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Arcam MZ12 Operating instructions
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MZ12
MZ8
MULTI ZONE POWER AMPLIFIER
Safety Guidelines
Class II product
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.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
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.
This equipment is a
Class II or double
insulated electrical
appliance. It has been designed
in such a way that it does not
require a safety connection to
electrical earth (‘ground’ in the
U.S.).
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.
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.
Many of these items are common sense precautions but, for your own safety and to ensure that you do not damage the
unit, we recommend that you read them.
Important safety instructions
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.
1. Take heed of warnings and instructions
You should read all the safety and operating instructions before operating
this equipment. Retain this handbook for future reference and adhere to
all warnings in the handbook or on the equipment.
2. Water and moisture
The presence of electricity near water can be dangerous. Do not use the
equipment near water – for example next to a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen
sink, in a wet basement or near a swimming pool, etc.
3. Object or liquid entry
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.
4. Lifting and placing the equipment
This amplifier weighs up to 27.5kg, so take extreme care when lifting or
moving this unit. We recommend that two people are available to lift this
unit.
Only use a rack or shelf that is stable and strong enough to support the
weight of this equipment.
5. Ventilation
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.
Keep a minimum of 5cm (2 inches) clear around the apparatus to allow
sufficient passage of air.
10. Power-cord protection
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. Pay
particular attention to the point where they exit from the equipment.
11. Power lines
Locate any outdoor antenna/aerial away from power lines.
12. Speaker connections
Any speakers must be connected to the MZ8/MZ12 using class II wire
(i.e. no connection to Earth should be made). Failure to observe this
precaution may cause the unit to become damaged.
13. Non-use periods
If the equipment is not being used for an extended period, we
recommend that you unplug the power cord of the equipment from the
outlet, to save power.
14. Abnormal smell
If an abnormal smell or smoke is detected from the equipment, turn the
power off immediately and unplug the equipment from the wall outlet.
Contact your dealer and do not reconnect the equipment.
15. Servicing
You should not attempt to service the equipment. Contact your dealer to
arrange servicing.
16. Damage requiring service
The equipment should be serviced by qualified service personnel when:
A. the power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged, or
6. Heat
B. objects have fallen, or liquid has spilled into the equipment, or
Locate the equipment away from naked flames or heat-producing
appliances such as radiators, stoves or other appliances that produce heat.
C. the equipment has been exposed to rain, or
7. Climate
The equipment has been designed for use in moderate climates and in
domestic situations. Unplug this equipment during lightning storms to
prevent possible damage from a strike or mains surge.
8. Cleaning
Unplug the unit from the mains supply before cleaning. The case should
normally only require a wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth. Do not use
chemical solvents for cleaning. We do not advise the use of furniture
cleaning sprays or polishes as they can cause permanent white marks.
9. Power sources
Only connect the equipment to a power supply of the type described in
the operating instructions or as marked on the equipment. The primary
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method of isolating the equipment from the mains supply is to remove
the mains plug. The equipment must be installed in a manner that makes
disconnection possible.
D. the equipment does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a
marked change in performance, or
E. the equipment has been dropped or the enclosure damaged.
Safety compliance
This equipment has been designed to meet the IEC/EN60065
international electrical safety standard.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including
interference that may cause undesired operation.
Consignes de Sécurité
Class II produit
ATTENTION : afin de réduire les risques de choc électrique, n’ouvrez pas le boîtier de l’appareil. Les pièces internes ne sont pas
réparables par l’utilisateur. Pour tout problème matériel, contactez des techniciens qualifiés.
ATTENTION : afin de réduire les risques de choc électrique et d’incendie, veillez à ne pas exposer cet appareil à
la pluie ou à l’humidité.
Ce produit est un
appareil électrique
à isolation double
(appareil de classe II). Il a été
conçu pour ne pas nécessiter de
connexion de sécurité à la terre
(ou à la masse).
Le triangle dans lequel figure le symbole d’un éclair alerte l’utilisateur de la présence, dans le boîtier de l’appareil,
d’une tension dangereuse, non isolée et suffisamment importante pour représenter un risque de choc électrique.
Le triangle dans lequel figure un point d’exclamation alerte l’utilisateur de la présence d’instructions de
fonctionnement et de maintenance (réparation) importantes dans la documentation accompagnant le produit.
