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    Monoprice 6 Zone Home Audio Multizone Controller and Amplifier Kit, NO LOGO
    Product # 10761
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    Model 10761 (MPR-SG6Z)
    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
    THD <0.1%
    Frequency Response 20Hz ~ 20kHz
    Input Impedance >47 kilohms
    Input Sensitivity 250mV
    Amplifier Protection Overload, Short Circuit, Thermal
    Systems ON Trigger Voltage +12 VDC
    External Mute Trigger Voltage +12 VDC
    Infrared Frequency 38kHz
    Input Connectors 3.5mm stereo, RCA, Toslink
    Output Connectors Euroblock terminal, 3.5mm mono
    Power Supply (switchable) 115 VAC, 60Hz / 230 VAC, 50Hz
    Maximum Power Consumption 705 watts
    Naximum Standby Power Consumption 22 watts
    Dimensions (WxHxD) 16.9" x 3.5" x 16.4" (430 x 89 x 416 mm)
    Weight 24.3 lbs (11.0 kg)

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    How do you turn on or off all zones from one wall controller? One of my wall pads is different and has a function button which cycles through 1 through 6. What is this?
    Ralph K on Sep 4, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You might want to try a new app for Android devices available from the Google Play Store that works very well. There is another version from another source for Apple devices. You do need to purchase a Wi-Fi to Serial interface and cable. The app developer define what interfaces will work. The Android app allows control of up to 18 zones (three amplifiers) with individual control of zones as well as grouping of zones. via Wi-Fi. You can instantly control all of your zones via your Android phone or pad by setting up an "All Zones Group".
    Can this unit be successfully wirelessly controlled by multiple Google Chromecast Audio units connected to 1-6 source inputs? And then output channels independently controlled or grouped via Chromecast audio groups? Are input sources trigger-able (ie: audio source like Spotify is cast to Chromecast audio unit one plugged into source input 1...will source input 1 wake up)? Thanks.
    A shopper on Jan 23, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: There are currently apps for both Apple and Android devices that fully control the Monoprice unit. You do have to purchase a Wi-Fi to Serial interface and cable. With some simple configuration settings in the app, all zones can control everything the keypads can do in addition to grouping zones together for controlling all functions. That includes the selection of any of the six sources which could be a Chromecast Audio feed, Bluetooth connected device, or any other source plugged into one of the six source inputs. The multi-zone amplifier cannot be controlled via the Chromecast units but the Chromecast units can be used as sources in addition to using the amplifier app & interface for zone control. I have used both Bluetooth receivers and Chromecast Audio devices as sources plugged into the Monoprice unit with my phone running multiple apps to stream the audio.
    Anyway to control the zones via bluetooth/multiple devices?
    A shopper on Nov 27, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: There is a new app for Android devices available from the Google Play Store for $4.99 that works very well. You do need to purchase a Global Cache iTach interface and cable. The app allows control of up to 18 zones (three amplifiers) with individual control of zones as well as grouping of zones. via Wi-Fi. It is much faster communicating than the keypads.
    I can make all the zones to tune the same audio and does it work with automation systems?
    A shopper on Nov 28, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: It works with automation systems that can control devices via serial connections, and have a driver for this unit. You'll have to ask the vendor of the automation system if they have one. When you ask them, tell them it's the same interface as the Dayton multi-zone amp in case they have a driver for that one.
    together with rs232 control, specifically for volume. For example, if on the face plate the volume is set to 90%, then same zone is turned down to 30% through rs232, will the the remote receive that update or will touching the volume down one time raise the volume too 85% (lower from its previous 90% value, but actually raise from 30% current volume)?
    Svetlozar V on Dec 1, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: Changes via RS232 are immediately reflected on zones remote.
    Can I purchase the keypad and hub connection separately? I had to leave 4 keypads and the hub in a home I sold. If I cannot, I'm left with a perfect unit, but no way to control it
    Christopher D on May 9, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: You could get an IP to RS232 converter and then control it via a mobile app. I use that in conjuction with my keypads. Provides great control without getting up.
    Each zone need to hear same source or you can make different zone tune a different source?
    A shopper on Nov 25, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: The unit has six sources which can played in six zones in anyway you want. Party mode - you can select one source to play in all zones. Also, Each zone has its own input. you have select this source independently for the zone via a sliding switch. When you select a zone input you lose the access to common six zones and zone will be completely independent of other zones.
    Is there a way to disable the backlight on the keypad?
    A shopper on Jul 10, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Not that I'm aware of. I have noticed that sometimes the key pads glow fully but later seem to just go to night mode with the central button only illuminated

