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Meridian 502 Analogue Controller
Sales and service in the UK
Meridian Audio Ltd
Stonehill
Stukeley Meadows
Sales and service in the USA
Cambs
PE18 6ED
Meridian America Inc
England
3800 Camp Creek Parkway
Building 2400
Tel (01480) 52144
Fax
(01480) 459934
Suite 112
Atlanta
Digital Gramophone and Wireless Ltd
GA 30331
Stonehill
World Wide Web
http://www.meridian.co.uk
Designed and
manufactured in the UK by
Stukeley Meadows
Tel (404) 344 7111
Cambs
Fax (404) 346 7111
PE18 6ED
England
Copyright © 1993–1996
Digital Gramophone and Wireless Ltd
Preface
Part no: 502/2
Human-Computer Interface Ltd,
ii
Cambridge, England.
This guide was produced by
Contents
Introduction
1
Introduces the 502 Analogue Controller,
and provides an overview of the other
products available in the Meridian 500
Using the analogue
controller
7
Series.
Provides step-by-step instructions on how
The Meridian 500 Series ........................ 2
to operate the analogue controller, using
Sample configurations ........................... 3
either the front panel or the Meridian
Specification and accessories ............... 6
System Remote.
Customising the
analogue controller
13
Describes how to set up the analogue
Front panel ............................................. 8
controller in your preferred configuration.
Selecting a source ................................. 9
Adjusting the volume ............................. 10
Choosing standard settings ................... 14
Changing the display and balance ........ 11
Configuring the sources ......................... 16
Recording a source ................................ 12
Examples of configuring the
sources .................................................. 19
Programming levels ............................... 20
Specifying information about
your system ........................................... 22
Preface
iii
Setting up the
analogue controller
23
Describes how to unpack and install the
analogue controller, and explains what you
should do if your analogue controller
requires servicing.
Unpacking .............................................. 24
Connecting the analogue controller ....... 25
Setting up a two-room system .............. 29
Troubleshooting ..................................... 30
Maintenance .......................................... 32
Service and guarantee ........................... 33
Preface
Index ...................................................... 35
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Introduction
In choosing the 502 Analogue Controller you have acquired a component
that combines major advances in audio and engineering design. The 502
Analogue Controller is a dual mono preamplifier with a fully balanced
signal path and an extremely high-quality power supply for ultra low
distortion and noise. It provides seven audio inputs; four for sources with
unbalanced outputs, and three for balanced sources. Each source can be
individually adjusted for sensitivity, and identified on the eight-character
alphanumeric display with a name of your choice. A very high quality MC or
MM phono stage is available as an option for the dedicated LP input.
This guide is designed to enable you to obtain the best possible results
from the unit, and it includes information about customising the unit to
your own requirements.
If you have just purchased the 502 Analogue Controller you should first
turn to the chapter Setting up the analogue controller, page 23, which
explains how to unpack and install the analogue controller correctly.
The Meridian 500 Series
The Meridian 500 Series is a unique system of digital, analogue,
500 Series communications
and video components designed to meet the demand for
absolute quality, ease of use, and lasting value.
The Meridian 500 Series includes a sophisticated
communications link, to ensure that any configuration of units
The flexibility of the Meridian 500 Series is such that you can
will work together as a fully integrated system.
assemble a system as simple or as complex as you need,
perfectly suited to your musical and environmental requirements,
The 500 Series communications system allows you to control
and with the ability to add to it or change it at a later date should
any combination of units using a single remote, and ensures that
your requirements change. The 500 Series is also compatible
your commands from the remote are interpreted unambiguously.
with the existing Meridian 200 Series and 600 Series
The communications system also allows you to extend your hi-fi
components.
system into two or three rooms, with the ability to control the
sources in one room from the controller in another room.
Each Meridian 500 Series component is housed in a matching
slim line case. Front panel controls provide access to the most
Professional features
important functions, and the full range of functions is available
from the Meridian System Remote using a simple and intuitive
The 500 Series also includes features for professional users,
control interface.
including RS232 computer control and balanced connections.
Introduction
The following pages give examples of four suggested
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configurations to illustrate the flexibility of the Meridian 500
Series.
