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CL-2500 SSP

CL-2500 SSP Surround Sound Processor Users Guide

Dolby, ProLogic, and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corp. DTS is a trademark of DTS Technology, LLC. All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright 1999 Sensory Science Corp. All rights reserved.

CL-2500 SSP Surround Sound Processor Users Guide

California Audio Labs/Sensory Science


7835 East McClain Drive Scottsdale, Arizona USA 85260 www.sensoryscience.com www.calaudio.com

WARNING:
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture. Do not open the cabinet; dangerous high voltage is present. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only. This Surround Sound Processor should only be used with 120V, 60Hz (standard U.S. household) current.

CUIDADO:
Para prevenir incendio, riesgo de choque, o interferencia enfadosa, use solamente los accesorios recomendados. Para prevenir electrochoque, no use este enchufe (polarizado) con un cordn de extensin, toma de corriente, o cualquier otra toma a menos que los dientes puedan ser completamente insertados para prevenir exposicin de los dientes. Para reducir el riesgo de descarga elctrica, no remueva la cubierta o la parte posterior del aparato. Dentro del aparato no hay partes que requieren servicio. Dirjase solamente a personal calificado cuando requiera servicio.

USER/INSTALLER CAUTION:
Your authority to operate this FCC certified equipment could be voided if you make changes or modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer, who is responsible for compliance with Part 15 FCC rules.

ATTENTION:
Pour viter les incendis, risque de chocs, ou interfrences fcheuses, employer seulement les accessoires recommands. Pour viter les chocs lectriques, ne pas employer cette prise (polarise) avec une rallonge, une prise de courant ou une autre sortie de courant moins que les lames peuvent tre insres fond pour lexposition des lames. Pour rduire les risques de chocs lectriques, ne pas retirer le couvercle ou l'arrire du module. Il n'y a pas de pice utilisable l'intrieur. Ne faire effectuer l'entretien que par un personnel qualifi.

CAUTION:
To prevent fire, shock hazard, or annoying interference, use only the recommended accessories. To prevent electric shock, do not use this (polarized) plug with an extension cord, receptacle, or other outlet unless the blades can be fully inserted to prevent blade exposure. To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the unit cover or back. There are no serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified personnel only.

This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage within the products enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute risk of fire or electric shock. This symbol is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in the literature accompanying this product.

Table of Contents
Safety iii
Important Safety Instructions ............................................................................................................................................. iii

1 - Introduction 1
Unpacking .......................................................................................................................................................................... 1 General Precautions ........................................................................................................................................................... 2 Installation Conditions ........................................................................................................................................................ 3 About This Manual ............................................................................................................................................................. 4

2 - System Overview 5
Rear Panel Overview .......................................................................................................................................................... 5 Analog Connections ........................................................................................................................................................... 6 Digital Connections ............................................................................................................................................................ 7 Network/Other Connections ............................................................................................................................................... 8 Front Panel Overview ......................................................................................................................................................... 9 Front Panel Display .......................................................................................................................................................... 11

3 - Connections 13
Personal Inventory ............................................................................................................................................................ 13 Basic System Setup ........................................................................................................................................................... 14 SSPAnalog Audio Source Diagram .................................................................................................................................. 16 SSPDigital Audio Source Diagram .................................................................................................................................. 17 SSPVideo Source Diagram .............................................................................................................................................. 18

4 - Default Audio Setup 19


Front Panel Menu Controls ............................................................................................................................................... 19 Default Audio Setup ......................................................................................................................................................... 20 Set Subwoofer ................................................................................................................................................................... 20 Set Front Speakers ............................................................................................................................................................ 21 Set Center Speakers .......................................................................................................................................................... 21 Set Surround Speakers ...................................................................................................................................................... 22 Using the Noise Generator with a Sound Pressure Level (SPL) Meter ............................................................................... 26
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California Audio Labs is a registered trademark of Sensory Science Corporation. All other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

5 - Edit User Presets 29


Introduction to Presets ...................................................................................................................................................... 29 Customizing Your Presets ................................................................................................................................................. 30 Digital Audio Input ........................................................................................................................................................... 31 Analog Audio Input .......................................................................................................................................................... 32 Network Setup .................................................................................................................................................................. 33 Restore Original Factory Configuration ............................................................................................................................ 36

6 - Operations 37
Operating Your SSP .......................................................................................................................................................... 37 How Presets are Organized .............................................................................................................................................. 38 Overriding the Listening Mode ......................................................................................................................................... 40 Available Listening Modes ................................................................................................................................................ 41 Multi-zone Operation ....................................................................................................................................................... 42

7 - Network Control 43
Networking Cal Audio Products ....................................................................................................................................... 43 Programming Network Commands ................................................................................................................................... 44 Wake Up SSP Links ........................................................................................................................................................... 48

Appendix A - Help 49
Glossary of Terms ............................................................................................................................................................. 49

Index 53

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Safety Important Safety Instructions


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. READ INSTRUCTIONS - All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the SSP is operated. RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS - The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference. HEED WARNINGS - All warnings on the SSP and in the operating instructions should be adhered to. FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS - All operating and maintenance instructions should be followed. CLEANING - Unplug the SSP from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid or aerosol cleaners. Use a dry cloth for dusting cabinet. ATTACHMENTS - Do not use attachments not recommended by the manufacturer, as they may be hazardous. WATER & MOISTURE - Do not use the SSP near waterfor example, near a bathtub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, near a swimming pool or the like. ACCESSORIES - Do not place the SSP on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table. The SSP may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the SSP. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table recommended by the manufacturer or sold with the SSP. Any mounting of the SSP should follow the manufacturers instructions and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer. VENTILATION - Never place your SSP on a bed, sofa, rug or other similar surface, on or near a radiator or heat register. The SSP should not be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturers instructions have been adhered to.

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10. POWER SOURCES - The SSP should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home consult your appliance dealer or local power company. 11. GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION - The SSP is equipped with a 3-wire grounding plug having a third (grounding) pin. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug. 12. 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, paying particular attention to cords of plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the SSP. 13. LIGHTNING - For added protection of the SSP during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet. This will prevent damage to the SSP due to lightning and power line surges.

PORTABLE CART WARNING


(Symbol provided by RETAC)

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14. OVERLOADING - Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in the risk of fire or electric shock. 15. OBJECTS AND LIQUIDS - Never push objects of any kind into the SSP through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquids of any kind onto the SSP. Should spillage occur, unplug the SSP and have it checked by a technician before use. 16. SERVICING - Do not attempt to service the SSP yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to a dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. 17. DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE - Unplug the SSP from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: a. When the power supply cord or plug is damaged. b. If any liquid has been spilled onto or objects have fallen into the SSP. c. If the SSP has been exposed to rain or water. d. If the SSP does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions. Improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the SSP to its normal operation. e. If the SSP has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged. f. When the SSP exhibits a distinct change in performancethis indicates a need for service.

18. REPLACEMENT PARTS - When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or those having the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards. 19. SAFETY CHECK - Upon completion of any service or repairs to the SSP ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the SSP is in safe operating order. 20. HEAT - The SSP should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, stoves, or other products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

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1 - Introduction Unpacking
Unpacking the CL-2500 SSP
Please do not dispose of the box and packing materials. Keep in a safe place in case you need to move the unit or if servicing is required. Before proceeding with installation, remove the plastic protective film from the display window of the front panel. Please record your machines serial number here for future reference:

Serial Number ___________________


The CL-2500 SSP contains the following accessories: IEC-type detachable AC Cord for appropriate voltage configuration Warranty/Registration Card Users Guide Remote Control Kit - Pronto Remote Control - 1.5V AA Batteries (4) - Remote Control Manual - PC Interface Cable Quick Start Guide

INTRODUCTION

General Precautions
Power Source
Attach the CL-2500 SSP to an AC power source only of the type and voltage described in these operating instructions or as marked on the rear panel of the unit. touching the CL-2500 SSP faceplate controls, or use the remote control as much as possible if strong static conditions are present in your listening environment. Even unfelt static discharges can affect the CL-2500 SSPs internal microprocessors. If you suspect that static may have discharged to the faceplate, turn the CL-2500 SSP off, unplug its AC cord from the rear of the player or outlet, and allow to remain off and unplugged for one minute to completely clear and discharge. Re-plug the AC cord and turn the unit back on. Normal function should resume thereafter.

