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Stahl~Tek

A.B.C.

User Manual

Safety Instructions
The lightning flash with the arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of dangerous voltage inside the product that may constitute a risk of electric shock. The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying the product. TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, AND/OR DAMAGE TO THE UNIT DO NOT REMOVE COVER. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL Read Instructions: Read all the safety and operating instructions before operating this Retain Instructions: Retain safety and operating instructions for future reference. Heed Warnings: Adhere to all warnings on the product and in the operating instructions. Follow Instructions: Follow all operating and use instructions. Cleaning: Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Use a damp cloth for cleaning. Clean the outside of the product only. Attachments: Do not use attachments that are not recommended by the product manufacturer; they may be hazardous. Water and Moisture: Do not use this product near water. Accessories: Do not place this product on an unstable cart or stand. The product may fall, causing bodily injury and damage to the product. A product and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart to overturn. Ventilation: Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. This product should not be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided. Power Sources: Operate this product only from the type of power source indicated on the label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your dealer or local power company. This product is equipped with a three-prong grounding plug. This plug will only fit into a grounding power outlet. If you are unable to insert the plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the grounding plug. Power Cord Protection: Power supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them. Lightning: Unplug the unit from the wall outlet for added protection during a lightning storm and when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time. This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning and power line surges. Overloading: Do not overload wall outlets or extension cords. This can result in a fire or electric shock. Inserting Objects into Unit: Never push objects of any kind into this product through any openings; they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in fire or electric shock. Servicing: Do not attempt to repair or service this product yourself. Opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage and other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Stahl~Tek A.B.C. Page 2

Damage Requiring Service: Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: a) If the power-supply cord or plug is damaged. b) If liquid has been spilled into the product. c) If the product has been exposed to rain or water. d) If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. e) If the product has been dropped or damaged in any way. f) If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance. Replacement Parts: When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts specified by the manufacturer. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, and other hazards. Safety Check: Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to per- form safety checks to determine that the product is in proper operating condition. Wall or Ceiling Mounting: Mount the product to a wall or ceiling only as recommended. Heat: The product should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, and other products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

Compliance Information
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions; This device may not cause harmful interference, and This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.

Additional Safety Information


RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT OPEN

CAUTION

Caution
To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove cover (or back). No user-servicable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.

Warning
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture. Marking by the CE symbol (shown left) indicates compliance of this device with the standards of the European Community.

The lighning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous volage within the products enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons. The exclamation point within an equlateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the rpesence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.

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Introduction
Your Expectations of Sound Quality...

hen approaching digital audio, approach it as you would a connoisseur of fine wine. At Stahl~Tek, we approach the A.B.C. in a similar way: as a finely grown and cared-for vintage. Our expectations are high, as yours should be. The A.B.C. streams bit perfect audio data up to 24-bit @ 192kHz, providing a signal clear, and true to its source. The A.B.C. will output true, 24-bit audio files and supports a variety of sample rates: 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, and 192kHz. Digital processes may represent a sound exactly. Just as a professional taster might select the exact vintage after careful inspection, so the computer will read, and re-read a disc as many times as it needs to, to ensure it has the exact sound. This process is more accurate than a CD player may achieve: the player will read through only once. It does not have the benefit, as the taster does, to go back and resample. The A.B.C. is finely designed to fit effortlessly within your digital system. Your digital system will function together as parts of an instrument. Your A.B.C. is built to match to your system, becoming a bridge between your computer and your DAC.

Keep for Your Records


Please fill in the information below for your records (The serial number is located on the back of the unit.): Ownership Information: Stahl~Tek A.B.C. Stahl~Tek Dealer: Date of Purchase: / / Dealer Phone: ( ) -

If You Want to Contact Us


Mailing P.O. Box 125 Address: Clute, TX 77531 Stahl~Tek A.B.C. Phone: (979) 265-5114 Fax: (979) 265-1211 Website: www.stahltek.com Email: info@stahltek.com Page 4