Sample configurations
508 20-Bit CD Player
500 Compact Disc Transport
DSP5000
A500
508
DSP5000
A500
502
500
557
504
504
562
The 500 Compact Disc Transport provides a precision digital
converter, providing both digital and analogue outputs.
output, and can drive DSP5000 Digital Loudspeakers directly.
The 508 20-Bit CD Player is ideally suited for use with the
A 562 Digital Control Unit can be added to cater for conventional
Meridian 557 Stereo Power Amplifier and A500 Loudspeakers,
analogue sources, and provide source selection between up to
with control over the volume and source selection provided by
12 different analogue or digital sources.
the 502 Analogue Controller. These units provide balanced
inputs and outputs, allowing a completely balanced system to
The 504 Stereo FM Tuner is an ideal addition to the system if
be created.
radio reception is required.
Introduction
The 508 20-Bit CD Player is an integrated CD transport and
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566 20-Bit Digital to Analogue
Converter
502 Analogue Controller
A500
A500
500
557
Introduction
566
4
502
The digital output provided by the 500 Compact Disc Transport
The 502 Analogue Controller is a full function preamplifier for use
can be decoded by the 566 20-Bit Digital to Analogue Converter
with any analogue source, and includes balanced inputs to allow
to provide a high-quality audio output for use with a
you to take advantage of balanced sources, including the 566
conventional audio preamplifier. The 566 20-Bit Digital to
20-Bit Digital to Analogue Converter. It provides balanced
Analogue Converter can also decode digital signals from other
outputs which are ideal for use with the 557 Stereo Power
sources, including LaserDisc players and Digital Audio Tape.
Amplifier.
562V Multimedia Controller
DSP6000
DSP6000
Satellite
Video recorder
504
Television
LaserDisc
500
562V
The 562V Multimedia Controller is the ideal control unit for use
conventional analogue sources such as the 504 Stereo FM
with the Meridian DSP6000 Digital Loudspeakers.
Tuner and video sound.
It provides direct digital inputs for digital sources, such as the
It also includes video switching for CVBS and S-VHS signals,
500 Compact Disc Transport and LaserDisc sound, together
such as from a satellite receiver, LaserDisc player, or video
Introduction
with precision Delta Sigma Analogue to Digital Conversion, for
recorder.
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Specification and accessories
Specification
Display
Eight character display for current
source, volume, mute, and copy
MM input option
5cm/s @ 1kHz.
Overload point 47mV @ 1kHz.
Cartridge load 47kΩ || 100pF.
MC input option
Cartridge load 220Ω || 10nF.
Tape output
Output 1.5V rms.
Main outputs
Output 1.4V rms, 3V rms maximum.
Communications
Two 5 pin 240° DIN sockets, RS232
interface.
Introduction
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Black textured enamel and glass.
Dimensions
88mm x 321mm x 332mm
(3.46" x 12.64" x 13.07").
Weight
5kg (10lbs).
Consumption
20VA.
Sensitivity adjustable 27 – 840mV.
Input impedance 20kΩ.
Noise and hum
Finish
Sensitivity adjustable 38 – 1200µV for
5cm/s @ 1kHz.
A2 – A7 inputs
source.
Sensitivity adjustable 0.5 – 17mV for
Available accessories
The following accessories are available from your dealer:
❍ MM mono phono modules.
❍ MC mono phono modules.
❍ Meridian System Remote.
Less than -96dB for high-level
❍ Power cord Europe.
analogue inputs.
❍ Power cord Canada and USA.
Less than -70dB for MM input.
Less than -60dB for MC input.
Distortion
Less than 0.01% input to output.
The MM and MC phono modules convert the LP audio input (A1)
for use with a moving magnet or moving coil pickup,
respectively.
Using the analogue
controller
This chapter provides a summary of the functions of the analogue
controller in order to identify the controls which you will use to operate the
unit.
It also describes all aspects of using the analogue controller, from
switching on and selecting a source, to recording a source.
Unless otherwise specified, each function is available from the front panel
or the remote.
Front panel
1 Source
Selects the source.
2 Copy
Copies a selected source
Display
to the tape output.
3 Mute
Mutes the sound.
BOOTHROYD STUART
4 Display
Radio 65
502
Source Copy
Analogue Controller
Mute Display
V
A
Off
Blanks the display.
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5 V (Decrease)
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Decreases the volume.
6 A (Increase)
Increases the volume.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
7 Off
Switches to standby.