    Will this setup work for me, I need the following:

    3 - Zones with 2 ceiling speakers in each - this should be okay from what I understand.
    1 - Zone with 10 ceiling speakers

    How many external amps would I need for this setup?

    A shopper on Sep 19, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Each zone can run 4 total speakers 2 on the left and 2 on the right for 4Ω total load. The additional 6 speakers will require at least 2 more amps. Our Unity 100 amps include hardware so you can rack 2 in a single 1U space.
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    still trying to get the IR repeat function from the keypad to a receiver connected to the main unit. has anyone successfully used the IR Repeat function ?
    Randall C on Feb 27, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Since the original posting about difficulty in getting the IR Pass Through to work, I now have mine working great. The Monoprice 8059 IR Extenders would not work for me. I have since used some multi-head IR extenders from Tivos with success. On thing to be aware of is that an IR extender has to be attached to each unit if more than one are connected in a master/slave configuration. if not, only the six zones connected to the single unit will pass through the IR information. I am using three multi-head IR extenders connected to the IR Emitter All output on each of the three units. I can now control a CD Changer, Receiver, Standalone Tuner, & Digital TV Tuner from any of 18 remote locations through the wall control pads. I simplified the user interface by programming a Harmony Remote Control with all needed functions.
    so after wiring everything up, the keypads glow blue, but don't respond to button pushes. If I issue a command over the RS-232 port, they will display something. any ideas?
    Jonathan M on Feb 11, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Check to make sure all control pads are set to different addresses and that the dip switches are solidly in position. It is a good idea to test all cabling first. Economical test tools are available to test your wire runs and attached RJ-45 plugs. Disconnect all of the pads from the hub and connect a single controller to the amplifier to determine if a single zone works. Changing the dip switches on that single controller to each of the addresses will help you determine if the amplifier interface, individual controller, or your installed cabling is causing the problem.
    If I link two of these units together with the attached ribbon cable, am I able to attach 12 source inputs into both systems combined? would all keypads in the system then be able to choose from one of 12 source inputs?
    Jason S on Jul 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: I believe you are limited to the source inputs on the first unit only. The expansion just gives you additional amplified zones.
    Can I use the Zone out in my AV Receiver as an input source to this Multizone Controller?
    James B on Feb 5, 2018
    Where can i download the users or installation manual? Does the kit come with everything i need?
    Ralph K on Aug 5, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: It comes with a install guide, you will need ethernet cat5e or cat6 cable to complete the install for each room control, and one for the main connection to the back of the receiver
    12v trigger? Any examples or links of such a device?
    gary s on Jan 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: 12v triggers are to activate (power on) other devices like an external amp, projector,tv,screen. I.E. I turned on zone 2 and have the 12v trigger power on an extra 4ch amp for that zone because 6 speakers were needed.
    Where do you connect the different sources on the back of the unit?
    A shopper on Dec 10, 2016
    BEST ANSWER: You connect it to the inputs area. There is 6 inputs. 4 use rca jacks. 2 are 3.5mm stereo jack, and one can be digital optical in.
    If I have a zone say zone 1 selected in two rooms (A and B), and I turn the volume up in room A, will room B's volume also rise?
    New User U on Apr 17, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: no because each room has their own volume control and their own source control. Unless you have one controller for both rooms.
    Hi there
    My monoprice system turns on, but I found out that the keypads dont respond to any key and and it only plays one souce at the zone is connected, how could I fix or what do I need to do to got it to work?, I really hope some one can help me. Thank you!
    A shopper on Jun 25, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: Hello, thank you for your question. In order to better assist you, please reach out to our technical support team with a detailed question via any of the methods available here:


    Our knowledgeable Technical Support staff would be more than happy to assist. Thank you
    Are there colour options for the wall plates?
    A shopper on Mar 6, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: The wall plates are only white.
    I'm wanting to put this device on my network system I'm in stalling. What size rack would I need to mount this?
    New User U on Feb 5, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: The dimensions are listed on the last page of the manual here https://downloads.monoprice.com/files/manuals/10761_Manual_141028.pdf . 16.9" x 3.5" x 16.4"
    Can this be used for 4 zones?
    New User U on May 10, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Yes, I currently use it for only four zones with the ability to expand for later.
    Can this unit play multiple inputs to varying outposts at the same time?
    A shopper on Feb 24, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: Yes. There are 6 inputs, which can each play to their own output simultaneously. Additionally, using the keypads, you can customize which speaker zones carry which input, so any of the inputs can be playing to any number of speaker zones at the same time.

    Ex 1: input 1 can play to speaker zone 1, input 2 to zone 2, ..., input 6 to speaker zone 6.

    Ex 2: input 1 could be set to play to speaker 1and 2, input 2 could play to 3,4, and 5, and a third input could play to the final speaker zone.
    When mounting this in a rack, do you need to support the sides/back because of the wait, or is just mounting with the ears enough?
    Daron N on Feb 9, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: It is not required but it is recommended.
    How can I connect to iTunes via my phone?
    Larry F on Jun 12, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I use a simple Bluetooth adapter plugged into one of the six zone inputs. Monoprice offers a Bluetooth adapter. Logitech has one that works. I stream music from the phone to the Bluetooth adapter. That source can be selected from any zone via a keypad. There are now a couple of apps available that allow full control of the zones via your Apple or Android device. They require an additional Wi-Fi to Serial interface and cable but work nicely.
    Does the 6 Zone Home Audio Multizone Controller and Amplifier Kit support any mobile apps, where I can controls zone and input via my mobile phone?
    New User U on May 18, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: There is a new Android app available from the Google Play Store for $4.99. It requires the purchase of a Wi-Fi to Serial interface. The developer specifies which interfaces will work and is working on a lower cost hardware alternative. This app works really well. There is another app for Apple devices that I have not used. I am thinking about getting a basic Android pad w/Wi-Fi and configuring it with this new app and other apps for control of all my devices. The pad then becomes my very capable dedicated remote control for television, receiver, and my Monoprice multi-zone amplifiers. leaving my phone charged and ready for travel.
    Can anyone provide specific instructions around how this unit is used with bridging functions? Each zone has a "bridge" switch - but does it bridge it with the "next" zone or the "prior" zone? What connectivity is required in terms of inputs to two (or more) zones that have been bridged? Are speakers connected across the zones? Does a single keypad control a zone that has been bridged?

    The manual doesn't cover much about bridging things....
    Darin G on Dec 18, 2017
    BEST ANSWER: We are here to help!. Look at the rear panel of the amp. You see the green Euro Blocks. In stereo mode the 4 opening will accommodate the + and - for the left and right speakers assigned to that zone. This is a 6-zone amp but is it is a 12 channel amp (6 stereo zones = 12ch). If you look real close or download the manual (page 4) you will see underneath the Euro Blocks it show you your wiring diagram; R -,+ L -,+, under that it says Bridge with the far left opening for the - and the far right for the + of you bridge connection. Be sure to only use 1 8Ω speaker for bridged operation as using multiple 8Ω speakers will damage the amp.
    Can these switches be mounted on a covered exterior porch? Looking two create a zone on the deck.
    A shopper on Jun 15, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: I mounted one in a weatherproof box on a covered porch, with the understanding that the keypad is almost certainly not rated for outdoor use. It's been fine, but only about a year so far. I'm pretty confident that covered porch + good protective box = reasonable chance of long term success. This keypad is replacing a Speakercraft keypad that worked just fine under those conditions for 10 years.
    I keep coming back to look at this unit as it looks like what I need. I've also been looking Russound and Crestron units as well and I'm trying to find out which one will handle my situation. I've got a large great room with wiring for 4 speakers and 2 controllers. Can I combine these components together so 2 controllers can control 4 speakers? Another words can I somehow adjust the volume for all 4 speakers from both sides of the room?
    New User U on May 18, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: No, unfortunately not. I tried assigning 2 different keypads to the same zone, and then neither of them worked, which I think is what you were getting at. You'll have to hoof it to the other side of the room in this situation. Sorry!

