Carson SC-407 Stereo Amplifier User Manual

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OWNER’S MANUAL
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A 306
Reference Power Amplifier
NOTE: Before installing your new component, please read this manual carefully
as it will inform you of the product specifications, proper installation and correct
operating procedures for your unit. Also included in this manual are guidelines
on how to service and care for your new Cary Audio Design product.
A 306
REFERENCE POWER AMPLIFIER
A 306
POWER AMPLIFIER
POWER
MAIN INPUTS
RIGHT SPEAKER OUTPUTS
RIGHT SPEAKER OUTPUTS
LEFT SPEAKER OUTPUTS
LEFT SPEAKER OUTPUTS
1
2
2
1
XLR
RIGHT CHANNEL
RCA
RCA
XLR
LEFT CHANNEL
Tip + / Ring +3.3 / 24 VAC
1
1
1
1
CARY AUDIO DESIGN, INC.,
A 306 POWER AMPLIFIER
MADE IN APEX, NC, USA.
TRIGGER INPUT
AC MAINS
Front Panel
P4
Rear Panel
P.5-6
Specifications
P.7
Installation
P.8
Operation
P.9
Service, Care and Warranty
P.10-11
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do
not expose this appliance to rain or moisture. The lightning
flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of un-insulated
dangerous voltage within the product’s enclosure that may
be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric
shock to persons.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the cover. There are no user serviceable parts inside.
Please refer to qualified personnel for service.
ALERT: The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user of the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the component.
1.
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS: All the safety and operating instructions of your Cary Audio equipment should be read
before power is applied to the equipment.
2.
RETAIN OWNER'S MANUAL: These safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference.
3.
HEED WARNING: All warnings on the unit and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
4.
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS: All operating and use instructions should be followed.
5.
CLEANING: Unplug the unit from the wall outlet before cleaning. The unit should be cleaned only as recommended
by the manufacturer.
6.
ATTACHMENTS: Do not use attachments not recommended by the unit manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
7.
WATER AND MOISTURE: Do not use the unit near water - for example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink,
or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool.
8.
ACCESSORIES: Do not place the unit on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The unit may fall,
causing serious injury to a child, an adult, or damage to the unit. Mounting of the unit should follow the
manufacturer's instructions and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer.
9.
VENTILATION: Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation to ensure reliable operation of the
unit and to protect it from overheating. These openings must not be blocked or covered. The top or bottom panel
openings should never be blocked by placing the unit on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. The unit should
not be installed in a built-in location such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided. There should
be free space of at least 6 inches (16cm) above the unit and an opening behind the unit.
10. GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION: The unit may be equipped with a polarized alternating current 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 cannot insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should fail to fit, contact
a licensed electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug.
11. POWER SOURCES: The unit 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 supplied to your home, consult your unit dealer or local power
company.
12. POWER CORD PROTECTION: Power supply cords should be routed so that they are unlikely to be walked on or
pinched by items placed on or against them. Pay close attention to cords where they enter a plug, or a convenience
receptacle, and the point where they exit from the unit.
13. OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING: If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to the unit, be sure the
antenna or cable system is grounded so as to provide protection against voltage surges and built-up static charges.
Article 810 of the National Electrical Code, NSI/NFPA 70, provides information regarding proper grounding of the
mast and supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an Antenna-discharge unit, size of grounding
conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit, connection to grounding electrodes, and requirements for the
grounding electrode.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
14. LIGHTNING: For added protection for the unit during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused
for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent
damage to the unit due to lightning and power line surges.
15. POWER LINES: An outside antenna system should not be located in the vicinity of overhead power lines or other
electric light or power circuits, or where it can fall into such power lines or circuits. When installing an outside
antenna system, take extreme care to keep from touching such power lines or circuits as contact with them might be
fatal.
16. OVERLOADING: Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles as this can
result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
17. OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY: Never push objects of any kind into the unit 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 unit.
