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post #1 of 7
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Hi, after my earlier thread on setting up a home audio distribution, I have narrowed in on the Russound CAA66 (CAV6.6 looks better, but cost is a lot more). But have a couple of unanswered questions for anyone in the know on these units.

* does it support party mode? (have not seen it say explicitly)
* can two zones be bridged? (ie, looking for extra power to a room with 4 speakers or an outdoor zone)
* Borrowing from above, can 1 keypad run 4 speakers? (my reading says I may have to wire in parallel?)
* Anyone that has a unit, with KPL keypads, how do these keypads look in a room, ie the light they emit (very bright in a dark room?).
* Are they any tricks or hacks that can expand the use of these units?

Thanks for any input.
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Originally Posted by sabre6 View Post

Hi, after my earlier thread on setting up a home audio distribution, I have narrowed in on the Russound CAA66 (CAV6.6 looks better, but cost is a lot more). But have a couple of unanswered questions for anyone in the know on these units.

* does it support party mode? (have not seen it say explicitly) No
* can two zones be bridged? (ie, looking for extra power to a room with 4 speakers or an outdoor zone) No
* Borrowing from above, can 1 keypad run 4 speakers? (my reading says I may have to wire in parallel?) No. You will need external amplifiers for more than 2 8ohm speakers per zone.
* Anyone that has a unit, with KPL keypads, how do these keypads look in a room, ie the light they emit (very bright in a dark room?).
* Are they any tricks or hacks that can expand the use of these units? No

Thanks for any input.
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the replies Eric. So if I wanted to get party mode and bridged mode, I would have to step up to the CAV6.6 or is there another, not too expensive, unit that would do these?
post #4 of 7
For bridging, you're probably better off using any of these systems (Russound, NuVo, etc.) and consuming one of the unpowered (usually zones 7-8) outputs and connecting it to an inexpensive external amp, instead of paying specifically for bridging support...

Jeff
post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks Jeff, makes sense. Any external amps you like? Or maybe I could use another receiver I have around (but keeping that on all the time could be a power hog).
post #6 of 7
I like the super-cheap AudioSource AMP-100 which has auto-power-on/signal-sense and <$100...
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I like the super-cheap AudioSource AMP-100 which has auto-power-on/signal-sense and <$100...

great, thanks
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