Contents
Safety Instructions..............................................................................................................................................2 Compliance Information............................................................................................................................3 Additional Safety Information...................................................................................................................3 Caution. ........................................................................................................................................3 Warning. .......................................................................................................................................3 Introduction.........................................................................................................................................................4 Keep for Your Records...............................................................................................................................4 If You Want to Contact Us.........................................................................................................................4 Unpacking the Unit.............................................................................................................................................6 Directions.....................................................................................................................................................6 Contents.......................................................................................................................................................6 Setting Up Your Digital Music Collection . ......................................................................................................7 What are the Goals of a Digital Music Collection?.............................................................................. 7 How do I Rip Archival Quality?........................................................................................................... 7 What File Format Should I Use?.................................................................................................. 7 Is My Ripping Software Up to the Job?....................................................................................... 8 Do I have a secure place to store the files when I am done? ....................................................... 8 Do I have enough space to store the files? . ................................................................................. 9 Getting to Know Your A.B.C.. ..........................................................................................................................10 Putting It Together............................................................................................................................................ 11 Set Up Your Storage........................................................................................................................... 11 Set Up Your A.B.C.. ........................................................................................................................... 12 Connect Your A.B.C........................................................................................................................... 14 Connecting the A.B.C. to the DAC. ........................................................................................... 14 Option: Using Passthrough Mode. ............................................................................................. 14 Set Up Your Computer. ...................................................................................................................... 15 Select Your Audio Output................................................................................................................... 15 Technical Specifications. ..................................................................................................................................17 Minimum Computer Hardware Requirements. .....................................................................................17 A.B.C. Specifications. ...............................................................................................................................17 A.B.C. Features.........................................................................................................................................17 A.B.C. Supported Protocols.....................................................................................................................18 Maintenance and Repairs................................................................................................................................19 Cleaning the A.B.C.. ..................................................................................................................................19 Repairing the A.B.C..................................................................................................................................19 Troubleshooting. ................................................................................................................................................20 Glossary.............................................................................................................................................................21 Warranty. ...........................................................................................................................................................22 Stahl~Tek A.B.C. 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Unpacking the Unit


Directions
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. Please remove all jewelry to keep from scratching the unit. Make sure the box is positioned with the This Side Up label. Carefully lift the front flap to open the box. Remove the top foam piece. Remove the package containing the Quick Start Guide and the Driver Disks, and set aside. Remove the small white box containing the charger. Remove side foam. Remove back foam. Lift the unit carefully from the box. Save all boxes and pieces of foam for transport. Remember to note the Serial Number (located on the back bottom right of the unit) in the front of this manual.

Contents
Stahl~Tek A.B.C. DC Power Adapter Quick Start Guide Windows Drivers CD

Setting Up Your Digital Music Collection


What are the Goals of a Digital Music Collection?
A wine may be perfected over generations; the equipment an audiophile employs should be as finely tuned. A well-built interface, such as possessed by the A.B.C., does not interfere with the refined quality of the audio, yet passes it along faithfully to its destination. Care is given to the preservation of wine, from the angle it is stored at to the proper temperature of the room. When defining goals for a digital audio collection, so too must the audiophile pay attention to such details. When storing music, the music should be transferred from analog to digital in a precise manner. And just as the wine connoisseur has a carefully crafted storage, so should the digital audio systems hard disks be well-kept and operated. The music should be reproduced faithfully to its source, and stored in a safe, secure manner for years to come. Because so much depends on the quality of the file, in addition to the quality of the equipment, part of the goal should be to do it right the first time.

How do I Rip Archival Quality?


When ripping to an archival collection, your motto should be, Do it right the first time. As this is a relatively new technology for many, this manual will seek to cover its basics, and to direct you to places where you may find additional resources. When ripping, there are a number of important considerations. These are: Consideration What file format should I use? Is my ripping software up to the job? Do I have a secure place to store the files when I am done? Why Its Important Different file formats have different benefits. We will get into these in a moment. A computer is able to read a disc multiple times when ripping. Ripping software with good error-checking can check yet more often, and potentially recover music from partially damaged discs. In addition, some ripping software only rip at a lower rate, or only into certain formats. By secure we mean, will it last, and is it protected against such things as hard drive failure?

Do I have enough space Audio files can be quite large, so ensure you have plenty of space. to store the files?

What File Format Should I Use?


