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Item #: MCA88X
MSRP: $3,625.00

8 Zone, 8 Source Controller Streamer Amplifier MCA-88X



The Russound MCA-88X Digital multi-zone controller amplifier with built in XStream™ streaming media player provides up to eight zones of distributed audio, for up to 8 audio sources. Scalable to 48 zones, the MCA-88X provides numerous options to tailor to residential or light commercial distributed audio systems. A variety of input options have been engineered into the MCA-88X to connect up to 8 total sources, all with analog audio loop outputs that can be either fixed or variable level. AV source input options include 8 Analog, 3 Digital (up to 3 coax, or 2 coax and 1 optical), 1 paging and 1 Bluetooth extender connection. TheBluetooth connection allows the installation of the MCA-88X 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 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-88X and its source components.

The MCA-88X features 6 zones of advanced digital amplification, providing 40 watts of power per channel. All 8 zones are equipped with fixed or variable line-level outputs for outboard amplification, wireless expansion or subzone use. Additionally, an RS-232 port for integration with serial-connected home automation systems is available for utilization on the rear panel of the MCA-88X.


Custom audio settings, party modes, do not disturb, source and zone linking, and all-on/all-off participation are standard features. The MCA-88X has alarm and sleep timers, a Home Theater trigger and one 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-88X 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.


Note: The MCA-88X is part of the Russound Certified Installer Required Program and can only be installed and configured by a Russound Certified Installer.

Standard Features

  • Built-in XStream includes: Apple Airplay, Pandora, SiriusXM, Spotify, TuneIn, vTuner, dlna
  • 6 Amplified Zones @40W/ch
  • Line Out for All Zones (Fixed/Variable)
  • Up to 8 Line-Level Stereo Inputs, 3 Digital Coaxial and 1 Optical
  • RS232 and IP Controllable
  • 6 Routed IR Outputs, plus 1 Global IR Output
  • Home Theater 12V Trigger In/Out for Shared Sources
  • Global 12V Trigger Output
  • Removable Screwless Speaker Connectors
  • Expandable to up to 48 Zones
  • Supports Bluetooth® with Optional BTC-1X
  • Paging System Support with Dedicated 12V Trigger Input
  • Supports KNX® with Optional KNX-RIO-1
  • Rackmountable with Rack Mount Ears Included
  • Two-Year Limited Warranty
Shipping Weight 0.0 lbs (0.0 kg)
Audio Output(s) 6 Speaker Level 40W/ch (8 line level, fixed or variable selectable)
Audio Source Inputs 8 Stereo RCA Line-Level, 3 Digital Coax, 1 Digital Optical (Maximum of 8 Total Inputs)
Communication Ports USB (firmware update only) 1 Serial RS-232, 19.2 kHz baud rate 1 Ethernet RJ-45, 10/100 Base T 2 RJ-45 RNET link ports
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 1 dB at 1W output into 8 ohms
Home Theater Trigger Input In/Out, 12VDC (pass-through)
IR Outputs Up to 6 routed, with two shared outputs and 1 common
Keypad Ports 6 RJ-45 T568A standard
Power Rating 100-120 VAC, 60Hz 220-240 VAC, 50Hz 100-120V/T5.0A 250V US and Canada 220-240V/T3.15A 250V International
Product Dimensions 17"W x 3.5"H x 17.2"D (43.2 x 9 x 44 cm)2U rack mount hardware included
Product Weight 28.8 lbs. (13.1 kg)
Signal to Noise Ratio 93 dB unweighted, 96 dB A-weighted
Speaker Connection(s) 6 detachable 4 pole connectors
Total Harmonic Distortion <0.05%, 1W output into 8 ohms 20Hz-20kHz
Trigger Output(s) Out, 12VDC, @100mA
Watts per channel 40W - 1kHz into 8 ohms with <5% THD+N, 2 channels at full power, 10 channels at 1/8th


Firmware Updates for MCA-Series Controllers
This firmware update is recommended for all installations of the following
Russound MCA-Series controllers:


This new firmware version increases the number of simultaneous IP connections that are possible on the MCA-66 and MCA-88, bringing the number up to 27 to match the MCA-88X. That's perfect
for installations with large numbers of the XTS touchscreen or mobile devices running the
MyRussound app.
This new firmware release is also a critical update to the MCA-88X as it greatly improves the stability
of the MCA-88X's internal streamer, specifically with updates for both SiriusXM and AirPlay operation.

Additionally, as part of our continuing efforts to port all of the Russound system configuration options available in SCS-C5 to Web Config, this new firmware release (2.01.03) enhances the Web Config interface; now even more configuration options are available using a tablet or phone.

Lastly, this new update unifies the Web Config appearance for all three controller models so that the same options are available for each.

New Features:

  • Support for up to 27 simultaneous IP connections to accommodate more users of the MyRussound App or XTS in-wall touchscreens
  • Added custom Zone and Source names to the title of their respective 'Details' pages in
    Web Config
  • Selecting the Enter button on your keyboard will automatically select the 'Apply' button after entering your login and password to unlock the controller
  • Improvements to the look and feel of the Russound Web Config interface

Update Procedures: 

Russound controllers are easily updated using our Web Config interface but may also be updated  
using a USB-drive that has the proper firmware update file loaded on it. Please refer to this
Firmware Update Procedure if you are not familiar with this process.
Please download our release notes for a complete list of updates.



All Firmware Updates are available in the support center on the Russound Portal. 

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