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deolrx's Avatar deolrx 12:08 PM 05-08-2012
Hi everyone,

I just purchased a new home that is set up for use with the Speakercraft MZC-66. (Speakers, nodes, wiring in place)

I would like to be able to use the nodes to control whatever music I am playing but do not want to use an Apple device. I know I could use my laptop or the Control4 HC-800 (Great looking device, but then the price of the MZC-66 and the control 4 HC-800 start to add up).

Is there something else I could use? Western Digital Live TV perhaps? If you are running the Control4 HC-800, can you tell me how it is working for you? Could I use a different set up than the MZC-66 and still use the nodes?

I am new to this area of home theater/automation.

Thanks in advance for your help.

Neurorad's Avatar Neurorad 01:16 PM 05-08-2012
It's a little unclear from your post, but do you have the MZC-66?

And, what is a node? Keypad? Keypads are installed?

From the MCZ-66 manual, it looks like category cable run to the keypad location, and speaker cables are home run.
deolrx's Avatar deolrx 01:27 PM 05-08-2012
I will be purchasing the MZC-66 since the builder only installed the speakers, wiring and the Nodes(keypads).

The main question is, what can I connect to it to stream music or movies. They used to sell a jukebox which allowed you to see the name of the artist and song and play, pause etc, but I don't believe that is available anymore, and as I stated before, I am not going to hook up any apple product.

I read the Control4 HC-800 works with it, if you buy drivers form Extra Vegetables. I am looking for an alternative solution, or if that is the only one, how well it works.

ifor's Avatar ifor 03:51 PM 05-08-2012
Originally Posted by deolrx View Post


It's called a Mode, not node.
ifor's Avatar ifor 04:01 PM 05-08-2012
Why are you so dead set against using an Apple product. Most systems are geared for iTunes and it is fairly cheap to do.

If you want multiple streaming options, Sirius, Last.fm, Pandora, Spotify, etc. then you want to look at Autonomic Controls MMS-5 for 4 multi-zone outputs into the MZC-66. The unit gives a digital output to the surround system receiver or processor (hence the 5 in MMS-5).

Nuvo also makes something similar which I believe is a rebranded version of the MMS-5. If this is what you want, then you might want to go with a complete Nuvo system.

But it's still good if you have iTunes on a computer as it can pick them up from your network.
Neurorad's Avatar Neurorad 09:34 PM 05-08-2012
Control4 is pro-install only. You'll have to have a C4 dealer install it.

If you're on a tight budget, and want to DIY, check out Home Theater Direct. I've read good things about them, here on AVS.

The Nuvo Essentia + MPS4 music server will be an expensive, but good option.

The MMS-5 is also pro install only.

You may want to have a talk with a local custom installer, to see what they can offer.

Not sure what those Mode KPs can control, other than the Speakerkraft MCZ.
ifor's Avatar ifor 11:59 PM 05-08-2012
The Mode kps can control a docked idevice through their Mode Base, Mode Adapter and PS-3 power supply. It gets the metadata from the dock and sends it to the kps.
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