Cambridge SoundWorks PS2000 Speaker System User Manual

Cambridge SoundWorks PS2000 Speaker System User Manual
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Safety & Regulatory Information
The following sections contain notices for various countries:
Notice for the USA
FCC Part 15: This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are
designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, this
notice is not a guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off
and on, the user is encouraged to try one or more of the
following measures:
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by
the grantee of this device could void the user’s authority
to operate the device.
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the distance between the equipment and
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit
different from that to which the receiver is
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV
CAUTION: To comply with the limits for the Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules, this
device must be installed with computer equipment
certified to comply with the Class B limits.
All cables used to connect the computer and peripherals
must be shielded and grounded. Operation with noncertified computers or non-shielded cables may result in
interference to radio or television reception.
Notice for Canada
This apparatus complies with the Class B limits for radio
interference as specified in the Canadian Department of
Communications Radio Interference Regulations.
Cet appareil est conforme aux normes de CLASSE “B”
d’interference radio tel que spe’cifie’ par le Ministère
Canadien des Communications dans les règlements
d’interfèrence radio.
Declaration of Conformity
According to the FCC96 208 and ET95-19
Creative Labs Inc.
1901 McCarthy Boulevard
Milpitas, CA. 95035
United States
Tel: (408) 428-6600
declares under its sole responsibility that the product
Trade Name:
Creative Labs/
Cambridge SoundWorks
Model Number:
has been tested according to the FCC / CISPR22/85
requirement for Class B devices and found compliant
with the following standards:
EMI/ EMC: ANSI C63.4 1992, FCC Part 15 Subpart B
Complies with Canadian ICES-003 Class B.
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules.
Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference,
This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesirable
Ce matériel est conforme à la section 15 des régles FCC.
Son fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions
Le matériel ne peut étre source d’interférences et
Doit accepter toutes les interférences reques, Y
compris celles pouvant provoquer un
fonctionnement indésirable.
Compliance Manager
Creative Labs, Inc.
August 25, 2000
This product conforms to the following Council Directive:
Directive 89/ 336/ EEC, 92/ 31/ EEC (EMC),
73/ 23/ EEC (LVD)
WARNING: To prevent fire or
shock hazard, do not expose this
appliance to rain or moisture.
Important Notice
The serial number for the PlayWorks PS2000 Digital is
located on the Subwoofer and Dipole Unit. Please write
this number down and keep it in a secure area. This is
for your security.
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READ INSTRUCTIONS – All safety and
operating instructions should be read
before the product is operated.
operating instructions should be retained
for future reference.
HEED WARNINGS – All warnings on the
product and in the operating instructions
should be adhered to.
and use instructions should be followed.
CLEANING – Unplug this product from the
wall outlet or other power source before
cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol
cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
ATTACHMENTS – Do not use attachments
not recommended by Cambridge
SoundWorks as they may cause hazards.
WATER AND MOISTURE – Do not use this
product near water; for example, near a
bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or
laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a
swimming pool; and the like.
ACCESSORIES – Do not place this product
on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket,
or table. The product may fall, causing
serious injury to a person, and serious
damage to the product. Use only with a
cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
recommended by Cambridge SoundWorks,
or sold with the product. Any mounting of
the product should follow the
manufacturer’s instructions, and should
use a mounting accessory recommended by
Cambridge SoundWorks.
VENTILATION – Slots and openings in the
cabinet are provided for ventilation, to
ensure reliable operation of the product and
to prevent it from overheating. These
openings must not be blocked or covered.
The openings should never be blocked by
placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or
other similar surface. This product should
not be placed in a built-in installation such
as a bookcase or rack unless proper
ventilation is provided or Cambridge
SoundWorks’ instructions have been
adhered to.
HEAT – This product should be situated
away from heat sources such as radiators,
heat registers, stoves, and other products
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
POWER SOURCES – This product should be
operated only from the type of power source
indicated on the marking label. If you are
not sure of the type of power supply to your
home, consult your product dealer or local
power company. For products intended to
operate from battery power or other
sources, refer to the operating instructions.
