Ada Suite 7.1 HD Installation manual

Suite 7.1 Installation Manual
Suite 7.1
Surround Sound Preamplifier
Installation Manual
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Table of Contents
Welcome and Thank You for Selecting ADA .................................................................4
Keeping Records for Future Reference ........................................................................4
Unpacking and Inspecting the Suite 7.1 .......................................................................5
Placement Guidelines for Your Suite 7.1 ......................................................................5
Input Connections to the Suite 7.1 ................................................................................7
Analog Audio Input Connections ..................................................................................7
NTSC Composite Video Input Connections .................................................................7
S-Video Input Connections ..........................................................................................7
Component Video Input Connections ...........................................................................8
Digital Audio Input Connections ...................................................................................8
Multi-pin 8 Channel Input Connection ..........................................................................9
Output Connections to the Suite 7.1 .............................................................................9
Analog Audio Output Connections to Power Amplifiers ...............................................9
Composite Video Output Connections .........................................................................10
S-Video Output Connections ........................................................................................10
Component Video Output Connections ........................................................................11
Control Connections to the Suite 7.1 ............................................................................11
ADA Bus® Connection .................................................................................................10
Low Voltage DC Triggers ..............................................................................................10
Operating and Controlling the ADA Suite 7.1 ...............................................................11
Placement of Your Home Theater Speakers .................................................................13
RC-40 Remote Control .................................................................................................19
Setting Up the Suite 7.1 ................................................................................................22
Default Settings for Out of the Box Operation ...............................................................19
Customizing the Inputs .................................................................................................20
Setting up the Suite 7.1 with Front Panel Controls and Display ....................................22
Setting Tone, Balance, and Volume Presets Levels .....................................................22
Pro Setup Overview .....................................................................................................25
Pro Setup Level One: Input labeling and Input Assignment ..........................................25
Pro Setup Level Two: Bass Management Setup ...........................................................28
Pro Setup Level Three: Calibrating Channel Levels .....................................................30
Pro Setup Level Four: Bass Limiter ..............................................................................31
Pro Setup Menu Level Five - Calibrating Channel Delay Times ..................................31
Setup Menu Level Six – ADA Bus Menu Settings ........................................................32
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Pro Setup Menu Level Seven – THX Menu Settings ....................................................33
Setup Menu Level Eight – Turn On Menu and Default Surround Modes .......................34
Pro Setup Menu Level Nine – Pro Logic II Enhancements ...........................................35
Pro Setup Menu Level Ten– Stereo Enhancements .....................................................39
Pro Setup Menu Level Eleven– Mono Enhancements .................................................40
Pro Setup Menu Level Twelve– Solo Test Mode ...........................................................40
Maintaining Your ADA Suite 7.1 ...................................................................................41
Call Us if You Need Help ..............................................................................................41
Warranty and Returning the Suite 7.1 for Factory repair ...............................................41
Appendix A: ..................................................................................................................42
Multichannel and Two Channel Decoding Modes and Enhancements ........................42
Multichannel Encoding Overview .................................................................................42
Suite 7.1 Multichannel Decoding Modes ......................................................................43
Two Channel Audio Sources Overview ........................................................................48
Suite 7.1 Two Channel Decoding Modes .....................................................................48
Cinema Reference Mach II PC Program ......................................................................51
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Welcome and Thank You for Selecting ADA
The ADA Suite 7.1 is a high performance fully featured audio video processor designed specifically for
use in multiroom applications and installations where space is at a premium. Hand crafted in the
United States to the strict quality and performance standards established by Audio Design Associates,
the Suite 7.1 performs at the same precision and quality level as the Suite 7.1.
At ADA, we have been designing and building high-performance audio components for use in custom
installation applications for over twenty-five years. We’re proud to offer this exceptional audio component
that will provide many years of enjoyment and dependability.
The ADA Suite 7.1 is extremely versatile and can be configured in many different ways. It can also be
controlled with either ADA keypads control components and PC based control systems from other
companies. We strongly encourage you to read this entire manual to learn all of its advanced features
and capabilities and how to properly connect it to your specific system.
Keeping Records for Future Reference
Record the serial number located on the back of your preamplifier in the section below. Also note your
dealer’s name, phone number, and date of purchase. We recommend that you keep your purchase
receipt with this manual you may need to refer to this information in the future.
Serial #: ____________________________ ADA Dealer: ___________________________
Staple PurchaseReceipt Here
Phone Number______________________ Date of Purchase: ________________________
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Unpacking and Inspecting the Suite 7.1
Unpack your Suite 7.1 from the shipping carton and remove the enclosed AC power cord. While you
are unpacking the preamplifier, inspect it thoroughly for possible shipping damage. If you see any,
contact ADA for further instructions. If possible, save and store both the carton and the packing
inserts for possible future transport.
Placement Guidelines for Your Suite 7.1
The sleek one rack space (1 U) chassis design of the Suite 7.1 is designed to fit into tight spaces where
space and weight is often a concern such as boats and recreational vehicles. However, the compact
design of the Suite 7.1 makes it possible to install several units into the same equipment rack without
taking up a lot of space. Following are some simple guidelines to follow when installing the Suite 7.1
into your system:
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Do not obstruct the cooling fan or any of the vent openings.
Do not block the front of the Suite 7.1 behind closed cabinet doors during use.
Do not stack other components on top of the Suite 7.1.
Rack Mounting Your ADA Suite 7.1
When mounted in a in a standard 19" equipment rack, the Suite 7.1 chassis and front panel height
occupies three rack spaces (1 ¾” or 44.45 mm). A single standard rack space allows 1 3/4" vertical
inches in a 19-inch wide equipment rack. This measurement standard was developed by the EIA
(Electronic Industries Association) so manufacturers of electronic components and equipment racks
could build products in standardized heights that would fit in a uniform space.
The light weight of the Suite 7.1 makes it easily hold it in place while you screw it into the rack. We
recommend using nylon shoulder washers in front and behind the faceplate to help the unit from
being scratched and to also prevent ground loops.
Please call us at ADA if you need additional advice about the placement or mounting of the Suite 7.1.
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Input Connections to the Suite 7.1
Refer to Drawing on Page 6
Analog Audio Input Connections
There are four pairs of analog audio inputs on the Suite 7.1. These inputs are used for analog sources
such as CD players, VCRs, and cassette decks. You can also use these inputs for the analog output of
your DVD players and DSS receivers even if you have connected the digital audio output of these
components.
Required Input Cables
You will need one shielded interconnect cable terminated with RCA plugs on each for each of the
analog inputs you will be using.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Do not use “directional cables” when connecting components to the Suite 7.1.
These cables often leave the shield disconnected at one end, which can cause ground loops and
subsequent 60 Hz hum. Directional cables are usually labeled with arrows along the insulation to
identify which end to connect to the source.
Connecting the Analog Audio Cable for Each Analog Source Component
1. Plug one end of an interconnect cable into the white left output jack of your analog source
component.
2. Plug the other end of this cable into the white Left (L) input jack on the desired input of the Suite
7.1.
3. Plug one end of an interconnect cable into red right output jack of your analog source component.
4. Plug the other end of this cable into the red right (R) input jack on the desired input of the Suite
7.1.
5. Repeat steps 1-4 for each remaining analog audio component you will be connecting.
NTSC Composite Video Input Connections
There are four separate NTSC composite video inputs on the Suite 7.1. These RCA input jacks are
used for components with composite video outputs such as DVD players, VCRs, and DSS receivers.
Required Input Cables
You will need a RG-6 or other 75 Ω video cable terminated with RCA jacks for each of the four
composite video inputs.
Connecting the Composite Video Input Cable for Each Video Component
1. Plug one end of a video cable into the composite video output jack of your video component.
2. Plug the other end of this cable into the V1 composite video input of the Suite 7.1.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 for each remaining video component you will be connecting.
S-Video Input Connections
There are four separate S-Video inputs on the Suite 7.1. These 5-pin DIN input jacks are used for
components with composite video outputs such as DVD players, VCRs, and DSS receivers.
Required Input Cables
You will need a S-Video cable terminated with 5-pin DIN connectors at each end.
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Connecting the S-Video Input for Each Video Component
1. Plug one end of a S-video cable into the S- Video output jack of your video component.
2. Plug the other end of this cable into the V1 S-Video input of the Suite 7.1.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 for each remaining video component you will be connecting.
Component Video Input Connections
There are two separate component video inputs on the Suite 7.1. These input are used for video sources
with component video outputs such as DVD players, VCRs, and DSS receivers.
Required Input Cables
For each of the two component video inputs on the Suite 7.1, there are separate conductors for Y, Pb
and Pr. Therefore; you will need three RG-6 or other 75 Ω video cable terminated with RCA jacks for
each of the component video inputs. Each of the three cables there should be color coded for easier
identification.
Connecting the Video Cables for Each Video Component
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Plug one end of the component video cable into the RCA jack labeled Y on your video component.
Plug the other end of this cable into the RCA Jack labeled 1Y on the Suite 7.1
Plug one end of the component video cable into the RCA jack labeled Pb on your video component.
Plug the other end of this cable into the RCA Jack labeled 1Pb on the Suite 7.1.
Plug one end of the component video cable into the RCA jack labeled Pr on your video component.
Plug the other end of this cable into the RCA Jack labeled 1Pr on the Suite 7.1.
Repeat steps 1-6 for the remaining video component you will be connecting.
Digital Audio Input Connections
The Suite 7.1 has two optical digital inputs and two coaxial digital inputs. These inputs are commonly
used to connect the digital output of your DVD player, DSS receiver, or your CD player or changer.
During setup, you can assign each digital input to follow the video and analog audio signal whenever
you change a source.
Required Input Cables
You will need 75 Ω digital cable terminated with RCA jacks for each of the two coaxial digital inputs
and a standard TOSlink cable for each of the two optical digital inputs.
Connecting the Coaxial Digital Cables for Each Digital Audio Component
1. Plug one end of the 75 Ω coaxial cable into the coaxial output jack of your digital audio component.
2. Plug the other end of this cable into the first (D1) digital input of the Suite 7.1.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 for the remaining digital component with a coaxial digital output.
Connecting the Optical Digital Cables for Each Digital Audio Component
1. Plug one end of the optical cable into the optical output jack of your digital audio component.
2. Plug the other end of this optical cable into the first optical (OPTI 1) digital input of the Suite 7.1.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 for the remaining digital component with optical inputs.
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Multi-pin 8 Channel Input Connection
The Suite 7.1 comes equipped with a multi-pin connector that accepts the output of a multi-channel
source component. DVD players that are capable of decoding high resolution MPL DVD Audio or
SACD can take advantage of the Suite 7.1’s multi-pin connector. The multi-channel connector follows
the industry listed in the chart below.
Required Input Cables
Depending on the multi-channel source component, you will need a multiple connector male RCA to
DB-25 or male to female DB-25 cable. Both of these cables are readily available from several cable
manufacturers. Contact ADA if you need assistance in locating an appropriate cable for the eight
channel multi-pin connector.
Connecting the Multi-pin Input Cable for a Multichannel Component
1. Plug one end of the multi-pin cable into the multi-channel component equipped with either a
DB-25 termination, RCA plug, or other connector. Be sure to follow the correct channel
identification based upon the chart below.
2. Plug the other end of this cable into the female DB-25 connector on the Suite 7.1.
Output Connections to the Suite 7.1
Refer to Drawing on Page 6
Analog Audio Output Connections to Power Amplifiers
The Suite 7.1 is fully capable of decoding up to eight discrete channels of information. To fully take
advantage of the Suite 7.1’s decoding capabilities, you will need eight channels of amplification available
from ADA amplifiers such as the PTM-8150 or the PTM-8125. Of course, you can use four twochannel amplifiers or other combinations tailored for each specific system. The analog output jacks are
identified on the rear of the Suite 7.1 by their reversed black background.
Required Input Cables
You will need one shielded interconnect cable terminated with RCA plugs on each for each of the
eight channels you will be using. While you will achieve best results by using all channels of the Suite
7.1, you can design systems using fewer channels if you wish. We recommend that you mark each of
the output cables to make it easier to identify each channel in case troubleshooting is necessary. If you
are using the ADA PTM-8150 with a display, we recommend the following configuration for an
optimum graphical representation.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Do not use “directional cables” when connecting components to the Suite 7.1.
These cables often leave the shield disconnected at one end, which can cause ground loops and
subsequent 60 Hz hum. Directional cables are usually labeled with arrows along the insulation to
identify which end to connect to the source.
