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Polk Audio 2 Home Theater System User Manual
DS-2
DIGITAL SOLUTION-2
HOME THEATER SYSTEM
INSTRUCTION
MANUAL
A Word from Matthew Polk
Table of Contents
Dear Home Entertainment Buff,
Safety Warnings ..........................................................................4
DS-2 Features ............................................................................5
Carton Contents ..........................................................................6
Quick Start Guide ........................................................................6
Rear Panel Guide ........................................................................7
System Hookup, Overview Illustrations ..................................8, 9
Hooking Up the System ........................................................10-13
Thank you for purchasing the Polk Audio Digital Solution. Your
new Polk Home Theater System includes the latest technologies
to assure outstanding performance and enjoyment. While we
designed the Digital Solution System to be very easy to set up
and use, please read this manual thoroughly for information on
getting the greatest enjoyment from your new system.
Designing high quality audio products is more than just a business for the people of Polk Audio—it is our passion. We are all
dedicated to your complete satisfaction and delight.
Should you have any problem or question regarding this or any
Polk Audio product, consult your Polk Audio dealer or call our
Customer Service Department at 1-800-377-7655 from 9am to
6pm, Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.
Radio Antennas ....................................................................10
Sincerely,
DVD Player ..........................................................................10
DSS Receivers ......................................................................11
VCR ......................................................................................11
Matthew S. Polk
CD Player ............................................................................11
Audio Tape Deck ..................................................................11
Laserdisc Player ..................................................................12
Television/Monitor ................................................................12
Subwoofer ............................................................................12
Speakers ..............................................................................13
AC Power..............................................................................13
Speaker Placement ..............................................................14
Preamp/Processor Front Panel Guide..................................15, 16
Remote Control Guide..........................................................17, 18
Calibration (optional) ..........................................................19, 20
How to Use the System ........................................................21, 22
About Polk Audio—A History of Excellence
Polk Audio was founded in 1972 by Matthew Polk and George
Klopfer. Their dream was to make great sounding speakers
at reasonable prices. Today, Polk Audio is still headquartered
in Baltimore, Maryland, and is one of the world’s largest
manufacturers of loudspeakers for home, office and car.
Polk’s research has yielded over 20 patents for advances
in loudspeaker performance and value. Polk speakers have
earned the praise of audio experts the world over, as well
as dozens of awards for innovative, high-quality design. Polk
Audio speakers are sold in over 50 countries and through retail
audio/video specialists throughout the US.
About Surround Sound ..............................................................23
Multi-Room Hook Up and Use ....................................................24
Troubleshooting, Maintenance and Service ..........................25, 26
Warranty ..................................................................................26
Specifications ............................................................................27
Overall System Hookup........................................................28, 29
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SIMPLY COMPLETE HOME THEATER:
THE DIGITAL SOLUTION 2
The original RM Digital Solution-1, with its compact high
performance satellite speakers, got as close to “full size” speaker
performance as possible in a “mini sub/sat” system. How? By
optimizing the speakers with preamp, surround processor and
amplifier electronics of our own design. We did this by designing
the electronics in tandem with the speakers, making everything
work together perfectly. We had created something entirely new:
a no-compromise high performance sub/sat Dolby® Digital home
theater—integrated into a single, complete system.
PERFORMANCE
CONVENIENCE
SIMPLICITY
Then we thought, what if we did this same kind of
optimization for true “full size” speakers? And the
Digital Solution-2 was born.
This Digital Solution System is the ultimate all-in-one
Home Theater System. It’s “simply the best.”
With the DS-2, you have everything you need—except sources.
There’s no need to choose a receiver or separate surround
processor or multi-channel power amplifier. With the DS-2
you already have them. They’re built-in. And, most importantly,
you know that they were designed specifically for each other to
deliver no-compromise performance.
You don’t need an advanced degree in digital electronics to get
the most out of this system. We’ve done the work for you.
The DS-2 is a complete system. Everything is pre-optimized to
achieve the best possible performance. No complicated setup
procedures are required.
Simply plug everything in, and enjoy!
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NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER:
This reminder is provided to call the CATV (Cable-TV) system installer’s attention to Article
820-40 of the NEC, that provides guidelines for proper grounding and, in particular, specified
that the cable ground shall be connected to the grounding system of the building, as close to
the point of cable entry as practical.
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,
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, 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 tuning 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 that to which the
receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
NOTE:
Changes or modifications may cause this unit to fail to comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules
and may void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
READ BEFORE OPERATING EQUIPMENT
These products were designed and manufactured to meet strict quality and safety standards. There
are, however, some installation and operation precautions which you should be particularly aware of.
1. Read Instructions—All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the
system is operated.
