Audio Authority AVX-562 User manual

Installation and Operation
Model AVX-562
High Definition Cat 5 Matrix
Installation and Operation Manual
Model AVX-562
High Definition Cat 5 Matrix
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AVX-562 Serial Number
Custom Installer
Telephone Number
Limited Warranty
If this product fails due to defects in materials or workmanship within one year from the date of the
original sale to the end-user, Audio Authority guarantees that we will replace the defective product
at no cost. Freight charges for the replacement unit will be paid by Audio Authority (Ground service
only). A copy of the invoice from an Authorized Reseller showing the item number and date of purchase (proof-of-purchase) must be submitted with the defective unit to constitute a valid in-warranty
claim.
Units that fail after the warranty period has expired may be returned to the factory for repair at a
nominal charge, if not damaged beyond the point of repair. All freight charges for out-of-warranty
returns for repair are the responsibility of the customer. Units returned for repair must have a Customer Return Authorization Number assigned by the factory.
This is a limited warranty and is not applicable for products which, in our opinion, have been damaged, altered, abused, misused, or improperly installed. Audio Authority makes no other warranties either expressed or implied, including limitation warranties as to merchantability or fitness for
a particular purpose. Additionally, there are no allowances or credits available for service work or
installation performed in the field by the end user.
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Warnings
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this unit to rain or moisture.
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The exclamation point symbol alerts users to important operating and
maintenance instructions in this booklet.
Read this manual before installing or using this product.
This product must be installed by qualified personnel.
Do not open the cover—there are no user-serviceable parts inside.
Do not expose this unit to excessive heat.
Install only in dry, indoor locations.
Do not obstruct the ventilation slots.
Clean the unit only with a dry or slightly dampened soft cloth.
Audio Parameters
Specifications
Subject to change without notice.
Video Parameters
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Format
Digital/Analog
Digital Input/Output Type
Optical+Coaxial In/Out
Input Impedance
75 ohms/50K ohms
Signal Type
Component YPbPr
Min Load Impedance
75 ohms/10K ohms
Video Formats
480i/p, 576i/p, 720p,
1080i/p
Multi-channel Digital
Yes
Frequency Response
10-50KHz
Input/Output Impedance
75 ohms
S/N Ratio
72dB
Input Ground Isolation
No
THD+Noise
0.03%
Gain
1
Crosstalk
75dB
Gain Accuracy
2%
Power
3dB Bandwidth
100MHz
DC Input Connector
5.5 X 2.1mm
Input Coupling
AC
DC Input/Polarity
18V/Center positive
S/N Ratio
61dB
Power Supply
571-023
Max Gain/Equalization
1
AVX-562 Heat Output
62 BTU/hr
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Table of Contents
Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Warnings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Getting Started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Carton Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Other Materials You May Need . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Suggested Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Panel Descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Hardware Assembly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Expander Address Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Cat 5 Zone Wiring. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Remote Control Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Installing Infrared Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Entering Source Names and Custom Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Setup Menu Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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PC Setup Via Flash Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Key Sequence Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Appendix A: Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Appendix B: Upgrading AVAtrix Firmware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Appendix C: Using Diagnostic Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Appendix D: RS-232 Control Guidelines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Getting Started
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Register your purchase at www.audioauthority.com/register to activate your warranty and for future upgrade notification. Write the serial number (see AVAtrix rear panel) inside the back cover of this manual.
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Read these instructions.
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Unpack the AVX-562, assemble any expanders or accessories, and load batteries into the remote.
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Fabricate Cat 5 cables and use a professional network cable tester to test the cables.
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Connect associated equipment (see detailed instructions in the Installation Section).
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Connect the product to a suitable power outlet using only the power supply furnished.
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Perform desired setup operations; the AVAtrix PC Utility included on the flash card is recommended.
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TIP: To access the menu, press MENU on the IR remote; or press and hold the knob, and touch the
front panel MENU key.
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TIP: To perform password protected operations, enter “2-3-6” on the front panel.
HD Cat 5 Matrix
The AVX-562 is a six input, seven output high definition matrix router. It has one local output and six Cat 5
remote outputs, all offering component video with digital and analog audio. The Model AVX-562 performs
selection of up to six audio/video input sources by infrared control, RS-232 signals, or by manual selection.
These inputs may be component video with digital and/or analog audio, all delivered to the viewer with their
original vividness, brightness and clarity. Commercial venues, such as clubs and restaurants, as well as private homes can benefit by using the AVAtrix to send selectable video and/or audio to remote locations.
Three different Cat 5 wallplate/receiver styles are available (Models 9878, 9879 and 9880). The wallplate/
receivers allow individual source selection by IR remote control; the output of each wallplate can also be
controlled from the AVX-562 head end. The AVX-562 delivers component video, digital and analog audio to
each wallplate/receiver over two Cat 5 cables. The AVAtrix is expandable up to 36 remote wallplate outputs by
adding Model 1176 Cat 5 Matrix Expanders.
Carton Contents
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Model AVX-562 High Definition Cat 5 Matrix
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18-volt power supply
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Model 1105BK infrared remote control with batteries
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Rack ears
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User manual
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Flash memory card with operational software and setup files (installed in AVX-562 flash card port)
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Other Materials You May Need
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Patch cables (RCA, optical and 3.5mm)
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Infrared emitters and/or infrared remote control receivers—for remote wallplate/receiver IR functionality
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Cat 5e/6 cable—for remote outputs; consider buying a different jacket color for A and B cables
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RJ-45 plugs—for remote outputs; EZ RJ-45 plugs are recommended
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Professional network cable tester—continuity testing is not adequate for Cat 5 cables–twisted pairs must
be properly matched for balanced line performance, so a tester capable of confirming pairs is required
We strongly recommend testing factory-made cables as well as site-fabricated cables!
All cables must have proper EIA-568B pairing (not crossover configuration) for proper function.
(The EIA-568A standard can also be used, but mixing the two standards could result in confusion.)
Model 802-568 7-port bus cable: for up to 5 expanders or routers. (AVX-562 has Model 802-567
4-port bus cable installed at the factory—for up to
2 expanders or routers.)
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Model 1361 Down-converter/scaler: converts
component video to composite video for legacy
TVs.
Model 1362 Up-converter/scaler: converts composite or S-video signals to component video for
legacy video sources.
Model 1365 Video Converter: converts YPbPr to
RGBHV or VGA to YPbPr for incompatible video
sources or projectors and video displays.
VGA
YPbPr
AVAtrix
Cat 5 Output
Cat 5
Receiver
1365
RGB
Projector
Pr
YPb
YP
bP
r
Component
Video Display
1361
S-Video
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1365
Cat 5
Model 9878, 9879 or 9880 Cat 5 wallplate/
receivers: any combination of Cat 5 receiver
styles may be used in one system.
