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Meridian DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
Meridian DSP33 Digital
Loudspeaker System
User Guide
Preface
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Meridian Audio Ltd
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Contents
Introduction
1
Introduces the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker
System, and gives guidelines and
suggested layouts to help you plan your
Setting up the DSP33
Digital Loudspeaker
System
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surround system.
Describes how to unpack and install the
The DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker
digital loudspeakers and explains how to
System ................................................... 2
connect them to your equipment.
Using the DSP Digital
Loudspeaker System 19
Unpacking .............................................. 10
Provides step-by-step instructions for
Positioning the digital loudspeakers ...... 11
operating the digital loudspeakers in
Connecting the loudspeakers ................ 13
compact systems with no other
Connecting the digital loudspeakers ..... 15
preamplifier or control unit.
Sample configurations ........................... 5
Specification and accessories ............... 7
Selecting a source ................................. 20
Adjusting the volume ............................. 21
Adjusting the balance or phase ............. 22
Preface
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Configuring the DSP33
loudspeakers using a
computer
23
Describes how to configure the digital
loudspeakers using the Meridian
Configuration program.
Troubleshooting
35
The Meridian Configuration program ..... 24
Provides suggested solutions to typical
Running the Meridian Configuration
problems.
program ................................................. 25
Creating a new settings file .................... 27
Troubleshooting ..................................... 36
Changing the setup options ................... 29
Service and guarantee ........................... 39
Setting up sources ................................. 31
Preface
Completing the configuration ................ 34
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Index ...................................................... 41
Introduction
The Meridian DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System combines the latest
acoustic and drive unit technology with multiple built-in power amplifiers
and advanced high precision digital signal processing. The result is a
speaker that produces extremely high-quality sound from a compact
enclosure, and is ideal either as part of a stereo system or a full home
theatre.
For instructions on setting up the loudspeakers turn to the next chapter,
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System. Once they have been
set up refer to Using DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System, page 19, for
information about getting the best results from all your music and film
recordings.
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The DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
The DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System incorporates the result
of several years of research and development into innovative
technologies.
❍ To perform filtering or adjustment of the frequency response;
eg treble or bass.
❍ To provide volume control to 48-bit precision.
❍ To provide bass extension by boosting the bass at moderate
Digital Signal Processing
levels to take full advantage of the capabilities of the drive
units.
Digital Signal Processing, or DSP, is a technique pioneered by
Meridian in hi-fi products for achieving extremely accurate
If you are using the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System with a
reproduction of audio signals using high-precision mathematical
digital source, such as CD or DVD, the signals remain in digital
processing.
form until the last possible stage.
DSP allows sophisticated processing to be performed without
DSP33 drivers
any of the cumulative noise or degradation that inevitably
occurs, even with high-quality analogue circuitry. In addition, the
Each DSP33 loudspeaker uses two parallel 125mm (5") bass
signal improvement techniques incorporated in the DSP33
drive units. These incorporate a cast alloy chassis and a carbon
would be virtually impossible to implement in analogue circuitry.
fibre cone, and have a very large magnet which provides
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excellent drive and control. Combined with the Meridian’s active
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The DSP33 takes advantage of DSP for several different
bass extension technology, they provide surprisingly rich, deep
functions:
bass, quite unprecedented for this size of cabinet.
❍ To remove timing variations from the incoming digital signals
The treble unit is a very high quality 25mm (1") aluminium dome
(de-jittering).
❍ To split the frequency band between the treble and bass
drivers (crossover).
with a Neodymium magnet and a protective grille. It is extremely
well matched to the woofer, and also tonally very compatible
with the other speakers in the Meridian range.
Power amplifiers
Mounting options
The speakers are driven by two high-power low-feedback power
The DSP33 is designed to be used either vertically or
amplifiers. The combination of idealised magnetic design,
horizontally mounted and uses fully shielded drive units so that it
careful star earthing, and very fast output devices give the
can be placed above or below a television without interference.
amplifiers extremely low noise, high detail, and fast bass.
If ordered as a centre it is supplied with a plinth, which can be
used to give rigid support and tilt the centre channel towards the
The whole electronic assembly is supplied from a substantial
listener.
torroidal transformer feeding high-quality audiophile-grade
capacitors.
Meridian High Resolution (MHR)
Cabinet
The DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System supports Meridian High
Resolution (MHR), to allow you to connect to other MHR-
Each DSP33 loudspeaker is built around a precision
compliant Meridian products to take advantage of high-rate
manufactured aluminium cabinet. The rigidity of this material,
audio sources, and provide the additional benefits of lower jitter
combined with the built-in structural elements, gives incredibly
and improved sound quality on all sources.
low levels of cabinet resonance, which is further reduced by
MHR is a proprietary secure encoding format that uses
colouration, giving the loudspeaker amazing mid-range
encryption and anti-copy methods to provide a secure copyright
transparency.
protection environment, and allow the secure transfer of audio
streams within a Meridian-only system for playback only.