AC Cord Wall-End
The CL-2500 SSP is equipped with a polarized, 3-pin AC power plug that will fit into the AC outlet only one way. If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet, do not defeat the directional plug by breaking off its rounded ground pin. Instead, use a three-hole female to two-prong male adapter obtainable in any hardware or electronics store. Be sure to utilize the adapter plugs ground ring, and fasten it to the outlets cover plate attachment screw. The CL-2500 SSP is designed to be operated in a grounded state; that is, connected by its three-wire, three-prong AC cord to your households AC earth ground. Defeating this ground connection may impact performance and possibly render the allmetal unit more vulnerable to static discharge shock from the users hand. If the units connection to ground is defeated by necessity, i.e., grounded outlets are not present in household, requiring use of two-pin adapter or two-prong cord: TAKE CAUTION to discharge accumulated static from hand/body to some other inert metal object prior to

Non-Use Periods
When left unused for a long period of time, the unit should be disconnected from household AC. It is recommended that the CL-2500 SSP be plugged into a UL (or similar) compliant surge and spike protection device, preferably of high quality with separate isolated ground paths. CAUTION: Do not entrust the CL-2500 SSP nor any system components to protective devices when environmental conditions or public utility problems exist or are suspected. Occasionally, lightning, brownouts, and extreme spikes or surges can not only overwhelm your protective device, but can override a system components internal fusing and do serious damage. Use the rear panel switch to turn off your equipment when you are not present to monitor conditions. Please reference the conditions stipulated in the limited warranty policy.

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Installation Conditions
Environment
The operating temperature range of the CL-2500 SSP is 41- 95 F (5-35 C). Operating humidity is 5% to 90% (no condensation). Do not operate the unit when ambient temperatures and/or humidity are outside of this range. Allow adequate air circulation (4 minimum surround) to prevent excess internal heat buildup. Keep the CL-2500 SSP apart from FM or cable TV coaxial antenna leads to minimize reception interference.

Precautions
Make all connections to and disconnections from the CL-2500 SSP with AC Power disconnected and all system components switched OFF. Commence installation with the CL-2500 SSPs AC cord disconnected and the unit removed from power, with all other system components turned off, until all interconnects are installed. Whenever the CL-2500 SSP is connected to AC power and the rear panel switch is ON, it is indeed live, and in Standby mode. Turning the Front Panel Power Switch ON or OFF toggles the SSP between ON and Standby.

Condensation
Moisture may form on the display lens due to temperature or humidity extremes, or as relates to following: Immediately after a heater has been turned on When the unit is moved from a cold environment into a warm one If placed too close in proximity to a heat source such as a radiator etc. If moisture forms inside the unit, it may not operate properly. To correct the problem, move the product away from the heat source, turn the units power on and allow approximately one hour for the moisture to evaporate before operating the unit.

Maintenance
Clean the CL-2500 SSP faceplate, control buttons and chassis only with a soft, lint-free cotton cloth (like a well-worn, oftwashed T-shirt), lightly moistened with a mild detergent solution. Do not use any abrasive pad, scouring powder nor solvent-containing spray cleaners, (especially anything including alcohol and benzine) on the player.

Placement
As the CL-2500 SSP is a critical processing component, it must be mounted on a stable, non-resonant and vibration-free surface and outside the dispersion paths and magnetic fields of your loudspeakers. DO NOT place the CL-2500 SSP directly atop any device that emits heat or vibration (i.e., transformers, amplifiers), nor in the path of direct sunlight.

INTRODUCTION

About This Manual


Terms
You will notice a number of terms used consistently throughout this manual. These terms are listed below to eliminate any confusion. SSP Shorthand term for the CL-2500 SSP Surround Sound Processor. Sometimes referred to as simply the unit. General term for the back of the SSP. General term for the front of the SSP. Sometimes referred to as FLT (Fluorescent Light Tube), the Front Panel Display is the status and programming window on the Front Panel of the SSP. Any component connected to one of the SSPs inputs, such as a DVD or CD player. Sometimes referred to as Source Device. Any component connected to one of the SSPs outputs, such as an Amplifier or VCR. A shortcut to activate a specific connected device, including all of its custom audio settings. The Active Preset is always visible on the Front Panel Display, unless you are in System Configuration mode. Zone Input Signal Listening Mode The currently selected configuration for processing of the incoming audio signal, such as 5.1, Dolby ProLogic, DSP Bypass or Stereo. You can listen to the default Listening Mode, as set by the Active Preset, or you can override this setting by pressing the Listening Mode Override buttons on the Front Panel. The format, or data type, of the incoming signal received by the SSP, including PCM, DTS, Dolby Digital or MPEG (optional). Refers to the state when the On/Off switch on the Rear Panel is set to On, but the Power button on the Front Panel is set to Off. Leave your SSP in Standby mode unless you add new components, move the unit, or plan to be away for a long time. Refers to the SSPs multi-room functionality. Zone 1 is the primary room, Zone 2 is an analog output to a second room, and Zone 3 is a digital output to a third room. Refers to the interoperability of California Audio Labs products via RS232 cables. Standard phono plugs, either 2-channel analog or single channel digital.

Rear Panel Front Panel Front Panel Display

Input Device

Standby Mode

Output Device Active Preset

Network Control RCA Inputs/Outputs

System Configuration Refers to the set of Presets that allow you to customize your SSP for virtually any home theater environment. You can make adjustments to both the overall and component level audio settings.

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2 - System Overview Rear Panel Overview


The following is an overview of the CL-2500 SSP Rear Panel, Front Panel, and Front Panel Display. For an overview of Remote Control operations, please refer to the separate Pronto manual.

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AC Power Input
Detachable AC connector. Use to connect the supplied AC power cord.

On/Off Switch
AC power switch. Connects and disconnects AC Power to the SSP. When set to On, the unit is in Standby mode. You then use the Power button on the Front Panel or Remote Control to turn the unit on and off. Be sure to connect all components before selecting the On position.

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Analog Connections

1 2

Analog Audio Inputs


(1) CD, (2) DVD, (3) TUNER, (4) CABLE, (5) SAT, (6) LD, (7) VCR IN Use to connect up to 7 analog components to your SSP. Note: The input labels are suggestions only. You are free to connect any analog device to any input.

3 Zone 2 Out
Use to connect the SSP to a secondary amplifier for multi-room functionality. You can assign any analog source to Zone 2 independent of the main preset (see page 42).

VCR Out
If an analog source is present in the currently selected Zone 1 preset, that stereo analog signal will also be available at the VCR Out. Connect these output jacks to the input of your VCR for recording. The signal will not be processed by the SSP. For example, if you are watching TV in the Main zone and the (4) CABLE Analog input is selected for that preset, you can record the signal from your cable box onto your VCR.

4 Main Audio Outputs


LF, C, RF, LR, RR, SUB Use to connect the SSP to the line-level inputs of your primary amplifier, e.g. connect the LF (left front) Out to the LF Input of the CL-2500 MCA 5-channel amplifier.

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Digital Connections

Digital RCA Inputs


(1) DVD, (2) CD, (3) 96K Use to connect as many as 3 digital components using high-quality cables with gold-plated male RCA connectors. CAUTION: To prevent damage, do NOT twist or rotate cables when you insert or remove them. NOTE: The input labels are suggestions only.

Tape Out
Digital Audio Output. Use to record incoming digital signals. If a digital input is currently selected in Zone 1, that unprocessed digital bitstream will be output to the Tape Out RCA jack. This digital stream can be recorded onto a Mini-Disc or CD Writer, etc. CAUTION: To prevent damage, do NOT twist or rotate cables when you insert or remove them.

2 Digital TOSlink Inputs


(4) CABLE/SAT, (5) LD Use to connect up to 2 digital components (e.g., DAT players, Mini-Discs, etc.) using TOSlink connectors.

Zone 3 Out
Digital Audio Output. Use to connect the SSP to a third amplifier for multi-room functionality (see page 42). You can assign a digital source to Zone 3 independent of the main preset. NOTE: Connect the Tape Out and Zone 3 Out RCA jacks to a device which is capable of processing digital bitstreams. The digital bitstream will not be processed in any way. If you are recording an encoded Dolby Digital or DTS bitstream, only connect it to a device which is equipped to handle such bitstreams.