Selecting a source
During normal use the analogue controller should be left in the
By default, the following seven sources are available:
standby state. This uses a negligible amount of electricity, but
ensures that the components of the analogue controller operate
at maximum efficiency from the moment you start.
If you are not going to use the analogue controller for a period of
several days you should switch the unit completely off, at the
back panel, and disconnect it from the AC power supply.
To switch on from standby
● Press Source (front panel), or select a source by pressing the
If the 502 Analogue Controller is part of a Meridian system, it will
automatically switch on any other unit in the system.
● Press Source (front panel) until the display shows the source
you require, or press the appropriate source key on the
remote.
volume setting; for example:
CD
A5 (balanced)
Radio
A3
LP
A1
TV
A4
Tape1
A2
Tape2
A7 (balanced)
CDR
A6 (balanced)
To switch to standby
● Press Off on the front panel or the remote.
To select a source
The display shows the source, and
Input
.
The display will show:
If you have other Meridian 500 Series equipment connected to
CD
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the analogue controller, these units will also switch to standby.
Using the analogue controller
appropriate source key on the remote.
Source
9
Adjusting the volume
The 502 Analogue Controller allows you to adjust the volume in
To decrease the volume
precise steps of 1dB, where 9dB is equivalent to doubling the
loudness.
● Press V.
The current volume setting is displayed in dB on the front panel
For example, the display will show:
CD
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display, and can be varied in the range 1 – 99dB. When you first
switch on the analogue controller the volume is set to 65, which
To mute the sound
Using the analogue controller
is similar to the midway position of the rotary volume control on
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a conventional preamplifier.
● Press Mute.
To increase the volume
The display will show:
● Press A.
To restore the sound
Mute
CD
For example, the display will show:
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● Press Mute again.
Alternatively the sound will be restored if you adjust the volume.
Changing the display and balance
To change the display
To change the balance
● Press Display.
You can adjust the sound balance on the 502 Analogue
Controller using the following procedure.
Each time you press Display the display will step between the
following options:
Note: The balance can only be adjusted with the remote.
Display option
Example
● Press < (remote) to move the sound to the left.
Source and volume.
Radio 65
The display will show the number
This is the usual display.
(two-room only).
1
97.9
The display will show the number
Bal.
9>
of dBs added to the right channel:
● Press V (remote) to centre the balance.
Bal. <0>
The display will show:
Using the analogue controller
● Press > (remote) to move the sound to the right.
Blank.
Remote source display
Bal. <1
of dBs added to the left channel:
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Recording a source
The 502 Analogue Controller allows you to copy any one of the
For example, to record from the radio
standard sources to the tape outputs, independently of the
press Copy until the display shows:
C. Radio
source you are listening to.
You can now listen to a CD, by selecting the CD source, without
To copy a source to the tape output
● Press Copy.
Each time you press Copy the analogue controller will step
between the following options:
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Display
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C.Source
Option
Copy Source. The current source is
fed to the tape output.
C. Mute
Copy Mute. The tape output is
muted.
C. CD
Copies the first source to the tape
output.
C. Radio
Steps through each source in turn,
etc.
When Copy is set to anything other than Copy Source the Copy
indicator is illuminated on the front panel.
affecting the recording.
Customising the
analogue controller
This chapter explains how to customise the 502 Analogue Controller to
your preferred configuration.
The simplest way of configuring the analogue controller is to choose one
of the standard settings, which are designed to cater for the three most
common configurations of sources and inputs.
Alternatively, you can configure each source individually to suit the other
equipment in your system. You can choose the label used for each source,
and balance the input sensitivities so that the sound level remains the
same when you switch between sources.
Finally, the 502 Analogue Controller provides several settings that you can
alter to optimise the way in which it works with the other equipment in
your system.
Choosing standard settings
The 502 Analogue Controller provides three alternative standard
To select a standard setting
settings, called Types, which configure all aspects of the
analogue controller into the three most commonly needed
configurations.
Choosing one of the six standard settings overrides any other
configuration you may have performed, and so can be used to
reset the configuration of the analogue controller.
● Switch off any power amplifiers that are connected to the
analogue controller.
● Switch off the analogue controller, using the power switch on
the back panel.
● Switch on the power again while holding down the Off key on
Customising the analogue controller
the front panel.