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1362
Model 1172BK Audio Interface: provides an
audio breakout point for the AVAtrix to connect
an independent audio distribution system at the
head end. Provides stereo analog audio or digital
audio.
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Composite Source
YPbPr
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Model 1176BK High Definition Cat 5 Matrix
Router: connects to internal bus cable to add six
wallplate/receiver outputs the AVAtrix. Maximum
36 Cat 5 receiver outputs per system.
PC
YPbPr
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Y Pb Pr Source
YPbPr
Suggested Audio Authority Accessories
RGBHV
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S-Video or
Composite
Video Display
Video Converter Illustrations
Many possibilities exist for adapting or actively
converting various signal types to work with
the AVAtrix. Refer to the accessory descriptions above. Dotted lines show alternate
configurations.
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Panel Descriptions
Shown on the page opposite are the front and back views of the AVX-562. Below is a view of the 1105BK Infrared Remote Control. Each AVX-562 includes one 1105BK; additional 1105BK Remotes may be purchased
separately, or you may download the IR codes from www.audioauthority.com.
Model 1105BK* IR Remote Control
This full featured remote control is useful in basic AVAtrix installations for switching source signals to
the main output, but it also can be used at any wallplate/receiver location to switch source signals to
individual wallplate outputs. IR receiver and emitter required.
* The 1105BK is different from the Model 1105 only in appearance. Both units share exactly the same IR command set.
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Numeric keys 1-6 used for instant
source input selection and navigation
IR-LOCK key for temporary source control restriction
UNLOCK key used to cancel all temporary
restrictions
VIEW-LOCK key for temporary source viewing privacy
MENU key used to access AVX-562 setup menu
DISPLAY
MENU
GROUP
GROUP key use to select a group of Wallplates
LOCK
DISPLAY key used to switch between Residential and Professional panel display mode
ALL
ZONE
LOCK key used in conjunction with VIEWLOCK, IR-LOCK, and UNLOCK keys
SOURCE
ALL key used to select all Wallplates
DIM / SCROLL
ZONE key used to select a single Wallplate
SCAN
SOURCE key used to select source
input to Wallplates (Double click for
main output control in Pro Mode)
ENTER
ENTER key used to make menu selections
DIM/SCROLL (up/down) used to dim AVX562 panel display and for navigation
SCAN keys used to browse
AVAtrix inputs or navigation
Alpha keys used for navigation
A
D
G
J
B
E
H
K
C
F
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Model 1105BK IR Remote
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Pr
Pb
Y
AUDIO
R
L
D
REMOTE
CAT 5
OUTPUTS
1
SOURCE INPUT 1
VIDEO
IR
A
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
OUT
POWER LED
When lit, power is on
B
AUDIO
R
L
D
2
SOURCE INPUT 2
VIDEO
A
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
OUT
IR
Pr
Pb
Y
B
AUDIO
R
L
D
A
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
OUT
IR
Pr
Pb
Y
B
AUDIO
R
L
D
4
SOURCE INPUT 4
VIDEO
CAT 5 OUTPUT
Connetion for Cat 5
wallplate/receiver
3
SOURCE INPUT 3
VIDEO
COMPONENT VIDEO INPUT
YPbPr input port for position 1
ANALOG AUDIO INPUT
Pr
Pb
Y
Pr
Pb
Y
B
AUDIO
R
L
D
5
SOURCE INPUT 5
VIDEO
A
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
OUT
IR
Pr
Pb
Y
B
AUDIO
R
L
D
6
LOCAL ANALOG AUDIO OUTPUT JACKS
A
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
OUT
IR
Pr
VIDEO
B
Pb
Y
R
L
D
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
Made in USA
18V DC
POWER
MAIN IR
FLASH CARD
RS-232 CONTROL
Model AVX-562
High Definition Cat 5 Matrix
MAIN (LOCAL)
AUDIO
POWER JACK
Use only the included 18V power
supply
INFRARED OUT
Used only with
compatible IR products (see Page 16)
INFRARED IN
Control AVAtrix
behavior using
remote control
signals
RS-232 PORT
Control AVAtrix
behavior using
a serial control
system
FLASH CARD
PORT
Save and load
setup files or use to
upgrade firmware
NAVIGATION AND ENTER KNOB
Turn knob to navigate on-screen menus,
press knob to enter (press and hold knob
and touch MENU to enter setup mode)
LOCAL DIGITAL AUDIO OUTPUTS
All digital audio inputs are available
at the coaxial and optical outputs
SOURCE INPUT 6
VIDEO
IR ROUTER OUTPUT
Discrete IR signals from
zone to selected source
LOCAL COMPONENT VIDEO OUTPUT
Component video input signals
are available on YPbPr jacks
A
DIGITAL
OPTICAL
OUT
IR
IR ROUTER LED
Indicates IR traffic
MENU KEY
Switches between Residential
and Professional Modes, or
touch while pressing the knob
to enter the setup menu
SOFT KEY
Performs the task indicated
on the display (usually exit)
DIM
Press to dim the display
(four brightness levels)
DIGITAL AUDIO INPUT
Optical OR coaxial inputs for
position 1 (DO NOT connect both
inputs from the same source)
IR WINDOW
Receives IR
commands
INPUT SELECTION
Press a key to switch the corresponding input to the
main output; these keys are also used for setup
Installation
You may wish to consult with a qualified custom electronics installer if you are inexperienced with UTP cable
termination and wiring. You should be familiar with Cat 5e/6 cable termination tools, testing, and techniques.
1. Assembling Expanders. Follow these steps if you are installing Models 1172, 1176 or other expanders
with your AVAtrix. Refer to the diagram on the facing page. Otherwise, skip to Step 3.
All video, audio, and communication signals between sources, Cat 5 outputs, and audio system outputs
travel through the special ribbon bus cable. The AVAtrix ships with a 4-port bus cable, leaving two open
ports for expanders. If you need to add more than two expanders, call Audio Authority Technical Support.
a. Lay the Model AVX-562 upside down on a protective surface, such as a terry cloth towel.
b. Remove the four feet and the bus access covers (save them and their attaching screws).
c. Gently feed the loose end of the bus cable out of the bus access opening. To upgrade from a fourport to a seven-port bus cable, call Audio Authority Technical Support.
d. Plug the next connector into the port visible through the expander case opening—apply enough
pressure with fingers or a plastic tool to assure that the plug is completely seated.
e. Turn the next product to be stacked upside down (e.g. Model 1172 or 1176), thread the bus cable
through its bus access openings, and engage its four threaded studs with the four threaded holes in
the Model AVX-562 formerly occupied by the feet.
f. Tighten the hex head screws in the bottom of the stacking product in sequence a few turns each,
until they are all snug.
g. Carefully plug the ribbon cable into the bus port. Continue this stacking procedure until all units have
been assembled. View the bus through the bus port to be sure all plugs are fully seated.
h. After plugging the last connector of the bus into the bottom unit, carefully tuck any excess cable into
the empty space inside the unit. Be certain the back of the connector does not contact the metal
case. To disconnect a bus plug, squeeze the side latches.
i. Install the bus port cover and feet you removed from Model AVX-562 onto the bottom unit and turn
the stack right side up.
