SpeakerCraft’s new controller delivers up to six music sources for sound in up to 12 rooms of the house and is reported 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 deliver sound to six separate zones or rooms, which can each receive any of up to six different sources.
By pairing two MRAs, a homeowner can create up to 12 unique zones with up to six sources in each of them.
“Simply put, this controller makes it possible to listen to any source in any room at any time,” explains 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.”
Meanwhile, SpeakerCraft’s new installation software enables installers to configure the system for sources, zone preferences, user interface customisation and home theatre control.
The SpeakerCraft sHR200 is a handheld remote with all of the function of a touchscreen, yet weighing 6.4 ounces.
Augmenting the handheld is the SpeakerCraft sKP7 7-button keypad, delivering a simple interface that enables the end user to select favourite sources, adjust volume and turn off the system.
Finally, 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.