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Arcam FMJ AV8 Operating instructions
AV8 Preamp Processor
Préamplificateur-processeur AV8
Vorverstärker/Prozessor AV8
AV8 Voorversterker Processor
Safety guidelines
CAUTION
ATTENTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE
NE PAS OUVRIR
8. Cleaning
Unplug the unit from the mains supply before cleaning.
The case should normally only require a wipe with a soft, damp, lintfree cloth. Do not use paint thinners or other chemical solvents for
cleaning.
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.
We do not advise the use of furniture cleaning sprays or polishes as
they can cause indelible white marks if the unit is subsequently wiped
with a damp cloth.
WARNING:To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose
this apparatus to rain or moisture.
9. Power sources
The lightning flash with an 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.
Only connect the appliance to a power supply of the type described in
the operating instructions or as marked on the appliance.
10. Power-cord protection
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert
the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the product.
Power supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying
particular attention to cords and plugs, and the point where they exit
from the appliance.
CAUTION: In Canada and the USA, to prevent electric shock, match
the wide blade of the plug to the wide slot in the socket and insert the
plug fully into the socket.
11. Grounding
Ensure that the grounding means of the appliance is not defeated.
12. Power lines
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Locate any outdoor antenna/aerial away from power lines.
13. Non-use periods
This product is designed and manufactured to meet strict quality
and safety standards. However, you should be aware of the following
installation and operation precautions:
If the unit has a standby function, a small amount of current will continue
to flow into the equipment in this mode. Unplug the power cord of the
appliance from the outlet if left unused for a long period of time.
1. Take heed of warnings and instructions
14. Abnormal smell
You should read all the safety and operating instructions before
operating this appliance. Retain this handbook for future reference and
adhere to all warnings in the handbook or on the appliance.
If an abnormal smell or smoke is detected from the appliance, turn
the power off immediately and unplug the unit from the wall outlet.
Contact your dealer immediately.
2. Water and moisture
15. Servicing
The presence of electricity near water can be dangerous. Do not use
the appliance near water – for example next to a bathtub, washbowl,
kitchen sink, in a wet basement or near a swimming pool, etc.
You should not attempt to service the appliance beyond that described
in this handbook. All other servicing should be referred to qualified
service personnel.
3. Object or liquid entry
16. Damage requiring service
Take care that objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the
enclosure through any openings. Liquid filled objects such as vases
should not be placed on the equipment.
The appliance should be serviced by qualified service personnel when:
4. Ventilation
A.
the power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged, or
B.
objects have fallen, or liquid has spilled into the appliance, or
C. the appliance has been exposed to rain, or
Do not place the equipment on a bed, sofa, rug or similar soft surface, or
in an enclosed bookcase or cabinet, since ventilation may be impeded.
We recommend a minimum distance of 50mm (2 inches) around the
sides and top of the appliance to provide adequate ventilation.
D.
the appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a
marked change in performance, or
E.
the appliance has been dropped or the enclosure damaged.
5. Heat
Locate the appliance away from naked flames or heat producing
equipment such as radiators, stoves or other appliances (including
other amplifiers) that produce heat.
SAFETY COMPLIANCE
This product has been designed to meet the IEC 60065 international
electrical safety standard.
6. Climate
The appliance has been designed for use in moderate climates.
7. Racks and stands
Only use a rack or stand that is recommended for use with audio
equipment. If the equipment is on a portable rack it should be moved
with great care, to avoid overturning the combination.
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USING THIS HANDBOOK
CONTENTS
Thank you for purchasing the Arcam FMJ AV8 Preamp Processor.
This handbook has been designed to give you all the information you
need to install, connect, set up and use the Arcam FMJ AV8 Preamp
Processor. The remote control handset supplied with the equipment
is also described.
Safety guidelines ..........................................................................E-2
Safety instructions ..............................................................................E-2
Safety compliance...............................................................................E-2
Welcome to the AV8 Preamp Processor ..............................E-3
It may be that the AV8 has been installed and set up as part of your
Hi-Fi installation by a qualified Arcam dealer. In this case, you may wish
to skip the sections of this handbook dealing with installation and
setting up the unit. Use the Contents list to guide you to the relevant
sections.
Installation ....................................................................................E-4
Positioning the unit ............................................................................E-4
Notes about connections..............................................................E-4
Cables........................................................................................................E-5
Speaker Installation ............................................................................E-5
Audio connections.............................................................................E-6
Zone 2 connections..........................................................................E-7
Video connections .............................................................................E-7
Control connections.........................................................................E-8
Trigger outputs.....................................................................................E-8
Connecting to a power supply ...................................................E-9
SAFETY
Safety guidelines are set out on page two of this handbook.
Many of these items are common sense precautions, but for your own
safety, and to ensure that you do not damage the unit, we strongly
recommend that you read them. This is a class 1 product and requires
an earth connection.
Configuring the AV8 ............................................................... E-10
Basic Setup ..........................................................................................E-11
Advanced Setup...............................................................................E-14
INTRODUCTION
The AV8 is a high quality and high performance home cinema
processor and audio pre-amplifier built to Arcam’s traditional high
quality design and manufacturing standards. It combines high resolution
digital processing with high performance audio and video components
to bring you an unrivalled home entertainment centre.
Front panel controls ............................................................... E-17
Remote control........................................................................ E-18
Operating your AV8 ................................................................ E-19
Using the controls ...........................................................................E-19
Using the main menu screen ....................................................E-21
Using zone 2.......................................................................................E-23
The AV8 allows quality switching and volume control of eight analogue
and seven digital sources making it an ideal companion for both home
cinema and two-channel stereo systems. Since many of these source
components are also capable of outputting high quality video signals,
the AV8 includes broadcast quality video switching for composite, Svideo, component and RGB video signals. There are inputs and outputs
for both tape and VCR, as well as a digital output. DVD-Audio and
SACD can be connected via the multichannel input. Control of the AV8
is either by front panel control buttons, IR remote control or an RS232
port (which can be used to upload future software enhancements).
Surround modes ...................................................................... E-24
Introduction ........................................................................................E-24
Two-channel source modes ......................................................E-24
Multichannel sources .....................................................................E-25
Multichannel source modes.......................................................E-25
THX® Modes ...................................................................................E-25
DSP Effects Modes .........................................................................E-26
About THX® cinema processing...........................................E-26
On the back panel there are trigger outputs for easy connection to
associated equipment. The AV8 can easily be integrated with various
types of power amplifiers and loudspeakers, including those that are
THX certified. The AV8 is itself THX certified, meaning it has passed
the rigorous THX Ultra2 specification enabling it to reproduce THX
Surround EX signals from Dolby Digital soundtracks.
Troubleshooting ....................................................................... E-27
Technical specifications........................................................... E-30
Additional technical information .......................................... E-31
SCART connections ......................................................................E-32
IR remote codes...............................................................................E-33
AV8 serial programming interface .........................................E-34
Utility software..................................................................................E-41
The customised installation of the AV8 in a listening room is an
important process which requires care at every stage. For this reason,
the installation information is very comprehensive and should be
followed carefully.
Guarantee.................................................................................. E-42
On line registration.........................................................................E-42
The AV8 has a universal input power supply that is compatible with
mains voltages between 85V AC and 265V AC, 50Hz to 60Hz.
Manufactured under licence from Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
‘Dolby’, ‘Pro Logic’, ‘Surround EX’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories.
Copyright © 1992–1999 Dolby Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved.
Manufactured under license from Digital Theater Systems, Inc. US Pat. No. 5,451,942,
5,956,674, 5,974,380, 5,978,762 and other world-wide patents issued and pending.
“DTS”, “DTS-ES Extended Surround” and “Neo:6” are trademarks of Digital Theater
Systems, Inc.
Copyright © 1996, 2000 Digital Theater Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Lucasfilm and THX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Copyright © Lucasfilm Ltd. &TM.
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Surround EX is a jointly developed technology of THX and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and is a
trademark of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
English
Welcome to the AV8 Preamp Processor
Installation
Control
connections
Serial
control
Component video
connections
Digital audio
inputs
Composite & S-video
connections
Digital
output
REMOTE
OUT
DIGITAL INPUTS
IN
LOCAL
DVD
AV
Y/G
TAPE
1
HIGH QUALITY VIDEO
U/B
V/R
Y/G
2
U/B
VIDEO
V/R
ZONE 2
RS232
CONTROL
VIDEO
TRIGGERS
2
1
MONITOR OUT
TAPE
VCR
IN
VCR
OUT
AV
SAT
DVD
GND
MM
12V
IN
TRIGGER ZONE 2
50/60Hz
100–240VAC~
MAX 40VA
LEFT
OUT
TUNER
CENTRE
CD
VCR
SUB 2
L SURR
SAT
LS BACK
Y/G
U/B
LEFT
CENTRE
OUT
V/R
Y/G
L SURR
U/B
3
V/R
LS BACK
1/RGB 2/S-VIDEO
TUNER
CD
PROG
OUT
MC
TAPE
IN
OUT
VCR
IN
AV
SAT
DVD
AUDIO
L
GROUND
LIFT (IN)
L
R
RIGHT
SUB 1
SUB 3
OUTPUTS
R SURR
RS BACK
RIGHT
SUB
R SURR
DVD-A/SACD IN
RS BACK ZONE 2 OUT
R
AUX/
PHONO
Ground lift
Power supply
connector
Multichannel
outputs
Zone 2
output
Multichannel
DVD-A/SACD
inputs
Analogue audio
inputs and record
outputs
VIDEO
POSITIONING THE UNIT
The AV8 does not provide conversion between different video formats
as this would result in degradation of the video signal. This means
simply that the AV8 does not convert between composite, S-video or
component.
 Place the processor on a level, firm surface.
 Avoid placing the unit in direct sunlight or near sources of heat
For example, if you are watching a composite input from a VCR you
must view it from the composite output of the AV8, as there will be no
picture on the other outputs. Connect as follows:
or damp.
 Do not place the unit on top of a power amplifier or other
source of heat.
 VCR (composite) input and Monitor out (composite)
 Ensure adequate ventilation. Do not place the unit in an enclosed
or, for a device with an S-video output, such as a DVD player, connect:
space such as a bookcase or closed cabinet unless there is good
provision for ventilation. The processor is designed to run warm
during normal operation.
 DVD (S-video) input and Monitor out (S-video)
The video quality hierarchy is as follows:
 Make sure the IR receiver on the front panel is unobstructed,
 Component/RGB – highest
otherwise this will impair the use of the remote control. If lineof-sight is impractical, an infrared remote repeater can be used
with the rear panel IR connector.
 S-video – middle
 Composite – lowest
 Do not place your record deck on top of this unit or any other
If all the video inputs are simultaneously connected from one device,
e.g., a DVD player, the AV8 will select automatically the best format
possible.
unit which is mains supplied. Record decks are very sensitive
to the noise generated by mains power supplies which will be
heard as ‘hum’ if the record deck is too close.
ZONE 2
Zone 2 outputs only a line level signal from the stereo analogue audio
and composite video inputs. The analogue inputs are required because
there is no analogue-to-digital, DSP processing or digital-to-analogue
converstion available for zone 2 signals.
NOTES ABOUT CONNECTIONS
Before connecting your equipment it is important to think about the
following points as these will affect your choice of connections and
subsequent use of the system.
As the AV8 does not convert video formats, a composite video signal
must also be connected from the source.
For this reason, we recommend that source devices that have a digital
connection are also connected to the analogue inputs. High quality
YUV/RGB and S-video sources should also have their composite
outputs connected to the AV8 for use in zone 2.
AUDIO
Wherever possible, connect both analogue and digital outputs of digital
sources. This enables use of a digital input for the main zone and the
corresponding analogue input for recording onto an analogue tape
deck or VCR, and for the zone 2 output if used.
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FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT
The inputs are named to make it easier to reference when connecting
e.g., a DVD or VCR, but they all have the same input circuit, so there
is no reason why you should not connect a different device to any of
the inputs. For example, if you had two DVD players and the AV input
was not being used, then the second DVD player can be connected to
the AV input.
Position your front left and right speakers to achieve a good stereo
image for normal musical reproduction as well as for the multichannel
modes. If they are placed too close together there will be a lack of
spaciousness; if they are placed too far apart a stereo image will appear
to have a large ‘hole’ in the middle and will be presented in two halves.
If there is no practical alternative to placing the speakers widely apart,
this effect can be overcome in music reproduction by using centre
sound extraction from the left and right speakers (see Dolby ProLogic
II Music Mode).
CABLES
CENTRE
We recommend the use of high quality screened analogue, digital and
video cables, as inferior quality cables will degrade the overall quality
of your system. Only use cables that are designed for the particular
application as other cables will have different impedance characteristics
that will degrade the performance of your system.
The centre speaker allows for a more realistic reproduction of dialogue
and centre sounds. The centre speaker should have a similar tonal
balance to the front left and right speakers and be positioned at a
similar height.
Video and digital connections must be made with cables that are
designed for this purpose, i.e., coaxial cable with a 75Ω impedance. If
substandard cables are used you may suffer from poor picture quality
such as ghost images and or grainy picture quality (snow).
SURROUND LEFT AND RIGHT
The surround left and right speakers reproduce the ambient sound and
effects present in a multichannel home cinema system and should be
installed approximately one metre higher than the listener’s ears.
Speaker cables should be kept short and low impedance wire should
be used throughout to ensure efficient power transmission and avoid
audible distortion.
SURROUND BACK LEFT AND RIGHT
The surround back left and right speakers are used to add extra depth
and better sound localisation and should be installed approximately
one metre higher than the listener’s ears. Place the two surround
back speakers such that there is an arc of approximately 150 degrees
between each surround back speaker and the centre speaker. The
surround back speakers should face the front of the room as shown
in the diagram to provide the largest ‘sweet spot’. You will then need
to measure the distance between the two surround back speakers
and set the ‘Advanced Speaker Array’ line of the ‘THX Settings’ menu
accordingly.
All cables should be kept as short as is practically possible.
It is good practice when connecting your equipment to make sure that
the mains power supply cabling is kept as far away as possible from your
audio and video cables, as this will provide the best sound and picture
quality. Failure to do so may result in unwanted noise in the audio and
video signals.
SPEAKER INSTALLATION
SUBWOOFER
The AV8 allows you to connect up to seven channels of amplification
and three active subwoofers in the main system. The output channels
correspond to speakers installed in the front left, centre, front right,
surround left, surround right, surround back left, surround back right
and an active subwoofer (see diagram).
Front
left
Centre
A subwoofer will greatly improve the bass performance of your system.
This is useful for reproducing special cinema effects, especially where
a dedicated LFE (Low-Frequency Effects) channel is available, as with
many Dolby Digital or DTS encoded discs.
Multiple subwoofers may be required for larger installations, particularly
in rooms of a timber frame construction. Multiple subwoofers need
care in placement because there may be cancellation effects between
the units. Seek expert advice on multiple subwoofer placement.
Front
right
Subwoofer
Surround
right
Surround
left
Surround
back left
Surround
back right
GENERAL
All speakers, with the exception of the subwoofer, should be arranged
around your normal viewing/listening position (see diagram). The
subwoofer can be placed almost anywhere and we recommend
experimenting with it in various positions to obtain the best result.
The configuration and placement of your speakers are very important.
For THX surround EX playback we recommend that you use a THX
speaker system that is certified by Lucasfilm Ltd. If you are not installing
a full THX surround EX system then ignore the instructions regarding
the surround back left and right loudspeakers.
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English
GENERAL
DIGITAL AUDIO INPUTS
AUDIO CONNECTIONS
bp DVD, bq AV, br TAPE, bs TUNER, bt CD, ck VCR, cl SAT.
Connect these inputs to the digital ouputs of your available source
equipment.
Take care to place the audio cables as far from any power supply cabling
as is practically possible to reduce hum and noise problems.
bp bq br
Connect the analogue outputs from your source devices such as a
DVD player to the analogue inputs as shown:
DIGITAL INPUTS
bo
bn
GND
DVD
AV
TAPE
OUT
TUNER
CD
MM
MC
TUNER
CD
OUT
TAPE
IN
OUT
VCR
IN
AV
SAT
DVD
AUDIO
VCR
SAT
L
cm bs bt ck cl
R
AUX/
PHONO
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 bk bl
Notes:
bm
 Each of these seven digital inputs can be individually allocated to
different audio inputs if required, by use of the ‘Digital Settings’
page of the Setup menu.
ANALOGUE AUDIO INPUTS
 The AV8 does not contain an RF decoder for Laserdisc with RF
output.
3 TUNER, 4 CD, 6 TAPE 1N, 8 VCR IN, 9 AV, bk SAT,
bl DVD. Connect the left and right inputs to the left and right outputs
DIGITAL OUTPUT
of your source equipment.
cm (Digital) OUT. Connect this coaxial digital output to your digital
bm AUX/PHONO. Unless the optional phono card has been installed,
recording device such as a CD-R, digital VCR or minidisc player.
this input will function identically to the other line inputs. For example
it can be connected to a second CD player.
When a digital source is selected, the digital output will send an exact
copy of the incoming digital signal. For example, for a 5.1 digital source,
the digital output will also be in 5.1 format.
With the optional phono card installed this input can be connected
directly to a record deck. This card is available from your Arcam dealer
and caters for both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges.