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additional damping. This results in a cabinet of exceptionally low
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Meridian Comms
The DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System is part of the Meridian
family of advanced digital, analogue, and video components,
and these incorporate a sophisticated communications link, to
allow you to control any combination of units using a single
remote, and ensure that they will work together as a fully
integrated system.
The communications system also allows you to extend your hi-fi
system into two or three rooms, with the ability to control the
sources in one room from the controller in another room.
The following pages show two recommended configurations
based on the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System to illustrate
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the flexibility of Meridian components.
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Sample configurations
Meridian Digital Compact Theatre™
DSP33 rear
DSP33 rear
DSP33
DSP33
Meridian DVD Player
DSP33
D1500
Meridian Surround Processor
The DSP33 provides an unusually good response for such a
Meridian Surround Processor to create a compact surround
compact case, and can be mounted either horizontally or
system with superb music and cinema sound.
vertically for total flexibility.
A Meridian D1500 Digital Subwoofer can be added for extended
bass performance.
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Five DSP33 loudspeakers can be used in conjunction with a
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DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
Other applications
Other applications include:
DSP33
DSP33
❍ High-quality multimedia PC speakers with RS232 control of
volume etc.
❍ Surround speaker in a Meridian Digital Theatre (extra S5 lead
required).
❍ Main speaker in a Digital Music System with a Meridian CD
Player (512 and D5 lead required).
Meridian DVD Player
512
❍ Main speakers with another source of digital audio; eg satellite
(512, D5 lead and MSR required).
❍ Second zone speaker in a Meridian two-room plus system
(long M5 lead, 512, D5 lead, and MSR required).
The DSP33 can be connected directly to almost any source that
provides a PCM SPDIF output, including CD or DVD players,
some PC soundcards, and digital satellite decoders. The DSP33
includes a DSP volume control, and with Meridian sources this
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operates seamlessly via the 500 comms system.
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Alternatively, the volume can be controlled with the Meridian
System Remote using the optional 512 Remote Eye, or via the
RS232 interface using the optional RS232 lead.
These applications may require additional accessories; for more
information see Available accessories, page 8.
Specification and accessories
Specification
Frequency response In room response within 3dB, 60Hz20kHz, lower at moderate volumes.
Digital inputs
2 x cable, 75Ω, IEC958, 32-96kHz. FIFO
locks at 44.1, 48, 88.2, or 96kHz ±
Crossover
Linear-phase ±30º at 2.3kHz.
150ppm.
Drive units
Woofers: 2 x 125mm (5") carbon fibre
custom drivers, cast alloy chassis.
1 x digital output cable, 75Ω, IEC958,
providing a copy of the selected input.
Processing
1 x Motorola 56364 running at 100MHz.
Power amplifiers
Low feedback complementary bipolar
Tweeter: 1 x 25mm (1") aluminium dome
neodymium magnet, with protective grille.
Control
design, with output-stage error
9-pin D connector for RS232 PC setup
correction and twin loop design.
and control, null modem, 9600 baud,
2N1, no handshake.
Treble: 50W RMS.
Bass: 85W RMS.
Digital to analogue
24-bit Delta-Sigma.
conversion
Cabinet
Extruded and cast aluminium with
bracing elements.
Dimensions
150mm x 395mm x 210mm
(5.9" x 15.6" x 8.3") (W x H x D).
Typically <0.01%, or <0.05% up
to full power at all frequencies.
Noise and hum
<-95dBr at all volume settings.
Acoustic output
Typically >104dB spl @ 1m.
Acoustic noise
<15dB spl @ 1m.
Weight
9.5kg (21lb) each.
Power
100-125; 200-250V AC 50-60Hz.
6VA idle; 200VA max.
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Distortion
2 x Meridian Comms.
Meridian Audio reserves the right to amend product
specifications at any time.
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Available accessories
The DSP33 is shipped ready to be used as the front speakers in
a small Meridian Digital Theatre with a Meridian DVD Player
(such as the 800 or 580) or a Meridian Digital Surround
Controller (such as the 861, 568, or 561).
Other applications, and some advanced features, may require
one or more of the following accessories, which can be
purchased from your Meridian dealer.
❍ Meridian System Remote.
❍ 512 Remote Eye for remote control reception.
❍ D5 lead for connecting between the 512 and DSP33.
❍ Additional S5 leads (8m and 14m).
❍ 511 S-patch box if connecting more than two DSP33s to a
561 Digital Surround Controller or 568 Digital Surround
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Processor.