2. Retain Instructions—The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference.
3. Heed Warnings—All warnings on the appliances and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
4. Follow Instructions—All operating and use instructions should be followed.
5. Cleaning—Unplug the appliances from wall outlets before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or
aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
6. Attachments—Do not use attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer as they
may cause hazards.
7. Water and Moisture—Do not use these appliances 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.
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8. Accessories—Do not place these appliances on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table.
The audio/video products may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to
the products. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer,
or sold with the appliances. Any mounting of the appliances should follow the manufacturer’s
instructions, and should use mounting accessories recommended by the manufacturer.
9. Ventilation—Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable
operation of the appliances and to protect them from overheating, and these openings must not be
blocked or covered. The openings should never be blocked by placing the products on a bed, sofa,
rug, or other similar surface. These products should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat
register. These products should not be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack
unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturer’s instructions have been adhered to.
10. Power Sources—These products should be operated only from the type of power source
indicated on the marking labels. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult
your appliance dealer or local power company. For video products intended to operate from battery
power, or other sources, refer to the operating instructions.
11. Grounding or Polarization—These products are equipped with polarized alternating-current line
plugs (plugs 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.
12. Power-Cord Protection—Power-supply 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 appliances.
13. Outdoor Antenna Grounding—If an outside
antenna or cable system is connected to the
product, be sure the antenna or cable system is
grounded so as to provide some protection against voltage surges and built up static charges.
Section 810 of the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA No. 70-1984, 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. See Figure 1.
14. Lightning—For added protection for these audio/video products during a lightning storm, or
when they are left un-attended and unused for long periods of time, unplug them from the wall outlet
and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will prevent damage to the products 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, extreme care should be taken to keep from touching
such power lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.
16. Overloading—Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire
or electric shock.
17. Object and Liquid Entry—Never push objects of any kind into these products 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 these audio/video products.
18. Servicing—Do not attempt to service these products yourself as opening or removing
covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified
service personnel.
19. Damage Requiring Service—Unplug these products from wall outlets and refer servicing to
qualified service personnel under the following conditions:
a. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
b. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the products
c. If the products have been exposed to rain or water.
d. If the products do not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those
controls that are covered by the operating instructions as an improper adjustment of other controls
may result in damage and will often require extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the
product to its normal operation.
e. If the product has been dropped or the cabinet has been damaged.
f. When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance-this indicates a need for service.
20. 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.
21. Safety Check—Upon completion of any service or repairs to these products, ask the service
technician to perform safety checks to determine that the products are in proper operating condition.
22. Carts and Stands—The appliances should be used only with a cart or stand that is
recommended by the manufacturer.
23. An appliance and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and
uneven surfaces may cause the appliance and cart combination to overturn.
Figure 1.
EXAMPLE OF ANTENNA GROUNDING
ACCORDING TO NATIONAL ELECTRICAL
CODE INSTRUCTIONS CONTAINED IN
ARTICLE 810 -“RADIO AND TELEVISION EQUIPMENT”
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ANTENNA
LEAD IN
WIRE
GROUND
CLAMP
ANTENNA
DISCHARGE UNIT
(NEC SECTION 810-20)
ELECTRIC
SERVICE
EQUIPMENT
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS
(NEC SECTION 810-21)
GROUND CLAMPS
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING
ELECTRODE SYSTEM
(NEC ART 250, PART H)
NEC - NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE
DS-2 FEATURES
• The DS-2 features all five main and surround speakers optimized to deliver
the greatest possible performance from any integrated home theater system:
The RT800i Main Speakers, the CS400i Center Channel Speakers and a pair
of f/x500i Surround Speakers. Heavy duty bottom end is delivered by the
specially built Powered Subwoofer.
• Some CDs have too much bass, some have too little. The same is
true for movies. Most people like to adjust bass volume from CD to CD,
movie to movie. We put the subwoofer volume control on the remote
to make it easy for you to get the right amount of bass without
leaving your chair.
• The DS-2 is a fully integrated and performance optimized system.
That means all the parts were designed together for a single purpose:
all-in-one home theater.
• Half of the world is looking for the meaning of life. The other half is
looking for better bass. (This is as good as humor gets in the audio
business.) If you are part of the latter group, we’ve got the subwoofer
for you. The DS-2 subwoofer uses our patented Power Port bass venting
system to deliver deep, powerful bass with low distortion. Your friends
will be green with envy.
• Got a big room to fill? No worries. The DS-2 has a high power 6
channel power amplifier built right into the subwoofer enclosure.
This is an honest-to-goodness, beefy high-end power amp with all the
features that send audiophiles into rapture: high current, discrete
circuits, dynamic headroom... But forget the jargon, this system plays
loud and clean without strain even in the largest rooms.
