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6 Zone Home Audio Multizone Controller and Amplifier Kit - NO LOGO
Distribute and control music and other audio material to up to six stereo speaker zones using this 6-Zone Home Audio Multizone Controller and Amplifier.
This multizone controller is a 6x6 matrix with six stereo audio inputs and six outputs. Each input channel can be independently directed to any of the output channels using the included remote control or the keypad controllers installed in each zone.
The six inputs are 2-channel stereo, with four line level inputs using RCA jacks, one input on a 3.5mm TRS jack, and a Toslink digital optical input. A separate PA input allows you to override selected audio material and broadcast a single audio source to each connected zone. Additionally, a mute input allows you to mute each output channel using a single source trigger.
Each output channel features an amplifier that is capable of delivering 50 watts/channel into a 4-ohm load or 25 watts/channel into an 8-ohm load. Each amplifier can be individually bridged to produce 100 watts into an 8-ohm load. The amp uses Euroblock connectors for the speaker level outputs, which takes less space than push-grip connector terminals. The Euroblock connectors can accept speaker wire up to 12AWG and can be removed from the amplifier for easier installation.
Each output channel also features RCA line-level output jacks, allowing you to use a separate, more powerful amplifier in any output zone or to send the audio to a self-amplified component, such as a television display.
Each zone is independently controlled at the zone using a wallplate keypad with lighted, soft-touch buttons. The keypads connect to the main unit using Cat5e or Cat6 Ethernet cable. Each keypad features an infrared "eye", which can propagate single-band IR remote control signals to individual IR transmitters connected to the master controller. This allows you to control the source devices from each zone using their native remote controls.
The controller features 12 volt trigger outputs for each distribution zone, plus a master trigger for the entire system. This allows you to activate automated devices, such as lowering a projection screen or dimming the lights whenever the system as a whole, or an individual zone, is activated.
Up to three master controllers can be connected together to provide a massive 6x18 matrix, with audio source and control information passed between master controllers using the included 18-pin ribbon cable. The master controller can accept 115V and 230V inputs. The voltage selector switch is covered to prevent it from being accidentally changed.
The master controller features an RS232 serial input, which lets you program a computer for automated control. A complete list of RS232 commands and codes, including status reporting commands, is included in the manual. The package includes a 19" rack mount kit.
|Stereo RMS Power (8 ohms)||25 watts/stereo channel x6|
|Stereo RMS Power (4 ohms)||50 watts/stereo channel x6|
|Bridged (mono) RMS Power (8 ohms)||100 watts x6|
|S/N Ratio||>85dB A Weighted|
|Frequency Response||20Hz ~ 20kHz|
|Input Impedance||>47 kilohms|
|Amplifier Protection||Overload, Short Circuit, Thermal|
|Systems ON Trigger Voltage||+12 VDC|
|External Mute Trigger Voltage||+12 VDC|
|Input Connectors||3.5mm stereo, RCA, Toslink|
|Output Connectors||Euroblock terminal, 3.5mm mono|
|Power Supply (switchable)||115 VAC, 60Hz / 230 VAC, 50Hz|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||16.9" x 3.5" x 16.4" (430 x 89 x 416 mm)|
|Weight||24.3 lbs (11.0 kg)|
- 1x MPR-SG6Z master controller/amplifier
- 6x Keypad controllers
- 1x Keypad in-wall hub connection plate
- 1x Infrared remote control
- 1x Expansion ribbon cable
- 1x Rack mounting kit
- 1x AC power cord (IEC 60320 C13 to NEMA 5-15)
- 1x User's manual
- User's Manual (Oct 28, 2014)
- Specification Sheet (Jul 25, 2014)
- Manual de Usuario (Español) (Apr 08, 2015)
PROS: Quality built product, 6 zone capability, nice wall plate controllers, affordable price.
CONS: None really. Only wish it came with color options for wall plates.
PROS: Price!! Low cost solution for a whole-home audio setup
CONS: No bluetooth capability. No option for remote input options that I am aware of.
PROS: Great for the Price
I wrote a Mixer for windows to centrally control and allow IP\Http commands
Hope to have Html5 mobile app and Homeseer soon
CONS: A lot of people have already commented on minor bleeding, but for the price it cant be beat!
