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Preface
Purpose of This Manual
This manual provides step-by-step installation instructions and connection examples, along with basic user
information for installation and ongoing use of the A12 Twelve Channel Amplifier. This manual is written for the
installer of this equipment.
Organization
The following information is contained in this manual:
Safety Information
Provides a comprehensive list of safety practices and procedures allowing for
the safe installation and operation of ELAN Home Systems’ A12 Twelve Channel
Amplifier.
A12 Introduction
Provides an introduction to the A12 Twelve Channel Amplifier, along with system
features to include Front and Rear panel controls, indicators and connections, along
with a short description of each.
A12 System Design
Overview
Provides a system design application overview of the A12 Twelve Channel Amplifier
for use in audio applications.
A12 Connections
Provides a description of A12 Twelve Channel Amplifier connections including
connections made with ELAN Multi-Room Systems and direct connections the
the A12 Twelve Channel Amplifier from other components.
Troubleshooting
Provides troubleshooting tables to help fix common discrepancies that may
be associated with the A12 Twelve Channel Amplifier.
Specifications
Appendix A provides equipment specifications for the A12 Twelve Channel Amplifier.
Rack Mounting
Appendix B provides specifications for Rack Mounting of the A12 Twelve Channel
Amplifier using the optional RMK3 Rack Mount Kit.
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WARNING
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN!
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT
REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
CAUTION: RISK OF EXPLOSION IF BATTERY IS REPLACED BY AN
INCORRECT TYPE. DISPOSE OF USED BATTERIES ACCORDING TO
THE INSTRUCTIONS.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to
alert the user to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product's
enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence
of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instruction in the literature accompanying
the appliance.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
CAUTION
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
Read Information—All the safety and operating information should be read before the appliance is operated.
Follow Information—All operating and use information should be followed.
Retain Information—The safety and operating information should be retained for future reference.
Heed Warnings—All warnings on the appliance and in the operating instructions should be heeded.
Wall Mounting—Mounting of this appliance should be done only by an authorized installer.
Ventilation—The appliances should be situated so that their location or position does not interfere with their proper ventilation. These appliances should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat register. These appliances should not be placed in a built-in installation such as a
bookcase or cabinet that may impede the flow of air through the ventilation openings.
Non-Use Periods—Appliances that are left unattended and unused for long periods of time should be de-energized.
Power Sources—The appliances should be connected to a power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions or as
marked on each appliance. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your authorized ELAN dealer or local power
company.
Grounding or Polarization—Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug.
A polarized plug has two
blades with one blade wider than the other blade. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The polarized wide blade
and the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete
outlet.
Water and Moisture—To reduce the risk of electric shock or fire, these appliances should not be used near water­­––for example, near a
bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool.
Power Cord Protection—Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles and
the point where they exit from the apparatus.
Telephones—Avoid using a telephone (other than a cordless type) during an electrical storm. There may be a remote risk of electrical shock
from lightning. Do not use a telephone to report a gas leak if the leak is in the vicinity of the ELAN electronic equipment because of risk of fire or
explosion.
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Cleaning—Unplug the apparatus from the power outlet before cleaning.
Use only a dry cloth to clean the apparatus.
Power Lines—An outdoor antenna should be located away from power lines. When installing an outside antenna system, extreme care
should be taken to avoid touching power lines or circuits, as contact with them may be fatal.
Outdoor Antenna Grounding—If an outside antenna or cable system
is connected to these audio products, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded
so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges. Section 810 of the U.S. National Electrical Code, and Section 54 of the
Canadian Electrical Code, provide information with respect to proper grounding of
the mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna
discharge unit, size of grounding conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit,
connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the grounding electrode.
See the grounding diagram (right).
Grounding
Diagram
ANTENNA
LEAD-IN WIRE
GROUND
CLAMPS
ANTENNA LEAD-IN WIRE
(CEC SECTION 54-200)
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
ELECTRIC
SERVICE
EQUIPMEN T
Overloading—Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords, as this could
GROUND CLAMPS
result in fire or electric shock.
Object and Liquid Entry—Never insert objects of any kind through the
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS
(CEC SECTION 54-200)
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
NE C - NATIONAL ELECTRICAL
CE C - CANADIAN ELECTRICAL
CODE
CODE
POWER SER VICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(CEC SECTION 10-700)
(NEC AR TICLE 250, PA RT H)
openings of these appliances, as they may touch dangerous voltage points or
short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Care should be taken so that
objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the appliance through openings in the enclosure.
Servicing—Do not attempt to service these appliances yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or
other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Damage Requiring Service—These appliances should be serviced by qualified service personnel when:
•
•
•
•
•
A power supply connection or a plug has been damaged or
If liquid has been spilled into the appliance or objects have fallen into the appliance or
The appliance has been exposed to water or moisture or
The appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance or
The appliance has been dropped or the enclosure damaged.
Replacement Parts—When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts specified by
the manufacturer or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock, or other
hazards. The Master Control Unit battery should be replaced only after turning the power off and only by an authorized installer.
Safety Check—Upon completion of any service or repairs to this audio product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to
determine that the audio product is in proper operating condition.
Lightning Storms—Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
Attachments and Accessories—Use only attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Cart, Stand, Tripod, Bracket or Table—Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table specified by the manufacturer, or
sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip over.