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This chapter explains how to install the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker
System. It describes what you should find when you unpack the speakers,
how you should connect them to your other audio equipment, and the
siting constraints.
Before you begin installation you should ensure that your digital
loudspeaker system is the correct voltage for your local AC supply. If it is
not, do not try to install the unit, and contact your dealer.
You should not make any connections to the digital loudspeakers, or to
any other component in your system, while the AC power supply is
connected and switched on.
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
Setting up the DSP33
Digital Loudspeaker
System
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Unpacking
The digital loudspeaker system is supplied in a box containing
Radio interference
the following components:
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
FCC Warning: This equipment generates and can radiate radio
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❍ DSP33 Loudspeaker(s) complete with grille.
frequency energy and if not installed and used correctly in
❍ Four self-adhesive feet per speaker.
accordance with our instructions may cause interference to
❍ This user guide.
radio communications or radio and television reception. It has
❍ Power cord suitable for your territory per speaker.
been type-tested and complies with the limits set out in Subpart
❍ Meridian M5 lead.
J, Part 15 of FCC rules for a Class B computing device. These
❍ Meridian S5 lead.
limits are intended to provide reasonable protection against
❍ Meridian Configuration program.
such interference in home installations.
❍ RS232 cable.
❍ R reset plug (see page 13).
EEC: This product has been designed and type-tested to
❍ Centre channel plinth (if ordered as a centre channel).
comply with the limits set out in EN55013 and EN55020.
If any of these items is missing, please contact your dealer. We
suggest that you retain the packaging carefully, as it provides
maximum protection in transit.
Positioning the digital loudspeakers
Safety warnings
To position the digital loudspeakers
❍ Do not expose the speakers to dripping or splashing.
The DSP33 loudspeakers can be used either horizontally or
❍ Do not place any object filled with liquid, such as a vase, on
vertically. If the DSP33 is mounted on a bookshelf, or mounted
on the speakers.
horizontally on top of a television, the feet should be attached as
shown below. The best sound will only be obtained if the DSP33
is firmly mounted, and does not rock when pushed.
To avoid overheating
Do not position the speakers:
❍ In direct sunlight.
❍ Near heat sources, such as a radiator.
❍ Directly on top of heat producing equipment, such as a power
amplifier.
The DSP33 cabinet acts as a heatsink and requires adequate
ventilation. Ensure that air can flow around it.
To avoid interference
Do not position the speakers:
❍ Near strong magnetic radiation, such as near a power amplifier.
Vertical
Horizontal
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
the speakers.
❍ Do not place naked flame sources, such as lighted candles,
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To obtain the best sound
To wall mount the digital
loudspeakers
For best results adjust the position of the loudspeakers while
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
listening to music.
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The DSP33 has been designed to be secured with an
OmniMount 75 Series wall bracket, details of which may be
If possible, have the most acoustically absorbent wall in the
obtained from OmniMount Systems, USA (818-766-9000). The
room behind the front speakers. Ideally have each DSP33 at
mounting bolts are shown on the back panel. These are M6
least 0.5m (20") from a corner.
Allen Bolts. Do not use any other bolt for the OmniMount
bracket. Please follow the instructions for fitting provided with
If the speakers are mounted on stands, position them
the bracket. It is entirely the responsibility of the installer to
approximately 0.25m (12") from the wall.
ensure that the DSP33 is securely fastened.
If you are using the speaker as a centre channel, place the
No other bolts should be undone on the rear panel.
speaker centrally between the main left-right pair and, if
possible, arrange for the tweeters of the three speakers to be
approximately the same height. The plinth allows the centre
channel to tilt towards the listener for optimum imaging.
Caution: The DSP33 is heavy for its size.
Connecting the loudspeakers
Back panel
The following diagram gives details of the rear panel
connections:
DIGITAL
INPUT OUTPUT
MERIDIAN COMMS
OUTPUT
INPUT
RS232
1
CHANNEL
LEFT/
CENTRE
Digital
inputs
Connections
2
RIGHT
Comms Channel
selection PC
MERIDIAN COMMS
OUTPUT
INPUT
RS232
1
2
CHANNEL
Omnimount
wall bracket
fixing holes
LEFT/
CENTRE
RIGHT
To reset the configuration of the
digital loudspeaker
OFF
Power input
ON
Fuse
The following procedure can be used to reset the configuration
of the DSP33 loudspeaker to the default settings, without
needing a computer, using the R reset plug supplied.
● Unplug the COMMS connections.
● Plug the R reset plug into the COMMS input socket.
● Switch the loudspeaker off, and then on again.
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
DIGITAL
INPUT OUTPUT
Digital
output
● Replace the original COMMS connection.
