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Meridian RGB-T-0 Installation guide
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G Series DVD Player Installation Guide
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Preface
Important safety instructions
• Read the instructions.
• Keep these instructions.
• Follow all instructions.
• Do not use this apparatus near water.
• Clean only with a dry cloth.
• Install only in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Refer all servicing to approved service personnel.
To avoid overheating
• Leave at least 10cm around the equipment to ensure sufficient
ventilation.
Do not position the product:
• In direct sunlight.
• Near heat sources, such as a radiator.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPARATUS TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
• Directly on top of heat producing equipment, such as a power
amplifier.
Safety warnings
The product normally runs warm to the touch.
• Do not expose the product to dripping or splashing.
Radio interference
• Do not place any object filled with liquid, such as a vase, on the
product.
• Do not place naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, on the
product.
FCC Warning: This equipment generates and can radiate radio
frequency energy and if not installed and used correctly in
accordance with our instructions may cause interference to radio
communications or radio and television reception. It has been type-
To avoid interference
Do not position the product:
• Near strong magnetic radiation, such as near a power amplifier.
tested and complies with the limits set out in Subpart J, Part 15 of
FCC rules for a Class B computing device. These limits are intended
to provide reasonable protection against such interference in home
installations.
• Near to a television, or where connecting cables may be subject
to or cause interference.
EEC: This product has been designed and type-tested to comply
with the limits set out in EN55013 and EN55020.
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Contents
Introduction
Contents
1
Configuring playback options
Provides information about the DVD player models, a
Explains how to use the options on the Setup menu to
description of each product, and technical specifications.
configure the playback options of the DVD player.
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DVD player models
1
Setting playback options
Specifications
6
Region codes
51
Video controls
52
Installing the DVD player
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7
Describes how to install the DVD player and connect it to the
Troubleshooting
other equipment in the system.
Provides suggested solutions to problems while installing,
53
Unpacking
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configuring, or operating the product.
Audio connections
8
Maintenance
57
Video connections
17
Service and guarantee
58
Communications connections
22
Index
Resetting the DVD player
27
Explains how to reset the DVD player using the front-panel
controls.
Resetting the product
Configuring the DVD player
27
29
Explains how to configure the DVD player using the on-screen
setup menus.
Configuration
29
Configuring the video
31
Configuring the audio
36
Configuring the sources
44
Configuring settings
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Preface
Copyright and acknowledgements
Sales and service in the UK
Sales and service in the USA
Meridian Audio Ltd
Meridian America Inc
Latham Road
8055 Troon Circle
Huntingdon
Suite C
Cambridgeshire
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GA30168-7849
England
USA
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This guide was produced by Human-Computer Interface Ltd,
http://www.interface.co.uk/
Copyright © 2003-2005 Meridian Audio Ltd
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing
Designed and manufactured in the UK by Meridian Audio Ltd.
Corporation (Canadian patent 1,037,877), Lucasfilm Ltd. (US
Meridian Audio reserves the right to make changes and
patents 5,043,970; 5,189,703; 5,222,059. European patent
improvements to any of the products described in this document
0323830), Trifield Productions Ltd, and Nimbus Records Ltd.
without prior notice.
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is a registered trademark of the MPEG organisation. Trifield is a
other limited viewing uses only unless otherwise authorized by
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Macrovision. Reverse engineering or disassembly is prohibited.
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Introduction
Introduction
This guide provides full information about unpacking the DVD player, connecting it to the
other equipment in the system, and configuring it using the front panel.
Once you have connected and configured the DVD player, refer to the G Series System Guide
for information about operating it.
DVD player models
complete high-quality two-channel DVD system (Type 1; see page
11).
The G Series includes three models of DVD player. All three play
audio-CDs, MP3 CDs, Video CDs, DVD-Video, and DVD-Audio discs.
Video
They can all decode Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG, MP3, and MLP
The G98AH and G98DH include a powerful video processor and
data streams to PCM for stereo, and in some cases multichannel,
scaler which can simultaneously provide composite and S-video
playback. They can all optionally output Dolby Digital, DTS, and
outputs, plus progressive component video and up to 1080p on an
MPEG bitstreams for connection to a surround controller (Type 2;
HDMI output. They provide two composite, three S-video, and one
see page 14).
interlaced component video input, all of which can be routed to
any of the video outputs with appropriate scaling.
G98AH and G98DH
Audio
G91A
The G98 is the ideal partner for the G68 Digital Surround
Audio
Controller. The G98AH and G98DH are DVD-Audio transports that
The G91A incorporates a preamplifier with two coax digital inputs,
provide fixed-level multichannel or two-channel audio outputs. They
two optical inputs, and three analogue inputs. It provides analogue
are designed for use with a surround controller with multichannel
and fixed digital stereo outputs. The G91A includes digital signal
analogue inputs (G98AH Type 3/4/5; see page 14), or multichannel
processing to upsample PCM streams, or decode bitstreams from
digital inputs (G98DH Type 3/4/5; see page 13). Alternatively, either
external sources. It also includes a high-quality AM/FM or DAB/FM
model can be connected to a pair of DSP loudspeakers to create a
tuner.
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In stereo mode, the G91A is designed to connect directly to a
conventional analogue amplifiers and speakers – or a combination
pair of analogue active speakers, or power amplifiers and passive
of the two. Here the G91A really comes into its own: as the heart
speakers. Alternatively, it can be connected to a pair of Meridian
of a complete surround system.
DSP Loudspeakers to create a complete two-channel AV system.
Video
The G91A’s multichannel digital output allows connection to a
The G91A provides the same video routing and scaling as the G98.
surround controller such as the G68. Alternatively, the digital and/
or analogue multichannel outputs can be used to create a powerful
The main differences between the three models are explained in
5.1 surround system based on Meridian DSP Loudspeakers or
the following table:
Product
Audio inputs
Audio outputs
Video inputs
Video outputs
Radio tuner
G91A
3 analogue,
Analogue and digital 2
2 composite, 3 S-video,
Progressive component
Yes
2 digital, 2 optical
channel or 6 channel
1 interlaced component
and scaled HDMI
G98DH
None
Digital 2 channel and 6
2 composite, 3 S-video,
Progressive component
channel
1 interlaced component
and scaled HDMI
G98AH
None
Analogue 2 channel and 6
2 composite, 3 S-video,
Progressive component
channel. Digital 2 channel
1 interlaced component
and scaled HDMI
No
No
All models provide an S-video and composite video outputs.
Description of features
DVD-ROM drive
At the heart of the G Series DVD players is a high-speed computerstyle DVD-ROM drive – the best type of drive to use to ensure
accurate data recovery from all types of disc.
In addition to regular CDs (including MP3 CD-ROMS) and DVDs,
the players can also play most hybrid varieties. The players can
handle both DVD-Video and DVD-Audio discs, decoding Dolby
Digital, DTS or MLP data streams and extracting or downmixing
them to stereo if required.
The drive normally operates at standard speed; however it is
capable of recovering data a great deal faster when required,
enabling it to make more attempts to recover accurate data from
a problem disc. Because of this, the drive can perfectly recover the
data from nearly all discs.
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Unlike other players that use a mechanical approach to try to
lower jitter by minimising drive vibration, the G Series DVD players
employ a triple buffering system to minimise jitter, maximizing HF
transparency and sound stage precision and stability. The result of
this sophisticated effort is that the players deliver ultra-low jitter,
with sound and picture quality second only to Meridian’s 800
Reference DVD/CD Player.
The digital electronics as a whole are driven by a new design of
high-stability clocking system which further reduces jitter and
ensures that the highest level of detail is recovered from a disc. All
digital data is accurately re-clocked. Multiple power supplies ensure
that digital and analogue circuitry are kept separate.
User interface
The G Series DVD players include a comprehensive front-panel
user interface which allows access to all the features of the unit.
The players can be reset to a standard Type which configures all
the required settings as appropriate for a particular application.
In addition, an on-screen display (OSD) allows you to configure
specific settings individually.
The players employ Flash ROM memory for the operating system,
so software updates can be downloaded from the Internet and
installed via a PC connected to the serial port on the back panel.
The serial port also allows full remote control and configuration of
the unit.
Audio
The G98DH and G91A provide three principal S/PDIF coax outputs
designated L/R, L/R Surround, and C/LFE. These typically connect
to Meridian processors, or feed a stereo signal to a pair of DSP
loudspeakers. If configured for MHR SmartLink they, or the adjacent
combined 15-way D-type connector, carry high-sample rate
encrypted data from DVD discs for the highest fidelity of decoding
and reproduction. The SmartLink also informs a downstream
Meridian processor of the signal source, so that it can switch
processing modes automatically.