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Connecting the Audio Cables from the Suite 7.1 to each Amplifier Channel
1. Plug an interconnect cable from the left (L) output jack of the Suite 7.1 into channel 3 of the
PTM-8150. When using a different amplifier, use its optimum channel.
2. Plug an interconnect cable from the center (C) output jack of the Suite 7.1 into channel 4 of the
PTM-8150. When using a different amplifier, use its optimum channel.
3. Plug an interconnect cable from the right (R) output jack of the Suite 7.1 into channel 5 of the
PTM-8150. When using a different amplifier, use its optimum channel.
4. Plug an interconnect cable from the left surround (LS) output jack of the Suite 7.1 into channel 2
of the PTM-8150. When using a different amplifier, use its optimum channel.
5. Plug an interconnect cable from the right surround (RS) output jack of the Suite 7.1 into channel
6 of the PTM-8150. When using a different amplifier, use its optimum channel.
6. Plug an interconnect cable from the surround back left (SBL) output jack of the Suite 7.1 into
channel 1 of the PTM-8150. When using a different amplifier, use its optimum channel.
7. Plug an interconnect cable from the surround back right (SBR) output jack of the Suite 7.1 into
channel 5 of the PTM-8150. When using a different amplifier, use its optimum channel.
8. Plug an interconnect cable from the subwoofer (SUB) output jack of the Suite 7.1 into channel 8
of the PTM-8150. If you are using a powered subwoofer connect the subwoofer out to its input.
Composite Video Output Connections
There are two NTSC composite video output connections on the Suite 7.1. These RCA output jacks
are used to connect to the video monitors. The composite video output jacks are identified on the rear
of the Suite 7.1 by their reversed black background.
Required Input Cables
You will need a RG-6 or other 75 Ω video cable terminated with RCA jacks for each of the composite
video outputs.
Connecting the Composite Video Output of the Suite 7.1 to the Input of the Television Monitor
1. Plug one end of a video cable into the composite video output 1 of the Suite 7.1.
2. Plug the other end of this cable into the NTSC composite video input of your monitor.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 for additional NTSC monitors.
S-Video Output Connections
There are two S-Video output connections on the Suite 7.1. These output jacks are used to connect to
the video monitors with S-Video inputs. The S-Video output jacks are identified on the rear of the
Suite 7.1 by their reversed black background.
Required Cables
You will need a S-Video cable terminated with 5-pin DIN connectors at each end for each monitor
input you will be using.
Connecting the S-Video Output to the S-Video Monitor
1. Plug one end of an S-Video cable into either S-Video output of the Suite 7.1.
2. Plug the other end of this cable into the NTSC composite video input of your monitor.
3. Repeat steps 1-2 for an additional monitor.
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Component Video Output Connections
There is a single component video output connections on the Suite 7.1. These output jacks are used to
connect to the video monitors with component video inputs. The component video output jacks are
identified on the rear of the Suite 7.1 by the reversed black background.
Required Cables
For the component video output on the Suite 7.1, there are separate conductors for Y, Pb and Pr.
Therefore; you will need three RG-6 or other 75 Ω video cable terminated with RCA jacks for the
component video output. Each of the three cables there should be color coded for easier identification.
Connecting the Video Cables for Each Video Component
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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Plug one end of the component video cable into the RCA jack labeled Y on the Suite 7.1.
Plug the other end of this cable into the RCA jack labeled Y on the video component.
Plug one end of the component video cable into the RCA jack labeled Pb on the Suite 7.1.
Plug the other end of this cable into the RCA jack labeled Pb on the video component.
Plug one end of the component video cable into the RCA jack labeled Pr on the Suite 7.1.
Plug the other end of this cable into the RCA jack labeled Pr on the video component.
Control Connections to the Suite 7.1
Refer to Drawing on Page 6
ADA Bus® Connection
The innovative ADA Bus® allows the Suite 7.1 to be fully controlled via serial communication providing
control and feedback of all commands can be setup and controlled from its custom PC software setup
and test program. This makes the Suite 7.1 perfect for integration with advanced multiroom systems
such as the ADA Suite 16 and control with ADA’s keypads. It also makes it possible to seamlessly
integrate the Suite 7.1 with third party computer based control systems such as AMX, Vantage, or
Crestron. Refer to the supporting documentation of the other ADA components connected the ADA
for detailed information about how to integrate them into your system.
Required Cable and Connection
The ADA Bus in the Suite 7.1 is connected via the four-pin screw terminal labeled ADA Bus on the
rear panel that corresponds to the connection standard listed below. Three conductor 18 AWG shielded
wire is utilized to make all ADA bus connections. The relatively thick ADA bus wire used makes it
possible to connect multiple ADA components on as single bus over very long wire runs.
Pin 1=Ground
Pin 2=Feedback Terminal (TX)
Pin 3=Control Terminal (RX)Pin 4= +15-24 Vdc supply voltage.
Connecting the ADA bus to any control system requires the addition of the ADA ISO-232 serial
communication isolation box. The ISO-232 not only permits trouble free two-way RS-232
communication, but it also provides the necessary isolation and prevents ground loops in the control
system from generating noise in the Suite 7.1’s audio circuitry.
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Low Voltage DC Triggers
The Suite 7.1 has four separate low voltage trigger outputs that can be used to independently trigger
other components such as power amplifiers, video projectors, or AC controllers. Each of these triggers
can be individually activated depending on how it is programmed during setup. Each of the four triggers
provide 12 Vdc at 100 mA per trigger.
Required Cable and Connection
You can use any common two-conductor 18-22 AWG “zip cord” or hook up wire or to connect the
DC triggers to the Suite 7.1. For each of the four triggers, connect a wire between ground (pin 1) and
each of the four trigger terminals (2, 3, and 4). Depending on the component or device you are triggering,
you will need to terminate the other end to accommodate it.
1. Connect one lead of the two-conductor wire into terminal 1 of the Suite 7.1’s DC trigger connector.
2. Connect the other lead of the two-conductor wire into terminal 2 of the Suite 7.1’s DC trigger
connector.
3. Connect the other end of the lead connected to terminal 1 to the negative DC terminal of the
component to be triggered.
4. Connect the other end of the lead connected to terminal 2 to the positive DC terminal of the
component to be triggered.
5. Repeat Steps 1-4 for each additional DC trigger connection.
Important Advisory Disabling the Internal BRT-1 for Multiple Suite 7.1s
The Suite 7.1 comes equipped with an internal baud rate translator. This allows it to be easily controlled
at 1200 baud with an infrared remote control or at 19200 baud on the ADA bus in a Suite 16 or other
ADA multiroom system. To insure proper operation of the ADA bus, there can only be one BRT-1 in
the system. If you are using multiple Suite 7.1s, you will need to disable the BRT-1s in all but one Suite
7.1. If you have installed a separates BRT-1 on the system, be sure to remove it when you install a Suite
7.1. Note: Since the base version of the Suite 7.1 has no front panel display or controls, it does not have
a BRT-1, so the above advisory does not apply.
To disable the internal BRT-1 when using multiple Suite 7.1s on a single ADA bus
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Remove the power to the Suite 7.1
Remove the top cover panel screws on the Suite 7.1
Locate the internal BRT-1 near the rear left corner of the Suite 7.1
Disconnect the orange 8-pin AMP connector that connects the BRT-1 to the main PCB of the
Suite 7.1.
5. Replace the top cover panel and screws.
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Placement of Your Home Theater Speakers
Proper speaker placement is essential for optimum performance of your home theater system. The
following are basic guidelines for speaker placement based upon idealized conditions. You may need to
make placement compromises to allow for room shape, furniture placement, windows, doorways, and
other considerations. The Suite 7.1 permits electronic compensation when asymmetrical speaker
placement is required.
Front Speakers
Try to locate your front left and right speakers an equal distance to the right and left of your monitor or
projection screen. Ideally, your listening position should be at one point of an equilateral triangle with
the left and right speakers at the other two points. To achieve what is commonly called the “sweet
spot,” your left and right speakers might sound better facing forward or slightly toed-in, depending on
their dispersion characteristics, room reflections, and the number of people in the room.
Center Speaker
The center speaker’s main function is to reproduce most of the cinema dialog and blend the sonic
image from your speakers with the visual image on the screen. It is best to place your center speaker
directly above or below the monitor, as close to the same height as the left and right speakers as
possible. Be sure your center speaker is shielded to prevent discoloration of the picture tube. If you have
a projection screen that is perforated to allow sound to pass through, you should locate the center
speaker behind the screen at the same vertical plane as the left and right speakers. The distance from
your preferred listening position to the center channel speaker should be the same as the distance from
your listening position to the left and right speakers. You can accomplish this by measuring the distance
to a left or right speaker and locating the center speaker as far behind the plane of the left and right
speakers as required to be the same distance. If you can’t move your center channel behind the plane of
the left and right speakers, you can compensate for its shorter distance electronically during setup. The
purpose of physical placement or electronic adjustment assures the sound from all three front speakers
will arrive at your listening position at the same time.
Conventional Surround Speakers
Surround speaker placement is a little more flexible than the front speakers are. Although 5.1 channel
processing offers discrete surround channel information, movie soundtracks use the surround channels
more for creating an ambient effect than for defining precise sonic images. To avoid drawing your
attention from the action on the screen and enhance the blend of sound and picture, you should not be
able to localize the sound coming from your surround speakers except momentarily during certain
special effects. Therefore, you should try to avoid pointing the surround speakers directly toward your
listening position and place them behind you and above your ear level when you are seated. You should
be prepared to experiment with surround speaker placement for optimum results.
Dipole Surround Speakers
If you are using front and rear firing dipole surround speakers, locate them above and to the sides of
your listening area. This deliberately places you in the “null” of the dipole speakers to minimize localization
of the surround speakers. Refer to the owner’s manual of your speakers for further information in
locating dipole speakers.
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Surround Back Speakers
With the advent of Surround EX, you now have the ability to create an even more realistic soundstage
by adding one or two surround back speakers that should be located behind the listening position. As
with the surround speakers, the surround channels aren’t meant to be localized but to substantially add
to the envelopment of the surround sound experience. This additional channel can be either discrete or
matrixed depending on the source material. Although most media encoded in Surround EX or EX has
a single Surround Back channel, there is some material can be encoded with up to two discrete surround
back channels.
Subwoofer
Because of their long wavelengths, low bass frequencies are critically dependent on room placement to
avoid bass-robbing standing waves or null points. Sometimes moving a subwoofer a few inches makes
the difference between thin, weak bass and room shaking, foundation-rattling bass. One of the most
reliable methods to correctly position your subwoofer is to first hook it up and place it next to your
favorite listening position. While it is playing music or a movie with strong bass in it, slowly walk
around the various room locations where the sub could be located. You should be able to find a place
where you hear balanced bass without excessive boominess. Once you have found this optimum location,
simply move the subwoofer there. If you change your listening position, you should repeat this procedure.
If you are unable to place the sub where it sounds best, you might improve its sound by turning the
sub’s cabinet to one side or the other. The Suite 7.1 has two subwoofer outputs, in case you prefer two
smaller subs in place of one large sub, or if you have an insatiable (but certainly understandable) desire
for intense bass. However note that positioning two subs for ideal response is more challenging than
positioning one, because they will interact with each other as well as with your room.
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Operating and Controlling the ADA Suite 7.1
Overview
The ADA Suite 7.1 has a minimum of front panel controls. This is largely because in most systems the
unit will be operated by a central control system. Nevertheless, you can still completely setup, control,
and operate the Suite the 7.1 with the front panel controls.
Base Version of Suite 7.1
Base versions of the ADA suite 7.1 do not have front panel controls or FL status display. This base
version of the Suite 7.1 is designed for use in systems where it will be controlled by a separate computer
based system with a touch screen or similar user interface. Other than the lack of controls and display,
the version of the Suite 7.1 has all the same internal functions and high performance DSP, digital and
analog circuitry.
Front Panel Display
The 4 x 25 front panel display provides complete status of all functions of the Suite 7.1 including
volume level, mute, incoming bitstream, decoding mode, selected input, enhancement features, and
other information. The front panel display also is also instrumental in setting up the Suite 7.1 including
channel levels input labels, and volume, balance and tone presets. The front panel display will be
described in throughout this section of the manual in context with the operation being discussed.
Power/Standby Switch
The front panel ON/OFF switch acts as both the master power and standby switch for the Suite 7.1.