AC3 RF Input
(6) LD AC3 If you purchased the optional RF demodulator, use to connect the SSP to a Laserdisc player via the AC3 RF digital output.

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Network/Other Connections

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RS232 Inputs
The five RS232 inputs allow you to control other California Audio Labs products with the SSP, including: CL-10, CL-15, CL-20/ 25, CL-2500 MCA Multi-channel Amplifier, and CL-2500 VSW Video Switch (see Chapter 7).

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MODEM (optional) allows you to update your SSP software via telephone connection to California Audio Labs (when new versions are available). IR IN allows you to add an IR extension if your SSPs front IR sensor is obstructed. SCREEN allows you to control a movie screen through the SSP.

Other Connections
PC allows you to control your SSP from a personal computer or custom control system (e.g., Crestron) using the 9-pin PC serial port.Software and/or other devices not provided by California Audio Labs may be required to effect such controls.

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Front Panel Overview

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Power Button
Toggles the SSP between On and Standby. To turn on the SSP, you must first connect AC power and set the rear panel On/ Off switch to the On position.

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Select Knob
Cycles the Front Panel Display through all Active User Presets. When you see the desired preset, press the Enter button to select or wait 3 seconds to activate the Preset automatically. Also used to make selections in System Configuration mode (see page 20).

Enter Button
Activates the Preset that is currently shown on the Front Panel Display.

Level Knob
Turns the current audio output level up or down. Whenever you turn the Level Knob, the Front Panel Display switches to Level mode and displays a numerical representation of the current level value.

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

5 Quick-Select Preset Buttons

Automatically activates one of the six Quick-Select Presets: DVD, TV, Satellite, VCR, Tuner, or CD.

Input Signal Display


Automatically detects and decodes four types of incoming signals: Dolby Digital - Most common digital Surround Sound format, developed by Dolby Labs. DTS (Digital Theater Surround) - Surround Sound format found on some DVDs. PCM (Pulse Code Modulation) - Digital audio format used on CDs. MPEG (Motion Picture Experts Group) - Surround Sound used only in Europe (optional featurenot available on all units). Note: If DSP Bypass is the currently selected Listening Mode, the PCM indicator will always be selected.

6 Listening Mode Override Buttons

An LED within each button indicates the active Listening Mode. If you have pressed one of the Listening Mode Override buttons, an LED will turn on to indicate the Override you have selected. In some cases, that mode will not be available and the LED will remain on, indicating that the mode will be engaged if a suitable bitstream is present. When a new Preset is selected, the Override condition will be removed. NOTE: The SSP will automatically override the selected Listening Mode when the incoming audio signal is incompatible with the default Listening Mode.

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Front Panel Display


Shows the current status of the SSP, including the Active Preset, Audio Input, Available Source Channels and Listening Mode. Notes: When you adjust the Master Level, the Front Panel Display will show a numeric indication of the volume. The Front Panel Display is also used to program your SSP. See System Configuration (page 20).

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Active Preset
Shows the name of Active Preset. To program up to 29 custom presets, see page 29.

Audio Input
Shows the currently selected Audio Input. To connect Input Devices, see page 14.

Available Source Channels


Shows the number of available channels in the incoming bitstream. 2.0 indicates a 2-channel stereo input typical of CDs, Video tapes, and some DVDs. 5.1 indicates 6 discrete channels typical of Dolby Digital and DTS encoded DVDs.

Listening Mode
Shows the active Listening Mode. If a Digital Audio source is selected, but no signal is present, the phrase No Data will be displayed. For more information on Listening Modes, see page 40.

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

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Channel Level Screen


The Channel Level Screen appears on the Front Panel Display when you adjust channel levels with the Pronto remote control. Channel Levels range from -12.0 to +12.0.

1 2 3

Turn on Pronto
Touch the Pronto remote control screen.

Adjust Front Channel Levels


Press the +/ buttons to adjust levels for the 3 front speakers: Left Front Center Right Front

Select CL-2500 SSP


Touch the CL-2500 SSP button.

Select Channel Levels


Touch the Channel Levels button.

Adjust Rear Channel Levels


Press the Rear & Subw button, then use the +/ buttons to adjust levels for the rear speakers and subwoofer: Left Rear Subwoofer Right Rear

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3 - Connections Personal Inventory


The CL-2500 SSP allows you to connect a wide variety of input and output devices. Before you begin setting up your system, take a moment to inventory your devices and map them to specific analog and digital ports. Note: The silk-screened labels are meant only as a guide, i.e., if you have two digital CD players, you can connect them to Digital Inputs #2 and #3, even though #3 is labeled 96K.

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Basic System Setup

Connect Input Devices


Connect your input device(s) to the CL2500 SSP.

DVD, CD, Cable, Satellite, Laserdisc, etc.

Connect Output Devices


Connect your output device(s) to the CL2500 SSP. It is required to connect the Main Audio Outputs to an Amplifier/ Speaker System.

Amplifier/Speaker System, Recording Devices, etc.

Connect Network Devices


If applicable, connect your other Cal ifornia Audio Labs devices to the CL-2500 SSP using their corresponding RS-232 ports. See the diagrams on page 16-17 for Video Switch connections.

Networked Cal Audio components, e.g.,Video Switch, CD Player, DVD Player, Amp, etc.

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Plug In the SSP


Once your connections are complete, plug the supplied AC Power cord into a standard 120V/60 Hz AC outlet.

Enter Standby Mode


Toggle the On/Off switch on the SSP Rear Panel to the On position. Initializing will appear on the Front Panel Display along with a graphical time bar. This may take a minute or so to complete. The system will go into Standby Mode when initialization is complete.

Power On the SSP


Press the Power button on the Front Panel of the SSP. Setting up Zone 1 will appear on the Front Panel Display along with a graphical time bar. This may take a few seconds to complete. NOTE: The first time the unit is powered on, you will be prompted to configure the default audio settings; see page 20 for Default Audio Setup.

Connection is Complete!
The default Preset will appear on the Front Panel Display. Please proceed to Chapter 4 to configure your Default Audio settings.

CONNECTIONS

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SSPAnalog Audio Source Diagram


Below is a sample diagram of the SSP connected to a variety of Analog Audio Sources.

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SSPDigital Audio Source Diagram


Below is a sample diagram of the SSP connected to a variety of Digital Audio Sources.

CL-2500 VSW

N E T W O R K D I G I T A L

C O N T R O L

CL 10

CL 15

CL 20

RS232

AMP

VIDEO SWITCH

PC

IEEE 1394

MODEM

IR IN

SCREEN

DVD

CD

96K

CABLE/SAT

LD

LD AC3

TAPE OUT

ZONE 3 OUT

ON

(1) DVD

(2) TUNER

(3) CABLE

(4) SAT

(5) LD

(2) IN VCR OUT ZONE 2 OUT LF LR C

A N A L O G

OFF

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7) RF RR SUB

CD

MAIN AUDIO OUTPUTS

AC POWER

CL-2500 SSP

Digital Out

Digital Out

TOSLink

DVD

CD

DVD

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SSPVideo Source Diagram


At right is a sample diagram of the SSP connected to Video Switch and a variety of video sources.

DVD Output
Composite Component

VCR Output Out S-Video Composite

TV Input
Component Composite

S-Video

S-Video

CL-2500 VSW

N E T W O R K D I G I T A L

C O N T R O L

CL 10

CL 15

CL 20

RS232

AMP

VIDEO SWITCH

PC

IEEE 1394

MODEM

IR IN

SCREEN

DVD

CD

96K

CABLE/SAT

LD

LD AC3

TAPE OUT

ZONE 3 OUT

ON

(1) DVD

(2) TUNER

(3) CABLE

(4) SAT

(5) LD

(2) IN VCR OUT ZONE 2 OUT LF LR C

A N A L O G

OFF

(1)

(2)

(3)

(4)

(5)

(6)

(7) RF RR SUB

CD

MAIN AUDIO OUTPUTS

AC POWER

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4 - Default Audio Setup Front Panel Menu Controls


Once you have connected your Input and Output devices, you are ready to configure your Default Audio settings to optimize performance for your speakers and listening room. Before you begin, take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Front Panel Menu Controls.

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Select Knob
Turn to scroll through menu choices.

4 5 6

Arrow Keys
Use to move through menus. Also press to move the cursor back and forth on some menus.

