DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIERS
MANUAL PART NUMBER: 400-0002-003
PRODUCT REVISION: 1
DA1206RM
1–IN, 2-OUT RGBS
DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIER
USER’S GUIDE
DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIERS
INTRODUCTION
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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Thank you for purchasing the DA1206RM Video
Distribution Amplifier. We are sure you will find it
reliable and simple to use.
PRECAUTIONS / SAFETY WARNINGS ...............2
GENERAL ..........................................................2
Superior performance for the right price, backed by
solid technical and customer support is what
Altinex has to offer.
RACK MOUNT SAFETY GUIDELINES ..............2
INSTALLATION..................................................2
CLEANING .........................................................2
The product you are holding in your hands is
designed using state-of-the-art technology and is
superior to anything available on the market. You
will find this and our other products reliable, long
lasting, and simple to operate.
FCC / CE NOTICE .............................................2
ABOUT YOUR DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIER .........3
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION ..............................3
We are committed to providing our customers with
signal management solutions to the most
demanding audio-visual installations at very
competitive pricing.
DESCRIPTION OF DA1206RM.............................4
We appreciate your selection of our products and
are confident that you will join the ranks of our
many satisfied customers throughout the world.
POWER .............................................................5
SYNC POLARITY SWITCH................................5
SYNC LEVEL SWITCH ......................................5
VIDEO LEVEL SWITCH .....................................5
APPLICATION DIAGRAM .....................................5
INSTALLING YOUR DISTRIBUTION
AMPLIFIER............................................................6
This manual covers:
OPERATION .........................................................6
DA1206RM – 1-in, 6-out RGBS high-resolution
video distribution amplifier.
ACCESSORIES.....................................................6
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS....................7
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE ..............................7
ALTINEX POLICY .................................................8
LIMITED WARRANTY........................................8
RETURN POLICY ..............................................8
CONTACT INFORMATION ................................8
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DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIERS
PRECAUTIONS / SAFETY WARNINGS
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Please read this manual carefully before using your
DA1206RM Distribution Amplifier. Keep this
manual handy for future reference. These safety
instructions are to ensure the long life of your
DA1206RM and to prevent fire and shock hazard.
Please read them carefully and heed all warnings.
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Do not place heavy objects on top of the
DA1206RM. If the DA1206RM is to be mounted,
to a table or wall, use only Altinex made
mounting accessories (Rack Mount Shelf
DA1298FC, Rack Mount Ears DA1299RM) and
cables for optimum setup.
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To turn off the main power, be sure to remove
the cord from the power outlet. The power outlet
socket should be installed as close to the
equipment as possible, and should be easily
accessible.
•
Do not pull power cord or any cable that is
attached to the DA1206RM Distribution
Amplifier.
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If the DA1206RM Distribution Amplifier is not
used for an extended period, disconnect the
power cord from the power outlet.
1.1 GENERAL
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Unauthorized personnel shall not open the unit
since there are high-voltage components inside.
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Qualified Altinex service personnel, or their
authorized representatives must perform all
service.
1.2 SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR THE RACKMOUNTING OF THE DA1206RM
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Maximum operating ambient temperature is 35
(degrees C).
•
Never restrict the air flow through the devices’
fan or vents.
•
When installing equipment into a rack, distribute
the units evenly. Otherwise, hazardous
conditions may be created by an uneven weight
distribution.
•
Connect the unit to a properly rated supply
circuit.
•
Reliable Earthing (Grounding) of Rack-Mounted
Equipment should be maintained.
1.4 CLEANING
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1.5 FCC / CE NOTICE
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This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC
Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) This device may not cause
harmful interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired
operation.
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This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class A digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable
protection against harmful interference when the
equipment is operated in a commercial
environment. This equipment generates, uses,
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with the
instruction manual, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Operation
of this equipment in a residential area is likely to
cause harmful interference in which case the
1.3 INSTALLATION
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For best results, place the DA1206RM
Distribution Amplifier on a flat, level surface in a
dry area away from dust and moisture.