When this switch is in the down position, you cannot turn the unit on from any other method. If the
switch was in the OFF (down) position moving this switch to the ON position will turn the unit on
without the need for any other control. Otherwise, the switch acts as a standby switch where you can
turn the unit on and off via the volume control knob, IR or software. If the Suite 7.1 is out of standby
when power is removed accidentally or with an AC controller, it will turn back on to its previous input,
mode, and volume level when power is restored.
Display Switch
When the main Power/Standby switch is in the ON (up) position and the Suite 7.1 is in standby, the
front panel Display switch activates the green backlight behind the front panel display. When the
Suite 7.1 is operating normally, the Display switch dims the backlight by about 50%. If the main ON/
OFF switch is in the OFF (down) position, the Display switch has no effect until the unit is turned on.
Volume Knob Functions
The volume knob has other functions in addition to controlling the master volume level. Pressing the
knob can also engage muting and take the unit in and out of standby.
Turning the Unit on
When Main power switch is in the ON (up) position and the Suite 7.1 is in standby, turning or
pushing any knob other than the Volume knob will cause the Suite 7.1’s center LCD display to indicate:
PUSH VOLUME FOR POWER ON. To take the Suite 7.1 out of standby, press the Volume knob once.
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Mounting
Hole
Power
Switch
ON
DVD PLAYER 1
VOL -17.0
IDLE 0.0.0.0
DVD PLAYER 1
OUT IDLE 0.0.0.0
VOL -17.0
DNRM
0.0.0.0
OFF
SURROUND SOUND PREAMPLIFIER
Display
Power Switch
Mode
Input
Volume
Selector Selector Control
Front Panel Display
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Master volume
Active Input
Active mode
DVD PLAYER 1
VOL -17.0
DOLBY 3.2.1.1
DVD PLAYER 1
OUT DOLBY 3.2.1.1
DISCRETE
DNRM 0 dB
Incoming digital bitstream
Outgoing digital bitstream
Dialog normalization
Currently active recalls
Tone recall menu
Balance recall menu
Volume recall menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T / B /VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Master volume level
Recall setup menu access
Pro Setup menu access
Return to main display
Accessing the Pro Setu menu
Main front panel display
Pro Logic II Stereo/mono
Custom menu enhancement
menu access
Mode to be selectd
Master volume level
Active selected input
Processing mode
DISCRETE
VOL -17.0
DOLBY 3.2.1.1
DVD PLAYER 1
OUT DOLBY 2.2.1.1
DISCRETE
DNRM 0 dB
Input label, A/V menu
Incoming digital bitstream Bass management menu
Channel level menu
Outgoing digital bitstream
Speaker delay menu
Dialog normalization
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M>
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Select previous/ main display
Bass limiter/ADA bus menu
THX and turn on menu
Solo test access
Pro Setup menus showing the first letter
for each parameter that can be adjusted
Main front panel display
Muting the Output
Once the Suite 7.1 has been taken out of standby as described above, pressing the Volume knob once
will mute all channels of audio. When the output is muted, MUTE will appear in the display window. To
take the unit out of mute, simply rotate the Volume knob or press it again.
Turning the Unit Off
If the Suite is already muted, pressing the volume once again will turn the unit off. You can also hold
down the Volume knob for three seconds to put the Suite 7.1 into standby.
Input Knob Functions
The input knob on the Suite 7.1 allows you to select each input without having to access other inputs
along the way. This prevents noise associated with input selection switches and prevents surprise bursts
of sound from other active inputs. Normally, the currently active input appears in the third row of the
display. The chart on the following page shus the default settings for each input
Selecting an Input on the Suite 7.1
1.
2.
3.
4.
To select a different input from the front of the Suite 7.1, turn the Input knob in either direction.
As you rotate the knob, the top row will sequentially display each of the inputs.
Once you have reached the input you want, stop rotating the knob and press it to select the input.
The input that you have selected will then appear in the top and third rows of the display
simultaneously.
5. After about five seconds, the top row will go out and the new input will remain displayed on the
third line.
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Mode Knob Functions
The mode knob on the Suite 7.1 allows you to select each processing mode without having to scroll
through different modes during selection. This feature allows you to change the processing mode
directly from one to another, which makes is easier to compare modes “on the fly”.
Selecting a Processing Mode on the Suite 7.1
1.
2.
3.
4.
To select a new mode from the front of the Suite 7.1, turn the Mode knob in either direction.
As you rotate the knob, the top row will sequentially display each of the processing modes.
Once you have reached the mode you want, stop rotating the knob and press it to select the mode.
The mode that you have selected will then appear in the top and fourth row of the display
simultaneously.
5. After about five seconds, the top row will go out and the new input will remain displayed on the
fourth line.
Mode Selection
The Suite 7.1 is an auto detecting surround decoder. Whenever the internal DSP engine receives an
input digital bitstream, it will automatically detect the “flag” that determines how it was originally
encoded and engage the appropriate decoding mode. There are three primary types of bitstreams that
the Suite 7.1 is capable of decoding: Dolby Digital, DTS encoded signal, or PCM (Pulse Code
Modulation).
Dolby Digital and DTS are referred to as Cinema decoding modes, which differ significantly from 2
Channel modes. While there are twenty-seven options when playing a stereo signal, there are only
nine Cinema mode options when playing Dolby Digital or DTS encoded material.
Very simply, the Suite 7.1 can be decode two types of incoming signals: Multichannel bitstreams or
Two Channel signals that include PCM and analog signals. Depending on the mode you select, you
can playback the source material for optimum performance. Refer to the drawing that shows the incoming
bitstream and how the Suite 7.1 decodes it.
The Suite 7.1 gives you the ability to set default processing modes for both multichannel and twochannel information. Further, there is a second set of default modes called the “user” mode This advanced
feature provides automatic decoding of virtually any incoming signal regardless of how it was encoded.
To illustrate how combining bitstream auto detection and user modes can offer maximum flexibility
and performance, you could assign Input 1: DVD player with modes describedd below. IMPORTANT
NOTE: The secondary user modes are only assignable with the PC program. However, you can access
them with the RC-40 remote control once they have been assigned.
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Default Mode
Multichannel=Discrete+ES/EX
Two Channel=Pro Logic II Movie.
User Mode
Multichannel=Discrete+THX
Two Channel=DTS Neo 6+THX.
In this example, the DVD player connected to Input 1 would be primarily for movie playback. And the
theater has surround back speakers. Here is how it would decode depending on the incoming
multichannel bitstream.
Dolby Digital 5.1 encoded disc with a EX flag: The Suite 7.1 would play this material back through all 6.1
channels (L, C, R, LS, RS, SB, LFE) in Dolby Digital. With a simple press of the User Mode button,
you could add THX processing to this Dolby Digital signal.
DTS encoded disc with a ES flag: The Suite 7.1 would play this material back through all 6.1 channels
(L, C, R, LS, RS, SB, LFE) in DTS ES Discrete with all channels active. With a simple press of the
User Mode , you could add THX processing to this DTS signal. In a similar example, the same DVD
player connected to Input 1 would be primarily for movie playback. Here is how it would decode
depending on the incoming two-channel bitstream:
Dolby Pro Logic Encoded disc : The Suite 7.1 would play this material back in through the (L, C, R, LS,
RS, channels in Dolby Digital Pro Logic II, but the left and right surround channel would be in mono
and the surround back channel would be silent. With a simple press of the User Mode button, you
could add THX processing to this Dolby Digital Pro Logic II signal.
Generic Two Channel PCM Encoded Disc: The Suite 7.1 would play this material back in through the (L,
C, R, LS, RS, channels in DTS Neo 6, but the left and right surround channel would be in mono and
the surround back channel would be silent. With a simple press of the User Mode button, you could
add THX processing to this DTS Neo 6 signal.
Temporary Override of Default and User Modes
Even though you can set the default modes to decode based on the incoming signal, you can still
change modes “on the fly” on the front panel or remote control. However, if you turn off the unit or
change inputs, the default modes will be restored upon returning to the input.
Surround
channels
Back
channels
DOLBY 3.2.1.1
Front
channels
Master volume level
Active selected input
Processing mode
LFE
channel
DISCRETE+EX
VOL -17.0
DOLBY 3.2.1.1
DVD PLAYER 1
OUT DOLBY 3.2.1.1
DISCRETE+EX
DNRM 0 dB
Incoming and Outgoing bitstreams
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Incoming (encoded) digital bitstream
Outgoing (decoded) digital bitstream
Dialog normalization
Suite 7.1 Installation Manual
A complete discussion of the various multichannel and two channel modes and enhancements that
the Suite 7.1 is capable of decoding is discussed in Appendix A: Decoding modes and Enhancements.
Here is how the Suite 7.1 is set up out of the box for each of the twenty inputs: The default mode
setting for all inputs is the last used. This means that the input will always decode in the modethat was
last selected. There fore, we recommend that you set the mode defaults as described in the Setup Level
Eight-Turn On Menu and Default Surround modes.
RC-40 Remote Control
Your Suite 7.1 comes equipped with the RC-40 remote control. This remote control provides IR codes
for all of the basic functions of the Suite 7.1 including discrete on and off commands, mute, input
selection, and mode selection. There are also buttons to activate the various enhancement modes such
as THX, ES/EX, and Pro Logic II custom modes. You can also recall tone, balance, and volume presets
with the RC-40. The While the RC-40 is dedicated to operate the Suite 7.1 and other ADA Surround
controllers, it is not a intended to be a “universal” remote control that can capture codes from other
remote controls. We provide the RC-40 as a convenient way to send the IR codes to a touchscreen or
other more elaborate user controlled device.
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PL II
TONE 2
1 RECALL
VOL
QUAD
STEREO
MONO
BYPASS
ENHANCE
ENHANCE
MODE
1
RECALL
2
VOLUME
CUST 1
PL II
USER
MODE
MUTE
ON
UNMUTE
OFF
RC-40 Infrared Remote Control
Batteries in the RC 40
The RC-40 uses 2 AA batteries. Battery life for the remote is approximately six months with average
use. If components become unresponsive to commands from the remote, it usually means that the
batteries need replacing. We recommend that you make sure the batteries are fresh before send IR
codes from the RC-40 into a learning remote or other device. This assures reliable IR code transmission.
To Replace Batteries in the RC-40
1. Unscrew the four phillips screws that fasten the feet and bottom cover onto the RC-40.
2. Leave the surrounding frame and plastic lens in place.
3. Since the battery holder in the RC-40 holds the batteries firmly into place, use a small
screwdriver to carefully pry them out.
4. Replace the bottom plate making sure that the grooves line up with the surrounding outer frame.
5. Replace the four phillips screws that fasten the feet and bottom cover onto the RC-40.
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Setting Up the Suite 7.1
Suite 7.1 Base Unit
If you are installing the Suite 7.1 base unit without the front panel display and controls, you will need
to use the specially designed software application called the Cinema Reference Mach II POS II. (new
generic name?). Refer to the section in this manual that describes this program in detail. A 3.5” floppy
disk with this software application is included with your Suite 7.1.
Default Settings for Out of the Box Operation
The ADA Suite 7.1 is an incredibly flexible component that can accommodate a wide variety of audio
and video components. To speed up the setup process, you can use the default settings that are preset at
the factory. The table below lists the default configurations for each of the inputs. Of course, you can
customize the Suite 7.1 for your particular system, but the default settings give you a logical head start.
AUDIO
COMPOSITE S-VIDEO COMPONENT
INPUT
VIDEO INPUT INPUT
VIDEO INPUT
DVD PLAYER
DIGITAL 1
1
1
1
DSS
DIGITAL 2
2
2
2
DVR/PVR
DIGITAL 1
3
3
1
VCR
ANALOG 1
4
4
2
CABLE/TV
ANALOG 2
1
1
1
CD PLAYER
OPTICAL 2
1
1
1
TUNER
ANALOG 3
1
1
1
AUXILIARY
ANALOG 4
1
1
1
DVD AUDIO
MULTI-PIN
1
1
1
MULTI-ROOM OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
CAMCORDER OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
VIDEO GAME OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
COMPUTER
OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
LASERDISC
OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
LASER AC3
OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
PHONOGRPH OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
DSS RECORD OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
DVR RECORD OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
TV RECORD
OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
CD RECORD
OPTICAL 1
1
1
1
INPUT # INPUT LABEL
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
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LAST USED
LAST USED
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LAST USED
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LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
2 CHANNEL
DECODING
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
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LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
LAST USED
Customizing the Inputs
As described in the connection section, there are four audio, video, and digital inputs to the Suite 7.1.