The G98AH provides six channels of analogue output. These feature
true 24-bit DACs that operate at sample rates up to 192kHz for the
maximum possible audio quality. The audio connectors have goldplated contacts.
All models provide an additional S/PDIF digital output which
delivers a stereo downmix or bitstream signal.
Preamplifier and tuner (G91A only)
The G91A includes a preamplifier and integral AM/FM or DAB/FM
tuner. The main stereo analogue preamp output is either fixed,
or variable via the front-panel knob which controls the Meridian
proprietary digital/analogue volume control as used in the 800
Series and DSP 8000.
The AM/FM tuner provides FM (VHF stereo Band II) reception with
RDS and is fitted with its own 96kHz, 24-bit A/D stage. Digital
signal processing provides a sophisticated FM stereo blend/width
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control which allows the user to minimise noise on a received
Digital surround decoding (G91A surround application
signal. The AM option provides LW/MW reception and includes
only)
DSP-based low-pass and whistle filters for improved AM reception.
In addition, the G91A incorporates digital surround decoding
to allow the multichannel analogue and digital outputs to be
Upsampling (G91A only)
used to drive a basic 5.1 surround system based on Meridian
The G91A provides upsampling in stereo, which allows filtering
DSP loudspeakers and/or conventional analogue amplifiers and
to take place far beyond the range of human hearing, as well
speakers.
as offering other audible benefits right across the audio band,
including improved transient response. All processing is 48-bit
A setup option allows you to define the configuration of
precision. This results in a more open, transparent sound, tighter
loudspeakers in the layout, and specify whether the bass is handled
bass, and a generally more ‘musical’ sound overall.
by a subwoofer or the speakers in the layout with good bass
To drive the multichannel analogue outputs, signals are upsampled
the layout by adjusting the gain and distance of each loudspeaker,
to 176.4/192kHz for digital to analogue conversion – DACs
while listening to test signals. This lets you fine tune the layout for
can offer better performance at higher sampling rates – and
an optimum surround image.
handling. A separate Calibration page allows you to calibrate
88.2/96kHz is used for the digital outputs, all at 24-bit word
lengths.
The built-in surround processing decodes 5.1 MLP, Dolby Digital,
or DTS soundtracks from DVD-A or DVD-V discs, and Dolby Digital
Here again, sending 24 bits at high sample rates via an S/PDIF link
or DTS datastreams fed into the external digital inputs. It will also
reduces jitter as compared with the original 44.1kHz, 16-bit signal
synthesise a full surround image from two-channel soundtracks
from a CD, for example. In addition, digital outputs derived from
on audio CDs, DVD-A or DVD-V discs, or from the external two-
high resolution sources are encrypted, removing cyclic components
channel digital or analogue inputs, by extracting latent surround
from the data stream and again reducing jitter.
information in the recording.
All these advanced digital processing features are handled by a
Several DSP presets are provided to allow you to choose the type
powerful DSP engine delivering an impressive 150MIPS (million
of surround processing used for different sources. For 5.1 audio
instructions per second).
formats a Discrete or Cinema DSP preset is selected automatically,
depending on whether the source is music or a movie. For twochannel audio formats the DSP preset can usually be switched
between Trifield (recommended for music), Stereo (uses just the
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main left and right speakers and subwoofer), or PLII (recommended
to provide a single video output for all the video sources in the
for movies), using the DSP key on the front panel or MSR+.
system. A bypass function allows progressive or high definition
component video to be routed directly to the component output
The default preset is Trifield for audio CDs, two-channel DVD-As,
only.
the internal tuner, or a two-channel external input, and PLII for
two-channel DVD soundtracks or a two-channel Dolby Digital
The HDMI port also carries high-resolution digital audio to the
source on an external digital input. You can change the default DSP
HDMI v1.1 specification, either up to six channels of PCM at up to
preset for a particular source and audio format using the Assign
24-bit, 96kHz, or a 5.1 bitstream, or two channels at 192kHz from
key on the front panel.
some DVD-A source material.
Note: Trifield is not available for Dolby Digital or DTS two-channel
The HDMI port supports a wide range of high-quality digital video
external inputs. Trifield and PLII are not available if the output is
options including 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p, the highest
downsampling to 48kHz.
video resolution available in the industry – the same resolution as
the best HD sources. A unique feature of HDMI is that it is able to
Video
On the video side, advanced video circuit designs, matched
phase video filters, and a broadcast-quality video encoder are
employed to deliver low-noise images of outstanding colour depth
and resolution. Separate ultra-low jitter master video and audio
oscillators allow picture and sound to be independently optimized,
ensuring that the G Series DVD players deliver breathtakingly clear
pictures.
Video processor/scaler
All models include a unique broadcast-quality, high-resolution
video processor/scaler which combines both Meridian and Faroudja
DCDi® technology. This processor can receive composite, S-video,
and interlaced component video, and convert between the formats,
or to the HDMI (high-density multimedia interface) standard,
‘handshake’ between the source and the display to find the highest
quality supported format. Analogue component out is available at
480p and 576p.
The video processor includes picture controls, available via the
MSR+ and front panel. For the internal DVD and external video
inputs you can adjust the output aspect ratio, horizontal picture
position, and vertical picture position. In addition, the brightness,
contrast, colour, and hue (NTSC) are adjustable on the video inputs.
The HDMI output can be connected to a DVI input if the device
supports HDCP copy protection, using a suitable adaptor cable.
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Specifications
Inputs/outputs
Audio inputs
G91A
G98DH
G98AH
Analogue: 3 stereo inputs, unbalanced 0.5-2.5V on
None.
None.
phono. Digital S/PDIF: 2 stereo coax inputs and 2
stereo TOSlink optical inputs.
Digital
MHR SmartLink digital output on 3 digital coax outputs or 15-pin D-type connector.
1 aux digital coax, 1 aux
outputs
Aux digital coax output.
optical.
Analogue
6-channel analogue output, fixed or variable
outputs
1-99 in 1dB steps, 3V RMS, 47Ω.
Upsampling
On analogue output to 176.4/192kHz.
None.
6-channel analogue output
on phonos, 2V RMS, 47Ω.
No.
No.
On digital output to 88.2/96kHz.
DSP modes
PLII, Trifield, Stereo, Discrete, Cinema.
None.
None.
Tuner
DAB: Band III and L Band.
None.
None.
AM: Long/Medium wave, 150-285/525-1605kHz.
FM: VHF Band II, 87.5-108MHz, sensitivity 1.5µv.
Video outputs
Composite, S-video, component (75Ω), and HDMI outputs (HDMI also carries audio and is DVI-HDCP compatible via an
adaptor cable), all simultaneously active. Selected video input is converted to all formats at valid resolutions. HDMI port
supports 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. Analogue component out is available at 480p and 576p.
Video inputs
1 component interlaced, 2 composite, and 3 S-video. Progressive/high definition component in will be switched to
component out but is not scaled or converted to S-video, composite, or HDMI.
Video features
Automatic PAL or NTSC encoding on composite and S-video. NTSC black-level setup adjustable as 0 or 7.5IRE. 16:9
and 4:3 displays supported. Video controls: picture position, black level, contrast, colour, and hue.
Trigger output
12V, 100mA, configurable by source.
Comms
Two 5-pin 240° DIN sockets, BNC socket, RS232 interface.
Formats
DVD-Audio, DVD-Video, DVD-R; Video CD (VCD), CVCD, MP3; CD Audio (CD-DA), including CD-R and CD-RW.
Power
Universal supply, 100-240VAC, 50/60Hz, 25VA.
Dimensions
440mm x 90mm x 350mm (17.32" x 3.54" x 13.78") WHD.
Weight
9kg (20lb) approx.
Controls
Front-panel soft keys include control of Play, Stop, Pause, Previous, Next, etc. Power button, Open/Close tray button,
.
.
volume control. Full remote control of all features via MSR+.
Display
Multi-character dot-matrix Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD). Switchable custom OSD allows instant review of disc
status. Screen saver with user timeout options. Logo screen with pluge bars enables brightness setting of display device.
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Installing the
DVD player
Installing the DVD player
This chapter explains how to install the DVD player. It describes what you should find when
you unpack the product, and how you should connect it to the other equipment in the system.
You should not make any connections to the product or to any other component in the system
while the AC power supply is connected and switched on.