2. Addressing and Initial Testing.
a. Set the Address dial on each Model 1172 and/or 1176: set
the upper-most Model 1176 address to “B”, the next one to
“C”, and so on. The AVX-562 Cat 5 output row is permanently addressed “A”. Follow 1172 manual for addressing
1172.
b. Temporarily plug in the power supplies of all units to a
plug strip so that you can turn them all on at one time. The
Zone “A4”
AVX-562
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
6
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1176
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(A)
B
C
MODEL AVX-562
REMOVE FEET
AND INSTALL ON
LAST EXPANDER
The bus cable is
fragile! Do not crimp
or tug on the cable
as you install the
expanders.
THREADED
STUDS
1172 or 1176
BUS ACCESS
OPENING
BUS
CABLE
REMOVE BUS
ACCESS COVER AND
INSTALL ON LAST
EXPANDER
BUS ACCESS
COVER
Stacking Components
This diagram shows the parts and locations for
stacking components. The procedure must be
performed with the units upside down.
opening screen on the Model AVX-562 display indicates that the unit is powered and shows the number
of expanders that have been recognized. If this number is different from the number actually present, look
for the bus not being fully plugged into a unit or a unit
incorrectly addressed.
AVAtrix opening screen shows expanders recognized.
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3. Rack Mount Adapters. Perform these steps if you are installing this product in a 19-inch equipment rack.
a. Remove the cover screws adjacent to the front panel of each product and use them to mount Model
1192 (for Model AVX-562) or Model 1191 (for Model 1172/76) rack adapters. Be sure to place a
spacer under the adapters at every screw location – see illustration.
b. Use a straight edge to line up rack adapters on a stack of product before tightening the screws.
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CAUTION! This product will be damaged
if spacers are not used on every adapter
screw.
IMPORTANT!
Do not mount adapters
without spacers
4. Setting in Place. Place the AVAtrix on its shelf or in the rack. If rack mounting, secure it to the rails with
the screws supplied with the rack adapter kits.
5. AVAtrix Hookup. Connect and test sources with the local video display in these steps.
a. Connect each source unit to its respective set of AVX-562 input jacks.
b. Use high quality cable and keep the runs under 6 feet if possible, especially for component video
connections.
c. Connect either, but NOT BOTH optical and coaxial digital audio. Connect all the other signals available from the source unit: component video and analog audio.
d. Connect a video display and audio system to the Local (Main) Output jacks. Use optical and/or
coaxial digital audio outputs. The AVAtrix does not convert digital audio to analog audio, so connect
analog audio to TV’s inputs if required.
e. Turn on the sources and AVAtrix temporarily for an initial test. Select each source to the local TV and
sound system to verify basic functions. Remove power and continue installation.
6. Cat 5 Zone Connections.
a. Pull two lengths of good quality Category 5e or Cat 6 UTP cable from
the main system to each receiver location. Shielded Cat 5 cable may
be used, but offers no performance advantage.
b. Carefully mark cables of each pair A and B; if they are connected incorrectly, damage to the wallplate/receiver may result. It is best to use
a different cable jacket color, or label each end for A and B to ensure
proper connection.
Pair 3
Pair 2
Pair 1
Pair 4
Modular Jack (RJ-45)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
W-O O W-GR BL W-BL GR W-BR BR
T568B Pair Assignments
c. Install RJ-45 plugs using EIA-568B pairing (pins 1-2, 3-6, 4-5, 7-8).
Check each cable with a professional network cable tester before
plugging it into the AVAtrix, even when using pre-made cables. Continuity testing is not adequate!
The twisted pairs must be properly matched for balanced line transmission.
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d. Carefully plug the pairs of cables (A and B) into the
correct A and B AVAtrix output jacks.
e. Connect cables to each wallplate/receiver. Be sure
to plug cable A into jack A and cable B into jack B.
Leave the wallplate Cable Length Compensation
controls accessible until after zone testing.
A B
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Caution! Do not apply
system power until
cables are tested and
A and B connections
have been verified.
Basic AVAtrix Wiring
SOURCE 1
SOURCE 2
SOURCE 3
SOURCE 4
SOURCE 5
SOURCE 6
MAIN OUTPUT
To IR
distribution
system
AVX-562
Address = A
Two runs of
Cat 5e/6 per
Wallplate
System capacity shown:
6 Cat 5 wallplate/receivers
(each has selectable input)
IR Receiver
1105
Remote
Control
18V Power
Supply
Universal
Remote
Control
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e. Adjust the Cable Length Compensation control on each wallplate/receiver according to the distance
of that unit from the head end. Set the dial to the nearest number of hundreds of feet of cable distance (e.g. 200 feet = 2). During zone testing (see 7, below) it is recommended to use an HD source
and display to fine tune each cable length compensation setting.
Note: Setting compensation too high or low may result in picture dropouts or distortion.
7. Zone Testing. Plug the power supply furnished with the AVAtrix and each expander into its respective
unit, and plug the power supplies into a plug strip so that all units can be turned on at one time.
a. Power indicators on the AVAtrix, all expander units
and all installed wallplate/receivers should be on. If
a wallplate power light does not come on, unplug the
Cat 5 cables immediately and re-test them.
b. The opening screen on the AVAtrix panel indicates
how many expanders have been recognized. The screen should match this illustration if a Model
AVX-562 is installed with three 1176 expanders for a total output of 24 Cat 5 outputs.
c. Apply power to all sources and video displays with associated equipment. Use the 1105BK remote
control to verify video and audio signal integrity of sources at each zone location. Fine tune cable
length compensation settings, then permanently mount each wallplate.
Remote Control Options
Four different remote control methods may be used with the AVAtrix:
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Native IR remote; Model 1105BK (Model 1105 IR codes are identical, but appearance is different).
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Comprehensive IR controllers can learn or download the AVAtrix IR codes.
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The local output can learn to respond to third party commands (see section 2 below). This feature does
not apply to Cat 5 zone outputs.
