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Breathe Audio BA-6640MS 6 Source 6 Zone System

Product code: BA-6640MS

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Features & Specifications

BreatheAudio’s 6 Source, 6 Zone Whole Home Audio System lets the music play, with features that will amaze. The slick, clean styling of its keypad makes for an impressive interface for the consumer, while the Allport provides simple, straightforward installation. All at a price point that makes this 6 source 6 zone system the best value in the marketplace. Get 40 watts of true high-fidelity digital sound for the same price as other systems with half the power or less.
Easy expandability to 12 zones provides flexibility for mid to larger installations at an unmatched price point.   Amazing Allport connection hub cuts installation time to a minimum with no guesswork to worry about. Final installation is instantaneous with VERY simple plug-and-play steps.   • 6 audio sources are sent to 6 rooms in the home, and are easily expandable to 12.
• 40 watts of power per zone produce high-quality, full highfidelity sound.
• Allport connection hub reduces installation time and features no muss, no fuss, behind-the-rack wiring.
• RS-232 serial port allows for easy home-automation integration.
• System has Philips Class D digital amplification, which provides higher output, cooler operation and prolonged life of the system.
• Built-in IR pass-through at keypad controls source components and offers quick and easy wireless control; specially designed to block interference from sunlight, plasma and fluorescent lighting.
• Fixed and variable outputs are provided on zones 1 through 4 to use with higher-powered external amplifiers (BA-200, 200 watt amplifier sold seperately) when greater output is required.

Specifications

Other Product Info

BreatheAudio’s 6 Source, 6 Zone Whole Home Audio System lets the music play, with features that will amaze. The slick, clean styling of its keypad makes for an impressive interface for the consumer, while the Allport provides simple, straightforward installation. All at a price point that makes this 6 source 6 zone system the best value in the marketplace. Get 40 watts of true high-fidelity digital sound for the same price as other systems with half the power or less. Easy expandability to 12 zones provides flexibility for mid to larger installations at an unmatched price point.

OWNER'S MANUAL

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

By Lakh from Kelowna, Canada on March 4, 2012
Does this system have party mode?

By Customer Service - Q&A on March 5, 2012

Answer:
Hi Lakh,

Yes, the BA-6640MS does feature Party Mode. Check out page 10 of the Owner’s Manual (see download tab on product page).

TL
By Customer Service - Q&A on March 5, 2012

Answer:
Hi Lakh:

Yes the BA-6640MS does feature Party Mode. Checkout page 10 of the Owners manual (see download tab on product page).

TL

By Jason from Olympia, WA on September 19, 2012
I was looking to buy the MDS-6A kit, because I have used it in the past and liked it. But it has not gone up in price from when I purchased it last, so now I am looking at other options. Can you tell me what the differences are between that and this one are? This one is so much cheaper, I could almost buy two for the same price..
By Customer Service - Q&A on September 21, 2012

Answer:
Hi Jason,
The Breathe Audio 6640-MS has the 'all port' wall plate, which makes wiring a little easier. The MDS Kit does not have this feature; therefore, all the wiring must go directly back to the unit. As far as wattage, both units are about the same; however, the keypads differ.

CL/MA 1300

By Dusty Garnier from Alberta on December 30, 2011
Does the IR pass through actually let use control the input devices with your existing remote controls, or does it just control the breathe audio system with its own remote.
By Customer Service - Q&A on December 30, 2011

Answer:
Hi Dusty,

The IR pass-through should work on any of the remotes you want to use as well as the Breathe Audio remote supplied with the unit. Just make sure to use your emitters from the Breathe Audio to your sources.

TL

By Steve from Canada on January 6, 2012
How long will it take for the equipment to get to Canada (Toronto)
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 6, 2012

Answer:
Steve,
That would take between 14-17 days all together with USPS priority International shipping (the most economical). This is an item special ordered from the manufacturer.
CL
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 6, 2012

Answer:
Steve,
That would take between 14-17 days all together with USPS priority International shipping (the most economical).
CL

By bryan from Salt Lake City on October 27, 2011
I'm building a new house and am curious how this feature ". The external mute allows the music to be muted for a doorbell or phone ring." needs to be set up for this device. Can you help?
By Customer Service - Q&A on October 27, 2011

Answer:
You have to connect to a trigger from either the doorbell or phone system, one or the other. Breathe Audio, a NUVO technologies company, tech support recommended using an Altronix 6062 programmable relay switch. Go to the link below and click on instruction manual.