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Digital connections
Communications connections
The following table gives details of the digital audio inputs:
The following table gives details of the communications
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
connections:
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Use this input
To connect to this
DIGITAL INPUT 1,
A digital source, such as a digital
DIGITAL INPUT 2
preamplifier, digital control unit, CD
Use this connection
To connect to this
COMMS INPUT
The COMMS connection on a
player or DVD player.
DIGITAL OUTPUT
Meridian control unit or
preamplifier.
A second (slave) DSP loudspeaker,
using an S5 lead.
COMMS OUTPUT
The COMMS INPUT on a second
DSP loudspeaker.
The digital connections should be made with high-quality 75Ω
screened cable. Suitable cables are available from Meridian. We
do not recommend using audio cables, which do not have
adequate shielding or the correct impedance, or cables intended
for UHF applications, as these do not provide adequate
shielding in the 1–30MHz region.
RS232
The serial port of a PC, to
configure the DSP33. See
Configuring the DSP33
loudspeakers using a computer,
page 23.
Connecting the digital loudspeakers
To connect two DSP33 loudspeakers
in a Meridian system
loudspeaker.
To use a DSP33 loudspeaker as a
centre speaker
M5 lead
DSP33 – Main L
DIGITAL
COMMS
INPUT OUTPUT OUTPUT INPUT
1
You can use a single DSP33 as a centre speaker in a Meridian
DIGITAL
COMMS
INPUT OUTPUT OUTPUT INPUT
1
CHANNEL
2
surround system.
CHANNEL
● Connect the speaker to the CENTRE digital output using an
S5 lead
M5 lead, as shown in the previous illustration.
● Set the CHANNEL switch on the back of the loudspeaker to
You can connect two DSP33 loudspeakers directly to a Meridian
DVD player, Meridian 568 Digital Surround Processor, Meridian
561 Digital Surround Controller, or Meridian 562V Multimedia
Controller.
● Connect one of the COMMS sockets on the Meridian source
or control unit, and the MAIN digital output, to one of the
digital speakers using the M5 lead supplied.
the LEFT/CENTRE position.
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
DIGITAL
COMMS OUTPUT
2
supplied, as shown in the illustration.
● Set the CHANNEL switch to the appropriate position on each
562V Multimedia Controller
DSP33 – Main R
● Link the two digital speakers together using the S5 lead
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To connect three or more DSP33
loudspeakers in a Meridian surround
system
If your system includes more than two Meridian DSP
loudspeakers you will need a 511 S-patch box (available
separately) to link together the S5 leads from each speaker, as
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CHANNEL
● Use the comms part of an M5 lead to connect one of the
COMMS sockets on the Meridian Surround Controller to the
digital speaker you have chosen as the master (typically the
568 Digital Surround Processor
● Use the audio part of the M5 lead to connect the digital
COMMS DIGITAL OUTPUTS
speaker to the appropriate digital output socket.
M5 lead
● Connect the COMMS output from the master digital speaker
511 S-patch box
S5 lead
S5 lead (digital unused)
DSP33 – Main R
to one socket on the 511 using an S5 lead.
● Link all the other digital speakers together using S5 leads, as
DSP33 – Main L
DIGITAL
COMMS
INPUT OUTPUT OUTPUT INPUT
1
2
centre speaker).
2
DIGITAL
COMMS
INPUT OUTPUT OUTPUT INPUT
1
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
shown on the left.
DSP33
Centre (master)
shown in the illustration. The other sockets on the 511 can be
DIGITAL
COMMS
INPUT OUTPUT OUTPUT INPUT
1
CHANNEL
2
used to distribute the comms to each slave speaker.
CHANNEL
● Use the duplicate sockets on each digital speaker to link the
speakers together in pairs, corresponding to the pairs of
S5 lead
channels on the digital outputs.
● Set the CHANNEL switch on the back of each speaker to the
appropriate position.
To connect two DSP33 loudspeakers
to a Meridian CD Player or other
digital source
lead.
● Link the two digital speakers together using the S5 lead
supplied, as shown in the illustration.
512 Remote Eye
● Set the CHANNEL switch to the appropriate position on each
DIGITAL
COMMS OUTPUT
loudspeaker.
M5 lead
DSP33 – Main R
See the chapter Using the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker system,
DSP33 – Main L
DIGITAL
COMMS
INPUT OUTPUT OUTPUT INPUT
1
2
D5 lead
page 19, for information about controlling the DSP33
DIGITAL
COMMS
INPUT OUTPUT OUTPUT INPUT
1
CHANNEL
2
loudspeakers.
CHANNEL
S5 lead
You can create a complete system by connecting a pair of DSP33
loudspeakers directly to a digital source. You need the optional
Meridian 512 Remote Eye, and a D5 lead, to allow you to control
the volume and balance using the Meridian System Remote.