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To prevent fire or shock, do not expose this unit
to rain or moisture. Do not place the DA1206RM
Distribution Amplifier in direct sunlight, near
heaters or heat radiating appliances, or near any
liquid. Exposure to direct sunlight, smoke, or
steam can harm internal components.
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Handle the DA1206RM Distribution Amplifier
carefully. Dropping or jarring can damage
internal components.
Unplug the DA1206RM power cord before
cleaning. Clean surfaces with a dry cloth. Never
use strong detergents or solvents, such as
alcohol or thinner. Do not use a wet cloth or
water to clean the unit.
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user will be required to correct the interference
at his own expense.
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
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FEATURES/DESCRIPTION
DA1206RM
GENERAL
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Inputs
Input Connector
4-BNC Female
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Outputs
Output Connectors
Three 4-BNC Female
High resolution RGBS,
Compatibility
RGsB and RsGsBs,
Component, S-Video
and Composite Video
Table 1. DA1206RM General
Any changes or modifications to the unit not
expressly approved by Altinex, Inc. could void
the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
ABOUT YOUR DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIER 2
The DA1206RM Distribution Amplifier is designed
to allow the connection of a single computer or
other video source to as many as six scan-rate
compatible display devices.
Though primarily designed to pass RGBS format
signals, the DA1206RM can also pass RGsB,
Component Video (Y, R-Y, B-Y), S-Video (Y/C),
and Composite Video by using the appropriate
analog channels (Red, Green, Blue).
MECHANICAL
DA1206RM
Material
0.1” Al
Finish
Gray
Top Panel
Lexan
Height (inches)
3.40in (86mm)
Width (inches)
8.50in (216mm)
Depth (inches)
4.75in (121mm)
Weight (pounds)
2.6lbs (1.18kg)
Ship Weight (pounds)
3.8lbs (1.73kg)
T° Maximum
50°C
Humidity
90% non-condensing
MTBF (calculations)
40,000 hrs
Table 2. DA1206RM Mechanical
The analog channels are designed to pass video
levels up to 1.5V p-p offering a 0.15% differential
gain and 0.16 degree differential phase to assure
the highest quality video signal.
The DA1206RM offers switches for Gain, Sync
Level, and Sync Polarity. The Gain switch boosts
the output of the amplifier by 35% for use with long
cable runs. The DA1206RM uses AGC (automatic
gain control) circuitry, which converts all incoming
sync levels to either 4V p-p or 2V p-p, selectable
with the Sync Level switch. This enables it to be
compatible, with both current and older display
equipment. The Sync Polarity switch reverses the
polarity of the incoming sync for compatibility with
various displays
ELECTRICAL
Input Video Signal
Analog Signal
Impedance
Input Sync Signal
Horizontal, Vertical, & C-Sync
Sync on Green
Impedance
Output Video Signal
Analog Signal
Fall/Rise Time (ns)
Impedance
Output Sync Signal
Composite Sync
Sync on Green
Impedance
Frequency Compatibility
Typical Video Bandwidth
Minimum Video Bandwidth
Horizontal
The DA1203RM Distribution Amplifier is a state-ofthe-art product with a video bandwidth of 350 MHz,
enabling it to remain transparent to the video signal
passing through it. Each output is individually
buffered and is not affected by other output
loading.
The DA1206RM offers an internal 90-140/200240V power supply and can be rack mounted using
optional hardware accessories (DA1299RM – rack
ears for single unit and DA1298RM – rack shelf for
two units side-by-side).
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DA1206RM
1.5V p-p max
75 Ohms
TTL(+/-)
-0.3V
10 k Ohms
1.0V p-p/0.7V p-p
1.4
75 Ohms
TTL(+/-)
-0.3V
22 Ohms
380 MHz
350 MHz
15-200 kHz
DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIERS
Vertical
47-180 Hz
Power
Internal Power Supply
90-140V/200-240V
Table 3. DA1206RM Electrical
DESCRIPTION OF DA1206RM
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DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIERS
4.3 VIDEO LEVEL SWITCH
4.1 SYNC POLARITY SWITCH
The VIDEO LEVEL Switch can be set to either
the standard 0.7V output or to 1.0V output.