The problem with the standard doorbell or phone trigger is that it works only momentary (while the button is actually pushed or during the ringtone). The Altronix piece allows you to increase the delay up to a minute. Even with this device you can only mute either the doorbell or phone and not both.

http://www.altronix.com/index.php?pid=2&model_num=6062

TL/MA

By Dave from Drayton Valley, Alberta on January 17, 2012
Following installation all the keypads have a flashing power button and will not work or turn on. Each keypad has its own ID as per the dial on the back. Any suggestions?

By Customer Service - Q&A on January 19, 2012

Answer:
Hi Dave,

According to the manual's troubleshooting guide, when the keypads are flashing there is a conflict with the ID settings on the back. Make sure that all six have their own dedicated setting: 1 through 6, etc. If there is a single conflict between two, then the other four will not work either.
TL

By dusty garnier from edmonton alberta on November 3, 2011
1.) will the i-port IW-20 be able to hook up the this system as an input source. (it says local zone and this is a multi-zone system)
2.) what speakers will give me the best sound with the systems capability.(indoor)

3.)can i use one input for a theatre room, or will i oly be able to power to speakers in that zone from an amp.

4.) now that this amp is discontinued, whats the best one to use.
By Customer Service - Q&A on November 7, 2011

Answer:
1) There's no problem connecting the i-Port IW/20 as one of your sources

2) The best match for the Breathe Audio system is the High Definition series that features mica-filled polypropylene Woofers, Butyl Rubber Surrounds and Silk Soft Dome Pivoting Tweeters. It also features the widest range of speakers including 5.25", 6.5" and 8" in-ceiling, both in stereo pairs and Dual Voice Coil applications. There is also a complete selection of in-walls for your custom home theater speakers, including LCRs.

3) You can place the control amp in the home theater room alongside the Audio/Video receiver (AVR) and take an output from your AVR if it has a dedicated zone output and connect to the Breathe Audio system as one of the sources. This will allow you to play all source inputs from your AVR through the whole house as well.

Note: You can select a set of speakers in your home theater room (front, left, and right as an example) to connect to both your AVR and one of the zones of the Breathe Audio. You would need an A/B switch like our OSD SVC-405 that allows you to connect two source to a single set of speakers.

4) The Breathe Audio line has been discontinued for a number of years now but the original manufacturer continues to supply us with inventory

By Roger Beau from Vinton Iowa on January 19, 2012
I bought this system for the house I recently built. I wired the system into the unfinished basement where the componets are located. Love the system, but will not finish basement untill next year. Would like to control on-off from upstairs. Is there a wireless controler I can use? I have a wireless router.
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 19, 2012

Answer:
Hi Roger,

The only control you have is through the keypads that come with the main unit. There is an IR receiver mounted in each of the keypads. Are you using all six zones and are any of them going for upstairs zones? For more tips and ideas, please contact the manufacturer directly.

http://www.breatheaudio.com/explore_products.shtml.

They are division of NUVO technologies

By STACEY from BARRIE, ONT on May 18, 2012
was wondering if you could use this system with outdoor wireless speakers....i'd appreciate the feedback as we are looking at this system and planning out as we are having a new home being built.
By Customer Service - Q&A on May 18, 2012

Answer:
Hi Stacey:

The Breathe Audio System features 4 preamp outputs where you can bypass the internal amplifier for zones 1 to 4. You have two choices for output, variable when you still want to control the volume with the Breathe audio control pad which you would install in the respective zone where the wireless speakers will be located. The unit includes a remote control as well that can control basic features of the source you have selected through the IR sensor located in the key pad when selecting the variable output. The fixed output (the other option) would be when you plan on using the remote control that comes with the Wireless speaker set. That would only control the volume up or down and turn the speaker on or off. My recommendation would be still plan to run a key pad to that zone and connect the wireless transmitter to the Variable output. You would need to run only a single Cat 5 network cable to the key Pad (no speaker wire of course for that zone). Checkout page 5 of the owners manual, bullets 3 and 4. So no problem adding up to four wireless speakers for the Breathe Audio System.