Unpacking
Models fitted with an AM/FM tuner also include the following:
The G91A DVD Audio Player Controller Tuner and G98 DVD Audio
• AM antenna.
Transport are supplied with the following accessories:
• FM antenna.
• 2 FM antenna adaptors.
• MSR+ remote control with batteries, manual, and spare key caps.
• Meridian Comms lead.
Models fitted with a DAB/FM tuner also include the following:
• Ferrite bead*.
• Power cord.
• Telescopic DAB antenna.
• This manual.
• Meridian G Series System Guide.
If any of these items are missing please contact your dealer.
*If a trigger cable is used this should be clamped around the cable
Note: You should retain the packaging in case you need to
near the DVD player.
transport the unit.
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Installing the
Audio connections
All the G Series DVD players provide a digital output, suitable for
The G98 is available with either a multichannel analogue output
connecting to a pair of Meridian DSP loudspeakers or a surround
or a multichannel digital output for connection to a surround
controller.
controller with multichannel inputs such as a G68.
The G91A provides both multichannel digital and multichannel
analogue outputs.
Multichannel digital output (G91A, G98DH)
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MAIN DIGITAL OUT, C/LFE,
The multichannel digital input of a digital surround processor such as a G68 or 861.
SURROUND
AUX DIGITAL OUT
The digital input of an additional surround processor or a pair of DSP loudspeakers, when the main
output is being used for multichannel audio.
SMARTLINK*
A Meridian surround processor with an MHR SMART LINK input, such as the 568 Digital Surround
Processor, using the SmartLink cable supplied with the 568 or an SVGA computer monitor lead.
*MHR SmartLink is available from either the MHR SMART LINK output or the MAIN DIGITAL OUT L/R, C/LFE, and SURR outputs; they are
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DVD player
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CENTRE, LFE, SURR-L, SURR-R
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AUX DIGITAL OUT
The digital input of a surround controller, or a pair of DSP loudspeakers.
AUX OPTICAL OUT
The optical input of a surround controller.
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Installing the
DVD player
Preamplifier and tuner connections (G91A)
The G91A includes an integrated preamplifier, allowing you to
it can be configured to provide a bitstream digital output, suitable
connect up to seven external sources in addition to the DVD
for connection to an external digital surround processor such as the
player and internal tuner. This provides the option of six decoded
G68 Digital Surround Controller.
analogue or digital outputs, for connection to an external amplifier,
analogue active speakers, or digital active speakers. Alternatively
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ANALOGUE IN A1 (VCR1), A2 (TV), A3 (TAPE)
The analogue outputs of a source, such as a TV or tape deck.
DIG IN D1 (AUX), D2 (DISC)
The digital output of a source such as a LaserDisc player.
OPTICAL INPUT O1 (SAT), O2 (GAME)
The optical output of a source such as a satellite receiver.
ANALOGUE OUT LEFT, RIGHT, CENTRE, LFE,
The multichannel analogue inputs of a surround controller such as the G68 Digital
SURR-L, SURR-R
Surround Controller.
ANTENNAE FM, AM or DAB/FM
FM and AM or DAB/FM antennae.
The default assignment of the sources to each input are shown in brackets after the input name in the above table. DVD and RADIO
correspond to the internal DVD player and tuner.
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Installing the
DVD player
Applications
To connect to two-channel DSP loudspeakers (Type 1)
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G Series DVD players can be connected directly to Meridian
DSP loudspeakers to create a complete compact stereo system,
with volume and other preamplifier controls provided by the
loudspeakers via the MSR+ or the front panel. The G91A provides
additional analogue and digital inputs allowing you to use it to
control the other sources in your system.
• Connect the MAIN DIGITAL OUT L/R (G91A or G98DH), or AUX
DIGITAL OUT (G98AH) and a COMMS socket from the DVD
player to DIGITAL INPUT 1 and the COMMS input on the DSP
loudspeaker chosen as the master, using an M5 lead.
• Connect the DIGITAL and COMMS outputs from the master DSP
loudspeaker to DIGITAL INPUT 1 and the COMMS input on the
other (slave) DSP loudspeaker, using an S5 lead.
• Configure the loudspeakers as described in the Meridian DSP
Loudspeaker User Guide.
• Configure the DVD player to Type 1; see Resetting the DVD
player, page 27.
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connect it directly to a pair of analogue active loudspeakers, or to
analogue passive loudspeakers via a power amplifier such as the
G56 or G57.
• Connect the ANALOGUE OUT LEFT/RIGHT outputs from the
DVD player to the inputs of the analogue active loudspeakers or
power amplifier, using phono leads.
• Configure the DVD player to Type 0; see Resetting the DVD
player, page 27.
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Installing the
DVD player
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The multichannel digital output is the preferred way of connecting
to a 96kHz and MHR capable Meridian digital surround processor,
such as a 568.2, G68, or 861, as it provides additional MHR
SMART LINK information about the source format.
• Connect the MAIN DIGITAL OUT L/R, C/LFE, and SURROUND
outputs from the G Series DVD player to the digital multichannel
inputs on the G68D, using three phono leads.
Alternatively, if the digital surround controller is a Meridian 568
connect the MHR SMART LINK connectors using an SVGA cable.
If the surround processor is a Meridian product connect together
the COMMS socket using the Comms lead provided.
• Configure the DVD player to Type 3, 4 or 5, depending on the
video configuration; see Resetting the DVD player, page 27.
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Installing the
DVD player
To connect to a surround processor with multichannel analogue inputs eg G68 (Type 3/4/5)
G68 Digital Surround Controller
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• Connect the ANALOGUE OUT sockets from the G98AH to the
If the surround processor is a Meridian product connect together
the COMMS sockets using the Comms lead provided.
analogue multichannel inputs on the surround processor.
• Optionally connect the AUX DIGITAL OUT socket to the surround
• Configure the DVD player to Type 3, 4 or 5, depending on the
processor’s digital input, using a digital phono lead.
video configuration; see Resetting the DVD player, page 27.
This gives you the option of decoding Dolby Digital and DTS
bitstreams using the surround processor.
To connect to a surround processor with no multichannel input eg 561 (Type 2)
G Series DVD player
Digital surround processor
DIGITAL
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If your digital surround processor does not provide a multichannel
If the surround processor is a Meridian product connect together
input, and is 48kHz max with no MHR:
the COMMS sockets using the Comms lead provided.
• Connect the MAIN DIGITAL OUT L/R (G91A or G98DH) or AUX
• Configure the DVD player to Type 2; see Resetting the DVD
DIGITAL OUT (G98AH) to the DIGITAL IN on the digital sound
processor.
player, page 27.
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Installing the
DVD player
To create a digital surround system with a G91A (Type 6)
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If the system includes more than two Meridian DSP loudspeakers
create a 5.1 surround system, directly connected to up to six DSP
you will need a 511 S-patch box (available separately) to link
loudspeakers.
together the S5 leads from each speaker.
• Use the Comms part of an M5 lead to connect one of the
• Connect the COMMS output from the master digital speaker to
COMMS sockets on the G91A to the digital speaker you have
chosen as the master (typically the centre speaker).
• Use the audio part of the M5 lead to connect the digital speaker
to the appropriate digital output socket.
one socket on the 511 using an S5 lead.
• Link each pair of speakers together with an S5 lead, out of
the first speaker and into the second speaker, as shown in the
diagram for the main left and right speakers.
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Installing the
DVD player
• Configure the DSP loudspeakers as described in the Meridian DSP
• Connect the inputs to the first speaker of each additional pair
Loudspeaker User Guide.
to the 511 (Comms) and the appropriate output of the G91A
(audio), using an S5 lead.
• Configure the DVD player to Type 6; see Resetting the DVD
player, page 27.
• Connect up to two analogue loudspeakers to the ANALOGUE
OUT outputs. These can be L/R, C, Sub, C/Sub, or Rears.
• Configure the surround system as described in To configure
speakers, page 42.
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You can use a G55 Five-channel Power Amplifier to power all five
decoding to allow you to create a 5.1 surround system directly
channels.
connected to six power amplifiers and passive loudspeakers.
• Connect the SUB analogue output to an active analogue
• Connect the LEFT and RIGHT analogue outputs to the power
amplifiers for the main front loudspeakers.
• Connect the SURR L and SURR R analogue outputs to the power
amplifiers for the rear loudspeakers.
• Connect the CENTRE analogue output to the power amplifier for
the centre loudspeaker.
subwoofer.