On selecting an analogue source, the digital output will send an SPDIF
format digital signal, encoded with the analogue source material, with
one exception: if Neo:6 Cinema or Music mode is selected, the digital
output will be muted due to the extra processing required for these
modes.
bn MM/MC Switch. The switch on the back panel marked MM/MC is
used to select the correct sensitivity to match the cartridge fitted to
the record deck, which is either moving magnet (MM) or moving coil
(MC).
MULTICHANNEL DVD-A/SACD INPUTS
If you are unsure which type of cartridge is fitted to your record deck,
connect the record deck and select the ‘MM’ setting on the switch. If,
when tested, the output from the record deck is very quiet compared
with the CD or DVD inputs then your cartridge is probably a moving
coil type cartridge. Turn the AV8 off and select the ‘MC’ setting on the
switch and test the record deck again.
The multichannel input is suitable for use with sources that decode the
surround channels internally, such as DVD-A or SACD players.
The AV8 switches these analogue inputs directly to the analogue
outputs via its own volume control circuit. This direct path maintains
the best possible sound quality for DVD-A and SACD sources.
Please note that if the AV8 is set to ‘MM’ and the record deck has a
‘MC’ cartridge fitted, testing these together will not cause any damage
to either the AV8 or the record deck.
cn cp cr ct
LEFT
CENTRE
L SURR
SUB
R SURR
LS
BACK
bo GND. This is the phono earth or ground terminal and is used to
connect to a turntable earth lead (if fitted). Note that this terminal must
not be used as a safety (mains) earth.
RIGHT
DVD-A/SACD IN
RS
BACK
co cq cs dk
ANALOGUE RECORD OUTPUTS
5 TAPE
OUT, 7 VCR OUT. Connect the left and right audio
outputs sockets to the left and right input sockets of your cassette deck
or VCR (usually labelled ‘RECORD’). The VCR connections may also be
used for a second tape deck.
cn LEFT, co RIGHT, cp CENTRE, cq SUB, cr L SURR, cs R SURR.
Connect these input sockets to the equivalent audio outputs of your
DVD-Audio or SACD player.
LS BACK, and dk RS BACK. These are available for formats
requiring eight channels. Currently no formats are available requiring
these connections, which are provided for future compatibility.
ct
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ANALOGUE PREAMPLIFIER OUTPUTS
A receiver compatible with this connector is available from Xantech
(part no. 291-10). Please contact a Xantech registered dealer for this
part, as ARCAM do not stock them. See www.xantech.com for more
information.
All these analogue outputs are buffered, have a low output impedance
and are at line level. They are able to drive long cables or several inputs
in parallel if required.
The 3.5mm jack plug for this connector is wired as follows:
LEFT
CENTRE
RIGHT
SUB/1
SUB/2
SUB/3
OUTPUTS
L/SURR
R/SURR
LS/BACK
RS/BACK
3.5mm stereo jack
Function
Tip
Signal
Ring
0V
Sleeve
12V, 30mA current-limited
English
dl dn dp dr dt
This follows the Xantech standard for IR transmission over wire.
dm do dq ds ek
gr ZONE 2 Composite video connection. Connect to your zone 2
video display using 75Ω low loss coaxial cable.
dl LEFT, dm RIGHT, dn CENTRE. Connect these to the equivalent
VIDEO CONNECTIONS
front channel inputs of your power amplifier.
do SUB 1. Main subwoofer output. Connect this to the input of your
active subwoofer, if you have one.
dpSUB
2,
dq
IMPORTANT NOTES
SUB 3. Subwoofer auxiliary outputs 2 and 3. These
are equivalent to do and allow the use of multiple subwoofers. If
you are using more than one subwoofer, please set the number used
on the subwoofer setting page. Refer to ‘Basic and Advanced Set up’,
‘Subwoofer Settings’.
The AV8 has no video format conversion between component, RGB,
S-video or composite.
left power amplifier input.
Wherever possible connect multiple video outputs from your video
sources. This enables use of the higher quality video connection for
the main system and the corresponding S-video and composite
connection for the record and zone 2 outputs.
ds R
For any video source to be viewed in zone 2 you must have a
composite video connection between the source and the AV8.
dr L SURR. Surround left output. Connect this output to the surround
SURR. Surround right output. Connect this output to the
surround right power amplifier input.
dt LS BACK, ek RS BACK Surround back left and right outputs (only
COMPOSITE VIDEO CONNECTIONS
used in 7.1 channel systems). Connect these outputs to the inputs of
your LS back and RS back amplifiers.
gr el em en eo ep eq er es
ZONE 2 CONNECTIONS
VIDEO
ZONE 2
VIDEO
TRIGGERS
The AV8 allows independent routing and control of analogue audio
and composite video to a separate set of equipment, typically used for
a second living space, e.g., bedroom or lounge.
2
1
MONITOR OUT
1/RGB 2/S-VIDEO
TAPE
VCR
OUT
VCR
IN
AV
SAT
DVD
PROG
gsgt et fk fl fm fn fo fp fq
Zone 2 only outputs a signal from the analogue audio and composite
video inputs. The analogue inputs are required because there is no
analogue-to-digital, digital-to-analogue or DSP processing available for
zone 2 signals.
el MONITOR OUT 1. Connect this output to the composite video
As the AV8 does not convert video formats a composite signal must
also be connected from the source.
input of your display device. (You will need an RCA phono-to-phono,
or, in Europe, a phono-to-SCART video cable to do this.)
For this reason we recommend that source devices that have a digital
connection are also connected to the analogue inputs. High quality
YUV/RGB and S-video sources should also have their composite
output connected to the AV8 for use in zone 2.
em MONITOR OUT 2.This is the same as el MONITOR OUT 1, and
gp
gl gn
enables a second display device to be used; it can also be used as a sync
reference for a four-wire RGB signal.
ep VCR IN, eq AV, er SAT, es DVD. Connect these inputs to the
gr
composite video outputs of your source equipment.
REMOTE
OUT
eo VCR OUT. Connect to the composite video input of your video
IN
LOCAL
ZONE 2
VIDEO
TRIGGERS
ZONE 2
OUT
12V
IN
TRIGGER ZONE 2
recorder (you will need an RCA phono-to-phono or, in Europe, a
phono-to-SCART video cable to do this).
2
1
MONITOR OUT
1/RGB 2/S-VIDEO
en TAPE. If you are using the tape loop for a second VCR then connect
the composite video from the VCR to this input.
PROG
gm go
S-VIDEO CONNECTIONS
et MONITOR OUT. Connect this to the S-video input of your display
device.
gp ZONE 2 OUT. Connect these to a line level input on your zone
fn VCR IN, fo AV, fp SAT, fq DVD. Connect these inputs to the
2 amplifier.
S- video outputs of your source equipment.
go IN ZONE 2. This allows the AV8 to be controlled remotely from
zone 2 via infrared remote control.
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VCR OUT. Connect this to the S-video input of your video
recorder.
fm
CONTROL CONNECTIONS
fl TAPE. If you are using the tape loop for a second VCR then connect
gl gn
the S-video from the VCR to this input.
HIGH QUALITY (COMPONENT) VIDEO
CONNECTIONS
Y/G
U/B
V/R
Y/G
2
U/B
GROUND
LIFT (IN)
gm go gq
gn IN LOCAL. Use with a local IR receiver when the AV8 front panel
fs
HIGH QUALITY VIDEO
85 – 265VAC
MAX 40VA
12V
IN
TRIGGER ZONE 2
Generally, the component video standard is used in North America/
NTSC regions, while RGB is used in Europe.
1
IN
LOCAL
OUT
These inputs are suitable for connection to component (YUV/ YCrCb)
or RGB outputs. These signals are usually available from a DVD player,
set-top box or games console and offer the best possible picture
quality.
fr
RS232
CONTROL
REMOTE
IR receiver is obstructed.
go IN ZONE 2. This allows the AV8 to be controlled remotely from
V/R
zone 2 via infrared remote control.
Y/G
U/B
OUT
gk
V/R
Y/G
U/B
3
A receiver compatible with this connector is available from Xantech
(part no. 291-10). Please contact a Xantech registered dealer for this
part, as ARCAM do not stock them. See www.xantech.com for more
information.
V/R
ft
The 3.5mm jack plug for this connector is wired as follows:
fr VIDEO 1, fs VIDEO 2, ft VIDEO 3 INPUTS. Connect these to
3.5mm stereo jack
Function
the video outputs of your high quality video sources.
Tip
Signal
HIGH QUALITY VIDEO OUT. Connect these sockets to the
component video inputs of your display device.
Ring
0V
Sleeve
12V, 30mA current-limited
gk
Important notes about HQ video inputs and outputs
This follows the Xantech standard for IR transmission over wire.
When you connect your devices to these connectors, take care to
follow the letter/colour coding for each input. No damage will occur if
incorrectly connected, but unusually coloured or unstable pictures will
result.
Connect to a remote IR receiver in zone 2 to allow control of the AV8
from zone 2.
gl (REMOTE) OUT. This enables control of the source components
remotely from zone 2 or zone 1 using the local input. Control is
possible by either connecting to the source devices via the 3.5mm IR
jack (Arcam units only) or using an IR emitter stuck to the centre of
the IR sensor window on the source component (such as a Xantech
283MW mini emitter).
In the ‘Video Settings’ setup menu, each of these three high quality
component video inputs can be individually allocated to one of the
following inputs: DVD, SAT, TUNER, TAPE, CD, VCR or AV.
You cannot mix component and RGB sources.
The high quality component video inputs have sufficient bandwidth for
line-doubled NTSC (525/60) or PAL (625/50) video and US HDTV
video signals. However, when used with such signals the OSD is not
overlaid on the picture but is output at standard interlaced NTSC or
PAL (525 or 625 line) rate on a solid background.
gq RS232 CONTROL Use with control devices having an RS232 serial
port (for example, Crestron and AMX touch screen controllers). This
connection is also used for upgrading control software. See the sections
at the end of this manual for control and programming information.
Initially, the high quality video inputs are all disabled. Before any HQ
video input can be selected it must be allocated to an input.
TRIGGER OUTPUTS
RGB 4-wire connection
Some video projectors and most European TV sets require the use of
a 4-wire RGB connection, where the ‘sync’ signal is separate from RGB.
In this case, you need to use the composite video MONITOR OUT 2
for the sync information. A special cable is available from your dealer
for 4-wire RGB connection (refer to the table of SCART connections
at the back of the manual).
There are three trigger output sockets on the AV8, each of which is a
3.5mm stereo jack with two contacts, ‘tip’ and ‘ring’. See the tables for
technical information on the trigger outputs.
gm 12V TRIGGER. Use for remotely turning on and off power amps or
source equipment for the main zone and zone 2.
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E-8
3.5mm stereo jack
Function
Voltage
Tip
Main zone on
On = 12V, 30mA
Off = 0V
Ring
Zone 2 on
On = 12V, 30mA
Off = 0V
Sleeve
Ground
0V
have different functions depending on how the ‘Video Status’ has been
set (Screen Ctrl or SCART) in the ‘General Settings’ menu.
ZONE 2
VIDEO
TRIGGERS
2
1
MONITOR OUT
1/RGB 2/S-VIDEO
PROG
Voltage
Video source
trigger *
Any video source selected = 12V
No video source selected = 0V
Ring
Video source
trigger *
Any video source selected = 12V
No video source selected = 0V
Sleeve
Ground
0V
Notes on Screen Ctrl mode
SCART mode
In Screen Ctrl mode, the video triggers behave differently. Both
outputs of video trigger 1 double up the role of the 12V trigger
output described earlier.They can be used to remotely switch on or off
additional equipment such as power amplifiers.
1/RGB trigger output – connect to RGB SCART on your TV:
Connection
Function
Voltage
Tip
RGB mode select
RGB video = 1V (into 75Ω load)
Composite video = 0V
Ring
RGB/composite
SCART input select
(CVBS status)
Video present, aspect 4:3 = 12V
Video present, aspect 16:9 = 6V
No video signal = 0V
CONNECTING TO A POWER SUPPLY
1 Power inlet. The AV8 has a universal input power supply that is
Aspect ratio 4:3/16:9
Ground
Function
Tip
* Video source trigger – This output goes high when any video source
in the main zone is selected. It can be used to initiate closing of curtains
or dimming lights automatically.
gsgt
Sleeve
Connection
compatible with mains voltages between 85VAC and 265VAC.
0V
2/S-video output – connect to S-video SCART (usually SCART no.
2) on your TV:
Connection
Function
Voltage
Tip
Video source
trigger*
Any video source selected = 12V
No video source selected = 0V
S-video SCART
input select (CVBS
status)
S-video present, aspect 4:3 = 12V
S-video present, aspect 16:9 = 6V
No video signal = 0V
Ring
RS232
CONTROL
85 – 265VAC
MAX 40VA
GROUND
LIFT (IN)
1
Aspect ratio 4:3/16:9
Sleeve
Ground
2
2 GROUND LIFT (IN) button. In complex setups which involve satellite
0V
inputs or radio aerials, grounding the unit may increase the level of
background hum or buzz in the loudspeakers, in which case press the
GROUND LIFT button in to lift the signal ground from the chassis ground.
DO NOT REMOVE the safety earth from the mains cable under any
circumstances.
Notes on SCART mode
In SCART mode, seamless selection of composite, S-video and RGB
A/V TV inputs is possible using the AV8.
When switched to a video source input, and the AV8 detects the
presence of either an S-video or composite video signal, it sets either
the S-video or the composite SCART input select lines high. If both
signal types are detected on that source input, then only the S-video
SCART input select line is set high.
WRONG PLUG?
Check that the plug supplied with the unit fits your supply. If your
mains plug is different, consult your Arcam dealer or Arcam Customer
Support on +44 (0)1223 203200.
If a high quality video source in RGB+Composite Syncs mode is
allocated to an input, the AV8 will assume an RGB signal is present
when syncs are detected on the composite input. In this case if only a
composite video signal is present on the input the AV8 will detect this
as an RGB+Composite Sync signal and display a blank screen, not the
composite video signal.
MAINS LEAD
The appliance is normally supplied with a moulded mains plug already
fitted to the lead. If for any reason the plug needs to be removed, it
must be disposed of immediately and securely, as it is a potential shock
hazard when inserted into the mains socket. Should you require a new
mains lead, contact your Arcam dealer.
Information on SCART wiring is provided in the back of this manual.
NOTE: When the ‘HQ Video’ line of the ‘General Settings’ page is set
to ‘Component’ (rather than ‘RGB’), video trigger 1 behaves as listed
in the table for Screen Ctrl mode.
PLUGGING IN
Push the plug (IEC line socket) of the power cable supplied with the
Screen Ctrl mode
unit into the power input socket (1) in the back of the unit. Make sure
it is pushed in firmly.
1/RGB trigger output:
Connection
Function
Voltage
Tip
Main zone on trigger
Main zone turned on = 12V
Main zone turned off = 0V
Ring
Main zone on trigger
Main zone turned on = 12V
Main zone turned off = 0V
Sleeve
Ground
0V
Put the plug on the other end of the cable into your power supply
socket and switch the socket on.
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2/S-video output:
gs VIDEO TRIGGER 1, gt VIDEO TRIGGER 2. The trigger outputs
Configuring the AV8
NAVIGATING USING THE REMOTE CONTROL
The AV8 ‘Setup Menu’ has six ‘Basic’ and five ‘Advanced’ menu screens
which take you through the configuration process. The ‘Basic’ menus
enable you to match your AV8 to your speakers.The ‘Advanced’ menus
allow you to optimise the operation of your system. Screen shots of
these menus are shown in shaded boxes on the following pages.
There are two ways to navigate through the Setup menus using the
remote control. The first method is for use when setting up the AV8
for the first time and allows you to progress methodically through the
menus:
The best way to set up the AV8 is using the on-screen display (OSD).
To view the OSD for the initial set up, use the composite video output
because the high quality video output has several display modes, and
may be incompatible with your high quality display device in its default
configuration.
1.
Press and hold the MENU button (which is located immediately
under the navigation buttons) for two seconds to access the
‘Setup Menu Index’.
NOTE: Just briefly pressing the menu button takes you to
‘Main Menu Screen1’.
The AV8 defaults to the NTSC video standard – most display devices
can sync to this automatically. For PAL-only display devices, press and
hold the OK button for two seconds, when the AV8 will change to the
PAL video standard. As soon as a video signal is input to the AV8, it
automatically detects which standard it is and switches to it.
ENTERING SETUP MODE
2.
Navigate between menus using the34 keys (the menu heading
must be highlighted).
3.
Navigate up and down the menu lines using the56 keys.
4.
Cycle through the options and select the required setting using
the34 keys.
Return to the title bar and repeat sequences 2 to 4, working through
the six ‘Basic’ menus and the five ‘Advanced’ menus as required.
To enter the Setup menus press and hold the MENU button on the
remote control, or on the front panel, for at least two seconds. The
‘Setup Menu Index’ is displayed on your display device.
Unstable OSD menu display?
Your AV8 may be in the wrong video standard mode. Press and hold
the OK button for more than two seconds to switch between the
NTSC and PAL standard OSD mode.
5.
Press the
screen.
6.
Press the OK button twice to select ‘Save Setup’ and save the
settings.This takes about four seconds.Then press OK twice again
to return to the Index, then exit the Setup menu.
MENU
button to return to the main Setup menu
A second method can be used when you need to make adjustments
to a specific menu screen:
SETUP LOCK
To prevent tampering with the AV8 setup configuration you can ‘lock’
the menus by pressing the OK, TUNER and DVD-A buttons simultaneously
on the front panel. To unlock the AV8, press the same buttons again.