18. SERVICING: Do not attempt to service the unit yourself as opening or removing covers may expose you to
dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
19. REPLACEMENT PARTS: When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used
replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized
substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.
20. SAFETY CHECK: Upon completion of any service or repairs to the unit, ask the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the unit is in proper operating condition.
21. WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING: The unit should be mounted to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the
manufacturer.
22. HEAT: The unit should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other units
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
23. IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE: Before connecting a new component such as the DVD 7 to your audio or home
theater system it is always good practice to make certain that all components are turned off, and preferably
unplugged from their AC power source. Many modern electronics products feature automatic turn-on circuits that
may be activated during an installation, causing the potential for damage to electronic components and/or speakers.
Such damage is not covered by product warranties and Cary Audio specifically disclaims responsibility for any such
damage.
Power Cord: The removable power cord that is shipped with the player is specifically designed to be used with this
product. Other AC cords may be used, so consult your dealer for advice on AC power cords and high quality wire in
your system.
AC Fuse: The fuse is located inside the chassis and is not user serviceable. If power does not
come on, contact your authorized service representative.
Wiring: Cables that run inside of walls should have the appropriate markings to indicate compliance with, and listing
by the UL, CSA or other standards required by the UL, CSA, NEC or your local building code. Questions about cables
inside of walls should be referred to a qualified custom installer, or a licensed electrician or low-voltage contractor.
Do Not Open the Cabinet: There are no user serviceable components inside this product. Opening the cabinet
may present a shock hazard, and any modification to the product will void your warranty. If water or any metal
object, such as a paper clip, coin, or staple accidentally falls inside the unit, disconnect it from the AC power source
immediately and contact Cary Audio for further instructions.
24. RECORDING COPYRIGHT: Recording of copyrighted material for other than personal use is illegal without
permission of the copyright holder.
25. NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER: This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer's attention to
article 820-40 of the NEC, ANSI/NFPA 70, which provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specifies
that the cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building, as close to the point of cable entry
as practical.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
26. FCC INFORMATION FOR USER:
CAUTION: ANY changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible
for compliance could void the user's authority to operate the equipment.
NOTE: 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 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, there is no 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 to
correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from where the receiver is connected.
27.
OUTDOOR ANTENNA INSTALLATION/SAFE ANTENNA AND CABLE
CONNECTION: If an outside antenna or cable system is connected to
the equipment, be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so as to
provide protection against built up static charges and voltage surges,
Section 810 of the national Electrical Code, ANSI/NFP A70 (in Canada,
part 1 of the Canadian Electrical Code) provides information with respect
to proper grounding of the mast and supporting structure, grounding of
the lead-in wire to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding
conductors, location of antenna discharge unit, connection to grounding
electrodes and requirements for the grounding electrode.
Keep Antenna Clear of High Voltage Power Lines or Circuits
An outside antenna system should be located well away from power lines, electric light or power circuits and where
it will never come into contact with these power sources if it should happen to fall. When installing an outside
antenna, extreme care should be taken to avoid touching power lines, circuits or other power sources as this could
be fatal. Because of the hazards involved, antenna installation should be left to a professional.
Front Panel
3
A 306
POWER AMPLIFIER
POWER
1
1
2
POWER button:
* Press once to turn the power on.
* Press again to set to the"OFF" position and turn the power off.
2
POWER ON indicator:
* This backlit etched Crystal 3D logo lights when the power amplifier is switched on.
3
STANDBY indicator:
* This indicator lights when the power amplifier is switched to standby mode.
Rear Panel
4
6
5
5
6
4
MAIN INPUTS
RIGHT SPEAKER OUTPUTS
RIGHT SPEAKER OUTPUTS
LEFT SPEAKER OUTPUTS
LEFT SPEAKER OUTPUTS
1
2
2
1
XLR
RIGHT CHANNEL
RCA
RCA
XLR
LEFT CHANNEL
Tip + / Ring +3.3 / 24 VAC
1
1
1
1
CARY AUDIO DESIGN, INC.,
A 306 POWER AMPLIFIER
MADE IN APEX, NC, USA.