However, there are up to twenty “virtual” inputs in the setup program. This allows you to customize
inputs for different applications. For example, you could use the same DVD player for two completely
different playback situations of movies and music. During setup, you can assign different video inputs,
digital inputs, and processing modes and enhancements to each of the “virtual inputs”. Here is an
example of this setup option:
DVD Movies:
Video Input Component 1 (routed to the main TV)
Digital Input Digital 1 (coax 1)
Mode
THX +ES/EX
DVD Music:
Video Input Composite (routed to a keypad, for example)
Digital Input Digital 1 (coax 1)
Mode
Pro Logic II Music with stereo enhancement
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TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
GROUP A STR 1 REC 1
L* R* C* LS RS SBL SBR SUB
TREB O db
TREB 12KhZ
BASS 0 db
BASS 120Hz
Accessing The Tone, Balance, And
Volume Store/Recall Menu
The Tone Store/Recall Menu With
Adjustable Parameters Highlighted
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing The Pro Setu Menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing The Pro Setu Menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing The Pro Setu Menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing the Pro Setu menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing The Pro Setu Menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing the Pro Setu menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing The Pro Setu Menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing The Pro Setu Menu
TR1 BR3 VR2
TONE RECALL 1
BAL RECALL 1
VOL RECALL 1
VOL -25.5
T/B/VOL SET
PRO SETUP
M>
Accessing The Pro Setu Menu
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing The Labels A/V Menu
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing the Bass Management menu
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing The Level Calibration Menu
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing The Delay Calibration Menu
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing The Bass Limiter Menu
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing the ADA Bus Menu
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing The Thx Menu
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing The Turn On Menu
LABELS A/V
SPEAKERS
LEVELS
DELAYS
PL EH <P M >
BASS ADABUS
THX TURN ON
SOLO TEST
Accessing The Solo Test Menu
BALANCE
STR 1 REC 1
L
0.0 C
0.00
R
0.00
LS 0.0 SB 0.00
RS 0.00
SBL
0.0
SBR 0.00
The Balance Store/Recall Menu With
Adjustable Parameters Highlighted
VR x
VOL - 20 db
VOLUME STORE 1
VOLUME RECALL 1
VOLUME MAX +31.5 db
<P M >
The Volume Store/Recall Menu With
Adjustable Parameters Highlighted
MAX INPUT 10
INPUT 1
LABEL DVD PLAYER 1
SAVE
AUDIO DIGITAL 1
LOAD ALL
<P M >
VIDEO C 1 S 1 CM 1
MAX INPUT 10
INPUT 1
LABEL DVD PLAYER 1
SAVE
AUDIO DIGITAL 1
LOAD ALL
<P M >
VIDEO C 1 S 1 CM 1
First Display In The Labels A/V Menu
Input A/V Menu Displaying The First
Letter For Changing Each Parameter
SPEAKERS
FRONT SMALL
CENTER SMALL
SUB ON
<P M >
SURR SMALL
SURR SMALL2
SUBXOVER 80HZ
First Display In The
Bass Management Menu
First Display In The Level
Calibration Menu
First Display In The Delay Menu
BASS LIMITER
SUBWOOFER NOISE OFF
LIMITER CEILING -20.0 DB
<P M >
IRR ON
>DEFAULTS
<P M >
>48"
First Display In The Thx Bus Menu
<P M >
TURN ON
TURN ON VOLUME LAST USED
TURN ON INPUT LAST USED
>DEFAULT MODES PAGE
Turn On Menu Displaying Letters
For Changing Parameters
OFF
LEFT *
LS
SBL
SOLO TEST
CENTER
LRS
SUB
<P M >
R
0.00
RS 0.00
0.00
<P M >
R
0FT
RS 0FT
0FT
Delay menu displaying the first
letter for changing each parameter
<P M >
SUBWOOFER NOISE OFF
LIMITER CEILING -20.0 DB
First Display In The Ada Bus Menu
THX SETUP
BOUNDARY GAIN OFF
ASA BACKSPKRS
<12" *
12-48"
DELAYS
L
0FT C
0FT
LS 0FT SB 0FT
SBL
0FT
SBR
<P M >
First Display In The Bass Limiter Menu
ADA BUS
BUSS ADDRESS 0
BUS BAUD 19200
BLANKING OFF
NOISE* SEQ
STR 1
L
0.0 C
0.00
LS 0.0 SB 0.00
SBL
0.0
SBR
Level Calibration Menu Displaying The
First Letter For Changing Each Parameter
<P M >
R
0.00
RS 0.00
0.00
NOISE* SEQ
STR 1
L
0.0 C
0.00
LS 0.0 SB 0.00
SBL
0.0
SBR
<P M >
SURR SMALL
SURR SMALL2
SUBXOVER 80HZ
Bass Management menu displaying the
first letter for changing each parameter
<P M >
R
0.00
RS 0.00
0.00
NOISE* SEQ
STR 1
L
0.0 C
0.00
LS 0.0 SB 0.00
SBL
0.0
SBR
SPEAKERS
FRONT SMALL
CENTER SMALL
SUB ON
<P M >
RIGHT
LS
SBR
Bass Limiter Menu Showing The First
Letter For Changing Each Parameter
ADA BUS
BUSS ADDRESS 0
BUS BAUD 19200
BLANKING OFF
<P M >
IRR ON
>DEFAULTS
Ada Bus Menu Displaying The First
Letter For Changing Both Parameters
THX SETUP
BOUNDARY GAIN OFF
ASA BACKSPKRS
<12" *
12-48"
<P M >
>48"
Thx Setup Menu Displaying The First
Letter For Changing Both Parameters
<P M >
DEFAULT MODES
INPUT SEL DVD PLAYER 1
DEFAULT 5.1 LAST USED
DEFAULT 2.0 LAST USED
Turn On Menu Displaying The First
Letter For Changing Parameters
OFF
LEFT *
LS
SBL
SOLO TEST
CENTER
LRS
SUB
<P M >
RIGHT
LS
SBR
First Display In The Solo Test Menu Solo Test Menu Showing Left Channel Solo
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Setting up the Suite 7.1 with Front Panel Controls and Display
Although the optimum method for setting up the Suite 7.1 is with setup software described later, you
can still set up the Suite 7.1 with the front panel controls if the unit that is so equipped. To activate the
setup function of the Suite 7.1, press and hold down the Mode knob for four seconds.
Navigating Within the Setup Menu
The Mode and Input knobs are used to navigate and select through the front panel setup menu. Once
you have entered the setup menu, you generally navigate to the function you want to change with the
Mode knob and change the parameter of that function with the Input knob. The following sections
illustrate how you set up each of the Suite 7.1’s numerous functions. Once you are in the setup mode,
you can exit it by navigating to arrow next to the M > and pressing the mode knob. This sends you back
to the main control display. You can access the previous display by navigating to arrow next to the <P
and pressing the mode knob.
Setting Tone, Balance, and Volume Presets Levels
The Suite 7.1 allows you to individually fine tune the Tone, Balance, Volume for all eight channels and
store these adjustments into memory. There are four separate presets that you can store into memory
that can later be recalled to suit a particular environmental situation or source.
Bass and Treble for Memory Recall
The advanced tone feature of the Suite 7.1 allows you to adjust tone for each of the eight output
channels. Each of the four tone presets can be subdivided into two groups. This extra flexibility permits
you to have different tone settings for the front and rear channels under the same tone preset.
Selecting Channels for Tone Adjustment
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup. The cursor will flash over the T in TONE.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is over the T in T/B/VOL SET.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change again to the tone store display. There are two groups
that can be stored into memory: GROUP A and GROUP B.
4. When the cursor flashes over G in Group A, rotate the Input knob to select between Group A and
B.
5. Select the tone group you want to adjust.
6. Once the tone group is selected, rotate the Mode knob until you reach the second line in the
display. The cursor will flash over the L for the Left channel.
7. Rotate the input knob until an asterisk appears next to the letter that corresponds to the channel.
This will include that channel in the group for tone adjustment. (e.g. L * R * C *)
8. Once you have included all channels for tone adjustment, rotate the Mode knob clockwise until
the cursor flashes over the T in TREB.
Adjusting the Treble Level
1. Rotate the Input knob clockwise to increase the level of treble in 1 dB increments up to +20 dB.
2. Rotate the Input knob counterclockwise to decrease the level of treble in 1 dB increments down to
-20 dB.
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Adjusting the Treble Shelving Frequency
Once the treble level is adjusted, you can select the frequency at which the treble increase or decrease
starts. This is called the shelving frequency and can be set in 1 kHz increments from 1 kHz to 30 kHz. In
most cases, you can leave the shelving frequency at the default setting of 12 kHz.
1. Rotate the Mode knob clockwise until the cursor is over the T in TREB near the shelving frequency.
2. Rotate the Input clockwise to increase the shelving frequency.
3. Rotate the Input clockwise to decrease the shelving frequency.
Adjusting the Bass Level
1. Navigate to the bass level position by rotating the Mode knob until the cursor in the display flashes
over the B in BASS in the far left of the display
2. Rotate the Input knob clockwise to increase the level of bass in 1 dB increments up to +20 dB.
3. Rotate the Input knob counterclockwise to decrease the level of bass in 1 dB increments down to -20
dB.
Adjusting the Bass Shelving Frequency
Once the bass level is adjusted, you can select the frequency at which the bass increase or decrease starts.
This is called the shelving frequency and can set in 10 Hz increments from 20 Hz to 980 Hz. In most
cases, you can leave the shelving frequency at the default setting of 120 Hz.
1. Rotate the Mode knob clockwise until the cursor is over the B in BASS near the shelving frequency.
2. Rotate the Input clockwise to increase the shelving frequency.
3. Rotate the Input counterclockwise to decrease the shelving frequency.
Storing Group B and Storing Tone Preset Levels into Memory
If you wish to store different tone settings into group b for different channels, repeat the procedures above.
Once you have made all the tone adjustments for Group A and Group B, you can store them into memory
for later recall.
1. While still in the tone preset setup menu, navigate to the Store function by rotating the Mode knob
until the cursor flashes over the S in STR1 label on the top row.
2. Rotate the Input knob from STR1 to STR4 to select the desired tone presets for storage.
3. Press the Input knob from STR1 to STR4 to store the tone presets into memory.
Recalling the Stored Tone Preset
Once the presets are stored into memory, they can be easily recalled. In most cases, you will access a tone
preset with a single press of a button on a remote control, touchscreen, or even in a macro. If this is the
case, you won’t have to enter the setup menu to access the tone presets. However, you can access the tone
preset recall from the front panel by the following method:
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup. The cursor will flash over the T in TONE RECALL1.
2. Rotate the Input knob until the desired recall number is displayed
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will flash T RECALLED and the recall number on the top row.
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NOTE: The Suite 7.1 remembers the last tone setting that was selected even after you turn the unit off
or change an input. You can override the previous tone setting by selecting a different tone preset.
Therefore, you may want to consider having one of the tone presets completely flat (no channels
selected for equalization or all levels set to 0 dB) for a zero reference point.
Individual Channel Balance Levels
The balance feature of the Suite 7.1 allows you to adjust the level for each of the eight output channels
and store them into four different memory recalls. This feature allows you to quickly adjust levels to
accommodate different seating locations within the listening area thus allowing you to recall four
different “sweet spots”. As with the tone presets, the Suite 7.1 remembers the last balance setting that
was selected even if the input was changed or the unit was turned off.
Storing Individual Channel Levels
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup. The cursor will flash over the T in TONE.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is over the B in T/B/VOL SET.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will show the eight channels and their current levels. The cursor
will flash over the S in STR1.
4. Rotate the Input knob clockwise until the cursor is flashing over the L in LEFT.
5. Rotate the Input knob clockwise to increase the channel level or counterclockwise to decrease the
channel level in 0.5 dB increments.
6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each of the eight channels.
7. Once you have adjusted all channels, rotate the Input knob until the cursor reaches the S in STR1.
8. Press the Input knob to store the channel levels into memory.
9. Repeat steps 3 through 8 to store up to four level presets into memory.
Recalling the Stored Balance Presets
Once the balance presets are stored into memory, they can be easily recalled. In most cases, you will
access a balance preset with a single press of a button on a remote control, touchscreen, or even in a
macro. However, you can access the balance preset recall from the front panel by the following method:
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the B in BAL RECALL1.
Rotate the Input knob until the desired balance preset recall number is displayed
Press the Mode knob. The display will flash B RECALLED and the recall number on the top row.
Setting Master and Maximum Volume Levels
You can also store master volume levels as well as maximum volume into as many as four preset levels.
