Axis Communications Outdoor Antenna Stereo System User Manual

Ayre K-5x
Owner’s Manual
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Table of
Welcome to
Ayre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Connections and
Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Controls and
Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Numbers and
Specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Statement of
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
A Place for
Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Welcome to
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Your Ayre K-5x offers a significant advance in the
musical performance of high-fidelity equipment.
The warmth and immediacy of a live performance
are apparent from the first listening. The
combination of superb resolution and a natural,
relaxed quality will draw you into the music, time
and time again.
This level of performance has been implemented
using the highest level of workmanship and
materials. You can be assured that the Ayre K-5x
will provide you a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
Connections and
The Ayre K-5x preamplifier is easy to hook up and
use. The following guidelines will ensure that the
installation goes smoothly.
The infrared beam of the
remote transmitter will also
travel through glass.
A good location for your preamplifier is in an
open-backed cabinet or on a shelf. The receiver for
the infrared remote control is mounted behind the
display lens on the front panel. A direct line of sight
from the listening position will ensure the
maximum range. However, the beam will also
reflect off of most wall surfaces with a reduced
When you have a choice, a
balanced connection will offer
slightly higher sound quality
than an unbalanced
The Ayre K-5x offers two pairs of balanced inputs
and two pairs of unbalanced inputs. Balanced
connections are made via three-pin XLR connectors,
while unbalanced connections are made via RCA
The FET switches used in the input selector
circuitry offer transparent, noise-free switching,
with no moving parts. Please be aware that they can
be overloaded if the output voltage from the source
component is too high.
Do not use a source component that has
an output level greater than 4 V RMS
unbalanced, or 8 V RMS balanced.
Using a source component with too great an output
level will cause distortion.
The input connectors on the
rear panel are labeled to
match the input selector
In this modern era of diverse source components, it
has become impractical to pre-label the inputs with
the actual name of the source. Instead, the K-5x has
simple icons that allow you to easily remember the
selector button associated with each source
Tape Outputs
By connecting the “Tape Out” jacks on the rear of
the K-5x to a recorder with analog inputs,
recordings may be made directly from the other
source components connected to your preamplifier.
The tape outputs are switched on and off at the front
panel. Please refer to the section “Controls and
Operation” for further information.
If a recorder is not installed in
your system, the “Moon” input
performs exactly like the other
unbalanced inputs.
If you are connecting a recorder to your
system, be sure to connect its outputs to
the “Moon” input of the K-5x.
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Right Channel
Left Channel
50/60 Hertz
10 W Max
This will prevent the undesired possibility of
creating a feedback loop when making a recording.
Main Outputs
The balanced outputs use
XLR connectors, while the
unbalanced outputs use RCA
The Ayre K-5x offers one pair of balanced outputs
and one pair of unbalanced outputs. Both pairs of
outputs may be used simultaneously. However,
please note that the level of the unbalanced outputs
will be 6 dB lower than the balanced outputs.
AC Power
The best sound quality is
normally achieved when the
K-5x is plugged directly into
the wall outlet, without using
any power strips or power line
Connect the Ayre K-5x to an unswitched power
source. When the unit is first connected to the AC
power, the input selector will default to “Star”, the
volume control will default to “11”, the display will
be set to “On”, and both the mute and record output
will be set to “Off”. Removing the AC power from
the unit will cause it to lose its current settings and
revert to the default settings.
Controls and
At the heart of the Ayre K-5x’s control system is a
sophisticated microprocessor. This microprocessor is
normally “asleep” and all digital systems are turned
off, including the master clock. When the
microprocessor receives a command, either from the
front panel or the remote control, it “wakes up” to
execute the command, and then immediately returns
to “sleep” mode. This system ensures noise-free
reproduction of music signals.
Volume Control
The volume level is changed
with the front panel knob.
The remote control may also be
used to change the volume.
The Ayre K-5x’s exclusive volume control yields
superlative sonic performance. Field-Effect
Transistor (FET) switches combine with discrete
metal-film resistors to create a volume control with
crystal-clear transparency and no moving parts,
along with digital accuracy and repeatability. The
volume control comprises 66 individual levels, each
with a step size of 1.0 dB allowing for precise
selection of the desired volume setting.
When the unit is first connected to an AC power
source, the volume level defaults to “11”, a relatively
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low setting. After that, the current volume setting is
retained in memory, and will remain constant when
changing inputs.
Input Source Selection
The source component may also
be selected with the remote
The input selector buttons are located below the
display. Icons that match the connector labels on the
rear panel (Star, Planet, Comet, Moon) are used to
denote the inputs. When the unit is first connected
to an AC power source, the “Star” input is selected
by default.
The input selector utilizes sophisticated FET
switches. Both the signal and ground connections to
each source component are switched, so that any
un-selected components are completely disconnected
from the system. This avoids any problems with
undesired ground loops.
Muting and un-muting may
also be performed with the
remote control.
The mute button provides an easy way to
temporarily turn the volume of the K-5x to “zero”.
The current volume control setting is retained in
memory and appears on the display.
Tape Output
The “Tape Output” function
does not operate on the “Moon”
input. This avoids the
undesired possibility of
creating a feedback loop.
When the “Tape Output” button is pressed, the
indicator will light up and the signal from the
currently selected source component will be routed
to the “Tape Out” connectors. This allows a
recording to be made.
