Cello PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER II Specifications

PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER II
OWNERS MANUAL
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
1
Product Concept and Description
2
Unpacking
3
Installation
3
Cable and Adapter Selection
3
Electrical Connections
3
Connection Identification Diagram - Supply Chassis 4
Connection Identification Diagram - Amplifier Chassis
5
Choosing Associated Equipment
6
Operation
6
Bridged Operation
6
Maintenance Information
7
Block Wiring Diagram for Bridged Operation 8
Additional Instruction
9
Additional Accessories and Parts 9
Cello Limited Warranty 9
Service
9
Electrical Specifications
10
Physical Specifications .................................................................................... 11
PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER
Introduction
Congratulations on choosing the
Performance Amplifier. Your unit
has been individually hand-made
from the finest parts and materials.
The Performance Amplifier utilizes
proprietary Cello circuitry that
represents the true state-of-the-art in
audio electronics and is designed to
perform to specifications for decades
of musical enjoyment.
We want your Performance
Amplifier to provide you with
complete satisfaction. Please read
this manual carefully and if you
have any questions, contact your
authorized Cello supplier or call the
factory. It is our wish to assist you
in every way, now and in the future.
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PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER
Product Concept and Description
CONCEPT
DESCRIPTION
The Performance Amplifier is a
no-compromise design for the
ultimate in residential music and
professional monitor systems. A
combination of musical clarity , high
output voltage and current
capability enables the Performance
Amplifier to maximize the performance of all high quality speaker
systems. Comprehensively designed to be ultra-reliable and stable,
the Performance Amplifier will
satisfy the most demanding user
and provide decades of troublefree operation.
The Performance Amplifier is a
stereo system of four chassis: one
mono power supply and mono
amplifier per channel. The power
supply is a dual choke input design.
Unlike capacitor input supplies
which utilize only the peaks of the
AC waveform, the choke input
system uses the whole AC waveform
and is much more efficient. Each
audio amplifier chassis employs 8
driver transistors and 40 250W
output devices per channel on two
electrically conductive heat sink tunnels cooled by two very quiet fans.
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PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER
Instructions
UNPACKING
Inspect the containers for signs of damage
in transit. Report any evidence of abuse
immediately. Open containers carefully
and remove contents from the packing.
Take care not to scratch the surfaces of the
units. Save all boxes and foam pieces for
reuse in the event that the unit must be
moved in the future. If the boxes should
become lost, replacement boxes are
available from the factory.
Contents:
■ 2 amplifier chassis
■ 2 power supply chassis
■ 2 AC power cables
■ 1 DC power cable
■ I set of fuses (5)
■ 1 tool kit containing torx key and
'/s -inch hex key
INSTALLATION
The four chassis can be stacked vertically,
arranged as a pair of supply/amps per
speaker, or arranged as four chassis in a
horizontal row.
When horizontal space is limited, the
units can be set on their front panels. In
this case, place a piece of thick (.2 inches)
cloth, felt or thin foam under each front
panel to prevent scratching its metal
finish.
When arranged in a set of two units
by two units or four horizontally, make
sure that fan exhaust from one amp does
not blow directly into the intake of the
other, or the second set may overheat and
shut off.
When stacked, you may wish to place
the supplies on top because the circuit
breaker/power switches are located on
these units. This is not important if a
remote A.C. switch is used.
Be certain that the amps are installed so
that they have proper ventilation. Placing
the units in small, close-fitting enclosures
is not recommended. Room air temperature should not exceed 122 degrees F./50
degrees C.
CABLE & ADAPTER SELECTION
The Performance Amplifier has three-pin
Fischer connectors for highest quality
balanced line input capability. It is
recommended that input connections be
made using Cello Strings cable. Cello
Strings are stocked in lengths of 1, 2, 5, 8,
and 10 meters. Terminations are available
to suit the particular components of the
system. Custom lengths are available on
special order.
If it is necessary to convert Fischer
inputs to RCA, use the E3 adapters. The
best way to convert to single ended
operation is to use Cello Strings cable
(which has three conductors and a shield)
with Fischer male on one end and RCA
connector on the other. This preserves the
three-wire system from the amplifier to
the source unit and provides better
grounding and common-mode rejection.
