Meridian G61 Installation guide
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G61 Digital Surround Controller
Installation Guide
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Preface
Important safety instructions
• Read the instructions.
• Keep these instructions.
• Follow all instructions.
To avoid overheating
• Leave at least 10cm around the equipment to ensure sufficient
ventilation.
• 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.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPARATUS TO RAIN OR MOISTURE
This apparatus has been designed with Class 1 construction and
must be connected to a mains socket outlet with a protective
earthing connection (the third grounding pin).
Safety warnings
• Do not expose the product to dripping or splashing.
• 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.
To avoid interference
Do not position the product:
• In direct sunlight.
• Near heat sources, such as a radiator.
• Directly on top of heat producing equipment, such as a power
amplifier.
• On a soft surface, such as a carpet, which would obstruct the
ventilation holes in the base.
The product normally runs warm to the touch.
Radio interference
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 typetested 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.
Do not position the product:
• Near strong magnetic radiation, such as near a power amplifier.
EEC: This product has been designed and type-tested to comply
• Near to a television, or where connecting cables may be subject
with the limits set out in EN55013 and EN55020.
to or cause interference.
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Contents
Contents
Introduction
1
DSP presets
Provides information about the digital surround controller,
Gives details of the DSP presets and their parameters, and
and technical specifications.
describes how to modify them.
Specifications
3
33
DSP presets
33
Defining your own presets
43
Installing the digital surround controller 5
Troubleshooting
Describes how to install the digital surround controller and
connect it to the other equipment in the system.
45
Provides suggested solutions to problems while installing,
Unpacking
5
configuring, or operating the product.
Audio inputs
6
Maintenance
49
Audio outputs
9
Service and guarantee
50
Communications connections
13
Index
Configuring the digital surround
controller
15
Explains how to configure the digital surround controller
using the front-panel controls.
Configuration Wizard
15
Stage 1: Resetting the product
16
Stage 2: Configuring speakers
18
Stage 3: Configuring sources
20
Stage 4: Configuring other settings
22
Calibrating the system
25
Describes how to fine-tune the digital surround controller
to achieve the optimum performance from your sources and
speaker layout.
Introduction
25
Calibration tests
27
Speaker size
29
Using the Sine/Sub/Sens controls
30
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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
Austell
PE29 6YE
GA30168-7849
England
USA
Tel +44 (0)1480 445678
Tel +1 (404) 344 7111
Fax +44 (0)1480 445686
Fax +1 (404) 346 7111
World Wide Web – http://www.meridian-audio.com/
Boothroyd|Stuart Meridian, Meridian, and Meridian Digital Theatre
are registered trademarks of Meridian Audio Ltd.
Copyright © 2003-2005 Meridian Audio Ltd
This guide was produced by Human-Computer Interface Ltd,
Designed and manufactured in the UK by Meridian Audio
http://www.interface.co.uk/
Ltd. Meridian Audio reserves the right to make changes and
improvements to any of the products described in this document
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories, Lucasfilm Ltd.
without prior notice.
(US patents 5,043,970;5,189,703;5,222,059. European patent
0323830), Trifield Productions Ltd, and Nimbus Records Ltd.
Dolby, Dolby Digital, Pro Logic, AC-3, PLII, PLIIx, AAC, and the
double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing
MHR: This product incorporates copyright protection technology
Corporation. Lucasfilm, THX, and THX Cinema are registered
covered by certain patent applications and intellectual property
trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd. Surround EX is a jointly developed
of Meridian Audio Ltd. This technology is provided for the express
technology of THX and Dolby Laboratories, Inc and is a trademark
purpose of securely containing copyright audio within the
of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Used under
Meridian System only. Reverse engineering or circumvention of this
authorisation. DTS is a registered trademark of Digital Theatre
protection is strictly prohibited.
Systems Inc. MPEG is a registered trademark of the MPEG
organisation. Ambisonic is a registered trademark of Nimbus
Records Ltd. Trifield is a trademark of Trifield Productions Ltd.
LaserDisc is a trademark of Pioneer Electric Corp.
Part no: G61/1
1
Introduction
Introduction
This guide provides full information about unpacking the G61 Digital Surround Controller,
connecting it to the other equipment in the system, and configuring it using the front panel.
Once you have connected and configured the product, refer to the G Series System Guide for
information about operating it.
The G61 is a powerful, flexible surround controller, with 8
more stereo coax digital inputs. In addition, there is a six-channel
unbalanced analogue outputs and 10 digital outputs.
analogue input, and five stereo analogue inputs.
At the heart of the G61 is a powerful DSP engine consisting
Formats supported
of three Motorola 56367s running at 150MHz – delivering an
The G61 combines controller and surround processor functions,
incredible 450MIPS (million instructions per second) capability.
meeting the latest THX specifications and including MPEG, DTS,
Processing is performed at high sample rates and with 48-bit
Dolby, Trifield, and Ambisonic decoding. In many cases the decoders
precision throughout, ensuring that all filtering, processing, and
incorporate our own code, giving them superior integration with
other operations are carried out beyond the limits of human
the Meridian design philosophy, as well as superior performance.
hearing. The G61 is thus a perfect processor for the very latest in
As a result, the G61 can decode surround signals from all PCM
digital audio, such as DVD-Audio and DVD-Video.
optical discs. The G61 is thus an ideal complement to a G Series
optical disc player like the G98.
Inputs
Analogue signals are converted via a 24-bit Delta-Sigma converter
to high-sample-rate digital on input to the processor, while all
digital signals are reclocked to minimise jitter and maintain total
data integrity. All versions of the G61 include two six-channel
S/PDIF digital inputs (coax), five TOSlink optical inputs, and six
Smart Source feature
The G61’s ’Smart Source’ feature continually monitors the digital
inputs and automatically loads the correct decoding software for
the format, speaker layout, and encoding of the incoming signal.
This capability is enhanced by MHR SmartLink, which provides a
digital link between a Meridian optical disc player and processor,
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Introduction
carrying explicit information about the nature of the datastream as
well as encrypted high-resolution digital signals from DVD-Audio
– the first system of its kind to be approved. Virtually all other
manufacturers oblige you to go through an analogue connection,
losing quality in the process.
You can also store separate parameters for each source (such
as DVD) depending on whether the incoming signal is stereo or
surround, so that any source material is played with the DSP mode
of your choice.
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Specifications
Introduction
Digital coax inputs
6 coax digital inputs, 2 6-channel coax inputs, all MHR.
Digital optical inputs
5 optical digital inputs.
Analogue inputs
5 stereo unbalanced inputs; 1 6-channel unbalanced input.
Digital outputs
Unbalanced outputs
Main, Centre/Sub, Sides, Rears, A/B*.
Main L/R, Centre/Sub, Rears, LZ, RZ†.
Trigger outputs
3 12VDC/100mA trigger outputs configurable by source.
Comms
2 5-pin 240º DIN sockets, BNC socket, USB, RS232 interface.
Conversion
Up to 192kHz, 24-bit Sigma-Delta conversion on all analogue inputs and outputs.
Formats
Include Dolby Digital, DTS, MPEG Surround, and AAC.
DSP modes
Direct, Music, Trifield, Ambisonics, Super, Stereo, MusicLogic, Mono, TV Logic, PLIIx Music, PLIIx Movie, PLIIx
THX, Discrete, Cinema, PLIIx Mov6, PLIIx Mus6, THX, THX Surround EX, THX Ultra2 Cinema, THX Music.