These preset levels can be easily recalled in the same way as tone and balance presets and are useful if
you want to select an optimum volume level with the single touch of a button. The maximum volume
feature lets you establish a safe volume level to protect your speakers.
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Storing Master Volume and Maximum Volume Levels into Memory
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is over the V in T/B/VOL SET.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will show the current master volume and maximum volume
level. The cursor will flash over the V in VOLUME STORE 1.
4. Rotate the Input knob to select the desired master and maximum volume preset number (1 –4).
5. Rotate the Volume knob clockwise until the desired master volume level is reached.
6. Rotate the Input knob until the cursor reaches the letter V on the bottom line.
7. Rotate the Input knob to set the maximum attainable master volume level.
8. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the V in VOLUME STORE 1.
9. Press the Input knob. The display will flash VOLUME STORE to indicate that the levels have been
stored into memory.
Recalling the Master and Maximum Volume Levels
Once the master and maximum level presets are stored into memory, they can be easily recalled. In
most cases, you will access a volume preset with a single press of a button on a remote control, touchscreen,
or even in a macro. However, you can access the balance preset recall from the front panel by the
following method:
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the V in VOL RECALL.
Rotate the Input knob until the desired balance preset recall number is displayed
Press the Mode knob. The display will flash V RECALLED and the recall number on the top row.
Pro Setup Overview
The Pro Setup menu is where you set the follow important parameters for surround sound decoding
including, speaker levels, bass management, and channel delays. The Pro Setup menu is also where you
can assign and label each input, limit the number of inputs, and set the ADA Bus baud rate and
address. All the additional options within the Pro Set menu are also described in detail below:
Pro Setup Level One: Input labeling and Input Assignment
A/V Input Default Labels
The default labeling for the inputs were designed to accommodate most systems without the need for
renaming. The default labeling is listed below. However, if you want to change the default labels, you
can do so in Pro Setup.
Accessing the Pro Setup Menu
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu and the cursor will flash over
the L in LABELS/AV.
4. Once you are in the Pro Setup mode, you can exit it by navigating to arrow next to the M > and
pressing the mode knob. This sends you back to the main control display.
5. You can access the previous display by navigating to arrow next to the <P and pressing the mode
knob.
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Renaming A/V Input Labels
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu and the cursor will flash over
the L in LABELS/AV
4. Press the Mode knob again. The cursor will then flash over the I in INPUT 1.
5. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the L in LABEL.
6. Press the Mode knob again. The cursor will flash over the first letter of the input to be changed.
7. Rotate the Input knob to change the first letter of the label.
8. Rotate the Mode knob to advance to the next letter.
9. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until you have spelled out the new label. There are a total of 12 characters
available to store.
10. Once you have updated the input label, rotate the Mode knob until it flashes over S in SAVE. The
cursor will return to the L in LABEL
11. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the I in INPUT 1 again.
12. Rotate the Input knob to select the next input to rename and repeat steps 3-9.
Assigning Audio Sources
You can assign any of the four analog inputs, digital inputs, or multipin input to inputs 1 through 10.
For example, you might want to assign either a Digital 1 or Optical 1 to the input with the default input
labeled DVD Player because it would allow you to take advantage of the digital processing built into
the Suite 7.1. Likewise, you would probably assign Analog 1 to the input labeled VCR 1 since it doesn’t
have a digital output.
To Assign an Analog or Digital Source
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu and the cursor will flash over
the L in LABELS/AV
4. Press the Mode knob again. The cursor will then flash over the I in INPUT 1.
5. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the A in AUDIO.
6. Rotate the Input knob to select one of the four analog four, digital inputs, or eight channel multipin input. Once you have selected the input in this way, it remains in memory unless you change it
again. There is no need to press a knob.
Assigning Video Sources
You can also assign any combinations of the four composite or S-video inputs, or two component video
inputs to inputs 1 through 10. The video inputs are assigned as simultaneous combinations of composite,
S-video and component video. For example, you can assign composite input 1, S-video input 2 and
component video input 2. Since there are a total of ten different video inputs, there are 32 available
combinations of video inputs.
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To Assign Video Sources to the Input
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu and the cursor will flash over
the L in LABELS/AV
4. Press the Mode knob again. The cursor will then flash over the I in INPUT 1.
5. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the V in VIDEO.
6. Rotate the Input knob to select one of the 32 different video assignment combinations. Once you
have selected the input in this way, it remains in memory unless you change it again. There is no
need to press a knob.
Setting the Final or Maximum Input
Although there are ten available inputs, you may not use all of them. You can limit the amount of
inputs that you need to scroll through by setting the maximum input. For example, you could connect
four components to the Suite 7.1 and create two additional “virtual inputs” as described earlier. This
would be a total of six inputs used. You could then set the number of inputs to six. Now whenever you
scroll through the inputs, it will only go through 1 to 6, rather than 1 to 10.
To Set the Maximum Input
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu and the cursor will flash over
the L in LABELS/AV
4. Press the Mode knob again. The cursor will then flash over the I in INPUT 1.
5. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the M in MAX INPUT 10.
6. Rotate the Input knob to set the last of the ten inputs. Once you have selected the final input in
this way, it remains in memory unless you change it again. There is no need to press a knob.
Loading Files from the Cinema Reference Mach II PC Program
As mentioned earlier, the Cinema Reference Mach II PC Program allows you to setup and control the
Suite 7.1. When you use this program for set up you need to load all of the parameters into the Suite
7.1. This accomplished within the same setup menu used for labeling and assigning inputs. The setup
loading procedure is described in detail in the software instruction section of this manual.
To load a Setup File into the Suite 7.1
1. Make the changes within the software program as described in the Cinema Reference Mach II
PC Program
2. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup.
3. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
4. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu and the cursor will flash over
the L in LABELS/AV
5. Press the Mode knob again. The cursor will then flash over the I in INPUT 1.
6. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the L in LOAD.
7. Press the Mode knob. The display shows LOADING while the program is loaded into memory.
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Pro Setup Level Two: Bass Management Setup
Bass management is designed to assure overall balanced bass response with many different types of
speaker systems. The Bass Management setup menu lets you configure all of your speakers to accept
low frequencies below the crossover setting, or to filter out these frequencies and route them to your
front speakers, or send them only to your subwoofer channel.
THX certified speaker systems always have a subwoofer included so the left, right, center, and surround
speakers can be high pass filtered at 80 Hz. The default bass management settings for the Suite 7.1 is
optimized for THX speaker systems as follows: L,C,R, LS, RS, LSB, RSB all high passed at 80 Hz
with the subwoofer active and low pass filtered at 80 Hz.
While the default settings are set for THX certified systems, the ADA Suite 7.1 incorporates fully
featured bass management circuitry that will deliver optimum bass performance to virtually any home
theater speaker system. We recommend that you consult the installation manual to determine the best
bass management settings for your speaker particular system.
To Setup Bass Management for Your Front Left and Right Speakers:
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu and the cursor will flash over
the L in LABELS/AV
4. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the S in SPEAKERS.
5. Press the Mode knob again the display will change to the bass management menu with the cursor
flashing over the F in FRONT.
6. Refer to the owner’s manual of your front left and right speakers to determine whether they are
designed to reproduce frequencies.
7. If your front left and right speakers are designed to handle low frequencies, rotate the Input knob
so the display reads: FRONT LARGE.
8. If your front left and right speakers are not designed to handle low frequencies, rotate the Input
knob so the display reads: FRONT SMALL. The front speakers will have low frequencies rolled off
starting at the selected crossover frequency. This low frequency information is then re-routed to the
subwoofer channel.
To Setup Bass Management for Your Center Speaker:
1. If you are not already in the Bass Management setup menu, follow steps 1-4 from above.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the C in CENTER.
3. Refer to the owner’s manual of your front left and right speakers to determine whether they are
designed to safely reproduce low frequencies.
4. If your center speaker is designed to operate in full range, rotate the Input knob so the display reads:
CENTER LARGE.
9. If your center speaker is not designed to operate in full range, rotate the Input knob so the display
reads: CENTER SMALL. The center will have low frequencies rolled off at the selected crossover
frequency. This low frequency information is then re-routed to the subwoofer channel.
5. If you do not have a center channel speaker, select CENTER NONE and the Suite 7.1 will create a
phantom center image using the front left and right speakers.
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To Setup Bass Management for Your Surround Speakers:
1. If you are not already in the Bass Management setup menu, follow steps 1-4 from above.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the S in SURROUND.
3. Refer to the owner’s manual of your front left and right speakers to determine whether they are
designed to safely reproduce low frequencies.
4. If your center speaker is designed to operate in full range, rotate the Input knob so the display reads:
SURROUND LARGE.
5. If your center speaker is not designed to operate in full range, rotate the Input knob so the display
reads: SURROUND SMALL. The center will have low frequencies rolled off at the selected crossover
frequency. This low frequency information is then re-routed to the subwoofer channel.
6. If you do not have a center channel speaker, select SURROUND NONE and the Suite 7.1 will re route
the surround channel information to the other active speakers.
To Setup Bass Management for Your Surround Back Speakers:
1. If you are not already in the Bass Management setup menu, follow steps 1-4 from above.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the B in BACK.
3. Refer to the owner’s manual of your front left and right speakers to determine whether they are
designed to safely reproduce low frequencies.
4. If your surround back speakers are designed to operate in full range, rotate the Input knob so the
display reads: BACK LARGE 1 OR 2. Note that if you have selected large surround speakers, you can
only select large surround back speakers.
5. If your center speaker is not designed to operate in full range, rotate the Input knob so the display
reads: BACK SMALL 1 OR 2. The center will have low frequencies rolled off at the selected crossover
frequency. This low frequency information is then re-routed to the subwoofer channel. Note that if
you have selected large surround speakers, you can only select large surround back speakers.
6. If you do not have a center channel speaker, select BACK NONE and the Suite 7.1 will re route any
discrete surround back channel information to the other active speakers.
To Setup Your Subwoofer:
1. If you are not already in the Bass Management setup menu, follow steps 1-4 from above.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the S in SUB.
3. If you are using a subwoofer, rotate the Input knob so the display reads SUB YES. Low frequency
effects (LFE) are then routed to the subwoofer.
4. If you have selected SMALL or NONE for the main, center, surround, or surround back speakers,
frequencies below the crossover frequency are also routed to the subwoofer channel.
Setting the Subwoofer Crossover Frequency:
1. If you are not already in the Bass Management setup menu, follow steps 1-4 from above.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the S in SUBXOVER .
3. Rotate the Input knob to adjust the subwoofer crossover frequency, which can be set in 10 Hz
increments from OFF to 220 Hz .
4. When you set the crossover frequency to the OFF position, the crossover circuit of the Suite 7.1 is
defeated and the full audio spectrum is sent to all the speakers. This gives you the option of using
an external crossover or the crossover built in to your subwoofer and avoids the possibility of
“double filtering”.
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Pro Setup Level Three: Calibrating Channel Levels
Level calibration requires independent adjustment of the output level for each of the channels of the
Suite 7.1 so that all channels have the same relative signal strength from your listening position. The
Suite 7.1 lets you program its internal noise generator to advance from channel to channel sequentially
or manually. If you wish, you can calibrate your system with the aid of a sound pressure level (SPL)
meter such as the Realistic Sound Level Meter (Radio Shack catalog # 33-2050). When you use an
SPL meter for calibration, you should hold it upright directly in front of your head and make adjustments
while you are seated in your listening position. If an SPL meter is unavailable, you can still adjust levels
by ear with adequate results. You can store as many as four preset speaker levels into memory recall to
accommodate different listening positions.
To Set Channel Levels Manually with the Internal Noise Generator:
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the L in LEVELS.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing
over the N in NOISE.
6. To manually set the speaker levels one at a time, rotate the Input knob until the cursor flashes over
the first letter on any of the channels. (We recommend starting on the left channel.) You will see
an asterisk next to NOISE * indicating that the noise generator is on. Note: Rotating the Volume
knob will immediately turn off the noise generator.
7. Rotate the Input knob to adjust individual channels to 75 dB on an SPL meter. (Make sure the
meter is set to C weighting and slow response time.) The noise generator will not advance to the
next channel until you are finished setting the channel level.
8. Repeat the above level adjustment procedures for all channels.
To Set Channel Levels Sequentially with the Internal Noise Generator:
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
4. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the L in LEVELS.
5. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing
over the N in NOISE.