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RS-232 commands. System controllers capable of RS-232 communication can be connected to the serial
port on the AVAtrix. To program such controllers, refer to Appendix D in this manual.
1. Using AVAtrix IR Commands in Other Remote Controls. Comprehensive IR controllers can learn or
download the AVAtrix IR codes along with the codes of the sources and can output a macro containing
source controls and AVAtrix selection controls.
a. If the 1105BK codes are available from your remote control company, download and/or activate
those files.
b. A CCF file containing 1105BK codes can be downloaded from the Audio Authority website:
www.audioauthority.com/page/software
c. As an alternative, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to teach a learning remote control the numeric 1 through 6 commands from the 1105BK remote.
2. Teaching Infrared Commands to the AVAtrix for Local Control. An additional method of controlling the
AVAtrix local (Main) output is to teach it commands from other brand remotes using the Learn IR Codes
setup screen. This feature does not apply to remote Cat 5 zones. For instructions on the learning feature,
call Audio Authority Technical Support.
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Installing Infrared Equipment
1. Tips for Using Infrared Control.
a. If you are using standard hand-held remote controls, ensure correct operation by avoiding sources
of light pollution such as Plasma and LCD TVs, direct sunlight, fluorescent light, etc. Experiment with
the physical placement of the IR receiver to avoid interference.
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b. If a source of interference cannot be eliminated or avoided, use IR receivers that block that type of
interference, such as Plasma-proof or LCD-proof receivers.
c. Use the IR diagnostic tools to troubleshoot IR problems (See Appendix C).
NOTE: Due to variances in IR commands, carrier frequencies, and error tolerances between manufacturers, some sources may not be able to be controlled through the AVAtrix internal IR routing
system.
d. If you are using a comprehensive IR control system, provide a stick-on emitter or blaster from the
infrared system to communicate throught the AVAtrix front panel optical IR receiver. You can also
patch the IR signal directly to the IR input port on the rear panel using a properly fabricated 3.5mm
cable (see page 7). Call Audio Authority for more information.
2. Setting Up IR at the Remote Zones.
a. Plug an Infrared Receiver into the 3.5mm jack on each wallplate/receiver that is to have IR source
selection capability. (Use only compatible receivers without external power supply–see next page.)
b. Infrared commands returned from a zone to the AVAtrix can immediately select the source to be
played on that wallplate/receiver output. Use the IR routing connections, or the main IR output from
the AVAtrix (see 3 below).
c. IR commands for the AVAtrix (1105 commands) are returned through the Cat 5 cables and stop at
the AVAtrix. Other IR commands are repeated on the AVAtrix IR output jacks.
3. IR Routing vs Main IR Output. If all sources have different code sets, one IR blaster can be used to control all the sources in an equipment rack. If there are several sources that share identical IR codes, such
as satellite receivers, individual IR emitters should be used for each source.
a. IR Routing: To route IR commands discretely from an individual zone to the selected source only,
connect IR emitters from the individual IR Out jacks at each AVAtrix source position to their respective source IR input jacks, or use a stick-on emitter. Other sources sharing the same IR code set are
not affected.
b. Main IR Output: Non-AVAtrix IR commands returned from all matrixed Cat 5 zones are repeated
through the Main IR Output jack on the AVAtrix. This output can be used to feed commands from the
zones to an external IR control system, or simply to an IR blaster. Do not use IR connecting blocks
(see “Using Compatible Infrared Products” on page 16).
c. Model 1170 IR capabilities: The AVAtrix cannot be directly controlled using the Cat 5 IR pathways
from Model 1170. Model 1105 IR commands returned from wallplate/receivers connected to Model
1170 Cat 5 ports are repeated through the Main AVAVtrix IR Output jack, but they perform no function within the AVAtrix.
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Infrared Control Wiring
Passive
IR Emitter
Source 1
A single emitter or blaster may be
connected to the Main IR output
jack, or use the individual IR output
jacks at each source connection
for discrete source control.
Source 2
Source 1
Source 2
Source 3
Source 3
Individual Source
Output Jacks
(IR Router)
Main IR Output Jack
(3rd party IR from all zones)
Do not use a
powered connection
block or signal
amplifier with the
AVAtrix.
AVX-562
Receiver Pinout
Receivers are powered by
12 volts on the sleeve
contact of the Cat 5
wallplate/receiver IR jack.
9879 Cat 5
receiver
Connect IR receiver directly
to the wallplate/receiver - DO
NOT use a connecting block.
IR receiver
(12 volt, 3-wire
receivers only)
Remote Control
Two-wire
IR blaster
or emitter
Tip = Signal
Ring = Ground
Sleeve = +12 Volts
Warning: Connect
receivers directly to
wallplate/receiver,
(12V, 3-wire only)
without a powered
connecting block.
Emitter Pinout
A passive emitter usually
has a two-conductor plug.
Tip = Signal
Sleeve = Ground
Warning: Use only
non-powered emitters,
without connecting block.
Using Compatible Infrared Emitters and Receivers
The AVAtrix has an active, 12 volt IR pathway that allows it to power the IR receivers at the zones, and
drive emitters connected to the AVAtrix. Do not use powered IR systems that are designed to use a separate power source, or equipment damage could result. The AVAtrix powers IR receivers with 12 volts; do
not use IR receivers designed for any other voltage. Use only three-wire receivers or damage could result.
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Customizing the AVAtrix
Apply custom source names, create zone groups, apply
parental controls, and lock out certian controls. Refer to
the Setup Menu Chart on the next page for a complete list
of custom options. It is recommended to save your custom
setup to the flash card as a backup.
The easiest way to configure the system is to use the AVAtrix
PC Utility (shown at the right); however, any configuration
may be performed via the front panel controls and/or remote
control. To use the PC Utility, see page 17.
Direct Setup
Setup via the front panel controls/IR remote is guided by on-screen prompts, so only highlights will be covered here. See the next page for a Setup Menu Map.
1. General user tips. Use the knob to navigate to each setup option, press the knob to select it, then follow
on screen instructions. The IR remote may be more convenient for many setup tasks.
a. Setup Menu: Press MENU on the remote, or press and hold the knob and touch MENU.
b. Some of the operations are password protected. The password is always “2-3-6”.
c. The knob can be a multi-directional navigation tool on certain screens. Arrows in the upper right
corner indicate the current direction on these screens. To change directions, push the knob.
d. Some screens offer editing tools such as change case, insert, delete, etc. The Case tool allows upper and lower case letters, numbers, or symbols. Note: using all upper case yields the best results.
e. The wallplate/receiver zone outputs are numbered 1- 6 on each output level, the first level being the
AVX-562 outputs. The AVX-562 outputs are always addressed “A” and the next level, Model 1176
should be “B” and so on. An individual zone output is referred to as A2, or B5, etc.
