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Need software for SpeakerCraft 6-Zone, 6-Source Controller for Whole-House Audio System. My local authorized dealer - installer went out of business in middle of install.

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Hi qazx

This system is proprietary stuff, and is serviced and installed through a dealer network only. The software actually comes with the product, so if you didn't get a copy with the equipment, I am sure that the manufacturers will oblige you. Another approach is to get another agent on the go, or at least if you tell SpeakerCraft what has happened, they should be sympathetic and supply you a disc of the software. Goodluck, let me know how you get on.

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V313 is the older one and 401 is the latter.

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You also need a cable with a female 9 pin d sub at one end and a stereo 3.5mm jack plug at the other, use screened cable.

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There is no way to copy theprogram off a machine, you have to either have the origion project file that works in ez tools or start from scratch with a new file.

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I am a service engineer and have serviced a few of these units, you can send it back to speakercraft direct but they will charge you an arm and a leg for it, they are very 'cloak and dagger' about supplying parts and service info to anyone else including dealers.

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sometimes when a amp module blows it takes out another board and they are expensive.

This won't fix the problem but may go some way to helping you get a better idea of the problem if you haven't already.

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