1
1
1
TRIGGER INPUT
AC MAINS
3
2
1
1
LOUDSPEAKER BINDING POSTS (OUTPUTS):
* Provide audio output. Two pair of custom-made, high-current Cardas binding posts
labeled + (positive) and - (negative) are included.
* These binging posts are designed to facilitate high pressure, high contact area
connections without the use of tools such as nut drivers. A simple finger-tightening
actually yields higher contact pressure than traditional hex binding posts. There is
no need to exert unusual effort when tightening.
* CAUTION!
NEVER connect power amplifier outputs to any component other than a loudspeaker.
NEVER short-circuit power amplifier outputs.
NEVER connect power amplifier outputs to another power amplifier's outputs.
DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN the A 306 binding posts. Tight, high-contact pressure
connections can be achieved with figer-tightening.
DO NOT FORCE the A 306 binding post "wings" up and over a bent or oversized
connector. Doing so may result in binding post damage. If the connector obstructs
"wing"-turning, slide it into place when the binding post opening provides a snug fit.
Then, use quarter-turns to tighten the connection as needed.
2
POWER INPUT ( AC IN):
* Connect to an AC power supply using the included power supply cord.
3
DC TRIGGER INPUT TERMINALS:
* Provide DC trigger control. One 3.5mm mini-jack is available to receive 12V DC
signals from a connected component. Toggling the connected component between
on and standby will toggle the A 306 into and out of standby.
Rear Panel
4
BALANCED INPUTS:
* Accepts right-channel and left-channel balanced signals from the associated preamplifier
with balanced outputs.
* The pin assignments of these XLR-type female input are:
2
3
1
Pin 1: Signal ground
Pin 2: Signal + (non-inverting)
Pin 3: Signal - (inverting)
Connector ground lug: chassis ground
Refer to the operating manuals of your balanced-output preamplifier
to verify that the pin assignments of their output connectors correspond to
the A 306. If not, wire the cable so that the appropriate input pin connects
to the equivalent output pin.
5
SINGLE-ENDED INPUTS:
* Accepts right-channel and left-channel (RCA) inputs from preamplifier. These signals
are converted to balanced signals upon entering the chassis and processed as balanced
signals thereafter. One pair RCA connector is available.
6
INPUT SWITCH:
* Use this switch to select the input use the BALANCED inputs or SINGLE-ENDED
inputs.
Specifications_________________________________________
Operating the A 306 Power amplifier is a simple procedure, since each unit is designed for long
term stability in virtually any home operating situation. However, if the unit is operated outside
the parameters outlined in this owner’s manual, damage may result. Please read this manual
carefully before putting your new Cary Audio Design A 306 in operation. The following
definitions are applicable to this manual. Please follow these definitions carefully.
1.1 Specifications
The following section describes the A 306 Power amplifier basic specifications. Specifications
are subject to change without notice or obligation.
Rated power output:
600 Watts per channel rms. at 8 Ω
1,100 Watts per channel rms. at 4 Ω
Rated total harmonic
distortion:
0.2 % THD
Frequency response:
+ 0.5 dB from 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Controller Connectors:
1 - IEC AC mains receptacle
4 - custom binding posts
1 - 3.5 mm “mini plug” jack for remote ‘trigger’ in
1 pair 3-pin XLR balanced input connector
1 pair RCA input connector
Signal-to-Noise ratio:
-80 dB CCIR
Input impedance:
100 k Ω (RCA unbalanced)
200 k Ω (XLR balanced)
Voltage gain:
27.2 dB
Input sensitivity:
0.7 V (full-rated output)
Damping Factor:
> 1,000, 20-20,000 Hz
Power Input:
Configured at factory for either
100-120 or 200-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz
Power Consumption:
100 Watts at idle; 15 Watts in standby,
1,200 Watts at full power
Installation_____________________________________________
This section describes the unpacking and installation procedures for the A 306 Power amplifier.
