Rossini Clock Manual v1_0x

dCS Rossini Clock
Digital Audio Master Clock
User Manual
Software Release 1.0x
February 2016
© Data Conversion Systems Ltd. 2015-2016
Price UK £10.00
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Information contained in this manual is subject to change without notice, and whilst it is checked for accuracy, no
liabilities can be accepted for errors.
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dCS is Data Conversion Systems Ltd. Company registered in England No. 2072115.
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Contents
Using the dCS Rossini Master Clock for the first time .......................................................................4 4 4 5 What’s in the box?
Positioning the unit
Safety Notice
Step-by-Step Guide ................................................................................................................................6 Preliminaries
The GOLDEN RULES for using a Master Clock
Using the Rossini Player or DAC with the Clock
Using the Rossini DAC and Clock with a Transport
Using the Rossini Player or DAC and Clock with other sources
Power Link
RS232 Control
6 6 7 8 9 10 10 Front Panel ............................................................................................................................................11 11 11 Dither Buttons
Power Button
Rear Panel .............................................................................................................................................12 12 12 12 12 Label
Word Clock Outputs
RS232 Interface
Mains inlet
Specification .........................................................................................................................................13 Maintenance and Support....................................................................................................................14 Service and Maintenance
Replacing a Blown Mains Fuse
Cleaning the case
Limited Warranty
If you need more help
Software
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USING THE dCS ROSSINI MASTER CLOCK
FOR THE FIRST TIME
Congratulations on purchasing your dCS Rossini Master Clock.
Before using your unit, please read this section and the Step by Step Guide. This will enable you to
set the unit up quickly and safely with your hi-fi system.
What’s in the box?
Check that the box contains the following items:
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dCS Rossini Master Clock
Manual
Power cable
2x BNC cables
Spare fuses
Notify your dealer as soon as possible if anything is missing or damaged. We suggest that you retain
the original packaging for possible future use. If this is not possible, replacement packaging can be
ordered from dCS or our distributors. Details can be found on our web site at www.dcsltd.co.uk.
Positioning the unit
For best sound quality, the units in the Rossini range are designed to be mounted on separate shelves
of a rack, although they may be stacked directly on top of each other if this is absolutely necessary.
Place each unit on a firm, vibration free base, allowing convenient connection to the other parts of
your system. To prevent overheating, we recommend that you leave some free space around the unit
to allow for ventilation.
With all feet screwed fully home, the unit will sit level on a flat surface. If you need to do
any levelling, you can unscrew any of the feet up to 3 complete turns, to give up to 3mm
(1/8”) of height adjustment.
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Safety Notice
Your dCS Rossini Master Clock contains no user serviceable parts. DO NOT attempt to
open the case as there are potentially dangerous voltages present inside. In the event of
the unit developing a fault, please contact your dealer in the first instance.
If you decide to remove safety covers for any reason, disconnect the power cable first.
Note that removing covers voids the warranty.
To maintain protection from electric shock, the unit MUST be connected to mains earth
(ground) via the power cable. Also, unearthed systems do not give the best sonic
performance.
Protect the product from dripping or splashing liquids. Liquid-filled objects such as vases
must not be placed on the product.
This product is not suitable for operation at altitudes above 2000m.
This product is lead-free and complies with the RoHS directive.
Before connecting the power cable to the unit for the first time, please check that it has been set to the
correct operating voltage for your mains supply. The unit’s voltage setting is shown on the serial
number label. If this does not match your local supply voltage, DO NOT attempt to use the unit.
Contact your dealer to have the unit reset. Using the unit with the wrong mains setting for your local
supply may result in serious damage to the unit and will invalidate the warranty. Do not attempt to
reset the voltage yourself.
We do not recommend the use of mains regenerators. However, if you do wish to use a mains
regenerator with variable voltage and frequency, we recommend that you set the voltage to match
your local voltage and the frequency to either 50Hz or 60Hz ONLY.
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Damage caused to your Rossini Master Clock by misuse of a mains regenerator or by
a malfunctioning mains regenerator is not covered by the warranty.