• The DS-2 preamp/processor also includes one of the world’s most
sophisticated digital surround sound processors, which hooks up to the
power amplifiers with a single convenient cable.
• Most folks like more bass on movies than music. With the DS-2, once
you have set subwoofer level for each surround mode, the system
remembers and returns to that setting. We call this feature
subwoofer/surround memory. If you are watching a DVD and you select a
bass level of -7, then switch to a CD in stereo and change the bass setting
to -10, the system will return to a bass setting of -7 when you go back to
the surround mode. We love this feature. We think you will too.
• Plug’n’Play – the preamp/processor is pre-configured for the speakers
to bring you high performance right out of their boxes, without the need
for complicated set-up procedures.
• Simple, intuitive operation. Everyone in the house, from kids to
grandparents, can enjoy ultra high-performance home theater
entertainment without reading this dopey manual.
• The perfectly matched front, rear, and center speakers ensure
seamless blending and lifelike surround sound effects. You’ll feel like
you are part of the action rather than a distant observer.
• You have lots of potential entertainment sources. The DS-2
preamp/processor has enough analog and digital audio inputs to
hook up any source – DVD, Laserdisc, VCR, DSS, Tape, CD, Camcorder,
and Cable TV.
• Home theater is a group experience. The speakers in the DS-2 system
were designed to deliver broad, even dispersion of full-response sound
throughout the room. Everyone hears clean, clear dialog, music and
sound effects.
• The DS-2 preamp/processor has three digital inputs, including an RF
input, for laserdisc players with an AC-3 RF output, plus two other digital
inputs for a DVD player and the latest Dolby Digital capable satellite TV
(DSS) receivers.
• The DS-2 comes with audiophile-grade cables (in some cases
fitted with gold plated connectors) for hooking up all the parts of the
DS-2 system.
• Is picture quality as important to you as the quality of sound? You’re
going to appreciate that the DS-2 preamp/processor offers S-video
inputs and outputs in addition to standard composite video. S Video
cables provide better picture detail than conventional video cables.
• Would you like music in another room? No problem. The DS-2 has
independent multi-room stereo pre-amp outputs that allow you to hear
one source in a remote room while a different source is playing in the
main room, at different volume levels. (Requires optional external
stereo integrated amplifier and speakers for the second zone.)
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GETTING STARTED
Quick Start Guide (see illustrations on pages 8 and 9)
Carton Contents
Your new Polk Audio Digital Solution system comes in six (6) cartons.
If you do not have any of the pieces listed below, or if any component
seems damaged, contact your Polk Audio retailer immediately.
Carton 1:
One (1) Preamp/Processor
One (1) Infrared remote control
Two (2) AA batteries for remote
Three (3) 20' (6M) speaker cables
Two (2) 40' (12M) speaker cables
One (1) 4 Meter DB-25 interconnect cable
One (1) FM antenna wire
One (1) AM loop antenna
Carton 2:
One (1) DS-2 subwoofer with integrated 6 channel
power amplifier
One (1) IEC-type AC power cable
Cartons 3 & 4:
One (1) EACH, RT800i loudspeaker
Four (4) carpet spikes and four (4) rubber feet per speaker
Carton 5:
One pair (2) f/x500i loudspeakers
Eight (8) adhesive rubber pads
Two (2) wall mounting screws
Template for wall mounting
Carton 6:
One (1) CS400i Center Channel Speaker
Four (4) adhesive rubber feet
1. Remove all of the components and accessories from the
shipping cartons.
2. Connect sources such as DVD player, VCR, etc. to the
preamp/processor audio and video inputs using coaxial
(RCA-type) cables.
3. Connect the video output of the DS-2 preamp/processor to a
video input on your TV.
4. Connect the preamp/processor to the subwoofer with the
supplied 4 meter DB-25 cable.
5. Using the supplied speaker wires, connect the speakers to the
speaker terminals on the back of the subwoofer. Be sure to
maintain correct polarity ( + to +, - to -) on all channels. The
wire with the black band should always be connected to the
black ( - ) terminal and the wire with the color band should
always be connected to the red ( + ) terminal.
6. Plug the AC cord that was in the subwoofer box into the AC
receptacle on the subwoofer.
7. Plug the AC cords from the preamp/processor and subwoofer
into 120V/60 Hz AC power outlets.
8. Turn the power switch on the subwoofer to the “Standby”
position.
9. Press the power button on the preamp/processor front panel
or remote control.
10. Select the input of your choice.
11. Set volume and bass level to taste and enjoy!
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Area F—Remote Control Extension Jacks
REAR PANEL GUIDED TOUR
These jacks are for potential future Polk Audio products. When we bring
out other electronic products, these jacks will help you unify the remote
control functions of the DS-2 and the new device.
