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Audio Integration Note
Manufacturer:
Russound
Model Number(s):
ACA-E5 / ZXP-E5 / ST2 (AM/FM/XM/Sirius)
5.0.682/5.1.217 -5.9.28 control with virtual keypads
Comments:
Document Revision Date:
6.0.236 and newer includes zone controller integration only, no virtual
keypads for source control.
10/31/12
OVERVIEW AND SUPPORTED FEATURES
The Russound ACA-E5 is an 8-zone, 12 source AV switcher that supports RS-232 for reliable control and
feedback in ELAN. The ACA-E5 may be used in a stack with additional ACA-E5’s or ZXP-E5’s for up to
48 zones. The ZXP-E5 is an audio only, 6-zone expander for the ACA-E5. In addition, control of attached
RNET devices through the ACA-E5 serial connection is possible and supported by ELAN.
THE FOLLOWING FEATURES ARE SUPPORTED:
Traditional Whole-House Audio: The ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 has keypads in each zone that control the
volume and source. Volume and Source control are available in all zones from ELAN.
Support for IR: The ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 has IR outputs that can provide signals to each of the sources,
enabling transport control (Play, Pause, Stop, etc) for equipment that has IR control. The ACA-E5/ZXPE5 has a built-in library of existing codes, as well as the ability to learn codes.
Support for Video: The ACA-E5 (not the ZXP-E5) sends both audio and video (composite only) to each
zone.
Support for AM/FM/Satellite Radio (v5.0-v5.9): Control and feedback from AM/FM/XM/Sirius radio,
whether from internal tuner modules or RNET ST-2 tuners, is available in ELAN.
Support for iBridge over RNET (v5.0-v5.9): Control and feedback of the Russound iBridge is available
in ELAN when the iBridge is connected to the Sphere system.
Multi-Chassis: Multiple ACE-E5’s and/or ZXP-E5’s may be stacked together and communicate via RNET
to increase the number of zone outputs. ELAN supports control of multiple chassis installs over a single
serial connection.
THE FOLLOWING FEATURES ARE UNSUPPORTED:
Virtual Keypads for source control (v6): source control via virtual keypads is not supported in version
6.0.
RDS: RDS Data info for AM/FM tuners is not supported.
Triggers, Paging, Doorbell: Control and feedback from Triggers, Paging and Doorbell features are not
supported.
Party and Do-Not-Disturb Modes: Control of Party and Do-Do-Not disturb is not available in ELAN.
Sub-zones: ACA-E5’s may have a sub-zone module installed. Sub-zones are not currently supported in
ELAN.
OSD/HR2/TS2 Controllers: The g! Software On-Screen Display, HR2 and the TS2 WILL NOT
FUNCTION CORRECTLY with this zone controller’s source devices and is specifically NOT supported.
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Source control in an “output from zone” configuration: virtual keypads for source control will not
work unless they are directly in a Russound zone. They will not work when a zone from Russound is
configured as a source in another zone controller.
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INSTALLATION OVERVIEW
1. During the rough-in phase, install speaker wire for the speakers and Cat5 cable for keypads, in each
zone.
2. Also during the rough-in phase, run a two Cat5 wires from the location of the ACA-E5 back to the
Network Assembly of the ELAN system for RS-232 communications. Refer to the RS-232
Connection Options Integration Note for other options.
Note: The second Cat-5 is required for connection to the Ethernet Switch if you will be controlling a
SMS3 from the ACA-E5 keypads, and may also be used for programming the ACA-E5.
3. Mount the speakers and keypads in each zone, and install the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 and the sources.
4. Program the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5. This includes setting the number of sources, the names for each
source, and the IR codes for each source. Note: Disconnect the serial connection to ELAN prior to
programming the unit. The ACA-E5 may be programmed via USB, Serial or Ethernet.
5. If you have multiple ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 units in the system, remember to set the Controller Number for
the first ACA-E5 to 1, the second to 2 and so on.
6. Test the entire ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 system to ensure that all the sources play correctly in every zone,
and that the keypad buttons behave correctly from the keypads.
7. If the system includes one or more RNet devices (such as the ST2 tuner), they should be connected
to the ACA-E5 with RNet according to the standard Russound procedure.
8. Connect the ELAN system to the ACA-E5 system electrically. See the wiring diagrams for more
information. If the system includes multiple ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 units or other RNet components (such