POLARIZATION – This product may be
equipped with a polarized alternatingcurrent line plug (a plug having one blade
wider than the other). This plug will fit into
the power outlet only one way. This is a
safety feature. If you are unable to insert
the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing
the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit,
contact your electrician to replace your
obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety
purpose of the polarized plug.
POWER-CORD PROTECTION – Powersupply cords should be routed so that they
are not likely to be walked on or pinched by
items placed upon or against them, paying
particular attention to cords at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point
where they exit from the product.
LIGHTNING – For added protection for this
product during a lightning storm, or when
it is left unattended and unused for long
periods of time, unplug it from the wall
outlet. This will prevent damage to the
product due to lightning and power-line
OVERLOADING – Do not overload wall
outlets, extension cords, or integral
convenience receptacles as this can result
in a risk of fire or electric shock.
objects of any kind into this product
through openings as they may touch
dangerous voltage points or short out parts
that could result in a fire or electric shock.
Never spill liquid of any kind on the
SERVICING – Do not attempt to service this
product yourself, as opening or removing
covers may expose you to dangerous
voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing
to qualified service personnel.
this product from the wall outlet or other
power source and refer servicing to
qualified service personnel under the
following conditions:
a) When the power-supply cord or plug is
b) If liquid has been spilled into, or objects
have fallen onto the product.
c) If the product has been exposed to rain
or water.
d) If the product does not operate normally
by following the operating instructions;
or exhibits a distinct change in
e) If the product has been dropped or
damaged in any way.
replacement parts are required, be sure the
service technician has used replacement
parts specified by Cambridge SoundWorks
or have the same characteristics as the
original parts. Unauthorized substitutions
may result in fire, electric shock, or other
SAFETY CHECK – Upon completion of any
service or repairs to this product, ask the
service technician to perform safety checks
to determine that the product is in proper
operating condition.
product should be mounted to a wall or
ceiling only as recommended by Cambridge
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Inventory ............................................................................................................1
Speaker System Connections .............................................................................2
Signal Source Connections.................................................................................2
System Connection Diagram..............................................................................3
Dipole Unit Stand Installation ...........................................................................4
Speaker Placement .............................................................................................5
System Functions...............................................................................................7
Surround Reference..........................................................................................10
1-Year Limited Warranty..................................................................................13
Technical Support.............................................................................................13
Thank you for buying PlayWorks PS2000 Digital by
Cambridge SoundWorks, a revolutionary two piece Dolby ®
Digital speaker solution for PlayStation 2TM.
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Examine each unit carefully for shipping damage. If there is any, do not install or use the system. Contact the retailer where the system was purchased. Save the shipping
carton and inserts in case you have to transport the system later.
Paste this behind the
Remote Control or
any other surfaces
Tandem Audio Cable
Dipole Unit
15V 3A DC Power Adapter
Dipole Unit Stand
and Ball-fastener
Remote Control
Optical Cable
“AA”- Size Battery (2) Dual Female RCA Adapter
SPDIF Cable (RCA to RCA)
Stereo to Dual RCA Cable
Paste this behind the
Remote Control or
any other surfaces
LED Indicator
Dual RCA to RCA Cable
Dipole DIN Cable
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Speaker Connections
Using the Dual RCA to RCA plug,
connect the R (right) and L (left)
Speaker inputs located on the back
panel of the Dipole Unit to the
corresponding Speaker outputs on the
Using the Dipole DIN cable, connect
the DIN jack of the Dipole Unit to the
DIN jack of the Subwoofer.
For information on connections to
signal sources, refer to “System
Connection Diagram” on page 3.
Power Supply Adapter
Confirm the power switch on the
Subwoofer is in the “OFF” position.
Insert the Power Adapter’s AC plug
into an appropriate receptacle. Insert
the small DC connector into the 15V
DC IN jack on the back of the
Dolby Digital source
Connect the Dolby Digital/SPDIF
output of your signal source to the
Subwoofer’s Dolby Digital (AC-3)
SPDIF IN jack using the SPDIF Cable
(RCA to RCA) or the Optical Cable.