Power
Universal supply 100-240V, 50-60Hz, 40W.
Processing
3 Motorola 56367s running at 150MHz to give a total of approximately 450MIPS. 48-bit arithmetic
throughout.
Dimensions
440mm x 90mm x 350mm (17.32" x 3.54" x 13.78") WHD.
Weight
((to be added))
Controls
Front-panel soft keys include control of Source, Preset, etc. Standby and display buttons, volume control,
mute. Full remote control of all features via MSR+.
Display
Multi-character dot-matrix Vacuum Fluorescent Display.
Indicators
Standby button lit when off.
*A/B: Subs if two or three subs are used. Optional ceiling speakers with future software update.
†LZ/RZ: May be chosen to be any pair from: Main L/R, Centre/Sub, Sides, Rears, Subs.
Note: Current software supports a maximum of eight outputs. Future software will support up to 12.
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Introduction
5
Installing the
digital surround
controller
Installing the digital surround controller
This chapter explains how to install the digital surround controller. 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
The G61 Digital Surround Controller is supplied with the following
accessories:
• MSR+ remote control with batteries, manual, and spare key caps.
• Meridian Comms lead.
• Power cord.
• This manual.
• Meridian G Series System Guide.
If any of these items are missing please contact your dealer.
Note: You should retain the packaging in case you need to
transport the unit.
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digital surround
Audio inputs
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MULTI DIGITAL INPUT 2 or D4-D6
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The digital output of a source such as a G08 24-bit Upsampling CD Player or DAB tuner.
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A multichannel analogue source such as an SACD player.
ANALOGUE INPUT A4 (TAPE), A5 (TV),
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The default assignment of the sources to each input is shown in brackets after the input name in the above table. To assign a different
input to a source see Configuring sources, page 20 .
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sockets using the Comms lead provided.
• Connect the digital source to one of the digital input sockets of
the digital surround controller, using a 75Ω screened coax phono
lead.
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• Connect the analogue source to one of the analogue input
sockets of the digital surround controller, using screened coax
phono leads.
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• Connect the MAIN DIGITAL OUT on the G98DH to the MULTI
inputs, six of which can be used as two multichannel inputs from
DIGITAL INPUT 1 on the G61, using three 75Ω screened coax
a source with a suitable digital multichannel output, such as the
phono leads.
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• Connect together the COMMS sockets using the Comms lead
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You can then select the source corresponding to the multichannel
inputs, three of which can be used as a multichannel input from a
input (AUX) for playing surround material, and the source
source with a suitable analogue multichannel output, such as an
corresponding to the digital input (DISC) to decode other formats.
SACD player.
Note: Multichannel analogue sources may have subwoofer level
• Connect the ANALOGUE OUTPUT sockets from the source to the
outputs that vary by up to 10dB, so it may be necessary to reduce
analogue multichannel inputs on the digital surround controller
the LFE level to give correct bass integration; see DSP presets, page
using six phono leads.
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• Optionally connect a digital output from the source to digital
input D8 (DISC) on the digital surround controller, using a digital
phono lead.
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The unbalanced analogue input of a power amplifier or active loudspeakers, using
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The G61 hardware architecture is designed to process up to 12
The G61 provides analogue and/or digital output sockets for these
completely independent output channels. Currently the software
eight speakers.
limits the number of outputs to a total of eight: Main L/R, Centre,
Sub, Rears, and either Sides or two more additional subwoofers.
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• Link each pair of speakers together with an S5 lead, out of
COMMS sockets on the G61 to the digital speaker you have
the first speaker and into the second speaker, as shown in the
chosen as the master (typically the centre speaker).
diagram for the main L&R.
• Use the audio part of the M5 lead to connect the digital speaker
to the appropriate digital output socket.
• Connect the inputs to the first speaker of each additional pair to
the 511 (Comms) and the appropriate output of the G61 (audio),
using an S5 lead.
If the system includes more than two Meridian DSP loudspeakers
you will need a 511 S-patch box (available separately) to link
The speakers should then be configured appropriately as master
together the S5 leads from each speaker.
and slaves, and Left, Right, Centre, Surround; see Meridian DSP
Loudspeaker User Guide for more details.
• Connect the COMMS output from the master digital speaker to
one socket on the 511 using an S5 lead.
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digital surround
controller
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• Connect the speaker outputs from the stereo power amplifier to
suitable speakers.
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phono lead.
Use RZ and LZ if you have two subwoofers.
The digital surround controller provides a very high-quality
crossover for the subwoofer, and for best results you should use
this instead of the subwoofer’s crossover. To do this remove any
crossover in the subwoofer or set it to its highest setting (eg
200Hz). The subwoofer crossover can be set from the front panel of
the G61; see Subwoofer crossover frequency, page 30.
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Communications connections
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DIN COMMS
Other Meridian G Series, 500 Series, or 800 Series equipment, or Meridian DSP loudspeakers.
BNC COMMS
Other Meridian G Series equipment or some Meridian DSP loudspeakers.
RS232 connection
A computer, for configuring the digital surround controller.
USB connection
A computer, in future applications.
IR IN
A G12 IR Receiver, or approved alternative infra-red repeater. Contact your dealer for details.
TRIG 1, TRIG 2, TRIG 3
Other equipment, via mono 3.5mm jack plug outputs (centre pin hot) providing 12VDC. They are always low
in standby. By default they are high for all sources, so can be used to bring a G56 or G57 Power Amplifier
out of standby. Alternatively you can program them to be high for specific sources; eg to control a projection
screen.
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digital surround
controller
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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 IR
Controller; see Configuring other settings, page 22. Either all
Each unit will display:
products should be set to Auto, or one should be configured as
Controller and the others as Not Controller.
Auto
Note: Do not, under any circumstances, connect any equipment
other than Meridian G Series, 500 Series, or 800 Series to any
One unit will then be designated as the controller, and display:
Con.
socket marked COMMS on the back of the product.
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Configuring the
digital surround
controller
Configuring the digital surround controller
This chapter explains how to configure the digital surround controller using the Configuration Wizard.
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 Wizard
The displays then shows:
The Configuration Wizard leads you through the correct
sequence to configure your digital surround controller. Alternatively,
Version
Wizard Calib Lock
you can skip between the configuration stages, which allow you to
reset the configuration, or configure the sources or other settings
of the digital surround controller.
• Press Wizard.
Follow the sequence of configuration stages described in the
To run the Configuration Wizard
• If necessary press On/Off to put the digital surround controller
into standby.
following pages, pressing Next to proceed after each stage.
At any stage in the Configuration Wizard the following options are
• Press More.
available:
If the product is locked the display shows:
To do this
Press
Go back to an earlier configuration option
Back
Return to the title screen for the stage
Home
Exit from the configuration menus
On/Off
Display help about the current option
More
Version
Unlock
• Press Unlock to unlock it, then press More.
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Configuring the
digital surround
controller
Stage 1: Resetting the product
The digital surround controller provides several alternative standard
• Press A or V to step through the available Types.
settings, called Types, which configure all aspects of the product
into the most commonly needed configurations.
A description of the speakers for each type is shown on the top
line of the display. As you select each Type the digital surround
Choosing one of the Types overrides any other configuration you
controller is reset to that Type.
may have performed, and so can be used to reset the configuration
of the unit.
When you have selected the Type you want:
To reset the configuration
Either:
• Press Wizard.
