February 02, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
For music buffs who don’t want to confine their listening to just one media room, the new offerings from Russound let you rock around your house.
The New Hampshire-based manufacturer is debuting its new MCA-C5 multizone controller amplifier and MDK-C5 keypad at this week’s Integrated Systems Europe conference in Amsterdam, with scheduled availability in March.
That’ll give you plenty of time to think about what rooms you want connected to your music collection. With the MCA-C5, you can send the tunes to eight zones via the eight stereo inputs for external sources, plus there are six digitally amplified zones with 40 watts per channel. Each zone has variable and fixed outputs, and there’s also an AM-FM tuner built-in.
Access to the song selection, plus all the metadata that goes with it so you know what you’re listening to, can be found on the sleek MDK-C5 multiline display keypad. It has an LCD screen display, system clock, zone alarms, sleep timer and paging, too.
Thanks to the source linking feature on the controller, you can have the same source in multiple zones with independent on/off and volume levels. A single Cat 5 cable links the controller to the keypad, which even has a plasma version and color conversion kit so it’ll fit in with just about any room’s style.
Look for the complementary amplifier and keypad in March for $3,050 and $349, respectively.
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