1.
Press and hold the MENU button for two seconds to access the
‘Setup Menu Index’.
2.
Navigate up and down the ‘Setup Menu Index’ using56,
pressing OK to go to the selected menu option.
SETUP MENU
3.
Use56 to navigate up and down the menu lines.
The main ‘Setup Menu’ page allows you instant access to six ‘Basic’ and
five ‘Advanced’ menus.
4.
Use34 to cycle through the options and select the required
setting.
5.
Press MENU to return to the main setup menu screen.
6.
Press the OK button twice to select ‘Save Setup’ and save the
settings.This takes about four seconds.Then press OK twice again
to return to the Index, then exit the Setup menu.
Setup Menu Index
Basic
1.General
2.Speaker Size
3.Delays
4.Level Set
5.Sub Woofer
6.THX
Advanced
1.Speaker EQ
2.Video
3.Digital
4.Zone 2
5.Input Trim
Save Setup
Exit Setup
NOTE: It is always possible to navigate between menus using the title
bar at the top of each menu page.
NAVIGATING USING THE FRONT PANEL
The AV8 front panel controls can be used to configure the options.
Please note that it is easier to configure using the remote control.
They are listed side-by-side on the OSD on your display device. The
selected line of the menu is also displayed on the front panel of the
AV8. Use the remote control navigation button4 to go to page 1 from
the menu heading, or use the navigation buttons to scroll down the list
to a specific page, then press OK to go directly to the page.
Save Setup takes you to the ‘Save Settings’ screen to allow you to
save in one of the five available presets.
Exit Setup exits the Setup menus without saving any changes.
Each of the following sections shows the screen that is displayed as you
move through the menus.
Press and hold the MENU button for two seconds to access the
Setup menu.
2.
Navigate up and down the ‘Setup Menu Index’ menu using56,
pressing OK to go to the selected menu option.
3.
Use56 to navigate up and down the menu lines.
4.
Use34 to cycle through the options and select the required
setting.
Return to the title bar and repeat sequences 2 to 4, working through
the six ‘Basic’ menus and the five ‘Advanced’ menus as required.
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1.
5.
Press MENU to return to the main setup menu screen.
6.
Press the OK button twice to select ‘Save Setup’ and save the
settings.This takes about four seconds.Then press OK twice again
to return to the Index, then exit the Setup menu.
1 – GENERAL SETTINGS:
1 - General Settings
NOTE: The ‘Sync on Green’ menu option is not selectable when
‘Component’ is selected as the HQ video type.
Volume Display: Normal 0-72
Max Volume:
+72
Max On Volume: +20
Delay units:
OSD Mode:
Video Status:
HQ Video:
Sync On Green:
2 – SPEAKER SIZES
Imperial
Mixed
SCART
RGB
Off
The size and number of loudspeakers are defined on this page of the
OSD.
2 - Speaker Sizes
Volume display: Allows you to select how volume is displayed.
Choose from Normal 0–72 (in 1dB steps), THX Ref –53dB to +18dB,
and Fine 0–72 (in 0.5dB steps). We recommend setting this to THX
Ref as this represents a volume control around 0dB (the reference
level) which is the same loudness level of a movie in a movie theatre
once you have correctly calibrated your system.
Max Volume: Limits the maximum volume setting the system can be
turned up to. This is a useful feature to prevent accidental overdriving
of low power-handling speakers, for example.
Auto Setup:
Custom
Front L/R:
Centre:
Surr.L/R:
Surr.Back L/R:
Subwoofer:
Small
Small
Small
Small
Present
Rears for 5.1: Both
A note on speaker sizes
Max On Volume: Limits the maximum volume the system operates
at when it is first switched on. The system comes on at this volume if
the last used (possibly very loud) volume exceeds this value.
A Large speaker is one that is capable of handling a full range signal (i.e.,
20Hz–20kHz).
A Small speaker is one that is not capable of reproducing a deep bass
signal (i.e., below 100Hz), for example a satellite speaker.
Delay units: Controls whether the delay settings for the speakers
in surround modes are specified in terms of Time, Imperial or
Metric distances from the listening position. Either enter the time
delay to each channel if calculating the delay in milliseconds, or select
between Imperial or Metric measurements to calculate the time delay
automatically. Imperial is measured in feet and Metric is measured more
precisely in 0.1m (10cm) increments. Note that 1 foot is approximately
0.3 metres.
None is used when there is no speaker connected to that channel.
Auto Setup: Allows the setting of ‘standard configurations’ as in the
table below:
NOTE: Changing the units resets all distances/times to zero. It is
therefore important to choose the units (Time, Imperial or Metric)
before set up.
OSD Mode: Controls how the on screen display is viewed. Mixed
will overlap the OSD on top of the existing video picture, while Full
Page will give a full screen black background with the OSD displayed
in white.
NOTE: In Mixed mode, the highlight bar is black if video is present. It
is blue if no video signal is present or if in Full Page mode.
Video Status: Can be set to Screen Ctrl or SCART.This controls the
triggers (Video Trig 1) into the display device to tell the display what
video type is being used. SCART refers to the multipole A/V connector
commonly used on European A/V equipment.
HQ Video: Allows selection of the high quality video output to match
your display device. Choose between RGB or Component. The AV8
allows progressive scan and high definition TV (HDTV) signals to be
passed through the high quality component inputs to the high quality
output. Note that the OSD cannot overlay text at any rate other than
standard NTSC or PAL.
Speaker
Config 1
Config.2
Config.3
Custom
THX
THX
Surr.Ex
Front
L/R
Small
Large
Large
Sm/Lge
Small
THX
Small
THX
Centre
Small
Small
Small
Sm/Lge/
None
Small
THX
Small
THX
Surr
L/R
Small
Small
Large
Sm/Lge/
None
Small
THX
Small
THX
Surr
Back
L/R
Small
Small
Small
Sm/None
None
Small
THX
Subwoofer
Present
None
Present
Present/
None
Present
THX
Present
THX
5.1
Rears
Both
Both
Both
SurrL/R/
Sur Back
L/R/Both
Surr
L/R
Both
Custom setting allows you to choose any combination of speakers to
suit your system. Note that the centre and rear speakers cannot be set
to large if the front speakers are set to small.
THX automatically sets the speaker selections to the specified
configuration for THX™ listening. This automatically sets the
surround back speakers to None‚ and all filters are set to 80Hz. This
configuration is not adjustable. Only select this if you are using a full set
of THX™certified speakers.
On video signals that have a sync rate of greater than the normal
interlaced rate (i.e., progressive scan, frame-scaled video, HDTV) the
OSD will automatically go into Full Page mode (black background) so
that the control menu can be accessed. Any pop-up displays (such as
the volume bar, source selection information, etc) will be switched off.
THX Surr.EX automatically sets the speaker selections for a THX™
Surround EX setup with a pair of surround speakers, a pair of surround
back speakers and all filters set to 80Hz. This configuration is not
adjustable. Only select this if you are using a full set of THX™ certified
speakers.
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Sync On Green: This applies only if RGB video is used. On makes
the AV8 feed the video sync signal out with the green signal. Some
RGB-driven display devices require a sync signal on the green input
to lock on to the video signal coming in, while others need the video
synchronisation on a separate lead. Systems using SCART connections
will normally have a four-wire system (i.e., with sync on composite
[CVBS] video).
BASIC SETUP
4 – LEVEL SETTINGS
5.1 Rear speakers defines how the speakers in a full ‘7.1’ installation
handle 5.1 decoded sources.
4 - Level Settings
Test Tone Cycle: Manual
Front L:
---I--- +0dB
Centre:
---I--- +0dB
Front R:
---I--- +0dB
Surr. R:
---I--- +0dB
Surr. BR: Not Present
Surr. BL: Not Present
Surr. L:
---I--- +0dB
Subwoofer: ---I--- +0dB
Select Speaker for Tone
Surr L/R redirects 5.1 surround signal to the surround left and
right speakers. No signal will be directed to the surround back
left or right speakers.
Surr Back L/R redirects 5.1 surround signal to the surround back
left and right speakers. No signal will be directed to the surround
left or right speakers.
Both redirects the 5.1 surround signal to both pairs of speakers
with the signal to each set reduced by 3dB.
3 – SPEAKER DELAY SETTINGS
It is very important to calibrate the speakers correctly to achieve an
accurately centred sound stage. We recommend you use a sound
pressure level meter (SPL meter) to perform this part of the setup as
it is difficult to judge the levels accurately by ear alone.
3 - Delay Settings
Front Left:
Centre:
Front Right:
Surr. Left:
Surr. Back L/R
Surr. Right:
Subwoofer:
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
Manual is best for setting up with an SPL meter as the test tone will
not change to the next speaker until instructed by you. Auto is best for
setting up by ear as the test tone changes automatically to each speaker
after a two second burst of sound.
On first installation, watch the OSD display as you cycle through the
available speakers with the test tone. Check that the speaker in use
corresponds to that indicated on the OSD. If there is an error then
check and correct the system cabling before proceeding further.
NOTE: Only enter these delay settings once you have specified what
delay units (i.e., Time, Imperial or Metric) you will be using, or the
information will be lost when changing units. If the delay units are set
to Time, then enter the delay in milliseconds for each channel.
To calibrate the speakers with an SPL meter, place the meter at ear
level with the microphone pointing towards the ceiling, when seated in
the usual listening position. You will need to set the meter to ‘C’‚ setting
with a ‘slow’‚ response and to read 75dB SPL at the centre of the scale.
This volume is equivalent to normal conversation.
The speaker distance control automatically sets the appropriate time
delays required for all the speakers in your system.To set up the correct
speaker distance, you must measure from the usual listening position to
the front of each individual speaker in the system.The delay adjustment
is not a substitute for proper speaker placement – it helps to ensure
accurate and correct signal arrival times from all the channels to the
primary listening position.
Each speaker can be finely tuned by 1dB increments to ±10dB. The
output from each speaker needs to be adjusted to the 75dB SPL sound
level. No adjustments can be made for a speaker that is not selected in
the previous ‘Speaker Sizes’ menu.
NOTE: If you do not have an SPL meter, simply set the front left
speaker to 0dB on the menu and then match all the other speakers
to this level.
No measurement can be entered for a speaker that is not selected in
the previous ‘Speaker Sizes’ menu.
5 – SUBWOOFER SETTINGS
Sub
woofer
Centre
nt
Fro
left
e.g. 3m
(9ft)
5 - Subwoofer Settings
e.g. 4m
(12ft)
e.g. 2m
(6ft)
Surr
left
Surr
back
left
If no subwoofer was selected in the previous speaker menus you
cannot adjust the stereo sub level or the number of subwoofers.
Fro
n
righ t
t
Crossover Freq.: 80Hz THX
Stereo Mode:
Sat+Sub
LFE Level:
---I--- -0dB
DTS LFE Gain:
0dB Normal
Sub Stereo: ---I--- -0dB
DVD-A Sub Level:
Normal
No. of Subwoofers: 1
Surr
right
Crossover Frequency: Allows you to set the frequency at which
the signal is redirected from small speakers to the subwoofer or large
speakers.The adjustment can be made in increments of 10Hz between
40Hz and 150Hz.
Surr
back
right
If THX or THX Surr.EX have been selected in the previous menus, the
crossover frequency will be set to THX specification at 80Hz.
Distance measurements for 5.1 [and 7.1]
speaker delay settings
Stereo Mode: Select between Large, Large+Sub or Sat+Sub. You
have the flexibility to choose how bass information is distributed to
your speakers only if you have large front left and right speakers and
a subwoofer as part of your home theatre speaker system. To decide
which setting is best for your room, once you have positioned all of
your speakers, choose the option which gives you the most solid even
sounding bass using a setup disc or live program material.
Large Pure stereo information. Use this setting if you have large
front speakers.
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Large+Sub Pure stereo fed to left and right and extracted bass is
sent to the subwoofer.
Manual The AV8 will not select THX Surr. EX automatically. It
can however be selected manually by pressing the THX button.
Sat+Sub Use this setting if you have ‘Small’ satellite left and right
speakers. Full bass management is used in analogue stereo so
that analogue sources are fed to the DSP where the bass is
filtered off left and right and redirected to the subwoofer.
Boundary Gain Compensation
Set to No if the subwoofer being used is not a THX Ultra2 specified
subwoofer, or is not capable of a good response to 20Hz.
NOTE: The above three Stereo Mode settings pass the audio
through the DSP. The Large setting can be duplicated for analogue
inputs by pressing Direct to bypass the DSP.
Set to Yes If you are using a 20Hz subwoofer or a THX Ultra2
specified subwoofer. When set to Yes, another menu option
appears.
LFE Level: Allows you to adjust the output level of the low frequency
effects channel relative to the other speakers in the system. This
adjustment affects the loudness of movie low frequency effects such as
thunder, explosions, etc.
Boundary Gain Compensation: Tailors the subwoofer low
frequency response.
DTS LFE Gain: DTS soundtracks typically have the LFE track recorded
10dB lower than the main audio tracks. It is therefore necessary to
compensate for this by raising the LFE output level by 10dB. Setting the
DTS LFE gain to Normal activates this compensation.
When set to On, this will roll off the very low frequency
information coming from the subwoofer so that any interactions
and reinforcements from nearby boundaries (i.e., walls) can be
compensated for to reduce boom and overblown bass response.
We recommend this setting for smaller rooms.
Some DTS soundtracks have been recorded with the LFE signal at
the same levels as the main audio and therefore require no gain
compensation. For these disks set the DTS LFE gain to -10dB.
When set to Off, the subwoofer output from the AV8 will
remain flat to 20Hz.
Advanced Speaker Array: Set this distance to be the separation
between the surround back left and right speakers.This enables the AV8
to distribute the signal to the surround back speakers appropriately to
get the most accurate image for the soundstage.
Sub Stereo: Allows you to trim the subwoofer output for stereo
listening. Use this trim setting, with a stereo source, to reduce the
subwoofer output in stereo playback to an acceptable level. The
subwoofer level for stereo music often needs to be set at a lower
level than that for cinema use. This depends on various factors such as
speakers, the types and styles of music to be played and personal taste.
DVD-A Sub Level: External decoder sub level outputs are typically
the same level as the main audio and therefore require no gain
compensation. For these decoders set the DVD-A sub level to Normal,
the default setting.
Surr
left
Surr
right
Surr
back
left
Some external decoders may have the sub output 10dB lower than the
main audio outputs. It is therefore necessary to compensate for this by
raising the sub level by 10dB. Setting the DVD-A sub level to +10dB
activates this compensation.
Surr
back
right
Measurement units are in inches only, 30cm = 12 inches.
No. of subwoofers: Allows you to set the number of subwoofers
used in the system from 1 to 3. All three subwoofer outputs are active
all the time. This setting compensates the sub output level for the
number of subwoofers in the system.
SAVING SETTINGS AND EXIT SETUP
You can either save the settings now and exit or continue to the
‘Advanced Setup’ instructions.
6 – THX SETTINGS
Save Setup
6 - THX Settings
THX Surr. EX: Auto
1.
Press MENU to go to the ‘Setup Menu Index’ at the ‘Save Setup’
point.
2.
Press OK to go to the ‘Save Settings’ menu.
Boundary Gain Compensation
THX Ultra 2 Sub: No
3.
Press56 to select the desired ‘Preset’ to which to save the
setting.
Advanced Speaker Array
SurrBack L/R: 12 to 48in
4.
Press OK twice to save and exit to ‘Setup Menu Index’.
5.
After the AV8 has finished saving, press OK to return to the
‘Setup Menu Index’.
6.
Press OK to select ‘Exit Setup’ and exit system configuration.
6 - THX Settings
NOTE: It is possible to change the name of the presets – see the
‘Advanced Settings’ section for a more detailed explanation.
THX Surr. EX: Auto
Exit without saving
Boundary Gain Compensation
THX Ultra 2 Sub: Yes
Boundary Gain Comp: On
Advanced Speaker Array
SurrBack L/R: 12 to 48in
If you choose to ‘Exit Setup’ without first saving the changes, then these
new settings will be used by the AV8 until you recall a preset or press
FAV on the remote control, when the last used preset will be recalled.
This is the case even if the AV8 is put into standby or turned off.
THX Surr. EX: This can either be set to Auto or Manual and is only
applicable when playing THX Surr. EX encoded material.
Auto The AV8 automatically switches THX to THX Surr. EX when
suitably encoded material is detected (this can be temporarily
overridden by pressing the THX button on the AV8).
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1.
Press MENU to go to the ‘Setup Menu Index’ at the ‘Save Setup’
point.
2.
Press4 to select ‘Exit Setup’.
3.
Press OK when ‘Exit Setup’ is selected to exit system
configuration.
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THX Ultra2 Sub: THX Ultra2 specified subwoofers can effectively
deliver down to 20Hz, which may be problematic in some rooms.
source at the same time – for example, you can listen to radio while
watching TV for a sports simulcast.
Audio and Video: Applies to the audio and video assignments set up
in the ‘Main Menu Screen 1’.
ADVANCED SETUP
ADV 1 – SPEAKER EQ.
If set to Separate, then audio and video signals for video sources
can be separately assigned (e.g., DVD sound with video from
a satellite receiver). Once assigned separate, audio and video
remain separate.
Adv 1 - Speaker Eq.