• Press Next to proceed to configuring speakers, as described in
the next section.
The display shows the title screen for stage 1:
Or:
Press More for help
1: Reset settings
Back
Enter
Skip
• Press Enter to proceed or Skip to go stage 2.
If you pressed Enter the display shows:
Reset all settings?
Back
Yes
• Press Yes to proceed or Back to exit.
The display shows the current Type:
7.1, All An, Mono/THX Sub
Type 1
Back
Next
óòô
öõú
• Press On/Off to return to standby.
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Types
The following table lists the available Types:
Type
Speakers
Music Sub
Logic Sub
5.1 Movie Sub
0
All analogue.
LFE
Centre
LFE
1
All analogue.
Mono
Mono
Mono
2
All digital.
LFE
Centre
LFE
3
All digital, large centre.
None
None
None
4
Digital left, right, and centre.
LFE
Centre
LFE
5
Digital left and right.
LFE
Centre
LFE
Music Sub refers to a subwoofer used for all Music DSP presets, Logic Sub to a subwoofer used for all Logic DSP presets, and 5.1 Movie
Sub to a subwoofer used for all 5.1 Movie DSP presets; see Speaker layouts, page 33.
LFE subwoofer is only active in multichannel presets. Mono and Centre Subwoofers are active in all presets.
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controller
Stage 2: Configuring speakers
The Speakers configuration stage allows you to set up the digital
The options are summarised in the table on the next page.
surround controller for the particular arrangement of loudspeakers
To change an option
in your system.
• Press A or V to step between the alternative values for the
option.
To configure the speakers
Either:
• Press Next after resetting the product; see page 16.
When you have stepped through all the speaker options the display
shows:
Or:
Speaker choice finished.
• Press Wizard; see page 15.
Back
• Press Skip to skip past the Reset settings menu.
Next
Either:
The display shows the title screen for stage 2:
• Press Next on the last option of the last speaker to proceed to
Press More for help
configuring sources, as described in the next section.
2: Select speakers
Back
Enter
Skip
Or:
• Press Enter to proceed or Skip to go to stage 3.
The display shows the first speaker configuration option:
• Press On/Off to return to standby.
If you press On/Off before completing the configuration a warning
is displayed, giving you the option of continuing or abandoning the
Number of Subwoofers:
one
Back
Next
óòô
öõú
• Press Next or Back to step between options.
A description of each option is shown on the top line of the
display, and its current value is shown below this to the right.
configuration.
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controller
Speaker options
The following table summarises the speaker options:
Option
Values
Description
Number of Subwoofers:
none, one, two, three
How many subwoofers.
The main L&R speakers are:
small analogue/THX, small DSP, large
The types of the main left and right speakers. If you have no
analogue, large DSP
subwoofers, you cannot specify small main speakers.
The Centre is used:
always, never, for music, for movies
When the centre speaker is to be used.
The Centre speaker is a:
small analogue/THX, small DSP, large
The type of the centre speaker.*
analogue, large DSP
Number of Surrounds:
none, two, four
The number of rear or side surround speakers.
The Side speakers are:
small analogue/THX, small DSP, large
The types of the side speakers.*
The Rear speakers are:
small analogue/THX, small DSP, large
analogue, large DSP
The types of the rear speakers.*
analogue, large DSP
The Subs are used:
for movies only, always
When the subwoofers are used. If you have small main speakers,
the subwoofer must always be used.
The Sub handles:
all the bass, only the LFE
Whether to use the subwoofer for all bass or just the LFE channel.
Only available if there is only one subwoofer.
The bass balance is:
neutral, heavy
Whether the bass is distributed to all the large speakers and
subwoofer (heavy) or just the subwoofer (neutral – recommended).
Only available if there is only one subwoofer, and it handles all the
bass not just the LFE.
The 2 Subs are used for:
Left and Right, Front and Surround
If there are two subwoofers, their position. Only available if there
are two subwoofers.
The sub is:
analogue, digital
The type of subwoofer.
*If you have small main speakers, you cannot specify large centre or surrounds.
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controller
Stage 3: Configuring sources
The digital surround controller provides up to 12 sources
The display shows the first source and the first configuration option
corresponding to the 12 source keys on the MSR+:
for that source, whether it is in use:
CD, RADIO, DVD, AUX, DISC, TAPE, TV, CABLE, SAT, VCR1, VCR2,
This source is:
Radio
GAME.
Source Back
For each source the Configure sources stage allows you to
configure a series of options, including:
in use
Next
óòô
öõú
• Press Next or Back to step between options.
The top line of the display shows a description of each option, and
• Whether it is in use.
• The label used for it on the front-panel display.
• The audio input it selects.
its current value is shown to the right of the source name.
When changing the source name, Next and Back step between
• The TRIGGER output level it selects.
character positions.
The procedure for doing this is as follows.
The options are summarised in the table on the next page.
To configure a source
To change an option
Either:
• Press A or V to step through the alternative values for the
• Press Next after configuring speakers; see page 18.
option.
Or:
To move to the next source
• Press Wizard; see page 15.
• Press Source.
• Press Skip to skip past the Reset settings and Select
When you have finished configuring sources:
speakers menus.
Either:
The display shows the title screen for stage 3:
• Press Next on the last option of the last source (Game) to
Press More for help
proceed to configuring settings, as described in the next section.
3: Configure sources
Back
Enter
Skip
Or:
• Press Enter to proceed or Skip to go to stage 4.
• Press On/Off to return to standby.
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Configuring the
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controller
Source options
The following table summarises the source options:
Option
Values
Description
The source is:
in use, not in use
Whether the source is enabled.
Audio input:
D1-D12, MD1-MD2, O1-O5, A1-A8,
The audio input used for the source; digital, multichannel
MA1, Last Valid*
digital, optical, tuner, analogue, or multichannel analogue.
Source name:
Any name of up to five characters.
Trigger #1:
High, Low
Trigger outputs for the source.
Trigger #2:
High, Low
Trigger outputs for the source.
Trigger #3:
High, Low
Trigger outputs for the source.
CD 1C, Tuner 2C, DVD 3C, 4C-8C,
Set to NC unless the source is a Meridian product.
Comms Type:
No Comms NC
Comms Address:
1A-8A
*Last Valid leaves the input set to the last input you selected.
Allows you to have up to eight of each source type.
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digital surround
controller
Stage 4: Configuring other settings
The next stage allows you to configure other aspects of the
To change a setting
product’s operation.
• Press A or V to step through the alternative values for the
setting.
To configure other settings
Either:
When you have finished configuring the settings:
• Press Next after configuring the sources; see page 20.
Either:
Or:
• Press Next to proceed to calibrating the system, as described in
the next chapter.
• Press Wizard; see page 15.
• Press Skip to skip past the stages 1 to 3.
Or:
• Press On/Off to return to standby.
The display shows the title screen for stage 4:
Press More for help
4: Other settings
Back
Enter
Skip
• Press Enter to proceed or Skip to go to the calibration
procedure.
The first setting is displayed:
The fan is:
used as necessary
Back
Next
óòô
öõú
A description of each setting is shown on the top line of the
display, and its current value is shown to the right of the display.
The settings are summarised in the table on the next page.
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Configuring the
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controller
Settings
The following table summarises the product settings:
Option
Values
Description
The fan is:
used as necessary, never used
Specifies how the optional temperature controlled fan
operates.
