Summary: excellent low-profile matrix 8 zone/8 source amplifier that works great with Homeseer software; you need to use the RS-232 serial port in the back. One small downside: it only has 6 speaker connectors so that zones 7 & 8 need to be connected via RCA cables.
Summary: MCA teamed with a DMS from Russound = an amazing system! I have powered 15 speakers + 2 outside with stand alone Russound amp with this system. All zones sound awesome! Plenty of power and I have room to grow without more to purchase. Great control!
Amazon repair procedure must be dramatically improved !
1 February 2014
Summary: I ordered two Russound MCAC5 C-Series 8 and faced to a defect on both units. First, as the units have been shipped from Amazon US, it was extemely complex to get the procedure to access the repair center.
Summary: This device is amazing. You better know your audio installation stuff before you purchase it because it is complicated. The team at Russound is friendly and knowledgeable. Got to know a few of them. The program designers are not keeping up with the times, though. No plug and play here.
Summary: I bought a house with an existing MCA-C5 6 room system where the previous owner insisted in taking the amp. So a few mouse clicks later and there's a big dent in the credit card but I have a replacement up and running. The basic room config via the downloaded PC software is pretty easy.