The Russound MCA-88i Digital multi-zone controller amplifier provides up to eight zones of distributed audio. Scalable to 48 zones, the MCA-88i 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-88i to connect up to 8 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). With it’s digital inputs, the MCA-88i 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’s advanced and professional grade MBX streamers – such as the highly adaptive MBX-PRE, to extract the best possible audio quality form any source material (hi-res or not).
The MCA-88i also has a designated Bluetooth extender connection. The Bluetooth connection allows the installation of the MCA-88i 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.
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-88i 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-88i.
The MCA-88i features 6 zones of high quality amplification, providing 40 watts of power per channel into 8 ohms. All zones also feature useful fixed or variable line-level outputs, ideal for expanding if required into multi-channel power amplifiers for rooms/zones with more speakers. Zones 7 and 8 are for use with outboard amplification only. This means that zones 7 & 8 are perfect for zones that require bigger amplification for external amps and speakers, or for zones encompassing many more speakers amd multi-channel power!
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-88i 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 seamless control of potential Russound MBX streaming sources, the Russound MCA-88i can control all of your additional source devices too – via keypad, remote or via App!
Alongside the ‘My Russound’ App, the MCA-88i can be used with advanced Russound keypads or touchscreens such as the MDK-C6 or XTSPlus. 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-88i is part of the Russound Certified Installer Required Program and can only be installed and configured by a Russound Certified Installer.