    As far as driving all 4 speakers on one zone, though, you may need to buy an external, more powerful amp just for that zone and connect it to the RCA out for that zone on the controller and connect all 4 speakers to that amp.
    Can I power the controller wall played via PoE from a network switch?
    A shopper on Apr 19, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: No,it is not possible nor is there a reason to. It uses standard cat5/cat6 wire but it does not use the signal standard. If you were to try and use any kind of switch in between the amp and the controller, the controller would not be able to communicate with the amp.
    Does the RJ45 jack need all 8 wires? I have cat 3 run with my speaker wires (existing house, not run by me).
    A shopper on Jan 30, 2018
    BEST ANSWER: No it doesn't need all 8, it uses 3 out of the 4 pairs, however the keypads plug in with an rj45 connector so you'd need to figure out which way to crimp it. I'm pretty certain it's the brown pair not used. Hope this helps
    4.5 / 5.0
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    Decent product, a couple of drawbacks
    I'm giving this a 7 because of the value, otherwise I would have probably rated it lower. I've replaced a 20 year old 10 zone Niles system with impedance matching volume controls with this. The Niles system wasn't exactly the pinnacle of technology of today, but it probably was at the time it was installed. It sounded terrible.

    I ended up buying 2 of these units based on Monoprice's original description that said it would work as a 12x12 matrix. Well, it doesn't, it's 6x12. This means that if you chain them together, you can ONLY use the inputs on the master unit. And after I got it all installed, they changed their description to be accurate. Now that I've gone through the work of running the wire for keypad locations and installing it, I don't really feel like taking it out. But, there goes any hope of me connecting my TV's to the units so I can use the wall speakers for them. I'm more than a little upset about this, but the only consolation is that this setup was 1/3 the price of the Russound system I was going to put in.

    So everyone wants to know about the sound quality. It'd say it's very good. I'm running several old pairs of Infinity speakers, some Monoprice 4101's, and some really phenomenal Pioneer bookshelf speakers recommended by The Wire Cutter. There is a little distortion at high volumes, but turning it down a couple of notches fixes that. The sound is very similar to one of my cheap Class-T amps, which is actually pretty good. A friend of mine found the manufacturer of this unit and was able to find out what they are using for amp chips in these. They are made by NXP and the model number is TDA8920C. The amp chip is actually a 2x110W chip. So, if they are claiming 25W at 8 ohms, it's definitely being underdriven, something I suspected anyway due to the low amount of distortion at high volume.

    The one thing I just noticed tonight is that if I play music into input 4 (analog) or input 6 (using the optical input), when I set any zone to input 5 and crank it up, I can hear whatever is playing on input 4 or 6 very lightly. This is annoying. Audio is leaking somewhere in the unit. I bought 2 of them, so I tested this on the second unit operating completely separate from the first unit, and it has the exact same issue.

    The manual states that you need to run Cat5E or Cat6 to each keypad. In my experience, this is not true. A couple of my locations already had plain Cat5 running to them, and it works great. One run is over 100 feet. 2 of my runs already had 4-wire alarm wire to them. I looked at the hub, and some of the keypads only required 4 wires based on the traces on the board. I wired the 4-wire into pins 2, 4, 6, and 8 on the RJ-45 plug, and it worked! From what I can see on the hub, the first 2 jacks use all 8 wires, and JK3 and up use only 4. I'm guessing this is an RS-485 bus with two legs. One thing to note is that while both of those ghetto wired keypads work, the longer run of the two (80 feet) started to not work reliably yesterday. Weirdly enough, it's only the volume down button that doesn't always work. I'll try swapping out the keypad first, and if the problem persists, I'll run Cat5e since I have a gigantic spool of it and my wife loves it when I cut holes in walls to wire difficult locations. Update: I took a keypad apart, it's it's using an RS-485 bus. RS-485 will operate over standard 4-wire alarm wire and has a range of up to 10,000 feet. The wire should be twisted pair though, and my 4-wire stuff isn't twisted.