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By default, the analogue controller is supplied set to Type 1.
Type
If you have a system containing only Meridian 500 Series units
The display will show:
then you should choose Type 1 or 3. Choose Type 3 if you are
using the analogue controller in the second room of a two-room
Type
system.
It will then show:
If your system includes any Meridian 600 or 200 Series units you
● Press V or A to change the type number.
1
should choose Type 2. For more information see To connect to
Meridian 600 or 200 Series equipment, page 28.
For example, to select Type 3
Type
3
the display shows:
● Switch off the analogue controller, using the power switch on
the back panel.
● Switch on again to use the standard settings you have
selected.
502 standard settings
The following table shows the options configured by the three standard Type settings on the 502 Analogue Controller:
Type
Label
Input
Gain
Comms
1
2
3
CD
CD
A5
0dB
1
●
●
●
Radio
RD
A3
+2dB
2
●
●
●
LP
LP
A1
+2dB
–
●
●
●
TV
TV
A4
+8dB
–
●
●
●
Tape1
T1
A2
+2dB
–
●
●
●
Tape2
T2
A7
+2dB
–
●
●
●
CDR
CR
A6
0dB
1
●
Cable
Cb
A4
+8dB
–
●
Text
TX
A4
+8dB
–
●
VCR1
V1
A2
+8dB
–
●
VCR2
V2
A7
+8dB
–
●
LD
LD
A1
+0dB
–
●
●
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Source
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Configuring the sources
When the analogue controller is set to one of the standard
For each source you can configure:
settings the twelve source selection keys on the remote select
the standard labels and inputs, as shown in the table on
page 15.
❍ The label used for it on the front panel display, from the
alternative labels.
❍ The audio input it selects.
If the configuration you want is not catered for by one of the
❍ Its sensitivity.
standard settings, you can configure each source individually.
❍ Whether or not it is a Tape source.
❍ The comms type and address, to identify other Meridian 500
Customising the analogue controller
The 502 Analogue Controller provides 12 sources corresponding
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Series equipment.
to the 12 source selection keys on the remote:
The procedure for doing this is as follows.
CD, Radio, LP, TV, Tape1, Tape2, CDR, Cable, Text, VCR1,
VCR2, and LD.
To configure a source
To change an option
● Switch off the analogue controller, using the power switch on
● Press A or V to step between the alternative values for the
the back panel.
option.
● Switch on the power again while holding down the Display
key on the front panel.
Config
The display will show:
CD CD
source the display initially shows:
● Press Copy (front panel), or > and < (remote), to step
between options.
The right-hand pair of characters shows the current value of the
option.
The options are summarised in the table shown on the next
● Switch on again to restore normal operation.
Customising the analogue controller
the source you want to configure.
page.
● Switch off the analogue controller, using the power switch on
the back panel.
● Press Source until the left-hand pair of characters identifies
For example, to configure the CD
When you have finished programming sources:
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Option
Initial value
Alternative values
Explanation
Label
CD CD
CD, RD, LP, etc.
See To change a source label, opposite.
Audio input
CD A5
A1 to A7, or LV.
Choose A1 to A6 to specify the input, or LV to use
the last valid input.
Sensitivity
CD
-6dB
-15 to +15dB.
Input gain offset. It can also be set with Gain Set;
Customising the analogue controller
see Programming levels, page 20.
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Tape
CD TP? N
Y or N.
Defines the source as a tape input, so that it cannot
be copied to the tape output. This prevents feedback.
Comms type
CD 1C
1C to 8C, or NC.
Choose 1C for a Meridian CD player, 2C for a
Meridian FM Tuner, or NC otherwise.
Address
CD 1A
1A to 8A.
Allows you to have up to eight of each source type.
Examples of configuring the sources
The following examples illustrate how you can configure the
To change the input for a source
source options to your own requirements.
● Display the source you want to configure, together with the
To change a source label
current input, as described in the previous sections.
● Display the source you want to configure, together with its
current label, as described in the previous sections.
For example, to configure the
RD Radio
For example, to configure
CD A5
the CD input choose:
● Press V or A to choose the input.
For example, to use the unbalanced
● Press A or V to step between the alternative labels.