as the ST2 tuner), only the first ACA-E5 is connected to the ELAN system. Other equipment will be
controlled via RNet and do not require additional serial connections.
9. If the system includes an RNet tuner, such as the ST2, then record the ID for both tuners in the ST2
(the ST2 includes two separate tuners: two AM/FM or one AM/FM and one XM etc.). This procedure
is explained later in ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 Programming.
10. Configure the ELAN system for the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 and confirm communication between the ACAE5/ZXP-E5 and the Controller.
11. Test the system by changing sources in a zone to confirm the correct source plays, and by testing the
ELAN interface transport control and media server controls.
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CONNECTION DIAGRAMS
BILL OF MATERIALS
#
D e v ic e
M a nuf a c t ure r
1
Speakers
2
Keypad
Russo und
3
Speaker Cable
N/A
4
Cat5 Cable A ssy.
5
P a rt N um be r
N/A
P ro t o c o l
C o nne c t o r T ype
A nalo g
Wire
KLK-E5
Serial
RJ45F
N/A
A nalo g
Wire
Installer
N/A
RS-485
RJ-45 M ale X RJ-45 M ale
RCA Cable
Vario us
N/A
A nalo g
RCA X RCA
6
IR Flasher
Vario us
N/A
IR
M ini Jack X IR Flasher
7
Cat5 Cable
Installer
N/A
Rnet
RJ-45 M ale X RJ-45 M ale
8
DB 9M to RJ45 A dapter
ELA N
HA -CB -307
RS-232
DB -9 M ale X RJ-45 Female
9
Co ntro ller
ELA N
varies
RS-232
RJ-45 Female
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N o tes
ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 PROGRAMMING
Once the equipment is installed and connected you must program the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 according to
Russound guidelines. The Sphere system is programmed using SCS-E5 software, and may be
programmed via Ethernet, USB, or serial. Special steps that relate to ELAN are provided below:
IMPORTANT NOTE:
To avoid any conflict or odd behavior disconnect the serial cable from the ELAN controller prior to
programming the Russound devices.
MULTIPLE ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 UNITS
If you need more than 8 zones, you can add additional ACA-E5 or ZXP-E5 units: the maximum number of
units is 6, which delivers audio in up to 48 zones.
When you configure the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 in the ELAN system, you will need to know the Controller
Number for each. Set the Controller Number for the first ACA-E5 to 1, the second to 2, and so on.
ST2 AM/FM, XM, SIRIUS TUNER SOURCES
If you have a ST2 tuner, then you will need to know the Tuner ID for each tuner. Since each ST2 has two
built in tuners, there are two IDs that you must know for each ST2.
In addition, the Tuner ID must be the same as the corresponding source number of the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5.
In other words, if a tuner is connected as source #1, then that tuner must have a RNet/Tuner ID of 1.
The ST2 factory defaults for the Tuner IDs are tuner #1 = 1, and tuner #2 = 2, which corresponds to
connecting the ST2 into the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 sources 1 and 2. For the ST2-XM tuner, the factory
defaults are the XM tuner is #1 and the AM/FM tuner is #2. For the ST2-Sirius tuner, the factory defaults
are the Sirius tuner is #1 and the AM/FM tuner is #2.
Consult the ST2 documentation for instructions on checking or changing the tuner IDs.
ACA-E5 INTERNAL TUNER
The ACA-E5 includes an AM/FM tuner set to source/RNet ID 12, which is optional (you may choose to
use 12 as an input instead). The ACA-E5 also includes a slot for optional AM/FM, XM or Sirius modules
to be installed, setup on source/RNet ID 11. In all cases, the tuner must be accurately programmed in
Russound software for control via ELAN. The Tuner ID must be the same as the corresponding source
number of the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5. In other words, if a tuner is connected as source #1, then that tuner
must have a RNet/Tuner ID of 1
FIRMWARE REVISIONS
ELAN has tested the Sphere system with the following firmware revisions. To obtain the firmware
revisions of your equipment, use the SCS-E5 software to connect to the unit. Open the Tools Menu, and
choose System Check to Perform a System Check. This will display current firmware of all devices
installed.
ACA-E5
ACA-E5
Internal
AM/FM
Tuner
ZXP-E5
iBridge
Dock
ST-2 XM
Tuner
ST-2 AM/FM
Tuner
SMS3
App v03.00.06/01.04.12
Boot v01.01.03
App
v03.00.06
App
v01.00.00
App
v2.03.01
App
v4.00.13
App
v4.01.00
App
v3.02.00
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SMS3 STREAM SOURCES
If you have a SMS3 that you wish to control via ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 keypads, you must wire both of the
following:

RNet cables between the ACA-E5 and SMS3

Ethernet Cables from the SMS3 and the ACA-E5 to the same Switch/Router
During SCS-E5 programming, assign each output (Stream) of the SMS3 to a Source Input on the ACAE5. For control via RNet, the SMS3 and ACA-E5 must both be connected to the same network as well as
via RNet cabling.
During SMS3 programming, set each stream to the correct RNet ID. The RNet ID should correspond to
the correct source input numbers on the ACA-E5.
See the SMS3 Integration Note or Russound documentation for full details.
Note: ELAN will control the SMS3 through Ethernet, regardless of its inclusion into your RNet device
network.
IBRIDGE
The iBridge will need to be configured and working with Russound keypads prior to integration with
ELAN. Note the ID rotary dial on the rear of the iBridge must be configured to the source number being
used on the Sphere zone controller.
Note that iBridge may be directly connected via RNET to certain sources on the ACA-E5, or it may
require an adapter module—see Russound documentation for details.
ELAN Configuration Details:
1. Add a Russound RNET Peripheral Device under Media: Keypad Controllers.

The iBridge should use the same Communication Device as the Sphere zone controller.

Assign the correct RNET ID to the RNET Peripheral Device.
2. Add a Keypad Interface for the iBridge.

Right-Click on Keypad Interfaces and Add New. Name as desired.

Choose Template: Russound iBridge

Connect to: <ACTIVE ZONE HANDLER>
3. Modify each resolution of the keypad interface to display correct current track information.
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
Click on the Audio Keypad Text View box at the top and set the Connect To field to
“RNET Peripheral Device”.
VIEWER INTERFACE FOR IR SOURCES
With IR Sources, the source interface can be customized to match the device type, with built-in templates
for many standard devices. IR sent from Russound should be mapped in the ELAN interface to <Active
Zone Handler>.
For example:
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ELAN CONFIGURATION DETAILS
The following table provides settings used in the ELAN Configurator when connecting to a ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 system. Please refer to the Configurator Reference Guide for
more details. In the table below:
o
“<Select>”
Select the appropriate item from the list (or drop-down) in the Configurator.
o
“<User Defined>”, etc.
Type in the desired name for the item.
Devices
Variable Name
Communication Devices
Name
Type
Communication Type
Location
Com Port
<User Defined> (Default: Russound RNet)
Serial Port
Russound RNet
<User Defined> (Not Required)
<Select>
ST-2 Audio Tuners (See Note 1)
Name
Device Type
Location
Comm Device
RNET ID
<User Defined>(Default: Radio)
<Select> (Default: Russound ST2-AM/FM Tuner)
<User Defined> (Not Required)
<Select> (Default: Russound RNet)
<Select> (Default: 1)
Internal Audio Tuners (See Note 1)
Name
Device Type
Comm Device
RNET ID
<User Defined>(Default: Radio)
<Select> (Default: Russound Internal BAND Tuner)
<Select> (Default: Russound RNet)
<Select> (Default: 1) (See Note 2)
Must match Rnet ID. AM/FM internal is 12, Add'l card tuner is 11.
Name
Device Type
Location
Comm Device
Controller No.
<User Defined> (Default: Russound CAV6.6/CAM6.6)
Russound CAV6.6/CAM6.6
<User Defined> (Not Required)
<Select> (Default: Russound RNet)
<Select> (Default: 1) (See Note 3)
Add a Zone Controller for each chassis (see Note 3)
Name
Source Device
Source Volume
Show Source
<User Defined>
<Select>
<Select> (Some sources -- see Note 5)
<Select>
Name
Show Zone
<User Defined>
<Select>
Audio Zone Controllers
Sources
Zones
Setting
Comments
BAND equals the type of tuner, ex. AM/FM.
On additional chassis, setup each source as "Shared Source"
Notes:
1.The tuner is optional. If you add one ST2 tuner to your system, you must add TWO tuners in the configurator: one to represent each of the tuners in the ST2.
2. Each ST2 includes two separate tuners. The default Tuner ID of the first is 1 and the default Tuner ID of the second is 2. The ID must match the Rnet ID.
3. For systems with multiple ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 units, remember to set the Controller Number for the first to 1, the second to 2 and so on.
4. For systems with devices that have controllable volume (such as an AudioTron), select the desired volume (normally 100%).
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COMMON MISTAKES
1. Improper programming of the ACA-E5/ZXP-E5. Make sure you complete programming of the
Russound equipment, and that it functions properly as a stand-alone system, before attempting to
connect and control from the ELAN system.
2. Improperly setting the Controller Numbers for systems with multiple ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 units.
Remember to set the Controller Number for the first ACA-E5 to 1, the second to 2 and so on. The
Controller Number must match the corresponding Controller Number set for that ACA-E5/ZXP-E5 in
the Configurator.
3. Improperly setting the RNet IDs for RNet devices. Typically the RNet ID must be programmed in the
RNet device, and must match the source number on the ACA-E5.
4. Programming the Russound while it is connected to the ELAN controller. There may be some odd
behavior if the Russound system is programmed while connected to a ELAN controller.
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