    As another reviewer pointed out, if you power down the main unit, all of the keypads lose their settings. This is ridiculously annoying. Having to go back and reset volume levels, inputs, and bass/treble settings is a pain in the butt. The IR repeating functionality works well. I'm not using it extensively since most of my stuff is network controlled, but I do use it for an FM tuner that's mounted in the rack with the rest of the stuff.

    There's also an AGC button on the back of this. It's off by default. I'm assuming this is automatic gain control. I turned it on and noticed no real difference.

    Another thing I should note, one of the main reasons I got this was for home automation announcements, and this has a paging function. The paging function works well. However, it would be nice if when it cut each zone back to the original input, it would fade the sound back in rather than just cut back to it. It would make things sound much more polished.

    I hooked up the serial port control so I can integrate it with my Vera. I still have to write the plugin, but I'm able to control the unit through the serial port. The protocol is simple to use and it works well. The only thing it's missing is the option to send unsolicited update messages. For example, when someone changes the volume on the keypad, I would like the unit to send a message over the serial port notifying what was changed. Since it doesn't have this, I will have to poll the unit on a regular basis to keep the status of everything updated in the home automation system. Also note that when using the ribbon to connect multiple units, ALL units can be controlled through the serial port on the Master. You do NOT need a separate serial cable to each unit. The serial ports on the units are female, so I had to use a gender bender to get a standard serial cable working with it. The lack of unsolicited messages is disappointing. I assume this can only be changed with a firmware update, and I have no idea how one would go about that or if it's even possible. There's no USB port on it, and I have no idea if it can be flashed over the serial port.

    Another thing I noticed is that the serial protocol supports Do Not Disturb for zones. I assume this is to keep those zones from being paged when using the paging function. I don't see a way on the keypads to put a zone in DnD mode, it appears to be only possible when using the serial protocol.

    I am also using the TOSLINK connection on input 6 with a Sonos Connect. The Sonos Connect doesn't have a very good DAC in it, but it actually sounds better when plugged into an analog zone with RCA cables. The DAC that's built into this thing is even worse than the Sonos DAC. The sound is noticeably brighter and more lively when using the RCA inputs rather than the TOSLINK with the Sonos.

    So, the bottom line is, this thing is a good deal for what you're getting. It functions just as the current description on it says. Sound quality is pretty good. Keypads feel solid and work well. It looks great in the rack. It's easy to hook up. But, there are a couple of annoyances. These annoyances aren't enough to make me return it, especially since my next cheapest option is nearly triple the price.

    PROS: Great value for the money. A comparable system from another manufacturer would cost nearly triple the price, or more. Easy to set up. Looks great in a rack. Sounds decent.

    CONS: Built in DAC for input 6 isn't very good. Keypads mounted in remodel boxes sit a little high and cause the wallplate to have a tiny gap. Sound bleeds over from some inputs very quietly, can be heard when turning up the volume on an input which has nothing on it.
    February 12, 2014
    Fine...unless it dies.
    I sure wish my app didn't die. We use it in our vacation house and it was working fine until one trip up it was "toes up". No signs of life. Power supply fuse tests fine but the unit is non-responsive.

    PROS: The sound quality is good and comparable to the high-ned NUVO I also own. Price is incredible. Installation is simple. Allows home automation via RS232.

    CONS: The unit stopped working. No lights. I checked the fuse in the back of the unit by the power supply and its fine. No lights on the front and none of the panels light up. Its dead.

    As reported by others the time to turn off a zone by pressing the keyboard is annoyingly long. There is no way to turn off (or on) all zones from a keypad. Would be simple to fix with a software update.
    December 1, 2015
    Great multizone package - monoprice scores again
    Replaced older Russound CA system with this unit. It is awesome - don't know why I waited. Reviews here really helped. Along the way the unit stopped powering on which required the top to be removed and the power supply fuse to be replaced but no problems since then. Configured with previously wired monoprice ceiling speakers across 6 zones. For extra credit, used an adafruit huzzah board and ESP-LINK firmware for wifi to RS232 bride which is also awesome. For awesome points, configured irule iphone app to control all zones remotely.