When the switch is set in the 1.0V output
position, this provides approximately a 35%
increase in the video signal level. This can be
used in installations where cable runs exceed
150 feet. It is not recommended that this switch
be set in the 1.0V position for shorter cable
lengths as the increased level may reduce the
life of CRT displays if they are overdriven.
The SYNC POLARITY switch is located on the
back panel of the unit. It has two switching
positions, one designated (+) and the other (-).
By setting the sync polarity switch to (+) the
signal is processed as unchanged and the sync
polarity of the output signal is matched with the
sync polarity of the unit. By setting the sync
polarity to (-) the sync polarity of the output is
changed to the opposite of the input.
4.2 SYNC LEVEL SWITCH
4.4 POWER
The SYNC LEVEL switch is also located on the
back panel of the unit and has two positions for
switching — a sync level of 2V and a sync level
of 4V. Most often a 4V-sync level is used. This
should be considered as the default setting. The
2V setting allows compatibility with some older
equipment that would be overdriven if a stronger
signal were used.
APPLICATION DIAGRAM
The DA1206RM offers an internal 90-140/200240V power supply. A variety of different power
supplies are available for international use.
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INSTALLING YOUR DISTRIBUTION
AMPLIFIER
OPERATION
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Step 1.
Make sure that the proper power supply
is being used with the unit. The use of
an incorrect power supply can result in
equipment damage not covered by
warranty.
Step 2.
Connect the power cord to the unit and
plug it into the power outlet. The power
indicator LED on the front panel will
light. This indicates that the unit is
operational.
Step 3.
Step 5.
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The settings of the DA1206RM Distribution
Amplifier can be adjusted using Input Termination,
Video Level, and Sync Level switches as described
in Section no. 4. There are no other adjustments
necessary to operate the unit. The DA1206RM will
operate successfully as long as cables are
attached properly and other technical specifications
are followed.
ACCESSORIES
Model No.
Connect the high resolution RGsB or
RGBS source to the DA1206RM using
coaxial cable with BNC connectors,
making sure that the colors match
correctly. Then connect one or two
monitors or projectors to the output(s) of
the DA1206RM. The monitors or
projectors must be scan-rate compatible
with the source signal - the DA1206RM
does not affect scan rate.
TM1276
DA1298RM
DA1299RM
PC5301US
PC5302UK
PC5303AU
PC5304GR
If the image is less than perfect, check
all of the connections. Also, check the
settings of the switches. The default
setting is Sync Polarity (+), Sync Level
(4V), Video Level (0.7V). Check all of
the connections. The unit is very reliable
and seldom will be the cause of
malfunction. Poor quality cables may
often degrade the performance of the
product. Make sure that the cables used
are coaxial cables and that all pins are
in good condition.
CB4100MR
CB4103MR
CB4106MR
CB4112MR
CB4125MR
CB4150MR
CB4175MR
CB41100MR
CB41150MR
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU ARE DONE.
CB4300MR
CB4306MR
CB4312MR
CB4325MR
CB4350MR
CB4375MR
CB43100MR
CB43150MR
If you experience any problems, please call
1-800-258-4623 or 1-714-990-2300 for
international calls.
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Description
TABLE MOUNT BRACKET
Table Mount Bracket for 2U High, ½
rack units
RACK MOUNTING BRACKETS
Rack Mount shelf for two units
Rack Mount shelf for single unit
POWER CABLES
9V 500mA Power Supply for US
9V 500mA Power Supply for UK
9V 500mA Power Supply for Australia
9V 500mA Power Supply for Germany
HIGH RESOLUTION 4 BNC to 4 BNC
COAXIAL CABLE
Bulk Cable 4 coaxes (500ft minimum)
3 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
6 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
12 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
25 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
50 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
75 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
100 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
150 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
SUPER HIGH RESOLUTION 4 BNC to
4 BNC COAX CABLE
Bulk Cable 4 coaxes (500ft minimum)
6 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
12 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
25 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
50 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
75 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
100 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
150 feet, 4 BNC to 4 BNC coaxial cable
DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIERS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No:
1
Question
What is a
Distribution
Amplifier?