For example, to use the label cable
RD Cable
for the Radio source set it to:
Over 50 alternative labels are provided to allow you to choose
the most appropriate ones for your sources.
input A4 for the CD player:
CD A4
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Radio source label choose:
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Programming levels
The 502 Analogue Controller allows you to program the level of
To balance input levels
each source independently, to suit your other equipment, so that
when you switch between sources the volume stays the same.
● Switch off any power amplifiers that are connected to the
analogue controller.
When you are programming levels the analogue controller
operates as a preamplifier with a fixed volume setting equivalent
to 65. This level is chosen to be comfortably loud on average
sources. You can switch between sources and adjust the
Customising the analogue controller
relevant input levels to achieve the setting you want.
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● Switch off the analogue controller, using the power switch on
the back panel.
● Switch on the power again while holding down the Mute key
on the front panel.
You can increase the sensitivity of any source by up to 30 steps
of 1dB. The loudest source, usually CD, should therefore be
Gain Set
The display will show:
chosen as the reference.
● Release the Mute key.
The display will show the
normal standby condition:
● Select the source that sounds loudest and make it your
reference.
● Switch to another source in the usual way.
.
● Use the A and V keys to change the sensitivity.
If you know the output level of your sources you can probably
set the gains by calculation. The following table shows the
LP
-4dB
correspondence between the gain and sensitivity on the
standard audio inputs and on the LP inputs:
● Switch between the source you are changing and the
Gain
A2-A7
LP MM
LP MC
-15dB
840mV
17mV
1.2mV
-10dB
470mV
9.5mV
660µV
-5dB
270mV
5.3mV
380µV
0dB
150mV
3mV
210µV
5dB
84mV
1.7mV
120µV
10dB
47mV
950µV
66µV
15dB
27mV
530µV
38µV
reference source until they sound equally loud.
● Repeat the procedure for your other sources.
● When you have finished programming levels, switch the
power off and on again to restore the analogue controller to
normal operation.
Customising the analogue controller
For example, the display will show:
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Specifying information about your system
In addition to configuring the sources, and programming their
The table below shows the options you can configure.
levels, you can configure many other aspects of the operation of
the 502 Analogue Controller to suit the way your system is set
Option
up, and the way in which you want to use it.
Note that any settings that you configure are reset to standard
500
Communications mode (500 or 200)
Auto
Customising the analogue controller
values when you choose one of the standard settings: see
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Choosing standard settings, page 14.
Controller mode (Auto, Con., or N.Con.)
To configure the analogue controller
System address (1–8)
● Switch off the analogue controller, using the power switch on
S.A.
1
P.A.
1
Vol.
M
C.A.
2
Dis.
N
Product address (1–8)
the back panel.
● Switch on the power again while holding down the Display
Volume mode (M, S, or N)
key on the front panel.
Config
Copy address (2-room) (1 to 8)
The display will show:
It will then show the first
Initial Value
Source info display (2-room) (Y or N)
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configuration option:
● Press Display to move between the options.
● Press A or V to change the value of the current option.
These settings are configured automatically to appropriate
values when you choose one of the standard Type settings, and
you should not normally need to alter them; see Choosing
standard settings, page 14.
Setting up the analogue
controller
This chapter explains how to install the 502 Analogue Controller. It
describes what you should find when you unpack the analogue controller,
how you should connect it to your other audio equipment, and the siting
constraints.
Before you begin installation, you should ensure that your analogue
controller is the correct voltage for your local AC supply. If it is not, do not
try to install the analogue controller, and contact your dealer.
You should not make any connections to the analogue controller or to any
other component in your system whilst the AC power supply is connected
and switched on.
Unpacking
The 502 Analogue Controller comes in a box containing the
Radio interference
following components:
FCC Warning: This equipment generates and can radiate radio
❍ 502 Analogue Controller.
frequency energy and if not installed and used correctly in
❍ 1 power cord.
accordance with our instructions may cause interference to
❍ 1 500 Series communications lead.
radio communications or radio and television reception. It has
❍ This manual.
been type-tested and complies with the limits set out in Subpart
Setting up the analogue controller
J, Part 15 of FCC rules for a Class B computing device. These
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You are advised to retain the packing in case you need to
limits are intended to provide reasonable protection against
transport the unit.
such interference in home installations.
To position the analogue controller
EEC: This product has been designed to comply with the limits
set out in EN55013 and EN55020C.
Do not place the analogue controller:
❍ In direct sunlight.