● Connect one of the COMMS sockets on the Meridian source,
and the digital output, to one of the digital speakers and one
of the sockets on the D5 lead, as shown in the diagram.
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
508.24 24-Bit CD Player
● Connect the 512 Remote Eye to the other socket on the D5
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To use the DSP33 as a multimedia
speaker with a PC
Setting up the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
The DSP33 can be controlled via its RS232 port using any
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terminal emulation software such as HyperTerminal. This allows
you to control the volume, balance, phase, bass and tilt in
addition to the advanced setup features described in the next
chapter.
● Connect the DSP33s together with the S5 lead supplied, as
shown in To connect two DSP33 Loudspeakers in a Meridian
system, page 15.
● Connect one end of the phono part of the M5 lead to the input
on the DSP33, and connect the other end to the soundcard’s
SPDIF digital output.
● Set the CHANNEL switch to the appropriate position on each
loudspeaker.
● Connect the RS232 lead to a serial port on the PC.
An application note giving more information is available on the
Meridian web site at http://www.meridian-audio.com.
Using the DSP33 Digital
Loudspeaker System
In systems with a Meridian preamplifier or control unit all of the functions
controller. For more information refer to the user guide for the preamplifier
or control unit, and you can ignore this chapter.
However, the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System can also be connected
directly to up to two digital sources to create a complete, minimum
system. This chapter provides step-by-step instructions for operating the
digital loudspeakers in a system with no Meridian preamplifier or control
unit.
Using the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
of the DSP33, including volume, tilt, and bass, are operated via the
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Selecting a source
When not playing, the digital loudspeakers should be left in the
To switch to standby
standby state. This uses a negligible amount of electricity, but
ensures that the components of the loudspeakers operate at
● Press Off on the remote.
maximum efficiency from the moment you start.
The loudspeakers will switch to standby and the back panel
Using the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
If you are not going to use the digital loudspeakers for several
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days you should switch each unit completely off at the back
panel, and disconnect it from the AC power supply.
To select a source
● Press the appropriate source key on the remote; eg DVD.
This will bring the digital loudspeakers out of standby, and the
back-panel indicator on each speaker will be bright.
As standard, all the sources are set to select the D1 digital input
of the DSP33. To select the D2 input, see To configure the
source options, page 31.
indicator on each speaker will dim.
Adjusting the volume
The digital loudspeakers adjust the volume in precise steps of
To restore the sound
1dB, where 9dB is equivalent to doubling the loudness, and can
be varied in the range 1 to 99dB.
● Press Mute again on the remote.
When you first connect power to the digital loudspeakers the
Alternatively, the sound will be restored if you adjust the volume.
volume is set to 65, which is similar to the midway position of
To change the volume
● Press the red A or V keys on the remote.
To mute the sound
● Press Mute on the remote.
When the sound is muted the back panel indicator on each
speaker is dimmed.
The back panel indicator on each speaker will go bright.
Using the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
the rotary volume control on a conventional preamplifier.
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Adjusting the balance or phase
The balance control of the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
To change the phase
uses digital signal processing to compensate for an off-centre
listening position by delaying and diminishing the sound in one
● Press A on the remote.
speaker, thus effectively shifting the speaker’s image back.
The phase function controls the absolute phase of the digital
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To change the balance
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conversion. It can be used to compensate for signals that are
out of phase, giving an unnatural-sounding bass.
● Press < or > on the remote.
There are 20 settings in each direction.
To reset the balance to the centre
● Press Von the remote.
Note: Because the use of the balance control processes the
digital signal, you may hear a slight clicking as the balance is
adjusted.
The DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System provides a range of configuration
options, which you can change to suit your own preferences and the other
equipment in your system. To configure the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker
System you connect the master loudspeaker to a PC, and then use the
Meridian Configuration program to set the configuration you want.
This chapter explains how to install the Meridian Configuration program,
and then how to use it create your own configuration of the DSP33.
Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
Configuring the DSP33
loudspeakers using a
computer
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The Meridian Configuration program
The Meridian Configuration program is a stand-alone Windows-
Requirements
Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
based application that lets you design your own configuration of
the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System to suit your own
To use the Meridian Configuration program you need:
personal preferences and the particular configuration of
equipment in your system.
❍ A computer running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows
The Meridian Configuration program provides the following
❍ A 100MHz or faster Pentium-class processor.
sections to allow you to control the corresponding aspects of
❍ At least 16Mbytes of RAM.
the speaker’s operation:
❍ 5Mbytes of free disk space.
NT 4.00.
❍ A vacant 9-pin serial port assigned to one of COM1 to 4.
