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Russound 8 Zone, 8 Source Controller Amplifier


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Build a Next Gen Multi-Room Audio System

Create a multi-room distributed audio system capable of utilizing virtually any audio source with the Russound 8 Zone, 8 Source Controller Amplifier! This distributed audio controller amplifier acts as the core of the Russound MCA audio system to deliver high quality audio to up to 8 zones in a home or commercial building, or up to 48 zones when networked with additional Russound MCA amplifiers. The MCA-88 provides numerous input options including up to 8 line level stereo inputs, 3 coaxial inputs and 1 optical, with optional configuration to connect to a 3rd party paging or intercom system or a Bluetooth transceiver. Each Amplifier offers the following standard features: party modes, alarm and sleep timers, do not disturb zone designation, source and zone linking, all-on/all-off participation, and other customization settings.

  • 8 Input, 8 Output IP Controller Amplifier for scalable AV systems
  • Inputs include 8 RCA, 3 Digital (up to 3 coax, or 2 coax and 1 optical), 1 optional paging and 1 optional Bluetooth
  • 8 Fixed/Variable Line Out Stereo Inputs @40W per channel
  • 6 Routed IR Outputs and 1 Global IR Output
  • 6 IP connections for 1 IP keypad control per zone
  • Paging System and Home Theater Trigger In/Out for Shared Sources via 12VDC inputs
  • Expandable to up to 48 Zones via RNET links with additional Russound Source Amplifiers
  • Supports Bluetooth® with Optional BTC-1X or BTC-2X Transceivers, sold separately
  • Supports KNX® with Optional KNX-RIO-1
  • Transmits audio metadata to compatible keypads or touchscreen displays
  • On-board configuration available with Web Config via an internet browser on smartphone, tablet, or laptop
  • Voice Control Compatible with Amazon Alexa

All MCA products are IP compatible through Russound's RIO software (Russound I/O). RIO software allows Russound IP based control systems to integrate with, control, and communicate bi-directionally with other IP compatible devices and controllers through an open protocol, including smart home hubs and controllers. Russound Amplifiers are controlled from the MyRussound mobile app, Web Config via an internet browser, and local IP controllers such as the Russound XTS7 Touchscreen or the Russound IPK-1 Keypad. A single MCA-88 amplifier supports up to 6 IR outputs for IR remote control, plus 6 IP connections for 1 keypad to control a single zone.

MyRussound™ App

The intuitive MyRussound™ App controls the entire Russound system from smart tablets and smartphones. The MyRussound app takes advantage of all of the features available to your Russound devices to simplify control of your Russound audio system no matter the scale or configuration. Control everything from small audio systems of only a few rooms in the home to the most complex audio installations.

Easy, Intuitive Room Grouping

Add, remove, or group any number of rooms for seamless synchronized audio throughout your home. Simply go to the room list and tap the speaker icon of the room that you'd like to share or withhold audio with other rooms in your home.

Faster and More Responsive Browsing

Quickly and easily find and select the song, artist, album that you're looking for within the always available navigation bar.

Improved Favorites Access

Easily access support for customizable room-based and app-based favorites. Create favorites and shortcuts for individual zones or the whole system.

Quick access to Schedules, Alarms and Sleep Timers

Set up innovative scheduling features, alarms and sleep timers that give you the ability to add advanced automation to your listening routines. Scheduling is available quickly from anywhere in the app via the always available navigation bar.

Installation Details

The MCA-88 can be rack mounted into a standard media cabinet with included hardware or placed onto a desktop surface.


  • MCA-88 Source Controller Amplifier
  • (6) 4-pin speaker terminal blocks
  • (2) Rack-mount ears
  • (10) 12mm machine screws
  • Power cord
  • Installation manual

NOTE: This product is part of the Russound Certified Installer Required Program and can only be installed and configured by a Russound Certified Installer. Become an RCI Dealer today!

Russound Brings Engineered Innovation and Extraordinary Sound

The Russound name is synonymous with audio quality around the world. Russound delivers a complete range of multiroom audio systems, source equipment, volume controls, amplifiers, loudspeakers and intercom systems. Every audio device from Russound has been manufactured to fulfill the ideal listening experience of any user – from background music listening to premium performance in your favorite listening areas at home. Russound remains dedicated to providing its dealers and customers with the right products for their desired audio needs.


  • Manufacturer Part #: MCA-88
  • UPC: 612934536359
  • Audio Source Inputs: maximum of 8 total inputs
    • 8 stereo RCA
    • 2 coax
    • 1 coax/optical
  • Audio Output(s): 6 Speaker Level 40W/ch (8 line level, fixed or variable selectable)
  • Watts per Channel: 40W
    • 1kHz into 8 ohms with <5% THD+N
    • 2 channels at full power
    • 10 channels at 1/8th
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz ±1 dB at 1W output into 8 ohms
  • Minimum Impedance: 8 ohms
  • Total Harmonic Distortion: <0.05%, 1W output into 8 ohms 20Hz-20kHz
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 93 dB unweighted, 96 dB A-weighted
  • Common Trigger: Out, 12VDC, @100mA
  • Home Theater Trigger: In/Out, 12VDC (pass-through)
  • Paging Trigger: In, 12VDC
  • Speaker Connections: 6 detachable, screwless 4 pole connectors
  • Keypad Ports: 8 RJ-45 T568A standard
  • IR Outputs: Up to 6 routed, with two shared outputs and 1 common
  • 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 Links In/Out
  • Power Supply:
    • 100-120 VAC, 60Hz (MCA-88)
    • 220-240 VAC, 50Hz (MCA-88i)
  • Fuse Rating:
    • 100-120V/T3.15A 250V US and Canada (MCA-88)
    • 220-240V/T1.25A 250V International (MCA-88i)
  • Dimensions: 17"W x 3.75"H x 16.5"D (43.2 x 9.5 x 41 cm)
  • Weight: 28.8 lbs. (13.1 kg)
  • Shipping Dimensions: 21.0" (W) x 10.3" (H) x 20.1" (D), (53.3 x 26.0 x 51.1 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 34 lbs (15.4 kg)
  • Warranty: 2-Year Limited