WARNING
MAKE NO ATTEMPT TO PUT THE A 306 POWER AMPLIFIER IN SERVICE WITH
THE TOP COVER REMOVED. CONTACT WITH HIGH VOLTAGE INSIDE THE
A 306 POWER AMPLIFIER CAN BE FATAL !!!!!
2.1
Unpacking
All shipping containers have been specifically designed to protect their contents and special care
has been taken to prevent damage under normal shipping conditions. Mishandling should be
evident upon inspection of the shipping container. If the A 306 Power amplifier mechanism or
other damage is found after unpacking and visual inspection, take care not to destroy the
evidence so that the shipping agent may inspect the damage. If necessary, document the damage
with photographs and contact the shipping company immediately.
Carefully remove your A 306 Power amplifier from its packing carton and examine it closely
for signs of shipping damage. It is highly recommended to save all original packing cartons to
protect your A 306 from damage should you wish to store it or ship it for after-sales service.
Replacement cartons and packing are available at a nominal charge from Cary Audio Design, if
ever required.
2.2
Placement
In general, the location of your new A 306 is not critical. However, certain precautions must be
taken to ensure optimum performance. Avoid extremely hot locations such as near radiators or
other heating units. Avoid getting it wet or using it near water. Do not stack the A 306 on top of
a power amplifier. Allow 4-6 inches (10-15cm) above the unit for proper ventilation.
2.3
Power Requirement
The A 306 Power amplifier is designed to operate from AC mains current. The design AC
voltage is either 100-120V /or 200-240Volts AC at 50-60 Hz.
2.4
Connections
Balanced Inputs: Accepts right-channel and left-channel balanced signals from preamplifer
with balanced outputs.
Single-ended Inputs: Accepts right-channel and left-channel (single-ended) inputs from
preamplifier.
Loudspeaker binding posts (outputs): Connect + (positive) binding posts on the A 306 to
positive inputs on the associated loudspeaker.
Connect – (negative) binding posts on the A 306 to
negative inputs on the associated loudspeaker.
Operation
3
A 306
POWER AMPLIFIER
POWER
1
1
2
POWER button:
* Press once to turn the power on.
* Press again to set to the"OFF" position and turn the power off.
2
POWER ON indicator:
* This 3D etched Crystal display is backlit by blue led's and will come on when the
power is turned on.
3
STANDBY indicator:
* This indicator lights when the power amplifier is switched to standby mode.
4
BREAKING -IN your A 306:
* Like other great power amplifiers, the A 306 requires at least 100 hours of
continuous operation after it is first turned on to sound its best. This gives the
materials in various circuit components a chance to "form" so audio signals
achieve greater definition, smoothness and transparency.
Although the unit will sound spectacular when you first operate it, you will find
it worthwhile to listen again after a few days and you'll discover details in your
music, you may not have guessed were there.
Service and Care
3.1
A 306 Power Ampfilier Care and Cleaning
The cabinet housing and front panel of the A 306 may be cleaned with a soft cloth and
Windex® or a mild window cleaner. The frequency of cleaning will be governed by the
operating environment cleanliness. Do not use benzene, harsh or abrasive chemicals to clean the
front or rear panel as they may remove or damage the labels.
3.2
Factory Service
Careful consideration has been given to the design of your A 306 Power amplifier to keep
maintenance problems to a minimum. Any service problems should be referred to our Customer
Service Department phone number (919) 355-0010 from 1-5 PM US East Coast Time Zone. DO
NOT return the A 306 to the factory without a return authorization number (RA) from the
Customer Service Department.
Cary Audio Design, Inc. will assume no responsibility if the shipping company refuses to pay
a damage due to your improper packing or lack of insurance should the unit be lost or damaged
in shipment. Please retain and always use the original shipping carton for the A 306 in the event
that you move or after service is needed.
WARNINGS
MAKE
NO
ATTEMPT
TO
PUT
THE
A 306
INTO
SERVICE WITH THE COVER REMOVED. CONTACT WITH
THE POWER SUPPLY SECTION FOUND
INSIDE THE
UNIT CAN BE FATAL!! COMPLETELY REMOVE THE AC
POWER PLUG FROM THE WALL BEFORE SERVICING
THE POWER AMPLIFIER.