ATTENTION : au Canada et aux États-Unis, afin de prévenir tout choc électrique, aligner la plus grosse broche de la prise à la
fente la plus large de la fiche et insérez entièrement la prise dans la fiche.
Bon nombre des consignes ci-dessous sont de simples précautions de bon sens. Nous vous recommandons toutefois de
les lire pour votre propre sécurité et pour celle de l’appareil.
Instructions de sécurité importantes
Cet appareil a été conçu et fabriqué conformément aux normes de
qualité et de sécurité les plus strictes. Vous devez cependant observer les
précautions qui suivent lors de son installation et de son utilisation.
1. Avertissements et consignes
Il est impératif de lire les consignes de sécurité et d’utilisation avant de
mettre cet appareil en marche. Conservez ce manuel pour vous y référer
par la suite et respectez scrupuleusement les avertissements figurant dans
ce manuel ou sur l’appareil lui-même.
de façon à pouvoir être débranché si nécessaire.
10. Protection des câbles d’alimentation secteur
Veillez à ce que les câbles d’alimentation ne se trouvent pas dans un lieu
de passage ou bloqués par d’autres objets. Cette règle s’applique plus
particulièrement aux prises et câbles d’alimentation et à leurs points de
sortie de l’appareil.
11. Câbles haute tension
Évitez de monter l’antenne extérieure de l’appareil à proximité de câbles
haute tension.
2. Eau et humidité
12. Branchement des haut-parleurs
L’installation d’un appareil électrique à proximité d’une source d’eau
présente de sérieux risques. Il ne faut donc pas installer l’appareil près
d’une baignoire, d’un lavabo, d’un évier, dans un sous-sol humide, près
d’une piscine, etc.
Tous les haut-parleurs doivent être connectés à la MZ8/MZ12 avec du
câble de classe II (aucune mise à la terre nécessaire). Le non-respect de
cette précaution est susceptible d’endommager l’appareil.
13. Périodes de non-utilisation
3. Chute d’objets ou infiltration de liquides
Si l’appareil possède une fonction de mise en veille, un courant faible
continuera de circuler lorsqu’il sera réglé sur ce mode. Débrancher le
cordon secteur de la prise murale si l’appareil doit rester inutilisé pendant
une période prolongée.
Veillez à ne pas laisser tomber d’objets ni couler de liquides à travers les
ouvertures de l’appareil et ne placez pas sur l’appareil d’objet contenant du
liquide, tel qu’un vase par exemple.
4. Placement de l’équipement
Utilisez uniquement une étagère assez stable et solide pour supporter le
poids de cet équipement.
5. Ventilation
Évitez de placer l’appareil sur un lit, un canapé, un tapis ou une surface
similaire instable ou dans une bibliothèque ou un meuble fermé. Ceci
risquerait de nuire à la ventilation du système.
14. Odeur suspecte
Arrêtez et débranchez immédiatement l’appareil en cas d’émission de
fumée ou d’odeur anormale. Contactez immédiatement votre revendeur.
15. Service
N’essayez jamais d’effectuer d’autres opérations que celles mentionnées
dans ce manuel. Toute autre intervention doit être effectuée par un
personnel qualifié.
6. Exposition à la chaleur
16. Entretien par des techniciens qualifiés
Ne placez pas l’appareil à proximité d’une flamme nue ou de tout
dispositif produisant de la chaleur : radiateur, poêle ou autre.
L’appareil doit être entretenu par du personnel qualifié lorsque :
A. la prise ou le câble d’alimentation a été endommagé,
7. Conditions climatiques
B. des objets sont tombés ou du liquide a coulé dans l’appareil,
L’appareil est conçu pour fonctionner dans des climats modérés.
Déconnectez cet équipement pendant un orage pour éviter tous
dommages possibles d’un impacte de la foudre ou de surtension.
C. l’appareil a été exposé à la pluie,
8. Nettoyage
Mettez l’appareil hors-tension avant de le nettoyer. Pour l’entretien du
boîtier, utilisez uniquement un chiffon doux, humide et non pelucheux.
N’utilisez pas de solvant chimique. L’emploi d’aérosols ou de produits
de nettoyage pour meubles est déconseillé, car le passage d’un chiffon
humide risquerait de laisser des traces blanches et indélébiles.
