MDS-6A: Music Distribution System

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This product is discontinued

The MDS-6A is an all-in-one music distribution system that can accept up to six different music sources. It offers 480 Watts of total system power (40 Watts per channel, six stereo left & right channel pairs). The six speaker zones can play music from any of the six audio sources.

Music Control is provided via either the MCS-1A or MCS-2A keypads. Each provides you with flexible control over the MDS-6A and connected music sources and gives the user feedback on the status of the system. The keypads are back-lit and are supplied with white and ivory bezels.

The MDS-6A offers the installer a Page/Doorbell input jack as well as a Music-on-hold output jack for interconnection of an optional Communications Controller.

For large installations with up to twelve speaker zones, two MDS-6A amplifiers can be connected to six audio source components using the Model MDS-PCK 6×12 Patch Cord Kit. The remote (MDS6A-REM) is included. Click here for the basic wiring layout.


  • Six audio sources selectively switched to six speaker zones
  • 12 channels (6 left & right pairs) x 40 watts per channel amplifier power
  • Front panel speaker zone on/off status indicators
  • Removable speaker terminals with wire lock levers (no tools required)
  • User feedback to all back-lighted system keypads
  • RJ-45 connection to each keypad with Cat-5 cable
  • IR target built-in to each keypad
  • IR remote control of audio sources with six source-specific, routed IR output ports
  • Frequency response 20 Hz to 20 kHz ±1 dB
  • Total harmonic distortion @ 1 kHz 0.02%
  • Signal-to-noise ratio greater than 95 dB
  • Zone-to-zone crosstalk isolation greater than 70 dB
  • Size: 17.0″ W x 12.5″ D x 4.0″ H
  • Weight: 21 pounds

Installation Manual

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