Enter Button
Press to confirm menu choices and move to the next item.

Save & Exit (CD Button)


Press to save and exit the menu system at any time.

Front Panel Display


Display all menu selections.

Exit without Save (DVD Button)


Press to exit the current menu without saving changes.

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Default Audio Setup


You must complete the Default Audio Setup before you can use the SSP. The default settings you establish will be applied to all Active Presets. Later, you can customize the settings for each individual source device (see page 34 Advanced Audio Setup). NOTE: On power up, the SSP will start in Default Audio Setup Mode (step 3) until a Default Audio Setup has been configured and saved.

Select System Configuration


Turn the Select Knob clockwise all the way to the right until SYSTEM CONFIGURATION appears on the Front Panel Display, then press Enter.

Select Edit Default Audio


Turn the Select Knob until EDIT DEFAULT AUDIO appears on the Front Panel Display, then press Enter. NOTE: Do not choose EDIT USER PRESET until you have completed the Default Audio Settings in this chapter.

Make Speaker Selections


The output signal can be optimized for the number and characteristics of the loudspeakers in your home theater. Choose from the following options:

Set Subwoofer
Turn the Select Knob to set the Subwoofer to one of the following: ON Enables the dedicated output for the Subwoofer) OFF Reroutes bass information to the front speakers. Press Enter to continue.

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Set Front Speakers


The SSP will always assume you have front left and right speakers; however, you will need to select the size of your speakers. Turn the Select Knob to set the Front Speakers to one of the following: SMALL For bookshelf speakers or small satellite speakers. This option places a filter in the path of the signals sent to your front speakers. This filter removes any low frequency content and reroutes it to the subwoofer, which is designed to handle low frequency signals. LARGE For floor standing speakers. This option causes the front speakers to receive the entire bandwidth of the signalboth the low notes and the high notes. You may want to experiment with the Small setting because it may result in an overall smoother bass response if you are also using a subwoofer. If you selected OFF for the subwoofer setting above, your front speakers will receive a wide bandwidth signal. Press Enter to continue.

Set Center Speakers


Turn the Select Knob to set Center Speaker Size to one of the following: NONE Use if you do not have a center channel loudspeaker. This reroutes the center channel signal to the left and right front speakers, resulting in a Phantom Center channel image between your front speakers. SMALL Use if you have a physically small loudspeaker designed to sit on top of your TV. As with the front channel speakers, selecting Small inserts a filter in
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the center channel signal path and reroutes the bass to your subwoofer (or front channel speakers, whichever is best suited to handle such signals). LARGE Use if your center channel speaker is capable of handling bass frequencies and you want it to get a full range signal. Press Enter to continue.

Set Surround Speakers


Turn the Select Knob to set Surround Speaker Size to one of the following: NONE - If you do not have any rear channel speakers. SMALL - If you want to redirect the bass signals away from your small rear channel speakers. LARGE - If you want to send a wide bandwidth signal to the rear speakers. Press Enter to continue.

Set Dynamic Compression


You can compress the dynamic range of the playback signal for movies or music sources recorded in Dolby Digital format. The dynamic range is the level difference between the quietest and loudest parts of a movie. For example, you may wish to reduce the dynamic range if you are watching a movie with loud explosions or if you are in an apartment building. Compression also increases the level of very quiet passages, such as soft dialog when the master volume is set low. Turn the Select Knob to set Compression to one of the following:

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NONE - Maintains full dynamic range. MEDIUM - Provides less compression than the High setting, but still limits the dynamic range HIGH - Provides maximum reduction of dynamic range. Note: The compression setting has no effect on signals from music CDs or DTS encoded materials. The incoming signal format is indicated by LEDs on the SSP Front Panel. Press Enter to continue.

Set Listening Mode


Turn the Select Knob to set the Listening Mode to one of the following. Note: For a complete description of each Listening Mode, please refer to Chapter 6, Operations. 5.1 DIGITAL SURROUND DSP BYPASS STEREO 5-CHANNEL MATRIX STADIUM SYMPHONY HALL JAZZ CLUB MONO CENTER CHANNEL PHANTOM CENTER CHN STEREO 3 CHANNEL DOLBY DIGITAL Press Enter to continue.

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Set Crossover Frequency


You can select the frequency at which signals are divided between the Subwoofer and any speakers set to SMALL. Turn the Select Knob to set the default Crossover Frequency to one of the following: 60-140HZ (10HZ increments) - For most speakers, a Crossover Frequency of 80 Hz, 90 Hz or 100 Hz will result in the best sound. For very, very small speakers higher settings will work best. NONE Crossover Frequency is turned off. Press Enter to continue.

Set Channel Delays


For optimum multichannel sound, all speaker signals should arrive at the listener simultaneously; however, this will only happen if the loudspeakers are the same distance from the listener. This is usually not practical given the location of furniture and walls in your listening room. To compensate, the CL-2500 SSP allows you to delay the signals from the center and rear speakers so they will not arrive before the signals from the front left and right speakers. Sound travels about 1 foot per millisecond, so if your center channel speaker is 5 feet closer to you than your front left speaker, it will arrive 5 milliseconds to soon. To compensate, you should set the center channel delay to 5 milliseconds. The quick rule of thumb: For every foot closer the center or rear speaker is, add 1 millisecond of delay.

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The options for center channel delay are 0,1,2,3,4 or 5 milliseconds. The options for rear channel delay are 0,5,10,15 milliseconds. Select the option closest to the delay that will work best with your room/speaker setup: Set Center Delay Turn the Select Knob to set the Center Delay to 0-5 milliseconds (ms) in 1 ms increments, then press Enter. Set Left Rear Delay Turn the Select Knob to set the Left Rear Delay to 0-15 milliseconds (ms) in 5 ms increments, then press Enter. Set Right Rear Delay Turn the Select Knob to set the Right Rear Delay to 0-15 milliseconds (ms) in 5 ms increments, then press Enter.

Example:
Lets say when I measure the distance from my front right speaker to my favorite listening chair I get 10 feet, then I measure the distance from my center channel speaker to my listening chair and I get 7 feet. I will need 3 milliseconds of delay to compensate for the difference of 3 feet.

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Using the Noise Generator (Test Tone)


To help you set channel level trims, the CL-2500 SSP is equipped with a Noise Generator, also known as test tone generator. The Noise Generator outputs a calibrated test signal to the front, center and rear channel speakers. Use the Noise Generator with a sound pressure level (SPL) meter for excellent channel balance settings and a more enveloping sound stage. Turn the Select Knob to set the Noise Generator to: OFF Disables the Noise Generator. ON Enables the Generator. Press Enter to continue.

Using the Noise Generator with a Sound Pressure Level (SPL) Meter
When the Noise Generator is enabled, each time you press the Enter button the SSP will advance to the next speaker and play the calibrated test signal. The Noise Generator is not available on the subwoofer output. Place the meter in the prime listening seat at about ear height pointed toward the TV. Start the Noise Generator for the left front channel and write down the reading. Then press the Enter button to move the test signal to the next channel and check the reading for the center channel speaker. Adjust the trim for the center channel so that the SPL meter reads the same value as it did for the left front speaker. Repeat this process for the right front and for both surround speakers. When measuring the surround channels, you may need to point the SPL meter at the speaker that is playing for a more accurate reading. Because the subwoofer level will be program material dependent, you will probably want to start with the nominal zero setting and adjust it after you have listened to both movies and music. You will probably find you want to customize the subwoofer level setting for each preset. In general, movies will have a subwoofer level about 10dB higher than the level needed for stereo music reproduction.