9. Alimentation secteur
Branchez l’appareil uniquement sur une alimentation secteur du type
mentionné dans le manuel d’utilisation ou indiqué sur l’appareil luimême. Le principal moyen d’isoler l’appareil du secteur est d’utiliser
l’interrupteur situé à l’arrière de l’appareil. Cet appareil doit être installé
D. l’appareil présente des dysfonctionnements,
E. l’appareil est tombé ou le boîtier a été endommagé.
Respect des consignes de sécurité
Cet appareil a été conçu pour répondre à la norme internationale de
sécurité électrique EN60065.
Cet appareil est conforme à la Section 15 des règles de la FCC. Son
fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes :
(1) ce produit ne risque pas de causer d’interférences nuisibles et
(2) ce produit doit accepter toutes les interférences reçues, y compris
celles qui risquent d’entraîner un fonctionnement indésirable.
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Welcome
Thank you and congratulations for purchasing your Arcam MZ
Amplifier.
Contents
Safety Guidelines....................................................... 2
Important safety instructions...................................................2
Safety compliance........................................................................2
Consignes de Sécurité.............................................. 3
Instructions de sécurité importantes....................................3
Respect des consignes de sécurité........................................3
Welcome...................................................................... 5
Overview..................................................................... 6
Placing the unit..............................................................................6
Power.................................................................................................6
Standby power...............................................................................6
Interconnect Cables.....................................................................6
Connections................................................................ 7
Speakers...................................................................... 8
Speaker Installation......................................................................8
Connecting speakers...................................................................8
Notes on making speaker connections...............................9
Operation..................................................................10
Zone operation........................................................................... 10
Front panel indicators.............................................................. 11
RS232 remote control............................................................... 11
12V Trigger Input........................................................................ 11
Troubleshooting......................................................................... 11
Arcam has been producing specialist audio products of
remarkable quality for over three decades. The new MZ8 and
MZ12 multi-zone power amplifiers draw upon all of Arcam’s
experience as one of the UK’s most respected audio companies
to bring a new level of high fidelity performance to multi-zone
installations.
This handbook is intended to give you a detailed guide to using
both the MZ8 and MZ12 Multi Zone Power Amplifier systems. It
starts by giving advice on installation, moves on to describe how
to use the product and finishes with additional information on the
more advanced features. Use the contents list shown on this page
to guide you to the section of interest.
We hope that your MZ Amplifier will give you years of troublefree operation. In the unlikely event of any fault, or if you simply
require further information about Arcam products, our network
of dealers will be happy to help you. Further information can also
be found on the Arcam website at www.arcam.co.uk.
The MZ development team
Product Guarantee..................................................12
Specifications...........................................................12
Introduction................................................................................. 13
Serial Cable Specification........................................................ 13
Conventions................................................................................. 13
Command and response formats........................................ 13
RS232 Control...........................................................13
Example command and response sequence................. 14
Zone numbers............................................................................. 14
Answer codes............................................................................... 14
System Command Specifications....................................... 15
It may be that the MZ amplifier has been installed
and set up as part of your Hi-Fi or home cinema
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.
ZONE STATUS
ZONE STATUS
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4
2
3
5
6
POWER
MZ12
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Overview
Placing the unit
Standby power
Place the amplifier on a level, firm surface, avoiding direct sunlight and
sources of heat or damp. Alternatively, the unit can be installed in a 19”
equipment rack using the rack ears supplied. Attach the rack ears to
the sides of the MZ amplifier using the supplied bolts, as shown in the
diagram below.
The front panel power switch powers all circuitry down. The unit may be
put into low-power standby operation using RS232 control or the trigger
input. In standby, the amplifier’s control power supply is kept powered
on, so the amplifier can be powered up remotely. Power consumption in
this mode is approximately 0.6W. If the unit is put into standby using the
RS232 control or trigger input, it may be possible to hear a slight residual
hum coming from the mains transformer inside the amplifier. This is
perfectly normal. However, if the unit is to be left unused for an extended
period, we recommend that you disconnect it from the mains supply or
turn off the power using the front panel switch to save power.
• Do not place the MZ8/MZ12 on top of another power amplifier or other source of heat.
• Do not place the amplifier in an enclosed space such as a bookcase
or rack cabinet unless there is good provision for ventilation. If
installed in a rack, leave at least 2U of empty rack space above and
below the unit. Use a ventilated blanking plate to cover the gap. The
MZ8 and MZ12 are designed to run warm during normal operation.