Game consoles
Connect the optical output of the
game console (e.g. PlayStation 2TM) to
the Optical input with the Optical
If the optical connection is not
available or is being utilized, use the
Stereo to Dual RCA Cable and the
Dual Female RCA Adapter to connect
to the game console’s RCA output of
the multiple A/V plug.
For devices with optical output
Connect the optical output of these
devices (e.g. CD or MiniDisc® players)
to the Optical input with the Optical
Note: Optical connections have
priority over coaxial (SPDIF RCA to
RCA) connections.
For all other sound cards
Use the Tandem Audio Cable.
Connect the lime-green stereo
miniplugs from the Line Out minijack
output of your sound card to the Line
In minijack input of the Subwoofer.
Connect the black stereo miniplugs
from the Rear Out minijack output of
your sound card (if present) to the
Rear In minijack input of the
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Stereo to Dual RCA Cable
PlayStation 2
CD Player
Dual Female-to-Female
RCA Adapter
Stereo to Dual RCA Cable
PlayStation 2
CD Player
MiniDisc® Player
Sound Card Optical
To the Digital Optical Output
Optical Cable
Tandem Audio Cable
SPDIF Cable (RCA to RCA)
Cassette Deck
Sound Card Output
e.g. Sound Blaster Live!
MiniDisc® Player
CD Player
MP3 Player
To the Digital Coaxial Output
PC-DVD Encore
DVD Player
Sound Card Optical
CD Player
Dipole Unit
To wall AC Receptacle
R (red)
Power Adapter
L (white)
R (red)
L (white)
Dipole DIN Cable
Dual RCA to RCA Cable
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Dipole Unit Stand
Tilting the Dipole Unit
Align the Dipole Unit Stand to the Dipole Unit. Using the Ball-fastener
provided, attach the Dipole Unit Stand to the Dipole Unit, (see diagram A).
Loosen the Ball-fastener below the Dipole Unit Stand to adjust the tilt of the
Dipole Unit. The Dipole Unit can be angled to face you by moving the Dipole
Unit back or forth (see diagram B). Tighten the Ball-fastener once the optimum
tilt has been achieved (see diagram C).
Dipole Unit Stand
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When placing the Dipole
Unit in front of the T.V. or
monitor, use the Dipole Unit
Stand to tilt the unit
upwards to your listening
position. You can place the
Dipole Unit on the floor,
coffee table or desktop.
For the best listening effect, place the
Dipole Unit between 50cm and 1.5m
from the listening position and at ear
level if possible.
Use the Dipole Unit Stand to
tilt the Dipole Unit
downwards to your listening
position when placing the
Dipole Unit on your T.V. or
We highly recommend that you
place the Subwoofer on the floor,
leave at least 5 cm (2 inches) of
space between the Subwoofer face
and a wall.
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Rear Panel of Subwoofer
Rear Panel of Dipole Unit
Remote Control
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1. MUTE (On Remote Control): Mutes all output from the PS2000
Digital. Press this button once to mute. Press a second time to restore
audio output. You can also enable or disable the mute function by pressing
volume buttons on the Dipole Unit together.
2. POWER ON/OFF (On Subwoofer): The POWER button on the
Subwoofer controls the power supply input from the Power Adapter. This
button must be depressed to activate the Dipole Unit.
3. POWER (On Remote Control): The POWER button on the Remote
Control and Dipole Unit sets the system to power on and standby mode.
When the system is turned on for the first time, the default input mode is
“Digital” and the effects selection is “Prism”. Subsequently, when the
system is turned on from standby mode, the last input mode and effect
selection is retained.
4. VOLUME (On Dipole Unit): Adjusts the volume of the entire system.
Press the UP or DOWN button to increase or decrease the volume. (This
function is also available on the Remote Control, use the + or - button)
5. DIGITAL (On Remote Control): Selects the digital input source signal
for the OPTICAL or COAXIAL input. Digital input is the default mode when
the system is turned on. Optical input has priority. This button is located
on the Remote Control. (This function is also available on the Dipole Unit,
use the SOURCE button) The possible digital input signals are; PCM, 2-Ch
AC-3 or 5.1 AC-3. These signals are auto-detected.
