MBX-PRE Wi-Fi Streaming Audio Player

Category: MBX Series

The MBX-PRE Streaming Audio Player is designed to offer a simple-to-install and simple-to-configure streaming media solution to add high quality streaming audio content to any audio system. The MBX-PRE can be used as a single stereo audio streaming source for a single room, or supply a single audio stream to a larger whole-house system through its easy-to-use analog line-level/digital (coax/optical) outputs.

The MBX-PRE allows for expansion to up to 32 streaming rooms of audio in a single installation with any combination of other MBX-Series streaming products from Russound. When paired with a Russound multi-room controller, system expansion is possible up to 8 independent audio sources and up to 48 total rooms of audio.

In addition to offering streaming audio from popular internet sources, the MBX-PRE also offers streaming of local UPnP compliant audio.
In addition, a built-in USB port allows users to connect an external flash drive or an externally powered USB hard drive for use as additional music sources.

LATEST UPDATE INFORMATION: AirPlay 2 is now available for the MBX-Series of Products


For questions about installation & setup visit our FAQ Page

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  • Independent streaming audio player
  • Built-in AirPlay 2 streaming with full metadata to iOS/Android apps or XTS7 touchscreens
  • Built-in Chromecast for Audio support with full metadata to iOS/Android apps or XTS7 touchscreens
  • Bluetooth Audio
  • Hi-Res audio streaming support up to 24-bit/192 kHz
  • USB for Flash or external USB Hard drive-based music collections
  • Digital (PCM) and Analog Stereo Inputs
  • Digital or analog output (analog output configurable as fixed or variable)
  • Can be integrated (as a source) with a Russound MCA-66 or MCA-88 controller or standalone (as a zone) when used with any brand of amplifier or receiver
  • Controllable with the Russound App and fully compatible with the Russound XTS7 in-wall touchscreen
  • Bass, Treble, and Loudness settings available through the Russound App
  • Supports local favorites
  • Onboard browser-based configuration, accessible from a smartphone or tablet
  • Mix and match with other MBX-Series components for versatile system designs 
  • Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20KHz
  • Audio Outputs:  Analog – Stereo Audio RCA, Digital Optical
  • Line Audio Output: 2V rms
  • Audio Inputs: 3.5mm Analog Stereo Audio, Digital Optical, USB2.0 Media Playback
  • Communication Ports: Ethernet RJ45 10/100 BaseT
  • Wi-Fi:  802.11ac, dual band
  • Bluetooth Audio Support: Yes
  • Trigger Output: 12vDC @100mA
  • Music File Formats: MP3 (CBR, VBR), WAV (8, 16-bit), OGG Vorbis, FLAC (8, 16-bit). AAC, AAC+ (supports up to 24-bit/192kHz)
  • Power Requirements: 12VDC, 1.25A
  • Product Dimensions: 8.25”W x 7”D x 1.75”H (21cm W x 17.8cm D x 4.5cm H)
  • Product Weight: 1 lb (0.45 kg)
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.9”W x 11.5” D x 4.1”H (25.1cm W x 29.2cm D x 10.6cm H)
  • Shipping Weight: 2.65 lbs (1.2 kg)


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MBX-PRE Product Manual: MBX-PRE Manual

MBX-PRE Product GuideMBX-PRE Product Guide

Read Me First Document: MBX Read Me First

How to Chromecast with the MBX: MBX Chromecast Overview

Sharing Audio Content using the MBX-Series: Audio Sharing with the MBX-Series

For all other questions, visit our: FAQ Page

RIO Protocol for Driver DevelopersRIO Protocol Version 1.16.01

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MBX Pre Front: MBX-Front-ViewMBX-Angle View

MBX Pre Rear: MBX-PRE Rear Image

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Please note that this product must be installed by a Russound Certified Installer.
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