Distance measurement:
feet/inches, metres
Units for displaying and entering distances.
Do your subs play to 20Hz?
No, THX Ultra2/yes
Subwoofer frequency response.
Boundary Gain Compensation:
off, on
Reduces the bass to compensate for listening positions close
to a wall.
Rear speaker separation
<12"/0.3m, 12-48"/0.3-1.2m,
Separation between rear speakers.
>48"/1.2m
Timeout to Home buttons:
on, off
Whether the soft keys revert to the home keys after a delay.
Diagnostic displays:
on, off
Whether diagnostic displays are shown.
Is the G61 IR Controller?
Auto, Controller, Not Controller
Whether the product is the infra-red controller for the system.
Main System Address
1-8
Advanced setting (normally 1).
Product Address
1-8
Advanced setting (normally 1).
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controller
25
Calibrating
the system
Calibrating the system
To help you to set up the installation to give the best possible sound with any particular
combination of associated equipment, the G61 Digital Surround Controller includes a built-in
calibration procedure.
This calibration procedure uses test signals to present a series of sounds, which you use to
adjust certain aspects of the system to their optimum settings.
You should use the calibration procedure the first time you set up the system, and whenever
you want to check the calibration, such as after changing the layout of the room.
Introduction
We recommend that you perform the calibration procedure using
the MSR+ and from the listening position.
As you run the calibration procedure the name of each calibration
test is shown on the front-panel display, followed by the
parameters adjusted in the test.
Each calibration test uses a test signal designed to give the best
results.
Using a Sound Pressure Level meter
Although you can perform the calibration procedure by ear, it is
recommended that you perform the tests using a Sound Pressure
Level meter. These are available fairly cheaply from Tandy/Radio
Shack, or your Meridian dealer may be able to lend you one.
Set the Sound Pressure Level meter to C weighted, and Slow. Take
readings with the meter at the listening position, pointing vertically.
You should hold the meter with an outstretched arm to minimise
reflections from your body.
You can choose to display and enter distances in either feet and
inches or metres.
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Calibrating
the system
To start the calibration procedure
For more detailed information about this and the other calibration
Either:
tests see the following sections.
• Press Next on the last option of configuring settings; see page
To exit from the calibration procedure
22.
You can exit from the calibration procedure at any time, and any
parameters you have set will be retained:
Or:
• Press On/Off to put the digital surround controller into standby.
• Press On/Off.
• Press More.
To complete the calibration procedure
If the product is locked the display shows:
When you reach the end of the calibration procedure the following
display confirms that you have completed the calibration of the
system:
Version
Unlock
Calibration complete.
• Press Unlock.
Back
The display shows:
Next
Restart
• Press Restart to restart the calibration procedure, or Next to
complete the wizard.
Version
Wizard Calib Lock
The display shows:
Press More for help
• Press Calib.
Wizard complete
Back
Exit
Restart
The displays shows Please wait….
Either:
After a few seconds the display shows the first calibration test:
Press More for help
Left
Level
ìî
ïñ
+0.0dB
óòô
öõú
• Press Exit to return to standby.
Or:
• Press Restart to return to stage 1; see page 16.
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Calibrating
Calibration tests
the system
• When you have completed the Levels section press > to proceed
Levels
These tests allow you to adjust the output level to each speaker
individually, and it follows the general guidelines from Dolby
Laboratories and THX.
to the next test.
Distance
These tests allow you to adjust the delay of each of the speakers in
In each test the display shows the speaker being tested, and the
the layout to time-align the system so that sounds are coincident
current relative level. For example:
when they arrive at the listening position.
Press More for help
Left
Level
ìî
ïñ
+0.0dB
óòô
öõú
• Use > and < to move between each of the speakers in the
Before setting up the speaker outputs you need to measure the
distance to each speaker from the listening position:
Left
Sub
Centre
Right
layout in the sequence: Left, Centre, Right, Side R, Rear R, Rear L,
Side L, and subwoofers.
• Use A and V to adjust the level of the speaker. Ignore any tonal
difference.
For correct THX reproduction you should adjust each speaker to
75dB SPL using an SPL meter. Even if the speakers are not THX
approved this setting is recommended.
Left
Side
Right
Side
If you have Meridian DSP loudspeakers they cannot be set above
+0dB.
Left Rear
Surround Sub
Right Rear
Note: You cannot set the level of a subwoofer by ear, because
low-frequency noises sound quieter. To set the subwoofer correctly
Measure from ear height at the listening position to the tweeter
either use an SPL meter, or set it by ear and then reduce the
on each speaker (where applicable), in the distance units you have
subwoofer gain by 15dB to correct for human hearing.
chosen; see Settings, page 23.
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• Use > and < to move between each of the speakers in the
The next display shows the distance for the same speaker. For
example:
layout.
The display shows the speaker being tested, and the distance:
Press More for help
Left
Distance 18'0
ìî
ïñ
óòô
öõú
Press More for help
Left
Distance 18'0
Units ìî
ïñ
óòô
öõú
• Use A and V to change the distance.
• You can press Units to change between feet/inches and metres.
• Choose the correct setting as follows:
Setting
What it sounds like
Correct
The sound between the speakers is very even, and
does not change radically as you move your head.
Incorrect
Repeat this for each of the speakers in your layout.
The sound appears diffused, and changes in timbre
and apparent location as you move your head.
• Press > to proceed to the next calibration stage.
Pay particular attention to the centre channel, as this can have a
Fine tuning
dramatic effect on the overall sound.
These tests allow you to fine-tune the phase and delay of each
• Press > to proceed to the next calibration stage.
speaker when used in conjunction with other speakers on the
layout.
• Use > and < to move between each of the speakers in the
layout.
The first display allows you to adjust the phase. For example:
Press More for help
Left
Phase
ìî
ïñ
+
óòô
öõú
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Calibrating
Speaker size
the system
These tests allow you to determine the bass handling capability
of large analogue speakers and subwoofers. Once set, the digital
surround controller will limit the bass level to protect the speakers
from potential damage.
On starting the test the speaker sizes are set to zero to avoid the
possibility of damaging the speakers, and the display shows:
Press More for help
Sizes set to zero
ìî
ïñ
óòô
öõú
The display then shows the first large analogue speaker; for
example:
Press More for help
Left
Size
ìî
ïñ
0
óòô
öõú
• Press A or V to adjust the size value for the speaker until it just
begins to distort distinctly, and then reduce the value by one.
• Press > or < to move between each of the speakers to be
adjusted.
This is the last test in the calibration procedure; see To complete
the calibration procedure, page 26.
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Calibrating
the system
Using the Sine/Sub/Sens controls
This section explains how to use the Sine/Sub/Sens controls
to check for room resonances, adjust the subwoofer crossover
• Press Xovr- or Xovr+ to decrease or increase the crossover
frequency.
frequency, or adjust the sensitivity of the analogue sources.
The display shows the current crossover frequency:
To display the Sine/Sub/Sens controls
• If necessary, unlock the digital surround controller as described in
Configuration Wizard, page 15.
CD
Sine
Xover
-Xover+
85Hz
-Sens.+
• Press More until the bottom line of the display shows:
For THX loudspeaker systems you should not adjust these settings;
Radio Trifield
Sine/Sub/Sens.
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Store Clear
they should be left at 80Hz. 80Hz is also the recommended setting
for all movie listening. You may prefer, however, to lower the
crossover frequency for music if the main speakers have good bass
• Press Sine/Sub/Sens.
handling down to, say, 50Hz.
