Russound MCA-C5 Controller Amplifier



The MCA-C5 Multizone Controller Amplifier provides eight zones of distributed stereo audio from any of eight sources. The source loop outputs and the addition of up to five additional controllers allow for scalability to 48 zones. A variety of input options have been engineered into the MCA-C5 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, including the SMS3 Smart Media Server, iBridge® Dock and Bay, and ST2 Tuners with AM/FM and/or satellite radio.


The MCA-C5 features digital amplifiers providing 40 watts of power per channel to zones one through six. All zones are equipped with fixed or variable line-level outputs for outboard amplification or subzone use. The MCA-C5 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-C5 is a system clock with an alarms and sleep timers, Home Theater trigger, routed and common IR outputs, and eight 12VDC trigger outputs. Source eight can serve as a paging input and loop output for connection to a third party paging or phone system.


With MDK-C5 Multiline Display Keypad or Russound UNO-TS2 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 Multizone 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

  • 8 source inputs with zone specific access
  • 8 zones - 6 amplified, all 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 8 input)

Shipping Dimensions 21.7" (W) x 8.4" (H) x 21.0" (D)
(55.1 x 21.3 x 53.3 cm)
Shipping Weight 33.8 lbs (15.3 kg)
Antenna Impedance AM: 300 Ohm balanced
FM: 75 Ohm unbalanced
Audio Source Inputs 8 (including internal tuner and page input)
Communication Ports Front- 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 Range AM 530 - 1710 kHz
FM 87.7 - 107.9 MHz
Frequency Response 20Hz-20kHz +/- 1 dB at 1W output into 8 ohms
Fuse Rating 100-120V/T5.0A 250V US and Canada
220-240V/T3.15A 250V Europe
Image Rejection AM: 33 dB
FM: 80 dB
IR Outputs (6) routed, (1) common
Keypad Outputs (8) RJ-45 T568A standard
Power Consumption 600 watts maximum
Power Supply 110 or 240 VAC
S/N Ratio AM: 45 dB
FM: 60 dB
Sensitivity AM: @20 dB S/N 55 dBu
FM: @30 dB S/N 6 dB max 12 dBu
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 Input(s) (1) Home Theater 12VDC max
Trigger Output(s) (8) 12VDC 100mA, 1 common
Watts per channel 40W*
*1kHz into 8 ohms with <5% THD+N,
2 channels at full power, 10 channels at 1/8th


  • Model: Russound MCAC5
  • 2 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Russound

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