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Set Channel (Trim) Levels


Sounds should accurately track the action on screen and originate from the proper locations in the sound field around the listener. But, if your rear loudspeakers are different from your front or center speakers, you may experience different levels of playback. In addition, the balance between the subwoofer and the five main speakers will be dramatically affected by the acoustics of your listening room and the placement of your speakers. To compensate for these differences, the CL-2500 SSP is equipped with level trims for each audio channel. We recommend that you use the built-in Noise Generator, a sound pressure level (SPL) meter, and critical listening to set these trims, and to ensure that all channels are equally loud. See the next section for details. Set Left Level Turn the Select Knob to set the Left Front Speaker Level to 12.5 to +12.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments. Press Enter to continue. Set Center Level Turn the Select Knob to set the Center Speaker Level to 12.5 to +12.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments. Press Enter to continue. Set Right Level Turn the Select Knob to set the Right Front Speaker Level to 12.5 to +12.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments. Press Enter to continue. Set Right Rear Level Turn the Select Knob to set the Right Rear Speaker Level to 12.5 to +12.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments. Press Enter to continue. Set Left Rear Level Turn the Select Knob to set the Left Rear Speaker Level to 12.5 to +12.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments. Press Enter to continue. Set Subwoofer Level Turn the Select Knob to set the Subwoofer Level to 12.5 to +12.5 dB in 0.5 dB increments. Press Enter to continue.
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Set Master Volume


You can adjust the default master volume from 63.5 to 15 dB. The Master Level will be pegged to this setting on power up or whenever a new preset is selected. Turn the Select Knob to set the Master Volume Level to 63.5 to 15.0 dB in 0.5 dB increments. Press Enter to continue.

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Default Audio Setting is Complete!


The Front Panel Display will show the message SAVING AUDIO CONFIG. When saving is complete, the message Setting up Zone 1 and a graphical time bar will appear on the FLT. Proceed to Chapter 5 to Edit User Presets for each of your Input Devices.

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5 - Edit User Presets Introduction to Presets


What is a Preset?
The Preset is an organization tool designed to simplify the operation of the CL-2500 SSP. Presets enable you to control many functions at the touch of a button. When you select a Preset, you are actually doing some or all of the following: Selecting an Audio Input Selecting a Video Input Selecting a Listening Mode Sending commands to control other California Audio Labs equipment Selecting a custom Audio Setup (including speaker selection, channel levels, crossover frequency, etc.) Setting the Master Volume Level

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Customizing Your Presets

Select System Configuration


Turn the Select Knob clockwise all the way to the right until SYSTEM CONFIGURATION appears on the Front Panel Display, then press Enter.

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Select Edit User Preset


Turn the Select Knob until EDIT USER PRESET appears on the Front Panel Display, then press Enter.

Select a Preset
There are a total of 29 Preset memory locations. Turn the Select Knob to scroll through this list. When you see the Preset you wish to edit, press Enter. Notes: When you press Enter, the message Please Wait will appear briefly, and a blinking cursor will appear in the top left corner of the Front Panel Display. Presets are designated as follows: 0-2 Factory Presets 3-11 User Definable Presets 12-14 Network Wake Up Presets 15-20 Quick Select Presets 21-24 Zone 2 Presets 25-28 Zone 3 Presets For more details on Factory Presets, please see Chapter 6, Operations.

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Activate the Preset


You must first decide if you want to activate the Preset; i.e. to make it available in the scrolling list of Presets when you are in normal operating mode. A small musical note will appear to the left of the Preset name if it is active. Turn the Select Knob back and forth to turn the music note icon on or off: ON - The Preset will appear on the active list of Presets. OFF The Preset will not appear on the active list of Presets. Press Enter to continue.

Music Icon On: Preset will appear on Front Panel Display when you turn the Select Knob.

Music Icon Off: Preset will NOT appear on Front Panel Display when you turn the Select Knob.

Name the Preset


You can name the Presets with up to 19 characters, so you can include not only the name of the Input Device, but also information on what it was designed for. If you do not wish to change the default name, simply press Enter. To change the default Preset name: Use the left and right arrow keys to move the cursor to any position in the name. Use the Select Knob to scroll through more than 100 alphanumeric characters and symbols. Continue adding characters in this way until you are satisfied with the Preset name. Press Enter to continue.

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Input Selection

Select Digital or Analog Input


Once the Preset is named, you must select the appropriate Audio Input for your Preset. First, determine whether your Input Device is connected to a Digital or Analog Input. Turn the Select Knob to either Digital Audio Input or Analog Audio Input, then press Enter: If you chose DIGITAL, continue with Step 7. If you chose ANALOG, continue with Step 9.

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Select Digital Source


Determine if the digital source will use 96kHz digital information or 44kHz and 48kHz information. Turn the Select Knob to either 44K or 48K SOURCE or 96K SOURCE, then press Enter. Most popular source devices output digital information at either 44kHz or 48kHz. If the 96kHz Source is selected, the digital data will bypass the DSP processing for bass redirection and speaker delays. Sound will only come from the left and right speakers.

Select Digital Input Jacks


Choose among the 6 possible Digital Audio Input jacks on the Rear Panel of the SSP. Turn the Select Knob to the Digital Audio Input of your Input Device then press Enter: DVD DIGITAL IN #1 CD DIGITAL IN #2 96K DIGITAL IN #3 CABLE DIGITAL IN #4 LD DIGITAL IN #5 LD RF DIGITAL IN #6

NOTE: The input names match the labels on the Rear Panel and are for reference only. You can plug any Digital Input Device into any available Digital Audio Input, with the exception of #6, which is only intended for RF AC3 signal.

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Select Analog Input Jack


Choose among the 7 possible Analog Audio Input jacks on the Rear Panel of the SSP. Turn the Select Knob to the Analog Audio Input of your Input Device then press Enter: CD ANALOG IN #1 DVD ANALOG IN #2 TUNER ANALOG IN #3 CABLE ANALOG IN #4 SAT ANALOG IN #5 LD ANALOG IN #6 VCR ANALOG IN #7 NOTE: The input names match the labels on the Rear Panel and are for reference only. You can plug any analog Input Device into any available Analog Audio Input.

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Set Voltage
Select the maximum voltage that the Source can output (from 2.0-3.5 volts in half-volt increments). This setting will enable you to maximize the dynamic range available for each analog source. Consult the specifications for your source product for its output voltage range. Turn the Select Knob to 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, or 3.5 volts, then press Enter.

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Network Setup

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Setting Up the Network


When a Preset is selected, it can issue commands to other California Audio labs products attached to the CL-2500 SSP via the RS232 Network Control connections. The SSP can control the following products: CL-2500 VSW Video Switch CL-2500 MCA Amplifier CL-10 5 Disc CD Changer CL-15 Single Disc CD Player CL-20 DVD Player CL-25 DVD Player Turn the Select Knob to choose from the following: NETWORK SETUP You will enter a special Network Setup menu with a variety of programming options. See Chapter 7 for a complete description of Networking options. NO NETWORK Bypass Network Setup. Press Enter to continue.

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Advanced Audio Setup


There may be instances where a Preset would benefit from the use of an Advanced Audio Setup, which is different from the Default Audio Setup. For example, you may want to select a different Listening Mode or adjust the subwoofer level to a different trim point for a Preset designed for music as opposed to movies. Turn the Select Knob to choose from the following: ADVANCED AUDIO SETUP - You will be presented with the complete list of Audio Setup options as

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described in Chapter 4. This audio setup is unique to the Preset you are editing and does not affect the Default Audio Setup. Press Enter to continue. USER DEFAULT AUDIO The Default Audio settings will be applied to this Preset. Press Enter to save and exit.

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Edit User Preset is Complete!


The Front Panel Display will show the message SAVING PRESET CONFIG. When saving is complete, the message Setting up Zone 1 and a graphical time bar will appear on the FLT. Repeat steps 1-10 to set more Custom Presets, or Proceed to Chapter 6 for general operating instructions for your SSP.

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Restore Original Factory Configuration


To restore the original factory configuration, see your local custom installer, California Audio Labs dealer, or contact California Audio Labs.

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6 - Operations Operating Your SSP


After setup, operating the CL2500 system is a three-step process: Turn it on, play your source, and select your source.

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Turn on the SSP


Turn on the unit using the power switch on the front panel. You will also need to turn on all external components (Amplifier, CD Player, DVD Player, etc.).

Play a Source
Play one of your Input Devices. For testing purposes, choose one of the following: DVD, TV, Satellite, VCR, Tuner, or CD. Note: These devices are linked to the Quick Select keys on the SSP Front Panel.

Select the Source


There are two ways to select a Preset for your playback source: 1. Press the Quick Select key for the chosen Input Device. 2. Turn the Select Knob to scan through your Presets. When you see the Preset you want, press the Enter key, OR wait 3 seconds and the SSP will select it automatically. Whichever method you use, you should now hear audio through your speakers.

Adjust the Playback Level


If desired, adjust the volume using the Level Knob.