Disconnect Device—Where the mains plug or an appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device, the disconnect device shall remain
operable.
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Table of Contents
Purpose of This Manual ....................................................................................................................... I
Organization ........................................................................................................................................... I
Safety Information ............................................................................................................................... II
Chapter 1: Introduction
Introduction ........................................................................................................................................... 1
A12 Features ......................................................................................................................................... 1
A12 Functions & Indicators ................................................................................................................ 2
Front Panel .......................................................................................................................................... 2
Rear Panel ........................................................................................................................................... 3
Chapter 2: A12 System Design Overview
System Design ...................................................................................................................................... 4
Pre-Wire .............................................................................................................................................. 4
Applications .......................................................................................................................................... 5
Multi-Room Applications ..................................................................................................................... 5
Stereo Zones ...................................................................................................................................... 5
Stereo Zone w/ Mono Sub-Zone ............................................................................................................ 7
S66A Application ................................................................................................................................. 8
S86A Application ................................................................................................................................. 9
S128P Application ............................................................................................................................. 10
Chapter 3:A12 Connections
Bussing ................................................................................................................................................ 11
Bus Inputs and Bus Loop Outputs ..................................................................................................... 11
Bus DIP Switch Settings .................................................................................................................... 11
Stereo Bussing ................................................................................................................................. 12
Mono Bussing .................................................................................................................................. 13
ELAN Multi-Room Examples .............................................................................................................. 14
Bussed Stereo Wide Coverage Zone .................................................................................................... 14
Bussed Mono Wide Coverage Zone ..................................................................................................... 15
Direct Input Bussing ..................................................................................................................... 16
ELAN Multi-Room Examples .............................................................................................................. 16
Direct Input Bussed Zones ................................................................................................................. 16
Direct Input Bussed Mono Zones ........................................................................................................ 16
DIP Switch Settings ....................................................................................................................... 17
Triggers .............................................................................................................................................. 18
Trigger Connections 1/2-11/12 .......................................................................................................... 18
System Trigger In ............................................................................................................................... 19
System Trigger Out ............................................................................................................................ 19
Speaker Connections .................................................................................................................... 20
Chapter 4: Operations and Settings ............................................................................................... 21
Chapter 5: Troubleshooting .............................................................................................................. 23
Appendix A: Specifications ............................................................................................................... 25
Appendix B: Rack Mounting ............................................................................................................ 26
Warranty ................................................................................................................................ Back Page
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Items in package:
• A12 Power Amplifier
• Power Cord
• Installation Manual
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Chapter 1: Introduction
The ELAN A12 Power Amplifier is designed to provide a reliable, affordable solution for multi-room audio systems
requiring up to twelve channels of amplification. Using proven analog technology, the A12 adds advanced features
like Audio Sensing, Stereo/Mono Bus, and Trigger Inputs/Outputs to make it the premier amplifier in its price range.
A12 Features
12 x 40 Watts per Channel @ 8 Ohms
Stereo/Mono Bus
• Any input can be combined or bussed using simple DIP switches to send audio to any output without the use
of additional patch cables - making setup neatand easy. BUS LOOP OUTPUTs allow the bussed signal to be
sent to other amplfiers, A/V receivers, etc.
Individual Pair Remote Trigger Inputs
• Six +12VDC TRIGGER INPUTS allow each pair of
channels to be activated independently.
System Trigger In/Out
• SYSTEM TRIGGER IN allows all channels of the
amplifier to turn on when a signal is received.
• SYSTEM TRIGGER OUT sends a +12VDC pulse
whenever any of the channels of the amplifier are on.
Audio Loop Outputs
• Sends audio signals out from specific A12 channels
to line level inputs of other devices such as additional
amplifiers or audio processors.
Individual Channel Level Adjustments
• Fine-tune each channel’s level using precision
potentiometers.
• Audio Sense
Allows amplifier channels to mute/un-mute based
upon whether an audio signal is detected.
Removable Locking Speaker Terminals
• Six removable locking connectors allow easy speaker
wire terminations.
Available in 240 Volt Version
cTUVus Certified, CE®, and C-tick
Safety Concerns
Use only grounded outlets when powering this product. Making any modification to the power cord could cause
unsafe operation and will void the manufacturer’s warranty.
AC Power Considerations
The A12 requires 4 Amps of AC current. The A12240 (240V version) requires 2 Amps of AC current. When designing any whole house system using multichannel amplifiers, make sure to provide adequate provisions for all electronic equipment to be installed. This may require additional outlets and/or circuit breakers tobe installed. Consult a
licensed electrician in this case.
ALL CONNECTIONS SHOULD BE MADE
WITH THE AMPLIFIER TURNED OFF
AND UNPLUGGED FROM POWER.
DAMAGE CAN OCCUR TO EQUIPMENT
IF IMPROPER CONNECTIONS ARE MADE!
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THIS AMPLIFIER IS NOT BRIDGEABLE!
DO NOT TRY TO BRIDGE
OR COMBINE OUTPUTS!
DAMAGE TO THE AMP WILL OCCUR.
