MCA-88 Controller The Next Generation Multi-Zone Has Arrived

MCA-88 Controller The Next Generation Multi-Zone Has Arrived
Product Brief
The Next Generation Multi-Zone Has Arrived
MCA-88 8 Source, 8 Zone Controller Amplifier
Building on Russound’s legendary reliability, simplicity, and sound
quality, the new multi-zone controllers now offer faster response
time, an array of digital inputs, quicker configuration, and more
great content. The intuitive MyRussound™ App conveniently
controls the entire system and displays metadata* using tablets and
phones. In addition, a wide assortment of keypads, touchscreens
and hand-held remotes ensures optimum control for any location.
Engineered for flexible configuration and easy integration the
controllers satisfy any design challenge. The system allows
multiple controllers to be combined to create up to 48 independent
zones. The new Russound line of multi-zone controllers delivers
the perfect balance of popular music content, audio performance,
and optimal control.
*metadata on the MyRussound App only when used with an XStream™
product such as the MCA-88X, X5 or DMS-3.1.
The MCA-88 is part of the Russound
Certified Installer (RCI) Program and
can only be installed and configured
by a Russound Certified Installer. The
RCI Program is designed to provide the
best possible product and installation
experience to our consumers while
maximizing the value that the thousands
of Russound installers in the US and
around the world offer to their customers
throughout the sale and installation
process. To find out more about how
to become an RCI, contact us at
603-659-5170 or
MCA-88 Key Features
Toroidal power
supply for improved
Audiophile quality
DACs support high
resolution audio up to
24 bit/192kHz
Impressive audio quality
@ 40 W/ch x 6 zones
Updated IR library for
faster programming
Russound Certified Installer
credentials required to activate
and install this product*
Routed IR for
source control
Built-in Bluetooth® extension
input for connecting BTC-1X
up to 300’ away
Programmable fixed/variable
line out for all 8 zones
Upgraded processor with
high-speed bus for increased
2 digital coax inputs
1 digital coax/optical input
Analog source inputs
8 source loop outputs
Additional Features:
• RS232 and IP Controllable
• Removable Screwless Speaker Connectors
• Home Theater 12V Trigger In/Out for Shared Sources
• Paging System Support with Dedicated 12V Trigger Input
• Global 12V Trigger Output
• Supports KNX® with Optional KNX-RIO-1
The Russound MCA-88 digital multi-zone controller amplifier
provides up to eight zones of distributed audio, for up to 8
audio sources. Scalable to 48 zones, the MCA-88 provides
numerous options to tailor to residential or light commercial
distributed audio systems. The Bluetooth® connection allows
the installation of the MCA-88 in an equipment rack while
remotely locating the optional Russound BTC-1X Bluetooth
receiver up to 300’ away. 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 enables connection to all Russound
RNET Smart Sources like the ST1 AM/FM external tuner.
All MCA products are Ethernet enabled devices allowing for
IP based features and control. RIO (Russound I/O) allows
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-88 and its source components.
Custom audio settings, party mode, do not disturb, source
and zone linking, and all-on/all-off participation are standard
features. The MCA-88 has alarm and sleep timers, a Home
Theater trigger and a 12VDC trigger output for power
management and control. Source eight can serve as a paging
input and loop output for connection to a 3rd party paging or
phone system.
With Russound keypads or touchscreens, the MCA-88
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.
Technical Specifications
Audio Source Inputs
8 stereo RCA line level, 2 coax,1 coax/optical (maximum of 8 total inputs)
Audio Zone Outputs
6 Speaker Level 40W/ch (8 line level, fixed or variable selectable)
Watts per channel
40W, 1kHz into 8 ohms with <5% THD+N, 2 channels at full power, 10 channels at 1/8th
Frequency Response
20Hz-20kHz +/- 1 dB at 1W output into 8 ohms
Minimum Impedance
8 ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion
<0.05%, 1W output into 8 ohms 20Hz-20kHz
Signal to Noise Ratio
93 dB unweighted, 96 dB A-weighted
Common Trigger
Out, 12VDC, @100mA
Home Theater Trigger
In/Out, 12VDC (pass-through)
Page Trigger
In, 12VDC
Speaker connection
6 detachable, screwless 4 pole connectors
Keypad ports
6 RJ-45 T568A standard
IR Outputs
Up to 6 routed, with two shared outputs and 1 common
USB (firmware update only)
Communication ports
1 Serial RS-232, 19.2 kHz baud rate
1 Ethernet RJ-45, 10/100 Base T
2 RJ-45 RNET link ports
Power Supply
100-120 VAC, 60Hz US and Canada (MCA-88)
220-240 VAC, 50Hz International (MCA-88i)
100-120V/T5.0A 250V US and Canada (MCA-88)
Fuse Rating
220-240V/T3.15A 250V International (MCA-88i)
17”W x 3.5”H x 17.2”D (43.2 x 9 x 44 cm)
28.8 lbs. (13.1 kg)
Product Specifications
Model Number
Part Number
Shipping Dimensions
Shipping Weight
20.4”W x 20.2”D x 9.8”H (52 x 51 x 25 cm)
34.8lbs (15.8kg)
20.4”W x 20.2”D x 9.8”H (52 x 51 x 25 cm)
36lbs (16.3kg)
Russound | 1 Forbes Road Newmarket, NH 03857 | 603.659.5170 |
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