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How Presets are Organized


There are 29 Presets built into the CL-2500 SSP. Some of these Presets are set at the Factory for specific purposes, some are designed to be edited, and some are left purposefully open for you to create. This section should give you an idea of how the Presets are organized and how you might use them in your home theater system.
= Active Presets that appear on the Front Panel Display = Active Presets that do not appear on the Front Panel Display, see page 39.

The Five Preset Categories


The Factory Setting for the CL-2500 SSP includes 29 Presets, which fall into 5 major categories: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Zone 1 Presets (#0-11) Wake up SSP Presets (#12-14) Quick Select Presets (#15-20) Zone 2 Presets (#21-24) Zone 3 Presets (#25-28)

Wake Up SSP Presets


The Wake up Presets will automatically power on your SSP when you turn on other networked California Audio Labs components (see page 48): 12. CL-10 Wake up SSP (Link) 13. CL-15 Wake up SSP (Link) 14. CL-20 Wake up SSP (Link)

Quick Select Presets


These Presets correspond to the 6 Quick Select buttons on the front panel of the SSP. You can use the factory settings for these, or you can optimize for your personal system settings: 15. DVD Button 16. TV Button 17. SAT Button 18. VCR Button 19. TUNER Button 20. CD Button

Zone 1 Presets
Zone 1 Presets are labeled A-L. These Presets correspond to the Main Audio Outputs on the back of the SSP. The first 3 Zone 1 Presets have been setup specifically for 96k DVD, LD movies and CD audio. You can finetune these Presets for your specific setup. The next 9 are available for you to set as you wish: 0. User Preset Zone 1 A - Listen to 96k DVD 1 User Preset Zone 1 B - Watch LD Movie 2. User Preset Zone 1 C - Jazz Mix CL-10 3. User Preset Zone 1 D 4. User Preset Zone 1 E 5. User Preset Zone 1 F 6. User Preset Zone 1 G 7. User Preset Zone 1 H 8. User Preset Zone 1 I 9. User Preset Zone 1 J 10. User Preset Zone 1 K 11. User Preset Zone 1 L

Zone 2 Presets
Zone 2 Presets are labeled A-D. These Presets correspond to the Zone 2 right and left channel analog Outputs on the back of the SSP. You would program these presets to deliver stereo sound to another room, or zone, within your home (see page 42). The first two Zone 2 Presets are set to turn Zone 2 off, and optimize Zone 2 for a Tuner, respectively. 21. Zone 2 OFF 22 Tuner to Zone 2 23. User Preset Zone 2 C 24. User Preset Zone 2 D

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Zone 3 Presets
Zone 3 Presets are also labeled A-D. These Presets correspond to the Zone 3 Digital Output on the back of the SSP. You would program these presets to deliver digital audio to a third room or zone (see page 42). The first two Zone 3 Presets are set to turn Zone 3 off, and optimize Zone 3 for a DVD player, respectively. 25. Zone 3 OFF 26 DVD to Zone 3 27. User Preset Zone 3 C 28. User Preset Zone 3 D

Default Configurations
The CL-2500 SSP stores default settings for all 29 Presets. These settings are intended as a guide, which you are free to adapt to your particular needs. The notes below indicate the default configurations for each setting: Subwoofer: On Front Speakers: Small Center Speaker: Small Surround Sound Speakers: Small Dynamic Compression: Off Listening Mode: 5.1 Crossover Frequency: 80 Hz Channel Delays: Center Delay 0ms, Rear Delays 5ms Noise Generator: On Trim Levels: 0db Master Volume: -30db Audio Inputs: Digital or Analog, corresponding to Rear Panel Input labels. Maximum Voltage: 2V, except for CL-15 and CD Quick Select button, which are set to 3V. Digital Source: 44/48KHz for all except 96k DVD. Network Settings: On for Cal Audio products only.

Active vs. Inactive Presets


Of the 29 available Presets, 16 are Active and 13 are Inactive. Active Presets are programmed from the factory for specific devices; Inactive Presets are not preprogrammed. All Presets can be modified to suit your particular home theater setup. Active Presets appear in order from left to right as you rotate the Select Knob clockwise, except for Quick Select Presets and Wake Up SSP Presets. Quick Select Presets do not appear on the Front Panel Display because the 6 Quick Select Preset buttons will always activate these Presets. Wake Up SSP Presets do not appear on the Front Panel Display because the CL-10, CL-15 and CL-20 will always power on the SSP when connected via the RS-232 network connection, see page 48. If you still wish to display these Presets on the Front Panel Display, follow the instructions in Chapter 5.

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Overriding the Listening Mode

Select a Preset
Press a Quick Select button or use the Select Knob to choose a Preset. Note: Selecting a Preset always selects a Listening Mode.

Select a Listening Mode Override


There are two ways to override the Listening Mode: 1. Press the button for the desired mode. When pressed, the LED behind the button will light to indicate the mode is active. If the currently selected mode is not represented by a front panel button, the LEDs in the left arrow (<), and right arrow (>) buttons will be illuminated. 2. Use the left and right arrow keys to scroll through the various Listening Modes, and then press Enter. Notes: The active Listening Mode will override automatically if the selected mode is incompatible with the format of the incoming audio signal. Not all Listening Modes are available at all times. Some modes work exclusively with analog or digital signals, and some with only certain types of digital formats. The chart on the following page indicates which modes are available with each format and input type.

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Available Listening Modes

Active Channels for each Listening Mode


Listening Mode 5.1 Digital Pro Logic DSP Bypass Stereo 5-Channel Matrix Stadium Symphony Hall Jazz Club Mono Phantom Ctr. Channel Stereo 3 Channel LF C RF LS RS

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Multi-zone Operation
The CL-2500 allows you to output separate audio signals for use in other rooms, or zones, in your home. Zone 2 outputs analog signals and Zone 3 outputs digital audio. Note: These outputs are 2 volts rms full signal. Therefore, a level control at Zone 2 or 3 amplifiers is recommended.

Connect Zone Outputs


The first step is to connect the Zone Outputs to an amplifier or D/A (Digital/Analog) Converter in your second and/or third zones. Connect the Zone 2 Analog Output to a second amplifier. Connect the Zone 3 Digital Output to a Digital to Analog (D/A) Converter or an amplifier with a Digital Input.

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Activate the Zone Presets


Create a Preset for Zone 2 and/or 3. Follow the instructions in Chapter 5.

Listen to Zone Output


To listen to the Zone 2 or Zone 3 output, select the Preset you created in Step 2. Note: If a source is playing in Zone 1, it will continue to play, even after you select the Preset for Zone 2. After a few seconds, the Front Panel Display will also return the Preset to Zone 1.

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7 - Network Control Networking Cal Audio Products


You can issue commands to other attached California Audio labs products via the RS232 network control connections. The CL-2500 SSP can control: CL-2500 VSW Video Switch CL-2500 MCA Multichannel Amplifier CL-10 5 Disc CD Changer CL-15 Single Disc CD Player CL-20 and CL-25 DVD Players Standard Movie Screens NOTE: The RS232 cable is a standard straight-through serial cable with a DB9 male connector on one end and a DB9 female connector on the other end. The cable can be purchased from your California Audio Labs dealer or from most computer stores.

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Connect a Cal Audio Product


Follow the instructions in Chapter 3 for basic hookup instructions.

Connect the Networking Cable


Connect an RS232 Cable from the California Audio Labs product to its corresponding RS232 port on the back of the CL-2500 SSP. In the example below, the CL-2500 VSW Video Switch is connected to the CL-2500 SSP Surround Sound Processor.

CL-2500 VSW

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Programming Network Commands


Once you have the physical connections made to your networked Cal Audio product, you can program the SSP to send commands whenever you activate a Preset. Note: Only one command can be sent for each component for each Preset.

Select System Configuration


Turn the Select Knob clockwise all the way to the right until SYSTEM CONFIGURATION appears on the Front Panel Display, then press Enter.

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Select Edit User Preset


Turn the Select Knob until EDIT USER PRESET appears on the Front Panel Display, then press Enter.

Select a Preset
Turn the Select Knob to choose a Preset for the Cal Audio product you want to control, then press Enter.

Scroll to Network Setup


Make the standard Edit User Preset selections as per the instructions in Chapter 5, i.e.: Activate the preset Name the preset Select Digital or Analog Select the appropriate Audio Input When you reach Network Setup, press Enter. Note: If you select No Network, the SSP will skip all Network options.