❍ Near heat sources, eg a radiator.
❍ On top of a power amplifier, as the heat generated may
damage the analogue controller.
However, it can be stacked on a 508 20-Bit CD Player and
504 Stereo FM Tuner, if you have these Meridian components in
your system.
Connecting the analogue controller
Back panel
MAIN OUT L
OFF
TAPE OUT L
1
L
2
ON
1
R
2
COMMS
RS232
RS232
TAPE OUT R
Main
outputs
TAPE 2/A7
CDR/A6
Tape
outputs
CD/A5
TV/A4
RADIO/A3 TAPE 1/A2
Balanced
inputs
LP/A1
Phono
inputs
Audio connections
The following table gives details of the audio outputs:
The following table gives details of the six audio inputs:
Use this output
To connect to this
MAIN OUT (balanced)
Power amplifier or active loudspeakers
Use this input
To connect to this
A1
A turntable pickup with optional
MM/MC module.
A2 to A4
Other unbalanced audio sources.
A5 to A7
Audio sources with balanced (XLR)
outputs.
with balanced (XLR) inputs.
MAIN OUT (phono)
Power amplifier or active loudspeakers
with unbalanced inputs.
TAPE OUT 1
TAPE OUT 2
Tape recorder.
Setting up the analogue controller
Comms
MAIN OUT R
Second tape recorder, VCR, or second
room in a two-room system.
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The audio inputs should be connected using high-quality
The sequence in which you connect the units is not important.
screened cable, taking care to connect the left and right
channels correctly.
COMMS
COMMS
To connect to a tape recorder
● Connect the analogue output from the tape recorder to the
TAPE 1 input on the analogue controller (or another input if
you prefer).
Setting up the analogue controller
● Connect one of the TAPE OUT outputs from the analogue
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controller to the analogue input on the tape recorder.
Note that the two tape outputs are of opposite phase, allowing
them to be used in conjunction as a high quality balanced feed
for a tape deck or the second room in a two-room system.
To connect to other Meridian 500
Series equipment
● Connect one of the COMMS sockets on the back panel of the
analogue controller to one of the COMMS socket on another
500 Series unit, using the 500 comms lead provided with the
other unit.
Then configure the units with the following automatic setup
procedure:
● Switch all the units to standby.
● Press Clear on the remote.
Auto
Each unit will display:
One unit will then be designated
Con.
as the controller, and display:
This is the unit that will respond to the remote.
All the other units will be configured
N.Con.
as non-controllers, and display:
Your system is now set up and ready for use.
● If, for any reason, the automatic setup does not give the
configuration you want, restore the default operation by
To connect to a 557 Stereo Power
Amplifier
selecting Type 1 as described in To select a standard setting,
557 Stereo Power Amplifier
page 14.
Note: Do not, under any circumstances, connect any equipment
other than Meridian 500, 600, or 200 Series to the socket
502 Analogue Controller
BALANCED
INPUT
MAIN OUT
BALANCED
INPUT
marked COMMS on the back of the analogue controller.
XLR lead
● Connect the balanced sockets marked MAIN OUT on the
502 Analogue Controller
MAIN OUT
555 Stereo Power Amplifier
INPUT
INPUT
back panel of the 502 Analogue Controller to the BALANCED
INPUT sockets on the back panel of the 557 Stereo Power
Amplifier, using an XLR lead.
Audio lead
● Connect the phono sockets marked MAIN OUT L and R on
the back panel of the 502 Analogue Controller to the INPUT
sockets on the back panel of the 555 Stereo Power Amplifier.
Setting up the analogue controller
To connect to a 555 Stereo Power
Amplifier
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To connect to Meridian 600 or 200
Series equipment
● To return to 500 COMMS operation repeat the above
procedure, and select Type 1 or 3. For more information see
Choosing standard settings, page 14.
If your system includes any Meridian 600 or 200 Series units,
with 600 COMMS or 200 COMMS sockets, you should set all
the 500 Series units to 200 COMMS operation using the
following procedure:
● Switch off the analogue controller, using the power switch on
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the back panel.
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● Switch on the power again while holding down the Off key on
the front panel.
The display will show
Type
1
the current Type setting:
● Press A or V on the front panel to change the Type setting to
Type 2.
Type
2
The display will show:
● Switch the power off and on again to restore the analogue
controller to normal operation.