Ripping at first may seem as though it is a simple thing. That is, most computers will rip a disc with a fair amount of ease. The concerns of an audiophile, however, are different than the average computer user. Audiophile seeks to preserve and appreciate a higher-quality sound. The goal when ripping and storing the music then, should be approached with care and art. Stahl~Tek A.B.C. Page 7

The audiophile will choose file formats and software best suited to this goal. When choosing a file format, many audiophiles go with AIFF, WAV, or FLAC for long-term storage. The below table summarizes some benefits of each. In addition to a working copy, Stahl~Tek recommends having an archival copy. That is, a master set of files preserved carefully in the highest quality digital format. All working copies then, will be made from this digital master, which is to be set aside and preserved. File Format AIFF

Some Benefits AIFF works well with Macintosh computers, devices, and iTunes. It is a non-compressed and lossless format.

Some Potential Issues

WAV

FLAC

Subtle differences introduced into the format over time can cause a risk of loss of metadata (that is, information such as title tracks, album names, and so forth). WAV has been with Windows for years and is Subtle differences introduced into the well-supported throughout a number of devices format over time can cause a risk of aside from Windows, although it will not loss of metadata (that is, information always work on Apple products. It is typically such as title tracks, album names, and (though not always) non-compressed. so forth). FLAC is an open source audio format. It stores While supported on many devices, metadata very well, and can be converted it is less prevalent than AIFF or easily into WAV or AIFF without altering the WAV. In addition, it uses lossless original data. It is also more standardized than compression, which may be a turnoff the other two formats. for some users.

Is My Ripping Software Up to the Job?


When you begin to rip, there are a number of software packages available to you. Some of them have a better interface, others offer more features. As you explore the digital side of audio, you will try different software and develop favorites, preferences. Here are a few you might begin your journey with. Operating System Mac Mac PC PC Ripping Software Max iTunes dBpoweramp Jriver Media Center Why We Like It Good overall features, easy to use Nice integration over a number of devices Strong features, easy to use Nice interface, works across a multitude of devices; runs on your PC with controller software for a Mac portable device, such as an iPad

Do I have a secure place to store the files when I am done?


Because preservation of ones collection must be approached as an art, storage must be approached similarly. When preparing your collection, you will want at least two copies, an Archival (or master copy), and a Working copy. The Archival copy will be invaluable should an experimental edit go awry, or should you wish to convert to a different format for use on different devises. Other guides suggest as many as three, though two should be considered the minimum. Many guides will also point you towards the use of RAID systems. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Stahl~Tek A.B.C. Page 8

Independent Disks. What this means is, when data is written to one disk, it is simultaneously written to other disks as well. If one drive fails, you still have your data. RAID systems should be combined with automated backups for data security. They should not be considered the same as a backup.

Do I have enough space to store the files?


Audio files, especially high quality ones, can be large. The higher the quality, the larger the file. File type and codec play a role as well. A lossless compression format such as FLAC will result in a smaller size than WAV or AIFF. A lossy compression format such as MP3 takes up the least amount of space, though obviously, an audiophile is not ripping to MP3. Obviously, longer albums will require more space.

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Getting to Know Your A.B.C.

Source Indicators

When lit, this indicates that the A.B.C. is receiving data from either USB or I2S.

Source Selector

Using this, you may select either a USB or an I2S Source.

BNC Out RCA Out

I2S Out I2S In AES/EBU Out USB In DC In

Power . Charge Indicator

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Putting It Together
Software

Music File Storage Computer

A.B.C.

DAC

Set Up Your Storage

Most storage devices are in the form of a RAID or external hard drive. The manufacturers instructions will show you how to properly attach your storage device to your computer.

Charge Your A.B.C.


Attach the power cord to the A.B.C., then plug the A.B.C. into an outlet. Note, this will also begin to charge the units battery.* The Charge Indicator light at the back will indicate when the charge is full. Green indicates full, while orange indicates charging. The first time this is done, the process will take approximately 15 hours. However, you may use the A.B.C. while charging, so continue on to step 3.
DC PLUG

DC Plug
DC PLUG

* The wall charger comes with several different adapters for use in various countries or regions.

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Set Up Your A.B.C.


NOTICE
Do not connect the A.B.C. until prompted by the installation software.

PC

If youve a PC, insert the Stahl~Tek ABC USB 2.0 Driver CD into your computers CDROM.

Mac If youve a Macintosh, the Stahl~Tek ABC is supported out of the box. . Hook up the unit to your computer, and proceed to Step 5: Attaching Your A.B.C. to the DAC.

Then...