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Program the Screen Trigger


The CL-2500 SSP can control most brands of automatic movie screens through the rear panel screen port. Note: You will need to create a second Preset to return the movie screen to its previous state. Turn the Select Knob to choose from the following: OFF - No command will be sent to the screen for this preset. ON A command to activate the screen will be sent whenever you activate this preset. When you are ready to continue, press Enter.

Program the CL-2500 Video Switch


The CL-2500 SSP can control the CL-2500 VSW Video Switch via the rear panel RS232 port. Turn the Select Knob to choose from the following: NO VIDEO - No command will be sent to the Video Switch for this preset. DVD VIDEO IN #1 A command to activate Video Input #1 (labeled DVD) will be sent to the Video Switch whenever you activate this preset. CABLE VIDEO IN #3 A command to activate Video Input #3 (labeled CABLE) will be sent to the Video Switch whenever you activate this preset. SAT VIDEO IN #4 A command to activate Video Input #4 (labeled SAT) will be sent to the Video Switch whenever you activate this preset. LD VIDEO IN #5 A command to activate Video Input #5 (labeled LD) will be sent to the Video Switch whenever you activate this preset.

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VCR VIDEO IN #2 A command to activate Video Input #2 (labeled VCR) will be sent to the Video Switch whenever you activate this preset. AUX VIDEO IN #6 A command to activate Video Input #6 (labeled AUX) will be sent to the Video Switch whenever you activate this preset. YPbPr VIDEO IN #7 A command to activate Video Input #7 (labeled YPbPr) will be sent to the Video Switch whenever you activate this preset. YPbPr VIDEO IN #8 A command to activate Video Input #8 (labeled YPbPr) will be sent to the Video Switch whenever you activate this preset. When you are ready to continue, press Enter.

Program the CL-2500 Multichannel Amp


The CL-2500 SSP can control the CL-2500 MCA Multichannel Amplifier via the rear panel RS232 port. Turn the Select Knob to choose from the following: NO COMMAND - No command will be sent to the amplifier for this preset. 2 CHANNEL MODE A command will be sent to enable the front right and left channels of the amplifier and mute the remaining three channels. 3 CHANNEL MODE A command will be sent to enable the center channel and the front right and left channels of the amplifier and mute the remaining two channels. 5 CHANNEL MODE A command to activate all 5 speakers will be sent whenever you activate this preset. MUTE ALL MODE A command to mute all audio signals will be sent whenever you activate this preset. POWER OFF A command to power off the amp will be sent whenever you activate this preset. When you are ready to continue, press Enter.

Note: If the Amp power is off when a Mode command is issued, it will be powered up in the selected mode.

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Program the CL-10, CL-15, and CL-20


The CL-2500 SSP can control the CL-10, CL-15, and/or CL-20 via the corresponding rear panel RS232 port. Turn the Select Knob to choose from the following: NO COMMAND - No command will be sent for this preset. POWER ON A command to power on the unit will be sent whenever you activate this preset. POWER OFF A command to power off the unit will be sent whenever you activate this preset. PLAY A command to play the unit will be sent whenever you activate this preset. OPEN CLOSE A command to open/close the disc tray will be sent whenever you activate this preset. STOP A command to stop playback will be sent whenever you activate this preset. When you are ready to continue, press Enter.

Programming is Complete!
Be careful that your Presets work together to avoid conflicting commands. For example, lets say you program a Preset to command the Amplifier to activate 2 Channel (Stereo) mode. Then you change to a Surround Sound Preset. If you dont program a 5 Channel command in your Surround Sound Preset, the Amp will remain in Stereo mode.

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Wake Up SSP Links


The CL-2500 SSP has built-in Presets that will automatically wake up the SSP when a networked CL-10, CL-15, or CL-20 is turned on. No programming is necessary to activate these linkssimply connect the component and it will turn on the SSP automatically.

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Connect a CL-10, CL-15 or CL-20


Follow the instructions in Chapter 3.

Network the CL-10, CL-15 or CL-20


Connect an RS232 Cable from the rear panel of the SSP to the rear panel of each component. Note: Use a standard straight through serial cable with a DB9 female connector on one end and a DB9 male connector on the other end.

Test the Wake Up Function


Turn on one or more of the following: CL-10 - The CL-10 will wake up (power on) the SSP automatically. CL-15 - The CL-15 will wake up (power on) the SSP automatically. CL-20 - The CL-20 will wake up (power on) the SSP automatically.

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Appendix A - Help Technical Specifications


Frequency Response: Total Harmonic Distortion: Signal To Noise Ratio: Dynamic Range: Channel Separation: Digital Input Impedance: Analog Input Impedance: Input Overload: 20Hz-44 kHz, 0dB, -2dB .003% @ 1 kHz 123 dB (ref. 6.5 VRMS) 120 dB 105 dB 75 S/PDIF Double-Speed ~44K Analog: 2-3.5 VRMS (adjustable) Digital: > 2V RMS 75 S/PDIF Double-Speed 32 6.5V RMS 37.5 dB (max) 24-Bit, 96 kHz Dual-Colinear, ALL Channels 24-Bit, 48 kHz Delta-Sigma D-Sub 9, 9-Pin Straight-Through 200 Feet (61 m) < 45 W 60 Hz, 115VAC (Optional 50Hz, 240VAC) 17 W x 15 D x 4-7/8 H (43 x 38 x 12 cm) 18. 5 lb (8.5 kg) 26 lb (12 kg)

Digital Output Impedance: Analog Output Impedance: Maximum Output: Gain: Digital to Analog Conversion: Analog to Digital Conversion: RS232 Connections: Maximum Cable Length: Power Consumption: Mains Frequency: Unit Dimensions: Unit Weight: Shipping Weight:

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Warranty Information
LIMITED TWO YEAR WARRANTY
1. WarrantyCalifornia Audio Labs warrants its products to be free from manufacturing defects in material and workmanship, subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth, for a period of TWO (2) year from date of purchase by the original purchaser. 2. The warranty is subject to the following conditions and limitationsThe warranty is void if: the product has been used other than in accordance with the instructions in the owners manual; abused or misused, damaged by accident or neglect or in transport, or the defect is due to the product being repaired or tampered with by anyone other than California Audio Labs or an authorized repair center. Nor shall this warranty apply to defects or failure caused by unauthorized parts, improper maintenance, fire, flood, lightning or other Acts of God. The product must be packed and returned to California Audio Labs or an authorized service center by the customer at his or her sole expense. A returned product must be accompanied by a written description of the problem and a photocopy of the original sales receipt. The factory must be contacted for a Return Authorization number. No equipment will be accepted for repair without a return authorization number. 3. RemedyIn the event the product fails to meet the above warranty and the above conditions have been met, the purchasers sole remedy shall be to return the product to California Audio Labs or an authorized repair center where the defect will be rectified without charge for parts or labor. California Audio Labs will pay return freight only. 4. Limited to the original purchaserThis warranty is for the sole benefit of the original purchaser of the covered product and shall not be transferred to a subsequent purchaser. 5. MiscellaneousAny implied warranties relating to the product shall be limited to the duration of this warranty. The warranty does not extend to any incidental nor consequential costs or damages to the purchaser. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may have other rights which vary from state to state. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts and/or do not allow the exclusion or limitation of consequential damages.

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Glossary of Terms
A/D ConverterAnalog to digital converter. Converts analog signals to digital signals. AES/EBUInformal name for a digital audio standard established by the AES and EBU organizations AnalogDescribes a signal that varies continuously as opposed to a digital signal that is made up of discrete levels. AttenuationThe decrease in the amplitude of a signal. BalancedA circuit that carries two signals, which are opposite in polarity, and a common ground. BandwidthThe complete range of frequencies that a system or device can operate with minimal signal loss. BitThe smallest designator in a binary notation system. Designated by either a single 1 or a single 0 (8 bits = 1 byte). BNCBayonet Neill-Concelman. A cable connector used for video transmission. BypassA rerouting of audio or video signals to bypass additional electronic circuitry. ChannelA signal path such as, the right channel. CoaxialCan describe both a cable and a connector. Coax cable uses a metallic shield and both the cable and connector have a 75-ohm impedance. ComponentDescribes the components that make up composite video. The three channels of information, Red, Green and Blue (RGB) are often processed as Y, Pb, Pr or component video on DVD for higher video fidelity. CompositeA video signal that contains luminance, color and synchronization information. CompressionA technique of reduction relating to the transmission or storage of audio or video information. dB (decibel)A measure of voltage, current or power loss or gain. DelayThe time required for a signal to pass through a circuit. DVDDigital Versatile Disk. An optical disc format designed to function as a storage device for digital audio and digital video. EEPROMElectrically Erasable ProgrammableRead Only Memory. A type of chip that can hold data even when there is no power applied. The data can be erased electronically. EPROMSame as EEPROM except the data can be erased with ultraviolet light. Fiber OpticsAs in TosLink, the transmission of digital signals in the form of light through plastic or glass fiber cables. ImpedanceThe resistance to AC presented by a circuit.