Bass
Treble
FL: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
C:
--I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
FR: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
SR: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
SBR: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
SBL: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
SL: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
If set to Tracked, audio and video signals are linked together
(e.g., DVD audio and video). This setting is recommended for
simplicity. In this mode, audio and video sources can still be
separated temporarily by using ‘Main Menu Screen 1’.
HQ Vid 1, 2 and 3: Allocates the high quality component or RGB
video inputs to any source buttons. For example, to use the component
or RGB output on a DVD player with HQ Vid 1 input, select DVD in
the menu.
Auto Stereo Tone Bypass: Yes
Allows advanced adjustment of all the speakers for bass and treble
management in 1dB steps up to ±6dB. The tone control nominal
corner frequencies are at 100Hz and 8kHz, shelf type. Use these
adjustments sparingly to compensate for speaker response problems
caused by positioning, adjacent surface textures, or mixed brands of
loudspeakers.
ADV 3 – DIGITAL SETTINGS
Adv 3 - Digital Settings
Coaxial Inputs
DVD input:
DVD button
AV input:
AV button
Tape input: Tape button
Tuner input: Tuner button
CD input:
CD button
Optical Inputs
VCR input:
VCR button
Sat input:
Sat button
Work with one speaker on at a time, and as an example, use the bass
control to reduce boom problems for speakers placed in corners, and
the treble control for speakers placed near reflective surfaces.
We recommend trying to obtain a good speaker response by speaker
placement first, then apply speaker eq. last.
Auto Stereo Tone Bypass: Set to Yes if you wish to automatically
have any tone adjustments made in ‘Main Menu Screen 1’ by-passed in
analogue or digital mode.
Coaxial inputs and Optical inputs. Each of the digital inputs can
be assigned to any of the eight stereo source buttons (AUX, CD, TUNER,
TAPE, DVD, SAT, AV and VCR), or can be assigned No button.
NOTE:This does not switch the AV8 into Direct mode, only sets the
tone controls to zero.
The OSD menu lists the physical inputs, as per the back panel, on the
left hand side of the screen, and the buttons used to select the inputs
are listed on the right hand side.
ADV 2 – VIDEO SETTINGS
Adv 2
OSD:
Video
Video
Video
Video
Audio
Each digital input can only be allocated to one source button. For
example, if you choose the ‘Coaxial DVD input’ to be assigned to the
DVD button, then the choices for the other digital inputs are: Aux, CD,
Tuner, Tape, Sat, AV, VCR and No button. If you wish to re-allocate
the DVD input to a button that is already assigned to the ‘AV input’
(for example), ‘AV input’ must be assigned to a different button (or No
button) before you can re-assign this new button to ‘DVD input’.
- Video Settings
On
Input Aux:
None
Input CD:
None
Input Tuner: None
Input DVD-A: None
and Video:
Tracked
HQ Vid 1
HQ Vid 2
HQ Vid 3
Comp/RGB: None
Comp/RGB: None
Comp/RGB: None
This menu allows advanced adjustment of the video settings for your
AV8.
OSD: Selects whether the main zone OSD is on or off.
When set to On‚ all user adjustments that are made during the
general use of the AV8 are displayed on the screen.This includes
the adjustment of the volume control, the inputs selected and
the setup menus.
When set to Off‚ you will have no displays of the general user
adjustments – only the setup menus and the main menus are
displayed.
It is recommended you keep the OSD turned On‚ since if you cannot
see the front panel of the AV8 you will have no idea if any adjustments
you have made to the processor are correct or to your liking.
Video Inputs: Composite and S-video inputs for DVD, Sat, AV, VCR
and Tape have, by default, their audio and video assigned to track each
other. The four Video Input lines for Aux, CD, Tuner and DVD-A allow
you to assign a video source to these normally audio-only sources. You
can allocate the same video source to more than one audio input. This
facility allows you to listen to an audio source and view a separate video
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ADV 5 – INPUT TRIMS
Adv 4 - Zone 2 Settings
Adv 5 - Input Trims
Max Vol 20-72:
Fix Vol:
Max On Vol 0-72:
Zone 1 Standby:
Zone 2 Standby:
Local OSD:
Zone 1 Control:
Access:
Aux:
DVD:
Sat:
AV:
VCR:
Tape:
CD:
Tuner:
DVD-A:
72
No
20
Local Only
Local Only
On
Yes
All
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
Max Vol 20–72: Limits the maximum volume setting for zone 2. This
is a useful feature to prevent accidental overdriving of low powerhandling speakers (for example).
Input trims: Allows the adjustment of the input sensitivity of the
analogue inputs (in Volts rms) so that each one achieves the optimum
dynamic range and sounds similar in loudness to each other.
Fix Vol:This selects between fixed and variable audio output to zone 2.
If No is selected, the output level can be controlled from zone 2 or the
main system. If you want to fix the volume level, first set the zone 2
volume to the desired level, then select Yes.
Available level settings are; Low 1V, Reference 2V, Medium 4V, High 8V.
The reference level of 2V should be appropriate for most inputs.
To ensure the correct level is set up, first ensure that all source levels
are set to Reference 2V. Find some loud music or use a 0dB reference
signal from each source. If the source activates the ‘Analogue CLIP’
indication at the bottom of the screen, then adjust its level upwards
to 4V or 8V, until the ‘Analogue CLIP’ indicator is no longer there.
Then repeat the adjustment process with every other input, selecting
the lowest voltage setting that does not activate the ‘Analogue CLIP’
indicator. If in doubt or a loud signal is not available, then leave a
source on the 2V setting. If you have a CD player with built-in HDCD
decoding, you should generally use the 4V setting.
Max On Vol 0–72: Limits the maximum volume zone 2 operates at
when it is first switched on. Zone 2 comes on at this volume if the last
used (possibly very loud) volume exceeds this value.
Zone 1 Standby: This allows zone 1 (the main zone) to be put into
standby, either locally only or by zone 2 as well.
Local Only Only zone 1 will be switched into standby from
zone 1.
All Off Both zone 1 and zone 2 will be switched into standby
from zone 1.
If a source is very quiet compared with the other sources you can
increase its loudness by selecting the Low 1V setting. Once set, we
suggest you play some loud music from this source to check the
‘Analogue CLIP’ indicator does not come on.
NOTE: The setting for ‘Zone 1 Standby’ only applies for putting
the AV8 into standby mode. Re-activating zone 1 is always a local
function.
Zone 2 Standby: This allows zone 2 to be put into standby, either
locally only or by zone 1 as well.
NOTE:The ‘Analogue CLIP’ detector is only active in the ‘Input Trims’
menu, and only responds to the input indicated by the highlight bar
on the screen.
Local Only Only zone 2 will be switched into standby from
zone 2.
When the Aux input is converted into a Phono (turntable) input, the
sensitivity adjustment is still available.
All Off Both zone 1 and zone 2 can be switched into standby
from zone 2.
The ‘Input Trims’ control is only available for analogue inputs. Whenever
a digital input is selected, this control is overridden.
NOTE: The setting for ‘Zone 2 Standby’ only applies for putting
the AV8 into standby mode. Re-activating zone 2 is always a local
function.
Local OSD: Selects whether the zone 2 OSD is on or off.
When set to On‚ all user adjustments that are made during the
use of zone 2 are displayed on the zone 2 video.This includes the
adjustment of the volume control, the inputs selected and the
setup menus. It is recommended that zone 2 OSD turned On‚
as there is no other display available in zone 2.
When set to Off, all user adjustment displays are disabled, but
pressing the MENU key still displays the zone 2 control menu.
Zone 1 Control: If set to Yes this allows zone 2 to control and adjust
inputs and user controls for the main zone.
Access: This acts as a ‘parental control’ device to disable or enable
access to sources for zone 2.
Press the unwanted source button on the remote control handset or
front panel to disable it for zone 2. Press again to enable the source.
Enabled sources are listed on the ‘Access:’ line of the OSD.
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ADV 4 – ZONE 2 SETTINGS
SAVING SETTINGS AND EXITING SETUP
Save Settings
No Save - Return to index
Save as:Preset 1*
Preset 2
Preset 3
Preset 4
Preset 5
Press OK to edit- OK to save
All the settings you have made on the previous screens can be saved
as a user profile and stored as one of five ‘Presets’. A choice of setup
presets caters for different events such as movies or sport, and for
different user preferences.
To make these customised settings easier to retrieve, you can give each
preset a memorable name, such as ‘John’, ‘Jacky’, ‘Movies’, ‘Sport’, ‘Rock’,
etc.
The presets store the complete setup of the AV8, including the modes
used for each of the inputs and if they are in direct mode or not.
The presets can be used to create different listening preferences. You
may wish to set up different presets for listening to music, watching
DVD, watching TV material or for different listening positions.
To change the name of a preset, highlight it by using the
navigation5 and6 buttons. Press the OK button to edit. Using
the5 and6 navigation buttons, cycle through and select lower case
letters (a…z), upper case letters (A…Z) and numbers (0…9). Move
along the line using the3 and4 buttons.
When you are satisfied with the text you have written, press OK to save
the preset name and to store the setup parameters under this name.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Settings must be explicitly saved before the
unit is switched off, otherwise changes to the settings will be lost and
the unit will need to be set up again.
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Front panel controls
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1
THX SURROUND EX
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AV8 PREAMP PROCESSOR
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Movie
THX
DISPLAY
5
EFFECT
MODE
MENU
OK
6 7 8
DVD
SAT
AV
VCR
PHONO/AUX
bk
9
CD
TUNER
TAPE
DVD A
DIRECT
MUTE
bl bm
POWER
bn
Remote control receiver. This is positioned behind the FMJ
badge. Ensure the receiver is in a clear line of sight from the remote
control for operation. If this is not possible, use a separate sensor
connected to the IR input on the rear panel.
bk Source selectors. These buttons select the source connected to
2 THX. Selects between the available THX® modes.
3 Effect. Selects between the available DSP effects modes for two-
analogue inputs to the left and right front outputs. Switches off any
sound processing modes and shuts down the DSP circuits for best
stereo sound quality.
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the corresponding input. A light above the relevant button indicates
which input is currently selected.
bl Direct. Stereo direct on/off. Provides a direct analogue path from
channel sources. All other modes must be switched off first.
bm Mute. Mutes all main analogue ouputs when selected.
bn Power. Switches the main power to the AV8 on and off.
4 Mode. Selects between Stereo, Mono and the available surround
modes for the current source.
NOTE: Once the unit is switched off, it should be left off for at least
ten seconds before switching on again.
5 Phones.This socket accepts headphones with an impedance rating
between 32Ω and 600Ω, fitted with a 1/4-inch stereo jack plug.
Power/Standby LED. This indicates the status of the preamp
processor. When first turned on, the LED is yellow, to indicate that the
AV8 is ‘initialising’.This changes to green when the AV8 is fully powered
and ready. Red indicates that the AV8 is in standby mode.
bo
Display. This switches the display brightness between Off/Dim/
Bright.
6
Menu. Selects the ‘Main Menu’ on the OSD. Also accesses the
‘Setup Menu Index’ when pressed for two seconds.
7
Tone Control Indicator. Indicates that bass or treble tone
equalisation is currently active.
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8 OK. Used to enter selections made from operating menus. Also
changes the OSD video standard (PAL/NTSC) when pressed for two
seconds.
9 Control knob. The control knob has two functions:
 as a volume control, to adjust the output to the power
amplifier(s) and headphones connected to the AV8.
 when used in the menus with the6EFFECT button and5MODE
button, to navigate menu options.
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Remote control
The CR80 remote control is a multi-function unit that controls the AV8
and up to seven other devices. The instructions on this page only refer
to the control of the Arcam FMJ AV8.
For information on using the remote control for other devices, and a
full list of features, see the instruction booklet supplied with the CR80.
Device selection
IMPORTANT: Press the ‘AMP’ button first to
operate the AV8.
Source selection
DVD – DVD input
SAT – Satellite input
VCR – Video Cassette Recorder input
CD – Compact Disc player input
AUX – Auxillary (line) input
TAPE – Tape (monitor) input
TUN – Tuner input
AV – AV input
MCH – DVD-A (multichannel) input
SET
On/Standby
SELECT DEVICE
CBL
DVD
VCR
TV
SAT
CD
AMP
AUX
Press the relevant button once to select input; press
and hold to select the analogue input if a digital input
is present.
MUTE
Press once to mute the main system. Press again (or
use VOL +/–) to un-mute.
1 DVD
2
3
4
CD
5 AUX
6 TAPE
7 TUN
8 AV
9 MCH
MUTE
0 FM
AM
SAT
This allows the AV8 to be put into and taken out of
standby remotely.
VCR
THX (THX mode)
Use this button to cycle through available THX
modes.
FX (DSP effects mode)
LAST
THX
VOLUME +/–
Use this button to cycle through effects modes for
two-channel sources.
SLEEP
VOL
Adjusts the volume.
CH
FX
A–B
SUB (Subwoofer trim)
SUB
MODE
GUIDE
EXIT
MODE
OPEN
Allows a temporary trim of the subwoofer level.
Press SUB, then adjust using the34 buttons on
the navigation panel.
Use this button to cycle through available surround
modes.
Navigation buttons
OK
Arrow buttons allow navigation around the menus
on the AV8.
INFO
Confirm selection by pressing OK. Press and hold
the OK button to swap PAL/NTSC OSD modes.
MENU
INFO
Press once to display the OSD report on source
inputs and processing mode.
MENU
Press to select the OSD Main menu.
SYN (Lip sync)
Press once to adjust the Lip sync audio delay. Use
the3 and4 navigation buttons.
Press again to exit the Lip sync function.
P.MODE
SUBT
TITLE
MENU
P–
P+
TM
FAV
ZOOM
AUDIO
MEM
RETURN
TST
SYN
DYN
SLP
ANGLE
SETUP
STATUS
SEARCH
DIS
TRM
1
2
DIS (Display)
Press and hold for more than two seconds to
select the ‘Setup Menu Index’.
FAV (Favourite)
Use this button to clear any temporary
adjustments and return to the current preset
settings.
Press to cycle through Off/Dim/Bright illumination
of the front panel display
The other buttons in this area are used for DVD
and Tuner control and do not effect the AV8.
CR80
TRM (Speaker trim)
Press to display the OSD Speaker trim level menu.
TRM allows temporary adjustment of speaker
levels, using the navigation buttons. Press again to
exit the ‘Speaker Trim’ function.
NOTE
Remember to correctly install the two AA batteries supplied
before trying to use your remote control.
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INTRODUCTION
The processing mode and Stereo Direct functions are remembered
and recalled for each input. The digital input and high quality video
input associated with each source may be customised in the setup
procedure.
For information display we recommend you use the OSD on your
TV/screen whenever possible. However all key information is also
duplicated one line at a time on the front panel display of the AV8.
The DVD-A input is intended for direct analogue pass-through of DVD
Audio or SACD surround sources. Apart from volume control and
level trim, no processing modes are possible on this input.
USING THE CONTROLS
TAPE OPERATION
SWITCHING ON
The AV8 has a fully independent tape loop. This can be configured to
record the source you are listening to, or to record any other input
using the ‘Record to Tape’ option in ‘Main Menu Screen 2’.
Press the power button in. Between one and five seconds later, the
power LED will then come on (first as yellow), the front panel display
window shows ‘ARCAM’, followed by ‘initialising’. This is followed by
the initial volume setting and the name of the input selected. After
initialisation is complete, the power LED changes colour to green.
Pressing the TAPE button will select audio from the tape input.
If the ‘Record to Tape’ option is set to Source (its default setting), the
tape LED will illuminate as well as the previously selected input.
Please wait until the unit has finished initialising before operating the
AV8. It is recommended that if the unit is switched off, you should wait
at least 10 seconds before switching the unit back on.
If the ‘Record to Tape’ option is set to a specific input, the tape LED will
illuminate as well as the input selected in the ‘Record to Tape’ menu
item.
STANDBY
This indicates the tape loop is active and displays the source that will
be recorded.
The AV8 has a standby mode which can be entered by pressing
STANDBY on the remote control. When in standby mode the display is
blank and the power LED glows red.
For example, if ‘Record to Tape’ is set to Source and you want to record
the CD input:
When not being used, the AV8 may be left in standby mode, as power
consumption is low. If you are not using your AV8 for several days we
recommend you switch the unit completely off at the front panel.
 Select the CD input then put your recorder into record pause so
that it will monitor its input.
 Press the TAPE button – you can now listen to the sound actually
being recorded by your tape deck from the CD player.
TO SWITCH ON FROM STANDBY
 If you select a different source from CD, the recording will
Press one of the source buttons on the front panel or on the remote
control, or use the standby button on the remote control.
change to this source.
If you want to record from CD while listening to the Tuner input:
FRONT PANEL DISPLAY
 Call up the ‘Main Menu Screen 2’ and set ‘Record to Tape’ to
CD.
The AV8 is ready for use after about four seconds. This display window
shows the processing mode and initial volume setting.
 Put your recorder into record pause so that it monitors its input
Output channels in digital processing modes are indicated in the format:
‘3/2.1’, where ‘3’ refers to the front channels, ‘2’ to the rear channels,
and ‘.1’ to the subwoofer channel. Some variants of this format are
described below.
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then press the TAPE button.You can now start the recording and
listen to the sound actually being recorded by your tape deck
from the CD player.
 Once the recording is running press the TUNER button to listen
to the Tuner, the recording of the CD will continue.
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 You can check the progress of the recording at any time by
Movie
pressing the TAPE button again.