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A12 Functions and Indicators
FRONT
1
2
Figure 1-1: A12 Front Panel
Table 1-1:Front Panel
Item
Function
1
POWER LED - Glows Blue When Power Switch is ON and Unit Plugged In
2
STATUS LED - Glows Green When Any Channel is ON
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A12 Rear
4
3
BACK
SYSTEM
TRIGGER
TRIGGER INPUTS
2
US
C
5
1
_
2
3
_
4
5
_
6
IN
7
_
8
9
_
10
11
_
12
OUT
1
2
LEVEL
POWER
1
BUS INPUT
SPEAKER OUTPUTS 1– 12
120VAC
60Hz
440W
1
+
1
- -
2
+
+
3
- -
4
+
+
5
- -
6
+
+
7
- -
8
+ +
9
- -
10
+
+
11
- -
12
+
AUDIO
SENSE
ON
L
R
LEVEL
L
R
1
2
BUS
3
IN
LEVEL
2
3
R
5
LEVEL
L
R
3
4
BUS
L
4
IN
5
7
LEVEL
L
R
5
6
4
R
6
LEVEL
BUS
L
6
IN
LEVEL
6
7
R
9
LEVEL
L
R
7
8
BUS
L
8
IN
10
LEVEL
8
L
9
R
LEVEL
L
R
9
10
BUS
11
IN
LEVEL
10
11
R
LEVEL
L
R
11
12
BUS
L
12
IN
BUS
12
L
R
OFF
T4.0AL
TYPE FUSE
LOOP OUTPUT
SPEAKER INPUTS (CLASS 2 WIRING) - 40 W PER CHANNEL AT 8 OHMS
10
9
1
OUT
2
8
3
OUT
4
5
OUT
6
7
OUT
8
9
OUT
10
11
OUT
12
7
Figure 1-2: A12 Rear Panel
Table 1-2: Rear Panel
Item
Function
1
FUSE: A12 - Replace with T4.0AL Type Fuse
A12240 - Replace with T2.5AL Type Fuse
2
POWER SWITCH
3
TRIGGER INPUTS (6)
4
SYSTEM TRIGGER IN/OUT
5
BUS MODE DIP SWITCHES (12)
6
LEVEL ADJUSTMENT POTS (12)
7
LINE INPUTS/LOOP OUTPUTS
8
BUS INPUTS/LOOP OUTPUTS
9
AUDIO SENSE BUTTON
10
SPEAKER OUTPUTS
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Chapter 2. System Design & Applications
System Design
The first step to a good design is to map the system. It is advisable to mark up a copy of the house floor plan with
speaker, keypad, touch panel, volume control, and equipment locations etc. Make sure that all locations are decided
upon before pre-wiring commences so that all necessary wiring and installation hardware is in place. This unit will
be interfacing with other components such as multi-room controllers, source components, communications controllers, serial controllers, and user interfaces, so it is essential that ALL system components are accounted for prior to
the pre-wire stage.
Secondly, make a detailed list of all components. Include source equipment, keypads, touch panels, volume controls, amplifiers, and communications gear. Be sure to include necessary electrical boxes, structured wiring enclosures, telephone lines, rough-in brackets, patch cords, power supplies, etc.
Rear
Keypads
Front
SS1
A/V Sources
TM
C2
S128P
Olé
Touchpads
External IR
Receivers
Sensors
A12 Amplifier
AUDIO SENSOR
SPK
Triggered
Devices
SPK
SPK
SPK
SPP
(side view)
Figure 2-1: System Design
Pre-Wire
WIRING CONSIDERATIONS
• Speaker Wires
28-16 AWG Speaker Wire
• Audio Cables
RCA Patch Cables
• Triggers
2 Conductor Wire w/ 3.5mm mono connector
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Multi-Room Applications
The A12 is specifically designed for multi-room applications. Virtually every feature was selected to enhance the
multi-room experience and simplify the multi-room installation. With Buffered Loop Outputs, Bus Modes, and
advanced Trigger options, the A12 can be customized for even the most complex systems.
Independent Stereo Zones
The A12 is designed to easily power six independent stereo zones without any special setup procedures. This is the
standard configuration for most multi-zone audio distribution systems. In the drawing below, each pair of speakers
will have independent line-level volume control.
Three Independent Stereo Zones
•
•
•
•
Zone 1 Output to Line Inputs 1 & 2
Zone 2 Output to Line Inputs 3 & 4
Zone 3 Output to Line Inputs 5 & 6
Bus Mode DIP Switches in Default DIRECT Position
Each Zone’s Speakers Volume Ramps Up & Down Independently
Set A6
BUS MODE
Button
To ON
Line Level
Analog Audio
Output
L
R
A6
Figure 2-2: Independent Stereo Zones
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Two Room Stereo Zone
By using the A12’s Buffered Loop Outputs, an additional pair of speakers can be added to a zone. In this example,
both pairs of speakers will ramp volume up and down simultaneously.
Two Room Stereo Zone
• Zone 1 Output to Line Inputs 1 & 2
• Line Outputs 1 & 2 to Line Inputs 3 & 4
• Bus Mode DIP Switches in Default DIRECT Position
All Speakers Volume Ramps Up & Down Together
ZONE OUTPUTS
A6
Figure 2-3: Two Room Stereo Zone
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Stereo Zone w/ Mono Sub-Zone
Use the Loop Out Jacks and an RCA ‘Y’ cable to create mono sub-zones within a stereo zone. This application is
perfect for large rooms with smaller rooms attached such as a Master Bedroom/Master Bath or Kitchen/Laundry
Room.