Disposal at end-of-life - the symbol indicates that this product should not be treated as
normal household waste. It should be recycled, so please take it to an approved
collection facility.
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STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
This section guides you through setting up the unit for basic operation.
Preliminaries
For the Word Clock Outputs, use 75Ω coax cables fitted with BNC plugs.
Connect the power cable supplied to the power inlet on the Clock rear panel, plug the other end into a
convenient power outlet.
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Make sure that you have access to the unit’s rear panel power switch or a switch on the
mains outlet, in case a serious failure prevents switching off from the front panel.
Please do not use an excessively heavy or inflexible power cable as this may damage
the power inlet connector.
The cables supplied with the unit are “commercial grade”, because most owners will have
their own “audiophile grade” cables or will prefer to make their own cable choices.
Set the rocker switch near the mains inlet to the I position. Press the Power button - the Power LED
will illuminate. Wait about 30 seconds while the Clock settles.
The GOLDEN RULES for using a Master Clock
The Rossini system is primarily designed for computer audio or CD Playback. The Rossini Clock is
deliberately simpler than a standard dCS Master Clock but it uses the same ultra-stable calibration
system. The GOLDEN RULES still apply, but we have found ways to “bend” them!
1. The source equipment MUST be locked to the Master Clock.
If it is not, you will either have locking difficulties or hear occasional clicks or drop-outs and the
advantages of using the Clock will be lost.
When the Rossini Player / DAC’s asynchronous Network or USB inputs are selected, the
Player / DAC behaves as the source equipment.
2. The clock frequency MUST match the sample rate(s) used in the system.
If it does not, the system cannot lock and the Player / DAC may remain muted. Please check the
manuals for the equipment used in your system.
44.1kHz Word Clock is compatible with digital data sampled at 44.1, 88.2, 176.4 or 352.8kS/s or
DSD.
48kHz Word Clock is compatible with digital data sampled at 48, 96, 192 or 384kS/s.
The Rossini Player and DAC have 2 Word Clock Inputs, so that they can be supplied with
both 44.1kHz and 48kHz clocks. When set to “W” sync, the Player or DAC can
automatically select the correct clock frequency and multiply it to match the data.
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Using the Rossini Player or DAC with the Clock
The Rossini Master Clock is primarily designed for use with the Rossini Player or DAC to enhance
performance when using the Network and USB inputs. The Clock can also be used with the Rossini
Player for improving CD playback.
Analogue outputs to
pre- or power amplifier
Figure 1 – Using the Rossini Player and Clock together
• Connect the system as shown above. The DAC connects in the same way.
• Use the Player’s Input button to select CD mode.
Open the Player’s menu, navigate to the Settings > Sync Mode menu page (the button
sequence is: Menu, ►, Menu). Use the Menu button to select the Word Clock 1 icon.
The Player will re-lock and un-mute.
• Either wait for the menu to close or press the Player’s Power button briefly to close it.
• Use the Player / DAC’s Input button to select the Network input.
Open the Player / DAC’s menu, navigate to the Settings > Sync Mode menu page again.
Use the Menu button to select the Word Clock 1 -2 Auto icon. Close the menu.
• If you are using the USB1 or USB2 inputs, lock them to the Clock in the same way as for the
Network input.
• Try turning on the Clock’s Dither features.
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Using the Rossini DAC and Clock with a Transport
The Rossini Clock has a third output (normally fixed at 44.1kHz), which may be used to synchronise
another source, such as an SACD Transport.
Analogue outputs
Figure 2 – Using the Rossini DAC and Clock with a Vivaldi Transport
• Connect the system as shown above.
• Use the DAC’s Input button to select the input you want to use (AES1+2 in the example).
Set the DAC’s Unit Settings > Sync Mode menu page to Word Clock 1-2 Auto mode.
The Vivaldi Transport will lock to the word clock and display this icon.
• If you want to listen to CD playback in native 16/44.1 format, connect one of the Transport’s SPDIF
outputs to the DAC’s matching input. Note that the Transport’s PCM outputs must be turned on.
Select that input and set it to Master Mode also.
Output 3 resets to 44.1kHz when the Clock powers up.
The Rossini Player will also work in this setup.