Setup
Lets you specify general features of the multimedia
controller’s operation, including the operation of the
volume control and menus, and settings affecting
its operation in multi-room systems.
Sources
The software requires a mouse or similar pointing device – it
cannot be operated solely from the keyboard.
To install the Meridian Configuration
program
● Insert the first Meridian Configuration program installation
Lets you customise the operation of each of the
sources, including the audio input used for the
source, and additional information about the type of
each source.
disk.
● Choose Run... from the Start menu.
● Type A: setup and press R
.
● Follow the on-screen instructions, inserting the second
installation disk when prompted.
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Running the Meridian Configuration program
To run the Meridian Configuration
program
Configuration.
Option
Function
New
Creates a new settings file.
Open
Opens an existing settings file.
Save
Saves the current settings file to
disk.
The Meridian window will be displayed:
Fetch
Fetches the current configuration
of the attached product.
Store
Stores the current settings to the
attached product.
Disconnect
Disconnects the program from the
attached product.
Add Product
Adds a product to the current
settings.
Copy
The toolbar provides a convenient way of accessing the most
important menu options:
Copies text or settings onto the
clipboard.
Paste
Pastes text or settings from the
clipboard.
About
Displays program information.
Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
● Click Start, point at Programs, Meridian then click Product
Button
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Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
To select which loudspeaker to
configure
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To connect the serial cable
The serial cable is symmetrical, and can be connected either
In any system incorporating one or more DSP33 loudspeaker
way round.
you will need to configure the master DSP33 loudspeaker; ie the
one connected to the COMMS socket on your preamplifier or
control unit by an M5 lead.
You will only need to configure the other DSP33 loudspeakers in
your system if you want to change the Front or Centre speaker
boundary from its default value, Free, or set a Centre speaker
tilt offset. For more information see Changing the setup options,
page 29.
● Connect one end to the RS232 connector on the back panel
of the DSP33 loudspeaker.
● Connect the other end to one of the serial ports on the PC or
PC notebook computer.
Then specify the serial port you are using as follows:
● Choose Options... from the View menu to display the
Options dialogue box:
● Select the port you want to use and click the OK button.
Creating a new settings file
A new settings file will be created for you, with the initial name
Meridian Configuration program, and how to enter personal
MSF1, and the Meridian window will show a Digital active
information to identify the settings in your product.
loudspeaker icon to identify the product you are configuring.
If you are programming the DSP33 Loudspeaker for the first
time:
● Click the New button in the toolbar.
If you are amending an existing configuration:
● Click the Fetch button to fetch the existing settings.
The Progress dialogue box will show you the progress as the
settings are fetched:
● Choose Save As from the File menu, enter an appropriate
name for the file, such as your name, and click the Save
button.
Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
This section explains how to create a new settings file, using the
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To display the settings
To display or edit the settings
● Double-click the Digital active loudspeaker icon, to open it
● Double-click the Settings icon.
and display the settings it contains.
The Meridian window will change to show the two categories of
The left-hand panel of the Meridian window will change to show
settings contained in the settings file: Sources and Setup.
the following two icons:
The options available in each case are explained in the following
sections.
At this stage you may find it useful to maximise the Meridian
Configuration program window so you can see all the options on
each screen.
Settings is the initial configuration in the settings file.
Double-clicking Return to top level takes you back to the
previous level.
Changing the setup options
The next stage in editing the settings is to configure the general
If you choose Meridian surround controller the Start volume,
Setup options.
Tilt, and Bass options are controlled by the surround controller,
● Set the Speaker use to Normal for a main or surround
● Click the Setup icon in the left-hand panel of the Meridian
speaker, or Centre for a centre speaker.
window.
If the speaker is close to a wall or corner, you can optionally
The Setup options will be displayed:
apply bass equalisation to adjust the frequency response to
compensate for its position.
● Use the appropriate Front or Centre speaker boundary
drop-down menu to choose the appropriate option:
Option
What it means
Free
Flat frequency response.
Boundary
Speaker closer than 0.5m (2') to a wall.
Sub 1 or 2
Applies a second-order high-pass filter at
80Hz or 120Hz respectively for use with
an analogue subwoofer.
Corner
Speaker closer than 0.5m (2') to a corner.
Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
and will be greyed out in the Meridian Configuration program.
To change the setup options
● In the Controlled by section choose the appropriate option
for the system you are using.
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For best results with a Meridian D1500 or D2500 subwoofer
Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
choose Free, Boundary, or Corner as appropriate.
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If you have specified the Speaker Use as Centre you can apply
a Centre Speaker tilt offset, which is added to the Tilt value for
the selected source.
