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C-Series Multizone Controller Amplifier

C-Series Multizone Controller Amplifier

MCA-C3



C-Series Multizone Controller Amplifier MCA-C3

The MCA-C3 Multi-zone Controller Amplifier provides six zones of distributed stereo audio from any of six sources. The addition of up to five additional controllers allow for scalability to 36 zones. A variety of input options have been engineered into the MCA-C3 controller. A built-in internal AM/FM tuner with RDS (Radio Data System) support is optional as source one. An RNET® link using CAT-5e allows for metadata transmission and control of Russound RNET Smart Source components. (BGK-1, ST1, VM-1, BSK-1) C-Series products are Ethernet enabled devices allowing for communication via RIO (Russound I/O). RIO allows C-Series products to integrate and communicate bi-directionally through Ethernet protocol. Using RIO protocol and Ethernet connectivity through the LAN, the My Russound App controls C-Series products and other Russound Ethernet connected products, like our DMS3.1 Digital Media Streamer.

The MCA-C3 controller features analog amplifiers providing 20 watts of power per channel to zones one through six. Two zones are equipped with fixed or variable line-level outputs for outboard amplification or subzone use. The MCA-C3 has a front USB port for programming ease and a rear RS-232 port for integration with home automation systems.

Custom audio settings, Party Mode, Do Not Disturb, source and zone linking, and All On/Off participation are standard features. Incorporated in the MCA-C3 is a system clock with alarms and sleep timers, Home Theater trigger, routed and common IR outputs, and six 12VDC trigger outputs. Source six can serve as a paging input for connection to a third party paging or phone system.

With MDK-C5, MDK-C6, SLK, SLK-1 Keypads or TS3 touchscreens, the MCA-C5 communicates from its built-in tuner and other Russound Smart sources vital information such as preset name, AM/FM station frequency, satellite radio station ID, artist, and song title.

Configuration of the MCA-C5 Multi-zone Controller Amplifier requires a PC loaded with Russound SCS-C5 Configuration Software. This free software is available for download at our online Support Center.

Standard Features

  • 6 source inputs with zone specific access
  • 6 zones - 6 amplified, 2 with fixed or variable line output
  • Internal AM/FM tuner with RDS (Radio Data System) display
  • Party mode, Source linking, and Zone linking
  • Alarm and sleep timer
  • Optional System Wide Paging capability (through source 6 input)
Shipping Dimensions 21.0" (W) x 10.0" (H) x 17.0" (D)
(53.3 x 25.4 x 43.2 cm)
Shipping Weight 27.0 lbs (12.3 kg)
Antenna ImpedanceAM: 300 Ohm balanced
FM: 75 Ohm unbalanced
Audio Source Inputs6 (including internal tuner and page input)
Communication PortsFront- 1 USB 2.0/1.1
Rear- 1 Serial RS232, 19.2 kHz baud rate
(1) Ethernet RJ-45, 10/100 Base T
(2) RJ-45 RNET links In/Out
Frequency RangeAM 530 - 1710 kHz
FM 87.7 - 107.9 MHz
Frequency Response20Hz-20kHz +/- 1 dB at 1W output into 8 ohms
Fuse Rating100-120V/T3.15A 250V US and Canada
220-240V/T1.25A 250V Europe
Image RejectionAM: 33 dB
FM: 80 dB
IR Outputs(6) routed, (1) common
Keypad Outputs(6) RJ-45 T568A standard
Power Consumption400 watts maximum
Power Consumption (Standby)<1.0 watt
Power Supply120 or 240 VAC
S/N RatioAM: 45 dB
FM: 60 dB
SensitivityAM: @20 dB S/N 55 dBu
FM: @30 dB S/N 6 dB max 12 dBu
Signal to Noise Ratio93 dB unweighted, 96 dB A-weighted
Speaker Connection(s)(6) detachable, (4) pole connectors
Total Harmonic Distortion<0.10%
Trigger Input(s)(1) Home Theater 12VDC max
(1) Page 12VDC max
Trigger Output(s)(6) 12VDC 100mA
(1) Home Theater
Watts per channel20W RMS into 8 ohms