6. To sequentially set the speaker levels one at a time, rotate the Input knob until the cursor flashes
over the first letter on any of the channels. (We recommend starting on the left channel.) You will
see an asterisk next to NOISE * indicating that the noise generator is on. Note: Rotating the Volume
knob will immediately turn off the noise generator.
7. Rotate the Input knob to adjust individual channels to 75 dB on an SPL meter. (Make sure the
meter is set to C weighting and slow response time.) The noise generator will not advance to the
next channel until you are finished setting the channel level.
8. Repeat the above level adjustment procedures for all channels.
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Storing the Channel Levels into One of the Four Preset Memories
Note: These balance level presets are also available for storing and recall are can also be stored and
recalled in the Tone, Balance and Volume recall section described earlier.
1. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is over the S in SEQ 1
2. Rotate the Input knob to select one of the four memory presets
3. Press the Input knob to store the channel level settings into memory.
Recalling the Stored Balance Presets
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the B in BAL RECALL1.
3. Rotate the Input knob until the desired balance preset recall number is displayed
4. Press the Mode knob. The display will flash B RECALLED and the recall number on the top row.
Pro Setup Level Four: Bass Limiter
With the extra low frequency content mixed into film soundtracks, especially in the LFE channel, it is
sometimes preferable to limit overall bass energy to prevent overloading your speakers and/or subwoofer.
The Bass Limiter is designed to protect woofers from over excursion, distortion, or damage. When in
doubt, leave the Bass Limiter at its default 0 dB setting and use sensible master volume levels.
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IMPORTANT!: Before setting the bass limiter, turn down the level on your subwoofer amplifier.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu and the cursor will flash over
the L in LABELS/AV
5. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the B in BASS.
6. Press the Mode knob again. The display will change to the bass limiter menu with the cursor
flashing over the S in SUBWOOFER NOISE OFF. If it wasn’t already off, rotate the Input knob to turn the
subwoofer noise off.
7. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the L in LIMITER CEILING
8. Rotate the Input knob until the limiter ceiling value is –20 dB.
9. Reset your subwoofer to the subwoofer level that you set during calibration.
10. Rotate the Mode knob to SUBWOOFER NOISE OFF and rotate the Input knob to turn on the noise on.
11. Slowly lower the LIMITER CEILING level from –20 dB toward 0 dB until any the any of the woofers in
the system start to “overload”. When this happens, you may hear some mechanical clattering
sound or other evidence of distress. Sometimes the noises you hear are not produced by the subwoofer,
but are objects that are vibrating or rattling.
12. Raise the Bass Limiter ceiling level until you can no longer hear the distortion, clattering, or other
unmusical sounds from any of the woofers in the system.
13. The LIMITER CEILING is now set to its optimum level.
Pro Setup Menu Level Five - Calibrating Channel Delay Times
The Suite 7.1 is equipped with advanced delay circuitry that allows you to independently set the delay
times of each of your home so the signals from eight arrive at the listening position at the correct time.
Ideally, you should try to locate your speakers as close to the same distance from your listening position
as possible so you only need a minimum of delay adjustment.
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To Set Channel Delay Times:
1. Measure the distance in feet from your listening position to each of your home theater speakers. If
you have two subs, use the distance that is the average of both of them to your listening location.
2. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
3. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
4. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
5. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the L in LEVELS.
6. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing
over the D in DELAYS.
7. Rotate the Input knob to set the distance in feet that you measured in step 1 above.
8. Rotate the Mode knob to advance to the next channel for delay setting.
9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 for each channel.
Setup Menu Level Six – ADA Bus Menu Settings
The Suite 7.1 allows you to adjust communication settings and display settings once in the ADA bus
setup menu. The communication settings include setting the address for multiple Suite 7.1s is a single
system, setting the baud rate, and turning on and off the front panel IR receiver.
Setting the Address for the Suite 7.1
In larger systems, there may be multiple Suite 7.1s installed in the same system. In order to insure that
only the desired Suite is controlled on the same communication bus, it is necessary to assign different
addresses to each. If there is only one Suite 7.1 in the system, there is no need to change the address.
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the A in ADABUS.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the ADA bus menu with the cursor flashing over
the B in BUS ADDRESS.
Setting the Baud Rate for the Suite 7.1
The baud rate determines how rapidly the communication bus transfers data. In most cases, it is best to
set the baud rate at 19,200 bps. However, in installations where you wish to control the Suite 7.1 with
a learning remote control, it will be necessary to change the baud rate to 1200 bps.
To Change the Baud Rate
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the A in ADABUS.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the ADA bus menu with the cursor flashing over
the B in BUS BAUD.
6. Rotate the input knob to change the baud rate.
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Setting the Display to Blank Out
You can set the front panel display to go out after a specified amount of time or set it to stay on all the
time. Regardless of how you have set the blanking, the front panel display will remain lit as long as you
are controlling the unit.
To Set Display Blanking
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the A in ADABUS.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the ADA bus menu.
Rotate the Mode knob to until the cursor flashes over the B in BLANKING.
Rotate the Input knob to set the time from 0 to 60 seconds before the display blanks out.
If you want the front panel display to stay on, rotate the Input knob to OFF.
Turning On and Off the Infrared Receiver
In certain installations where the Suite 7.1 is being controlled through the ADA Bus, it may be desirable
to defeat the infrared receiver on the front panel to prevent interference from other IR controlled
components.
To Turn Off the Infrared Receiver
1. Access the ADA Bus menu as described above
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the I in IRR.
3. Rotate the Input knob to set the IR receiver to on or off.
Storing and Recalling Default Settings
All the factory settings of the Suite 7.1 can be recalled from within the ADA bus menu. You can also
store all the settings you have made and overwrite the new settings into memory. If you overwrite the
factory settings, you can restore them with a special code.
To Turn Off the Infrared Receiver
1. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the I in IRR.
2. Rotate the Input knob to set the IR receiver to on or off.
Pro Setup Menu Level Seven – THX Menu Settings
Boundary Gain Control (BGC)
The Boundary Gain Control allows you to compensate for unwanted bass reinforcement from the rear
wall. This feature helps reduce boominess especially if the listening position is in close proximity to the
rear wall. If you find that the overall sound performance sounds a little bass heavy especially when you
are near the rear wall, you can turn on the Boundary Gain Compensation (BCG) to restore the correct
bass performance.
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To Turn on the THX Boundary Gain Control
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the T in THX.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the THX menu.
Rotate the Mode knob to until the cursor flashes over the B in BOUNDARY.
Rotate the Input knob to turn on or off the Boundary Gain Control.
THX Advanced Speaker Array (ASA)
With stereo surround tracks and multichannel music, the signal is fed unprocessed to the left and right
surrounds and, after further processing, to the surround back speakers. This processing uses THX ASA
(Advanced Speaker Array) Technology and provides an enveloping rear surround field over a wide
listening area. The adjustment to the ASA is based on three settings; if the two back surround speakers
are less than 12 inches apart, if they are between 12 and 48 inches apart, or if they are greater than 48
inches apart.
To set the ASA for your system
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Measure the distance between your surround back speakers.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the T in THX.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the THX menu.
Rotate the Mode knob to until the cursor flashes over the A in ASA BACKSPKRS.
Rotate the Input knob to set the distance between the surround back speakers you measured in
step 1 above.
Setup Menu Level Eight – Turn On Menu and Default Surround Modes
The Turn On menu allows you to establish the input selected when the Suite 7.1 is turned on. This
menu also lets you select the turn on volume and surround mode for each of the inputs connected to
the Suite 7.1. There are two default surround modes to store into memory: two channel information
and discrete multichannel (5.1, 7.1, etc). This permits the proper automatic playback of virtually any
media that the Suite 7.1 decodes without having to select the mode each time you play a source.
To Set Default Volume Level:
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the L in LEVELS. Press the Mode knob.
The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing over the T in TURN ON.
Press the Mode knob. The cursor will flash over the Turn On Volume menu
Rotate the Input knob to select the Volume recall (1-4).
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To Set Default Input:
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the L in LEVELS. Press the Mode knob.
The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing over the T in TURN ON.
Press the Mode knob. The cursor will flash over the Turn On Input menu
Rotate the Input knob to select the source that the Suite 7.1 selects (Input 1 through Input 20)
when the unit is turned on.
To Set 5.1 Channel and 2 Channel Default Modes:
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Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the L in LEVELS. Press the Mode knob.
The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing over the T in TURN ON.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the > in >DEFAULTS.
Press the Mode knob again. The display will change to the default mode menu.
For 5.1 Surround Modes
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Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the I in INPUT SEL.
Rotate the Input knob to select the input (1-20) for surround default settings.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the D in DEFAULT 5.1.
Rotate the Input knob to select the default multichannel 5.1 surround decoding mode.
For 2 Channel Surround Modes
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Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the I in INPUT SEL.
Rotate the Input knob to select the input (1-20) for surround default settings.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the D in DEFAULT 2.0.
Rotate the Input knob to select the default multichannel 5.1 surround decoding mode.
Pro Setup Menu Level Nine – Pro Logic II Enhancements
The Suite 7.1 allows you to customize the specific decoding parameters of Pro Logic II and store them
in up to four memory presets of recall. This unique feature provides you with the ability to fine-tune the
sound field for a truly astounding music playback experience. This customization also works well for
the playback of sporting events. The adjustable parameters for Pro Logic II include the following:
IMPORTANT. In order to access these parameters, you must have the Pro Logic II Music or custom
1-3 mode selected before accessing the Pro Setup menu. If you try to access the Pro Logic customization
menu in another mode, the front panel display will read UNAVAILABLE. When adjusting the parameters
below, we recommend that you play back a two-channel source so you can judge the audible affect of
each of the Pro Logic II enhancements.
Center Width:
This parameter allows you to widen the center channel sound toward the front left and right speakers.
At its widest setting, all the sound from the center is mixed into the left and right. This control may
help achieve a more spacious sound or a better blend of the front image.
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To Set the Center Width Parameter
1. Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
2. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup.
3. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
4. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
5. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL.
6. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing
over the P in PL 1.
7. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the C in CEN WIDTH
8. Rotate the Input knob to increase the center width from 0 to 7 in increments of 1.
Surround Filtering:
There are three available filters for the surround channels. You can set the filtering to ALL for full range
operation for the surround channels. You can also set the surround speakers for 7 KHZ for traditional
Pro Logic. You can also set this parameter to SHELF for a high pass shelving type filter.
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing
over the P in PL 1.
7. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the S in SURR
8. Rotate the Input knob to change the filtering (All, 7 kHz, or shelf ).
To Set Surround Filtering:
There are three available filters for the surround channels. You can set the filtering to ALL for full range
operation for the surround channels. You can also set the surround speakers for 7 KHZ for traditional
Pro Logic. You can also set this parameter to SHELF for a high pass shelving type filter.
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing
over the P in PL 1.
7. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the S in SURR
8. Rotate the Input knob to change the filtering (All, 7 kHz, or shelf ).
Auto Balance:
This Pro Logic II customization parameter provides a way to automatically balance the left and right
channels toward the center even if the program material is mixed heavily toward the left or right.
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To Set Auto Balance
1. Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
2. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup.
3. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
4. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
5. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL.
6. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing
over the P in PL 1.
7. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the A in AUTOBALANCE
8. Rotate the Input knob to turn Auto balance on or off.
The Panorama Parameter
This parameter expands the sound field created by the front left and right speakers to “wrap around”
the listening field to create an even greater sense of envelopment than provided by the surround speakers.
To Set the Panorama Parameter:
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL. Press the Mode knob.
The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing over the P in PL 1.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PANORAMA.
Rotate the Input knob to turn Panorama on or off.
Right Surround Channel Polarity Inversion
This parameter allows you to invert the polarity of the Right Surround speaker with respect to the Left
Surround speaker. This can have a dramatic effect on the localization of the surround speakers in the
home theater system.
To Set Right Surround Speaker Polarity:
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL. Press the Mode knob.
The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing over the P in PL 1.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the R in RS POL.
Rotate the Input knob to turn invert the polarity of the Right Surround channel.
Matrix Coefficient Setting
The matrix coefficient parameter allows you to set the amount of separation in the surround channels.
There are three settings available for matrix coefficient. The 0 setting provides a monaural surround
channel, the 1 setting creates a stereo image in the surround channels, and the 2 setting creates a
panoramic surround channel experience. We recommend playing back a two-channel source when
experimenting with the matrix coefficient settings.
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To Set the Matrix Coefficient Parameter
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL. Press the Mode knob.
The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing over the P in PL 1.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the M in MATRIX COEF.