The bottom line of the display shows the Sine/Sub/Sens controls:
Sinewave sweep test
The G61 includes a sinewave signal test, to help you set the
Radio Trifield
Sine
-Xover+
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-Sens.+
subwoofer crossover frequencies, or check for room resonances. To
avoid possible damage to the speakers the volume is reduced to
50, if necessary, on entering the test.
Subwoofer crossover frequency
The G61 Digital Surround Controller allows the crossover frequency
Warning: This test is very loud. Very loud low-frequency
signals may damage the speakers.
for any subwoofers which you have to be adjusted between 30 and
150Hz. The crossover can be set independently for Music, Logic,
To use the sinewave sweep test
and 5.1 Movie layouts. The default is the THX standard of 80Hz.
• Select a source, then display the Sine/Sub/Sens controls as
described above.
To adjust the subwoofer crossover frequency
• Select a source, then display the Sine/Sub/Sens controls as
described above.
• Press Sine to turn on the sinewave signal.
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The display shows:
To change the volume
• Use the volume keys in the usual way.
CD
Sine
Chan
óòô
öõú
80.0Hz
Sound Exit
To change the input
• Press Sound.
An 80Hz sinewave will be played through all channels.
You can change the test signal using the menu keys, as described
You can select between the following inputs:
Option
Description
Input
The current input.
Sine
A sinewave.
• Press Chan.
Noise
Pink noise, band bass 500Hz to 2kHz for main
You can select any individual channel, or All Channels.
Silent
Silence.
To change the sweep rate
Alternatively you can switch between inputs using the menu keys
• Press A or V to change the sweep rate and direction, as
on the MSR+.
in the following sections.
To select the channel
channel.
follows:
Display
Description
CD
Chan
>>
óòô
öõú
CD
Chan
CD
Chan
>
óòô
Pause
óòô
CD
Chan
öõú
óòô
öõú
<<
óòô
öõú
Fast sweep up.
Sound Exit
81.5Hz
Slow sweep up.
Sound Exit
80.0Hz
<
CD
Chan
öõú
88.5Hz
Paused.
Sound Exit
78.5Hz
Slow sweep down.
Sound Exit
70.5Hz
Sound Exit
Fast sweep down.
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The display shows, for example:
Setting up sources
This section explains how to use the Sine/Sub/Sens controls to
adjust the sensitivity of the analogue sources.
TV
Sine
2.0V
-Xover+
Clip -0
-Sens.+
To adjust the sensitivity of a source
To obtain the best signal-to-noise ratio for each analogue source
In this case reduce the sensitivity by selecting a higher number.
you can adjust its sensitivity to give the highest level that does not
If you have selected a digital source you cannot adjust the
produce clipping.
sensitivity and the display shows, for example:
• Select the source you want to adjust, with loud source material
playing.
DVD
• Display the Sine/Sub/Sens controls as described above.
• Press Sens- or Sens+ to decrease or increase the sensitivity.
The display shows the current sensitivity and the peak level; for
example:
TV
Sine
1.4V
-Xover+
Peak -3
-Sens.+
You can adjust the sensitivity between 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0, and 2.8V
(least sensitive).
If the sensitivity is set too high the input will clip the loudest
passages, and the peak will be 0dB.
Sine
Not Analogue
-Xover+
-Sens.+
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DSP presets
DSP presets
This chapter gives details of the DSP presets and their parameters, and describes how to
modify them.
DSP presets
The G61 Digital Surround Controller provides two types of DSP
preset. One set is available if the input is two-channel; eg from a
traditional stereo source or a two-channel DVD-A. The other set is
available if the input is 5.1 or 6 channels of discrete audio; eg from
a Dolby Digital DVD-V or a music DVD-A. The DSP presets available
in each set are described in the following pages.
Speaker layouts
The G61 Digital Surround Controller provides great flexibility in
the way in which you use the loudspeakers in your system. For
example, the speaker step of the Configuration Wizard allows
you to use the subwoofers and centre speaker only for movie
material see Configuring speakers, page 18. With the Meridian
Configuration Program you can specify three different speaker
layouts, each with a different use of subwoofers and centre
speaker:
Layout
Description
Music
For music presets: two-channel (eg Trifield) and
multichannel (eg Discrete).
Logic
For two-channel movie presets: eg PLIIx Movie.
5.1 Movie
For multichannel movie presets: eg Cinema.
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DSP presets
Standard parameters
All DSP presets (except Mono and Direct) provide the following
standard parameters.
Individual DSP presets provide additional parameters, to allow you
to adjust specific features provided by that preset. For full details
refer to information about each preset later in this chapter.
Parameter
Range
Default
What it changes
Treble*
-10dB to +10dB
+0dB
The slope of the frequency response.
Bass*
-5dB to +5dB
+0dB
The bass response.
Phase*
+ or -
+
The phase of all loudspeakers.
Axis†
-2 to +3
-1
The vertical balance.
Balance
<10 to 10>
<0>
The L-R balance.
HS Output?*
Y or N
Y
Select Y for high-rate audio, upsampled if necessary. Select N for
standard-rate audio, downsampled if necessary.
Centre
-3.0dB to +3.0dB
+0.0dB
The level of the centre.
Depth
-2.5ms to +5.0ms
+0.0ms
The delay of the centre.
Rear
-30dB to +10dB
+0dB
The level of the rears.
Sides
-30dB to +10dB
+0dB
The level of the sides.
R Delay
0ms to 30ms
Varies
The delay of the rears.
S Delay
0ms to 30ms
Varies
The delay of the sides.
LipSync
0ms to 30ms
0ms
The sync. delay.
*These parameters apply to all DSP presets.
†Axis is only available with Meridian DSP loudspeakers.
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DSP presets
DSP presets for two-channel material
The G61 provides several signal processing options for two-channel
material. The Music DSP presets are designed for use with music
from sources such as CD, radio, or two channel DVD-A:
• Music, Trifield, Ambisonics, Super Stereo, Music Logic, PLIIx Music,
Stereo, and Direct.
for the fact that the frequency response of human hearing changes
with direction.
The Music DSP preset is recommended for recordings made with
spaced omnidirectional microphones, or using a mono-surround
technique.
Trifield
The Logic DSP presets are designed for use with film soundtracks
or TV programmes:
As for the Music DSP preset, the Trifield preset extracts the mono
and surround components of the original recording. It then
calculates the signals for the front, left, centre, and right speakers,
using the phase and amplitude differences between the three front
• PLIIx Movie, PLIIx THX, TV Logic, and Mono.
channels, to redistribute the sounds on a frequency-dependent basis.
The Music and Logic DSP presets use the Music and Logic speaker
layout respectively; see Speaker layouts, page 33.
This gives a significant improvement over traditional stereo, which
converts the differences between the microphone signals into
amplitude differences in the speaker signals. This version of the
Music
The Music DSP preset extracts the mono and surround components
of the original recording. These components provide an alternative
representation of the original sound, and this is sometimes used
for recording systems or in broadcasts such as FM radio. The mono
element is equalised using a proprietary Meridian technique to
match the tone colour of the centre speaker, and to compensate
Trifield algorithm is virtually impossible to implement without
digital signal processing.
Trifield is recommended for well-made recordings and stereo
television broadcasts that are not Dolby Surround encoded. An
advantage over the Music DSP preset is that the front stereo image
is more focused, and the width of the image can be adjusted.