Stereo Zone w/ Mono Sub-Zone
•
•
•
•
Zone 1 Output to Line Inputs 1 & 2
Line Outputs 1 & 2 to RCA ‘Y’ Cable
RCA ‘Y’ Cable to Line Input 3
Bus Mode DIP Switches in Default DIRECT Position
All Speakers Volume Ramps Up & Down Together
ZONE OUTPUTS
RCA ‘Y’
Cable
Figure 2-4: Stereo Zone with Mono Sub-Zone
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S66A Sub-Zones
ELAN’s S66A Integrated Multi-Room Controller has built-in amplification for six stereo zones as well as six sets of
preamp outputs for the addition of sub-zones. The A12 is ideally suited to amplify these subzones using rotary or
electronic volume controls if separate volume up/down functionality is desired in the sub-zones.
S66A Sub-Zones
•
•
•
•
•
Preamp Output 1 & 2 to Line Inputs 1 & 2
Preamp Output 3 & 4 to Line Inputs 3 & 4
Preamp Output 5 & 6 to Line Inputs 5 & 6
Volume Controls on Each Speaker Output
Bus Mode DIP Switches in Default DIRECT Position
Each Zone and Sub-Zone Has Independent Volume Control
S66A
Set S66A
ZONE PREAMP
OUTPUT MODE
DIP Switches
To Fixed
C
R
R
US
Figure 2-5: S66A Sub-Zones
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S86A Sub-Zones
ELAN’s S86A Integrated Multi-Room Controller has built-in amplification for six stereo zones as well as six sets of
preamp outputs for the addition of sub-zones. The A12 is ideally suited to amplify these subzones using rotary or
electronic volume controls if separate volume up/down functionality is desired in the sub-zones.
S86A Sub-Zones
•
•
•
•
•
Preamp Output 1 & 2 to Line Inputs 1 & 2
Preamp Output 3 & 4 to Line Inputs 3 & 4
Preamp Output 5 & 6 to Line Inputs 5 & 6
Volume Controls on Each Speaker Output
Bus Mode DIP Switches in Default DIRECT Position
Each Zone and Sub-Zone Has Independent Volume Control
S86A
Set S86A
ZONE PREAMP
OUTPUT MODE
DIP Switches
To Fixed
C
1
ZONE PRE-AMP OUTPUTS
V
V
V
V
V
L
L
L
L
L
R
R
R
R
R
2
3
4
5
6
US
Figure 2-6: S86A Sub-Zones
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S128P Sub-Zones
ELAN’s S128P Integrated Multi-Room Controller has variable preamp outputs for eight stereo zones as well as eight
sets of fixed preamp outputs for the addition of sub-zones. The A12 is ideally suited to amplify these subzones using
rotary or electronic volume controls if separate volume up/down functionality is desired in the sub-zones.
S128P Sub-Zones
•
•
•
•
•
Fixed Preamp Output 1 & 2 to Line Inputs 1 & 2
Fixed Preamp Output 3 & 4 to Line Inputs 3 & 4
Fixed Preamp Output 5 & 6 to Line Inputs 5 & 6
Volume Controls on Each Speaker Output
Bus Mode DIP Switches in Default DIRECT Position
Each Zone and Sub-Zone Has Independent Volume Control
S128P
A6
Figure 2-7: S128P Sub-Zones
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Chapter 3: Connections
Bussing
The term BUS is defined as the ability to route a signal from one place to another. Traditional busing is done using
audio patch cables to route these signals. The use of Bus Switches, such as the ones on the A12, eliminates the need
for additional patch cables and adds to the flexibility of signal routing.
Bus Input & Bus Loop Ouput
A stereo or monaural audio signal connected to the A12’s main BUS INPUT can be routed to any of the A12’s twelve
channels. This feature is excellent for standalone distributed audio systems where one source (i.e. an A/V
Receiver) is providing audio to the entire home, and also for ELAN multi-room applications where a zone’s audio
signal needs to be routed to multiple amplifier channels. Examples of both these applications are shown on the
following pages.
The BUS LOOP OUTPUT is an easy way to add on additional rooms of music by connecting them to a second (or 3rd,
or 4th) A12.
Bus DIP Switch Settings
There are independent BUS DIP switches for each channel on the A12. The DIP switches labeled BUS L (Left) and
BUS R (Right) determine whether the signal connected to the Left and Right channels of the BUS INPUT will be routed to that channel. Any channel that has its BUS switches in the ON (DIP switch set to the left) position will receive
the audio signal from the BUS INPUT.
Factory Default DIP Switch Settings
L
R
1
2
BUS
BUS INPUT
Dipswitches
DIRECT INPUT
Dipswitches
Figure 3-1: A12 Bus DIP Switches
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Stand-Alone System Examples
Stereo Bussing
The example below shows the preamp output of an A/V Receiver being distributed throughout the home in stereo
using the BUS INPUT of the A12. A second A12 can be added for six additional pairs of speakers via the Bus Loop
Outputs. Up to four A12s can be linked via LOOP OUTPUTs.