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When should I
use the
DA1206RM?
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4
Which signal
formats can be
passed
through the
DA1206RM?
When should I
use “+”
position of
Sync Polarity
switch?
5
When should I
use the Sync
Level switch?
6
What should I
have when the
Video Level
switch is set in
the 1.0V
output
position?
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Answer
A Distribution Amplifier is a
device that allows you to
connect a single video
source to multiple display
devices, such as monitors
or projectors used in
presentation applications.
In some cases, you need a
non-simultaneous
connection of a single CVideo source or a single SVideo source to as many
as six different display or
recording devices.
The DA1206RM can pass
RGBS, RGsB, Component
Video (Y, R-Y, B-Y), SVideo (Y/C), and
Composite Video by using
the appropriate analog
channels (Red, Green,
Blue).
By setting sync polarity
switch to (+) the signal is
processed as unchanged
and the sync polarity of the
output signal is matched
with the sync polarity of the
unit. By setting the sync
polarity to (-) the sync
polarity of the output is
changed to the opposite of
the input.
The SYNC LEVEL switch
has two positions 2V and
4V. Most often a 4V Sync
Level is used. This should
be considered as the
default setting. The 2V
setting allows compatibility
with some older equipment
that would be overdriven if
stronger signal is used.
This provides
approximately a 35%
increase in the video signal
level. This can be used in
installations where cable
runs exceed 150 feet. It is
not recommended that this
switch be set in the 1.0V
position for shorter cable
lengths as the increased
level may reduce the life of
CRT displays if they are
overdriven.
TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
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We have carefully tested and have found no
problems in the supplied DA1206RM unit; however,
we would like to offer the following suggestions:
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Please make sure that the input amplitude
levels are as follows.
1. Analog signal is less than 1.5V.
2. Sync signal is less is than 0.3V.
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Please check the settings of the Sync level,
the Video level, and the Sync Polarity
Switches.
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Please make sure that the proper quality of
cables is used. We recommend Altinex made
cables for best results.
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If a problem arises after continuous usage at
higher voltage, higher temperature, higher
humidity, or at other extreme environmental
conditions, please correct the problem.
DISTRIBUTION AMPLIFIERS
ALTINEX POLICY
If your product is out of warranty and needs
service, contact the Altinex Sales Department
for an RMA (Return Material Authorization).
Products returned without an RMA number may
experience a delay in service. The service
charges will be quoted to you before the actual
repairs are done.
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11.1 LIMITED WARRANTY
Altinex warrants that its products and cables are
free from defects in materials under normal use
and service. This warranty is limited to repairing
at company’s factory any part or parts of the
product, which upon company’s examination
shall disclose to be, thus defective. Products
considered defective should be returned to
company with transportation charges pre-paid
within 2 years (90 days for cables) from date of
shipment to the purchaser. The warranty is
expressly instead of all other warranties
expressed or implied. Altinex neither assumes
nor authorizes any other person to assume for it
any other liability in connection with the sale of
the products. This warranty shall not apply to
any product that shall have been repaired or
altered outside of company’s factory in any way
so as, in its judgment, to affect its stability or
reliability, or that has been subject to misuse,
negligence or accident.
11.3 CONTACT INFORMATION
Sales Department
Phone:
Fax:
714-990-2300
714-990-3303
Accounting Department
Phone:
714-990-6088
Fax:
714-990-5778
11.2 RETURN POLICY
It is very important to Altinex that you receive the
product that you have ordered and that this
product fulfills your need. In the unlikely event,
that an Altinex product needs to be returned
please follow the policies below:
Altinex will accept product returns for a period of
30 days from authorized Altinex dealers.
Products must be returned in an unopened
package.
If product has been opened, the restocking fees
will apply. For the restocking fee amount, please
contact an Altinex Sales Representative.
If product is in your possession for more than 30
days, the restocking fees will apply.
Altinex will not accept any returns on cables or
custom products.
If your product is in warranty and needs service,
contact the Altinex Sales Department for an
RMA (Return Material Authorization). Products
returned without an RMA number may
experience a delay in service.
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