2. Custom Setup Highlights
a. Settings. These options are convenient if the AVAtrix will be located in a visible area or around children. Lock certain front panel controls or allow the display to turn off during times of inactivity.
b. Name the Sources. Especially for installations where the AVAtrix is used as a standalone whole house entertainment network,
custom source names greatly enhance the
usability of AV equipment within sight of the
AVAtrix screen. Choose from a list of default
names or enter custom names. These names
appear prominently on the AVAtrix screen.
The text edit tools are indicated along the bottom of the screen: Case,
Skip Back, Skip Forward, Overstrike/Insert, and Delete.
c. Learn IR Commands. The AVAtrix can learn
3rd party IR commands. See the previous section on IR.
d. Name the Groups. Enter names for output groups. Group View (from Professional Mode) displays a
list of up to six named groups to the user and indicates which source is currently assigned to each
group (see Operation). This view makes it easy to monitor and manage the content being shown on
video displays in different rooms or areas from a central location. The number of groups is limited to
six. Groups can contain any number or combination of zones, including the local zone.
e. Assign Outputs to Groups. The groups you named are listed across the bottom of the screen. Navigate to the Zone address and touch the key for group names/numbers to which it should belong.
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f. Assign Restrictions. These controls allow the
system administrator to prevent a zone from
viewing a source. This operation is password
protected (2-3-6). It is recommended to set up
these restrictions via the PC Utility (page 18).
g. Save/Load File. When all custom options are
complete, save the setup to the flash card in
case system settings are changed or lost. The
card can be kept either in the AVAtrix or in some
other safe location. A card could also be used to
quickly set up similar AVAtrix systems installed in
other locations. The Installer can keep a copy of
each AVAtrix installation on a card for reference.
To initialize a blank card, download the files from
www.audioauthority.com/page/software, expand
the zip archive, and copy the files onto the card.
h. Diagnostics. See Appendix C for instructions on
IR, addressing, and other diagnostics.
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2
3
4
5
6
Group Name
Group Number
Group view offers control of zone groups by name, and can be used
in six-zone systems to name the zones.
Setup Menu Chart
Settings
Lockout Front Panel Keys
Lockout all front panel keys except for Display and the key sequence for Setup Menu
access.
Lockout Front Panel IR Detector
Detection ignores any IR commands visible from the front panel IR window; IR input
jack on rear is still active.
Enable Display Blanking
Allows the front panel display to turn off after a period of inactivity.
Enable Feedback for Private
Viewing
When enabled, this feature causes a brief break in the video signal as an indication
that an “IR lock” or “view lock” signal has been implemented.
Name the Sources
Assign custom abbreviations and custom long names to each source.
Learn IR Commands
Teach the AVX-562 to respond to 3rd party IR commands.
Name Groups
Assign custom abbreviations and custom long names to each group of zones.
Assign Outputs to Groups
Divide the array of Cat 5 receiver outputs into geographic or functional zone ”groups”.
Assign Restrictions
Restrict source signals from particular zone wallplate/receivers
Save/Load File
Save Current Setup to Flash Card
Save the current setup configuration to memory card in rear slot. Does not overwrite
any existing setup files.
Load New Setup from Flash Card
Scan and choose firmware upgrades from card or import setup data saved from an
AVAtrix or saved from the AVAtrix PC application.
Load Demonstration Setup
Loads example setup including custom short and long source names and 24 simulated
remote Wallplate locations.
Load Default Setup
Clears user setup and loads factory default setup.
Upgrade Operating System
Choose from available operating system firmware files on the flash memory card to
install a firmware upgrade.
Contact Installer
Enter contact information. Up to four lines, 42 characters per line.
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Expander Address
Shows letter address of all detected expanders, including the six native AVX-562 Cat 5
matrix outputs.
Local IR
Shows on/off times of IR signals received through the front panel.
Zone IR
Shows on/off times and carrier of IR signals received through the Cat 5 wallplate/
receivers.
Firmware Version
Shows the firmware version loaded on each component of the AVAtrix system, and the
firmware upgrades available on a flash card loaded in the card slot.
Source and Control Restrictions
Shows the parental restrictions on sources to wallplate/receivers and local output.
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PC Setup Via Flash Card
The AVAtrix Setup Utility is already loaded onto the flash memory card, or you can download it from
www.audioauthority.com/page/software. Highlights of the PC Utility are covered here, but more information is
available by clicking HELP inside the Utility.
1. Remove the flash card from the slot in the rear panel of the AVX-562 and insert it in an MMC/SD compatible card reader. The Utility should launch automatically in any Windows™ operating system.
a. Name of Configuration. Enter up to 32 characters to describe this configuration. This is the “label”
that will be visible on the AVAtrix panel display when loading setup files. This name is not the same
as the “filename.cfg” for this configuration as it will be saved onto the card.
b. Restriction Feedback for View-lock. When a user restricts the source, and restriction feedback is
enabled, the video blinks to indicate that the command was implemented. If feedback is not enabled,
the feature works without visible effect.
c. Enter Custom Source Names. These names are the “labels” shown on the AVAtrix panel display representing the six input positions. Short names may
have up to four characters (letters, numbers, spaces
or symbols). Full names may have 13 characters,
and are visible in Residential and Group views.
d. Enter Custom Group Names. These names are the
“labels” shown on the AVAtrix panel display representing each of the six available output zone groups
(groups of wallplate/receiver locations). Short group
Names may have up to four characters (letters,
numbers, spaces or symbols). Full Names may
have up to 13 characters.
e. Assign Zone Groups. Each group may contain any
combination of wallplate/receivers from matrix
routers, as well as the main output. Any zone may
appear in more than one group.
f. Source Restrictions. Any source may be restricted
from any wallplate/receiver. Under Zones, select the Cat 5 output address (Row A, B, C, etc.)
and the zone (column) number. Then check any
sources you wish to prohibit at this location. Select
the next wallplate and proceed in the same way.
To restrict a source from the Main output, simply
check the Source number under Main.
2. The AVAtrix flash memory cards are issued with blank
configuration files already saved onto the card, so you
may overwrite these files, or save your file with a new file
name; however, you must retain a .cfg extension on the
filename. You may use a new blank card, but the card
must have at least one configuration file saved to it by
this application in order to function with the AVAtrix.
3. After saving the setup file (.cfg file), plug the flash card
containing the setup file into the AVAtrix card slot.
4. Temporarily apply power, go to the SETUP menu,
choose SAVE/LOAD FILE, choose the desired setup
configuration file and follow the instructions on the
screen. The 3-digit password is 2-3-6.