If Windows asks you what to do, select the option to Launch Stahltek_Setup.exe.

If nothing appears to happen when you inserted the CD, navigate to Start If nothing appears to happen when you inserted the CD, navigate to Start > My Computer (Win XP) or Start > Computer (Vista/Win 7). Then, double-click on the CDROMs icon to open it. Find the file Stahltek_Setup. exe and double-click on it. If Windows asks if you would like to allow this program to make changes to your computer, click Yes. This will cause the setup window to appear.

Select Install Windows Drivers.

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Click Next on the setup window.

Select an Install Location.

The install process may take some time.

Connect the A.B.C. unit to the computer.

Select Install This Driver Anyway when prompted. This will occur twice

Click Finish to complete the install.

Hook up the unit to your computer, and proceed to Step 5: Attaching Your A.B.C. to the DAC.

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Connect Your A.B.C.

Connecting the A.B.C. to the DAC


1. Attach the A.B.C. to the DAC.

DAC
I2S Stahl~Tek HDMI

A.B.C.
USB

Computer

2. Turn the A.B.C. on by putting the switch in the On position.

Option: Using Passthrough Mode


1. Connect your transport to the A.B.C. using the I2S In. 2. Connect the DAC to the A.B.C. using the I2S Out.

USB from PC to ABC I2S Cable from CD Transport to I2S-In on ABC

3. Press Source to select I2S.

Press Source to select I2S

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Set Up Your Computer

Select Your Audio Output


Windows You will need to set the A.B.C. as your computers default audio playback device. To do this:
1. Nagivate to Start. 4. Select Manage Audio Devices.

2.

From Start, go to Control Panel. This brings up the Control Panel window.

5.

Select the Stahl~Tek Device.

3.

In the upper right of the Control Panel window, type Sound.

6.

With the Stahl~Tek device selected, click on Set Default, then Default Device.

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Macintosh You will need to set the A.B.C. as your computers default audio playback device. To do this:
1. Navigate to the Apple symbol in the upper left of your screen.

Special Note... Note In some programs, for example JRiver Media Center, you are able to set the program tio use a separate playbcke device. That is, you can configure JRiver to use the A.B.C, but Youtube videos are still played through your computers normal sound card. To accomplish this, you will need to refer to the manual for your choice of software. Be careful when doing so however, that you select an Output Mode that is compatible with your Operating System and Sound Card. For example, Windows 7 users will likely wish to select ASAPI. Windows XP users will likely want to select DS. A list of supported modes for the A.B.C. is included under Technical Specifications, in the next chapter.

2.

Select System Preferences. This launches the System Preferences window.

Select Your Software


Windows and Macintosh In addition, you will need software capable of playing high-definition audio. Although the A.B.C. places no limit on quality, some software, such as Windows Media Player, can only play up to 96 kHz. Here are some suggestions to get you started. Digital Audio Playback Software Platform Name Mac iTunes Mac Amarra Mac Pure Music PC JRiver PC MediaMonkey

3. 4. 5.

Select Sound. This opens the Sound Preferences window. Within the Sound Preferences window, select Output. Select the Stahl~Tek A.B.C.

6.

Close the Sound Preferences window.

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Technical Specifications
Minimum Computer Hardware Requirements
PC or laptop manufactured after January 2006 Intel Core 2 @1.6 GHz, or AMD equivalent 1 GB main memory USB 2.0 Cable, maximum length 2.0 meters

A.B.C. Specifications
Power Supply Digital Inputs

5.0V DC I2S Stahl~Tek HDMI (also works with PS Audio) Asynchronous USB 2.0 (480 Mb/s, Backwards compatible to 1.0) Sampling Input/Output Frequencies 44.1kHz, 48kHz, 88.2kHz, 96kHz, 176.4kHz, 192kHz Analog Outputs BNC RCA AES/BU I2S Dimensions Size: 17" x 7.25" x 2.75" Weight: 4 lbs.

