This new Russound CAA66...
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This new Russound CAA66 six-zone/six-source controller amplifier is straightforward to install and includes features not typically found in competitive models at this price. The CAA66 can be daisy-chained, easily expanding up to 36 zones for any size home or budget. It includes extensive infrared command codes and learning capabilities, making remote and keypad control of the system as simple as pressing a button.
For larger spaces where extra volume is required, zones 1 and 2 can be output at line level (fixed or variable) to say a power amplifier, such as the Russound R275HC Power Amp from Sonance giving 100W at 4 Ohms through two pairs of in-ceiling speakers. Volume control in this scenario would still be achieved from the keypad in the usual way, by using the variable line out setting on the CAA66.
Its dedicated CAA-RC remote control is packed with a comprehensive list of IR device codes and learning capability for simple component control. The new Russound CAA66 offers exceptional value, straightforward operation and adjustable playback for multiroom audio made easy.
Two elegantly designed keypad options are available for one-touch control of home audio components. The KP6 includes 20 labels for personalising your 6 sources, whilst the KPL offers a LCD panel making multiroom audio control simple and enjoyable. The five-character LCD display shows source name and volume level. You can control the bass, treble, balance, loudness and volume from any KP6 or KPL keypad in the home. On the KPL display you can see the audio settings as they are adjusted for ease of use.
For ease of installation, the controller can be rack mounted (with the provided rack ears).
We offer two CAA66 kits with either the KP6 keypads or the KPL keypads. Both kits come complete with a Russound LRC learning remote control, pre-programmed with the main commands for the controller.
NB: The CAA66 controller has routable IR, so you can have two identical sources and maintain IR control of each independently..
This unit is rack mountable and comes with rack ears included in the kit. It occupies 1U when in the rack.
Cabling is by Category 5e cable from the controller to each keypad, and speaker cable from the controller to each pair of speakers.
Keypads are easy to fit since they have 'punch down' connections for Category 5 cable. (An IDC punch down is provided as part of the kit) Keypads require US style backboxes.
Multiroom High Definition Video
The Russound CAA66 has an RNET link that allows it to control the Russound VM1 Video Matrix. The Russound VM1 Video Matrix distributes High Definition (HD) component video in resolutions up to and including 1080p from four or eight sources to four or up to eight rooms. When used with the Russound CAA66, the VM1 works seamlessly by linking into the CAA keypads such that selection of a source that has video automatically outputs HD video onto the TV or screen in that room.
iPod/iPad/iPhone integration using AirPlay [Airplay]
You can play music from your iPod, iPhone or iPad (or your iTunes library on your PC or Mac computer) to the Russound multiroom controller by adding an Apple Airport Express as an input source. The AirPlay function takes the music from the iTunes library on your computer or iPod, iPad, iPhone (iOS) device and sends it wirelessly to the Airport Express. Since the Airport Express Base Station has a 3.5mm jack socket you simply connect the output audio jack to the RCA phono connectors on the back of the Russound using a 3.5mm to 2 phono interconnect lead.
The Airport Express utility allows you to name individual Airport Express base stations so you can have multiple units connected to your Russound mulitroom controller, each named differently. Why not have one per user? This would give you your own personal audio stream from your iOS device or from your iTunes library. You can use the Russound keypad to select your stream for the room that you are in. Select your music and control it using your iOS device.
The Airport Express uses dual band 802.11n WiFi so if you can get WiFi in the room you will be able to Airplay your music back to the centrally located Airport Express Base Station and Russound multiroom controller.
iPod/iPad/iPhone and Android integration using Bluetooth [Bluetooth]
Although Bluetooth has a shorter range (approx 15m) than WiFi more devices can connect using it, so the Russound Bluetooth Source Kit allows you to stream to the Russound multiroom controller.
The Russound Bluetooth Source Kit BSK1 consists of two parts. The BTC-1 is the termination box which sits beside your Russound multiroom controller. The BTC-1X is the transceiver. This receives the Bluetooth stream and delivers it to the termination box over Cat5e/6 cable. This dual part system allows you to stream music to the centrally located controller from the remote room despite the limited distance of Bluetooth.
The BTC-1X can receive the Bluetooth signal from your Bluetooth device within a range of 15m free space (49'). The transceiver is powered over the Cat5e cable from a 12V power supply connected to the centrally located termination box. As with the Airport Express, the naming software allows you to name individual Bluetooth Source Kits for easy identification.
Optional extra controls
For extra control, the optional KPSC keypad is available. The KPSC keypad is programmable, allowing up to 12 stored functions for each of 4 - 6 pieces of source equipment, including specific numeric selections of the source equipment, ideal for multi-disc players, satellite receivers, etc.
The KPSC keypad connects to the main control KP6 or KPL keypads via a 12-pin connector located on the side of the keypad. No extra wiring is needed. Infrared commands can be stored directly into the KPSC keypad using a simple programming procedure and the source equipment’s remote. Stored source IR commands are executed by simply pressing the keypad buttons to which the infrared commands were placed.
The KPSC keypad, when mounted alongside the standard KP6 or KPL keypad, requires a twin gang US style back box or plasterboard "p-ring", together with a twin gang faceplate, see photo.
Buy the US style back boxes early before the walls are plastered. Cut out size for the back box - 56mm wide x 95mm tall x 78mm deep
8 Ohm speakers are recommended but you can have 4 Ohm speakers in up to two rooms if required.
You can have two pairs of 8 Ohm speakers operating in parallel in a single zone if you wish. Ideally these would be controlled using a two way parallel speaker switch, however they can be both connected directly to the CAA66 if required. NB: The speaker connectors can only take a maximum speaker cable with a cross-sectional area of 2.5 sq mm. If you wish to put two cables into one connector you may need to use butt connectors. Please ask if in doubt.
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