To interface with XLR systems, it is
recommended that Cello Strings cable be
used with Fischer male on one end and
XLR female on the other end.
CUSTOM MADE CABLES
(NON-CELLO)
Three-conductor shielded cables should
be used to keep audio(+), audio(-), audio
ground and chassis earth separate.
If single-ended adapters are made, pins
one and three should be jumped and used
as ground, and pin two should be used as
the audio(+).
Connecting audio ground and chassis
ground may or may not cause or solve
grounding problems depending on the
system as a whole.
ELECTRICAL CONNECTIONS
1) Make sure the circuit breakers on the
supplies are "off" .
2) Install the DC cables according to
the color codes using the DC cables
supplied.
3) Install each terminal screw and tighten
until there is zero play, then apply an
additional 1/8th turn so that it is snug.
Be sure to keep the spade terminal
from rotating while turning the screw.
Do not over-tighten or you will break
the terminal strip.
4) Install the terminal block covers.
Again, don't over- tighten.
5) Verify that AC mains voltage is set
correctly.
6) Connect the preamplifier or other
driving equipment.
7) Connect speaker output cables.
8) Be sure that the electrical service in the
building/house is up to the task,
especially if using two sets of bridged
amplifiers. The recommended ideal
situation is a dedicated line to each amp.
9) Install AC cables into IEC mains
connector on rear of power supplies.
10) Connect AC cables to AC mains.
NOTE: The power supply circuit
breaker will trip if the power supply is
not connected to the amplifier.
The Performance Amplifier can be used
as part of a complete Cello System, or in
conjunction with other speakers,
electronics, and cables.
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PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER
Instructions (cont.)
The performance Amplifier can be used
as part of a complete Cello System, or
in conjunction with other speakers,
electronics, and cables.
CHOOSING ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT
The following should be kept in mind:
1) Speakers should be of a design and
type capable of handling the extremely
high power levels produced by the
amplifier. This is especially important
if you plan to use the bridged amplifier
configuration.
2) Use only with preamplifiers having
protection against turn-on/turn off
thumps, surges or noises. All Cello
equipment uses muting circuits to
guard against such problems.
3) Make certain that units such as the CD,
tuner, tape and phono have no major
turn-on turn-off noises. If they do,
turn them on or off only while the
system is not operating.
4) Any failure of Cello equipment due to
the improper selection and operation
of related non-Cello components shall
void the warranty.
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OPERATION
The Performance Amplifier is capable
of producing extremely high voltage
and current levels. Be sure to observe
standard precautions when operating.
The following steps are recommended.
1) Be sure all electrical connections are
correct. Triple check them.
2) Be certain that the terminal block
covers are installed. Do not run the
Performance Amplifier without these
covers in place.
3) Do not run power supply cables, AC
mains or audio cables under rugs or
sharp objects.
4) Turn peripheral source electronics on
first. Avoid switching these on or off
while amplifiers are in use.
Performance Amplifier is capable of
damaging loudspeakers if the volume
is up too high.
When you are through switch the
amps off first, before turning off the
peripheral equipment. Leaving the amps
on will not harm them, but be advised
that each unit draws approximately 400
watts at idle.
If physical damage has occurred to the
unit or it is exposed to water or other
liquids, do not use this device until proper
repairs and/or unit integrity tests have
been effected by authorized personnel.
BRIDGED OPERATION
6) Turn amp supply switches on.
One pair of Performance Amplifiers may
be used as a mono amplifier in bridged
mode. In this case, four times the power
is available. CAUTION: Bridged operation
should only be carried out with the recommendation of the speaker manufacturer.
7) Bring the volume control up slowly
to the desired level. Use the amplifier
for musical enjoyment. Do not
overdrive to create distortion. The
A bridging kit (part number
75-BRDG-00) is required to operate
Performance Amplifiers in the bridged
mode. The kit may be purchased from
5) Set volume controls on preamplifier
to minimum.
PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER
Instructions (cont.)
your Cello Designer. The bridging kit
comes with the proper quantity of parts to
convert two sets of Performance Amplifiers (four supplies, four amps)to stereo
operation by combining one set of amps
for the left channel and one set of amps
for the right channel.