Stand-Alone System w/ A/V Receiver
• Bussed to Six Stereo Rooms
• Optional Second A12 Shown
• A/V receiver to BUS INPUTS of A12 #1
• LOOP OUTPUTS of A12 #1 to BUS INPUTS of A12 #2
All Speakers Volume Ramps Up & Down Together
A/V Receiver
L
R
Pre-Outs
A12 #1
C
2
3
US
4
5
6
BUS DIP Switch Settings (both amplifiers)
BUS
X 6 Pair
CH 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
A12 #2
C
2
3
4
L
R
1
2
CH 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
US
5
6
X 6 Pairs
Figure 3-2: Stand-Alone System with A/V Receiver
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Mono Bussing
This example is a variation of the previous one. The first A12’s Bus Loop Outputs are 'Y’d' to create a summed L/R
signal, allowing the addition of twelve monaurally-wired speakers.
Stand-Alone System w/ A/V Receiver (Mono)
• A12 #1 Bussed Stereo
• A12 #2 Bussed Mono
• A/V receiver to BUS INPUTS of A12 #1
• LOOP OUTPUTS of A12 #1to BUS INPUT R of A12 #2 using RCA 'Y' Cable
All Speakers Volume Ramps Up & Down Together
A/V Receiver
L
R
Pre-Outs
A12 #1
C
2
3
US
4
5
6
BUS DIP Switch Settings for A12 #1
BUS
RCA
‘Y’ Cable
X 6 Pair
L
R
1
2
CH 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
CH 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
A12 #2
C
US
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
BUS DIP Switch Settings for A12 #2
BUS
X 12
CH 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11
L
R
1
2
CH 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
Figure 3-3: Mono Bussing
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ELAN Multi-Room System Examples
‘Bussing’ the audio from a Zone Output of an ELAN multi-room controller is an easy way to create a large ‘wide coverage zone’ without using any additional patch cables. The following diagrams show examples of how both stereo
and mono ‘wide coverage zones’ may be configured.
ELAN Multi-Room System w/ Bussed Stereo Wide Coverage Zone
• ELAN Multi-Room Controller Zone Outputs 1-3 to A12 Inputs 1-6
• ELAN Multi-Room Controller Zone Output 4 to A12 BUS INPUTs
Each Zone's Speakers Have Independent Volume Wide Coverage Zone's Speakers Volume Ramps Up
& Down Together
Zone 4
Wide Coverage Stereo Zone
ELAN Multi-Room Controller
ZONE OUTPUTS
RCA Patch
Cables
A12
C
US
BUS DIP Switch Settings (CH 1-6-Factory Default)
L
R
1
2
BUS
Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
CH 2, 4, 6
CH 1, 3, 5
BUS DIP Switch Settings (CH 7-12)
L
R
1
2
BUS
CH 7, 9, 11
CH 8, 10, 12
Figure 3-4: ELAN Multi-Room System with Stereo Wide Coverage Zone
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ELAN Multi-Room System w/ Bussed Mono Wide Coverage Zone
• ELAN Multi-Room Controller Zone Outputs 1-3 to A12 Inputs 1-6
• ELAN Multi-Room Controller Zone Output 4 to A12 BUS INPUT R Using RCA 'Y' Cable
Each Zone's Speakers Have Independent Volume Wide Coverage Zone's Speakers Volume Ramps Up
& Down Together
Zone 4
Wide Coverage Mono Zone
ELAN Multi-Room Controller
ZONE OUTPUTS
RCA ‘Y’
Cable
RCA Patch
Cables
A12
C
US
BUS DIP Switch Settings (CH 1-6-Factory Default)
L
R
1
2
BUS
Zone 1
Zone 2
Zone 3
CH 2, 4, 6
CH 1, 3, 5
BUS DIP Switch Settings (CH 7-12)
L
R
1
2
BUS
CH 7, 9, 11
CH 8, 10, 12
Figure 3-5: ELAN Multi-Room System with Mono Wide Coverage Zone
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Direct Input Bussing
There are independent Direct Input Bus DIP switches for each channel on the A12. These DIP switches are
located directly below the BUS L/R DIP switches and are labeled 1-12. Their purpose is to allow the creation of
summed mono signals without having to use additional patch cables. For example, if A12 Input #1 is being fed a
monaural signal, and Input #2 needs to receive that same signal, slide the DIP switch labeled “1” to the left, (ON)
position for both channels 1 and 2. Direct Input Bussing is for channel pairs only (1/2, 3/4, 5/6, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12).
In other words, Channel 3 can only be sent to Channel 4, and Channel 4 can only be sent to Channel 3.
ELAN Multi-Room System w/ Direct Input Bussed Zones
The example below shows the use of the Left (odd numbered) inputs. The Right (even-numbered) inputs can
also be used. Make sure to set the DIP switches correctly, as shown below, depending on whether Right or Left
inputs are being utilized.
ELAN Multi-Room System w/ Direct Input Bussed Mono Zones
• ELAN Multi-Room Controller Zone Outputs 1-3 to A12 Inputs 1, 3, & 5 OR Inputs 2, 4, & 6 Using RCA 'Y'
Cables
Each Zone's Speakers Have Independent Volume
RCA ‘Y’
Cables
ZONE OUTPUTS
C
US
BUS DIP Switch Settings-Left Input (as shown)
L
R
1
2
BUS
CH 2, 4, 6
CH 1, 3, 5
OR
BUS DIP Switch Settings-Right Input
L
R
1
2
BUS
CH 1, 3, 5
CH 2, 4, 6
Figure 3-6: Direct Input Bussing
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DIP Switch Settings
The four DIP switches correspond (from top to bottom) to Bus Left, Bus Right, Direct Input Left, and Direct Input
Right. Flip the switch to the left to enable the setting, to the right to disable it. Only one setting should be enabled
(set to the left position) at a time. Carefully review the diagrams below before setting DIP switches.
