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Niles Audio ZR-6 6 Source, 6 Zone Audio MultiZone Receiver Details

The ZR-6 is a multizone solution loaded with desirable features such as plug-and-play iPod® integration, metadata display, a built-in AM/FM tuner, One Touch To Entertainment™ automation, and optional video distribution—at a price that breaks new ground. It delivers six audio sources, including its AM/FM tuner to six listening zones. If more than six zones are needed, simply add as many as two ZR-6s to create up to an eighteen zone system. The ZR-6’s array of control interfaces, which includes a full-color touchscreen, ensures the perfect level of control for every location and every installation.


The plug-and-play design of the ZR-6 and its intuitive wizard based,on-board programming combine to simplify configuration and installation. The ZR-6 houses a multitude of flexible connections and a high-quality 4-ohm stable digital power amplifier that provides twelve channels of robust power (50 watts per zone/25 watts per channel). Preamplifier outputs are also included for zones 4, 5, and 6, should you require more power in these zones.


This versatile remote provides advanced, automated control of all six of the ZR-6’s sources, as well as a local TV and an additional local source such as a DVD player or satellite receiver. The R-8L can create IR macros and comes preloaded with a library of IR commands for both the ZR-6 as well as many popular brands of equipment. It also learns IR commands directly from factory remote controls.

  • Six-Source, Six-Zone MultiZone Receiver The ZR-6 independently distributes up to six audio sources to up to six zones to provide high-quality entertainment throughout the home.
  • One Touch To Entertainment™A simple press of a button is all that is needed to fill your entire home with music. THe ZR-6 is programmed so you never have to deal with complex sequences of button presses when you want to listen to music.
  • Built-In AM/FM TunerA digital AM/FM tuner with 20 preset stations is built into the ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver to provide radio reception without any additional components, connections, or programming.
  • Plug and Play iPod Integration Start enjoying your digital music when and where you want it. With a simple connection, your iPod can be played throught your home. Solo 6MD keypads and TS-PRO touchscreens have LCD screens that display songs, titles, artists, and playlists that simplify operation. The ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver includes a 30-pin iPod connection cable to fully integrate this popular audio source into the system. All the communication and control commands for the iPod are built into the ZR-6. Instantly, you're up and running.
  • Hand-Held Learning Remote Control The included learning remote control “learns” the commands to operate the ZR-6’s source audio components and comes pre-loaded with IR codes for today's most popular brands of equipment. In addition, the remote also has the ability to build IR sequences.
  • Choice of Compatible KeypadsThe Solo-6 IR Master Keypad offers basic system control. The Solo-6 MD Master Keypad adds an LCD screen with metadata. The Numeric-6P Accessory Keypad can be combined with the Solo-6 IR for additional functionality and control. Keypads are available in five designer colors: White, Light Almond, Bone, Silver, and Black
  • High Performance 12-Channel Digital AmplifierThe advanced digital amplifier delivers robust 50 watts of power to each zone with excellent sound quality. And since it's an 8-ohm stable design, you can use up to four loudspeakers in a single zone.
  • RS-232 and Discrete IR ControlControl systems from both Niles and other manufacturers can be seamlessly integrated with the ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver. IR storage includes two library pages for accessing secondary system commands such as lighting, drapery, and the VS-6 component video switcher. The ZR-6 has six IR Flasher outputs.
  • Preamplifer Outputs with 12V TriggersZones 4, 5, and 6 are equipped with preamplifier outputs to accommodate external power amplifiers such as Niles System Integration Amplifiers®. Each preamplifier output includes a 12V trigger to automate amplifier turn-on and turn-off. The ZR-6 has a total of four 12V control outputs for voltage triggers. (One is global, and 4, 5, and 6 are zone specific)
  • System-Wide Audio Paging (Doorbell and Telephone) The ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver has circuitry that automatically mutes the audio and plays doorbell chimes and telephone pages through the system’s loudspeakers. When done, the audio automatically returns to its previous level. Doorbell chimes requires the DBI-1 Doorbell Interference.
  • Custom-Tailored SoundWith separate bass, treble, and variable loudness adjustments on each keypad, each zone is easily calibrated for high-quality sound and balanced acoustics from room to room.
  • Expandable To 18 ZonesThe system architecture allows you to expand the system to up to 18 zones by adding additional ZR-6 MultiZone Receivers. When multiple ZR-6 MultiZone Receivers are combined, each unit’s built-in AM/FM tuner remains active, making it possible to tune in different radio stations in each bank of zones.
  • Integrate and Distribute HD Video With the optional VS-6 High Definition Component Video Switcher, you can distribute high definition video and audio to any or all of the ZR-6’s zones. This combination delivers up to four high definition video sources to up to six zones. Five video sources can be distributed if no iPod is connected.
  • Supports Up To Three Keypads in Each ZoneWith the addition of a ZR-KE Keypad Expander, any zone can accommodate up to three keypads. Ideal for large rooms, bedrooms, and outdoor applications.
  • Zone LinkingPermanently group up to six zones per chassis. Turn-on, source selection, and turn-off all work in unison, while retaining independent volume, bass, treble, and variable loudness in each zone.
  • Party or Whole House ModeTurns on all the zones in the house (or a pre-set number of zones) to the same audio source for background music while entertaining.
  • Virtual Home Theater ZoneThe ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver can share sources with an independent home theater system via the Global IR input and Home Theater Sync connections.
  • Eco-Friendly DesignThe ZR-6's advanced digital amplifier helps reduce power consumption by 66% compared to previous designs. In addition, the ZR-6 is compliant with R0HS which is a directive that restricts hazardous substances.
  • Simplistic, Quality Design Inside and OutYou can trust the reliability and outstanding performance Niles builds into the ZR-6 system with features such as Gold plated RCA Audio Jacks and easy system configuration via the front panel.