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Using the Rossini Player or DAC and Clock with other sources
The Clock can be used with other sources that have a Word Clock Input and can accept standard
word clock. The setup is basically the same as for the Transport on the previous page.
The frequency at Output 3 can be changed to either 48 or 44.1kHz by RS232 commands to match
changing data rates. The data rate must be an exact multiple of this to comply with Rule 2.
Output 3 resets to 44.1kHz when the Clock powers up.
Other digital audio sources that do not have a Word Clock Input, such as Blu-Ray
players or satellite receivers, cannot be locked to the Rossini Clock.
To comply with Rule 1, the Player / DAC input driven by these sources must be set to
Unit Settings > Sync Mode > Audio.
The Aurender W20 server can control the frequency of the Rossini Clock’s Output 3 via their RS232
control dongle. Please see the W20 manual for details.
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Power Link
Connecting the Player or DAC’s RS232 port to the Rossini
Clock’s RS232 Loop port allows both units to be set to sleep /
wake / off by pressing the Player or DAC’s Power button, or
by one remote control command.
Both units must be in the same RS232 mode (Binary or Text).
As the Clock boots up in Binary mode, set the Player or DAC’s
Unit Settings > RS232 menu page to Binary.
A screened cable fitted with two 9-way female D-type
connectors wired pin-to-pin is required.
RS232 Control
The Clock’s settings can be changed using a control system or a computer running a terminal
emulator program. The procedure using a Windows PC with TeraTerm is described here, but other
programs such as PuTTY or ZTerm can be used. If you have difficulty with this, please ask your
Dealer for help.
• Hold down the Clock’s Dither 1 button and power up the Clock. This sets the Clock to RS232 Text
mode.
• Power up a Windows PC.
• If necessary, download Tera Term from
http://en.sourceforge.jp/projects/ttssh2/releases/
and install it on your PC. (If the link is broken,
please search for Tera Term online.)
• Use a USB-to-RS232 adapter cable to connect the
Clock’s RS232 IN port to one of the PC’s USB
ports.
• Run ttermpro.exe.
• Click the Serial button – Tera Term will
automatically select the port connected to the
Clock. Click OK.
• Click Setup > Serial Port, set the panel as shown
with the Baud rate set to 115200 and click OK.
• Commands are in UPPERCASE only, type HELP to list the available commands.
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FRONT PANEL
A
B
C
Figure 3 – Front panel
Dither Buttons
The Dither feature is designed to exercise the Phase-Locked–Loop in the Player / DAC to improve the
correction of small timing errors. Try it and see what you think!
Press one or both of the Dither buttons (A & B) to turn the Dither feature off and on. When Dither is
on, the LED to the right of the button will illuminate.
Dither 1 affects Word Clock Output 1; also Output 3 if it is set to 44.1kHz.
Dither 2 affects Word Clock Output 2; also Output 3 if it is set to 48kHz.
Power Button
To switch on, ensure the rear panel switch is set to I and press the Power button (C) on the front
panel once.
To set the unit to sleep mode, press the Power button once. The LED beside the button will dim and
the Word Clock Outputs will be muted, but the unit will remain close to running temperature. Press
again to return to normal operation.
To switch off, hold down the Power button for few seconds until the LED turns off, then release it.
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REAR PANEL
E
F
H
G
I
J
D
Figure 4 – Rear panel
Label
The label (D) states the unit’s serial number and the nominal voltage to which the unit is set. It is
important to quote the serial number if you need assistance.
Word Clock Outputs
The unit features three Word Clock Outputs:
• Output 1 (E) generates 44.1kHz.
• Output 2 (F) generates 48kHz.
• Output 3 (G) is set to 44.1kHz at power up, it can be set to either 44.1 or 48kHz by RS232
commands.
Word Clock is used for synchronisation only, it does not carry digital audio data.
RS232 Interface
RS232 interface on 2x 9-way male D-type connectors. The Input connector (H) is driven from a
controller device, the Loop connector (I) loops through to the Rossini Player or DAC.
The interface is designed to be used with “straight through” cables, wired pin 1 to pin 1, etc.