Factory Default DIP Switch Settings
L
R
1
2
BUS
Direct Input-Stereo (Factory Default)
BUS
L
R
1
2
BUS
(Sending CH. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11 to CH. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12)
L
R
1
2
(Sending CH. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 to CH. 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, or 11)
L
R
1
2
L
R
1
2
Bus Mode-Mono
(Sending Left Bus Input to Left & Right Channels)
BUS
Direct Input-Mono
BUS
DIRECT INPUT
Dipswitches
Bus Mode-Stereo
Direct Input-Mono
BUS
BUS INPUT
Dipswitches
L
R
1
2
Bus Mode-Mono
(Sending Right Bus Input to Left & Right Channels)
BUS
L
R
1
2
Figure 3-7: DIP Switch Settings
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Triggers
Each channel pair of the A12 has its own Remote Turn On/Muting circuit (TRIGGER INPUTS 1/2-11/12). Individual
channel pairs can be muted or un-muted independently of any others. A SYSTEM TRIGGER IN port allows all channels to turn on or mute simultaneously. All TRIGGER INPUTS can receive 5-24 Volts AC or DC. The 12 Volt DC
SYSTEM TRIGGER OUT can be used to turn on other equipment, additional A12s or other amplifiers, or to perform
automated functions desired by the user. Use 3.5mm mono interconnect cables to make Trigger connections.
TRIGGER INPUTS 1/2-11/12
To Mute/Un-Mute specific pairs of channels, a zone-specific triggering source must be used. Any 5-24 Volt DC
source may be used to trigger these specific inputs. This application gives additional control in advanced systems.
Examples include: ZONE TRIGGER OUTPUTs from an ELAN Multi-Room Controller, multiple A/V receivers triggering
separate A12 inputs, or outboard sensors located in certain areas to trigger specific inputs of the A12.
ELAN Multi-Room
Controller
A12
REMOTE
OUT
A/V RECEIVER
Figure 3-8: Trigger Inputs
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SYSTEM TRIGGER IN
To mute/un-mute all channels simultaneously, connect a system-wide 5-24 Volt DC triggering source to the SYSTEM
TRIGGER IN port using a 3.5mm mono interconnect cable. Examples of triggering sources include an ELAN MultiZone Controller’s SYSTEM TRIGGER OUT or REMOTE OUT, an A/V receiver’s switched outlet connected to a power
supply, or a +12VDC TRIGGER OUT from another ELAN amplifier.
TRIGGER INPUTS
Figure 3-9: System Trigger In
SYSTEM TRIGGER OUT
Whenever the A12 is powered On an any channel is On, the SYSTEM TRIGGER OUT becomes active. This output
sends a +12VDC 100mA signal to other devices with a Trigger Input. Examples of proper usage of the SYSTEM TRIGGER OUT include muting/un-muting other amplifiers, triggering the switched outlets of a Z•Power Controller, or triggering automated events using ELAN®Sense Sensors and VIA! SR-1 or VIA!2-SS1 devices.
TRIGGER INPUTS
Figure 3-10: System Trigger Out
TRIGGER INPUTS
ACCEPT
5-24 VOLTS DC
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Speaker Connections
Six removable flip-lock connectors allow for easy speaker wire terminations for up to twelve speakers. Use 28-16
AWG stranded copper speaker wire to connect from a zone's speaker location to the output terminal of an A12
amplifier.
+L -
-
R
+
Figure 3-11: Speaker Flip-Lock Terminal Connection
To make connections:
1. Cut the ends of the wire to length, allowing some free play (about 6 inches of slack) to allow for movement
when physically connecting the wire.
2. Using wire strippers, remove 1/2 inch of insulation, then twist the wire to ensure that no stray strands are
evident.
3. Define positive (+) and negative (-) at the amplifier end and the speaker end of the wire run and use the same
conductor on each end.
4. Lift up each flip-lock connector until it is locked in the up position. Place the bare lead from each speaker wire
into the holes of the flip-lock terminal of the A12, maintaining the polarity of each lead (+ to +, - to -).
Important Notes:
• Use 28-16 AWG Stranded Copper Speaker Wire
• Amplifier is Rated at 8 Ohms.
Do Not Configure Impedance Below 8 Ohms.
• The amplifier is NOT bridgeable. Do NOT
attempt to bridge or combine channels.
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Chapter 4: Operations & Settings
Setting Channel Levels
The A12 features independent Level Adjustment Pots for each of its twelve channels. Use a small Phillips screwdriver to independently adjust each channel of the amplifier for the specific speakers and environmental conditions
of the area it is powering. Turning the pot clockwise increases the level, while turning it counter-clockwise decreases
the level. Factory default is 50%.