• Configure the DVD player to Type 6; see Resetting the DVD
player, page 27.
• Configure the surround system as described in To configure
speakers, page 42.
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Installing the
Video connections
DVD player
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HDMI OUT
The HDMI input on a monitor or high-definition television.
COMPONENT OUT
The component or progressive component video inputs on a monitor or projection television.
S-VIDEO OUT
The S-video input on a monitor or television.
COMPOSITE OUT
The composite video input on a monitor or television.
Video inputs
Use this input
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S-VIDEO, SI (DISC), S2 (AUX), S3 (GAME)
The S-video output of a source such as a LaserDisc player or video game.
COMPOSITE V1 (VCR1), V2 (TV)
The composite output of a source such as a television tuner or VCR.
COMPONENT Y1 (SAT)
The component output of a source such as a satellite receiver.
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Installing the
DVD player
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• Connect the appropriate component outputs from the DVD player
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possible quality from DVD-Videos.
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television, monitor, or video control unit, using a suitable S-video
cable.
The S-video output is recommended if your other equipment
provides a choice of both S-video and composite inputs.
The S-video output is always active, irrespective of the Video
output setting.
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Installing the
DVD player
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• Connect the composite video output to a corresponding input on
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• Connect the HDMI output to the HDMI input on the monitor
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HDMI can be connected to a DVI input if the monitor supports
HDCP copy protection, using a suitable adaptor cable.
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Installing the
DVD player
Using the G Series DVD player with a G Series Digital Surround Controller
To connect to a G68D or G61 with video switching in the DVD player (Type 3)
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using the video switching and format conversion provided by the
DVD player to handle the video, and the audio switching provided
by the G68D/G61 to handle the analogue and digital audio.
• Connect the video sources to the COMPOSITE IN, S-VIDEO IN,
and COMPONENT IN sockets on the DVD player.
• Connect the audio sources to the DIGITAL IN and ANALOGUE IN
sockets on the G68D/G61.
• Connect the appropriate output from the DVD player to your
display device.
• Connect together the COMMS sockets of the DVD player and
G68D/G61 using the Comms lead provided.
• Configure the DVD player to Type 3; see Resetting the DVD
player, page 27.
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Installing the
DVD player
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in the G68 but take advantage of the video format conversion and
scaling in the G98 to drive the display device.
• Connect the composite, S-video, and component outputs from the
G68 to the corresponding inputs on the G98.
• Connect the video sources to the COMPOSITE IN, S-VIDEO IN,
and COMPONENT IN sockets on the G68.
• Connect the appropriate output from the G98 to your display
device.
• Connect together the COMMS sockets of the G98 and G68 using
the Comms lead provided.
• Configure the G98 to Type 4; see Resetting the DVD player, page
27.
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DIN COMMS
Other Meridian G Series, 500 Series, or 800 Series equipment, or Meridian DSP loudspeakers.
BNC COMMS
Meridian components with BNC Comms.
RS232 connection
A computer, for configuring the DVD player.
IR IN
A G12 IR Receiver, or approved alternative infra-red repeater. Contact your dealer for details.
TRIGGER OUTPUT
Other equipment, via a mono 3.5mm jack output (centre pin hot) that provides 12VDC (8VDC on G02). It is
always low in standby. By default it is high for all sources, so can be used to bring a G56 or G57 Twochannel Power Amplifier out of standby. Alternatively you can program it to be high for specific sources; eg to
control a projection screen.
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Installing the
DVD player
To connect to other Meridian G Series, 500 Series, or 800 Series equipment
G Series DVD player
COMMS
G Series, 500 Series, or 800 Series unit
COMMS
COMMS LEAD
COMMS LEAD
In a system of Meridian products the products should be linked
All the other units will be configured as non-controllers, and
together in a chain, via the COMMS sockets, using the Comms
display:
leads supplied with each product. The sequence in which you
connect the units is not important.
Not Con.
One of the products acts as the controller for the system, receiving
infra-red commands from the MSR+, and then, if appropriate,
relaying them to the other products via the Comms link. The
following procedure should be used to set up the Comms correctly
between several products:
• Switch all the units to standby.
• Press Clear (MSR+).
The system is now ready for use.
If the automatic setup does not work, first make sure you are
operating the MSR+ from a position where all the units can receive
the infra-red, and try again. Then:
• Check that none of the units have been configured to be
Each unit will display:
Auto
IR Controller; see Resetting the DVD player, page 27, and
Configuring settings, page 46. Either all products should be set
to Auto, or one should be configured as Controller and the others
as Not Controller.
Note: Do not, under any circumstances, connect any equipment
One unit will then be designated as the controller, and display:
other than Meridian G Series, 500 Series, or 800 Series to the
socket marked COMMS on the back of the product.
Con.
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Installing the
DVD player
To connect FM and AM antennae (products fitted with AM/FM tuner)
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• Connect an FM antenna or split-flex dipole to the FM Coax
For best AM results use an external AM antenna.
connector, if necessary using the adaptor provided.
Note: For AM you must fit a good ground as well as an antenna.
In the UK use a female Belling-Lee (VCR) connector.
The tuner can be used with most proprietary indoor AM, FM, or
Although the FM tuner is very sensitive, for best performance and
combi (AM/FM) antennae. It is possible in some cases to use a
lowest noise use a good antenna placed as high as possible and
trigger output (+12V) from the G91A to power such devices. For
oriented towards the transmitter.
more details, see the Library: Application Notes section of the
Meridian Web site at http://www.meridian-audio.com/lib_apps.htm.
Note: For all outdoor antennae we strongly recommend you use a
qualified installer who will comply with local safety regulations.
• Connect an AM antenna to the AM connector by pressing
the tabs and inserting a bare wire into each hole. The ground
connection should be connected to the socket marked GND.
The product is supplied with an indoor loop antenna. This is
directional, and for best results you will need to orient it, and this
may be station dependent.
• Place the antenna as far away from other electrical equipment
and as high as possible.
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Installing the
DVD player
To connect DAB and FM antennae
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FM reception. For optimum reception we recommend using both
DAB and FM antennae with an appropriate combiner.
For DAB-only listening the supplied DAB antenna may be sufficient.
However, in many areas an external or loft mounted DAB antenna
will be needed to receive all the available stations. This should
either be a dipole aerial or a four-element aerial.
Consult a professional aerial installer for information about the
recommended type to use in your area.
In the UK aerials should be mounted with all elements vertical as
the DAB transmissions are vertically polarised.
The DAB antenna should be connected to the antenna input using
high-quality 50Ω cable.
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Installing the
DVD player
27
Resetting the
DVD player
Resetting the DVD player
This chapter explains how to reset the DVD player using the front-panel controls.
Resetting the product
• Press Reset.
The DVD player provides several alternative standard settings,
The display shows:
called Types, which configure all aspects of the product into the
most commonly needed configurations.
Reset Player
Choosing one of the Types overrides any other configuration you
Exit
Yes
may have performed, and so can be used to reset the configuration
• Press Yes to reset the DVD player settings.
of the unit.
The display shows the current Type:
To reset the configuration
• If necessary press On/Off to put the DVD player into standby.
Type 1
• Press More.
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The display shows:
• Press A or V to step through the available Types.
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Resetting the
DVD player
A description of each Type is shown on the top line of the display.
As you select each Type the DVD player is reset to that Type.
• Press IR to toggle between IR Auto (auto setup), IR Con
(controller), and IR N.Con (not controller).
When you have selected the Type you want:
• Press Exit or On/Off to return to standby.
• Press Exit or On/Off to return to standby.
Types
The Types configure the DVD player in the appropriate way
To toggle the IR mode
• If necessary press On/Off to put the DVD player into standby.
• Press More.
according to the other equipment you are connecting it to, and
whether it is performing video switching, as shown in the following
table:
The display shows:
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2-channel analogue amplifier.
Yes.
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2-channel DSP loudspeakers.
Yes.
11
Type 2
Surround processor not multichannel or 96kHz-capable.
Yes.
14
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Multichannel processor.
Yes.
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Multichannel processor.
In surround controller.
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Multichannel processor.
No.
14
Type 6 (G91A only)
Directly to loudspeakers in a surround system.
Yes.
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Configuring
the DVD player
Configuring the DVD player
This chapter explains how to configure the DVD player using the on-screen Setup menus.
Alternatively, for complete control over all aspects of the product’s configuration you can set
up the unit from a computer using the Meridian Configuration Program. For full information
refer to the Meridian Configuration Program Guide available separately.
Configuration
• Press Setup.