• Do not place any other component or item directly on top of the
amplifier as this may obstruct airflow around the heat-sink, causing
the amplifier to run hot. (The unit placed on top of the amplifier
would become hot, too.)
• Do not place your record deck on top of this unit. Record decks are
very sensitive to the noise generated by mains power supplies which
will be heard as a background ‘hum’ if the record deck is too close.
Power
The amplifier is supplied with a moulded mains plug already fitted to the
lead. Check that the plug supplied fits your supply — should you require
a new mains lead, please contact your Arcam dealer.
If your mains supply voltage or mains plug is different, please contact
your Arcam dealer immediately.
Push the IEC plug end of the power cable into the socket on the back of
the amplifier, making sure that it is pushed in firmly. Plug the other end
of the cable into your mains socket and, if necessary, switch the socket
on.
Note that when the MZ amplifier is powered on from the front panel
switch or bought out of standby the amplifier modules are turned on
individually to stagger the surge created when a powerful amplifier is
switched on (i.e. it provides a ‘soft start’). This reduces the surge current
drawn from the domestic power supply.
Interconnect Cables
We recommend the use of high-quality screened cables that are designed
for the particular application. Other cables will have different impedance
characteristics that will degrade the performance of your system (for
example, do not use cabling intended for video use to carry audio
signals). 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 cables. Failure to do so may result in unwanted noise in the audio
signals.
If your installation requires very long cables, balanced and/or 100V lines
may be necessary. Contact a specialist for advice.
Attaching rack ears to the MZ amplifier
6
7
Z1L Z1R
TRIM
Z1
R
_
+
R
L
R
L
_
+
Z6
Z5
AUDIO IN
+
CLASS 2 WIRING
_
R
L
R
Z6
Z6
INPUT
Z1 Z6
R
TRIM
Z6L Z6R
R
L
+
_
+
_
Z3L Z3R
TRIM
R
R
R
L
Z3
INPUT
Z1 Z3
Z3
_
+
Z3
Z4
AUDIO IN
+
CLASS 2 WIRING
_
R
L
R
Connect an RS232
remote controller here
RS232 Connection
Z4
Z4
INPUT
Z1 Z4
R
Zone 3 & 4 each have inputs, trims and input
selection controls as described for Zone 2.
Z5
INPUT
Z1 Z5
Z5
Zone 3 & 4 Connections and Controls
Z5L Z5R
TRIM
R
R
Power Inlet
+
_
Connect the correct
mains cable here
POWER INLET
1.3kVA MAX
RS232
+
_
Zone 5 & 6 have identical connections and
controls to Zone 3 & 4, but are present on the
MZ12 model only.
Z2L Z2R
TRIM
Z2
Select whether Zone 2 speaker outputs are
connected to the Zone 2 input or the Zone 1
input. See page 10.
Z2
INPUT
Z1 Z2
R
R
Zone 5 & 6 Connections and Controls
R
L
+
CLASS 2 WIRING
_
Z1
Z2
AUDIO IN
L
Audio input for Zone 2.
Sent to Zone 2 speakers
only, see page 10.
Zone 2 Input
Audio input for Zone 1.
Can be connected to other
zones, see page 10.
Zone 1 Input
12V TRIGGER
+
R
R
Zone 2 Input Select
Fine adjustment for Zone 1
speakers, see page 10.
Zone 1 Trims
Used to turn on the
amplifier from a
remote preamplifier.
See page 11.
12V Trigger
_
The MZ amplifier speaker terminals are arranged into zones, with one pair of terminals per
speaker and two speakers per zone. See page 8 for information on connecting loudspeakers.
Speaker terminals
Connections
TRIM
Z4L Z4R
R
L
+
_
Speakers
Speaker Installation
The MZ12 amplifier allows the connection of up to twelve independent
loudspeaker channels, arranged in six stereo zones. The MZ8 amplifier
provides eight channels in four zones. Each zone is designed to provide
amplification to one room of a multi-room installation; further options
allow for greater flexibility when installing multiple loudspeaker pairs in
a large space.
Connecting speakers
The MZ amplifiers are designed to drive full bandwidth speakers, rated
between 4 and 8 ohms. The unit is fitted with speaker terminals that can
accept either spade terminals or bare wires. Arcam’s Muso speakers are
compact mini-monitor speakers which ideally match the design values
and output characteristics of the MZ amplifier series. Your dealer will
be able to advise you of suitable loudspeakers for other applications, for
example in-ceiling use.