Set the levels by first lowering them all the way down, then raise the volume of any keypads or volume controls to
maximum. Slowly increase the level of the channel being adjusted by turning the potentiometer clockwise until the
channel begins to distort, then reduce the level slightly (turn counter-clockwise) until distortion is no longer present.
Follow this procedure for each channel.
1
2
LEVEL
LEVEL
Factory
Default 50%
Figure 4-1: Level Adjustment Potentiometers
Audio Sense
When Audio Sense is enabled (AUDIO SENSE button depressed), the presence of audio on a particular line-level
audio input will automatically un-mute the corresponding speaker-level audio output. Once the audio output is active, the SYSTEM TRIGGER OUT will also become active. If Audio Sense is enabled, it will mute a channel once an
audio signal is absent for a period of two minutes.
AUDIO
SENSE
ON
OFF
Figure 4-2: Audio Sense Button
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Turn-On Modes
Use any of the following methods to mute/un-mute the A12:
Default Mode
• No TRIGGER INPUTS are connected.
• AUDIO SENSE button is Off.
– All channels are un-muted when power switch is On.
Audio Sense Mode
• AUDIO SENSE button is On.
– Specific channel is muted if audio is not detected on that channel.
– Specific channel is un-muted when audio is detected on that channel.
– Specific channel is muted when audio is not present on that channel for 2 minutes.
System Trigger Input Mode
• 3.5mm mono interconnect cable is connected to SYSTEM TRIGGER IN.
• AUDIO SENSE button is Off.
– All channels are muted if no voltage is applied to SYSTEM TRIGGER IN.
– All channels are un-muted when voltage is applied to SYSTEM TRIGGER IN.
Channel-Specific Trigger Input Mode
• 3.5mm mono interconnect cable is connected to TRIGGER INPUTS 1/2-11/12.
• AUDIO SENSE button is Off.
– Specific channel pair is muted if no voltage applied to TRIGGER INPUTS 1/2-11/12.
– Specific channel pair is un-muted when voltage is applied to TRIGGER INPUTS 1/2-11/12.
– Channel pairs with no TRIGGER INPUT connected will be un-muted.
System Trigger AND Audio Sense Mode
• 3.5mm mono interconnect cable is connected to SYSTEM TRIGGER IN.
• AUDIO SENSE button is On.
– All channels are muted if audio is not detected AND no voltage is applied to SYSTEM TRIGGER IN.
– Specific channel pair is un-muted if audio is detected AND voltage is applied to SYSTEM TRIGGER IN.
Channel-Specific Trigger AND Audio Sense Mode
• 3.5mm mono interconnect cable is connected to TRIGGER INPUTS 1/2-11/12.
• AUDIO SENSE button is On.
– Specific channel pair is muted if audio is not detected AND no voltage is applied to TRIGGER INPUTS 1/2-11/12.
– Specific channel pair is un-muted if audio is detected AND voltage is applied to TRIGGER INPUTS 1/2-11/12.
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Chapter 5: Troubleshooting
Symptom
Possible Cause
Solution
No Audio From One or
More Channels
1. Loose/bad speaker cable connection
1. Check cable ends at binding posts
and speaker terminals.
2. Break/short in speaker cable
2. Check continuity of each speaker
cable using multimeter. If short or open
is indicated, check wiring for proper
connections.
3. Speaker is defective
3. Swap with known good speaker.
4. RCA patch cable defective
4. Swap with known good patch cable.
5. Source not sending audio
5. Verify source is powered up and playing. Check any tape monitor settings on
A/V Receiver.
6. DIP switches set incorrectly. Verify
BUS DIP switch settings
6. Verify/correct dip switch settings.
Amplifier is overheating due to
inadequate ventalation or prolonged
operation at clipping levels.
1. (a) Turn the amplifier off and allow the
internal circuits to cool.
No Audio From One Channel
(b) Ensure that the amplifier has
proper ventilation. Add cooling fan if
necessary.
(c) Lower the gain level controls for
that channel pair.
No Audio From One Channel
Unit may require service.
Contact ELAN Technical Support.
Very Low or No Sound on Some or All
Channels
Audio input cable is bad.
Check source equipment cables for
damage and faulty connections and correct.
Audio “Hum”
1. Ground potential difference between
source components (ground loop)
1. (a) Test AC outlet using ground tester.
(b) Reverse the AC plug of components with non-polarized ends plugged
into the same outlet strip as amp.
2. Faulty/damaged cables
2. Check source equipment cables for
damage and faulty connections.
3. Faulty wiring
3. (a) Make sure volume controls are not
hooked up backwards.
(b) Check for shorts in wiring (see
item 2 in “No audio…”).
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Symptom
Possible Cause
Solution
Distorted Audio at Normal
Volume Levels
1. Input gain set too high
1. Reduce gain to the channel in question.
2. Defective/incompatible speaker
2. (a) Check for physical damage to
speaker.
(b) Ensure speakers have appropriate
power rating for amplifier.
(c) Ensure speakers are rated @ 8
Ohm impedance. This amp is compatible
with speakers with 8 Ohm impedance or
greater.
3. Volume control wired incorrectly
3. Check for proper input/output connections at volume control. Input comes
from amplifier, output goes to speakers.
4. Volume control Impedance Match
settings incorrect
4. Verify/correct Impedance Match settings.
Audio is Unclear, Bass
Response Low
Speakers out of phase
Verify that + of amplifier goes to +of
speaker and - of amplifier goes to - of
speaker on ALL speaker leads.
