Newmarket, N.H. - Russound added a new in-wall keypad controller to its selection of control options in its high-end E series of multi-zone audio systems.
The $599 KLK-E6 double-gang keypad features a click wheel, hard buttons and an LCD screen with seven selectable colors. It joins the $599 KLK-E5, which offers the same features but uses a grayscale LCD display.
On both models, a touch-sensitive click wheel selects sources and navigates a menu, while six hard buttons are used for frequently used commands. A built-in IR receiver works with handheld remote controls. The LCD screen displays source activity as well as metadata such as artist, song, title, playlist and channel. The keypads also support custom names for presets, banks, themes and sources.
The keypads can be mounted in the wall or in Russound's DTS1 desktop stand.
E-series components include the
multi-zone controller/amplifier at $5,650. The 12-source/eight-zone component features 16x50-watt amp, built-in RDS AM/FM tuner, a slot for an optional satellite-radio tuner, and remote-zone control to manage any room's audio functions from keypads and touchscreens in other rooms. The ACA-E5 also lets users group multiple zones to control them as a single group.
The keypads also control the SMS3 Smart Media Server, iBridge Dock and Bay, and the ST2 Dual Smart Tuners with AM/FM and satellite-radio options.