CAUTIONS
NEVER REMOVE OR INSERT THE
PLUG WHEN THE UNIT IS ON OR
PLUGGED INTO THE WALL.
BACK PANEL AC
THE AC CORD IS
!!PLEASE OBSERVE THE SAFETY DIRECTIONS IN THIS MANUAL!!
UNITED STATES LIMITED WARRANTY
Cary Audio Design warrants to the original United States purchaser for use in the United States that Cary
Audio Design vacuum tube or solid state power amplifiers, surround sound processors or preamplifiers shall
be free from defects in parts or workmanship for three (3) years from the date of the original purchase.
Vacuum tubes, if any are used in the component, are offered a 90 day from purchase date exchange policy
against defects with the exception of the CAVT 300B vacuum tube which has a (1) one year from purchase
date exchange policy. Any digital drive design, whether a Cary Audio Design CD or SACD player or a Cary
Cinema DVD player, has a limited one year parts and labor warranty against defects in manufacture. This is
a limited warrant, for the original purchaser only and does not transfer to any subsequent owner.
During the limited warranty period, Cary Audio Design or an authorized Cary Audio Design service facility
will provide free of charge both parts and labor necessary to correct any defects in material or
workmanship.
To obtain such warranty service, the original purchaser must:
1. Complete and send in the warranty Registration Card within 15 days of purchase.
2. If claiming service the owner must send a fully filled in copy of the original sales receipt along with
any unit sent in for service showing the AUTHORIZED CARY AUDIO DESIGN DEALER’S name, the
new selling price, the buyer’s name, e-mail or phone number and address on the receipt. Blank
receipts will NOT validate the limited warranty for service.
3. Notify Cary Audio Design as soon as possible after the discovery of a possible defect and submit
the following information to determine eligibility for warranty:
(a) The model number and serial number;
(b) A fully filled in copy of the original sales receipt showing the original selling price, purchasers
name and address filled in by an AUTHORIZED CARY AUDIO DESIGN DEALER with the original
date of purchase shown on the form;
(c) a detailed description of the problem.
4. Deliver the product to Cary Audio Design or the nearest authorized service facility or ship with all
freight and insurance charges prepaid, in its original packing container or equivalent, to Cary
Audio.
Correct maintenance, repair and use are important to obtain performance from this product. Therefore,
please carefully read the Operating Manual. This warranty does not apply to any defect that Cary Audio
Design in its sole discretion determines is due to:
1. Improper maintenance or repair, including the installation of parts or accessories that do not
conform to the quality and the specifications of the original parts.
2. Misuse, abuse, neglect or improper installation.
3. Accidental or incidental damage.
WARRANTY DISCLAIMER
Except for the express warranties stated herein, Cary Audio Design disclaims all other warranties including,
without limitation, all implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The
foregoing constitutes Cary Audio Design’s entire obligation with respect to this product, and the original
purchaser and any user or owner shall have no other claim for incidental or consequential damages. Some
states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above
limitation and exclusion may not apply to you. This warranty gives legal rights and you may also have other
rights, which vary from state to state.
EXCLUSIVE REMEDY
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the purchaser’s exclusive remedy for any breach of warranty, express or
implied, is limited to the repair or replacement of the defective unit or the refund of the purchase price, at
the option of Cary Audio Design. Under no circumstances is Cary Audio Design liable for incidental or
consequential damages. Any implied warranties imposed by law terminate one (1) year from the date of
purchase.
INTERNATIONAL PURCHASERS (Export markets)
Cary Audio Design warrants its merchandise to purchasers within the United States exclusively for use within
the United States of America. It provides no other warranties, expressed or implied. If you are living
outside the USA, please consult with your local dealer or distributor to determine the details of your local
warranty.
1020 Goodworth Drive, Apex, NC 27539
phone 919-355-0010
fax 919-355-0013
www.caryaudio.com
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