SpeakerCraft launches multi-room audio controller17 December 2014
SpeakerCraft has released the new SpeakerCraft MRA-664 whole home audio controller. This new controller delivers up to six unique music sources for amazing sound in up to 12 rooms of the house and is said to be the first to integrate multi-room audio with networked and streamed sources and home theatre control in a way that is simple to set up.
The SpeakerCraft MRA-664 offers iPhone, iPad, Android and PC control. In addition to locally stored music, it incorporates streaming sources and content including Spotify, Deezer, Pandora and TuneIn Radio through its Sonos interface, all accessible within the SpeakerCraft app. Existing cable and satellite receivers or CD, DVD/Blu-ray players can all be added and controlled independently from anywhere in the home. Wired and wireless keypads, touchscreens and remote controls are also available to complete the system.
The new multi-source, multi-zone audio controller and complementary amplifier line are designed to deliver superior sound to six separate zones, or rooms, which can each receive any of up to six different sources, providing flexibility that will delight customers. By pairing two MRAs, a homeowner can create up to 12 unique zones with up to six sources in each of them.
SpeakerCraft is the premier audio brand of Core Brands. “Simply put, this controller makes it possible to listen to any source, in any room, at any time,” explained Robert Ridenour, Core Brands product manager, electronics. “It allows every member of the family to listen to their favourite music, while giving them each the option to customise the bass, treble and volume levels in their specific zone.”
SpeakerCraft’s new installation software enables installers to quickly configure the system for sources, zone preferences, user interface customisation and home theatre control. A job that might have once required hours of programming has been distilled down to a simple wizard-based execution.
The MRA-664 is also extremely intuitive for the end-user, enabling homeowners to control the system with mobile devices they already use, such as smartphones, tablets and personal computers. In addition, users can control the MRA-664 by SpeakerCraft handheld remote, seven-button keypad and choice of touch panel devices. The sTP7 touch panel is wall mountable in either portrait or landscape orientation to best meet the needs of the installation room and includes a speaker, microphone and colour camera to accommodate future enhancements.