Rotate the Input knob to increase the center width from 0 to 3 in increments of 1.
Surround Delay Setting
The delay parameter allows you to turn on and off the electronic delay for the surround channels.
When set to on, the surround channels are delayed according to the value set in the Pro Setup menu.
To Set the Surround Delay Parameter
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL. Press the Mode knob.
The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing over the P in PL 1.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the D in DELAY .
Rotate the Input knob to turn on and off the surround channel delay.
Dimension Setting
The dimension parameter allows you adjust the balance from the front channels to the rear channels.
You can adjust the dimension parameter in increments of 1 from 0 to 8.
To Set the Dimension Parameter
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL. Press the Mode knob.
The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing over the P in PL 1.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the D in DIMEN .
Rotate the Input knob to change the balance from the front channels toward the rear channels.
Storing Pro Logic II Custom Settings into Memory
Once you have made all the desired parameter changes to Pro Logic II, you can store custom modes
into memory for recall. The four memory presets available for recall are: PLM, PL1, PL2, and PL3.
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Change all the parameters that you wish as illustrated above.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL.
Rotate the Input knob to select the memory recall that you want to store the custom Pro Logic II
parameters. You can select PLM, PL1, PL2, or PL3. Note: Your choices are limited when selecting
the parameters in the PLM recall menu.
7. Exit the Pro Logic Customization menu by selecting <P or M>.
To Recall the Customized Settings Stored into Memory
The Pro Logic II Custom modes are four of the numerous modes available on the Suite 7.1. You can
select these modes with the Mode knob on the front panel or store the custom modes as default or user
modes. The custom modes are also accessable with the PC program or an IR command.
To Store the Customized Settings into Memory
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Make sure that Pro Logic II Music or custom 1-3 mode is selected on the main display.
Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
Change all the parameters that you wish as illustrated above.
Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the P in PL.
Rotate the Input knob to select the memory recall that you want to store the custom Pro Logic II
parameters. You can select PLM, PL1, PL2, or PL3. Note: Your choices are limited when selecting
the parameters in the PLM recall menu.
7. Exit the Pro Logic Customization menu by selecting <P or M>.
Pro Setup Menu Level Nine – Stereo Enhancements
Stereo Enhance is a proprietary ADA processing mode designed to improve playback of two-channel
source material with limited stereo separation. The two Stereo Enhancement parameters that can be
adjusted are Effect Delay and Effect Level. The Effect Delay parameter allows you to add up to 20 mS
of delay to the left channel with respect to the right channel. This delay is set prior to any Pro Logic
decoding. The Effect Level parameter sets the actual amount of the effect from –20 dB to + 20dB. We
recommend playing back a two-channel source while adjusting the Stereo Enhancement parameters.
To Set Stereo Enhancement Parameters
1. Select an Input label that is playing a two-channel signal and press the Input knob.
2. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume recall
setup.
3. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
4. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the E in EH.
5. Press the Mode knob. The cursor will flash over the S in STEREO ENHANC LEVEL
6. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the S in STEREO ENHANC DELAY.
7. Rotate the Input knob to set the amount of left channel delay.
8. Rotate Input knob back until the cursor flashes over the S in STEREO ENHANC LEVEL.
9. Rotate the Input knob to set the amount of stereo enhancement.
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Pro Setup Menu Level Nine – Mono Enhancements
Mono Enhance is a proprietary ADA processing mode designed to improve playback of monaural
source material with no separation. This enhancement feature first sums the left and right channels,
then adds delay to the left channel with respect to the right channel. This delay is set prior to any Pro
Logic decoding and delivers surround sound with depth and feel, instead of playing audio only out of the
center channel. The two Mono Enhancement parameters that can be adjusted are Effect Delay and
Effect Level. The Effect Delay parameter allows you to add up to 20 mS of delay to the left channel
with respect to the right channel. The Effect Level parameter sets the actual amount of the effect from
–20 dB to + 20dB. We recommend playing back a monaural source while adjusting the Mono
Enhancement parameters.
To Set Mono Enhancement Parameters
1. Select an Input label that is playing a monaural signal and press the Input knob.
2. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume
recall setup.
3. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
4. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the E in EH.
5. Press the Mode knob. The cursor will flash over the M in MONO ENHANC LEVEL
6. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the M in MONO ENHANC DELAY.
7. Rotate the Input knob to set the amount of left channel delay.
8. Rotate Input knob back until the cursor flashes over the M in MONO ENHANC LEVEL.
9. Rotate the Input knob to set the amount of mono enhancement.
Pro Setup Menu Level Nine – Solo Test Mode
The Solo Test mode is ADA’s proprietary multi-channel monitoring mode. The Solo Test mode permits
you to have just one speaker playing while all other channels are muted. You can select just one channel
and easily switch between single channels while in the Solo Test mode. This feature is useful when
trying to determine if you have a damaged speaker or driver. The Solo Test mode is also ideal to gain an
understanding of how different multi-channel recordings are mixed because it allows you to listen to
one channel at a time. The unique feature is particularly interesting when playing back multi-channel
music recordings where you can actually isolate individual instruments and vocal tracks. To achieve the
Solo Test mode on other preamplifiers would require you to individually turn down the gains of each
amplifier channel except the one under test.
To Activate the Solo Test Mode:
1. Press and hold the Mode knob until the display changes to the Tone, Balance, and Volume
recall setup.
2. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor is flashing over the P in PRO SETUP.
3. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the Pro Setup menu.
4. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes over the S in SOLO TEST.
5. Press the Mode knob. The display will change to the speaker level menu with the cursor flashing
over the O in OFF.
6. Rotate the Mode knob until the cursor flashes first letter of the channel you want to solo test.
7. Press the Mode channel to mute all other channels. You can adjust the volume level of the
channel under test if you wish.
8. You can exit the Solo Test mode by accessing <P or M>.
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AC Voltage Selection Switch
The Suite 7.1 can operate on either 110-120 Vac or 220-240 Vac operation. When you purchased
the amplifier, the rear panel voltage selector switches were preset for the proper voltage in your area.
Nevertheless, it’s wise to double-check it before plugging into an AC outlet. If you move to a
location with a different line voltage, you can easily convert the Suite 7.1.
Maintaining Your ADA Suite 7.1
Your ADA Suite 7.1 power preamplifier requires no periodic maintenance and has no user-serviceable
parts inside. To avoid the risk of electric shock, do not remove its top cover. The preamplifier’s exterior
can easily be cleaned with a soft cloth pre-moistened only with a few drops of water or glass cleaner.
Call Us if You Need Help
Call your ADA dealer or ADA’s Technical Service Department toll free. We can often solve the problem
with simple diagnostic tests you can perform yourself. If we determine that your Suite 7.1 will need
further inspection or servicing, we will authorize return of the unit to us and advise you of the correct
procedure.
Toll Free-New York 8:00-5:00 EST 1-800 HD-AUDIO (432-8346)
Toll Free-California 8:00-5:00 PST 1-877-912-4232
Warranty and Returning the Suite 7.1 for Factory repair
ADA preamplifiers are under warranty for three (3) years effective upon the dealer’s receipt of the
product. If ADA determines that you should send your unit to ADA for factory repair, you will be given
a Return Authorization (RA) number. This RA number must be clearly marked on the outer carton.
Enclose a copy of your original purchase receipt to validate warranty coverage. It is the dealer’s
responsibility to pay for shipping to ADA. Be sure to ship the unit with adequate insurance. After
repair under warranty, the unit will be returned to you via prepaid within the continental United States.
Important Notice - Shipping the Preamplifier to ADA
Before shipping the unit, you MUST re-pack the unit into its fitted molded foam insert and its original
carton. If you do not have the original packing cartons and foam inserts, call us for new packing
materials that we can provide to you for a nominal charge. Use of any other carton and packing materials
will probably result in shipping damage, and refusal of the unit. Common carriers such as UPS seldom
pay claims for damage incurred during shipment when a product is surrounded only with Styrofoam
“peanuts” or otherwise improperly packed. We cannot stress enough the importance of properly packing
your preamplifier. Shipping damage resulting from inadequate packing can cost you a lot of money and
significantly increase the time required for repair. Ship the unit with adequate insurance. After repair
under warranty, the unit will be returned to you via prepaid UPS within the continental United States.
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Appendix A:
Multichannel and Two Channel Decoding Modes and Enhancements
Multichannel Encoding Overview
Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital Surround EX
A Dolby Digital bit stream most typically contains a 5.1 channel, or a 3.2.1.0 mix. The 3 refers to the
front three channels (left, center, right), 2 refers to the surround channels (left and right), and the 1 or
“.1” refers to the called LFE - Low Frequency Effects channel. While there are other options for
mixing Dolby Digital (older movies that were never mixed in multi-channel but play off a DVD are
often encoded in Dolby Digital, as 2.0.0.0 or stereo), most material is available in a 5.1 format.
Dolby Digital Surround EX is best described as an enhancement to Dolby Digital. Here a mono signal
is embedded into the discrete surround left and right channels. This signal creates an image in the back
of the room, between the surround left and right channels. If a film has been encoded in Dolby Digital
Surround EX, the digital bit stream will contain a “flag” which tells the Suite 7.1that it has been
specifically mixed and mastered to take into consideration a playback system that has one or two
surround back speakers.
DTS 5.1 Surround
Source material encoded in DTS 5.1 Surround operate in a manner similar to Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
material. When playing software encoded in DTS 5.1 Surround, and selecting an EX/ES mode will
send audio to the back surround speakers. This feature performs similar to the EX feature for Dolby
Digital 5.1 tracks. Also, like Dolby Digital 5.1 material, selecting a THX or THX Ultra 2 mode will
engage the appropriate THX enhancements.
DTS ES Matrix
Much like Dolby Digital Surround EX, DTS ES Matrix encoded material contains the ES flag in the
digital bit stream, indicating that this track was specifically mixed on a system with back surround
speakers. The number of Output channels is not effected by the ES flag unless and EX/ES or THX
Ultra 2 mode is selected. Then the BSL and BSR output channel play back audio from the back
surround speakers. All cinema modes as described above are also available with a DTS/ES bitstream.
DTS ES Discrete
A disc containing a DTS ES Discrete audio track is unlike the other 5.1 or 5.1 with EX/ES encoding
formats. DTS ES Discrete material has a sixth fully discrete channel in addition to LFE. The DTS ES
discrete decoding process is currently the only source material capable of providing a full seven-channel
bitstream in addition to the LFE channel for true 7.1 decoding. When playing a DTS ES Discrete
audio track, the Suite 7.1 will automatically detect the ES Discrete flag in the digital bit stream. All
cinema modes as described above are also available with a DTS/ES Discrete bitstream.
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Suite 7.1 Multichannel Cinema Decoding Modes
The following describes how the Suite 7.1 decodes the incoming bitstream presuming you have a full
7.1 home theater speaker system.
DISCRETE - This is ADA’s primary Cinema mode as it does not alter your speaker setup and bass
filter setups.
DISCRETE +THX - This mode applies THX enhancements to the Discrete mode and is ideal for
film playback.
DISCRETE +EX/ES - This mode will engage the two back surround speakers that will then receive
mono information contained in the left and right surround channels. This mode is ideal when viewing
a movie that is Dolby Digital 5.1 encoded (without EX), where still want the additional back surround
speakers to be active.
THX +EX/ES - This mode applies THX enhancements to the Discrete +EX/ES mode.
THX ULTRA 2 - This mode is to be used for film playback and also has all channels active, much like
EX/ES. It also applies THX Ultra 2 enhancements including those that are set in THX Ultra Setup 5.
THX MUSIC - This mode is to be used for music playback and also has all channels active, much like
EX/ES. It also applies THX Ultra 2 enhancements.
STEREO DNMX - Stereo Downmix takes the center channel and surround information and sends it
to the front left and right speakers. The bass information is sent to subwoofer.
MONO DNMX - Mono Downmix sends every channel to just the center speaker. The bass information
is sent to subwoofer.
DIRECT - Sets all speakers to the Large setting and cancels all other filters. This mode is mandated
by DTS, not Dolby or THX. ADA does not recommend this mode if your speaker system is not be able
to play full range audio through the front and surround speakers.
Two Channel Audio Sources Overview
Dolby Surround 2.0
Older films on DVD often feature this track because these movies were never mastered in more than
two channels. Dolby surround 2.0 may also appear on DTS encoded discs that are required to provide
an alternative audio track in addition to DTS. If you find the Suite 7.1 decoding in Surround 2.0 on a
current DVD, you may have the wrong language selected or the DVD player may be set incorrectly.