Recorded
format
Front
speakers
Surround
speakers
Subwoofer
Comment
VCR OPERATION
3/2/1
3
2
Yes
Full 5.1 sound
3/2/0
3
2
No
5-channel sound, no LFE
3/0/0
3
No
No
3-channel sound, no LFE
The AV8 has a fully independent VCR loop for audio and video
(Composite and S-video only). This can be configured to record the
source you are watching to or to record any other input using the
‘Record to VCR’ option in the ‘Main Menu Screen 2’.
2/0/0
2
No
No
Stereo (Dolby digital or
DTS encoded)
 Pressing the VCR button selects audio and video from the VCR
input.
 If the ‘Record to VCR’ option is set to Source (its default setting),
the VCR LED illuminates as well as the previously selected
input.
SELECTING A SOURCE
To select a particular source, press the corresponding button on
the front panel or on the remote control. There are nine inputs
available: DVD, Sat, AV, VCR, Phono/Aux, CD, Tuner, Tape and DVD-A
(multichannel).
 If the ‘Record to VCR’ option is set to a specific input, the VCR
LED illuminates as well as the input selected in the VCR menu.
This indicates the VCR loop is active and displays the source that will
be recorded.
On selecting a source, the AV8 will normally select an active digital
input in preference to an analogue input. If you want to override the
digital input and select the analogue input, press and hold the source
button for at least two seconds.
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Operating your AV8
For example, if ‘Record to VCR’ is set to Source and you want to record
the SAT input:
To listen to zone 2 using the headphones:
 Call up ‘Main Menu Screen 1’ by pressing the MENU button.
 Select the SAT input then put your VCR into record pause so that
 Navigate to screen 3 of the Main Menu by pressing the4 button
it will monitor its input.
 Press the
on the remote, or by turning the volume knob on the front
panel.
button, and you can now watch the audio and
video actually being recorded by your VCR from the satellite
system.
VCR
 Move the highlighted line to ‘Headphone Out’.
 Use the4 button on the remote, or use the volume knob to
 If you select a different source from SAT, the recording changes
select zone 2.
to this source.
When listening to zone 2 via the headphones, you can control the
source and volume from ‘Main Menu Screen 3’.
If you want to record from SAT while watching the AV input:
 Call up the ‘Main Menu Screen 2’ and set ‘Record to VCR’ to
To select a source:
SAT.
 Move the highlighted line to ‘Zone 2 audio’.
 Put your VCR into record pause so that it monitors its input, then
 Use the34 buttons to select the source you wish to hear.
press the VCR button.
To change the volume:
 You can now start the recording and watch the audio and video
actually being recorded by your VCR.
 Move the highlighted line to ‘Vol’.
 Once the recording is running, or you have set the timer on the
 Use the34 buttons to move the volume up and down.
VCR, press the AV button to watch the AV input. The recording
of the SAT input continues or starts when the timer activates.
NOTE: If the headphones are associated with zone 2, the main
volume control knob on the AV8 will not adjust the headphone
volume level as this only controls the main zone 1 volume setting.
 You can check the progress of the recording at any time by
pressing the VCR button again.
EFFECTS/FX
STEREO DIRECT
The EFFECTS button (FX on the remote) cycles through the available
effect modes. The effects are only available when the AV8 is in stereo
mode. The AV8 effects are:
To listen to a pure analogue stereo input, press the DIRECT button. The
Direct mode automatically bypasses all processing and any surround
functions. In Direct mode, digital processing is shut down to improve
the sound quality and reduces digital noise within the AV8 to an
absolute minimum. The LED above the DIRECT button on the front
panel also lights to indicate this mode.
Effect
Description
None
No effects active, stereo signal
Music
Extracted ambience and centre information
Party
All speakers on
Club
Small room
VOLUME CONTROL
Hall
Medium reverberant room
It is important to realise that the position of the volume control
indicator bar is not an accurate indication of the power delivered to
your loudspeakers. The AV8 often delivers its full output power long
before the volume control reaches its maximum position, particularly
when listening to heavily recorded music. In comparison, some movie
sountracks can appear to be very quiet, as many directors like to keep
the maximum levels in reserve for special effect sequences.
Sport
Very reverberant with extracted ambience and dry centre
dialogue
Church
Long reverberant room
NOTE: When the digital processing is shut down, no digital output
is available.
For more information on the effects, see the section ‘DSP Effects
Modes’.
THX
If your system is set up in THX reference configuration, the volume
range will cover –53dB to +18dB, where 0dB is the THX reference
level at which the movie director intended the movie to be reproduced.
If your room is small you may find this too loud, so reduce the level until
you are comfortable.
This button cycles through the available THX modes.The available THX
modes change depending on what mode the AV8 is in and what source
material is being played.
For more information on THX, see the section ‘THX Modes’ on page 26.
HEADPHONES
SUB
To use headphones with the AV8, plug the headphones into the socket
on the left hand side of the front panel.
This button on the remote allows temporary trim of the Subwoofer
level. Press SUB, then adjust using the34 buttons on the navigation
pad.
When headphones are plugged into the headphones socket the
outputs for the zone to which they are assigned is muted. If that zone
is zone 1 and it is in a surround sound mode, the audio will be downmixed to two channels (2.0). The two-channel down-mix is required
so that the centre channel and surround information can be heard via
the headphones.
FAV
Use this button on the remote to clear any temporary adjustments and
return to the current or ‘favourite’ preset settings.
MUTE
NOTE: If the headphones are selected to zone 2, only analogue
sources can be heard as there is no digital-to-analogue conversion
available for zone 2.
Use this button to mute the local zone. Press again (or use VOL+/–) to
un-mute. The Mute LED will light when zone 1 output is muted.
MODE
Use this button to cycle through the available surround modes.
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INFO
Three Main Menu screens allow day-to-day changes to be made to the
way the AV8 operates. Examples include adjusting the tone control for
a particular input, recording one source while listening to another or
configuring the headphone output.
SYN
Delays may be introduced into the video signal by external video
processing equipment which causes a mismatch between the audio
and video timing. You will notice this by speech sound being out of
synchronisation with the lip movements in the video.
The three Main menu screens are available on your display device. The
selected line of each screen is also displayed on the front panel of the
AV8. Each of the following sections has a picture showing the screen
that is displayed as you move through the menus.
To compensate for this you can adjust the lip sync audio delay. Press
SYN and use the34 navigation buttons to change the delay. Press SYN
again to exit the lip sync function.
USING THE REMOTE CONTROL
This allows you to select the illumination level of the front panel display.
Press DISPLAY on the front panel or DIS on the remote to cycle through
the settings Off/Dim/Bright.
Briefly press the MENU button to enter ‘Main Menu Screen 1’. Use
the navigation5 and6 buttons to go up and down the menu
respectively. The3 and4 buttons are used to alter the selection
on the highlighted line, or to change to the next screen if the menu
heading is highlighted.
TRIM
USING THE FRONT PANEL
This allows temporary adjustment of the speaker levels. Press TRM to
access the OSD ‘Speaker Trims’ menu, using the navigation buttons to
adjust the levels required. Press again to exit the trim function. As this is
a temporary adjustment, the trim levels are reset to 0 when the unit is
turned off or the selected input is changed, but are retained if the unit
is put in standby. These temporary trim levels are independent of the
‘Level Settings’ page found in the Setup Menu.
MAIN MENU SCREEN 1
DISPLAY
Press the MENU button to enter the main menu. To cycle through the
items on a menu, use the6EFFECT button to go down and5MODE
button to go up one line for each press. Use the volume control knob
for the3 and4 functions in order to cycle through the available choices,
or to change the menu page if the menu heading is highlighted.
Main Menu Screen 1
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Preset:
Preset 1
Audio Input:
DVD
Video Input:
DVD
Video Type:
4:3
Stereo Direct: Off
Bass:
THX
Treble:
THX
Balance:
THX
Vol: Shows the present volume being used for the main zone and can
be adjusted from here.
Preset: Cycles through user setup presets 1 to 5. These presets may
have customised names. (See ‘Advanced Setup’.)
Audio Input: This shows the current audio input source selected. The
current audio input can be changed when this line is highlighted using
the source select buttons on the front panel or the remote.
Changing the audio input also changes the video input to the same
setting.
Video Input: This shows the current video input source selected. The
current video input can be changed when this line is highlighted using
the source select buttons on the front panel or the remote.
Changing the video input does not change the audio input, so you can
watch a different input from the one you are listening to.
If the audio and video are set to different inputs, they will be reset to be
the same when the audio input is next changed. However it is possible
to set the AV8 so that they remain separated in the ‘Video Settings’ in
the Setup Menu.
For example, you may wish to watch a sports event from satellite but
wish to listen to the commentary from a radio broadcast.
Video Type: This line is only present if SCART mode has been set in
the ‘General Settings’ in the Setup Menu. It shows the video aspect ratio
currently selected on the display. It can be set manually to 4:3 or 16:9,
depending on which format you are feeding into the unit.
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USING THE MAIN MENU SCREEN
Press this button on the remote once to display the local OSD report
on source inputs and processing mode. The display times out after
about three seconds.
Stereo Direct: If Stereo direct is Off, the AV8 functions in its normal
way.
video processing is used in the system for line doubling or progressive
scan video. The range of lip sync delay is -5 to 220 milliseconds.
If stereo direct is On, the AV8 uses the analogue input signal for the
source, bypassing the digital circuitry. In this mode, the AV8 functions
like an analogue preamp: it also shuts down all the unused digital
circuitry for optimum stereo performance.
The other use for lip sync is when a DVD has been poorly mastered or
a broadcast shows noticeable delay between the video and audio.
The lip sync function works on all sources, unless Stereo Direct is
selected. Lip sync is also directly available on the SYN button on the
remote control.
NOTE: In Direct mode no digital output is available.
The lip sync adjustment can only correct for delayed video: if the audio
is delayed, set lip sync to its minimum.
Bass and Treble:These allow you to alter the bass and treble controls
temporarily for all currently active speakers. In the case of Stereo, this
would only apply to the front left and right speakers. In Effects, Pro
Logic II Music, Dolby Digital and DTS modes (for example), this would
apply to all present speakers.
Pro Logic II Music Mode
This allows the adjustment of the sound field for Dolby Pro Logic II
Music decoding of two-channel sources.
You can adjust the bass and treble by up to ±6dB.These adjustments are
in addition to those made in ‘Speaker Eq’ in the Setup Menu. However,
the maximum overall tone control range for each speaker using this
screen plus the settings in ‘Speaker Eq’ is still ±6dB (not ±12dB).
 Dimension: allows the user gradually to adjust the soundfield
either towards the front or towards the rear. If a recording is
too spacious or strong from the surrounds, it can be adjusted
‘forward’ to get a better balance. Likewise, if a stereo recording is
somewhat too ‘narrow’ sounding, it can be adjusted toward the
rear to get a more enveloping, immersive result. We recommend
‘Dimension’ is set to 3 for normal use.
NOTE: Bass and treble alterations are not available in THX mode,
Stereo mode when ‘Audio Stereo Tone Bypass’ is set to Yes, or in
Stereo Direct mode.
 Centre Width: With Pro Logic decoding, dominant centre
Balance:To alter the sound balance temporarily between the front left
and right speakers. You can alter the sound stage to either the left or
right by up to 10dB. Note that it is not possible to shift the audio signal
completely over to one channel.
signals come only from the centre speaker. If no centre speaker
is present, the decoder splits the centre signal equally to the
left and right speakers to create a ‘phantom’ centre image. The
Centre Width control allows variable adjustment of the centre
image so it may be heard only from the centre speaker; only
from the left/right speakers as a phantom image; or from all
three front speakers to varying degrees. We recommend ‘Centre
Width’ is set to 3 for normal use.
NOTE: Balance alterations are not available in THX mode.
MAIN MENU SCREEN 2
Main Menu Screen 2
Record to Tape: Source
Record to VCR: Source
Compression:
Off
Lip Sync.:
+0ms
Pro Logic II Music Mode:
Dimension:
+3
Centre Width: +3
Panorama:
Off
Record to Tape: Allows any analogue input to be directed to the tape
output, independently of the input that is being listened to.
You cannot select tape as a record source: if allowed this would cause
feedback through the tape recorder.
If ‘Record to VCR’ is set to the tape input, you cannot select the VCR
input as a ‘Record to Tape’ option. If allowed this would cause feedback
through the VCR.
Record to VCR: Allows any analogue audio, together with Composite
or S-video input, to be directed to the VCR output. The selection is
independent of the input that is currently being listened to or
watched.
Display
Centre spreading effect
0
No centre spreading
1
20.8°
You cannot select VCR as a record source: if allowed this would cause
feedback through the VCR.
2
28°
3
36°
If ‘Record to Tape’ is set to the VCR input, you cannot select the tape
input as a ‘Record to VCR’ option. If allowed this would cause feedback
through the tape recorder.
4
54°
5
62°
Compression: Allows selection of two different compression
ratios (medium and high) which are ideal for late night listening. The
compression effect increases the volume of the quiet passages and
decreases the volume of the louder passages. Compression can be
disabled by setting to Off.
6
69.8°
7
Phantom centre
Panorama Mode: Extends the front centre image to include the
surround speakers for an exciting ‘wrap-around’ effect with side wall
imaging.
Compression is only available on Dolby Digital recordings and on some
DTS recordings.
Lip Sync: Allows the introduction and adjustment of a time delay
between the audio and video signals to compensate for the sound and
picture not being synchronised. This is normally required when extra
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MAIN MENU SCREEN 3
USING ZONE 2
This page refers to zone 2 functions. These are required if your system
is installed to send audio and video to a separate ‘zone 2’ room, or you
wish to make use of the zone 2 headphone facility.
Zone 2 provides the option for the occupants of the master bedroom,
children’s room or kitchen to view or listen to a different source at a
different volume level from the main zone (zone 1).
Zone 2
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If a video feed is provided to zone 2, then the following menu, unique
to a zone 2 IR receiver, can be called up using the MENU button on a
CR80 remote control.
Headphone Out: Zone 1
Zone 2 Audio: Follow Zone 1
Zone 2 Video: Follow Zone 1
CONTROL VIA ZONE 2 MENU
Zone 2 Status: On
Zone 2 Main Menu
Vol: Shows present volume being used in zone 2 and can be adjusted
from here. This is also the volume control for the headphones output
if it is assigned to Zone 2.
Vol:----------------I- +0dB
Audio Input
: DVD
Video Input
: DVD
Record to Tape: Source
Record to VCR : Source
Zone 1 Status : On
Zone 1 Volume : +0dB
Zone 1 Audio : CD
Zone 1 Video : DVD
Headphone Out: Selects whether the audio signal being fed to the
headphone socket is the audio from zone 1 or zone 2.
Zone 2 Audio: Selects which audio source is sent to zone 2. The
source can be selected specifically, or can be set to Follow Zone 1.
Zone 2 Video: Only sources that have been allowed in the ‘Access’
line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu can be selected. If zone 2 is
set to Follow Zone 1, and zone 1 is on a disallowed input, no audio or
video is available in zone 2.
Vol: Shows present volume being used in zone 2, which can be
adjusted from here.
Audio Input: This shows the current audio input source selected. The
current audio input can be changed when this line is highlighted, using
the34 navigation buttons. Changing the audio input also changes the
video input to the same setting.
Video Input:This shows the current video input source selected.The
current video input can be changed when this line is highlighted, using
the34 navigation buttons.
Zone 2 Status: Turns zone 2 output On or Off. This should be set to
Off if no equipment is connected to the zone 2 outputs on the AV8.
NOTE: You cannot change the zone 2 audio or video inputs unless
zone 2 is on. It takes about five seconds to initialise zone 2.
Changing the video input does not change the audio input, so it is
possible to watch a different input from the one you are listening to.
Record to Tape: Allows any analogue input to be directed to the tape
output, independently of the input being listened to. You cannot select
tape as a record source: if allowed, this would cause feedback through
the tape recorder.
Record to VCR: Allows any analogue audio input together with
Composite or S-video input to be directed to the VCR output. The
selection is independent of the input that is currently being listened to
or watched.
You cannot select ‘VCR’ as a record source: if allowed this would cause
feedback through the VCR.
Zone 1 Status: Shows the user status of zone 1 (the main zone). The
status can be On (i.e., being used) or Off (i.e., in standby mode).
Zone 1 Volume: Shows and allows adjustment of the volume in zone
1 (the main zone).This can be locked out with the ‘Zone 1 Control’ line
of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
Zone 1 Audio: Shows and allows adjustment of the audio selection
in zone 1 (the main zone). This can be locked out with the ‘Zone 1
Control’ line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
Zone 1 Video: Shows and allows adjustment of the video selection
in zone 1 (the main zone). This can be locked out with the ‘Zone 1
Control’ line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
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INTRODUCTION
Main Menu Screen 3
Surround modes
If you would rather listen to a 2.0 or 2.1 bitstream in ordinary stereo
(with or without a subwoofer), press MODE to cycle through to the
Stereo mix mode (e.g., Dolby Digital 2/0.0 on the display). However, if
the source becomes a multichannel bitstream (e.g., 5.1) again, the AV8
will recall Stereo mix mode and therefore output a Stereo Downmix
of the multichannel signal. Full surround output can be re-achieved by
pressing MODE to cycle through to the surround mode encoded on
the disc.
INTRODUCTION
Your AV8 processor provides all the key decoding and processing
modes for analogue and digital signals.