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Operation
The AVAtrix allows you to select the source being played at each Cat 5 wallplate/receiver zone from the head
end, and if the zone location is equipped with an infrared receiver, the source can be selected using an infrared remote control at the zone. Two operation screens are available: Residential and Professional. Use Professional mode to control the zones from the head end. Use Residential mode if the AVAtrix is visible at the
local zone. To switch between Residential and Professional, press the front panel MENU key, or the DISPLAY
key on the 1105BK remote control.
In Residential mode, the normal screen displays the
custom long name of the selected source, the six
short names of the sources, which of these sources
is currently selected to the Main Output (highlighted
short name).
The Professional screen displays the source currently assigned to each zone or group and allows
you to choose a new source for each zone or group.
A special group view is also available for a detailed
overview of the sources assigned to each group.
In Professional mode, the ZONE screen displays
the array of remote outputs. Along the bottom, it displays the six short names of the sources and which
of these sources is currently selected to the MAIN
(local) output (highlighted short name). To the right it
displays the virtual MAIN, ALL and GRP modes.
1
2
3
4
5
Source Name
6
MENU
Source Number
Selecting a source in Professional Mode. Currently Source 2, which is
Satellite Receiver #2, is selected on Cat 5 receiver (zone) A5.
Professional mode in Group view. (Not available if no groups are
assigned.)
In Group View (shown) it is simple to show the current source selected for each group. If some TVs in a group have a different source selected (e.g. Living room
above) the AVAtrix places an asterisk by the source name displayed for that group.
Head End Operation: Key Sequence Examples
The key sequences for several different operations using front panel controls or IR remote control are shown
below. All examples assume the starting point is Professional Mode. To navigate using the front panel controls rotate the knob to move the cursor, press the knob to change directions when appropriate (up/down vs.
left/right).
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Changing the source on the
local output
Double-click SOURCE; Press the desired number key or press the Left/Right SCAN
keys.
Changing the source on a
ZONE (Cat 5 receiver)
Press ZONE; use the up/down/left/right keys or Alpha key/Number key to highlight the
zone; press the SOURCE key; press the Number key for the desired source. Example:
Zone A1, Source 4, etc.
Changing the source for a
group of zones
Press GROUP (if necessary); use the up/down keys to highlight the desired zone
group; touch the Number key for the desired source. Example: Group 1, Source 2, etc.
Changing the source for all
zones
Press ALL; press the Number key for the desired source. (Press ENTER to UNDO.)
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Changing the source on the
local (MAIN) output
Touch soft key until MAIN is highlighted; touch the desired source input selection key or
turn the knob.
Changing the source on a
ZONE (Cat 5 receiver)
Turn the knob to navigate, press the knob to change directions; when the desired zone
is highlighted, touch the desired source input selection key.
Changing the source for a
group of zones
Touch soft key until GRP is highlighted; turn the knob to select the desired group; touch
a source input selection key to assign a source.
Changing the source for all
zones
Touch soft key until ALL is highlighted; touch the desired source input selection key to
assign a source. (Press the knob to UNDO.)
Remote Zone Operation: Key Sequence Examples
The key sequences for several operations using the 1105BK IR remote control from the Cat 5 wallplate/
receiver zone are shown below. The zone must be equipped with a compatible IR receiver.
View-lock and IR-lock timeout after 300 minutes. These commands can be temporarily suspended using the
Source and Control Restrictions Diagnostic Mode.
Changing the source on the
zone output
Press the desired source number key.
Activate VIEW LOCK
(private viewing)
Press LOCK, then press VIEW LOCK. No other zones can select the source selected
at this zone, and zones viewing this source are locked out. (Expires after 300 minutes.)
Activate IR LOCK
Press LOCK, then press IR LOCK. No other zones can change settings (channels, etc)
through the AVAtrix IR pathway. (Expires after 300 minutes.)
Clear all LOCK commands
Press LOCK, then UNLOCK.
Model 1105BK Remote Control
Use the 1105BK remote to operate the AVAtrix from the
head end or from a properly equipped Cat 5 receiver
zone. Setup functions are only available at the head
end. The 1105 IR command set can be used in a 3rd
party universal remote control system; download the
ccf file from www.audioauthority.com/page/software.
800-322-8346
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Numeric keys 1-6 used for instant
source input selection and navigation
IR-LOCK key used for source control restriction
UNLOCK key used to cancel all temporary
restrictions
VIEW-LOCK key used for private viewing restriction
MENU key used to access AVX-562 setup menu
DISPLAY
MENU
GROUP
GROUP key use to select a group of Wallplates
LOCK
DISPLAY key used to switch between Residential and Professional panel display mode
ALL
ZONE
LOCK key used in conjunction with VIEWLOCK, IR-LOCK, and UNLOCK keys
SOURCE
ALL key used to select all Wallplates
DIM / SCROLL
ZONE key used to select a single Wallplate
SCAN
SOURCE key used to select source
input to Wallplates (Double click for
main output control in Pro Mode)
ENTER
ENTER key used to make menu selections
DIM/SCROLL (up/down) used to dim AVX562 panel display and for navigation
SCAN keys used to browse
AVAtrix inputs or navigation
A
D
G
J
B
E
H
K
C
F
I
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Appendix A: Troubleshooting
Symptom
Causes and Solutions
Flashing POWER
LED on Expander
• Improperly terminated Cat 5 cables – Use professional cable tester and re-apply cable ends
• Bad power supply – Install new supply
• Damaged Cat 5 receiver – Disonnect all Cat 5 cables and observe POWER LED
• Bent pins on internal bus cable connector – Call Audio Authority for assistance
No video or IR
control after
adding expanders
• Incompatible firmware versions – Upgrade to latest firmware (see www.audioauthority.com)
• Improperly seated internal bus cable – Check connection
No video or audio
• Improperly terminated Cat 5 cables – Use professional cable tester and re-apply cable ends
• Improperly seated internal bus cable – Check connections
• Damaged Cat 5 port on AVAtrix – Try Cat 5 cables on a different port
• Damaged Cat 5 receiver – swap with known good receiver
1176 or 1172
Expanders not
recognized
• Improperly seated internal bus cable – Check connections
• Incompatible firmware versions – Upgrade to latest firmware (see www.audioauthority.com)
• Incorrect address setting – Set correct expander address (see page 8 or see 1172 manual)
• Damaged Address Dial – Use Expander Diagnostic (see Appendix C) to check settings and
functionality
IR does not
function properly
• IR interference such as LCD/Plasma screen, fluorescent lights, space heater, sunlight
• Eliminate sources of IR interference and use Plasma-proof and/or LCD-proof IR receivers
• Experiment with relocating the IR receiver
• Check for IR interference using the IR diagnostics
• Incompatible IR receivers – use only 12 volt, three-wire receivers (see page 14)
• Improperly terminated Cat 5 cables – Use professional cable tester and re-apply cable ends
• Improperly seated internal bus cable – Check bus cable connections
Note: 1105 and 1105BK IR commands sent from wallplate/receiver IR ports are not passed to any
of the AVAtrix IR Output jacks.