Right speaker terminals
Single wiring
Single wiring is the conventional wiring method of running a single cable
per channel between the amplifier and the speaker; this is the easiest
technique.
If each speaker has more than one pair of connecting terminals, use the
terminals labelled LF or ‘Low Frequency’ for each speaker.
Connect the positive terminal of the right speaker connection on the
amplifier (coloured red and labelled +R) to the positive terminal of your
right speaker.
Similarly, connect the negative terminal of the amplifier (coloured black
and labelled with R–) to the negative terminal of your speaker. Repeat
the process for the left speaker, using the amplifier terminals labelled +L
and L–.
If your speakers support bi-wiring, then there is a strip of conductive
metal on the speakers connecting the low-frequency terminals to those
for the higher-frequencies; this must not be removed in a singlewired system.
Left speaker terminals
R
Z1
L
R
_
_
+
+
Z2
R
L
Z5
L
R
_
_
_
_
_
+
+
+
+
+
R
L
R
_
_
_
+
+
+
+
Z6
Z5
AUDIO IN
Zone 1 of an MZ12 amplifier connected to speakers using single wiring
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Z3
_
R
R
Z1
Z2
AUDIO IN
L
L
L
Source
Z6
Z3
INPUT
+
R
Z3
Z4
AUDIO IN
L
_
L
Z1 Z3
Z4
Bi-amping
Bi-amping is the separation of the amplification of low- and highfrequency signals over two amplifiers. You will need to connect to
loudspeakers that provide separate terminals for the two cables. Each
speaker must have two pairs of terminals; one pair labelled HF For ‘High
Frequency’, the other pair labelled LF or ‘Low Frequency’.
Notes on making speaker connections
• Do not make any connections to any amplifier while
it is switched on. We recommend that your amplifier
is completely disconnected from the mains supply before
starting.
• Before switching your amplifier(s) on for the first time
after connecting to speakers, please check all connections
thoroughly. Ensure that bare wires or cables are not touching
each other or the amplifier’s chassis (which could cause short
circuits), and that you have connected positive (+) to positive
and negative (–) to negative. Be sure to check the wiring for
both the amplifier and the speaker.
• After making connections: switch the amplifier(s) on, select
a source signal, then gradually increase the volume to the
required listening level.
If your speakers support bi-amping, then there will be a strip
of conductive metal or a wire on the speakers connecting the
low-frequency terminals to those for the higher-frequencies.
This connection must be removed in a bi-wired system.
Failure to remove this connection is likely to cause damage
to the amplifier when used in bi-amping configuration. This
damage is not covered by warranty.
Bi-amping requires the use of two zones for every pair of speakers. Zone
1 of the amplifier can easily be bi-amplified. Connect the Zone 1 speaker
terminals to the low-frequency loudspeaker terminals. Connect a second
zone to the high-frequency speaker terminals and set the input switch
for this zone to the Z1 position. For best performance, use Zone 3. Zone
1 and Zone 3 have completely independent power supplies, including
transformers, making this arrangement equivalent to using two separate
amplifier components.
If you are unsure as to how your system should be connected, or
need advice on bi-wiring or bi-amping, please contact your Arcam
dealer who will be happy to help you.
Further zones can be bi-amplified by using splitter cables to feed
two zone inputs from one source. Contact your dealer for further
information.
Right
speaker
terminals
Left speaker
terminals
R
Z1
L
R
Z2
R
L
Z5
L
R
Z6
L
R
Z3
L
R
Z4
L
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
Source
Z1
Z2
AUDIO IN
L
L
R
R
Z6
Z5
AUDIO IN
L
R
Z1 Z3
Z3
INPUT
Z3
Z4
AUDIO IN
Zone 1 of an MZ12 amplifier connected to speakers using bi-amping, by means of Zone 3
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Operation
Zone operation
Each channel of each zone has a trim control. This recessed control
allows each speaker’s volume to be adjusted using a small flat blade or
cross-head screwdriver and is ideal for compensating for differences
in sensitivity between different speaker types. For everyday volume
adjustment, it is recommended to connect source equipment with an
adjustable output such as the Arcam C31 preamplifier or Solo Music
system.
