Multi-zone controller and amplifier for Russound distributed audio systems
Our take on the Russound MCA-88 by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Central command for your whole-house music system
Russound has combined their whole-house music expertise with smart technology to make controlling a distributed audio system easier than ever. Their new MCA-88 multi-zone controller and amplifier delivers music to up to eight different rooms. And it's compatible with your Amazon Alexa device, providing you with a simple-but-powerful way of playing music using voice commands. Learn more about Alexa compatibility here.
The MCA-88 offers an array of input and output options for your multi-room audio system.
Built-in power for 12 speakers
The MCA-88 has six pairs of speaker outputs that each deliver 40 watts RMS per channel — plenty of power to drive in-wall, in-ceiling, and bookshelf speakers around your home.
Send music to up to 8 zones
In addition to its six pairs of powered outputs, the MCA-88 can send a line-level RCA signal to up to eight zones. This lets you use additional amplifiers in conjunction with the MCA-88 to power more speakers.
Lots of source connection options
A host of RCA, coaxial digital, and optical digital inputs let you connect as many as eight different audio sources, like network music streamers, CD players, and satellite radio tuners. Play jazz in the upstairs bedroom, salsa in the kitchen, rock in the living room, and sports radio on the patio. Or play the same source simultaneously throughout the house.
Control from your phone or tablet
The free MyRussound app lets you control the MCA-88 from your iOS® or Android™ device. The app lets you select content from compatible sources, adjust volume, and more.
Want to listen to your music in more than eight rooms? By adding extra controller/amplifiers, keypads, and optional hardware, you can distribute music to up to 48 areas of your home. Contact our A/V Design group for free personalized help designing your multi-room audio system.
- multi-zone controller and power amp for Russound multi-room audio systems
- distributes music from eight sources to up to eight listening areas in your home
- expandable up to 48 zones with additional controller/amplifiers
- 8 RCA stereo inputs
- 2 coaxial digital and 1 optical/coaxial digital inputs
- 6 pairs of speaker connectors
- 40 watts RMS x 12 at 8 ohms
- 8 line-level RCA outputs for connecting additional amplifiers
- supports RS-232 and IP-control for integrating a third-party home automation system
- supports voice control via an Amazon Alexa device
- 8 RJ-45 ports for connecting optional in-wall keypads via category cable
- 6 routed IR outputs and 1 common IR output
- 12-volt trigger input and output
- supports Bluetooth® streaming with optional BTC-1X receiver
- rack-mountable with (mounting ears included)
- 17"W x 3-3/4"H x 16-1/4"D
- weight: 28.8 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Stream music from the internet and your home network
The Russound MCA-88X offers these features:
XStream™ feature allows music streaming from Spotify®, Pandora®, SiriusXM®, and other online providers, along with music from your home network