Setting up a two-room system
The design of the Meridian 500 Series incorporates a powerful
To set up a two-room system
two-room capability, making it possible to link systems between
502 Analogue Controller
two or more rooms.
502 Analogue Controller
TAPE OUT
COMMS
COMMS
The most usual configuration is to provide all the sources in the
main room. The controller in the second room can then select
any of the sources in the main room, independently of what the
A2
Third
room
Main room
Second room
main room is listening to, and control the selected source.
● Connect the 502 Analogue Controller’s A2 inputs to the TAPE
The 502 Analogue Controller is an ideal choice as the controller
OUT 2 sockets of the controller in the main room.
configuration option (Type 3). This makes it select all the sources
The main room can use a second 502 Analogue Controller, a
from the main room, and displays information from the current
501, 562, or 562V Control Unit, a 551 Integrated Amplifier, or a
source (such as track number or radio preset) on the front-panel
541 Surround Controller.
display.
● Configure the 502 Analogue Controller in the second room to
Type 3; see Choosing standard settings, page 14.
● Configure the main room to an appropriate type; eg Type 1.
Setting up the analogue controller
for a second room, and is easy to set up using the two-room
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Troubleshooting
This section describes problems you may encounter when using
There is hum on the LP input
the analogue controller, and includes suggested solutions.
The LP input is the most sensitive input on the analogue
If these suggestions fail to cure the problem, please contact
controller.
your Meridian dealer for further assistance.
❍ Check that the tone arm is connected to the technical ground
No lights are displayed when
switching on
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❍ Check that your AC power supply is connected correctly.
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❍ Check that the ON OFF switch on the back panel is in the ON
position.
❍ Check that the fuse on the analogue controller back panel and
of the analogue controller.
❍ Check that the tone arm is connected to the power ground in
the turntable.
❍ If you are using a magnetic pickup, check that there is not
another piece of equipment too near to the turntable or the
left-hand side of the analogue controller. If so, re-position the
equipment to cure the problem.
the fuse in the unit’s power plug have not blown; see To
change the mains fuse, page 32.
There is hum on other inputs
❍ Check your other equipment.
❍ Consult your dealer.
There is interference on the radio and/
or television when the analogue
controller is switched on
Communication is not working
between the 502 Analogue Controller
and other Meridian products
Before following the steps below, ensure all units are switched
❍ Check that all products are interconnected using the correct
off.
If this equipment does cause or suffer from interference to/from
radio or television reception then the following measures should
be tried:
cable of the receiver as far as possible from the 502 Analogue
Controller and its cabling.
❍ Ensure that the receiver uses well-screened antenna cable.
❍ Relocate the receiver with respect to the analogue controller.
❍ Connect the receiver and this product to different AC outlets.
❍ If the installation includes 200 Series or 600 Series units,
check that all 500 Series units are set to 200 mode.
A source cannot be copied to the tape
outputs
❍ Check that you do not have the source set up as a Tape
source; see Configuring the sources, page 16.
Setting up the analogue controller
❍ Reorient the receiving aerial (or antenna) or route the antenna
comms leads.
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Maintenance
Cleaning
are used. Otherwise, it is recommended that you unplug and
reconnect the plugs at least once a year. A proprietary contact
When cleaning the analogue controller bear in mind that the
cleaner can be used to some advantage.
front of the analogue controller is plastic, and the display panel
and lid are glass.
To change the mains fuse
Disconnect the power cord before cleaning the unit.
Fuse
Spare
Note: Do not use abrasive cleaners on any part of the analogue
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controller.
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To clean the case, display panel, and
keypad
● Use a slightly damp cloth.
● Remove the mains connector, and pull out the drawer next to
the power input to access the fuses.
Ensure that no water is allowed to get inside the case, and do
Before replacing a blown fuse, if possible ascertain the cause of
not reconnect the power until you are certain that the analogue
the failure.
controller is completely dry.
The fuse drawer includes a spare fuse. This should be replaced
To clean the audio and video
connections
Most of the audio sockets on the back of the analogue controller
are gold-plated and need no cleaning if gold-plated phono plugs
by one of the same rating. See the plate on the base of the
analogue controller for the correct fuse values.