MODES FOR DIGITAL SOURCES
Digital recordings are usually encoded to include information about
their format type. The AV8 automatically detects the relevant format
in a digital signal, such as Dolby Digital or DTS, and switches in the
appropriate decoding.
If at any point THX post-processing is applied to a source (either
analogue or digital), it is applied globally to that source button
regardless of digital input format (Dolby Digital or DTS), analogue or
digital two-channel surround mode (e.g., Neo:6 Music) or downmixing
modes. The only exceptions where THX post-processing is not applied
are in the Effects modes and Direct mode.
Sometimes additional material at either the beginning or the end of the
main movie may only be in a two-channel format, rather than 5.1 for
the main movie. Your AV8 automatically chooses the correct decoding
of the soundtrack as necessary.
TWO-CHANNEL SOURCE MODES
MODES FOR ANALOGUE SOURCES
Analogue recordings do not contain information about their encoding
formats, so the desired decoding mode – such as Dolby Pro Logic
– needs to be selected manually.
The following decoding and surround modes are available;
Mono
Stereo
MODE MEMORY
Pro Logic II Movie
The AV8 has a comprehensive memory that allows it to store different
settings for each source button. The text below applies to all inputs
except DVD-A.
Pro Logic II Music
Dolby Digital or DTS audio data (sometimes collectively referred to as
‘bitstream’ sources) can be output in three mix modes, selected using
the MODE button:
Neo:6 Cinema
Pro Logic Emulation
Neo:6 Music
These modes are available with two-channel analogue and two-channel
PCM digital sources.
 Surround (e.g., five main channels plus a subwoofer for a 5.1
source)
NOTE: A Dolby Digital 2.0 source may only be decoded as Mono,
Stereo or Pro Logic II Movie.
 Stereo Downmix
 Mono Downmix
Mono: The AV8 will combine the left and right audio channels from
a stereo signal to produce a mono signal. This can be of benefit when
playing older audio recordings or VCR tapes, especially mono LP
records.
The AV8 will remember which mix mode was last used with a bitstream
source. See ‘Multichannel Source Modes’ for more information.
Two-channel audio, regardless of whether it is analogue or digital PCM
(e.g., the digital output from a CD player) can also be output in three
mix modes, selected using the MODE button:
Analogue Stereo: In this mode the AV8 works as a conventional high
quality audio pre-amplifier. If the subwoofer is enabled in Stereo mode,
some processing of the signal will be carried out. For ultimate sound
quality with analogue sources, select the Stereo Direct function.
 Surround (e.g., Dolby Pro Logic II Movie, Neo:6 Music, etc.)
 Stereo (or Effects)
Digital Stereo: Decodes two-channel digital signals such as PCM
signals from sources such as CDs and some DVDs.
 Mono
The AV8 will remember which mix mode was last used with a twochannel source, and if Surround, which particular surround mode. See
‘Two Channel Source Modes’ for more information. If an effect mode
has been applied whilst in Stereo, this will also be remembered. See
‘DSP Effects Modes’ for more information.
Dolby Pro Logic II: There are two different modes available in
Pro Logic II; Movie and Music modes. Due to the different recording
methods used for movies and music, use the right decoding mode for
your source material for best results.
A special situation occurs with a bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS) 2.0
or 2.1 source. They can be output in the following three mix modes:
multichannel environment. Movie mode is a fixed mode designed
to reproduce a similar end result when listening using a home
cinema system.
 Movie Mode: Movies are mixed and monitored in a calibrated
 Surround (using Dolby Pro Logic II Movie mode)
 Music Mode: Stereo music is not designed for surround
 Stereo
processing, although good surround effects can be obtained
through the right processing. As the optimum processing varies
according to the recording, Music mode allows user adjustment
of the processing characteristics. Information about adjusting the
Music mode by using ‘Dimension’ and ‘Centre Width’ controls
can be found in the ‘Main Menu Screen 2’ section.
 Mono Downmix
There is a link between the mix modes for multichannel bitstream (e.g.,
5.1) and two-channel bitstream (2.0 or 2.1) sources. If a 5.1 source
is played in Surround mix mode, the AV8 will remember this for all
bitstream sources (e.g., DTS-ES Matrix, Dolby Digital 3.0, etc.) and
use the maximum number of speakers the signal is encoded for. As a
result, when a 2.0 or 2.1 bitstream is played the Surround mix mode
is recalled and the AV8 enters Dolby Pro Logic II Movie mode to try
to recreate the surround environment from what may be a Pro Logic
encoded source.
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Dolby Pro Logic Emulation: This mode should only be used when
the source material is encoded as Dolby Pro Logic. Pro Logic processing
on straight stereo sources can sound muffled and compressed, and is
not recommended.
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DTS NEO:6 Cinema: A movie mode designed to reproduce
a movie theatre environment with natural steering to all available
surround speakers from a two-channel stereo or matrix encoded
source.
DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix: This is a 6.1 channel format based on DTS
5.1. It has the sixth channel matrix encoded into the surround left
and surround right channels. The sixth channel is a surround centre
channel and is directed to the surround back left and surround back
right speakers.
DTS NEO:6 Music: A music mode designed to produce a lively yet
high integrity surround effect from most two-channel music sources
from all available speakers.
DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete: This is a true discrete 6.1 channel sound
format, unlike DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix where the sixth (surround centre)
channel information is extracted from the two surround channels.
DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete mode operates only on sources with DTS-ES 6.1
Discrete audio encoding, e.g., certain DVD discs.
MULTICHANNEL SOURCES
A list of available software titles with DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix and DTS-ES
6.1 Discrete titles can be found at www.dtsonline.com.
Digital multichannel source material is normally provided as ‘5.1 audio’.
The ‘5.1 channels’ comprise of: left, centre, and right front speakers, two
surround speakers and a low frequency effects (LFE) channel. Since the
LFE channel is not a full range channel, it is referred to as ‘.1’.
THX® MODES
Surround systems decode and reproduce the 5.1 channels directly.
THX Surround EX and DTS-ES enhanced decoding systems create
one extra rear channel from information buried in the two surround
signals of the 5.1 source. These EX and ES enhanced systems are
sometimes referred to as ‘6.1’ systems. This extra surround back
channel is normally reproduced through two separate loudspeakers,
creating a ‘7.1 system’.
THX processing offers additional performance benefits on top of the
conventional decoding modes listed earlier.
THX is an exclusive set of technologies and standards established by
the world-renowned film production company, Lucasfilm Ltd. THX
grew from George Lucas’ personal desire to make your experience of
the film soundtrack, in both movie theatres and in your home theatre,
as faithful as possible to what the director intended.
5.1 PLAYBACK ON 7.1 SPEAKER SYSTEMS
When listening to 5.1 channel digital recordings, such as Dolby Digital
and DTS on a 7.1 channel speaker system you will have two speakers
producing no sound. These two surround back speakers can be
assigned the same signal as the surround speakers in the ‘Speaker Sizes’
page of the Setup Menu. When both the surround and surround back
speakers are selected the volume from both will be reduced by 3 dB to
keep the sound levels in balance.
Movie soundtracks are mixed in special movie theatres called dubbing
stages and are designed to be played back in movie theatres with similar
equipment and conditions. This same soundtrack is then transferred
directly onto DVD, Laserdisc, VHS tape, etc., and is not changed for
playback in a small home theatre environment.
THX engineers developed patented technologies to translate
accurately the sound from the movie theatre environment into the
home, correcting the tonal and spatial errors that would otherwise
occur.
MULTICHANNEL SOURCE MODES
A full explanation of THX technologies is provided in the section
‘About THX Cinema Processing’. Available THX modes are:
The following modes are available for multichannel digital sources.
Special modes like DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix and DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete are
only available from the correct source material.
THX Cinema
THX Cinema mode provides the additional processing required for the
optimal presentation of movies in the home.
 In Surround reproduction, this mode provides Re-Equalisation™,
FOR DOLBY DIGITAL SOURCES
Timbre Matching™ and Adaptive Decorrelation™ as necessary
to all channels.
Dolby Digital 5.1
Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo Downmix
 In Two-channel reproduction, this mode provides ReEqualisation™ of the left and right channels.
Dolby Digital 5.1 Mono Downmix
 In Mono reproduction, this mode provides Re-Equalisation™ of
FOR DTS SOURCES
the mono signal.
DTS 5.1
THX Ultra2 Cinema
DTS 5.1 Stereo Downmix
THX Ultra2 Cinema mode plays 5.1 movies using all 7.1 speakers giving
you the best possible movie watching experience. In this mode, ASA
(Advanced Speaker Array)™ processing blends the surround speakers
and surround back speakers providing the optimal mix of ambient and
directional surround sounds. See ‘About THX Cinema Processing’ for
more information.
DTS 5.1 Mono Downmix
DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix
DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete
DTS-ES (6.1 Matrix and 6.1 Discrete) and Dolby Digital Surround EX
encoded soundtracks will be detected automatically if the appropriate
flag has been encoded on the DVD.
MODE DESCRIPTIONS
Dolby Digital 5.1: The most commonly used sound format for DVD
video, and is also the standard for US digital television. Dolby Digital 5.1
sources deliver surround sound with five discrete full-range channels;
left, centre, right, surround left, and surround right, plus a low frequency
effects (LFE) channel.
Some Dolby Digital Surround EX soundtracks are missing the digital
flag that allows automatic switching. If you know that the movie that
you are watching is encoded in Surround EX, you can select the THX
Surround EX playback mode manually.
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DTS 5.1: Less common than the Dolby Digital format, but generally
recognised within the audio industry as being of superior sound quality.
DTS 5.1 delivers surround sound with five full range channels plus an
LFE channel.
The AV8 allows both Pro Logic and Pro Logic II decoding. Generally,
you will find Pro Logic II performs better and gives a livelier, more
realistic surround sound field.
THX Surround EX and Surround ES
ABOUT THX® CINEMA PROCESSING
Surround EX is a joint development of Dolby Laboratories and the
THX division of Lucasfilm Ltd. In a movie theatre, film soundtracks
that have been encoded with Surround EX technology are able to
reproduce an extra channel which has been added during the mixing
of the programme. This channel, called surround back, places sounds
behind the listener in addition to the front left, centre, front right,
surround left, surround right and LFE channels. This additional channel
provides the opportunity for more detailed imaging behind the listener
and brings more depth, spacious ambience and sound localization
than with simple 5.1 reproduction. Movies that were created using
the Surround EX technology, when released into the home consumer
market may exhibit wording to that effect on the packaging.
THX TECHNOLOGY
Re-Equalization™
The tonal balance of a film soundtrack will be excessively bright and
harsh when played back over audio equipment in the home because
film soundtracks were designed to be played back in large movie
theatres using very different professional equipment. Re-Equalization
restores the correct tonal balance for watching a movie soundtrack in
a small home environment.
Timbre Matching™
The human ear changes our perception of a sound depending on the
direction from which the sound is coming. In a movie theatre, there
is an array of surround speakers so that the surround information is
all around you. In a home theatre there are usually only two speakers
located at either side of your head. The Timbre Matching feature filters
the information going to the surround speakers so that they more
closely match the tonal characteristics of the sound coming from the
front speakers. This ensures seamless panning between the front and
surround speakers.
With appropriate material, the THX Surround EX mode will normally
activate automatically, providing this option has been enabled in the
‘THX Settings’ page of the Setup Menu. Some Dolby Digital Surround
EX soundtracks are missing the digital flag that allows automatic
switching. If you know that the movie that you are watching is encoded
in Surround EX, you can select the THX Surround EX playback mode
manually.
You can also switch on the THX Surround EX mode during the
playback of 5.1 channel material that is not Surround EX encoded.
In such case the information delivered to the surround back channels
will be programme-dependent and may or may not be very pleasing
depending on the particular soundtrack and the tastes of the individual
listener.
Adaptive Decorrelation™
In a movie theatre, a large number of surround speakers help create
an enveloping surround sound experience, but in a home theatre there
are usually only two speakers. Two surround speakers can sound like
headphones that lack spaciousness and envelopment. The surround
sounds will also collapse into the closest speaker as you move away
from the middle seating position. Adaptive decorrelation slightly changes
one surround channel’s time and phase relationship with respect to the
other surround channel. This expands the listening position and creates
– with only two speakers – the same spacious surround experience as
in a movie theatre.
THX MusicMode
For the replay of multichannel music the THX MusicMode can be
selected. In this mode THX ASA processing is applied to the surround
channels of all 5.1 encoded music sources such as DTS and Dolby
Digital to provide a wide stable rear soundstage.
DSP EFFECTS MODES
ASA (Advanced Speaker Array)™
ASA is a proprietary THX technology which processes the sound
fed to two surround and two surround back speakers to provide the
optimal surround sound experience. ASA is used in two modes; THX
Ultra2 Cinema and THX MusicMode.
The AV8 has a number of effects modes that can be used to enhance
a stereo signal and to make use of the surround loudspeakers. DSP
effects modes are only available with stereo source signals.
You can listen to the influence of any effect mode by playing a CD, then
pressing pause, when the decaying reverberation effect can be heard.
THX STANDARDS
Lucasfilm define a series of technical performance standards that
equipment must exceed before it is awarded THX certification. Several
levels of performance standards are defined, the most demanding
standards are set for THX Ultra2. THX Ultra2 requirements cover
every aspect of the product including pre-amplifier performance and
operation, video pass through, and hundreds of other parameters in
both the digital and analogue domain.
Available effects modes
Music: Music surround makes full use of the additional speakers placed
at the centre, sides and rear of the room. This effect uses ambiance
extraction for the side and rear speakers and offers the most subtle
surround processing with no reverberation or reflections.
Party: The Party effect allows unprocessed stereo signals to be played
over all speakers for background music or for maximum acoustical
output of the system.
Before any home theatre component can be THX Ultra2 certified,
it must incorporate all the technology features above and also pass
this rigorous series of quality and performance tests. Only then can a
product feature the THX Ultra2 logo, which is your guarantee that the
home cinema products you purchase will give you superb performance
for many years to come.
Club: The Club effect generates reflections and short reverberation
information to the front, side and rear speakers. It simulates a small club
venue, such as a Jazz Club.
Concert Hall: The Concert Hall effect generates the ambient
information for the simulation of a medium size hall. Reflections and
medium length reverberation information are sent to all channels.
A list of available DVD software titles encoded with Dolby Digital
Surround EX technology can be found at www.thx.com and
www.dolby.com.
Sports: Sports stadium effect is ideal for use when watching live sports
events which would normally be in stereo. The open ambience of a
sports stadium is actively recreated around you, except from the centre
channel which is kept clear for commentary.
Church: The Church effect uses a reverberation algorithm which
emphasises rich, smooth reverberant decay in large spaces. As its name
suggests, it works well for simulating a space with long reverberation
time relative to its size, such as a large church or cathedral.
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There are no lights on the unit:
OSD Display is pink/red
Check that:
If a component video signal is fed into the AV8 when the ‘HQ Video’
setting is set to RGB you will have a pink/red OSD.
 the power cord is plugged into the AV8 and the mains socket
To correct this you must set the ‘HQ Video’ line on the General Settings
menu to ‘Component’.
outlet it is plugged into is switched on.
 the power button is pressed in.
No On Screen Display (OSD) overlaid on video:
If a red LED is present, the AV8 is in standby mode. Press any source
button on the front panel or on the remote control.
The AV8 cannot overlay video onto progressive scan or HDTV
signals. In this case, the AV8 creates a full screen display with a black
background for the menus and turns off the pop up messages.
The unit responds erratically or not at all to the remote
control:
No sound is produced:
Check that:
Check that:
 there are fresh batteries in the remote control.
 the correct input has been selected.
 the Remote IR receiver window is visible and you are pointing
 the source equipment is on, is operating normally, and is in ‘play’
the remote control towards it.
mode if appropriate.
The front panel display is blank:
 the volume is turned up to a reasonable level and ‘MUTE’ is not
Check that:
 the display hasn’t been turned off. Press the
DIS
displayed on the front panel display.
button on the
 your power amplifier(s) are turned on and working correctly.
remote control.
 you have assigned the digital input to the correct source button.
 the AV8 is not in ‘Programming mode’ by turning it off, waiting
The sound is poor or distorted:
ten seconds then switching back on again.
Check that:
No picture is produced:
 the cables to that source and to the power amplifier are making
Check that:
a good connection. If necessary withdraw the cable from the
connector and plug it back in again. (Turn the power off before
doing this)
 your viewing device is turned on and switched to display your
AV8. Test by pressing the MENU button on the AV8 or AV8
remote and look for the AV8 ‘Main Menu Screen 1’ displayed on
your device.
 you have not excessively reduced the input sensitivity on the
‘Input Trims’ page in the Setup Menu if an analogue input has
been selected. Check that the input is not clipping by using the
‘Analogue Settings’ page.
 the correct video input is selected on the AV8
 the video source is on, is operating normally, and is in ‘play’ mode
if appropriate.
 you have selected the correct size of speakers to suit your
 you have the same video connection between the video source
system on the ‘Speaker Sizes’ page in the Setup Menu.
and the AV8 as between the AV8 and your viewing device. For
example, composite video is used from the source to the AV8,
and from the AV8 to the display device.
Sound only comes from some of the speakers:
Check that:
 you have an appropriate surround sound source selected and
The video source is different to the audio:
playing.
Check that:
 the DVD disc is encoded in the appropriate format, and that the
 the video and audio inputs are correctly selected in ‘Main Menu
correct format has been selected in the Disc start menu of the
DVD player (if applicable).