2-Ch AC-3
5.1 AC-3
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6. ANALOG (On Remote Control): Selects the analog input source signal
from the analog LINE IN input or both the analog LINE IN and REAR IN
inputs for FourPointSurround sound. (This function is also available on the
Dipole Unit, use the SOURCE button) FourPointSurround sound is autoselected when the front and rear analog inputs are connected. The possible
analog input signals are; Stereo, FourPointSurround (FPS) and CMSS.
These signals are auto-detected.
7. MIX (On Remote Control): Combines both digital and analog source
signals. The LEDs blink when there is no AC-3 signal. (This function is also
available on the Dipole Unit, use the SOURCE button) The possible mixed
input signals are; Analog + 2-Ch PCM, Analog + 2-Ch AC-3, Analog + 5.1Ch AC-3. These signals are auto-detected.
2-Ch PCM
2-Ch AC-3
5.1-Ch AC-3
Note: For optimum sound reproduction, choose DIGITAL when connected
to digital sources or ANALOG when connected to analog sources.
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8. EFFECT (On Remote Control): Processes Digital program material.
Repeated presses of this button step through five different operation
function is also available on the Dipole Unit, use the EFFECT/CMSS button)
Recommended effects selection for 2-channel source materials:
Prism (default): General purpose including classical music.
Crystal: Jazz or pop.
Ghost: Games.
Dimension: Binaural.
Pass through: System check and Stereo Dipole pre-encoded materials.
Recommended effects selection for 5-channel source materials:
Prism (default): General purpose including music.
Crystal: Drama.
Ghost: Science Fiction or Adventure movies.
Dimension: Games.
Pass through: System check and Stereo Dipole pre-encoded materials.
9. CMSS (On Remote Control): CMSS (Creative Multi Speaker
Surround) processes analog 2-channel program material. Repeated
presses of this button step through two different operation modes:
Music>Movie. The default mode is CMSS Music.
Music: Creates a 5.1 speaker soundfield appropriate for music from any
analog sound source.
Movie: Creates a 5.1 speaker soundfield appropriate for movie or game
enjoyment from an analog sound source. (This function is also available
on the Dipole Unit, use the EFFECT/CMSS button)
10. BASS LEVEL (On Subwoofer):
Turn the Bass Level knob
counter-clockwise to reduce
the bass output.
Turn the Bass Level knob
clockwise to increase the
bass output.
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Dolby Digital
Creative Multi Speaker Surround (CMSS)
Dolby Digital (earlier called AC-3) delivers five discreet full-range channels (left
front, center, right front, left surround and right surround) plus a separate Low
Frequency Effects (LFE) channel.
Many soundtracks on the latest generation laser discs, DVDs and High
Definition Television (HDTV), are encoded with Dolby Digital technology.
When a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital program source is playing, such as from a
game console, Creative PC-DVD player or DVD player, the Dolby Digital
indicator light will illuminate automatically.
Note: Not every section of a DVD will be 5.1-channel encoded. On many
DVDs, only the main movie program will be available in 5.1 channel sound.
Other supporting chapters (like a “Director’s Comment” section) may be in
stereo or mono. These sections will not light the Dolby Digital indicator even
though the sound will be properly reproduced by the PS2000 Digital.
CMSS is a 2-channel to 5.1-channel sound processor similar in some aspects to
a Dolby Surround Pro Logic processor.
The Music and Movie modes create a virtual 5.1 audio experience.
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The PS2000 Digital supports many
signal source inputs, both analog and
digital. For example:
1. Game consoles like the
PlayStation 2 using the Optical or
Line In connections.
2. DVD players with Dolby Digital
(AC-3) optical outputs. DVD
players with coaxial outputs (for
example, the Creative labs PCDVD Encore) may also be used.
3. Sound cards that support
DirectSound®3D sound
processing, including front and
rear 2-channel minijack line
outputs (like Sound Blaster Live!
series or Creative Labs Sound
Blaster PCI series).