The pin connections are:
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Pin 2 – dCS unit transmit
Pin 3 – dCS unit receive
Pin 5 – ground
Shell – cable screen & drain wire
When the Clock is looped through to the Rossini Player / DAC, pressing the Power button on the
Player / DAC sends an RS232 command to set the Clock to Sleep / Wake / Off also. Both units must
be in the same RS232 mode (Binary or Text) – the Clock always powers up in Binary mode.
Mains inlet
Power is connected via a standard IEC320 connector (J), protected by a fuse and isolated by a 2-pole
power switch.
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SPECIFICATION
Clock type
Class 1 Master Clock, featuring dual crystal oscillators with microcontrollerenhanced temperature correction.
Clock Frequencies
44.1 and 48kHz.
Clock Accuracy
Better than +/-1ppm when shipped, typically +/-0.1ppm when shipped and
stabilised. The calibration is stable over a temperature range of +5°C to
+55°C.
Three independently buffered, TTL-compatible outputs on 75Ω BNC
connectors.
Word Clock Outputs
• Output 1: fixed at 44.1kHz
• Output 2: fixed at 48kHz
• Output 3: set to 44.1kHz at power up, RS232 controllable.
Start-up time
Typically 1 minute to rated accuracy.
Size and weight
444mm (17.5”) long x 435mm (17.2”) deep x 64mm (2.6”) high. Allow extra
depth for cable connectors.
8.3kg (18.3lbs).
Internally set to either 100, 115/120, 220 or 230/240V AC, 49 – 62Hz.
Power requirements
Power consumption: 3W typical, 50W maximum.
Consumes less than 0.5W when powered down from the front panel.
These specifications are subject to change without notice.
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MAINTENANCE AND SUPPORT
Service and Maintenance
dCS audio products are designed not to need regular maintenance, and contain no user serviceable
parts apart from the mains fuse. If your unit is damaged in any way, please contact your dealer.
Replacing a Blown Mains Fuse
There is a mains fuse below the power inlet, accessible from the outside of the unit. If the fuse blows,
it may be changed by the user. The current consumption of the unit is very low, so it only blows if
power surges occur, or there is a fault in the unit. Usually power surges cause no other damage, but if
the fuse blows repeatedly on replacement, some other damage will have been done - contact your
dealer to arrange repair.
Fuse type: 20 x 5mm T 1A L fuse
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If the fuse should fail, it is essential that it is replaced with one of the same type and
rating. Failure to do so could result in damage to the unit, risk of fire or electric shock and
will invalidate the warranty. Fuse failure is rare!
Referring to the diagram below, remove the power cable, use your fingernails to catch the two tabs of
the fuse holder (A), push them together to release the clips and pull the fuse holder out. Pull out the
blown fuse from the lower position (B) and discard it. Either move the Spare Fuse (C) to the lower
position or fit one of the fuses from the manual pack. Orient the fuse holder as shown (D) and push
the holder back into the power inlet so that it clicks home.
C
A
B
D
Cleaning the case
The case of your dCS equipment is machined from very high grade aluminium. Great care has been
taken to create the finish of the aluminium throughout the engineering process from the raw solid
material to the finished piece.
To remove loose dust or finger marks from the case, we recommend that you use a clean, dry, lintfree cloth.
To restore the finish, we recommend applying small quantities of a lanolin based cleaner, using a
clean, dry, lint-free cloth and then wiping off. Do not allow lanolin to collect around the buttons.
Small amounts of glass cleaner containing ammonia may be used to clean other surfaces, but avoid
spraying onto the connector contacts.
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Limited Warranty
General
dCS warrants this product against defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 3 years from
the date the unit was originally shipped from dCS. If the product is purchased and registered with dCS
within 6 months of the date the unit was originally shipped from dCS, we will start the warranty on the
purchase date. For units registered later than 6 months from the ship date, we will start the warranty
from the ship date unless the registration is supported by the original sales invoice. During the
warranty period, dCS will repair or, at our absolute discretion, replace a faulty product. Warranty
repairs must only be carried out by dCS or our authorised service agents. Please contact your dealer if
your unit requires service.