Advanced options
The Advanced options are described in the following table:
Option
What it means
Volume control
Specifies whether the DSP33
provides volume control for the
The recommended setting is -1dB when the speaker is
system. Choose Main if the DSP33 is
positioned above a television.
in the main room, Secondary if the
DSP33 is used in a second room, or
Start volume
None if the DSP33 is in the second or
third room of a three-room system.
The Start volume setting determines the volume selected on
coming out of standby.
Comms controller
Specifies whether the DSP33 is
status
controller, not controller, or set
● Set the Start volume to 65 to leave the volume unchanged
(as on other Meridian products).
● Set the Start volume to a value other than 65 to set the
volume to that value.
automatically.
System address
For multi-room setups.
Setting up sources
This section describes how to use the Meridian Configuration
To configure the source options
program to configure the sources provided by the digital active
To set up sources
● Select the source in the list of sources.
The settings for the source are shown in a panel to the right:
● Click the Sources icon in the left-hand panel of the Meridian
window.
The right-hand panel shows a list of the 12 sources that are
available. For each source you can configure its audio, tone, and
advanced settings.
To change the name used to identify the source when using
RS232 control:
● Choose a name from the Name drop-down menu.
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loudspeaker.
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Choosing Unused prevents the source from appearing when
Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
you press the corresponding source key on the Meridian System
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Remote.
The name used to identify each source is shown in the list of
sources, followed by the Meridian System Remote key used to
select the source in brackets.
Bass
The Bass setting allows you to adjust the bass response to
match the room. The Bass can be adjusted between -5dB and
+5dB steps.
The effect of the Tilt and Bass settings on the frequency
response of the loudspeaker is shown in the following graphs:
● From the Audio source drop-down menu specify the digital
input you want to use for the source.
Initially all sources are set up to use input D1, but you can
connect a second source to D2.
Bass Boost / Cut
Tilt
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Tilt
The Tilt setting allows you to adjust the broad balance of the
DSP33 to correct for the acoustics of your listening room, or for
If the DSP33 loudspeakers are controlled by a Meridian
a misbalanced recording.
Surround Controller, the Tilt and Bass settings are adjusted by
the surround controller.
The Tilt can be adjusted between -10dB and +10dB in 0.5dB
steps. Normally settings between -2.0dB and 1.0dB will give the
most natural results.
Advanced
Specify the Advanced options as follows:
to the source.
● If the source is connected to another Meridian unit, set
Comms type to 1C for a Meridian CD player, 2C for a
Meridian FM tuner, and 3C for a Meridian DVD player.
Otherwise set it to None.
● If you have two Meridian source units of the same type you
can configure them to have different Comms addresses. You
can then select the appropriate source by specifying its
Comms address in the Comms address field.
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● Select Poor digital audio source if you have difficulty locking
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Configuring the DSP33 loudspeakers using a computer
Completing the configuration
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The final stage in creating a settings file is to save it, and then
If the download was successful the DSP33 will switch itself to
store it to the speaker.
standby and the back-panel indicator will go dim.
To save the current settings
● Choose Save from the File menu or click the Save toolbar
button, to save the changes you have made to the
settings file to your PC hard disk.
To store the settings to the DSP33
loudspeaker
● Click the Store button.
The settings will then be downloaded and the back-panel
indicator will flash.
As the download proceeds the following dialogue box shows its
progress:
Troubleshooting
This chapter provides suggested solutions to typical problems that may
occur when setting up the digital loudspeaker(s).
If you are still not able to resolve a difficulty with the help of this guide and
the suggestions in the following pages, please contact your Meridian
dealer or Meridian Audio Ltd.
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Troubleshooting
Green indicator on back panel not lit
Unit goes silent when played hard
Check the following:
❍ DSP33 has a temperature sensing system on board, which
prevents overheating of the electronics. The sound will
❍ There is AC power connected to the socket on the back of the
continue when the speaker has cooled.
DSP33.
❍ The power switch on the back panel of the DSP33 is turned
on.
If the DSP33 will still not illuminate, check any fuses in your
Drive units move when the speaker is
switched on or off
❍ This is normal as the speaker active electronics settle.
power supply and the fuse in the inlet of the DSP33. If these are
all intact, contact your dealer.
There is radio interference
Remote not working
The DSP33 is a digital audio and computing device which has
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been designed to very high standards of electromagnetic
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Check the following:
compatibility.
❍ The battery in the Meridian System Remote.
If this equipment does cause or suffer from interference to/from
❍ See if the DSP33 has been set up as not controller in the
radio or television reception then the following measures should
Meridian Configuration program; see Changing the setup
be tried:
options, page 29. Note that this may be deliberate by your
dealer.
❍ Reorient the receiving aerial (or antenna) or route the antenna
cable of the receiver as far as possible from the DSP33 and its
cabling.