Incorrect Source Playing
on Speakers
1. Source connected to wrong
input of amplifier
1. Verify/correct input connections.
2. Speakers connected to incorrect
speaker outputs
2. Verify/correct speaker connections.
3. DIP switches set incorrectly
3. Verify/correct DIP switch settings.
1. Power switch is Off
1. Turn switch On. Switch is located on
the back of unit.
2. Circuit breaker tripped
2. Reset circuit breaker. Ensure that
combined current draw of all devices
on circuit does not exceed the circuit’s
capacity.
Amplifier Will Not
Power Up
Technical Support
If, after carefully following the steps in the Troubleshooting section, you are
unable to resolve issues with the installation or operation of the A12, please
call ELAN Technical Support at 1-800-622-ELAN (3526).
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Appendix A: Specifications
Audio Section
Power Rating - Output Power
12 x 40W RMS @ 8 Ohms
Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz, +/-1dB into 8 Ohms
Full Power Bandwidth
5Hz to 55kHz, -3dB into 8 ohms
Signal-To-Noise
> 95dB (A-weighted)
Channel Separation
>-70dB (Channel to Channel @1kHz)
Total Harmonic Distortion
< .01% @ 1kHz
< 0.06% @ 10kHz
Intermodulation Distortion
< 0.1%
Voltage Gain (AV)
Continuously Variable from 0 - 20
Slew Rate
> 9 V/microsecond
Input Impedance
47k Ohms
Input Sensitivity
0.707 mV RMS
Connectors
Input/Loop Outputs
Gold RCA Phono
Speaker Outputs
Removable Locking Terminals
Power
AC Power Requirements
A12-120 VAC, 440 Watts
A12240-240 VAC, 440 Watts
Power Supply
Ultra-High Efficiency Toroidal Transformer
Triggers
Remote Trigger Inputs
5 to 24 VDC
Remote Trigger Outputs
+12 VDC @0.1A
Dimensions/Weight
Dimensions w/ Feet (2U w/o Feet)
17 W x 4 1/8 H x 14 D (in)
432 W x 105 H x 356 D (mm)
Weight
20 lbs/9.07 kg
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Appendix B: Rack Mounting
RMK3 Rack-Mount Kit
When mounting the A12 amplifier in an equipment rack, use ELAN’s RMK3 Rack Mount Kit for secure mounting and
proper ventilation. The RMK3 requires three rack spaces. To install the RMK3 into a standard 19” equipment rack:
1. Slide the rack mount kit onto the A12 chassis from the front as shown in Figure B-1.
Figure B-1
2. Ensure that the unit is flush with the front of the mounting kit. Install each of the eight screws (included) through
the side mounting flanges into the holes in the sides of the unit as shown in Figure B-2. Hand tighten screws!
Over-tightening could cause damage to the A12 Amplifier.
Figure B-2
3. Once the unit is securely mounted into the RMK3, install the entire assembly into a standard 19” equipment rack
from the front using four rack screws (not included) as shown in Figure B-3.
19" Equipment Rack
Rack Screws
Figure B-3
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Limited Warranty
ELAN HOME SYSTEMS L.L.C. (“ELAN”) warrants the A6 Six Channel Analog Amplifier to be free from
defects in materials and workmanship for the period of two years (2 years) from date of purchase. If within the
applicable warranty period above purchaser discovers that such item was not as warranted above and promptly
notifies ELAN in writing, ELAN shall repair or replace the item at the company’s option. This warranty shall not apply
(a) to equipment not manufactured by ELAN, (b) to equipment which shall have been installed by other than an
ELAN authorized installer, (c) to installed equipment which is not installed to ELAN’s specifications, (d) to equipment
which shall have been repaired or altered by others than ELAN, (e) to equipment which shall have been subjected to
negligence, accident, or damage by circumstances beyond ELAN’s control, including, but not limited to, lightning,
flood, electrical surge, tornado, earthquake, or other catastrophic events beyond ELAN’s control, or to improper
operation, maintenance or storage, or to other than normal use of service. With respect to equipment sold by, but
not manufactured by ELAN, the warranty obligations of ELAN shall in all respects conform to the warranty actually
extended to ELAN by its supplier. The foregoing warranties do not cover reimbursement for labor, transportation,
removal, installation or other expenses which may be incurred in connection with repair or replacement.
Except as may be expressly provided and authorized in writing by ELAN, ELAN shall not be subject to any other
obligations or liabilities whatsoever with respect to equipment manufactured by ELAN or services rendered by ELAN.
THE FOREGOING WARRANTIES ARE EXCLUSIVE AND IN LIEU OF ALL OTHER EXPRESSED AND IMPLIED
WARRANTIES EXCEPT WARRANTIES OF TITLE, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
ATTENTION: TO OUR VALUED CONSUMERS
To ensure that consumers obtain quality pre-sale and after-sale support and service, ELAN Home Systems products
are sold exclusively through authorized dealers. ELAN products are not sold online. The warranties on ELAN products
are NOT VALID if the products have been purchased from an unauthorized dealer or an online E-tailer. To determine
if your ELAN reseller is authorized, please contact ELAN Home Systems at (859) 269-7760.
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