The following instructions are for
connecting only one set of amps (one
channel). To connect for stereo, simply
repeat the procedure on the second set of
amps. See the block wiring diagram for
bridged operation to identify these
connections.
1) Connect all AC and DC cables as
instructed previously.
2) Make all input connections to one
amplifier only.
3) Connect the input jumper cable from
the bridging output connector of the
first amplifier into the input connector
of the second amplifier.
4) Connect the speaker high lead to one
of the output terminals labeled "H"
(high) on the first amplifier. Connect
the speaker low lead to one of the
output terminals labeled "H" (high) on
the second amplifier.
5) Connect the output ground jumper
cable from one of the output terminals
labeled "L" (low) on the first amplifier
to one of the output terminals labeled
"L" (low) on the second amplifier.
amplifier to dissipate heat is reduced. To
clean them, gently pull the plastic grille
covers off. Rinse foam filters in cold
water, allow to air dry, then re- install.
6) Connect the DC bridging cable, using
the color code, from the supply
terminals on the first amp to the
supply terminals on the second amp.
The finish of the Performance Amplifier is of brushed and anodized aluminum. Ammonia based glass cleaner or
alcohol works well to restore the shine
and remove fingerprints. Be sure that
the units are off and unplugged before
cleaning and that excess cleaning fluid
does not get inside the amplifier. Take
care when cleaning near printed words
not to rub so hard as to remove the
printing.
After repeating the above procedure
on the second set of amps the amplifiers
are ready for use in stereo. CAUTION:
Make certain the preamp volume is turned
down to minimum. Turn AC power "on"
for operation.
MAINTENANCE INFORMATION
The Performance Amplifier is essentially a
maintenance-free device designed to last
for many decades of enjoyment. No
routine maintenance or adjustments are
required, however it is recommended that
you undertake two actions.
1. Periodic cleaning of the foam fan-air
filters.
When these filters become clogged
with dirt and dust, the ability of the
2. Care of finish.
WIRING FOR DIFFERENT
LINE VOLTAGES
For voltage change information,
contact the factory.
240V OPERATION
Some 220V lines run high, in some
cases close to 240V. This may cause
mechanical noise in the supply chassis if it
is set for 220V. Changing to 240V
operation may solve this problem.
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PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER
Instructions (cont.)
ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES
AND PARTS
Cello Strings component interconnect
cables are available in pre-made or
custom lengths to provide the optimum in
signal transfer.
Adapters: A full line of adapters is
available to connect Fischer three pin
connectors (used on all Cello equipment)
to RCA, XLR and Camac as well as other
Fischer type connectors.
Replacement Foam Fan-air Filters
are available in the event yours should
become damaged or lost.
Custom Amplifier DC Cables are
available if the supplied length of DC
cables is inadequate due to unusual
amplifier placement. Please be advised
that these are special order items and
subject to certain time and availability
constraints. Requested lengths should
not exceed 20 feet.
CELLO LIMITED WARRANTY
Parts: Cello warranties all mechanical
parts for five years and electronic parts
for life.
Labor: Labor is the responsibility of the
distributor except for the following:
Any defective product during the first
year shall be repaired by the distributor
with labor paid by Cello according to factory rates for a given repair.
At Cello's discretion, or if the distributor
is unable to perform the repair, the unit
may be returned to the factory for service
using agreed-upon air freight. After
repair, the unit will be returned by the
same carrier or equivalent. During years
2-5, if the distributor is unable to perform
the repair Cello will pay return air freight
from the factory by agreed upon carrier
provided the unit was shipped to the factory with air freight prepaid.
Cello will not pay freight if units are
returned without a Return Authorization
number (RA#). Cello will not pay freight
if units are found to be in perfect working
order.
Warranty of Repair Work Performed:
Any specific repairs or modifications
effected by the factory or authorized service facility shall be guaranteed for 100%
parts and labor for the remainder of the
warranty period for the unit or one year
(whichever is longer), except for electronic parts which carry a lifetime warranty.
Product Registration & Transferability:
Distributors shall fill out the form on the
outside of the carton when the goods are
delivered to the retailer. The form should
be sent to Cello, Limited. Warranty cards
inside the box shall be completed by the
retailer and customer respectively and
returned to Cello, Limited within 30 days
from the date of the sale to the customer.