A.B.C. Features
Streams bit-perfect audio data up to 24-bit @ 192kHz Lithium-ion battery for up to 14hrs max run time Internal master clock circuitry is provided for lower jitter operation of USB endpoint and serves as a master clock signal through the I2S/HDMI output port to a DACs I2S Stahl~Tek HDMI input provides an addition signal input for the optional Stahl~Tek Opus/Vekian CD Transport, thus allowing the ABC Bridge to serve as a convenient digital source selection to any Stahl~Tek DAC (PS Audio also supports this unique, high-end interface) Switch between USB and I2S intputs Outputs galvanized for isolation SPDIF via RCA, BNC, and AES/EBUvia XLR Modified I2S Format via HDMI May be played via charger or battery (16-20 hours typical battery life)

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A.B.C. Supported Protocols


ABC Supported Protocols Audio Output Windows XP (32) ASIO Yes KS No WASAPI No DS Yes Windows Vista Yes Yes Yes No Windows 7 (32) Yes Yes Yes No Windows 7 (64) Yes Yes Yes No

* In Foobar Media Player, the maximum buffer size is 2000 msec.

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Maintenance and Repairs


Cleaning the A.B.C.
1. 2. Wipe the unit down with a micro-fiber cloth to remove dust. Apply a non-solvent glass cleaner (i.e. Windex) to a soft cotton cloth to remove smudges from the front, sides, and, top of the unit.

Repairing the A.B.C.


DO NOT attempt any repairs yourself. Any unauthorized service or repairs will void the warranty. In the event repairs are needed, contact Stahl~Tek. Please Note: Any attempt to open and/or alter the unit will void the warranty.

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Troubleshooting
My DAC shows the same output no matter the sample rate (for example, 44.1kHz is displayed as 192kHz). Your software may be upgrading (or downgrading) your source. For example, Windows Media Player will downgrade any source over 96 kHz. Another program, such as JRiver, may be set to upgrade a source that is below a certain sample rate. Software does through use of DSP, or Digital Signal Processing. You will need to refer to your softwares documentation. How can I tell what my output frequency is in Windows? The Stahl~Tek custom A.B.C. driver comes with tools to measure your output frequency. To use these tools, do the following: 1. Click on the small button to the left of the clock. 3. Select Device. Under Device is Clock Source. Your current output frequency is listed here.

2. Click on the red T.

When connecting to my Mac via USB, once I connect my DAC or another audio device, the Stahl~Tek A.B.C. dissapears or fails to appear. This is an issue resulting from Macs USB specifications. To resovle the issue, plug the A.B.C. into a different port on your Mac. For more information, visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4049. Stahl~Tek A.B.C. Page 20

Glossary
Audio Card: Audio Cards provide a digital to analog interface between the computer and stereo. Alternatives to audio cards exist, such as USB or S/PDIF outputs, though this was not always the case. High-end audio cards, such as the well-known Lynx, can offer benefits to audio performance, while use of a USB DAC bypasses the need for an audio card entirely. A USB DAC is a DAC which accepts a signal from a computers USB output. Audio Codec: A codec is an algorithm used to COmpress or DECompress audio data. There are two types of codecs: Lossless and Lossy. In Lossless compression, data is not lost, while in Lossy, it is. Different codecs use different methods and formulas; therefore, quality can vary depending on the codec. A popular example of Lossless compression is FLAC. Popular examples of Lossy include MP3, or OGG Vorbis. Music Server: Music servers manage the retrieval, organization, and playback of a music collection. They typically come in two formats: premade, and personal computers. Examples of premade systems include the A.B.C., Sooloos, and Olive. These systems typically run an OS, such as Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux. Network Attached Storage (NAS): NAS is an old concept that is gaining interest from audiophiles. In basic terms, a NAS is a storage device that is connected to a computer network by means of an Ethernet cable. Once connected to the network, the NAS may be viewed and accessed by any computer on that network, much like a shared drive. Network Attached Storage (NAS): A set of one or more hard drives that are accessed through a computer network. NAS drives tend to possess larger storage capabilities than the average computer, and allow access of files by more than one computer. Metadata: Metadata describes the data in a file. Typically, in an audio file, it contains information about the album, artist, or even cover art that the file contains. There are two types of metadata: associated metadata, and embedded metadata. Metadata, Associated: Associated metadata is stored separately from the file itself. This sort of metadata is typical of more proprietary software, such as iTunes. Associated metadata does not travel with the file, itself. That is, if the audio file is played by a different software, the metadata will not be seen. Metadata, Embedded: Embedded metadata is stored inside the file, itself. The benefit of embedded metadata is that the metadata (such as artist information) stays with the file, no matter which device or software it is played on. Files such as FLAC, AIFF, and ALAC support embedded metadata. Ripping: Ripping refers to the process of copying music from a CD into a digital format. Uncompressed Audio: Uncompressed audio is audio data that is not compressed. Popular uncompressed audio formats are WAV and AIFF.

