Russound plans March shipments of a new C-series multizone controller/amplifier and in-wall keypad, both said to sport more features and deliver more intuitive control than their predecessors. They are the MCA-C5 ($3,050 street price) multizone controller amplifier and $349 MDK-C5.
The C5 is more like a multiroom receiver because it incorporates AM/FM RDS tuner and 12x40-watt digital amp. It connects to eight stereo sources and, with the addition of outboard four-channel amp, can deliver music to up to eight zones. The dual-gang MDK-C5 in-wall LCD keypad adds such new features as system clock, zone alarms, a sleep timer, paging and IR receiver.