Each zone (except Zone 1) has an input switch. This switch allows the
input for the zone to be taken from either the corresponding zone input
or the zone 1 input. This allows for the input to zone 1 to be sent to
multiple loudspeaker pairs. Switch all input switches to Zone 1 if you
require the same stereo source to be reproduced in all zones. Note that
if the input switch is set to the other position, then the zone will require
its own stereo source (preamplifier or stereo music system). Examples of
different setups are shown below:
Z1
R
L
Z2
R
Z5
R
L
L
R
Z6
L
R
Z3
L
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
L
L
L
_
+
L
R
R
R
Z6
Z5
AUDIO IN
Z1
Z2
AUDIO IN
Arcam C31 Preamplifier
Z4
R
_
+
Z3
Z4
AUDIO IN
Arcam Solo Mini System
MZ12 Amplifier
Arcam CD37 CD Player
Independant zones
Arcam T32 Tuner
ZONE 1
ZONE 4
MZ amplifier with two independant zones
R
Z1
L
R
Z2
R
L
Z5
L
R
Z6
L
R
Z3
L
R
Z4
L
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
_
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
+
L
L
L
R
R
Z1
Z2
AUDIO IN
Z6
Z5
AUDIO IN
R
Z3
Z4
AUDIO IN
Arcam C31 Preamplifier
MZ12 Amplifier
Arcam CD37 CD Player
Arcam T32 Tuner
Set Zone 4 input to Z1
Zone 1 system is heard in both zones
ZONE 1
ZONE 4
MZ amplifier with one source feeding two zones
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Front panel indicators
Troubleshooting
The front panel Zone Status LEDs indicate the status of each of the
amplifier zones:
If you are having trouble with your amplifier, check the following items:
•
•
•
•
Red - standby
Amber - zone muted
Green - zone on
Flashing Red - over temperature
RS232 remote control
The Arcam MZ amplifiers may be remote controlled using an RS232
data connection. The communication protocol is described from page 13
onwards. The following functions are available:
• Zone mute on/off
• Power/Standby
• Query zone status (mute, temperature)
12V Trigger Input
If a 12V trigger output is provided by any of the pre-amps connected to
the MZ amplifier, it can be connected to the 12V trigger in socket using a
3.5mm jack (shown below).
No sound
Check the following:
• Both the source component (pre-amp) and MZ amplifier are
switched on, indicated by the front panel LED being lit green on the
MZ amplifier.
• The MZ amplifier is not in standby, indicated by the front panel LED
being lit red.
• The source component (pre-amp) is not muted.
• The MZ amplifier is not muted, indicated by the front panel LED
being lit amber.
Sound cuts-out unexpectedly
or suddenly becomes poor or distorted:
If the temperature of the internal heatsink rises above a safe level, then
a thermal cut-out inside the amplifier will operate. During this time
the front panel LED will flash red and the amplifier protection system
temporarily removes the power to the speakers. The system will reset
itself as the heatsink cools down.
• With low-impedance speakers connected (6Ω or less), overloads are
more likely.
• Overloading the amplifier may cause it to shut down because of
overheating.
This enables the MZ amplifier to be powered on or off remotely from a
pre-amp.
Note that the main power switch on the front panel must be depressed
to allow the MZ amplifier to be switched in and out of standby using this
method.
Screen = Ground
Tip = +12V trigger signal
3.5mm jack - trigger connections
11
Specifications
Continual improvement policy
Arcam has a policy of continual improvement for its products. This means that designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Continuous power output (1kHz at 0.1% THD)
Single zone, both channels, 8Ω
Single channel, 4Ω
Harmonic distortion, 80% power, 8Ω at 1kHz
Power output, all zones all channels driven, 8Ω at 1kHz, 0.1% THD+N
80W rms
116W rms
0.01%
65W rms per channel
Inputs
Nominal sensitivity
Input impedance
Signal/noise ratio (CCIR, 45W)
0.9V—1.5V
11kΩ
101dB
General
Mains voltage
Power consumption (maximum)
Heat dissipation (maximum)
Power consumption, idle
Heat dissipation, idle
Power consumption, standby
Heat dissipation in standby
Dimensions W x D x H (including feet, excluding rack ears and connectors)
Weight (net)
Weight (packed)
Supplied accessories
E&OE
NOTE: All specification values are typical unless otherwise stated.
110—120V or 220—240V
600W
1,715 BTU/h
MZ12: 110W; MZ8: 73W
MZ12: 375BTU/h; MZ8: 256 BTU/h
0.6W
2 BTU/h
432mm x 436.5mm x 144.5mm (19” rackmount x 3U)
MZ12: 24.7 Kg; MZ8 19.3 Kg.