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Warranty
Scope and Duration of Warranty
Subject to the terms and conditions stated below, Stahl~Tek. (Company) warrants to the original owner that this Product shall be free from defects in workmanship or materials as follows: Opus - Transport The warranty period for the Stahl~Tek A.B.C. is for a term of one (1) year for both parts and labor from the date when the Product was purchased from an Authorized Stahl~Tek Dealer, Custom Installer, System Integrator or Reseller.

Limitations on Persons and Products Covered


This warranty, and all rights provided hereunder, are limited to the original owner. In the event that the original owner transfers ownership of the Product prior to expiration of the applicable term stated in Scope of Duration above, this Warranty shall terminate in its entirety upon the date of such transfer. In addition, Stahl~Tek does not warrant in any way Products which are purchased from anyone who is not an Authorized Stahl~Tek Dealer, Custom Installer, System Integrator, or Reseller. Therefore, if this Product falls into any of the foregoing categories, this Warranty is void.

What Stahl~Tek Will Do Under the Warranty


In the event of any defect covered by this Warranty, Stahl~Tek shall without charge provide all parts and materials and, during the period applicable to labor, will also provide all labor necessary to restore the Product to its original specifications, and shall return the Product to its owner at Stahl~Teks expense within the U.S. only. In the alternative, Stahl~Tek may at its sole option either replace the Product without charge, or if replacement is not commercially practicable or repair or replacement cannot be accomplished within a reasonable time, Stahl~Tek may refund the purchase price of the Product, subject, where appropriate, to reasonable depreciation for actual use in accordance with applicable laws in full satisfaction of its warranty obligations, Stahl~Tek will undertake to complete the repair and return of the Product as soon as circumstances permit, unless prevented by causes beyond its reasonable control. LIMITATIONS ON STAHL~TEKS OBLIGATIONS UNDER THE WARRANTY STAHL~TEKS SOLE OBLIGATION UNDER THIS WARRANTY SHALL BE TO REPAIR OR REPLACE THE PRODUCT, OR AT ITS OPTION, REFUND THE PURCHASE PRICE, AS PROVIDED FOR HEREINABOVE. STAHL~TEK DOES NOT WARRANT AGAINST, NOR SHALL IT BE LIABLE FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: REMOVAL OR INSTALLATION CHARGES; SHIPPING EXPENSES TO STAHL~TEK OR ITS AUTHORIZED SERVICE FACILITY; LOSS OF USE; PROPERTY DAMAGE OF ANY KIND; OR OTHER INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND. Note: Some states do not allow exclusions or limitation of consequential damages, so the foregoing exclusions may not apply to you.

Exclusions: Parts and Occurrences That Are Not Covered by the Warranty
In addition to the exclusions stated in Limitations on Persons and Products Covered above, this Warranty does not cover any of the following: (a) glass or plastic panels, cabinetry, trim, or other appearance items (except where they are defective at the time of original sale and the Product is delivered for repair within the first thirty (30) days thereafter); (b) batteries or failure of or damage to the Product caused by batteries; (c) failures arising from accident, catastrophe, misuse, neglect, or failure to properly connect and operate the Product in accordance with the accompanying instructions or specifications; (d) failure of moving parts, remote controls, lasers, front Stahl~Tek A.B.C. Page 22

panel displays and video screens occur-ring more than two (2) years after purchase, even though the Product may otherwise still be under warranty, as provided in Scope and Duration above; (e) failures of any kind in Products which evidence any tampering, alteration, defacement of their serial numbers, or attempted servicing by anyone other than Stahl~Tek or an Authorized Stahl~Tek Service Facility; and (f) failures arising from improper installation of the Product or incompatibility of other components in the system of which the Product is a part; and Stahl~Tek shall have no liability or obligation of any kind with respect to any of the foregoing types of failures.

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Stahl~Tek
Mailing P.O. Box 125 Address: Clute, TX 77531 Phone: (979) 265-5114 Fax: (979) 265-1211 Website: www.stahltek.com Email: info@stahltek.com