Turn the “Tape Output” off, unless a recording is
being made. This will completely disconnect the
recorder from the K-5x (including the ground
connection), avoiding the possibility of undesired
ground loops.
The display function is only
available from the remote
The display of the K-5x may be turned off via the
remote control, if desired. A single blue light
indicates that the display is turned off. When
further commands are received, either from the
front-panel buttons or the remote control, the
display will be activated for a few seconds to confirm
the command, and then turn off automatically.
Pressing the “Display” button on the remote control
again will turn the display on.
Processor Pass-Through
When using the Ayre K-5x in a surround-sound
system for home theater, it is desirable to use the
“Processor Pass-Through” mode. This mode allows
your two-channel music sources to be routed
directly through the K-5x, avoiding the sonic
degradation of most processors, and at the same time
allows the front two channels of the theater system
to integrate with the K-5x with the touch of a
single button.
If you are using a surround-sound processor, connect
the front left and right outputs of the processor to
one of the inputs on the K-5x. Please note that the
K-5x can accept either balanced or unbalanced
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To activate the “Processor Pass-Through” mode for
that input, remove the AC power from the K-5x for
at least 10 seconds. Then, while pressing the input
selector button corresponding to the chosen
surround-sound processor input, re-connect the AC
The chosen input is now programmed for “Processor
Pass-Through” operation, disabling the now
redundant volume control of the K-5x. When that
input is selected, the preamplifier section of the
K-5x is set to unity gain (0 dB), and the volume is
controlled directly from the surround-sound
processor. The volume indicator of the K-5x will
display “PP” to show that the “Processor
Pass-Through” mode has been selected for that
To clear the “Processor Pass-Through” mode from
an input and restore normal operation, remove the
AC power from the K-5x for at least 10 seconds.
Then, while pressing the “Mute” button, re-connect
the AC power.
100 to 500 hours of music
played through the system will
ensure full break-in.
Due to the manufacturing processes used for the
wires and capacitors, a break-in period is necessary
for the amplifier to reach its full sonic potential.
Numbers and
Maximum Input Level
Input Impedance
XLR Input Polarity
Maximum Gain
Frequency Response
Output Impedance
Power Consumption
4 V RMS – unbalanced inputs
8 V RMS – balanced inputs
20 kΩ – unbalanced inputs
40 kΩ – balanced inputs (20 kΩ per phase)
Pin 1 – Ground
Pin 2 – Non-inverting (Positive)
Pin 3 – Inverting (Negative)
4 dB – unbalanced outputs
10 dB – balanced outputs
DC – 200 kHz
55 Ω – unbalanced outputs
110 Ω – balanced outputs (55 Ω per phase)
10 watts
17-¼" W x 13-¾" D x 4-¾" H
44 cm x 35 cm x 12 cm
25 pounds
11.5 kg
Statement of
Please take a moment to fill
out and return the enclosed
warranty registration card.
Your Ayre K-5x preamplifier is warranted against
defects in workmanship and materials for a period of
five years from the date of purchase. This warranty is
transferable to subsequent purchasers within the
original five-year period. All warranty claims must
be made through an authorized Ayre dealer or
Warranty Statement
1. Ayre Acoustics, Inc. (Ayre) warrants the materials
and workmanship of this product for a period of five
years from date of first purchase. If any defects are
found in the materials or workmanship of this Ayre
product within the warranty period, the unit will be
repaired or replaced by Ayre or its authorized agent.
2. Purchaser must return the product, packed in the
original shipping carton, freight prepaid to:
Ayre Acoustics, Inc.
2300-B Central Avenue
Boulder, Colorado 80301
or to Ayre’s authorized agent.
3. Ayre reserves the right to inspect any product
that is the subject of any warranty claim prior to
repairing or replacing it. Final determination of
warranty coverage lies solely with Ayre.
Out-of-warranty claims will be billed for labor,
materials, return freight, and insurance as required.
Any product for which a warranty claim is accepted
will be returned to the purchaser and the cost of
shipping and insurance will be factory prepaid
within the boundaries of the USA. Units to be
shipped outside of the USA will be shipped freight
collect only.
4. Ayre strives to manufacture the finest possible
equipment, and therefore reserves the right to make
improvements on its products, without necessarily
assuming an obligation to retrofit such changes
upon its previously manufactured models.
5. The above warranty is the sole warranty given by
Ayre, and is in lieu of all other warranties. All
implied warranties, including warranties of
merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose
shall be strictly limited in duration to five years
from the date of original purchase, and upon
expiration of the warranty period (five years), Ayre
shall have no further obligation of any kind, whether
express or implied. Further, Ayre shall in no event
be obligated for any incidental or consequential
damages as a result of any defect or any warranty
claim, whether express or implied.
6. Ayre does not authorize any third party,
including any dealer or sales representative to
assume any liability of Ayre or make any warranty
for Ayre. The unit must not have been altered or
improperly serviced. The serial number on the unit
must not have been altered or removed.
7. Warranty registration cards must be completed
and mailed to Ayre within 30 days of purchase. Ayre
may, at its option, require from the purchaser valid
proof of purchase (dated copy or photocopy of
dealer's original invoice).
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Ayre Acoustics, Inc.
2300-B Central Avenue
Boulder, Colorado 80301