The Setup menus allow you to configure the video, audio, sources,
The displays then shows:
settings, or playback options of the DVD player.
OSD Setup
To use the on-screen Setup menus you need to have a suitable
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display connected to an appropriate output on the DVD player; see
Video connections, page 17.
The main Setup menu will be displayed on the On-Screen Display:
To display the Setup menus
• If a disc is playing press *.
• Press More until the display shows:
Return
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Menu Setup
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Configuring
the DVD player
To select an option from a menu
• Press V or A to highlight the option you want:
• Press Enter to select the option.
To return to the previous menu
• Press Return.
To exit from the Setup menus
• Press Setup.
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Configuring
Configuring the video
The Video setup menu lets you change the video settings of the
the DVD player
The Display aspect ratio menu is displayed:
DVD player.
• Highlight Video setup… in the Setup menu, and press Enter.
The Video setup menu will be displayed:
• Press V or A to specify the format of your TV, and press Enter.
Note: The pan-scan feature is not available on some discs, in
which case letterbox format will be used.
To specify your display format
To select the black level for NTSC
You should set the Display aspect option to the format that your
• Highlight Black level in the Video setup menu, and press
display can accommodate.
Select 16:9 if you have a widescreen display, an external processor
Enter.
The Black level menu is displayed:
for picture formats, or you are using the HDMI or progressive
outputs.
If you have a standard 4:3 television you also have the choice
of displaying widescreen pictures cropped to fill your television
screen (pan-scan), or with black bars above and below the picture
(letterbox).
• Highlight Display aspect in the Video setup menu, and press
Enter.
• Press V or A to highlight the appropriate option, and press
Enter.
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Configuring
the DVD player
If you are using the composite or S-video outputs of the DVD
To select the TV standard
player select the 7.5 IRE option.
DVD-Video discs are produced in both PAL and NTSC television
formats. The DVD player is capable of converting between formats,
If you are using the component outputs select the option that
to allow you to view DVD movies in either format even if your
matches your display.
television is not capable of displaying that format. However the
conversion process introduces some picture degradation, and may
If you are using the DVD player to play both NTSC and PAL
disable disc menu operation on some discs.
material the recommended setting is 0 IRE.
• Highlight TV standard in the Video setup menu, and press
This setting has no effect on the HDMI output.
To select closed caption subtitles
Enter.
The TV standard menu is displayed:
Some DVD-Videos include closed caption subtitles, which provide
a description of sound effects for the hard of hearing; for example
“door creaks”.
• Highlight Closed caption in the Video setup menu, and press
Enter.
The Closed captions menu is displayed:
• Press V or A to highlight the option you want, and press Enter.
Choose Auto if your television can display both PAL and NTSC
video, or choose NTSC or PAL to match the format supported by
your television.
If your television is capable of displaying both formats the
recommended setting is Auto, which supplies the unconverted
• Press V or A to highlight On or Off, and press Enter.
video signal to the television.
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Configuring
the DVD player
To select the power up TV standard
To select the screensaver options
A separate Powerup std option lets you specify the standard to
• Highlight Screensaver… in the Video setup menu, and press
be selected when you bring the DVD player out of standby:
• Highlight Powerup std in the Video setup menu, and press
Enter.
The Screensaver options menu is displayed:
Enter.
The Power up TV Standard menu is displayed:
These options allow you to ensure that a static image does not
remain on the display, thus avoiding damage to certain types of
display.
• Press V or A to highlight the option you want, and press Enter.
The Stop timeout automatically fades the screen to black if
the DVD player is left in stop mode and no key is pressed for the
specified time.
The Pause timeout automatically switches the DVD player from
pause into stop mode if no key is pressed for the specified time.
• Highlight Stop timeout or Pause timeout in the Screensaver
options menu, and press Enter.
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Configuring
the DVD player
The appropriate menu is displayed:
To set the scaler options
These specify how the interlaced video signal from the DVD should
be upconverted to the HDMI and component outputs.
• Highlight Scaler setup… in the Video setup menu, and press
Enter.
The Scaler setup menu is displayed:
• Press V or A to select the timeout delay, and press Enter.
You can also adjust the intensity of the logo screen, which is
displayed as a background image when no video disc is playing
and the DVD player is not in screensaver mode.
• Highlight Logo screen in the Screensaver options menu, and
press Enter.
• Press A or V to highlight the setting you want to change, and
press Enter.
The Logo screen intensity menu allows you to select between
High, Low or Off:
The Scaler mode options are explained in the following table:
Scaler mode
Deinterlace
Description
Converts 480i (NTSC) to 480p and 576i (PAL)
to 576p.
720p
Upconverts to High Definition standard 720p
progressive video.
1080i
Upconverts to High Definition standard 1080i
interlaced video.
1080p
Auto
Upconverts to 1080p progressive video.
Automatically selects the best resolution for the
display device connected to the HDMI connector.
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The Gamma correction affects the grey scale, and can be set
To set the HDMI options
to 1.0, 0.8, 0.9, or 1.1. If the picture has poor detail in the dark
• Highlight HDMI options… in the Video setup menu, and
areas choose a Gamma correction below 1.0. If the picture
press Enter.
has poor detail in the light areas choose a Gamma correction
greater than 1.0.
The HDMI setup menu is displayed:
The Sharpness can be set to Off, Low, Medium, or High. It
adds edge detail, but can cause picture artefacts.
Gamma correction and Sharpness only affect the analogue
outputs.
Display aspect allows you to perform aspect ratio conversion on
the scaled outputs; ie progressive analogue or HDMI. Set Display
aspect to the shape of your screen, or Native to disable aspect
ratio conversion.
Component output allows you to choose what is available on
the component output socket. Standard Definition gives an SD
• Press A or V to highlight the setting you want to change, and
press Enter.
• Set HDMI switch to On if using an HDMAX 421 switcher on
the HDMI output, or Off otherwise.
interlaced component signal. Scaled gives a deinterlaced signal;
for this option the Scaler mode should be set to Deinterlace.
The Colour space can be set to RGB or YCrCb.
Information… provides information about the capabilities (the
EDID) of the connected HDMI display device.
The Audio source option only appears on the G91A and allows
you to specify the source of the audio on the HDMI connector.
Preamp takes it from the DVD player preamplifier output, and
Transport takes it direct from the DVD audio.
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Configuring the audio
The Audio setup menu lets you select the audio settings of the
• Highlight Application in the Audio setup menu, and press
Enter.
DVD player.
• Highlight Audio setup… in the Setup menu, and press Enter.
The Application menu is displayed. The options are different for
the G91A and G98.
The Audio setup menu will be displayed:
To specify the application for the G98
On the G98 the Application menu provides five options:
The Speakers… option only appears on the G91A.
DVD player application
These are explained in the following table:
The options on the Application menu allow you to configure
the audio outputs for optimum performance, depending on the
capabilities of the equipment you are connecting to. For more
information about the applications see Applications, page 11.
Select this option
For this application
Aux
To connect the DVD player to a pair of DSP loudspeakers or a digital surround controller via the AUX DIGITAL
output.
Main 2Ch
To connect the DVD player to a pair of DSP loudspeakers or a digital surround controller via the L/R MAIN DIGITAL
output.
Main MCh
To connect the DVD player to the multichannel inputs of a Meridian digital surround controller via the L/R,
C/LFE, and SURR MAIN DIGITAL outputs.
HDMI 2Ch
To connect the DVD player to a 2-channel HDMI receiver.
HDMI MCh
To connect the DVD player to a multichannel HDMI receiver.
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To specify the application for the G91A
On the G91A the Application menu provides eight options:
These are explained in the following table:
Select this option
For this application
Surround (Type 6)
To use the DVD player as a surround controller, connected directly to a surround system consisting of DSP
loudspeakers, analogue active loudspeakers, or passive loudspeakers with power amplifiers.
Analogue 2Ch (Type 0)
To use the DVD player as a 2-channel preamplifier, connected via the main LEFT and RIGHT ANALOGUE
outputs to analogue active loudspeakers, or passive loudspeakers with power amplifiers.
Analogue MCh
To provide a fixed level multichannel analogue output for connection to a surround controller with a
multichannel analogue input.
Digital 2Ch (Type 1)
To use the DVD player as a preamplifier, connected via the L/R MAIN DIGITAL output to a pair of DSP
loudspeakers or a digital surround controller.
Digital MCh (Type 3/4/5)
To connect the DVD player to the multichannel inputs of a Meridian digital surround controller via the L/R,
C/LFE, and SURR MAIN DIGITAL outputs.