Does not respond
to a learned IR
command
• Wrong IR code learned or IR remote cannot be learned
• Note: AVAtrix “learned commands” do not work with wallplate/receiver zones
Does not respond
to RS-232
• AVAtrix commands not stored in remote control system (see Appendix D)
• Wrong type of RS-232 cable
• Incorrect settings in software
Does not repeat
commands from a
certain IR remote
• Some IR remotes cannot be processed by the AVAtrix
• IR output not properly connected to external IR system – call Audio Authority Technical Support
Appendix B: Upgrading the AVAtrix Operating System Firmware
The latest version is available to download to your PC from www.audioauthority.com/page/software.
1. Place the AVAtrix flash card containing the latest operating system data into the AVAtrix card slot.
2. Press the knob and touch MENU. The setup menu appears. Scroll and choose “Save/Load File”.
3. Scroll and choose “Upgrade Operating System.” The upgrade screen appears.
4. Touch, in order, 2-3-6 then “Load” (or 1).
5. Scroll and select the latest operating system (e.g. May 27th, 2008).
After you select the version you want the screen displays “Downloading...” This step takes from one to several
minutes. After the screen displays “Completed” the AVAtrix reboots several times.
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Appendix C: How to Use Diagnostic Modes
To access diagnostic modes, enter Setup Menu (press the knob and touch MENU) and select DIAGNOSTICS at
the bottom of the menu.
Expander Address Diagnostic
This diagnostic can be used to determine whether all of your AVAtrix expanders are set to the correct address.
Enter this diagnostic mode and then turn the address dial on the rear of each expander until the “X” on the screen
is under the correct address. The AVX-562 has an 1176 inside the chassis that is addressed “A”. If A does not appear on the diagnostic screen, the internal bus cable may be loose. The Model 1170 does not have an address or
address dial.
Firmware Version Diagnostic
This diagnostic shows what firmware version resides in each expander in the AVAtrix network, as well as what firmware upgrade versions may be stored on the flash card in the AVAtrix card slot. This informaiton helps to determine
if the AVAtrix needs a firmware upgrade or if all processors in the system have been successfully upgraded.
Local IR Diagnostic
This diagnostic shows the raw on/off times of the encoded IR signals coming from any remote (other than the
1105) pointed at the front panel IR window of the AVAtrix. This diagnostic shows the “bit times” only and does
not show carrier frequency information. The first command in the test may result in zeros, so press the button
twice to get a useful readout.
Zone IR Diagnostic
This diagnostic shows the raw on/off times of the encoded IR signals coming from any Cat 5 wallplate/receiver. It
shows the “bit times” as well as the period of the IR carrier. Dividing one (1) by the number of microseconds shown
on the screen results in the detected carrier frequency (see example below). This diagnostic is very helpful for
troubleshooting IR response issues in an AVAtrix system.
“Waiting for I/R data from wallplate” appears on the entry screen of this diagnostic. Watch this screen to indicate IR
interference from a Plasma TV or other ambient conditions. Do not press any buttons on IR remote controls during
the test. If any other message appears during the test, IR interference is present. Go to a wallplate/receiver location and press a button on a source unit IR remote (not the the 1105BK). The first command in the test may result in
zeros, so press the button twice to get a useful readout.
The AVAtrix screen shows details similar to the
example above. The top line shows the zone from
which the command originated and the period of the
IR carrier. To determine the detected carrier frequency, divide the number on the screen by 1,000,000.
Then divide one (1) by the resulting number.
In this example, the command came from port two on 1176 “A”. The period of the carrier is 26 microseconds. Divide
26 by 1,000,000 to get .000026. Then divide one (1) by .000026 to get a carrier frequency of 38.461kHz. Each
decimal number is a “burst pair” in the IR data train. The first signal in this remote command turns the carrier on for
3.460 milliseconds and off for 1.740 milliseconds. The second command was on for 400 microseconds and off for
460 microseconds. Use this information to see what data the remote is sending out and if it looks correct. Zeros, or
numbers that don’t show any perceptible pattern may indicate interference.
Source and Control Restrictions Diagnostic
All restrictions can be monitored and temporarily suspended from this screen. The initial screen shows the
sources that currently have permanent restrictions (R) and View-lock or IR-lock restrictions with time remaining. Touch PAGE to see details on each source’s restriction status at each zone. Touch ALLOW ALL to
temporarily suspend all restrictions for troubleshooting purposes. Restrictions are restored upon exit of this
diagnostic.
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Appendix D: RS-232 Serial Protocols
Model AVX-562, and 1176 expanders can be controlled via RS-232 from a PC or dedicated controller. Two different RS-232 serial protocols are available; the Abbreviated Command Set is simple, and one-way, and the
Extended Command Set has more commands and reports all system changes through the serial port, regardless of the origin of the command. Use commands from either or both protocols.
Specifications
The RS-232 control port on the AVAtrix is fixed at 9600 baud. There
is no provision for flow control (XON/XOFF, DTR, etc.). On power
up, the AVAtrix echoes any received character, but that echo function
may be turned off as described at the end of this section to prevent
corruption of replies.
Column
Zone “A4”
1
2
Row letter
(address)
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
6
(A)
AVX-562 Row
Transfer Rate
9600 bps
Data Bits
8
Stop Bits
1
Parity
None
Flow Control or
Data Flow
None
Character type
ASCII
Interface connector
DB-9
Electrical rating
Pins 2 and 3, ±15 VDC
Pin out
Pin 2, Tx
B
1176 Row
Pin 3, Rx
C
1176 Row
Pin 5, Ground
Shell, Ground
Null modem cable
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About Address Terminology
A “row” or row letter refers to a six-output array, either the internal Cat 5 outputs on the AVX-562 or an 1176
expander. The AVX-562 row is always addressed “A” and other 1176 expanders should be addressed in order
as shown above. “Column” refers to the zone number as labeled on the AVAtrix or 1176 expander.
General Commands (Abbreviated)
These commands can be used at any time during
operation of the AVAtrix to change the state of selected
settings. NOTE: Alpha characters are not case-sensitive. ASCII codes not specified are ignored (i.e. control
codes, unused alphanumeric characters, etc.).