MZ12: 27.3 Kg; MZ8 21.9 Kg.
mains lead
Product
Guarantee
Worldwide Guarantee
Claims under guarantee
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 unauthorized 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.
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.
The warranty covers:
Arcam Customer Support Department,
Pembroke Avenue,
Waterbeach,
CAMBRIDGE,
CB25 9QR,
England
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
You can register your product on-line at www.arcam.co.uk.
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.
For further details contact Arcam at:
or via www.arcam.co.uk.
Problems?
If your Arcam dealer is unable to answer any query regarding this or any
other Arcam product please contact Arcam Customer Support at the
above address and we will do our best to help you.
12
RS232 Control
Introduction
This document describes the remote control protocol for controlling the MZ8/12 via the RS232 interface.
The document relates to MZ RS232 control protocol version 1.0. Any updates to this protocol will be posted on the Arcam Extranet website at
http://www.arcam.co.uk/extranet.
1
5
Serial Cable Specification
9
6
DB9 Female
DB9 Female
5
1
6
9
The cable is wired as a null modem:
Connector 1 pin
2
3
5
Connector 2 pin
3
2
5
Function
Rx  Tx
Tx  Rx
RS232 Ground
Data transfer format
• Transfer rate: 38,400bps.
• 1 start bit, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit, no parity, no flow control.
Conventions
All hexadecimal numbers begin 0x.
Any character in single quotes gives the ASCII equivalent of a hex value.
<n> represents an unknown or variable number.
Command and response formats
Communication between the remote controller (RC) and the MZ8/MZ12 takes the form of sequences of bytes, with all commands and responses having
the same basic format. The MZ8/MZ12 shall always respond to a received command, but may also send messages at other times.
Each transmission by the RC is the following format:
<St> <Zn> <Cc> <Dl> <Data> <Et>
St (Start transmission): 0x21 ‘!’
Zn (Zone number): see below.
Cc (Command code): the code for the command
Dl (Data length): the number of data items following this item, excluding the ETR
Data: the parameters for the command
Et (End transmission): 0x0D
Each response by the MZ8/MZ12 is the following format:
<St> <Zn> <Cc> <Ac> <Dl> <Data> <Et>
St (Start transmission): 0x21 ‘!’
Zn (Zone number): see below.
Cc (Command code): the code for the command
Ac (Answer code): see below.
Dl (Data Length): the number of data items following this item, excluding the ETR
Data: the parameters for the response of length n. n is limited to 255.
Et (End transmission): 0x0D
The MZ8/MZ12 responds to each command from the RC within three seconds. The RC may send further commands before a previous command
response has been received.
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Zone numbers
The following zone numbers are defined:
0x01 - Zone number 1. (Zone 1 is the master zone. Commands that are global are addressed to Zone 1)
0x02 - Zone number 2.
0x03 - Zone number 3.
0x04 – Zone number 4.
0x05 – Zone number 5.
0x06 – Zone number 6.
Answer codes
The following answer codes are defined:
0x00 – Status update.
0x82 – Zone Invalid.
0x83 – Command not recognised.
0x84 – Parameter not recognised.
0x85 – Command invalid at this time.
0x86 – Invalid data length.
Example command and response sequence
As an example, the command 0x00, change power state – enter standby:
STR
0x21
ZONE
0x01
CC
0x08
DL
0x02
Data 1
0x10
Data 2
0x10
ETR
0x0D
Assuming that the command was accepted by the amplifier and is being processed,
the MZ8/MZ12 responds to this command with the following sequence:
STR
0x21
ZONE
0x01
CC
0x08
AC
0x00
DL
0x02
Data 1
0x10
Data 2
0x10
ETR
0x0D
AMX Duet™ Support
The MZ8 & MZ12 shall be fully compatible with AMX Duet™ Dynamic Device Discovery Protocol (DDDP) The following description of Dynamic Device
Discovery comes from the AMX website (www.amx.com). Dynamic Device Discovery is part of AMX’s Duet™ platform, which combines the proven
reliability and power of NetLinx with the extensive capabilities of the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) platform. When integrating a serial or IP device from
a manufacturer embedding the Dynamic Device Discovery Protocol (DDDP), Duet recognizes the device and loads the appropriate Duet module, which
automatically installs the new device. AMX’s NetLinx Master can then find and install the Duet device module either from a library on the master, from
AMX’s Web site, or from the manufacturer’s Web site. Duet also allows for device swapping so that programming changes are not required when devices
with DDDP are removed or replaced – a huge benefit for end users. The Duet platform is an extension AMX’s InConcert® manufacturer partner program,
which was developed to ensure seamless communication between partners’ devices and the AMX control system.
