Is the Mid-Level system energy efficient?
The Mid-Level system is an efficient combinaton of a centralized controller, centralized digital multi-channel amplifier, and keypads spread throughout your home. Each of these components is independently designed for efficient power management, but each also includes features that enable the system as a whole to be even more energy efficient. Utilize the Trigger feature to automatically power up or power down the multi-channel amplifier.
Connect a mono 3.5mm patch cable from the MC-66 Trigger OUT to an HTD Multichannel Amplifier Trigger IN. When a keypad is powered ON, the multi-channel amplifier automatically comes out of sleep mode to provide power where needed. Once all keypads are powered OFF, both the controller and the multi-channel amplifier automatically return to sleep mode, drawing only 5 Watts of power each.
Easily power off all keypads to automatically put the controller and multi-channel amplifier into 5 Watt sleep mode.
While a quick press of the Power/Mute button will mute the zone, holding this button for a full one second will power off the zone. Continue holding an additional two seconds, and all keypads/zones are powered off and the controller and amplifier return to sleep mode.
Keypads in each zone are powered via the Cat5/6 cable from the central controller. The backlit buttons on the keypad are only lit while the keypad is actively being used/touched. After 15 seconds of inactivity, the backlit LEDs are turned off. The LCD display on the KC7 also includes two brightness settings- one setting controls the brightness level when the buttons are actively being pressed, and a second setting controls the brightness level after fifteen seconds of inactivity. This second brightness level can even be reduced to zero so that nothing is displayed and no light is added to the room- great for those who prefer a dark room in which to sleep, and great for power management as well. Note: The LCD TFT screen on each KC7 can also be uniquely set to its own background and foreground colors. <<To the Mid-Level whole-house audio system