Screen 1’. Press MENU, then change either the video or audio
source by first using the navigation5 and6 buttons, then use
the source buttons to select the correct input.
 the DVD player has been set to output ‘Bitstream’ audio on the
digital output.
 the digital audio inputs and HQ video inputs are correctly
 the display window indicates that the disc you are playing is a
assigned to their sources on the ‘Digital Settings’ page in the
Setup Menu.
multichannel recording.
There are bright edges or ‘ghosts’ on the picture:
 all the speakers are correctly connected to the power amp, and
are secure.
Check that:
 you have not selected ‘Stereo’ in the mode selection.
 the cables used for video connections are designed for that
purpose (i.e., they are 75Ω coaxial cables).
 your speaker balance is correct.
 the ‘Sharpness’ control on your video display device is switched
 all amplifiers are turned on and all channels are working
off or set near minimum.
correctly.
There is no on screen display (OSD):
 after setup, that you have configured your AV8 to include all the
speakers in your system.
Check that:
 your video display device is connected to your AV8 correctly.
 the on screen display has not been turned off on the ‘Video
Settings’ or ‘Zone 2 Settings’ pages (for zone 1 and zone 2
respectively) in the Setup Menu.
 if you are using a component display, check that the AV8 is set for
component video. See the ‘Basic Setup’ section.
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Troubleshooting
Unable to select Dolby Digital or DTS decoding modes:
Volume is always too loud when I turn the system on for the
main zone or zone 2:
The AV8 can only apply Dolby Digital and DTS decoding to sources
which have been encoded in the same format.
Check:
Check that:
 the ‘Max On Volume’ line of ‘General Settings’ or ‘Zone 2
Settings’ pages in the Setup Menu. They will need adjusting to a
lower level.
 a digital source is selected and connected.
 the source is playing appropriately encoded material.
You can’t select a particular input in zone 2:
 the DVD disc is encoded in the appropriate format, and that the
Check that:
correct format has been selected in the Disc start menu of the
DVD player (if applicable).
 you have not blocked that particular input using the ‘Access’ line
of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
 the DVD player has been set to output ‘Bitstream’ audio on the
When zone 2 is put into standby, the main zone is also
turned off:
digital output.
When playing a Dolby Digital DVD, the AV8 selects Dolby
Pro Logic:
Check that:
 the ‘Zone 2 Standby’ line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu
Check that:
is set to Local Only.
 you have a digital connection from your DVD player.
Component Video connection to AV8 only:
 sometimes Dolby Digital DVD discs contain material at either
It is possible to configure the AV8 by using the front panel as the
selected line of the menu is displayed on the front panel, however it is
easier using the OSD on your display device.
the beginning or the end of the main movie that is not in full 5.1
format, but in two-channel or Pro Logic encoding.
Hum on an analogue input:
If you are using only a component connection to your display device
it is possible to turn the HQ video output on and therefore view the
OSD information with just a few buttons of the remote control as
listed below.
Check that:
 all cables are making a good connection. If necessary withdraw
the cable from the connector and plug it fully in again. (Turn the
power off before doing this)
 Turn the AV8 on and wait for it to initialise
 the connections inside the source cable connector are not
 Press and hold the MENU button on the remote control for two
broken or badly soldered.
seconds. The front panel display will indicate ‘Setup Menu Index’.
 if the hum originates only when one particular source
 Press4554 in sequence.
component is connected, that an aerial, cable or dish connection
to this source is ground isolated. Contact your installation
contractor.
The OSD information is now displayed on your display device.
Unable to alter settings in Setup Menus:
To prevent tampering with the AV8 setup configuration you can ‘lock’
the menus by pressing the OK, TUNER and DVD-A buttons simultaneously
on the front panel. To unlock the AV8 press the same buttons again.
 try switching the ground lift switch on the back panel.
There is radio or television reception interference:
Check:
Unstable OSD on screen display:
 where the interference is coming from. Switch off each source
The AV8 defaults to the NTSC video standard: most display devices
can sync to this automatically.
component in turn, then any other equipment. Most electronic
equipment does generate low levels of interference.
For PAL-only display devices, press and hold the OK button for two
seconds: this will switch the video standard to PAL. Repeating this
returns the AV8 to the NTSC video standard.
 try re-arranging cabling from the nuisance source away from
other cabling
 ensure that the cabling used is high quality, specified for its
Feedback when making digital recording:
purpose, and is properly screened.
As the AV8 has only one analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), it is not
possible to use a tape monitor loop when making a digital recording. If
you try to do this, the tape analogue input is directed to the ADC (so
that the tape input can have DSP processing), converting it to digital
and feeding it to the digital output. This creates a loop through the
digital recorder.
 if the problem persists contact your installer.
The source switching changes randomly or freezes on one
source:
Check that:
 there are no static or impulse interference problems caused
Digital recorders should not be used with the analogue tape monitor if
you are using digital output from the AV8.
by nearby power equipment switching, e.g., heating or air
conditioning control. Switch the AV8 off, wait ten seconds, then
switch it on again to clear an operating problem. Contact your
installer if the problem returns or persists.
No zone 2 audio when playing DTS film:
The DV27 (and most other two-channel DVD players) cannot output
a stereo decoded version of the DTS signal – its analogue outputs are
muted when playing back DTS films. If you want to watch a DVD in
both the Main zone and zone 2, please use the Dolby Digital sound
track.
Zone 2 is changing the source inputs in the main zone:
Check that:
 on the ‘Zone 2 Settings’ page of the Setup Menu, you have set
the ‘Zone 1 Control’ line to No.
Strange aspect ratio of video in zone 2:
The DV27 (and other DVD players) can only decode video to one
aspect ratio at a time. If you are using wide screen in the Main zone,
then wide screen information will also be fed to zone 2.
To overcome this, either set the film to 4:3 for the main zone when
you want to use zone 2 as well, or change the zone 2 display to a wide
screen capable type.
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Unable to adjust bass and treble controls:
Bass and treble is not available in THX mode. For Analogue Stereo and
Digital Stereo modes, check that the ‘Auto Stereo Tone Bypass’ line of
‘Speaker Eq’ in the Setup Menu is set to No.
Unable to adjust balance control:
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Balance is not available in THX mode.
Digital signal drops out when other electrical appliances
turn on (heating, fridge, freezer, etc.):
If a poor quality or incorrect type of cable has been used for the digital
inputs, they can pick up electrical noise. Change the cable to a 75Ω low
loss coaxial type.
Check the connections have not oxidised. Clean the connectors with
contact cleaner if they appear oxidised.
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Technical specifications
Audio
Line input sensitivity (set to Reference)
2V rms
Input impedance
10kΩ
Preamp output level (nominal)
2V rms
Output impedance
25Ω
Signal/noise ratio (unwtd 20Hz–20kHz) – analogue
>100dB
Signal/noise ratio (unwtd 20Hz–20kHz) – digital (24-bit)
>98dB
THD+N – analogue
0.0012%
THD+N – digital (24-bit)
0.0015%
Headphone maximum output level into 600Ω
5V p-p
Output impedance
5Ω
Video inputs and outputs
Input and output impedance
75Ω
Composite video level
1V
HF response to (–3dB)
12MHz
S-video level (Y/C)
1V / 0.28V
HF response to (–3dB)
12MHz
HQ (component) video
level (Y / Cr / Cb)
1V / 0.5V / 0.5V
level (R / G / B)
1V / 1V / 1V
HF response to (–3dB)
300MHz
Digital inputs
Coaxial connection (level/impedance)
0.5V/75Ω
Acceptable sampling frequencies, all inputs
44.1kHz, 48kHz, (and 96kHz stereo only)
Digital output
Output level/impedance
0.5V/75Ω
Sampling frequency in ADC output mode
44.1kHz
Trigger outputs
Output D.C. voltage (excl. RGB status)
12V ±1V
Allowable load
30mA max (min 400Ω)
Remote inputs and output
Signal
modulated 36kHz carrier
Coding
Philips RC-5
General
Mains voltage range
85V to 265V
Power consumption
35VA
Power consumption (standby)
32VA
Dimensions Width x Depth x Height (including feet)
433mm x 360mm x 130mm
Weight (net)
9kg
Weight (packed)
14kg
Supplied accessories
Mains lead, CR80 remote control, 2 x AA batteries
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CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT POLICY
NOTE: All specification values are typical unless otherwise stated.
Arcam has a policy of continual improvement for its products. This
means that designs and specifications are subject to change without
notice.
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RADIO INTERFERENCE
LOCKING THE SETUP MENU
The AV8 is a digital audio device which have been designed to very high
standards of electromagnetic compatibility.
With the facility for up to five preset setups, and the ability to
temporarily trim many settings, there should little need to use the
Setup Menus once the system is fully installed. Many of the AV8 settings
in the Setup Menus require specialist knowledge and measurement.
Access to the Setup Menus may be locked out to prevent changes
being made to the settings by inexperienced users.
The unit can radiate RF (radio frequency) energy. In some cases this can
cause interference with FM and AM radio reception. If this is the case,
keep the AV8 player and its connecting cables as far from the tuner and
its aerials as possible. Connecting the AV8 and the tuner to different
mains sockets can also help to reduce interference.
To lock the setup menus, press the OK, TUNER and DVD-A buttons on
the front panel together at the same time. ‘Setup Menus Locked’ is
displayed.
EU COUNTRIES – These products have been designed to comply with
directive 89/336/EEC.
USA – These products comply with FCC requirements.
Similarly, to unlock the menus, press the same three buttons together
at the same time.
PROCESSING COMPONENT SPECIFICATIONS
PROGRAMMING VIA THE RS232 INPUT
The following list of chipsets used in the AV8 is provided for the interest
of technical enthusiasts:
Re-programming the AV8 with new operating software is possible via
the RS232 control input, but this should only be carried out by trained
technical personnel.
SPDIF receiver: Crystal Semiconductor CS8415A – a 96kHz digital
audio interface receiver chipset.
Use the RS232 Connection
gq
with a suitable lead to the re-
ADC: AKM AK5383 – a 24-bit, 96kHz, 128x oversampling two-channel
A/D converter for professional digital audio systems.
programming computer. Locate the Programming button fk which is
adjacent to the S-video inputs.
DAC: WM8740 – a 24-bit 96kHz very high performance stereo DAC
designed for home theatre systems.
To re-program, the AV8 must first be turned off. Press and hold the
PROG button while powering up the AV8. Note that the front display
is blank in programming mode. Follow the operating instructions
provided with the update software. When reprogramming is complete,
turn the AV8 off then on again ten seconds later to restore normal
operation with the new software.
Volume control: Burr-Brown PGA2310 digitally controlled stereo
analogue volume control.
OSD: STV5730 – a high performing chipset used for on screen
displays.
Video switching composite/S-video: Rohm BA7625 – a high
performance chipset used for video switching.
Video switching YUV/RGB: Elantec EL4332 – a very high performing
broadcast quality chipset designed for component video multiplexing.
DSP: Crystal Semiconductor CS49326 and CS49330 – these are 24-bit
96kHz multi-standard DSP decoders.
Micro controller: Hitachi HD64F2329VF25 – provides three serial
communications ports, a watchdog timer, and 384KB flash-updated
memory.
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Additional technical information
SCART CONNECTIONS
These pinouts describe the signal connections between the AV8 and your display device input.
SCART RGB cable with audio back to processor
Pin
Signal
Connector type
Connector Pin
Cable Type
Label
1
Audio output B (right) From TV Tuner
RCA Phono (1)
Centre
Coaxial cable (1)
Audio out R
2
Audio input B (right)
Not connected
3
Audio output A (left) From TV Tuner
RCA Phono (2)
Centre
Coaxial cable (2)
Audio out L
4
Ground (audio)
RCA Phono (1 and 2)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (1 and 2)
5
Ground (blue)
RCA Phono (3)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (3)
6
Audio input A (left)
Not connected
7
Blue input
RCA Phono (3)
Centre
Coaxial cable (3)
Blue
8
RGB/composite SCART input select
(CVBS status)
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
Ring
Screened twin cable
Trigger RGB
9
Ground (green)
RCA Phono (4)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (4)
10
Comms data 2
Not connected
11
Green input
RCA Phono (4)
Centre
Coaxial cable (4)
12
Comms data 1
Not connected
13
Ground (red)
RCA Phono (5)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (5)
14
Ground (comms)
Not connected
15
Red input
RCA Phono (5)
Centre
Coaxial cable (5)
16
RGB mode select
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
Tip
Screened twin cable
17
Ground (video input & output)
RCA Phono (6 and 7)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (6 and 7)
18
Ground (RGB switching control)
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
Sleeve
Screened cable
19
Video output (composite)
RCA Phono (6)
Centre
Coaxial cable (6)
Comp out
20
Video input (composite)
RCA Phono (7)
Centre
Coaxial cable (7)
RGB sync (Comp in)
21
Common ground (shield)
SCART
Sleeve
Overall Cable Screen
Green
Red
SCART S-video cable with audio back to processor
Pin
Signal
Connector Type
Connector Pin
Cable Type
Label
1
Audio output B (right) from TV Tuner
RCA Phono (1)
Centre
Coaxial cable (1)
Audio out R
Audio out L
2
Not connected
3
Audio output A (left) from TV Tuner
RCA Phono (2)
Centre
Coaxial cable (2)
4
Ground (audio)
RCA Phono (1 and 2)
Screen
Coaxial cable (1 and 2)
Ring
Screened cable
Trigger S-video
Pin 2
Coaxial cable (3) screen
S-video
Pin 4
Coaxial cable (3) centre
S-video
S-video
5
Not connected
6
Not connected
7
8
Not connected
CVBS (AV control)
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
9
Not connected
10
Not connected
11
Not connected
12
13
Not connected
Ground (chroma)
14
15
S-video Mini DIN
Not connected
Chroma input
16
S-video Mini DIN
Not connected
17
Ground (video input & output)
S-video Mini DIN
Pin 1
Coaxial cable (4) screen
18
Ground (S-video SCART input select)
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
Sleeve
Screened twin cable
Pin 3
Coaxial cable (4) centre
19
Not connected
20
Video input (luma)
S-video Mini DIN
21
Common ground (shield)
SCART
Overall Cable Screen
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S-video
The following information is supplied for owners of advanced
programmable remote controls, such as the Philips ‘Pronto’ and similar
devices, where it is possible to program remote codes directly into the
device.
The coding system for the AV8 is based on the Philips RC-5 standard.
The main system control uses RC-5 system code ‘16’, so for example,
to program in a ‘Standby’ command, use the command ‘16-124’.
Zone 2 also uses RC-5 system code 16 as standard, as zone 2 is
normally operated in a separate room using a standard (system code
16) remote control.
Changing the system code for zone 2 (or zone 1) from ‘16’ to ‘19’
is possible, but this is only necessary for non-standard use of zone
2. A specially programmed remote control will be required if the
system code is changed. The CR80 remote control has system code
19 functions only for zone 2 in memory as code ‘1213’. Alternatively,
remote controls such as the Philips ‘Pronto’ can be specially computer
programmed. Consult Arcam customer support about changing the
remote system code.
Command
Command code
Modes
28
THX modes
32
Effects modes
70
Mono mode
106
Stereo mode
107
Dolby PL 2 Movie mode
108
Dolby PL2 Music mode
109
Dolby Pro Logic Emulation
110
DTS Neo:6 Cinema mode
111
DTS Neo:6 Music mode
112
THX off
113
THX Cinema mode
114
THX Ultra2 Cinema mode
115
THX Music mode
116
THX Surround EX
117
Effect off
63
TABLE OF REMOTE CODES
Effect: Music
64
Example for programming; Display = RC-5 code 16–59
Effect: Party
65
Command code
Effect: Club
66
Standby
124
Effect: Hall
67
On
123
Effect: Sport
68
Power toggle
12
Effect: Church
69
Display
59
Preset 1
72
Menu
82
Preset 2
73
Info
55
Preset 3
74
Mute
119
Preset 4
75
Un-mute
120
Preset 5
76
Mute toggle
13
Nav up
85
Volume up
16
Nav down
86
Volume down
17
Nav left
81
Sat input
0
Nav right
80
AV input
2
OK
87
Tuner input
3
Trim menu
37
DVD input
4
Sub trim
51
Tape input
5
Lip sync
50
VCR input
6
Restore (“Fav”)
14
CD input
7
Sat video
19
Aux input
8
AV video
20
DVD-A input
9
DVD video
22
Direct on
78
Tape video
23
Direct off
79
VCR video
24
Direct toggle
10
Video type
126
Command
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IR REMOTE CODES
QUERY COMMANDS
AV8 SERIAL PROGRAMMING INTERFACE
The current values of a small subset of settings may be queried, by
preceding the command with a ?. For example, to query the mute
status of zone 2, use:
INTRODUCTION
?Z2MUT<lf>
This section of the document details the serial command set of the
AV8 software. The serial port is set as follows:
baud rate
38,400
data bits
8
parity
none
stop bits
1
flow control
none
If zone 2 mute is ON, the AV8 responds with the message:
Z2MUT1<lf>
This response gives the zone it is reporting on (Z2 in this case), the
setting (MUT), and the current value (a 1, showing it as ON).
In order to keep the RS232 controller informed of the current state
of the AV8, certain changes in configuration/state will result in the AV8
automatically sending messages, just as if they had been queried using
the method above. Changes in the following items will result in an
RS232 response:
Command lines must be terminated by an ASCII line feed (0X0A
hexadecimal) and be no longer that 64 bytes (including the line feed
terminator).