HDMI 2Ch
To use the DVD player as a preamplifier, connected to a 2-channel HDMI receiver.
HDMI MCh
To connect the DVD player to a multichannel HDMI receiver.
Aux
To use the DVD player as a preamplifier, connected via the AUX DIGITAL output to a pair of DSP
loudspeakers or a digital surround controller.
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Dolby Digital compression
Auxiliary output settings
To specify Dolby Digital compression
To specify the auxiliary output settings
This option is useful for reducing the dynamic range of Dolby
• Highlight Aux out… in the Audio setup menu, and press
Digital soundtracks, such as when watching a film late at night.
It is only available on the decoded output.
Enter.
The Aux out menu will be displayed:
• Highlight DD compression in the Audio setup menu, and
press Enter.
The following menu is displayed:
To specify the maximum sampling rate for the auxiliary
output
This option allows you to specify the maximum sampling rate that
the equipment connected to the auxiliary digital output can accept.
• Press V or A to select the option you want, and press Enter.
Choose Compress off for no Dolby Digital audio compression,
Loud cut to reduce the level of loud passages, Quiet boost to
increase the level of quiet passages, or Compress max for both
low boost and high cut.
• Highlight Max rate in the Aux out menu, and press Enter.
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The following menu is displayed:
• Press V or A to choose between 48kHz and 96kHz, and press
Enter.
When playing audio at higher rates it will be downsampled to the
rate you have specified.
To select Meridian High Resolution on the auxiliary output
Meridian High Resolution is a proprietary format using encryption
and anti-copy methods that allows secure transfer of audio
streams between elements of a Meridian-only system for the
purpose of playback only. It provides a secure copyright protection
environment and has the very important benefit of lowering jitter
and improving sound quality on all material.
• Highlight MHR in the Aux out menu, and press Enter.
The following menu is displayed:
• Press V or A to select Yes or No, and press Enter.
If you are connecting the Aux output to a Meridian product that is
MHR compliant, such as DSP loudspeakers, select Yes; otherwise
select No.
To select internal decoding on the auxiliary output
• Highlight Internal decode on the Aux out menu, and press
Enter.
The following menu is displayed:
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• Choose No if you are connecting the AUX output to a Meridian
The following menu is displayed:
digital surround controller.
Multichannel output settings
To specify the multichannel output settings
• Highlight Multichannel out… in the Audio setup menu, and
press Enter.
The Multichannel out menu will be displayed:
• Press V or A to choose between 48kHz and 96kHz, and press
Enter.
Choose the appropriate rate for the product your DVD player is
connected to.
When playing audio at higher rates it will be downsampled to
the rate you specified. In the G91A audio at lower rates will be
upsampled to the rate you specified.
To specify the maximum sampling rate
This option allows you to specify the maximum sampling rate that
To select Meridian High Resolution on the multichannel
the equipment connected to the main outputs can accept.
output
• Highlight MHR in the Multichannel out menu, and press
• Highlight Max rate in the Multichannel out menu, and press
Enter.
Enter.
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The following menu is displayed:
• Choose Yes if you are connecting the multichannel outputs to a
Meridian digital surround controller.
Note that in surround mode the multichannel outputs will always
decode the bitstream, regardless of this setting.
HDMI output settings
To specify the HDMI output settings
• Highlight HDMI out… in the Audio setup menu, and press
Enter.
• Press V or A to select Yes or No, and press Enter.
The HDMI out… menu will be displayed:
If you are connecting the multichannel output to a Meridian
product that is MHR compliant, such as the G68, select Yes to take
advantage of MHR; otherwise select No.
To select internal decoding for the multichannel output
• Highlight Internal decode in the Multichannel out menu,
and press Enter.
The following menu is displayed:
• Set Internal decode to No if you are connecting the HDMI
output to a bitstream-capable HDMI receiver.
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the DVD player
The Speakers menu will be displayed:
Speakers (G91A only)
To configure speakers
If you are using the G91A in a surround application, directly
connected to up to six DSP loudspeakers, or power amplifiers
and analogue loudspeakers, the Speakers menu allows you to
configure the speaker layout and enter calibration settings.
• Highlight Speakers… in the Audio setup menu, and press
Enter.
The options are summarised in the following table:
Option
Values
Description
Left/Right
L DSP, S DSP, L An, S An
Whether the main left and right loudspeakers should handle the bass (Large),
and their type.
Centre
Off, L DSP, S DSP, L An, S An
Whether there is a centre loudspeaker, and its bass handling and type.
Subwoofer
Off, Dig, An
Whether there is a subwoofer, and its type.
Surround
Off, L DSP, S DSP, L An, S An
Whether there are rear surround speakers, and their bass handling and type.
Calibration…
See opposite.
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Configuring
the DVD player
To calibrate the speaker layout (G91A only)
• Highlight Calibration… in the Speakers menu, and press
Enter.
• Press V to highlight the Distance figure and press Enter to
edit it.
• Measure the distance from the listening position to the speaker
and enter the value using the V or A keys, or the MSR+ number
The Calibration menu will be displayed:
keys, and press Enter to confirm it.
• Press Return when you have entered the values for all the
speakers.
• Highlight Distance units and press Enter to change the
distance units between cm and inches.
Then for each speaker adjust the Gain and Distance as follows:
• Press V to highlight the Gain figure and press Enter to edit it.
You will hear a noise test signal from the corresponding channel.
• Press V or A to decrease or increase the gain in 0.5dB steps,
and press Enter to confirm it.
Adjust the Gain values so all the speakers sound equally loud at
the listening position.
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Configuring
the DVD player
Configuring the sources
If you are using the DVD player as the controller or video switcher
To configure a source
in your Meridian system, you can use the Source setup option on
• Press the source key on the remote corresponding to the source
the Setup menu to configure each of the sources.
• Highlight Source setup… in the Setup menu, and press Enter.
you want to configure.
The Source configuration menu shows the values of each option
defined for that source.
The Source setup menu will be displayed:
To change an option
• Highlight the corresponding option in the Source
configuration menu and press Enter, select the value you want
to use, and press Enter to select it.
The following table explains the function of each of the options:
Option
Values
Description
Enabled
Yes, No
Whether the source appears on the list of sources.
Audio input (G91A only)
A1-A3, D1-D2, O1-O2, Disc, Tuner
The audio input used for the source; analogue, digital, optical, and
internal.
Sensitivity (G91A only)
2.5V, 2.0V, 1.0V, 0.7V
Allows you to set the sensitivity of the analogue inputs.
Video input
V1-V2, S1-S3, Y1, Bypass, Disc
Video input used for the source.
Video lock
Normal, Poor
Improves locking for poor video sources
Trigger
High, Low
Trigger output for the source.
HDMI switch
1 to 4
Available if HDMI switch is set to On in the HDMI setup menu.
Allows the G91A to control the input on the HDMAX 421.
Comms cat/add
-C, 1C-9C, NC/1A-8A
Allows you to set the Comms category and address.
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Configuring
the DVD player
To assign an audio input to the source (G91A only)
To assign a video input to the source
• Highlight Audio input in the Source configuration menu, and
• Highlight Video input in the Source configuration menu, and
press Enter.
The Select audio input menu will be displayed:
• Highlight the Analogue, Digital, Optical, or Internal input
you want to use for the source, and press Enter to select it.
Disc corresponds to the internal DVD player and Tuner
corresponds to the internal FM/AM tuner module.
press Enter.
The Select video input menu will be displayed:
• Highlight the video input you want to use for the source, and
press Enter to select it.
Select Bypass to route the component input directly to the
component output, for sources such as satellite receivers and cable
boxes that generate HD signals.
Disc corresponds to the internal DVD player.
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Configuring
the DVD player
Configuring settings
The Meridian setup menu allows you to configure settings that
The product settings are generally set to an appropriate value when
affect the operation of the DVD player.
you reset the DVD player to the standard settings, and you should
not normally need to alter them.
To configure settings
• Highlight Meridian setup… in the Setup menu, and press
Enter.
The options are summarised in the following table for advanced
use:
The Meridian setup menu will be displayed:
Option
Values
Description
System address
1-8
Advanced setting.
Product address
1-8
Advanced setting.
Controller
Yes, No, Auto
Whether the product is the infra-red controller for the system.
Start source
Source
Specifies which source is selected when switching on from standby.
Volume
Main, Secondary, None
Specifies whether the DVD player controls the main volume, volume in a two-
Vol display
No, Yes
Specifies whether the DVD player displays the volume for the system.