❍ Ensure that the receiver uses well-screened antenna cable.
❍ Relocate the receiver with respect to the DSP33.
❍ Connect the receiver and this product to different AC outlets.
Meridian Configuration program
repeatedly fails to talk to the
loudspeaker
❍ If the problem persists contact your dealer.
❍ Check that you have selected a COMMS port.
Centre not working
❍ Check that no other program currently running is using the
There may be a connection problem.
❍ Check that it is connected correctly.
COMMS port.
❍ Turn off the DSP33 for a few seconds and turn back on, then
❍ Check that the channel switch is set to LEFT/CENTRE.
retry.
❍ Quit from all other programs and retry.
Configuring the DSP33 does not have
any effect
❍ Reboot the computer and retry.
Make sure that you are configuring the DSP33 used as the
❍ If you are using a laptop try turning off the screensaver or
❍ Ensure you are using the serial lead supplied with the product,
or a null modem cable.
master digital loudspeaker in the system. This determines the
power management software.
configuration of all digital loudspeakers in the system.
❍ Check that it is connected correctly.
❍ Turn the system on from another Meridian product in the
This normally indicates that the DSP33 is overheating, and that it
has shut down to cool down. If the DSP33 is cold, it may
indicate a fault.
system.
Troubleshooting
Unit stays in standby – light is dim
Green indicator on back panel is
flashing
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Only the master loudspeaker plays
❍ Check the S5 cables are connected correctly.
Sound is odd or mono
❍ Check the channel selector switches on both loudspeakers
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are correctly set.
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Service and guarantee
Service
Guarantee
The Meridian components have been carefully designed to give
The DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System is guaranteed against
years of untroubled service. There are no user-serviceable parts
defects in material and workmanship for two years from the date
inside the case, nor do the units require any form of
of purchase.
maintenance.
The guarantee is void if the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker System
In the unlikely event that your DSP33 fails to function correctly,
has been subject to misuse, accident, or negligence, or has
it should be returned, in its original packaging, to your Meridian
been tampered with or modified in any way without the written
dealer.
authorisation of Meridian Audio Limited. Note that connecting
anything other than the correct network lead to the COMMS
In case of difficulty within the UK or USA please contact the
sockets may cause damage to the DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker
appropriate sales and service address shown on page ii.
System which will not be covered by this guarantee. Attempted
servicing by unauthorised people may also invalidate this
In case of difficulty outside the UK or USA, contact the importing
guarantee. Labour and carriage charges are not covered unless
agent for the territory. A list of Meridian agents abroad is
by local agreement.
available from Meridian Audio.
This guarantee does not limit your statutory rights within the
Troubleshooting
Outside the UK, local warranty liability is restricted to equipment
United Kingdom.
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No responsibility can be accepted for the DSP33 whilst in transit
purchased within the territory. Our agents abroad are only under
to the factory or an agent, and customers are therefore advised
contractual obligation to service under guarantee equipment
to insure the unit. When seeking service under guarantee, proof
sold through them. They are entitled to make a non-refundable
of the date of purchase will be required.
charge for any service carried out on other equipment.
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Troubleshooting
Index
A
M
Accessories 8
Audio inputs, digital 14
communications 4
Meridian comms
B
Back panel 13
Balance
22
program
Centre speaker
not working 37
using DSP33 as
DSP33 Digital Loudspeaker
System 6
24
Meridian Digital Compact
installation 24
running
15
Theatre™ 5
25
Save As (File menu) 27
toolbar buttons 25
Selecting a source 20
Meridian Digital Compact
Serial cable, connecting 26
Theatre™
5
Serial port, specifying 26
Communications connections 14
Meridian High Resolution (MHR) 3
Settings file, creating 27
Components 10
Muting the sound
Settings icon 28
21
Computer, configuring using 23
Configuring the digital surround
Setup icon 24, 29
O
controller
Options (View menu) 26
Setup options, using a PC 29
Options dialogue box 26
Sources
using a computer 23
configuring options using a PC 31
P
using the reset plug 13
Phase
22
Positioning
D
selecting 20
11
setting up using a PC 31
Digital audio inputs 14
Sources icon 24, 31
R
Digital audio output 14
Drivers 2
Radio interference
Reset plug
24
Specification 7
Standby
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switching to 20
13
Return to top level icon
Switching to standby 20
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Index
Installing the Meridian
Configuration program
10, 36
Remote
troubleshooting
I
Safety warnings 11
Sample configurations
4, 14
Meridian Configuration
Bass 32
C
S
Meridian 500 Series 2
Introduction 1
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T
Tilt
32
Toolbar buttons 25
Troubleshooting 35
U
Unpacking 10
V
Volume
adjusting
Index
muting
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21
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