Niles Audio ZR-6 6 Source, 6 Zone Audio MultiZone Receiver Specifications


Frequency Range: 87.5 – 108 MHz


Frequency Range: 530-1710 kHz
IF Rejection: ? = 40dB
Image Rejection: ? = 30dB
Selectivity: ?=20dB (+/- 20kHz)
Usable Sensitivity: ? = 63dBu (S/N = 20dB)
S/N Ratio: ? = 42dB


Power Output: 25 watts per channel RMS at 8 ohm, from 20Hz to 20kHz with no more than 0.2% THD any zone driven
Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz +0db/-0.5dB
Signal to Noise Ratio: 100dB (A-weighted)


Treble (@10kHz): +/-12dB
Bass (@50Hz): +/-12dB
Variable Loudness: Automatic - selectable on/off


(6) Keypad Connector Ports RJ-45 Jacks
(4) 12V Control Outputs 3.5mm female tip-positive (150mA, Global, Zones 4, 5, 6)
(5) Video Sync Inputs Input impedance: 10k
(5) Voltage Sync Inputs 3-30V AC/DC (10mA)
(1) Home Theater Sync Input 3-30V AC/DC (10mA)
(1) iPod Connector
(1) IR Control Input 3.5mm female tip-positive
(5) Flasher Outputs (2-6) 3.5mm stereo female tippositive (30mA peak)
(1) HIGH Output Flasher Port 3.5mm female tip-positive (1A peak)
(2) RS-232 Rear panel - 3.5 mm female, Front panel - DB9 nine-pin serial connector, female
(2) Expansion Ports In and Out, RJ-45


Connectors: Five pairs of stereo line-level analog inputs with gold-plated female RCA connectors; One paging input
Input Impedance: ~10K ohm


(3) Pre-amp Outputs (stereo pairs) Output impedance: 100 ohm


Power Supply: 110V, 60 Hz
KPV: 30
Regulatory: UL/CSA/CE/C-TICK/FCC
Power Consumption: 200 Watts
Dimensions: 17” wide x 3.5” high x 15” deep, 43.18 cm wide x 8.89 cm high x 38.1 cm deep
Weight: 25 lbs, 11.36 kg


Transmitter: Infrared
Signal Range: 15-30 feet / 5-10 meters
Power Supply: (2) “AA” Batteries (1.5V x 2)

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  Amazing Sound and Ease of Installation
10/31/2011 - Posted By Anthony from New York
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Product Review: This product came as it was promised and was very installer friendly, Had sound as soon as I had keypads installed. Service & Delivery Comments: Your Electronic Warehouse design and installation department was very helpful in my Home Audio Project. There Knowledge and suggestions made my project very simple and added very little stress. Was this review helpful to you? Yes/No
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Niles Audio ZR-6 6 Source, 6 Zone Audio MultiZone Receiver Contents

(1) ZR-6 MultiZone Receiver
(1) Removable Power Cable
(1) 2 meter iPod Interconnect Cable
(2) Rack Mount Ears
(1) R-8L Hand-Held Learning Remote Control
(1) Safety Sheet
(1) System Guide
(1) Warranty Card
(1) FM Dipole Antenna
(1) AM Loop Antenna
(1) R-6L and R-8L IR Code Guide
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