To register this product, either register online at www.dcsltd.co.uk or complete the Product
Registration form within 30 days of the sale and return it to dCS. On receipt of the registration, dCS
will add your contact details to our customer database. dCS will use this information for warranty
purposes only, we will not contact you directly for reasons relating to sales and marketing.
This warranty applies to the original owner, it is not transferable.
Warranty Exclusions
The Warranty does not cover wear and tear.
The Warranty on this product will be void if:
• the product is misused in any way.
• any unauthorised modifications or repairs are carried out.
• the product is not used in accordance with the Operating Conditions stated in this manual.
• the product is serviced or repaired other than by dCS or our authorised service agents.
• the product is operated without a mains earth (or ground) connection.
• the unit is returned inadequately packed.
dCS reserve the right to apply a service charge if a product returned for warranty repair is found to be
operating correctly, or if a product is returned without a returns number being issued.
This warranty covers parts and labour only, it does not cover shipping charges or tax/duty.
Our dealers or distributors are NOT authorised to extend the terms of this warranty, dCS cannot accept
responsibility for any attempt to do so.
Products re-sold by dCS on a “used” basis may be subject to reduced warranty terms.
Obtaining Service
Should you encounter a problem, contact your authorised dCS dealer for advice, quoting the model,
the full serial number, software version number, and giving a detailed description of the fault. Your
dealer will advise you fully on actions that need to be taken. When returning a unit, the original
packaging should be used to avoid transit damage. Replacement packaging sets may be purchased
from dCS.
During the Warranty period, there will normally be no charge for parts or labour.
Operating Conditions
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The supply voltage must remain within +/-10% of the A.C. voltage specified on the back panel.
The supply frequency must be in the range 49Hz to 62Hz.
Ambient temperature range: 0°C (32°F) to 45°C (113°F), non-condensing.
Do not install the unit near heat sources such as radiators, air ducts, power amplifiers or direct
strong sunlight.
If in doubt, the easy test is – the unit is happy to work anywhere a human is.
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If you need more help
In the first instance, you should contact your dealer. If they cannot resolve the issue, contact your
national distributor.
Manufactured by:
Data Conversion Systems Ltd.
Unit 1, Buckingway Business Park,
Anderson Road,
Swavesey,
Cambridgeshire. CB24 4AE
UK
www.dcsltd.co.uk
This user manual may be downloaded free of charge from our web-site.
A bound copy of this manual may be ordered from dCS.
Software
The Rossini Master Clock does not have a display. The software version currently loaded can be
checked by connecting the RS232 interface to a PC running terminal software (e.g. TeraTerm) set for
4800 baud and powering up.
Unlike most other dCS products, the Clock does not have the CD Update feature. When new Clock
software is available, your unit can be updated by the distributor for your country via RS232. Please
visit our web-site to find your distributor. Occasionally, a hardware upgrade may be necessary also to
increase the “capacity” of the electronics.
Please note that not all software updates produce an audible improvement. We recommend that you
keep your software up to date. Check the dCS web-site occasionally for news of the latest software
updates.
This manual is for Rossini Master Clock software version 1.0x.
Issue 1.00
The first issue.
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INDEX
A M S Aurender dongle .................... 9 mains inlet ............................ 12 C O cables ..................................... 6 cleaning ................................ 14 clocking a transport ............... 8 clocking another source ......... 9 contact ................................. 16 operating conditions ............ 15 safety ..................................... 5 serial number ....................... 12 service ............................ 14, 15 set Text mode ...................... 10 setup guide ............................ 6 sleep .................................... 11 software ............................... 16 specification ......................... 13 system setup .......................... 7 P dither buttons ...................... 11 positioning .............................. 4 power button ....................... 11 power link ....................... 10, 12 power off .............................. 11 power up ................................ 6 F R frequency ............................. 12 front panel ........................... 11 fuse, replacing ...................... 14 rear panel ............................. 12 remote control ..................... 12 RS232 control ....................... 10 RS232 interface .................... 12 rules for master clock ............. 6 D Rossini Clock Manual v1_0x
V voltage ................................. 12 Page 17
W wake .................................... 11 warranty .............................. 15 word clock output ................ 12 English version