP is also ‘Voice Compatible’ with Alexa and Google Home via built-in Chromecast and it provides a host of streaming service support too. The new MBX-AMP now has native support for Tidal, Deezer and ANY audio through Chromecast (built-in), adding to Russound’s existing support for Spotify, TuneIn, vTuner, UPnP devices, and of course Apple AirPlay 2.

The MBX-AMP is not purely just a streamer. With the availability of digital (optical) and analogue (3.5mm stereo) inputs allows the addition of up to two external sources if needed (can be set up to auto-switch to the digital input too) making it ideal for amplifying your locally connected devices – such as TV’s. Furthermore, with the usage of the included IR receiver you can also attenuate your TV’s volume and more (even use a Russound USRC remote too for enhanced features). Just use the included Infrared Sensor and quickly teach the MBX-AMP your remote control’s volume and mute commands. It’s that easy.

What’s New – 5th January 2022

The Russound MBX-Series now supports Apple AirPlay 2 audio streaming! AirPlay 2 offers many exciting new benefits to MBX users.

Multi-brand Synchronisation – Not only can you now use AirPlay to play synchronised audio among any MBX-Series products, but you can also now synchronise audio between your MBX products and ANY OTHER AirPlay 2 compatible brand’s products. Do you have an MBX system throughout the house and an AirPlay 2 Sonos speaker by the pool and an AirPlay 2 soundbar in another room? All of these can now easily join together for synchronised playback and control using AirPlay from any iOS device.

Voice Control with Siri – Use Siri to play and control your favourite music. Your MBX products can be configured in the Apple Home app and Siri can help you use your favourite music apps to play on your AirPlay 2 devices, including Apple Music and more.

Uninterrupted Music – With AirPlay 2, your music will continue to play at your party even if you get a phone call. No more interruptions to the music.

Features

Russound MBX-AMP – High Resolution Streamer & Zonal Amplifier – Features & Benefits:

  • Apple™ AirPlay
  • Chromecast™
  • Bluetooth®
  • Voice Control is available using Amazon Alexa
  • Spotify Connect (Premium), Tidal & Deezer
  • vTuner & Tunein Internet radio support
  • High Resolution audio playback (supports up to 24-bit/192 kHz)
  • USB input for digital music media
  • Digital & Analogue ‘Local’ Inputs
  • Digital & Analogue Outputs
  • 12v Trigger Output
  • Hard Button ‘Favourites’ with Volume Control & Play/Pause
  • 50 Watts per channel into 8 Ohms
  • 70 watts per channel into 4 Ohms
  • Subwoofer output
  • Infra-red control (includes SLM-1 IR Receiver) Control via the ‘MyRussound’ App or XTS in-wall touchscreen
    Russound Certified Installer Product

Specifications

 

Frequency Response 20Hz to 20KHz
Speaker Output 50 Watts Per Channel @ 8ohms & 70 Watts Per Channel @ 4ohms
Audio Outputs 1 x Analogue (3.5mm Stereo Audio), 1 x Digital (Optical) & 1 x Subwoofer (RCA)
Line Audio Output: 2V rms
Audio Inputs 1 x Analogue (3.5mm Stereo Audio), 1 x Digital (Optical) & 1 x USB 2.0 (Media Playback/Thumbdrive)
Bluetooth Audio Support Yes
Apple Airplay Support Yes
Chromecast Support Yes
Streaming Services Deezer, Spotify & Tidal
Internet Radio Tunein & vTuner
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Dual band
Music File Formats MP3 (CBR, VBR), WAV (8, 16-bit), OGG Vorbis, FLAC (8, 16-bit) & AAC, AAC+ (supports up to 24-bit/192kHz)
Trigger Output 12vDC @100mA
Communication Ports Ethernet RJ45 10/100 BaseT
Power Requirements 220-240 VAC (50Hz)
Product Dimensions (W x D x H): 21cm x 17.8cm x 4.5cm
Product Weight 1.5 kg

Tech Info

Russound MBX Series Brochure

Russound MBX-AMP Zonal Streaming Amplifier – Product Brief

Russound MBX-AMP Zonal Streaming Amplifier – Manual

Russound MBX Series FAQ Fact Sheet

 

New Service Update

FAQ

What do I need to do to get the update?

The update is available immediately by using WebConfig and going to Admin-Firmware Update – Web Update to begin the process. All MBX-Series products that are configured for automatic updates will receive the update to enable AirPlay 2 support automatically over the next few weeks as the update rolls out globally to all customers.

Product New Firmware Version

MBX-PRE 2.0.23
MBX-AMP 2.0.23

What is AirPlay?

AirPlay is an Apple technology designed to control home audio systems and speakers in any room — with a tap or by just asking Siri — right from iPhone, iPad, HomePod, or Apple TV. Play a song in the living room and kitchen at the same time or adjust the volume in any room, all in sync. You can learn more about Airplay by visiting Apple HERE

How do I control the volume while using AirPlay 2?

When an MBX-Series product is actively streaming AirPlay content, the volume control on the MBX and the AirPlay source device such as your iPhone are linked, which means a change in volume on the iPhone will also change the volume level of the MBX and vice versa.

Can I use a password to limit the access to AirPlay streaming?

Yes. If you want to use an optional password to limit access to AirPlay, just create a password in the Russound WebConfig setup page for each MBX-Series product that you want to password protect and select “Apply”. The password(s) you create will then be required on any iOS device in order to send audio content to your MBX-Series product.

Can I synchronise audio between the MBX-Series and Russound’s new VoicePlay products?

Yes, both the MBX-Series and VoicePlay are compatible with AirPlay 2 and can be joined together for synchronised audio when playing AirPlay content. The synchronisation is limited to AirPlay content, however. In fact, you can use AirPlay to play synchronised audio between the MBX-Series and ANY brand of AirPlay 2 speakers for truly unlimited and versatile system designs to meet any customer needs.

What else is new in Firmware Version 2.0.23?

In addition to AirPlay 2, this version also includes minor bug fixes and enhancements including updates related to Chromecast, Spotify, TuneIn and Amazon Alexa integration.

When updating the firmware, please remember to make sure that your MBX-Series customers are using the new Russound app.

Download the new Russound app here:

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