Music and Trifield DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
Centre
Flat, EQ1-3
The timbre of the centre loudspeaker.
Width†
0-1.5
The width of the image.
Surr. Rear
Surr. Rear, Surr. Side, Surr. All
Switches the surround signal between the side and rear speakers.
R Filter
Off, 1kHz, 3kHz, 7kHz
The cutoff of high frequencies from the rear surrounds.
S Filter
Off, 1kHz, 3kHz, 7kHz
The cutoff of high frequencies from the side surrounds.
†Trifield only.
What it changes
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DSP presets
Ambisonics
The fundamental difference between Ambisonics surround sound
The Ambisonics DSP preset can decode UHJ format, the two-
and conventional stereo is that the signals from all the speakers
channel stereo-compatible encoding found on Ambisonically-
combine to produce a coherent soundfield at the listening position,
recorded discs and broadcasts. This material is specifically encoded
giving the illusion that you are sitting inside the recording space
for surround reproduction and can give breathtakingly realistic
whether you are at the exact central seat or well off to one side.
sound when replayed using the digital surround controller.
Of all the signal-processing options, Ambisonics is the one that
requires the greatest attention to speaker choice and positioning.
Ambisonics surround sound is quite unlike conventional stereo. A
special microphone technique picks up the sound of the original
performance in all three dimensions, allowing an archive to be
Super
made which describes the soundfield exactly at that position. The
Super synthesises a signal from a conventional stereo recording
microphone signals are then encoded using a phase-amplitude
or broadcast so that it can be decoded using the Ambisonic
matrix to allow the effect to be conveyed on two-channel carriers
decoder. The result is especially effective for two particular types of
(like FM radio, LP, or CD).
recordings:
The digital surround controller uses accurately matched, frequency-
• Those using true coincident microphone techniques.
dependent, phase-amplitude matrices to decode the signal and
• Multi-tracked or multi-miked recordings.
construct the signals for each speaker feed.
Ambisonics and Super DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
Width*
0 to 1
The width of the image.
Row†
A, C, E, G, I, K, M
The seating position; the letters are like rows in a hall.
Channels
7, 6, 5, 4
The number of speakers.
R Filter
Off, 3kHz, 7kHz, 9kHz
The cutoff of high frequencies from the rear surrounds.
S Filter
Off, 3kHz, 7kHz, 9kHz
The cutoff of high frequencies from the side surrounds.
*Super only.
†Ambisonics only.
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DSP presets
MusicLogic
MusicLogic is a music DSP preset based on Pro Logic II with
the addition of user-adjustable steering, designed to provide an
exciting experience with many types of studio-produced music.
MusicLogic DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
Roll
Off, Low, Med, Max
The degree of left-right steering.
Yaw
Off, Low, Med, Max
The degree of front-rear steering.
Steered All
Steered Rear, Steered Side, Steered All
Which of the four surround channels are generated by steering.
PLIIx Music
The PLIIx Music preset is designed to use the Pro Logic IIx DSP
processing mode to decode music sources. It provides additional
Width, Dimension, and Panorama preset parameters to allow
you to adjust the soundfield.
PLIIx Music DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
Steered All
Steered Rear, Steered Side, Steered All
Which of the four surround channels are generated by steering.
Width
0 to 7
The centre spread, where 0 is full centre and 7 is full left and right.
Dimension
-3 to +3
The spatial soundfield, where -3 puts the balance to the rear of the room
Panorama
No, Yes
Extends the front stereo image to include the surround speakers,
and +3 puts it to the front.
providing a wrap-around effect new to Pro Logic.
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DSP presets
Stereo and Direct
stability compared with the original Pro Logic decoding. Meridian’s
The Stereo preset passes the left and right input signals directly to
implementation of Pro Logic IIx uses proprietary code based on 48-
the left and right main speakers. Any mono or front left and right
bit precision to give outstanding clarity.
subwoofers continue to be used.
The PLIIx THX DSP preset uses the same PLIIx processing as PLIIx
With the Direct preset only the left and right main speakers are
Movie, but adds THX Cinema processing. THX is a set of standards
used, bypassing any spatial processing and bass management.
and technologies developed by Lucasfilm Ltd. with the aim of
making your experience of the film soundtrack as faithful as
possible to what the director intended.
There are no additional DSP preset parameters for Stereo and
Direct.
Re-equalistion is used to restore the correct tonal balance for
watching a film soundtrack in a small home environment.
PLIIx Movie and PLIIx THX
PLIIx Movie and PLIIx THX use the Dolby Pro Logic IIx DSP
processing mode, and are the recommended choice for Dolby
Timbre matching filters the information going to the surround
Surround encoded material. They also give excellent results with
speakers so that they more closely match the tonal characteristics
two-channel sources not specifically encoded for Dolby Surround,
of the sound coming from the front speakers. This ensures seamless
including two-channel Dolby Digital sources.
panning between the front and surround speakers.
Pro Logic IIx re-creates 7.1-channel movie surround from the two-
THX can also be used with the 5.1 Movie DSP presets; see THX,
channel source, using improved decoding techniques that preserve
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the directness of the soundfield, resulting in enhanced image
PLIIx Movie and PLIIx THX DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
Surrounds
Rear, Side, All
Which of the four surround channels are generated by steering.
Pro Logic
Off, On
On selects an emulation of the original Pro Logic decoding.
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DSP presets
TV Logic
TV Logic is a Logic preset based on Pro Logic IIx with the addition
of user-adjustable steering, designed to give higher intelligibility
and a more appropriate spatial presentation for studio-based TV
material.
TV Logic DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
Roll
Off, Low, Med, Max
The degree of left-right steering.
Yaw
Off, Low, Med, Max
The degree of front-rear steering.
Surrounds
Rear, Side, All
Which of the surround channels are generated by steering.
Mono
If Party? is set to No, the combined or selected signal is played
In the Mono DSP preset you can choose to listen to:
only through the centre speaker, or the left and right speakers if
there is no centre, to centrally localise high-frequency hiss and
clicks.
• Only one of two input channels, such as when different
languages or material are carried on each channel.
Note: If Party? is set to Yes, full range bass is played through any
• A combined version of the two input channels, such as if the
material was originally mono and has been conveyed on a two-
speakers that are not supplemented by a subwoofer, and this may
channel carrier.
damage small speakers at high volume levels.
Mono DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
Input
Auto L+R, Input L, Input R, Input L+R
The channel selected.
Academy
Off or On
Select On to include an equalisation (recommended by Lucasfilm Ltd) to
Party?
No or Yes
Select Yes to play the mono signal through all speakers, including
correct for a high-frequency balance in some old mono films.
subwoofers.
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DSP presets
There are five multichannel Movie presets:
DSP presets for multichannel material
Multichannel audio signals can come from either encoded data
streams (such as Dolby Digital) or as discrete channels from a DVD
player. If you are using Meridian SmartLink then all formats will
reach the G61 as discrete channels. With suitable loudspeakers the
G61 can upsample these to provide a more enjoyable surround
• Cinema, PLIIx Mov6, THX, THX Surround EX, and THX Ultra2
Cinema.
The multichannel Music presets all use the Music speaker layout
and the multichannel Movie presets all use the 5.1 Movie speaker
experience.
layout; see Speaker layouts, page 33.
The G61 Digital Surround Controller will automatically select the
right decoder algorithm and present the same set of preset choices
for all streams. Note: Some presets are only available if there are
four surround speakers in the system.