PROS: Sound quality is excellent, controller is well manufactured. No major complaints.
CONS: Should be able to dim the displays - it's pretty bright for a wall panel in a bedroom. Anyone know a way to dim the display?
Also having the RJ-45 connector in the wall panels reversed. If you don't break the clip off of the connector it's basically stuck in there for good.
I few tips: My mistake yet make sure you have each keypad set up right ( toggle switches on back) otherwise unpredictable malfunction. The cat cable wiring is old config - need to ensure cables conform or put connector ends on yourself ( ahhhh!).
PROS: Great package with superb amp, great looking room controlers and ability to control via RS232.
Great manual with needed information including RS232 controls sequences.
Monoprice delivery and service.
CONS: Keypads are a little bright at night and cannot be dimmed.
Version 1 of the audio system was a home theater router with multizone output hooked to a few Apple TVs. It worked to stream mustic from our phones, but volume control was patchy and the ethernet controls were too slow to implement via a homemade Arduino/Raspberry Pi solution (dispite a fun few months of trying to do it).
Other solutions were doing much more than I wanted and cost way more than I liked, but then lo and behold I found this. It was exactly what I wanted.
Installation was pretty simple since I already had the ethernet cables routed to where I needed them (don't ask how I managed to go 2 years with a two-gang hole in my kitchen..) and voila! Volume and source control, with decent room to tweak the bass and trebble. I'm in musical hog heaven.
Now there were two catches, one othem my fault. My patch cabling skills are still being worked on and I found that I had improperly set up my ethernet jack in one of my walls: even though I could pass a network cable tester and route a decent internet connection through the cable, plugging in the wall mount on that one cable literally shut off all of the ohter units. I don't know what protocol they're using but it uses every wire and is more sensitive than my netbook is. In any case, replacing the jack fixed the problem.
Secondly, and its a minor thing, as mentioned I'm using Apple TVs to stream music from our phones. This means converting the HDMI/Optical audio output to analog inputs. That in and of itself is annoying but ultimately okay. The really odd part is there is one input group that allows digital inputs BUT it's input 6. This can be confusing to anyone who didn't do the installation, especially since it makes the most sense (at least to me) to have that be the primary music Apple TV. Oh well, minus one star for confusing the users a bit.
As is I have 2 Apple TVs, an AM/FM tuner, and my old record player patched in and plenty of room to grow. Life is good, highly reccomend this product!
PROS: Great sound quality
Easy to use/install
CONS: Only one digital audio input, and its in zone 6, not zone 1
The set comes with the cover plates for the wall controllers but be warned that if you put a controller in a double gang box, a standard depth cover plat will stick out slightly. The controller distribution could be better designed or come with an oversized gang box. You need enough room in the box to plug 6x cat cables in it so I am going to have to look for an open back box to get it to work.
PROS: Works well
lots of power for what I want it for
CONS: takes too long to power off. Have to hold the button for 5 seconds
The speakers attached quite easily from bare wire, and the controller switches between audio inputs quickly and accurately.
I am in the process of wiring my home automation system to allow the doorbell to use the PA input and using the serial port to report audio status.
PROS: High Quality. Good Documentation. Easy to Setup.
MP.com's customer service dept let me keep one of the two failed units (cheaper than sending it back, I guess). I did open it up and verified the power supply was operational (also noticed that the manufacturing quality/component selection of this unit is pretty nice). It appears the main board is the culprit, as it's definitely receiving power but not lighting the front-panel status LEDs (this was the extent of my troubleshooting without a service manual/schematic diagrams). Both units I received had the same failure, indicating this main board may be the source of most of the issues reported here. Bottom line, Monoprice stands behind their products, so if you receive a faulty unit, don't despair, just get in touch with their customer service!
PROS: Many ways to connect inputs
Pro features (digital control outputs, rs232 control) at bargain pricing
Monoprice customer support
CONS: Requires home-run speaker wiring (as opposed to speaker connections off the keypads in some other systems)
Hit-or-miss quality control
It’s a nice unit and works well, but yes 1990’s technology. I’ve a few friends using Denon or Sonos and that technology is really nice. But plan on spending 2-3K for it.