Service and guarantee
Service
Guarantee
The Meridian 500 Series of hi-fi components have been carefully
The 502 Analogue Controller is guaranteed against defects in
designed to give years of untroubled service. There are no user-
material and workmanship for two years from the date of
serviceable parts inside the case, nor do the units require any
purchase.
form of maintenance.
The guarantee is void if the 502 Analogue Controller has been
In the unlikely event that your analogue controller fails to
subject to misuse, accident, or negligence, or has been
function correctly, it should be returned, in its original
tampered with or modified in any way without the written
packaging, to your Meridian dealer.
authorisation of Meridian Audio Limited. Attempted servicing by
and carriage charges are not covered unless by local agreement.
appropriate sales and service address shown on page ii.
Outside the UK, local warranty liability is restricted to equipment
In case of difficulty outside the UK or USA, contact the importing
purchased within the territory. Our agents abroad are only under
agent for the territory. A list of Meridian agents abroad is
contractual obligation to service under guarantee equipment
available from Meridian Audio.
sold through them. They are entitled to make a non-refundable
charge for any service carried out on other equipment.
No responsibility can be accepted for the analogue controller
whilst in transit to the factory or an agent, and customers are
This guarantee does not limit your statutory rights within the
therefore advised to insure the unit.
United Kingdom.
When seeking service under guarantee, proof of the date of
purchase will be required.
Setting up the analogue controller
unauthorised people may also invalidate this guarantee. Labour
In case of difficulty within the UK or USA please contact the
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Setting up the analogue controller
Index
A
Accessories 6
Configuring sources
Adjusting
address
balance 11
audio input 18
volume 10
comms type
label
B
audio connections 25
tape
Balance
Connecting
11
18
20
Changing the display 11
to a 557 Stereo Power Amplifier
27
26
equipment
26
L
Configuration options
Copy Source option
communications mode 22
Copying, a source 12
12
Customising the analogue
product address 22
controller 13
Labels 19
M
Maintenance 32
MC phono module 6
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Copy Attenuate option 12
Meridian 500 Series 2
500 Compact Disc
Transport 3, 4, 5
502 Analogue Controller 3, 4
504 Stereo FM Tuner
3, 5
508 20-Bit CD Player 3
D
Digital output 25
557 Stereo Power Amplifier 3, 4
Display
562 Digital Control Unit 3
11
changing 11
Index
system address 22
controller 22
Introduction 1
Levels, programming 20
Components 24
controller mode 22
Inputs, audio 25
Installing 24
27
to Meridian 600 and 200 Series
32
Configure the analogue
Hum problems 30
29
to a 555 Stereo Power Amplifier
equipment
the audio and video connections 32
volume mode 22
H
to Meridian 500 Series
Cleaning 32
the case
Guarantee 33
I
to a tape recorder
C
G
18
a two-room system
11
Balancing input levels
18
18
sensitivity
centring
Front panel controls 8
Fuse, replacing 32
18
Back panel 25
adjusting
F
16
562V Multimedia Controller 5
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Meridian 500 Series (continued)
P
566 20-Bit Digital to Analogue
Converter 4
phono modules
Sources (continued)
MC
6
programming levels 20
MM
6
recording 12
communications 2
Positioning
Meridian 500 Series operation,
Programming levels
setting
24
selecting 9
20
Specification 6
26
Standard settings
R
Meridian 600 and 200 Series
24
Record a radio broadcast
operation, setting 28
Meridian A500 Loudspeakers
Radio interference
502 15
12
selecting 14
Recording, a source 12
3, 4
Standby mode 9
Meridian DSP5000 Digital
Loudspeakers 3
Meridian DSP6000 Digital
Loudspeakers 5
Meridian System Remote 2
Index
O
36
Switching on from standby 9
S
Selecting, a source 9
Service
Switching to standby 9
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Setting up the analogue
T
controller 23
Tape recorder, connecting to 26
Troubleshooting 30
MM phono module 6
for 500 Series operation 26
Two-room system, setting up 29
Muting the sound
for 600 and 200 Series operation 28
Types
Sound
502 15
10
Optical EIAJ output 25
muting
Outputs
restoring 10
audio
25
Source labels
digital
25
Sources
optical EIAJ 25
10
selecting 14
19
U
Unpacking 24
Using the analogue controller 7
changing label
configuring 16
copying
28
12
default 9
19
V
Volume
changing 10
display 10
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