Advanced OSD
Off, On
Shows playback statistics in the OSD bar.
Tuner Region (G91A AM/FM
Europe, America, Japan
Band selection (MW/LW or AM) and the tuner deemphasis standard. Set to
Off, On
Sets a 30s timeout for the front-panel display to return to Home.
room system, or has independent volume control.
only)
Timeout To Home
Europe for other countries.
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Configuring
playback
options
Configuring playback options
DVD-Video discs are capable of providing a wide range of options and special features.
This chapter explains how to use the options on the Setup menu to configure the playback
options of the G Series DVD player.
Setting playback options
To select the default soundtrack language
To display the playback options
English is usually the default soundtrack language, but you can use
• Highlight Playback options… in the Setup menu, and press
the Audio language menu to set a different default language if
Enter.
The Playback options menu lets you change the default
language for the audio soundtrack, subtitles, and on-screen menus,
and the parental rating:
Most DVD-Video discs include a selection of soundtrack languages.
you prefer.
• Highlight Audio in the Playback options menu, and press
Enter.
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options
The Audio language menu is displayed:
The Subtitle language menu is displayed:
• Press <, >, A, or V to highlight the default soundtrack
• Press <, >, A, or V to highlight the language you want to use,
language you want to use, or select Original to choose the
and press Enter.
original soundtrack language, and press Enter.
Alternatively, select Auto to automatically display subtitles in the
To set the default subtitle language
specified audio language if no soundtrack is available for that
DVD-Video discs can include subtitles in up to 32 different
language.
languages.
To select the disc menu language
The DVD player allows you to select whether subtitles are displayed
The DVD player allows you to choose the language for the disc
by default, and specify the preferred language if it is available on
menus.
the disc.
• Highlight Menu in the Playback options menu and press
• Highlight Subtitles in the Playback options menu, and press
Enter.
Enter.
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playback
options
The Menu language menu is displayed:
• Enter your four-digit password and press Enter.
Initially the password is set to 7890, but you can change it to any
password you choose as described in To change the password,
page 50.
The following screen then allows you to set the rating level:
• Use <, >, A, or V to highlight the language you want to use,
and press Enter.
To set the parental lock
Some DVD-Video discs are provided with a parental lock function
to allow you to lock out playback of scenes whose content exceeds
a specified rating until a password is entered.
• Press A or V to highlight the rating level you want to set, or
highlight Off to turn the parental lock off, and press Enter to
• Highlight Rating in the Playback options menu and press
select it.
Enter.
Level 1 corresponds to general viewing, level 3 is equivalent to the
The Enter password screen is displayed:
USA movie rating PG, and level 8 corresponds to adult viewing.
The rating level you have set will be displayed in the Playback
options menu.
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playback
options
To change the password
• Highlight Change password on the Set rating level screen
and press Enter to select it.
The following screen allows you to specify the new password:
• Enter the four-digit password you want to use and press Enter
to select it. The password cannot start with a zero.
Take care not to forget your password, or you will need to contact
your Meridian dealer to reset it for you.
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Configuring
playback
Region codes
options
For commercial reasons many DVDs are encoded with one or more
The different parts of the world are divided into regions 1 to 6 as
region codes to identify the countries in which they can be used.
shown in the following diagram:
Every DVD player is assigned a region code to determine which
discs it can play.
1 – USA, Canada
5
2 – Europe, Near East, South Africa, Japan
1
3 – South East Asia
2
6
2
4 – Australia, Central & South America
5 – Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe
6 – People’s Republic of China
3
5
4
2
4
If you try to play a disc which is assigned to the incorrect region
The Information screen shows the region code, and other
code then either a special screen or the warning WRONG
information which depends on the product version:
REGION CODE will be displayed.
To change your DVD player’s region code please contact your
dealer.
To check your DVD player region code
• Highlight Information… in the Setup menu, and press Enter
to select it.
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Configuring
playback
options
Video controls
The G Series DVD players include several video controls to allow
The following table shows the full list of video controls:
you to adjust the video image. The video controls are available for
video sources, and the picture position controls are also available
Display
Description
for the internal DVD.
Video
Allows DVD-A discs to be navigated without using
the picture.
Note: The menus do not appear unless you have a locked video
Film
Film mode detection setting†.
input.
Black*
Black level.
Contrast*
Picture contrast.
Colour*
Picture colour.
Hue*
Picture hue (NTSC inputs only).
To display the video controls
Either:
• Press More until Video is displayed.
* Only for external video sources.
• Press Video.
† Normally turned on. Should only be turned off if advised by
technical support. 30fps setting may be useful for some older NTSC
Or:
film material.
• Press the red key on the MSR+.
To change the image aspect ratio
If you have reprogrammed the MSR+ you may need to press
With correctly authored DVDs the DVD player will automatically
Function DVD first.
select the correct scaling. For external inputs or incorrectly authored
DVDs you can specify the aspect ratio of the image by pressing
The display shows the first video control, Video on/off:
the green key on the MSR+, which cycles through the following
options:
6IDEOON
Option
Description
4x3
Typical VHS and broadcast TV.
• Press A or V to switch the video between on and off.
14x9LB
4x3 picture with black bars top and bottom enclosing a
• Press Video or the red key on the MSR+ to show the next video
16x9LB
6IDEO st
uv wxy z{|
14x9 image. Typically BBC broadcasts in the UK.
4x3 picture with black bars top and bottom enclosing a
16x9 image. Typically for films on Laserdisc.
control.
16x9
16x9 picture filling the image. Often called anamorphic.
Typically for external DVD inputs.
Native
Aspect ratio conversion disabled. Image fills display as is.
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Troubleshooting
We expect you to achieve superb results with the DVD player. If, however, you encounter any
problems, either when installing and configuring it, or during operation, please check the
following pages for suggested solutions.
If these suggestions fail to cure the problem, please contact your Meridian dealer for further
assistance.
General operating problems
The DVD player will not play a particular disc
Although we have made every effort to ensure complete
compatibility with all supported disc types, it is impossible to check
the correct operation of every function of the G Series DVD players
No lights are displayed when switching on
• Check that the AC power supply is connected correctly.
• Check that the ON OFF switch on the back panel is in the ON
position.
• Press Display to check that the display is not blank.
with every available disc; furthermore, some discs currently on sale
do not conform to the agreed format specifications. We cannot
A question-mark symbol is displayed on the on-screen
therefore accept any responsibility for discs that will not play
display
correctly, even if they play correctly on other brands of player.
This indicates that the function you have selected is not currently
available on the disc you are playing.
• The disc may be scratched or faulty. Examine it for damage, and
try playing it on another product.
• There are several Web sites that give details of discs with known
playback problems. Please check these to see if your disc is listed.
The on-screen display shows WRONG REGION CODE
This indicates that you are attempting to play a DVD-Video disc
encoded for a region that is not supported by your DVD player.
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The DVD player unexpectedly switches from pause to
• Ensure that the receiver uses well-screened antenna cable.
stop, or fades the screen to black
• Relocate the receiver with respect to the DVD player.
This is caused by the pause or stop timeouts.
The pause timeout automatically switches the DVD player from
• Connect the receiver and this product to different AC outlets.
pause into stop mode if no key has been pressed for the specified
Audio problems
time.
There is no sound when playing a disc
• Check that your preamplifier is switched on, and the volume is at
The stop timeout automatically fades the screen to black if the DVD
player is left in stop mode and no key has been pressed for the
specified time.
an appropriate level.
• Check that the DVD player is connected correctly to the other
components of your system; see Installing the DVD player, page
7.
The on-screen display shows PLEASE CHECK DISC when
attempting to play a disc
• Check that the disc is positioned correctly in the tray.
• If it is a single-sided disc check that the label is uppermost.
• Check that the disc is clean and free of debris.
• Try playing another disc. If this disc works, check the problem disc
for signs of dirt or damage.
There is interference on the radio and/or television when
the DVD player is switched on
Before following the steps below, ensure all units are switched off.
If this equipment does cause or suffer from interference to/from
radio or television reception then the following measures should
be tried:
• Reorient the receiving aerial (or antenna) or route the antenna
cable of the receiver as far as possible from the DVD player and
its cabling.
• Check that the correct source has been selected on your
preamplifier.
• Try playing another disc. If this disc works, check the problem disc
for signs of dirt or damage.
• Check that the correct option has been selected in the
Application menu; see DVD player application, page 36.