There are four multichannel Music presets:
• Discrete, PLIIx Mus6, THX Music, and Ambisonics B format
Cinema
The Cinema preset is recommended for listening to multichannel
movie soundtracks when no further processing is required.
Discrete
The Discrete preset is similar to Cinema, except that it uses the
Music speaker layout and sets the LFE level to -10dB.
(discrete inputs only).
Discrete and Cinema DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
2+2+2*
Off, 5.1, Side, 7.1
Allows you to specify how DVD Audio channels 3+4 should be
interpreted: Off ignores them, 5.1 and 7.1 use them for centre and LFE,
Side uses them for the side speakers, 7.1 adds side speakers to 5.1.
Surround†
Surr. Rear, Surr. Side, Surr. All
Allows you to specify which speakers the surround channels should be
sent to in a system with four surrounds.
R Filter
Off, 1kHz, 3kHz, 7kHz
The cutoff of high frequencies from the rear surrounds.
S Filter
Off, 1kHz, 3kHz, 7kHz
The cutoff of high frequencies from the side surround.
LFE
-28dB to 0dB
The relative level of the LFE bass channel.
*Discrete only.
†Cinema only.
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DSP presets
THX
As with the PLIIx THX DSP preset, THX re-equalises the signals to
suit domestic listening conditions, and applies frequency-response
correction and decorrelation to the surround channels to make the
surround sound more realistic. It can be used whether or not your
other equipment is THX approved.
THX DSP preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
Surround
Surr. Rear, Surr. Side, Surr. All
Switches the surround signal between the side and rear speakers.
PLIIx Mov6, THX Surround EX, PLIIx Mus6, THX Ultra2
THX Ultra2 Cinema and THX Music use a THX proprietary process
Cinema, and THX Music
called advanced speaker array to provide a mix of ambient and
These presets are available if you have four surround speakers. They
directional surround sounds using four surround speakers. Optimum
use Dolby Pro Logic IIx, Dolby Surround EX, and THX Ultra2 Cinema
performance of THX Ultra2 Cinema and THX Music is produced
processing to generate multiple signals for larger home theatres.
when the two rear speakers are placed close together behind the
listening position. THX Ultra2 Cinema is recommended for movie
PLIIx Mov6 uses extended PLII technology from Dolby to generate
soundtracks that are not Dolby Surround EX encoded, and THX
four surround signals from traditional multichannel source material
Music is recommended for listening to multichannel music.
like Dolby Digital 5.1. It is intended for use with movie soundtracks.
PLIIx Mus6 also creates four surround signals; it is intended for
multichannel music playback from sources such as DVD-A or SACD
music discs.
PLIIx Mov6, THX Surround EX, PLIIx Mus6, THX Ultra2 Cinema, and THX Music preset parameters
Parameter
Options
What it changes
LFE
-28dB to 0dB
The relative level of the LFE bass channel.
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DSP presets
Ambisonics
The Ambisonics preset allows you to decode multi-channel sources
which have been encoded in Ambisonics B format.
Ambisonics B format contains four independent channels of
information to give a three-axis representation of the sound at the
recording position. The signals are: mono sound pressure, left-right
velocity component, front-back velocity component, and up-down
velocity component.
Using dynamic range control
If the input format is Dolby Digital, the 5.1 Movie DSP presets
provide an additional Compress parameter to allow you to take
advantage of the dynamic range information provided in the
Dolby Digital format to provide dynamic range control without the
distortion involved in analogue methods.
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Defining your own presets
DSP presets
The G61 Digital Surround Controller allows you to modify any of
Alternatively press V to choose the built-in preset you started
the built-in presets, and save them for future use.
with. For example:
You can either save the changes to the built-in preset, or you can
Pick Preset
to overwrite
create up to 10 presets of your own, with names of your choice, so
Trifield
Store
óòô
öõú
you can use them alongside the built-in presets.
• Press Store.
To save the preset settings
• Make sure the menus are unlocked; see To run the Configuration
Wizard, page 15.
The settings have been stored in the new or existing preset you
selected.
• Press DSP to select the preset you want to modify.
• Change the preset parameters to the values you want to store.
If you are defining a user preset you can now edit the name of the
• Press More then Store, or Function + Store on the MSR+.
preset if you wish.
The display shows the next available user-defined preset. For
A flashing cursor shows the letter you are editing:
example:
Write label
for preset
Pick Preset
to overwrite
Store
User 1
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ìî
ïñ
User 1
óòô
öõú Store
öõú
• Press > or < to select the character position you want to edit.
• If you want to overwrite an existing user-defined preset press A
• Press A or V to change the character.
to select the preset you want to overwrite.
Each press steps through the sequence A to Z, a to z, 0 to 9, full
stop, and blank. You can also select a blank directly by pressing
For example:
Clear on the MSR+.
Pick Preset
to overwrite
Store
Classical
óòô
öõú
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DSP presets
For example, you could change the name to:
Write label
for preset
ìî
ïñ
Concert
óòô
öõú Store
• When you have entered the name you want to use press Store.
The display shows:
Stored
ìî
ïñ
óòô
öõú Assign
To make the new preset the default for the current source and
audio format:
• Press Assign.
To clear a user-defined preset
• Make sure the menus are unlocked; see To run the Configuration
Wizard, page 15.
• Press DSP to select the preset you want to clear.
• Press More then Clear, or Function + Clear on the MSR+.
The display shows Preset Clear.
If you clear a preset that was saved over a built-in preset, the
original settings are restored.
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Tr o u b l e s h o o t i n g
Troubleshooting
We expect you to achieve superb results with your digital surround controller. 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
Standby light not lit
• Check that the AC power supply is connected correctly.
• Check that the ON OFF switch on the back panel is in the ON
position.
If the light still does not illuminate, check any fuses in your power
supply and the fuse in the inlet of the G61. If these are all intact,
contact your dealer.
Erratic or unexpected system behaviour
Redo the Auto Configure process as follows:
• Put the whole system into standby.
• Make sure you are operating the MSR+ from a position where all
the units can receive the infra-red.
• Press Clear on the MSR+.
• Observe all units responding correctly.
In extreme cases, the memory of the G61 may have been
corrupted. If this is suspected perform a full reset; see Resetting the
product, page 16.
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Tr o u b l e s h o o t i n g
Remote not working
Check the following:
• The battery in the MSR+.
• Remove the Comms connections from the G61 and check
whether it responds now. If so, replace the connections and
perform an Auto Configure procedure; see To connect to other
Meridian G Series, 500 Series, or 800 Series equipment, page 14.
• See if the G61 has been set up as Not Controller in the
Configuration Menu; see Configuring other settings, page 22.
Note: This may be deliberate by your dealer.
When playing a Dolby Digital DVD, the G61 selects a twochannel preset
DVDs include a two-channel Dolby Digital soundtrack, which will
use the default two-channel preset.
• Select a six-channel soundtrack, if it is available.
Unit is overheating
Check that there is adequate ventilation around the unit.
Audio problems
Hum on analogue input
• Check the source equipment. Disconnect each source in turn.
• If the hum originates from a ground loop, an antenna or cable
supply may be the cause. In this case an antenna-lead isolator
should be fitted.
• If the G61 seems to be the cause of hum consult your dealer.
There is radio interference
The G61 is a digital audio and computing device which has been
designed to very high standards of electromagnetic compatibility.