    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.

    July 10, 2016
    Pretty Decent for Price
    Had a Niles ZR-4630 that was a great unit, but it stayed with my last house when I sold it. That product is discontinued and I tried to get one on the used market, but after buying a unit on ebay that didn't work, I decided to buy something with a warranty. I didn't need anything too fancy, so this looked like a good fit. Functionally, the Monoprice receiver is a decent replacement. The keypads are aesthetically attractive and the added ability to adjust base and treble is great. I miss the 5-button source control programmed into the keypad, but I have worked around that by putting cheap universal remotes near the keypads that take advantage of the IR repeater built into the receiver.

    As I mentioned in the cons, the keypads glow blue whenever the system is turned on and blue light makes sleeping difficult. I got around this by bringing the Cat5 cable out of the wall with a jack that continues on to the keypad. I leave it unplugged except when I want the system on in the bedroom. Plugging it back in is not a big deal since it's right by the keypad, but I wish there were a better solution.

    PROS: Pretty easy to set up for basic operation. No configuration necessary as long as you don't mind supplying and programming a universal remote in each location to perform simple tasks like jumping to next song or changing a channel. Nice looking keypads.

    CONS: Keypads are blue backlit, and they dimmed when the zone is off, but even at the dim setting, they are still pretty bright. Fine for living areas, but they are very bright in a sleeping areas with other lights out. Other than power the system down (whole house audio that you need to shut off to go to sleep?), it appears your only option is to unplug the keypad to shut off the light.
    August 4, 2014

    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!
    May 4, 2014
    Great Product. Great Sound. Great Build. Great Support!

    PROS: This is a solid unit with plenty of power. I've tested it with many different speakers beside other amps and it performs really well. Better than expected. I'm so pleased with the amp that I'm buying another one. Great support too!

    CONS: Keypads do not have mute option (only on the remote) and it's not easy to quickly silence a zone from the keypad (you need to hold the power button for 4 seconds to turn it off / mute it without the remote). Also (in case it's not clear), it's not possible to adjust other zones from any keypad - this would have been a very nice feature. Finally, when you bridge the amp for more power / use with a single speaker, the Left and right input channels are not summed (i.e. you will only hear the left or right input channel). All in all, these are minor cons with workarounds.
    May 14, 2015
    Great quality product
    This is my first whole home audio controller so I don't have any direct comparison to other brands however the product quality appears very good. I purchased this unit with 5 pairs of PID 4101 and 1 pair of PID 6971 indoor/outdoor speakers for our new house and they appear to be good compliments for the home audio unit. When researching other brands with similar functions and number of zones they were going to cost more than 2x that of the Monoprice unit! I think anyone considering buying a multi zone home audio controller should definitely consider this product.

    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.
    February 21, 2014
    Wonderful home audio solution
    When we built our house I knew I wanted to install speakers in the kitchen, living room, master bath, and porch, but at the time I didn't have the patience (or funds) to hire out yet another contractor to install a system. Instead we wired speaker cable to our various rooms and ethernet cable to where we thought we wanted volume control with all cables routed to under the staricase.

    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
    June 22, 2015
    Second summer with the Amp - Lovin it!
    Been using the amp for almost two years now and very satisfied!

    The only thing lacking was the ability to control via my Iphone so I decided to write a webapp

    PROS: Cheap and Solid

    CONS: Long time to shut off zones, and Volume keys aren't active while changing sources.

    July 30, 2015
    Great Versatile Device
    Out of the box this is a great device. Good power, 6 inputs including an optical. I don't use the keypads, but they look nice. The full set of RS232 controls is great. I use an app on my iPhone and iPads to control everything in my house and it's perfect. Search the App Store for monoprice audio control.

    PROS: Power
    Optical input

    CONS: No Ethernet input for the commands, could support RS232 over IP.
    October 28, 2016