Data is specified in the ASCII format. All ASCII characters between the quotes “” should be recognised/transmitted. “\r” is a carriage return (0x0D)
Command: “AMX\r”
Response: “AMXB<Device-SDKClass=Amplifier><Device-Make=ARCAM><Device-Model=MZ><Device-Revision=x.y>\r”
Where x.y = RS232 protocol version number.
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System Command Specifications
Software version (0x04)
Request the version number of the main software or the control protocol
of the MZ8/MZ12.
Example
Command/response sequence to request the RS232 protocol version
(1.4):
Command: 0x21 0x01 0x04 0x01 0xF0 0x0D
Response: 0x21 0x01 0x04 0x00 0x03 0xF0 0x01 0x04 0x0D
COMMAND:
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
0x01
Cc
0x04
Dl
0x01
Data
0xF0 – Request version RS232 protocol
0xF1 - Request version main software
Et
0x0D
RESPONSE:
Power (0x00)
Request or change the standby state.
Example
Command/response sequence to request the power state where the
power is on:
Command: 0x21 0x01 0x00 0x01 0xF0 0x0D
Response: 0x21 0x01 0x00 0x00 0x01 0x01 0x0D
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
0x01
Cc
0x04
Ac
Answer code
Dl
0x03
Data1
Echo data from command
Data2
Major version number
Data3
Minor version number
Et
0x0D
COMMAND:
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
0x01 (command affects all zones)
Cc
0x00
Dl
0x01
Data
0x00 – Enter standby state
0x01 – Power-on
0x02 – Toggle power state
0xF0 – Request power state
Et
0x0D
RESPONSE:
Request Mute status (0x0E)
Request the mute status of the audio in a zone.
Example
Command/response sequence to request the mute status of zone 1 where
zone 1 is muted:
Command: 0x21 0x01 0x0E 0x01 0xF0 0x0D
Response:
0x21 0x01 0x0E 0x00 0x01 0x00 0x0D
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
0x01
Cc
0x00
Ac
Answer code
Dl
0x01
Data
0x00 – System is in standby
0x01 – System is powered on
Et
0x0D
COMMAND:
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
Zone number
Cc
0x0E
Dl
0x01
Data
0xF0 – Request mute status
Et
0x0D
RESPONSE:
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
Zone number
Cc
0x0E
Ac
Answer code
Dl
0x01
Data
0x00 – Zone is muted
0x01 – Zone is not muted
Et
0x0D
15
Activate/deactivate the mute lines (0x1F)
Activate/deactivate the mute lines on the designated zone.
Example
Command/response sequence to activate the mute relays:
Command: 0x21 0x01 0x1F 0x01 0x0D
Response: 0x21 0x01 0x1F 0x00 0x01 0x0D
COMMAND:
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
Zone number
Cc
0x1F
Data1
0x00 – Deactivate mute line
0x01 – Activate mute line
Dl
0x01
Et
0x0D
RESPONSE:
Report Amplifer temperature status (0x27)
Report the temperature status of the various zones amplifiers.
Example
Command/response sequence to request the temperature of zone 1 where
temperature is too high:
Command: 0x21 0x01 0x27 0x01 0xF0 0x0D
Response: 0x21 0x01 0x27 0x00 0x01 0x01 0x0D
Note: As each amplifier powers a pair of zones (1&2, 3&4 , 5&6) the
temperature status of zones 1 and 2 is the same value.
16
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
Zone number
Cc
0x1F
Ac
Answer code
Dl
Data length <n>
Data1
Relay state
Et
0x0D
COMMAND:
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
Zone number
Cc
0x27
Dl
0x01
Data
0xF0 – Request temperature status
Et
0x0D
RESPONSE:
Byte:
Description:
St
0x21
Zn
Zone number
Cc
0x27
Ac
Answer code
Dl
0x01
P2
0x00 – Temperature OK
0x01 – Over temperature
Et
0x0D
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