All products must be registered. When
sold, new owners must be registered for
the transfer of the warranty to be effected.
All warranties are transferable to any succession of subsequent registered owners.
Please contact you nearest authorized
Cello supplier or the Customer Service
Department at the factory for details of
subsequent owner warranty registration.
Tampering/Abuse/Misuse: Any unauthorized modifications, repairs or tampering, and/or any indications of obvious
owner abuse, negligence or improper
usage, as determined by Cello Limited
shall be grounds to void the warranty.
Service: If you believe your Cello equipment is not functioning properly, please
call the Customer Service department at
the factory. If you need to return your
component, you will be given an R/A
(return authorization) number. This number must appear on the outside of the
shipping boxes. Returns without R/A
numbers will not be accepted. Returns
received in original Cello packaging will
be returned in original packing. Returns
received in non-Cello packing will be
returned in new Cello packaging at the
owner's expense. If you need replacement
packing materials, please contact the
Customer Service Department at the factory.
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PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER
Electrical Specifications
Power Output
Single Amp
Load (Ohms)
8
4
2
1
Rated
Watts (RMS)
200
400
800
1000
* Clipping @ 1kHz
Watts (RMS)
> 350
> 700
>1000
>1300
Bridged Set
Load (Ohms)
8
4
2
Watts (RMS)
800
1600
3200
Watts (RMS)
>1400
>2800
>4000
* NOTE: Clipping levels obtained with 1kHz continuous sine wave. It may be
necessary to alter the AC line in order to provide the current needed to reach
these levels for testing. This does not become a major issue when playing
music, even at continued high volume levels into low impedance loads.
IMD SMPTE
60Hz & 7kHz
40V output.....................................................................................08%
THD
20Hz - 20kHz
8 & 4 Ohms, 40V output .......................................................... <0.1%
1 Ohm, 33V output .....................................................................<.3%
Frequency Response
20kHz......................................................................................... -0.8dB
40kHz......................................................................................... -3.0dB
Channel Separation
L - R ...........................................................................................Infinite
Signal to noise
40V output
20Hz - 20kHz ...........................................................................<-105dB
Input Impedance
Non-inverting ........................................................................1MOhm
Inverting ................................................................................ 5kOhms
Input Sensitivity
40V output, 8 Ohms
200W(RMS) ...............................................................................1.485V
Gain ..................................................................................................... 28dB
NOTE: All measurements are for one supply, one amp.
(All specifications subject to change without notice)
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PERFORMANCE AMPLIFIER
Physical Specifications
AMPLIFIER
ENGLISH
METRIC
Height (chassis)
Height (max.)
Width (foothold)
Width (chassis)
Depth (foothold)
Depth (chassis)
Depth (max.*)
7.56 in.
8.44 in.
16.50 in.
17.50 in.
16.2 5in.
17.00 in.
18.05 in.
19.2 cm
21.5 cm
42.0 cm
44.5 cm
41.2 cm
42.7 cm
47.1 cm
Weight: Net
Boxed
45 lbs.
60 lbs.
20.4 kg
27.2 kg
ENGLISH
METRIC
SUPPLY
Height (chassis)
Height (max.)
Width (foothold)
Width (chassis)
Depth (foothold)
Depth (chassis)
Depth (max.*)
7.56 in.
8.44 in.
16.50 in.
17.50 in.
16.20 in.
17.00 in.
18.50 in.
19.2 cm
21.5 cm
42.0 cm
44.5 cm
41.2 cm
42.7 cm
47.1 cm
Weight: Net
Boxed
45 lbs.
60 lbs.
20.4 kg
27.2 kg
Boxed Dimensions:
14.0" H x 25.0" D x 25.0" W
36.5 cm x 63.6 cm x 63.6 cm
All weights are approximate and do not include exterior cabling.
Measurement from the rear of terminal strip covers to front plate.
Does not account for space cabling.
SUPPLIED CABLES AND CONNECTORS:
LENGTH
DC Cable
AC Mains Cable
ENGLISH
3 ft., 3 in.
7 ft., 4 in.
METRIC
1.0m
2.24m
NOTE: All measurements for Amplifiers and Supplies are for individual
chassis only.
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