4. Conventional 2-channel sound
cards such as Sound Blaster 16 or
the Sound Blaster AWE series can
also be used with the PS2000
Digital, but these cards will not
provide rear channel output when
playing games using
DirectSound®3D or its
DVD Player
Game Console - Analog Output
CD Player
Game Console - Digital Output
MD Player
VHS Player
Cassette Deck
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PlayWorks PS2000 Digital
10 watts RMS
12 watts RMS
These specifications apply to PS2000
Digital operating from the supplied
15V 3A DC power adapter.
EAX is a collection of powerful,
innovative audio technologies.
Developed by Creative's world-class
audio scientists and built into
groundbreaking Personal Digital
Entertainment (PDE) solutions, EAX
is changing the way audio is
EAX offers advanced, interactive
audio and high-definition sound to a
new generation of portable audio
appliances, audio applications, and
internet services. Advanced
technologies for incredible, cutting
edge audio are built into powerful
tools. EAX-enabled products let you
shape and customize your audio
experience, and include advanced
audio features for music composition
and sound design.
The PlayWorks PS2000 Digital is a
highly affordable and extremely
compact Dolby Digital 5.1 speaker
solution targeted at PlayStation 2TM.
Also, when used with a 4 channel PC
sound card, or set-top DVD player, the
PS2000 Digital delivers a virtual 5.1
Featuring innovative 5.1
virtualization technology, full Dolby
Digital decoding is possible from the
unique all-in-one dipole speaker
design plus sub woofer. In addition,
when used with a 4-channel sound
card such as the Sound Blaster Live!,
virtualized rear channels ensure a
great listening experience for
interactive 3D and EAX-enhanced
game titles.
For more information on EAX, be sure
to visit
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o the original purchaser,
Cambridge SoundWorks, Inc. will
warrant the speaker system to be
free of defects in material and
workmanship for a period of
one (1) year from date of purchase. With
respect to defects, Cambridge
SoundWorks will, at its option, replace
the product or repair the defect in the
product with no charge to the original
purchaser for parts or labor.
This warranty does not extend to any
defect, malfunction or failure caused by
misuse, abuse, accident, faulty hookup,
defective associated equipment or use
of the speaker with equipment for
which it is not intended.
This warranty is valid only when the
speaker is returned to the retailer where
the PS2000 Digital was purchased.
This is the sole and expressed
warranty. This warranty is in lieu of all
other warranties, expressed or implied,
of merchantability, fitness for purpose
or otherwise. In no event shall
Cambridge SoundWorks be liable for
incidental or consequential damages or
have any liability with respect to
defects other than the obligations set
forth above.
To ensure warranty coverage, it is
incumbent upon the original purchaser
to contact the retailer where the
PS2000 Digital was purchased and
inform them of the defect within the
warranty period. The only acceptable
method of establishing warranty status
is a copy of the original proof of
purchase indicating customer’s name
and purchase date.
Inside U.S.A., Canada and
Latin America
Creative Labs Inc.
Technical Support
1523 Cimarron Plaza
Stillwater, OK 74075
Tel: 1–405–742–6622
Fax 1–405–742–6633
Operating hours (Central Time):
Daily 8:00 A.M.–12 Midnight
To reach Technical Support via the
Internet, visit our web site at
You can reach Customer Service by
phone at 1–800–998–1000,
Mon–Fri 8:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M.
(Central Time).
You can also use our Faxback
service at 1–405–372–5227.
Inside Asia
Creative Technology Ltd.
Technical Support
31 International Business Park
Creative Resource
Singapore 609921
Tel: 65–895–4100
Fax: 65–569–6640
Operating hours (Singapore Time):
Mon–Fri 9:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M.
Sat–Sun & Public Holidays closed
To reach Technical Support via the
Internet, visit our web site at
© 2000 Cambridge SoundWorks, Inc., All rights reserved. Cambridge SoundWorks is a registered trademark and Playworks is a trademark of Cambridge SoundWorks, Inc., Newton, MA.
Creative, the Creative logo and Sound Blaster are registered trademarks and EAX the EAX logo, PC-DVD, Encore, and Creative Multi-Speaker-Surround are trademarks of Creative Technology
Ltd. PlayStation is a trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment, Inc. Dolby, Dolby Digital, Pro Logic, AC-3 and the double D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved.
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