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Video problems
FM tuner problems
There is no picture
FM tuner reception is poor
The G Series DVD players include video switching, so each source
To obtain high-quality stereo reception on FM a good aerial is
can be associated with a video input or the internal DVD.
essential. Try positioning the aerial at different points in a room;
generally performance is best high up and near a window.
• Select the DVD source.
In some areas an external fixed aerial will be necessary. This can be
To associate the internal DVD with another source see Configuring
placed in a loft or mounted externally.
the sources, page 44.
RDS station names are not being received
Problems with high definition television sets
Not all stations transmit the station name in all areas, and RDS will
Not all high definition television sets are fully compatible with this
only be received if the signal strength is good.
product and may cause artefacts to be displayed in the picture. In
case of problems switch to the standard definition output.
If the station name is not available you can define a preset station
with a name; see the G Series System Guide.
The video picture is monochrome
Check your video cabling.
Problems with fixed-matrix displays or DLP projectors
If you have a fixed-matrix display like a DLP projector, an LCD
display or a plasma, use 720p for best results.
Picture whites appear green or picture is bright pink
Ensure that the HDMI colour space setting agrees with the display’s
HDMI colour space setting.
I get the logo screen but I cannot watch discs on my DVI
display
Your display device must support the HDCP encryption standard in
order to display copy-protected DVD content.
AM tuner problems
AM tuner reception is poor
Position the antenna to maximise the strength of the station you
want to receive and to reduce interference from other stations on
nearby frequencies.
Position the antenna away from items that generate electrical
interference, such as fluorescent tubes or televisions.
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DAB tuner problems
Creating MP3 discs
The display shows “No signal”
MP3 discs can be created from a computer using appropriate MP3
This indicates that the tuner cannot locate a signal for the selected
encoding software and a CD-ROM writer.
service.
Generate the MP3 files with a data rate of at least 128kbits per
• Check that the antenna is connected correctly and reselect a
service.
You may need to use a better aerial.
second. Group the tracks into folders to create separate albums on
the disc. Do not create folders within the folders.
Tracks and albums are played in the order in which they are
recorded onto the CD-ROM. Usually this will be in alphabetical
This may also indicate that a stored ensemble is no longer
order of filename. To determine the playing order prefix the track
available, either because the tuner has been moved to a different
and album names with 01, 02, 03 etc, and sort the list into
area of the country, or because the transmission has ended.
alphabetical order before making the CD-ROM.
• Perform a scan to rebuild the list of services.
If artist and album names are stored in each file’s ID3 tags, these
can be displayed on the DVD player’s front-panel display.
The display shows “Weak signal”
This indicates that the reception is poor.
• Try moving the aerial to improve reception, or fit a better aerial.
The display shows “No Services”
This indicates that a list of available services has not been built.
• Perform a scan to build a list of available services.
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Maintenance
Cleaning
To clean the case, display panel, and keypad
• Disconnect the power cord before cleaning the unit.
The exterior surfaces of Meridian G Series products are made from
solid anodised aluminium, powder coated steel, thermoplastic
rubber, and glass.
They are designed to be easily wiped clean with a dry, lint free
cloth. Greasy marks should be removed by light rubbing with a
slightly damp cloth and a trace of proprietary glass cleaner. Do
not use any other solvent or abrasive based cleaners. Dust can be
removed from the disc drive tray with a small dry brush when the
drawer is open.
Ensure that no liquid enters the casework and that the product is
completely dry before re-connection.
To clean the audio and video connections
The audio and video sockets on the back of the product are gold
plated and do not need to be cleaned if gold-plated phono plugs
are used. Otherwise, it is recommended that you unplug and
reconnect the plugs at least once a year. A proprietary contact
cleaner can be used to some advantage.
The electrical digital output should be treated in a similar way.
Tr o u b l e s h o o t i n g
To change the mains fuse
• Remove the mains connector, and pull out the drawer above the
power input to access the fuse.
Before replacing a blown fuse, it is best to ascertain the cause of
the failure.
The fuse drawer includes a spare fuse. This should be replaced by a
fuse of the same rating.
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Service and guarantee
Service
Guarantee
The Meridian G Series of hi-fi components has been carefully
The product is guaranteed against defects in material and
designed to give years of untroubled service. There are no user-
workmanship for two years from the date of purchase.
serviceable parts inside the case, nor do the units require any form
of maintenance.
The guarantee is void if the product has been subject to misuse,
accident, or negligence, or has been tampered with or modified
In the unlikely event that your product fails to function correctly,
in any way without the written authorisation of Meridian Audio
it should be returned, in its original packaging, to your Meridian
Limited. Note: Connecting anything other than the correct network
dealer.
lead to the COMMS sockets may cause damage to the product
which will not be covered by this guarantee. Attempted servicing
In case of difficulty within the UK or USA please contact the
by unauthorised people may also invalidate this guarantee. Labour
appropriate sales and service address shown on page iv.
and carriage charges are not covered unless by local agreement.
In case of difficulty outside the UK or USA, contact the importing
Outside the UK, local warranty liability is restricted to equipment
agent for the territory. A list of Meridian agents outside the UK is
purchased within the territory. Our agents outside the UK are only
available from Meridian Audio.
under contractual obligation to service under-guarantee equipment
sold through them. They are entitled to make a non-refundable
No responsibility can be accepted for the product whilst in transit
charge for any service carried out on other equipment.
to the factory or an agent, and customers are therefore advised to
insure the unit. When seeking service under guarantee, proof of the
This guarantee does not limit your statutory rights within the
date of purchase will be required.
country of purchase.
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Index
A
connections
accessories 7
cleaning 57
AM antenna 7, 24
communications 22
AM reception 24, 55
preamplifier 10
analogue outputs 9
tuner (G91A only) 10
antennae, connecting 24, 25
video 17
Application menu 36
contrast, changing 52
aspect ratio, changing 52
controller, setting 23
audio connections
analogue outputs 9
D
digital outputs 8
DAB antenna 7, 25
Audio setup menu 36
DAB reception 25, 56
automatic setup 23
default soundtrack language, selecting 47
auxiliary output
default subtitle language, setting 48
internal decoding, selecting 39
digital outputs 8
Meridian High Resolution, selecting 39
disc menu language, selecting 48
settings 38
display format, specifying 31
Dolby Digital compression, specifying 38
B
black level, changing 52
F
black level (NTSC), selecting 31
FM antenna 7, 24, 25
FM reception 25, 55
C
cleaning 57
G
closed caption subtitles, selecting 32
G91A 1, 2
colour, changing 52
audio connections 8
COMMS, connecting 23
audio input, assigning 45
component video, connecting 18
communications connections 22
composite video, connecting 19
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G91A (continued)
M
preamplifier connections 10
mains fuse, changing 57
speakers, configuring 42
maximum sampling rate 40
speaker layout, calibrating 43
auxiliary output 38
specifications 6
multichannel output 40
surround system 15
menu navigation 30
tuner connections 10
Meridian DSP loudspeakers, connecting to 11
video connections 17
Meridian High Resolution, selecting
G98AH 1, 2
auxiliary output 39
audio connections 9
multichannel output 40
communications connections 22
Meridian setup menu 46
specifications 6
MP3 discs 56
video connections 17
multichannel output
G98DH 1, 2
internal decoding, selecting 41
audio connections 8
maximum sampling rate, selecting 40
communications connections 22
Meridian High Resolution, selecting 40
specifications 6
settings 40
video connections 17
guarantee 58
G Series Digital Surround Controller, connecting 20
P
video switching in the DVD player 20
parental lock, setting 49
video switching in the G68 21
password, changing 50
Playback options menu 47
H
preamplifier connections 10
product, resetting 27
HDMI
connecting to a monitor 19
options 35
R
HDMI out... 41
region codes 51
HDMI receiver, connecting to 36, 37
resetting the configuration 27
HDMI switch 35
hue, changing 52
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S
T
S-video, connecting 18
troubleshooting 53
safety warnings ii
tuner connections 10
scaler options 34
TV standard
screensaver options 33
power up 33
Setup menu 47
displaying 29
sources
selecting 32
two-channel analogue, connecting to 12
Types 27, 28
audio inputs, assigning 45
configuring 44
video inputs, assigning 45
Source setup menu 44
speakers, configuring (G91A only) 42
speaker layout, calibrating (G91A only) 43
specifications 6
surround processor, connecting to 13, 14
surround system
calibrating 43
configuring 42
creating 15
V
video connections 17
video controls 52
Video setup menu 31
volume setting 46
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