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I/OInput/Output. Refers to the sending of data between devices. JackA connector to insert a plug into for the connection of devices. LEDLight emitting diode. MHzMegahertz. One million hertz. PCMPulse Code Modulation. Refers to the digital audio signal used in the CD format. RFRadio Frequency RFIRadio Frequency Interference. RGBThe basic colors used in the color television system. Also refers to the three unencoded outputs of high quality video products.

RS232A standard connection scheme for serial data transmission. RG59A type of coaxial cable used for video transmission between components. SourceThe equipment or component that produces the audio or video signal. SwitchA device that has multiple inputs and allows transitions between the various sources. Surround SoundRefers to a system or process where there are more than 2 channels of audio reproduction. In most cases, 5 channels.

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Troubleshooting
CL-2500 SSP will not power on.
Check On/Off switchThe rear panel On/Off Switch must be in the On position for the unit to be powered on (see page 5). Check AC connectionEnsure the AC cord is installed correctly into both the AC outlet and the rear panel plug (see page 5).

CL-2500 VSW will not power on.


Check On/Off switchThe rear panel On/Off Switch must be in the On position for the unit to be powered on (see VSW manual, page 5). Check AC connectionInsure the AC cord is installed correctly into both the AC outlet and the rear panel plug (see VSW manual, page 5). Check network connectionThe CL-2500 VSW is activated by the power on sequence of the SSP. The network cable must be correctly installed to both the VSW and the SSP to utilize the video switching control features of the SSP (see page 43).

No video.
Check video connectionCheck the video input connection on the VSW rear panel and the output connection from the source device (see VSW manual, page 6). Verify input jack numberCompare the back-lit number on the VSW front panel with the input jack number on the rear panel (see VSW manual, page 6). Verify Presets video input assignmentReview the Presets video input assignment through the system configuration menus. The input designation must match the rear panel input jack name/number (see page 29). Check TV input settingsVerify that the TVs input selection (S-Video, Composite, or Component) matches the sources video input type to the VSW. The VSWs video output signal is only carried by the connection with the same connector type as that of the input video connection.

Surround Mode Override has no effect.


Incompatible dataThe present data format is not compatible with that Surround Mode. See chart on page 41 for a list of data formats and compatible Surround Modes.
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No sound.
Check muteMUTE is displayed on the front panel display when the mute circuitry has been activated. Press the Mute button on the remote control to deactivate the mute circuitry. Check master volume levelTurn the Level knob clockwise to increase the master volume. Check ampVerify that the amplifier has been powered on. No dataNO DATA appears on the front panel display when no input signal is available (for digital inputs only). Check output connectionsCheck the connections between the SSP audio outputs and the amplifier inputs (see page 6).

Persistent hum in the speakers.


Hum only occurs when using a particular sourceCheck the source component and its interconnect cables. Hum occurs when using all sourcesYou may have a ground loop caused by multiple ground references in your system. We suggest you contact your dealer for assistance in correcting this problem.

No sound at one or more of the speakers.


Check channel levelsUse the Noise Generator feature to test for audio signal presence at each speaker. Press any level adjust button on the Pronto remote control to display the current level setting for all 6 channels (see page 27). Check speaker selectionsVerify the speaker selection settings in either the Default Audio setup or the Advanced Audio Setup for the currently selected Preset. Make sure the silent speaker has not been set to NONE and that the active listening mode utilizes that speaker (see page 41).

No sound coming from the surround speakers.


Check surround mode2-channel listening modes do not utilize the rear channel speakers (see page 41).

User Preset not in the Active Preset List.


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Inactive User Defined PresetsAll user defined presets must be activated. If a Preset is active, a appear before the Preset name in the Preset list (see page 38).

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Index Index
Symbols
5-Channel Matrix 23 5.1 Digital Surround 23 CL25 DVD Player 34, 43 CL2500 MCA Multichannel Amplifer 46 CL2500 MCA Multichannel Amplifier 34, 43 CL2500 VSW Video Switch 34, 43, 45 Compression, Dynamic 22 Condensation 3 Connections Cal Audio Products 43 Network Cables 43 Overview 13 Crossover Frequency 24 DTS 10 Dynamic Compression 22

E
Edit Default Audio 20 Edit User Preset 20, 29, 30, 44 Enter Button 9, 19 Environment 3

A
AC Cord 1, 2 AC Power Input 5 AC3 RF Input 7 Active Preset 4, 11, 38 Advanced Audio Setup 34 Analog Audio Inputs 6 Analog Connections 6 Analog Inputs Cable Input 33 CD Input 33 DVD Input 33 LD Input 33 Satellite Input 33 Tuner Input 33 VCR Input 33 Arrow Keys 19 Audio Inputs 11

F
Front Panel 4 Front Panel Display 4, 11, 19 Front Panel Overview 9 Front Speakers 21

D
Default Audio Setup 19, 20 Default Configurations 39 Diagrams SSP-Analog Audio Source 16 SSP-Digital Audio Source 17 SSP-Video Source 18 Digital Connections 7 Digital Inputs 96K Input 32 Cable Input 32 CD Input 32 DVD Input 32 LD Input 32 LD RF Input 32 Dolby Digital 10 DSP Bypass 10, 23

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I
Inactive Presets 39 Input Device 4, 14 Input Signal 4 Input Signal Display 10 IR Input 8

C
Center Speakers 21 Channel (Trim) Levels 27 Channel Delays 24 CL10 CD Player 34, 43, 47, 48 CL15 CD Player 34, 43, 47, 48 CL20 DVD Player 34, 43, 47, 48

J
Jazz Club 23

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L
Level Knob 9, 37 Listening Mode 4, 11, 23 Chart 41 Overriding 10, 40

P
PC Connection 8 PCM 10 Personal Inventory 13 Phantom Center Channel 23 Placement 3 Power Button 9, 15 Power Source 2 Preset 29 Activating 31 Active 38 Categories 38 Customizing 30 Inactive 39 Naming 31 Organization 38 Selecting 30, 40, 44 Wake Up 38 Zone 1 38 Presets Quick Select 38 Zone 2 38 Zone 3 39 Pronto Remote Control 1

R
RCA Inputs 4, 7 Rear Panel 4, 5 RS232 Inputs 8

U
Unpacking 1 User Default Audio 35

M
Main Audio Outputs 6 Maintenance 3 Master Volume 28 Menu Controls 19 Modem Connection 8 Mono Center Channel 23 MPEG 10 Multi-zone Operation 42

S
Safety iii Save & Exit (CD Button) 19 Screen Trigger 8, 43, 45 Select Knob 9, 19 Serial Number 1 Setup, Basic System 14 Source Selecting 37 Speaker Selection 20 Stadium 23 Standby Mode 4, 15 Stereo 23 Stereo 3 Channel 23 Subwoofer 20 Surround Speakers 22 Symphony Hall 23 System Configuration 4, 20, 30, 44

V
VCR Out 6 Voltage, Source 33 Volume, Adjusting 37

W
Wake Up SSP 48 Warranty Information 50

Z
Zone 4 Zone 2 Out 6 Zone 3 Out 7 Zone Output 42 Zone Presets 42

N
Network Connections 8 Network Control 4, 34, 43 Network Setup 44 Networking Cal Audio Products 43 Noise Generator 26 Non-Use Periods 2

O
On/Off Switch 5 Operations 37 Other Connections 8 Output Device 4, 14

Q
Quick-Select Preset Buttons 10

T
Tape Out 7 Terms 4 TOSlink Inputs 7 Turning on the SSP 37

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