Material encoded in Dolby 2.0 can also be decoded in any of the two channel modes described below.
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PCM Digital Audio
PCM digital audio (Pulse Code Modulation) is the stereo audio that is digitally encoded onto CDs and
laser discs, as well as the audio output of some broadcast receivers. For standard PCM digital audio, no
prior decoding takes place to derive the stereo signal (as in Dolby Surround 2.0). Material encoded in
Dolby 2.0 can also be decoded in any of the two channel modes described below.
Analog Audio (Stereo or Mono)
As with two channel PCM or Dolby Digital audio, the Suite 7.1 is capable of processing standard two
channel analog signals with all of the two channel modes described below.
Two Channel Decoding Modes
The Suite 7.1 can decode two channel signals in Dolby Surround 2.0, digital PCM or two channel
analog audio in any of the modes listed below including any enhancements you choose to add.
STEREO - This two channel mode will active only the left and right speakers along with the subwoofer.
MONO - In this mode, only the center channel and the subwoofer are active. If a stereo signal is in
play, both right and left channels mix to mono and play through the center speaker.
DTS NEO 6 - DTS Neo 6 is one of the few Two Channel modes that will permit you to engage your
entire speaker array (7.1) when playing a two-channel source. Here, the L, C, R, SUB, LS, RS, SBL,
and SBR Output channel lamps are on and all speakers are active.
DTS NEO6+THX - This mode is the same as DTS Neo 6 and includes the addition of THX
enhancements.
PROLOGIC - Pro Logic decoding is a matrix decoding mode for two-channel soundtracks and
works best with material that was specifically encoded in Dolby Surround. Here the surround channels
have a mono, not stereo sound field.
PROLOGIC THX - This mode is the same as Pro Logic and includes the addition of THX
enhancements. Here, the L, C, R, SUB, LS, and RS Output channel lamps are on, all speakers are
active, and the THX symbol is illuminated.
PLII MOVIE - Pro Logic II Movie decoding is an advanced matrix decoding mode for two-channel
film soundtracks and is optimized for programs or movies that are encoded in Dolby Surround. Here
the surround speakers have greater spatial separation, providing a more stereo like sound field. This
mode is also appropriate for video games. This mode retains the important features of Pro Logic, but
with full-bandwidth stereo surround output, the listening experience is much closer to the sound you
get from Dolby Digital.
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PLII MVE + THX - This mode is the same as Pro Logic II Movie and includes the addition of THX
enhancements. This is also an excellent mode for film playback when THX enhancements are preferred.
PLII MATRIX - Pro Logic II Matrix produces surround sound from mono material.
PLII VIRTUAL - Pro Logic II Virtual is the same as the Movie mode but here, no delay is applied to
the surround channels.
PLII MUSIC - Pro Logic II Music creates a rich and enveloping surround ambience from stereo
sources such as CDs. In Pro Logic II Music mode, three controls permit you to fine-tune the soundfield.
PLII CUSTOM1, PLII CUSTOM2, PLII CUSTOM3 - The Suite 7.1features three custom Pro
Logic II modes.
Proprietary Two Channel ADA Modes
QUAD BYPASS - Quad Bypass is a proprietary ADA Mode that will permit you to engage your entire
speaker array (7.1) when playing a two-channel source. Quad Bypass is ideal for music playback and
utilizes the entire sound field. Here, the L, C, R, SUB, LS, RS, SBL, and SBR
STEREO ENH - Stereo Enhance is a proprietary ADA Mode that is applied to two-channel signal
and is useful for playback of source material with relatively weak stereo separation.
MONO ENH - Mono Enhance is a proprietary ADA Mode that is applied to a mono signal and is
useful for playback of source material with no stereo separation. There are two adjustments that can be
made to the Mono Enhance mode, Effect Delay and Effect Level.
Fun Modes
The Suite 7.1also features seven Fun Modes that may prove interesting to you. Stereo 5, Mono 5,
Stadium, Theater, Hall, Club, & Church
STEREO 5 - Stereo 5 is only capable of being engaged when playing two-channel source material.This
mode applies the stereo image across the entire sound field and will also play out of the back surround
speakers. Here, the L, C, R, SUB, LS, RS, SBL, and SBR Output channel lamps are on.
MONO 5 - Mono 5 is only capable of being engaged when playing two-channel source material. This
mode applies a mono image across the entire sound field and will also play out of the back surround
speakers. Here, the L, C, R, SUB, LS, RS, SBL, and SBR Output channel lamps are on. The other five
Fun Modes are room type modes; Stadium , Theater, Hall, Club, and Church. Unlike either Cinema
Modes which are specific to only multi-channel digital source material or Two Channel Modes which
are specific to only stereo or mono source material, these five Fun Modes can be applied to all types of
material playing through the Suite 7.1(with the exception of DVD Audio or SACD).
STADIUM - This mode is supposed to sound like a stadium and is useful for playback of a concert or
sporting event. Here, the L, C, R, SUB, LS, and RS Output channel lamps are on.
THEATER - This mode is supposed to sound like a theater and is useful for playback of plays or
operas. Here, the L, C, R, SUB, LS, and RS Output channel lamps are on.
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HALL - This mode is supposed to sound like a hall and is useful for playback of chamber music. Here,
the L, C, R, SUB, LS, and RS Output channel lamps are on.
CLUB - This mode is supposed to sound like a dance club and is useful for playback of music videos
and other dance music. Here, the L, C, R, SUB, LS, and RS Output channel lamps are on.
CHURCH - This mode is supposed to sound like a church and is useful for playback of choral music.
THX Enhancements
For either Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, or DTS ES, THX enhancements can be turned on
or off. THX is an exclusive set of standards and technologies established to make your experience of
the film soundtrack as faithful as possible to what the director intended. Movie soundtracks are mixed
in special movie theaters called dubbing stages and are designed to be played back in movie theaters
with similar equipment and conditions. The soundtrack created for the movie theater is then transferred directly onto Laserdisc, VHS tape, DVD, etc., and is not changed for playback in a small home
theater environment. THX engineers developed patented technologies to accurately translate the sound
from the movie theater environment into the home, correcting the tonal and spatial errors that occur.
When the THX mode is on, the following three THX technologies are automatically added after the
decoded signal:
Re-Equalization™ - The tonal balance of a film soundtrack will be excessively bright and harsh when
played back over audio equipment in the home because the film soundtracks were designed to be
played back in large movie theatres using very different professional equipment. Re-Equalization restores
the correct tonal balance for watching a movie soundtrack in a small home environment.
Timbre Matching™ - The human ear changes our perception of a sound depending on the direction
from which the sound is coming. In a movie theater, there is an array of surround speakers so that the
surround information is all around you. In a home theater, you use only two speakers located to the side
of your head. The Timbre Matching feature filters the information going to the surround speakers so
that they more closely match the tonal characteristics of the sound coming from the front and surround
speakers.
Adaptive Decorrelation™ - In a movie theater, a large number of surround speakers help create an
enveloping surround sound experience, but in a home theater there are usually, only two speakers. This
can make the surround speakers sound like headphones that lack spaciousness and envelopment. The
surround sounds collapse into the closest speaker as you move away from the middle seating position.
Adaptive Decorrelation slightly changes on surround channel’s time and phase relationship with respect
to the other surround channel. This expands the listening position and creates—with only two
speakers—the same spacious surround experience as in a movie theater
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Cinema Reference Mach II PC Program
The Cinema Reference Mach II is capable of being controlled and setup from a special PC program
provided by ADA, the Cinema Ref. II PCOS. You will need to communicate with the Cinema Reference
as outlined in this manual under PC Setup & Control. This section will assist you in understanding the
software application.
When the application is running, the Main page permits you set your Com Port, the Address of the
unit (typically address 00) and the Baud Rate (1200 Baud Out of the Box). The lower portion of the
window permits you to turn the unit off, mute, unmute/power on. You can also opt to raise and lower
Volume in either .5dB or 1dB steps as well as Recall and Store volume presets. This page also permits
you to recall both Balance and Tone presets. The Red and Blue squares are update information requests
and when pressed, will cause the Cinema Reference Mach II to update data based on the buttons
function. As you place your cursor over the Red button squares, the type of data that will be updated
will display in a yellow text box. The Blue button squares update the information in the top portion of
the window. This applies to all screens.
Under the Cinema Mode tab, the Input Control sub-tab permits selection of both the Main Input and
the Record Input. Under the Download Labels and Parameters sub-tab, you can proceed to alter the
Input Labels to customize your Cinema Reference Mach II. To do so, select an input number from the
column on the left. The Input Label will display and you can then highlight the name using your
mouse and type in your own Input Label. ADA strongly suggests leaving the one or two digit numeric
input number reference in place. You may also select the audio and video jacks assigned to this Input
Number/Label, as well as the signal that will emit from the Processed RGB output. Low Voltage
trigger assignment is also facilitated on this page individually for Triggers 1 and 2. Lastly, you may also
select the two Default Modes and the two User Modes for this Input Number/Label. Once all these
features are set, you may save them for future reference. To do so, press the Save File button and assign
a file name to this setup. To recall these saved settings, you will press the Load File button and then
select the desired file you wish to open. To download this setup to the Cinema Reference Mach II,
press the Download All button. Download Input will just download the selected input.
Under the Mode Selection sub-tab, you have the opportunity to select Modes directly. If the Cinema
Reference Mach II is playing a non-Two Channel source (5.1), the Cinema Modes in the lower half of
the window will be active. If the Cinema Reference Mach II is playing a Two-Channel source (2.0),
the 2 Channel Modes in the upper half of the window will be active.
Under the Enhancement subtab, you can: Turn Re-EQ, Timbre Match, and Decorrelation on or off
providing that you are not in a THX mode. Set the Dynamic Range. Set the Stereo Enhancement
Mode settings. Set the Mono Enhancement Mode settings. When playing Two-Channel source
material in the Pro Logic II Music mode you adjust Center Width control, Dimension Control, and
turn Panorama on or off. These features will be unavailable in other Pro Logic modes (other than
Custom PLII modes). For Pro Logic II Custom I, II, or III (with or without THX), these additional
features become active in addition to those just mentioned. Here you set the Surround speakers filters,
turn Surround Delay on or off, invert the Right Surround speaker’s polarity, set the Matrix Coefficient,
and turn Auto Balance on or off. These features are not available on any modes other than the three
Custom PL II modes.
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Under the Solo sub-tab, you can selectively engage on speaker at a time. This tab also details system
information including Input and Output formats. Under the Tones sub-tab, there are two addition subsub tabs marked Group A and Group B. Under the Group A tab, you can determine which speakers are
active in Group A, the Frequency point for Treble and the Treble Level. You can do the same for Bass,
setting both the Bass Frequency point and the Bass Level. Under the Group B tab, you can determine
which speakers are active in Group A, the Frequency point for Treble and the Treble Level. You can do
the same for Bass, setting both the Bass Frequency point and the Bass Level. Once you have set
speakers up in these two groups and adjusted their level, you can opt to Store these settings on one of
the four Tone Presets by pressing the corresponding Tones Store number. The Misc tab allows you to
set the volume using a sliding control at the top of this window. You can also set the Cinema Reference
Mach II’s maximum volume level and select the Turn-On Volume Preset. DTS LFE settings are also
adjusted on this page.
Under the Pro Setup tab, there are six sub-tabs that are in order according to THX setup suggestions.
The 1-Speaker tab permits you to determine the size of the speakers. For the subwoofer, you can
determine if one exists in your system and also set the Crossover Frequency point. Under 2-Levels, you
can set the balance levels using an SPL meter. Here you can engage the Cinema Reference Mach II’s
internal pink-noise generator to facilitate this setup. Once setup is completed, you can also Store the
Balance Preset in one of the four Balance Presets by simply pressing the Balance Store number. The 3Delay sub-tab permits you to set the delays for each channel. ADA reminds you to keep at least one
speaker set to 0 as this is the speaker that is the greatest distance from the seating area. All speakers
that are closer to the seating area should have their delays set accordingly.
Under the 4-Bass tab, you can set the Bass limiters level and even engage subwoofer pink noise. Under
the 5-THX sub-tab, you can turn Boundary Gain on or off and also adjust the ASA setting. Under the
Remote sub-tab, you can use single steps to proceed through all of the Cinema Reference Mach II
steps one by one, using a Execute,. Previous, and Next step button. These features exist to permit the
Cinema Reference Mach II to be setup using the OSD output in conjunction with a hand-held IR
remote control.
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