Multi-zone controller, amplifier, and music streamer for Russound distributed audio systems
Our take on the Russound MCA-88X by Crutchfield's Kramer Crane
Whole-house music, your way
Russound's MCA-88X is a music streamer, multi-zone amplifier, and system controller all rolled into one chassis. This rack-mountable unit 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-88X offers an array of input and output options for your multi-room audio system.
Built-in power for 12 speakers
The MCA-88X 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-88X can send a line-level RCA signal to up to eight zones. This lets you use additional amplifiers in conjunction with the MCA-88X to power more speakers.
Built-in web streaming
The MCA-88X has a built-in feature called XStream™, which lets you easily play music from Spotify®, Pandora®, SiriusXM, and a host of other online providers. You can also access content from your local music library as well. The free MyRussound app for iOS® or Android™ devices lets you select content from compatible sources, adjust volume, and more.
Lots of source connection options
A host of RCA, coaxial digital, and optical digital inputs let you connect as many as eight different external 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.
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
- streams music from Spotify®, Pandora®, SiriusXM, and other online providers, along with content from your home music library
- 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