TL

By Dan from Omaha NE on January 26, 2012
I am thinking of purchasing for a new construction , do the keypads get wired with cat 5 cable?
By Customer Service - Q&A on January 27, 2012

Answer:
Hi Dan:

Yes, the Key Pads are connected by Cat5. All the Cat5 cables are home run back to the central location. The speakers are wired back to the same location. All are terminated inside the wall to the Allport terminal. Connection to the Allport terminal is a single network cableand a proprietary Allport cable which are the only two connections to the main Control Center. Check out the owners manual, just click on the download tab, view owners manual. You will find it very precise and informative.

TL

Product Reviews

Breathe Audio BA-6640MS 6 Source 6 Zone System
$949.95
4.5 Stars based on 8 Review(s)
Lance
United States
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

So far...Great!
April 30, 2015
I seldom come back to write a review but as I researched this unit for months, I felt I owed other potential buyers one. That and I really like this new purchase! Just got my system hooked up to 6 zones. I have not hooked up the IR cables yet, so I'll come back and add comments when I do that.. - Service form OSD was great. It took a little over a week to get the unit because it was back ordered, but OSD Customer Service kept me informed 2 days after I placed the order. - Unit comes with a programmable remote (which I never saw on the specs.) Nice surprise but I haven't tried it yet. - Unit comes with mounting brackets for a steel component case. - Hook up (one I got good with CAT5 wiring) was a breeze. I haven't fully positioned the unit in it's final home, but the All Port is a slick device. You need to have good eye to get the speaker wire in, but that's with every unit. All in all, not one complaint. For the price, this unit provides great functionality and delivers on the sales pitch.
Pros:
Hook up Key pads
Cons:
Didn't come with a little dude in the box to do all the hook up work!

oc ke
dunn, nc
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

nice whole house system
May 29, 2013
easy to set up and install
Pros:
nice accessory for the whole house audio system
Cons:
terminating the speaker wires
Best Uses:
office

GAP
Alberta Canada
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Super service and product
January 10, 2013
It's a great product. Setup and use is simple with great results.
Pros:
Easy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Easy To Set Up, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Upgrade

BK
Iowa
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very good systerm
January 7, 2013
The product has exceeded my expectactions. We built a new house and had someone else do all the wire runs. They quouted a system without speakers that was about $3500. I was able to purchase the speakers and system for a lot less. I was very surprised by how loud the speakers wound go and still sound great with system. We have used it much more than anticipated.
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction

Home Audio Enthusiast and Sparky
Orange County
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

easy to install but watch out for cables
June 24, 2012
Easy to install with one exception, the break out cable, I have installed both the 4 and the 6 zone versions, the toughest part is the break out cable from the unit to the 2 gang terminal plate. You will need a 2 gang switch ring for rough in, but you will also need a bigger space behind the ring to manage all the CAT5e and audio cables coming in, the terminal strips are small and tight. The best fit would be a 8x8x4 nema1 junction box, custom cut the front cover plate to accomodate the 2 gang ring mounted on top of it ( with the opening cut out on the cover plate and the 2 gang ring mounted to it ) and then mount the box to stud flush so that 2 gang ring sits like it normally would for drywall, then run either 3 - 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch and one 1 inch flex / conduit to the 8x8 in wall. This makes wire management to the the 2 gang termianl plate much easier when you have to stuff it back in the wall ( especially if you have insualtion in thr walls ). The speaker terminals on the back of the plate will not accomodate #12 speaker wire, they barely fit #14. I have had to splice #16 pigtails off the speaker terminals to the #14 / #12 speaker wires that run through out with clear crimp on splice connectors. Other than that the units are easy to set up.
Pros:
Quality Construction, Easy To Use
Cons:
Mnge break out cable

Andy
Minneapolis
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great product
July 11, 2011
I have installed a few of these and they are very easy to install as long as it is planned properly. OSD is fast and easy to deal with.
Pros:
Easy To Use, Easy To Setup

Anonymous
Undisclosed
5 Stars

I contacted this supplier ...
March 25, 2011
I contacted this supplier for information on installing an whole houses sound system. I was replacing an intercom system and needed technical help with the existing wiring and systems to accomplish the goal. I was referred to their tech support and spoke to Dustin on several occasions. He was VERY helpfull and even gave me the phone

Larren
Lafayette, LA
5 Stars

Very easy system to ...
January 12, 2010
Very easy system to install. Great sound. Met and exceeded expectations!!