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post #1 of 10 Old 02-18-2011, 12:04 PM - Thread Starter
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I have the opportunity to pick up a used Speakercraft MZC-66 for a very good price.

However, it does not come with keypads.

I could purchase a set of 6 of the Speakercraft E-Z keypads for around $750, but (to me) that seems expensive.

If I installed infra-red receivers in each of the zones, what options do I have to control the system?

Ideally I would like a single remote control, even better an iPad/iPod/iPhone interface.

Is this possible with this Speakercraft MZC-66?

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I found the ERS-1.0 Kit on Speakercraft's website which is exactly what I want. My only concern is that in reading the manual it kind of sounds like I need to have 1 keypad to program the system with, then the ERS-1.0 can be used on my iPod Touch, do you think this is true?

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I have an MZC-88 and have become quite good at programming and updating it. I can't think of any reason why you need a keypad just to download a program to the unit. My keypads (single width) have an ir receiver built into them that transmits the signal back to the MZC88 and passes it through to the docked iPod there. Keep me posted - be glad to share what i know.
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MKP 6.1 (i think that's what i have) are on eBay for about $40 each...
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Wow that is a good price for the keypads.

With the options available, I'm going to go ahead and pick up the Speakercraft MZC-66.


What does the IR on the keypad do for you? Do you use another remote to send info to the keypad?

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you might double check on the recommended keypads for the 66. I forgot - my 88 has 2 built in radio tuners that are hard-wired as the top two buttons on the keypads. all of the buttons below that are programmable - and i've set them up pretty well. I can't tell you how much i love our MZC - have had 6 zones for about 5 years and just a month ago set up the last two. Wonderful sound and operation.
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What does the IR on the keypad do for you? Do you use another remote to send info to the keypad?

i use it when i'm working in the garage to type in xm stations and/or change ipod playlists. if you do a good job programming the keypads, you don't often need to use the ir pass thru. you can get a special MZC remote to volume up/down and other stuff, but i've never felt the need for it.
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Good to hear you are happy with Speakercraft. I'm waiting to hear back if the used 66 is still available, hoping it is.

I am tempted to just bite the bullet and get the ERS-1.0 Kit which would allow me to control input, zone, volume, etc. using my iPod Touch and iPhone. A bit expensive at $500 but very convenient because I always carry it with me in the house.

I could then keep an eye on ebay and pick up cheap keypads as they become available.

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pm me your em address and i'll send you the ez tools 3.13 software used to program it... it's an 11mb file.
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pm me your em address and i'll send you the ez tools 3.13 software used to program it... it's an 11mb file.
The mzc has so many programmable options except for the one im looking for All i want to do is be able to power on the zones without the keypad, just using ez-tools hopefully, and im writing to you to ask if you know of a way to do that?
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pm me your em address and i'll send you the ez tools 3.13 software used to program it... it's an 11mb file.
Is it still possible to get a copy of the EZ tools? From where?
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