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 G61 and its
cabling.
• Ensure that the receiver uses well-screened antenna cable.
• Relocate the receiver with respect to the G61.
• Connect the receiver and this product to different AC outlets.
• If the problem persists contact your dealer.
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Tr o u b l e s h o o t i n g
Audible hiss at high volume settings
Sound not clear
The input dynamic range of most current recordings is at maximum
• If speech sounds muffled in a system with a centre speaker,
16 bit. The reason for this is that currently CD, DVD, and LaserDisc
check that sound is coming from the centre as there may be a
use a 16-bit standard, although DVD can support up to 24-bits. The
connection problem. In a digital or Meridian feed to the centre
analogue sources you have cannot achieve this kind of range. For
you may have set it up to be right instead of left so that it is
comparison, analogue sources are likely to be of the order of:
playing a subwoofer signal.
• If speech sounds muffled in a system with no centre speaker, you
• VCR, 12 bits.
• FM radio, 13 bits.
may have selected a layout that expects one. See Configuring
speakers, page 18.
• Reel to reel tape, 13 bits.
• Cassette tape, 12 bits.
Centre not working
• LP, 11 bits.
There may be a connection problem.
Note: There may be a difference between the dynamic range of
• In a digital or Meridian feed to the centre, you may have set it
the source channel when it is operating, and the noise you hear
up to be right instead of left, and therefore it may be playing a
in standby. For example, LP normally has lower noise when the
subwoofer signal.
stylus is not in the groove; similarly tape will be quieter when it is
stopped. CD may also be quieter when it is stopped, producing so
There is a hiss when starting DTS LaserDiscs or CDs
called ‘digital silence’.
The DTS audio stream is indistinguishable from a PCM audio
stream; the G61 takes 30ms to identify the encoding, during which
The G61 has a 24-bit capability on its internal analogue-to-digital
a hiss is heard.
converter, which is used for analogue sources. When the volume is
turned up high you may hear its dither as a hiss when the sources
are stopped. This hiss is lower than the background noise of your
recordings and should be of no consequence.
• With non-video DTS sources you can add a 30ms delay to avoid
this.
• With video sources you can create a DTS-only source to avoid any
hiss.
For more information about each of these options see the Meridian
Configuration Program Guide.
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The preset changes unexpectedly with a multichannel
source
If you are using a non-Meridian source on the MHR SmartLink
input, proprietary data may cause preset switching.
• Select Force this source to be six-channel for the source. See
the Meridian Configuration Program Guide.
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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.
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
Index
A
compression 42
Academy (DSP parameter) 39
Compress (DSP parameter) 42
accessories 5
configuration, resetting 16
active loudspeakers, connecting to 11
Configuration Wizard 15
active subwoofer, connecting to 12
configuring
Ambisonics (DSP preset) 36, 42
analogue source, connecting 7
audio inputs 6
settings 22
sources 20
connections
audio outputs 9
audio inputs 6
automatic setup 14
audio outputs 9
Axis (DSP parameter) 34
cleaning 49
communications 13
Controller, setting 14
B
Balance (DSP parameter) 34
Bass (DSP parameter) 34
D
built-in presets, replacing 43
Depth (DSP parameter) 34
digital source, connecting 7
Dimension (DSP parameter) 37
C
Direct (DSP preset) 38
calibration procedure 25
moving between tests 26
Discrete (DSP preset) 40
DSP parameters
starting 26
Academy 39
tests 27
Axis 34
calibration tests 27
Balance 34
distance 27
Bass 34
fine-tuning 28
Centre 34, 35
levels 27
Channels 36
speaker size 29
Compress 42
Centre (DSP parameter) 34, 35
Depth 34
Channels (DSP parameter) 36
Dimension 37
Cinema (DSP preset) 40
HS Output? 34
cleaning 49
Input 39
COMMS, connecting 14
LFE 40
communications connections 13
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Index
DSP parameters (continued)
DSP presets (continued)
LipSync 34
PLIIx Music 37
Panorama 37
PLIIx THX 38
Party? 39
standard parameters 34
Phase 34
Stereo 38
Pro Logic 38
Super 36
Rear 34
THX 41
Roll 37, 39
THX Music 41
Row 36
THX Surround EX 41
R Delay 34
THX Ultra2 Cinema 41
R Filter 35, 36, 40
Trifield 35
Sides 34
two-channel 35
Steered All 37
user-defining 43, 44
Surr. Rear 35
DVD-Audio player, connecting to 8
Surround 40, 41
dynamic range control 42
Surrounds 39
S Delay 34
S Filter 35, 36, 40
2+2+2 40
G
guarantee 50
Treble 34
Width 35, 36
H
Yaw 37, 39
HS Output? (DSP parameter) 34
DSP presets
Ambisonics 36, 42
Cinema 40
clearing 44
I
Input (DSP parameter) 39
Direct 38
Discrete 40
L
Mono 39
layouts
multichannel 40
Music 35
5.1 Movie 33
Music 35
MusicLogic 37
LFE (DSP parameter) 40, 41
PLIIx Mov6 41
LipSync (DSP parameter) 34
PLIIx Movie 38
PLIIx Mus6 41
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Index
M
S
mains fuse, changing 49
safety warnings ii
Meridian DSP loudspeakers, connecting to 10
settings 23
Mono (DSP preset) 39
configuring 22
MusicLogic (DSP preset) 37
Sides (DSP parameter) 34
Music (DSP preset) 35
Sine/Sub/Sens controls 30
Sine/Sub/ Sens menu, sources 32
sinewave sweep test 30
P
Panorama (DSP parameter) 37
Party? (DSP parameter) 39
Phase (DSP parameter) 34
PLIIx (DSP preset) 38
PLIIx Mov6 (DSP preset) 41
PLIIx Movie (DSP preset) 38
PLIIx Mus6 (DSP preset) 41
PLIIx Music (DSP preset) 37
PLIIx THX (DSP preset) 38
presets
multichannel 40
standard parameters 34
two-channel 35
user-defining 43
Pro Logic (DSP parameter) 38
Sound Pressure Level meter 25
sources
options 21
sensitivity 32
setting up 32
sources, configuring 20
speakers
configuring 18
options 19
setting up 29
speaker layouts 33
specifications 3
Steered All (DSP parameter) 37, 38, 39
Stereo (DSP preset) 38
stereo power amplifier, connecting to 11
subwoofers
connecting to 12
R
crossover frequency 30
Rear (DSP parameter) 34
subwoofer crossover frequency 30
Roll (DSP parameter) 37, 39
Super (DSP preset) 36
Row (DSP parameter) 36
Surr. Rear (DSP parameter) 35, 40, 41
R Delay (DSP parameter) 34, 37
Surrounds (DSP parameters) 39
R Filter (DSP parameter) 35, 36, 40
S Delay (DSP parameter) 34, 37
S Filter (DSP parameter) 35, 36, 40
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Index
T
U
THX (DSP preset) 40, 41
UHJ format 36
THX Music (DSP preset) 41
user-defined presets 43
THX Surround EX (DSP preset) 41
clearing 44
THX Ultra2 Cinema (DSP preset) 41
editing name 43
Treble (DSP parameter) 34
Trifield (DSP preset) 35
troubleshooting 45
2+2+2 (DSP parameters) 40
W
Width (DSP parameter) 35, 36, 37
Types 16, 17
Y
Yaw (DSP parameter) 37, 39
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