28.08.14

Russound Announces MCA-88X Streaming Multizone Controller Amplifier with Built-In XStream Technology

New Russound controller has XStream™ Technology built-in and is packed with popular cloud streaming services, with total control from pho...

New Russound controller has XStream™ Technology built-in and is packed with popular cloud streaming services, with total control from phones and tablets Whole-house audio market innovator Russound today announced the new MCA-88X Streaming Multizone Controller Digital Amplifier. A perfect blending of the company’s popular MCA-Series products and the recently introduced XStream X5 Wireless Controller Streamer, the evolutionary MCA-88X is an eight source, eight zone controller with built-in XStream Technology that streams content from the cloud, home network, tablets and phones—all from a single component. Scalable up to 48 zones by combining multiple controllers, the MCA-88X is part of Russound’s next generation of controllers delivering super-fast response time, an array of digital inputs, and quicker configuration. The unit offers plentiful options to fit the distributed audio needs of most residential and light commercial environments. In addition to its analog, digital, and paging sources, the new MCA-88X is also Bluetooth compatible. This enables use of Russound’s BTC-1X Bluetooth Extender to wirelessly connect portable media players, smartphones, and similar devices, located anywhere in a home to the MCA-88X. The unit also features full system control via the My Russound app on both Android and IOS mobile devices, and is fully compatibility with Russound’s advanced keypads and TS3 touchscreens. Engineered for maximum expandability of both zones and components the MCA-88X features 6 zones of cool-running, high quality digital amplification at a powerful 40 watts per channel, all channels driven, and offers maximum integration flexibility with fixed/variable line-level outputs for outboard amplification, wireless expansion and subzone use for up to 8 zones per chassis. Built-in Serial and IP control allow easy bi-directional integration with 3rd party control systems. Customers will find the same superior standard features they’ve come to expect from Russound – including custom audio settings, party modes, do not disturb, and source/zone linking – plus new functions like alarm and sleep timers, Home Theater trigger, and the ability to designate source eight as a 3rd party paging or phone system. Commented Russound’s CEO Charlie Porritt: “The MCA-88X is designed to give our customers exactly what they asked for: total integration with mobile devices, keypads, apps and operating systems without sacrificing seamless multi-room operability. The MCA-88X delivers this experience flawlessly. What’s equally important is that all content can now be streamed wirelessly from a single component with absolute digital clarity. That fact sets the MCA-88X apart from all other controllers.” www.russound.com