For example: to turn zone 1on, send:
Z1PWR1<lf>
where <lf> is an ASCII line feed.
SETTING VALUES
 Zone Status

THX Mode
 Zone 1 Audio

Zone 1 Volume
 Zone 1 Video

Audio Signal Type
 Decode Mode

Current Preset
 Effect Mode

Direct Mode
COMMAND PROCESSING
As well as setting options directly to specific values, as described above,
current values may be incremented or decremented by following the
command with a + (increment) or – (decrement). For example, to
increment the decode mode in zone 1:
Command processing begins when the first semicolon separator of line
feed terminator is received. If there is an error in the command an error
message FAIL is sent back. If the command is executed successfully,
the command is echoed back to the sender.
Z1DEC+<lf>
In the command tables below, one or more of the following parameters
may be used:
If a zone is not specified, the command is carried out in relation to zone
1. For example, to decrement the THX mode:
Z1THX-<lf>
Param. Description
would produce identical results to using:
THX-<lf>
Multiple commands may be placed on a single command line if
separated by a semicolon. For example, to turn on zone 1 and switch
to the tuner, use:
?
Query Option. The value can be queried by putting a ? before the
command.
z
Zone selection. The zone can be selected by putting a z before
the command. Values are Z1 (for zone 1) or Z2 (for zone 2).
x
On/Off, Yes/No. The value can be set by putting an x after the
command. Values are 1 (for On/Yes) or 0 (for Off/No).
y
Value. The value can be set by putting a y after the command.
Values have various ranges, as described in the tables below.
i
Input Source. The source can be set by putting an i after the
command. Values are in the range 0 to 9,A,B as follows:
Z1PWR1;Z1AUD2<lf>
0 = None/Not Connected, 1 = Source, 2 = AUX, 3 = CD,
4 = TUNER, 5 = DVD, 6 = SAT, 7 = AV, 8 = MULTICHANNEL,
9 = TAPE, A = VCR, B = Follow Zone 1.
s
Channel/Speaker Select. Values are in the range 0 to 8 as follows:
0 = Centre, 1 = Front Left, 2 = Front Right, 3 = Surr. Left,
4 = Surr. Right, 5 = Surr. Back Left, 6 = Surr. Back Right,
7 = Subwoofer, 8 = All/Master.
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Command
Parameters
Description
Response
PWR
?zPWR
Query Power State
zPWRx, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
MUT
?zMUT
Query Mute State
zMUTx, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
EFF
?EFF
Query Effect Mode
EFFy, where y may have the values 0 to 7, as follows:
THX
?THX
Query THX Mode
DEC
?DEC
Query Decode/Downmix
Mode
0 = off, 1 = music, 2 = party, 3 = club, 4 = hall, 5 = sport, 6 = church, 7 = next effect.
THXy, where y may have the values 0 to 4, as follows:
0 = Off, 1 = THX Cinema, 2 = THX Ultra2 Cinema, 3 = THX MusicMode, 4 = THX SurrEX.
DECy
If Audio Signal Type is Analogue or PCM, y may have the values 0 to 6 as follows:
0 = Mono, 1 = Stereo, 2 = Pro Logic II Movie, 3 = Pro Logic II Music, 4 = Pro Logic, 5 = Neo:6
Cinema, 6 = Neo:6 Music.
If Audio Signal Type is Digital Surround (Dolby or DTS), y may have the values 0 to 2 as follows:
0 = Mono Downmix, 1 = Stereo Downmix, 2 = No Downmix.
DIR
?DIR
Query Direct State
DIRx
VOL
?zVOL
Query Volume
zVOLy, where z is the zone parameter you supply. y may have a value in the range -53 to
+19:
-53 = –53dB
+19 = +19dB
AUD
?zAUD
Query Audio Source
zAUDi, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
VID
?zVID
Query Video Source
zVIDi, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
SIG
?zSIG
Query Audio Signal Type
zSIGy, where z is the zone parameter you supply. y may have the values 0 to 20 as follows:
0 = Analogue, 1 = PCM, 2 = Dolby Digital 1+1, 3 = Dolby Digital 1/0, 4 = Dolby Digital 2/0, 5 =
Dolby Digital 3/0, 6 = Dolby Digital 2/1, 7 = Dolby Digital 3/1, 8 = Dolby Digital 2/2, 9 = Dolby
Digital 3/2, 10 = Dolby Digital EX, 11 = DTS 1/0, 12 = DTS 1+1, 13 = DTS 2/0, 14 = DTS
3/0, 15 = DTS 2/1, 16 = DTS 3/1, 17 = DTS 2/2, 18 = DTS 3/2, 19 = DTS-ES Matrix, 20 =
DTS-ES Discrete.
STS
?zSTS
Query Zone Status.
PRE
?PRE
Query Current Preset
PREy, where y may have the values 1 to 5 for the current preset.
TRM
?TRMs
Query Trims
TRMsy, where y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
Reports the current state of Audio, Video, Volume, Mute, Audio Signal Type, *Decode/Downmix
Mode, *Effect Mode, *THX Mode.
* Zone 1 only
-10 = –10dB
+10 = +10dB
BSA
?BSA
Query Bass Trim
BSAy, where y may have a value in the range -6 to +6:
-6 = –6dB
+6 = +6dB
TBA
?TBA
Query Treble Trim
TBAy, where y may have a value in the range -6 to +6:
-6 = –6dB
+6 = +6dB
BAL
?BAL
Query Balance
BALy, where y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
-10 = +10dB to Left
+10 = +10dB to Right
VDT
?VDT
Query Video Type
RCT
?RCT
Query Record To Tape
RCTi
RCV
?RCV
Query Record To VCR
RCVi
COM
?COM
Query Compression
COMy, where y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
LIP
?LIP
Query Lip Sync
VDTy, where y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = 4:3, 1 = 16:9.
0 = Off, 1 = Medium, 2 = High.
LIPy, where y may have a value in the range -1 to +44:
-1 = –5ms
+44 = +220ms
HED
?zHED
Query Headphone Out
HEDz, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
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QUERY COMMANDS
GENERAL OPERATION COMMANDS
Command
Parameters
Description
PWR
?zPWRx
Power on/off
MUT
?zMUTx
Mute on/off
FAN
zFANx
Force Analogue
EFF
?EFFy
Effect Mode Selection
Parameter values
y may have the values 0 to 7, as follows:
0 = off, 1 = music, 2 = party, 3 = club, 4 = hall, 5 = sport, 6 = church, 7 = next
effect.
THX
?THXy
THX Mode Selection
y may have the values 0 to 4, as follows:
0 = Off, 1 = THX Cinema, 2 = THX Ultra2 Cinema, 3 = THX MusicMode, 4 =
THX SurrEX.
DEC
?DECy
Decode/Downmix Mode Selection
If Audio Signal Type is Analogue or PCM, y may have the values 0 to 6 as follows:
0 = Mono, 1 = Stereo, 2 = Pro Logic II Movie, 3 = Pro Logic II Music, 4 = Pro Logic,
5 = Neo:6 Cinema, 6 = Neo:6 Music.
If Audio Signal Type is Digital Surround (Dolby or DTS), y may have the values 0 to
2 as follows:
0 = Mono Downmix, 1 = Stereo Downmix, 2 = No Downmix.
DIS
VFD Display
RES
Restore Preset
INF
Current Source information (on OSD)
SIG
?zSIG
Current Audio Signal Type
STS
?zSTS
Zone Status. Displays current state of
Audio, Video, Volume, Mute, Audio Signal
Type, *Decode/Downmix Mode, *Effect
Mode, *THX Mode.
* Zone 1 only
TRM
TRMsy
Trim Levels
y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
-10 = –10dB
+10 = +10dB
MAIN MENU COMMANDS
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
VOL
?zVOLy
Volume
y may have a value in the range -53 to +19:
-53 = –53dB
+19 = +19dB
PRE
PREy
Preset Select
AUD
?zAUDi
Audio source selection
VID
?zVIDi
Video source selection
VDT
VDTy
Video Type
y may have a value in the range 1 to 5.
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = 4:3, 1 = 16:9.
DIR
?DIRix
Stereo Direct
BAL
BALy
Balance
y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
-10 = +10dB to Left
+10 = +10dB to Right
RCT
RCTi
Record To Tape Select
RCV
RCVi
Record To VCR Select
COM
COMy
Compression
LIP
LIPy
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = Off, 1 = Medium, 2 = High.
Lip Sync Control
y may have a value in the range -1 to +44:
-1 = –5ms
+44 = +220ms
DIM
DIMy
Pro Logic II MusicMode Dimension
y may have a value in the range 0 to 6.
CTW
CTWy
Pro Logic II Music Mode Centre Width
y may have a value in the range 0 to 7.
PAN
PANx
Pro Logic II MusicMode Panorama
HED
HEDz
Headphone Out
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SETUP COMMANDS – BASIC
Basic General
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
VDS
VDSy
Volume Display
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
MXV
zMXVy
Max Volume
y may have a value in the range -33 to +19:
-33 = –33dB
+19 = +19dB
MXO
zMXOy
Max On Volume
y may have a value in the range -53 to +19:
-53 = –53dB
+19 = +19dB
DYU
DYUy
OMD
OMDy
OSD Mode
VST
VSTy
Video Status
HQV
HQVy
HQ Video
SYG
SYGx
Sync On Green
Delay Units
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = Imperial, 1 = Metric, 2 = Time.
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = Full Page, 1 = Mixed.
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = Scart, 1 = Screen Control.
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = RGB, 1 = Component.
Basic Speakers
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
AST
ASTy
Auto Setup
y may have the values 0 to 5, as follows:
SSZ
SSZsy
Speaker Size
5P1
5P1y
5.1 Rears
0 = THX, 1 = THX SurrEX, 2 = Config. 1, 3 = Config. 2, 4 = Config. 3, 5 = Custom.
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = None, 1 = Small/Present, 2 = Large.
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = SurrL/R, 1 = SurrBackL/R, 2 = Both.
Basic Delay
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
DLY
DLYsy
Speaker Delays
y may have a value in the range below, depending on the chosen delay units:
Imperial: 0 to 117 feet in 1ft steps
Metric: 0 to 12.7 meters in 0.1m steps
Time: 0 to 105 milliseconds in 1ms steps
Basic Levels
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
LVL
LVLsy
Speaker Level settings
y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
-10 = –10dB
+10 = +10dB
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0 = Normal, 1 = dB ref, 2 = Fine.
Basic Sub
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
CRF
CRFy
Crossover Frequency
y may have a value in the range 0 to 11:
0 = 40Hz
11 = 150Hz
(in 10Hz steps)
STM
STMy
Stereo Mode
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = Large+Sub, 1 = Sat+Sub, 2 = Large.
LFE
LFEy
LFE Level
y may have a value in the range -10 to 0:
-10 = –10dB
0 = 0dB
DLF
DLFy
DTS LFE Gain
SST
SSTy
Sub Stereo
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = 0dB Normal, 1 = –10dB.
y may have a value in the range -10 to 0:
-10 = –10dB
0 = 0dB
DAL
DALy
DVD-A Sub Level
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = 0dB Normal, 1 = +10dB.
NSW
NSWy
No. of Subwoofers
y may have the values 1 to 3, for 1 to 3 subwoofers.
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
TEX
TEXx
THX Surround EX Flag detection
U2S
U2Sx
THX Ultra 2 Sub
BGC
BGCx
Boundary Gain Compensation
ASA
ASAy
Advanced Speaker Array
Basic THX
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = 0–12”, 1 = 12–48”, 2 = 48”+.
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SETUP COMMANDS – ADVANCED
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
BAS
BASsy
Bass Levels
y may have a value in the range -6 to +6:
-6 = –6dB
+6 = +6dB
TRB
TRBsy
Treble Levels
y may have a value in the range -6 to +6:
-6 = –6dB
+6 = +6dB
STB
STBx
Auto Stereo Tone Bypass
Advanced Video
Command
Parameters
Description
OSD
zOSDx
OSD
VIA
VIAi
Video Input AUX
VIC
VICi
Video Input CD
VIT
VITi
Video Input Tape
VIM
VIMi
Video Input Multichannel
ANV
ANVy
Audio and Video
HQS
HQSyi
HQ Video Setting
Parameter values
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = Tracked, 1 = Separate.
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = HQ Vid 1, 1 = HQ Vid, 2 = HQ Vid 3.
Advanced Digital
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
DIG
DIGyi
Digital Inputs
y may have the values 0 to 6; i=1 (for digital input) or i=2 (for source assigned).
Parameter values
Advanced zone 2
Command
Parameters
Description
FVL
FVLx
Zone 2 Fix Volume
SBY
zSBYy
Standby
CZI
CZIx
Zone 1 Control
ACC
ACCix
Zone 2 Access
0 =None, 1 = All.
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 =Local Only, 1 = All Off.
Advanced Analogue
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
ANS
ANSiy
Analogue Settings
y may have the values 0 to 3, as follows:
0 = Low 0.5V, 1 = Medium 1V, 2 = Reference 2V, 3 = High 4V.
Save Settings
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
SAV
SAVy
Save Preset
y may have the values 0 to 5, as follows:
0 = Current Preset, 1 = Preset 1, 2 = Preset 2, 3 = Preset 3, 4 = Preset 4, 5 =
Preset 5.
PNM
PNMyn
Preset Name
y may have the values 0 to 5, as follows:
0 = Current Preset, 1 = Preset 1, 2 = Preset 2, 3 = Preset 3, 4 = Preset 4, 5 =
Preset 5, n = up to 14 characters.
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Advanced Speaker
Engineering Settings
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
RC5
zRC5y
RC5 System Code
y may have the values 0 to 5, as follows:
SCM
SCMx
Scrolling Message
SCT
SCTyn
Scrolling Text Select
0 = RC5 System Code 16, 1= RC5 System Code 19.
EPE
y may have a value in the range 0 to 8. If y = 0, then n can be a string of your
choice. If no string is given, the default is used.
Eeprom Erase (Restore Defaults)
DIA
DIAx
Diagnostics
FPR
FPRx
Front Panel IR Receiver
Multi-button Presses
Command
Parameters
Description
LOC
Setup Menu Lock
TST
Test VFD and LEDs
PLL
PLL Status
RCM
RC5 Decode Mode
Parameter values
Menu Access
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
M
My
Display Main menus
y may have a value in the range 1 to 3 to display each of the Main menus.
B
By
Display Basic Setup Menus
y may have a value in the range 1 to 6 to display each of the Basic Setup menus.
A
Ay
Display Advanced Setup Menus
y may have a value in the range 1 to 5 to display each of the Advanced Setup
menus.
SM
Display Setup Menu
SS
Display Save Settings Menu
SV
EM
Display Software Versions Menu
EMy
Display Engineering Menu
y may have a value in the range 1 to 2 to display each of the Engineering menus.
TM
Display Trims Menu
LS
Display LipSync Shortcut
SW
Display Subwoofer Shortcut
Navigation
Command
Parameters
Description
U
Up
D
Down
L
Left
R
Right
Parameter values
Simulated Button Presses
Command
Parameters
Description
O
OK
M
Menu
Parameter values
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UTILITY SOFTWARE
AV8 PROGRAMMER
English
The AV8 programmer utility allows future software upgrades to be
installed and allows backup and restoration of the unit’s settings via the
RS232 port on the back of the AV8.
The following equipment is required:
 IBM PC compatible computer running Windows 98 or later.
 Software – ARCAM AV8 Programmer utility (included on the
AV8 CD-ROM).
 Lead – RS232 9-way female D-type to 9-way female D-type (i.e.,
a null modem).
Full Instructions on how to install and operate the Programmer utility
are available in the root directory of the CD-ROM.
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Guarantee
WORLDWIDE GUARANTEE
For further details contact Arcam at:
This entitles you to have the unit repaired free of charge, during the
first two years after purchase, at any authorised Arcam distributor
provided that it was originally purchased from an authorised Arcam
dealer or distributor. The manufacturer can take no responsibility for
defects arising from accident, misuse, abuse, wear and tear, neglect or
through unauthorised adjustment and/or repair, neither can they accept
responsibility for damage or loss occurring during transit to or from the
person claiming under the guarantee.
Arcam Customer Support Department,
Pembroke Avenue, Waterbeach, CAMBRIDGE, CB5 9QR, England
Telephone:
Fax:
Email:
Problems? Always contact your dealer in the first instance.
If your dealer is unable to answer any query regarding this or any other
Arcam product please contact Arcam Customer Support on +44 (0)
1223 203200 or write to us at the above address and we will do our
best to help you.
THE WARRANTY COVERS:
Parts and labour costs for two years from the purchase date. After two
years you must pay for both parts and labour costs. The warranty does
not cover transportation costs at any time.
ON LINE REGISTRATION
CLAIMS UNDER GUARANTEE
You can register your Arcam product on line at:
This equipment should be packed in the original packing and returned
to the dealer from whom it was purchased, or failing this, directly to the
Arcam distributor in the country of residence. It should be sent carriage
prepaid by a reputable carrier -– NOT by post. No responsibility can
be accepted for the unit whilst in transit to the dealer or distributor
and customers are therefore advised to insure the unit against loss or
damage whilst in transit.
www.arcam.co.uk
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+44 (0)1223 203200
+44 (0)1223 863384
support@arcam.co.uk
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