Command
Description
P
Select Professional screen
R
Select Residential screen
V-
Unlock front panel controls
V+
Lock front panel controls
W-
Unlock front panel optical IR receiver
W+
Lockout front panel optical IR receiver
Y-
Disable display blanking
Y+
Enable display blanking
Source Selection Commands (Abbreviated)
Assign or change input sources to the AVAtrix main (local) output, any individual Cat 5 zone output, zone
groups, or all zones. In the “Command” column below, actual commands are shown in upper case, and variables are represented by lower case bold characters (commands are not case-sensitive).
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Command
Name
Description
Zwxy
Select Zone
Assign Source y to an individual zone wx
Gzy
Select Group
Assign Source y to all zones in a group z
Xy
Select All
Assign Source y to all zones
My
Select Main
Assign Source y to the AVAtrix local (main) output
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Variables
w = Row A-L (AVX-562 Cat 5 array or 1176)
x = Column 1-6 (output number)
y = Source 1-6
g = Group 1-6
Abbreviated Command Examples
The general format of commands is as follows:
Definition of output(s) to be acted upon (Zone, Group, Main, All
Address letter of output (row), when selecting Cat 5 output
Cat 5 output port number (column), when selecting Cat 5 outputs
Source number to be routed to the output(s)
ZC23
Example 1. To route source input 3 to the main AVAtrix output, send the following command:
M3
(The AVAtrix selects source 3 to its main output)
Example 2. To change the source assigned to an individual zone, enter “Z” followed by the letter of the row,
followed by the number of the column (zone number) from 1 to 6, followed by the number of the source input
from 1 to 6. To assign source input 5 to the 2nd Cat 5 zone on the “C” row (second 1176 expander), send the
code:
ZC25
(Source 5 is selected to zone C2)
Example 3. To assign the same input source to all the zones, send the following command:
X4
(All Cat 5 zones output source 4)
Example 4. To change the source to an entire zone group, enter “Z” followed by the group number, followed
by the desired source input number. To assign source 3 to group 2, enter the code:
G23
(All zones in group 2 play Source 3)
NOTE: If zone groups have not been assigned, no action results from this command.
Query Commands and Responses
Retrieve the status of any part of the AVAtrix system using the query commands. A query command sent by
the controller will elicit a response according to the following table.
Command
Name
Response
?P or ?R
Screen Mode
P if display is in professional screen
R if display is in residential screen
S if display is in any other screen (e.g. Setup)
?V
Panel Controls
– if panel controls are unlocked
+ if panel controls are locked
?W
Panel IR Receiver
– if IR receiver is unlocked
+ if IR receiver is locked out
?M
Main Output
Number of selected source
?Zwx
Cat 5 Output
Number of source selected by wallplate/receiver wx
Variables
w = Row A-L (AVX-562 Cat 5 array or 1176)
x = Column 1-6 (output number)
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Extended Command Set
All valid commands receive a response, and all changes in the AVAtrix system are reported. In the “Command” column on the next page, actual commands are shown in upper case, and variables are represented
by lower case bold characters (commands are not case-sensitive).
Command Definitions (Extended)
Command: String received by the AVAtrix from the controlling hardware. Commands are not case sensitive
and should be 8-bit with No parity. The only characters recognized are: letters (a-z and A-Z), numbers (0-9),
brackets ([ and ]), signs (+ and -), and the question mark (?) . All other characters, including spaces and commas, are optional and may be either included for clarity or omitted entirely.
Response: String transmitted by the AVAtrix to the controlling hardware. Responses are 8-bit with no parity.
Responses are transmitted as noted below, and always have a C/R L/F sequence (0x0d, 0x0a) after each
line.
Query: A special command that requests the current status of one or more connections or settings, but does
not change any operation within the AVAtrix. A query must always contain the ? question mark character.
Parameters: Values contained within commands and responses which identify groups, sources, zones, and
router devices.
j: group in range {1-6}
m: source in range {1-6}
n: zone in range {1-6}
x: A/V router device in range {A-L}
In this document, braces { and } are used to signify ONE of the enclosed characters. For example, {L,U}
would mean either of the two characters L or U .
General Commands (Extended)
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Command:
Response:
Description:
[C,M,Im]
(M,Im)
Connect main output to source m
[C,Rx,On,Im]
(Rx,On,Im)
Connect zone n of A/V router x to source m
[C,X,Im]
(X,Im)
Connect all zones on all A/V routers to source m
[C,Gj,Im]
(Gj,Im)
Connect all outputs in group j to source m
[L,P]
(P,L)
Lock out front panel controls
[U,P]
(P,U)
Unlock front panel controls
[L,I]
(I,L)
Lock out internal I/R receiver
[U,I]
(I,U)
Unlock internal I/R receiver
[+,B]
(B,+)
Turn on display blanking after 45 seconds of inactivity
[-,B]
(B,-)
Turn off display blanking
[+,P]
(P,+)
Select Professional Screen
[-,P]
(P,-)
Select Residential Screen
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Query Commands (Extended)
Query:
Response:
Description:
[?,C,Rx,On]
(Rx,On,Im)
Query unit connection
[?,C,M]
(M,Im)
Query main connection
[?,C,X]
see below
Query all connections
[?,{L,U},P]
(P,{L,U})
Query status of panel lockout
[?,{L,U},I]
(I,{L,U})
Query status of internal I/R lockout
[?,{L,U},A]
(A,{L,U})
Query status of AutoSelect lockout
[?,{+,-},B]
(B,{+,-})
Query status of Display blanking
[?,{+,-},P]
(P,{+,-})
Query status of Display Screen
[?,{+,-},A]
(A,{+,-})
Query status of AutoSelect function
Any command not in the Exended Command Set which begins with a left bracket [ and ends with a right
bracket ] is an invalid command and the AVAtrix responds with the string (ERROR).
Response to [?,C,X] :
(RA,O1,Im)(RA,O2,Im)(RA,O3,Im)(RA,O4,Im)(RA,O5,Im)(RA,O6,Im)
(RB,O1,Im)(RB,O2,Im)(RB,O3,Im)(RB,O4,Im)(RB,O5,Im)(RB,O6,Im)
… through all devices …
(M,Im)
Power Up, Extended Commands and Their Effect on Echo Function
On power up, the AVAtrix sends the string (RESET). The AVAtrix also echoes any data received on the RS232 port. If any valid normal command is received (beginning and ending with brackets [ and ] ), the AVAtrix
ceases echoing characters to prevent these echoed characters from corrupting responses. The echo function
remains off until the AVAtrix is reset, either by interrupting power or by double-pressing the front panel button.
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