Area A—Antenna Connections
This is where you hook up indoor or outdoor antennas for AM and FM
radio reception.
Area B—Audio Analog Inputs/Outputs
This is where connections are made for the analog audio outputs of
sources such as CD player, DVD player, tape deck, etc. It is a good idea
to connect the analog outputs of all sources, even sources such as DVD
and Laserdisc players that have digital audio connections. Doing so
allows the use of digital sources for multi-room sound.
Area C—Multi-Room Outputs
These jacks allow you to use the sources (CD player, tape deck, etc.)
connected to the preamp/processor as sources of sound in another
room. See the section on “Using Multi Room” on page 25 of this manual.
Area D—Video Inputs/Outputs
These jacks are used to feed the video signals of video players such as
VCR and DVD into the preamp/processor and then out to your TV. This
allows you to switch audio and video at the same time. For example,
when you want to switch from watching the VCR to watching the DVD,
you only have to push one button on the DS-2 remote instead of two
(one to switch audio on the DS-2 remote and one to switch video on the
TV remote).
There are two kinds of video jacks on the preamp/processor: standard
“composite,” and S-VHS (or S-video). If a video source and your TV have
S-video connectors, use them; you will get a picture with more detail.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you connect a video source to the preamp/
processor with an S-video cable, you must connect the TV to the
preamp/processor with an S-video cable, or you will not see the
picture on your TV. See “Connection Precautions” on page 10.
Area G—Multi-pin Connectors
(on Preamp/Processor and Subwoofer)
These may look like connectors for computer printers, but they are not.
This is the way the 6 channels of sound get from the preamp/processor
to the 6 amplifiers that are built in to the subwoofer enclosure. We even
supply the cable.
Area H—Speaker Connections
(on Subwoofer)
This is where you hook up the speakers to the built-in amplifiers.
Area I—AC Outlets
Connect the power cables of components such as a cassette deck and
CD player to these outlets. The one marked UNSWITCHED is always
live as long as the DS-2 is plugged into a live outlet. A component
connected here may be left on permanently, or may be switched off
with its own power switch. Caution: In order to avoid potential turn-off
thumps, anything plugged in here should be turned on before the DS-2
is turned on.
The outlet marked SWITCHED only delivers power if the DS-2 is on.
This is a good place to plug in any component that you want to turn on
and off along with the DS-2 system. Check the AC power rating of the
components you want to plug into these outlets. If either component
draws more than 0.8 Amperes of current, do not use these outlets.
Plug the component directly into a wall socket or power strip.
Area J—Subwoofer AC Functions
Area E—Digital Inputs
(on Subwoofer)
Once everything else is hooked up, set the switch to the “Standby”
position. If the system fails to function, disconnect the subwoofer’s
power cord from the AC outlet, remove and inspect the fuse. Replace
with 7.5A Slow Blow 250V fuse only.
This is where you connect sources with digital audio outputs, such as
DVD, 12" Laserdisc, and digital DSS receivers.
Area K—Pilot Light
IMPORTANT NOTE: The input jack labeled “LD RF” is for a Dolby
Digital RF signal from a 12" Laserdisc player only. Do not connect
a normal audio output terminal or the digital coaxial output of a
DVD player or any other source to the “LD RF” jack. You will
damage the DS-2 if you do.
(on Subwoofer)
When the subwoofer is plugged in to a live AC outlet and the
power switch (J) is set to “Standby” this light will glow red while
the preamp/processor is “off,” and green when the preamp
processor is “on.”
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HOOKING UP THE SYSTEM
Connection Precautions
• Do not plug the preamp/processor or subwoofer into AC outlets until
all the connections have been made.
• When connecting sources, use either standard composite (good) or Svideo (better) throughout. Do not use both composite and S-video
connections. Use the same type of connection between the
preamp/processor and your TV.
• Connect one cable at a time observing the “input” and “output.”
This will avoid any cross connection between channels and signal
inputs and outputs.
• Insert the plugs securely. Incomplete connections may result in noise
or signal loss.
• We’ve included high quality pre-cut and terminated speaker wire,
and a 25-pin processor-subwoofer cable. To hook up your sources, we
recommend the use of high quality audio and video connecting cables.
See your Polk Audio dealer for specific recommendations.
• Prior to connecting other audio and video equipment to the DS-2,
please read their owners’ manuals.
Connecting Radio Antennas
Connect the supplied FM wire antenna to the FM (75 Ohm) F-type
connector. For better reception connect an indoor or outdoor FM antenna.
The preamp/processor comes supplied with an AM loop antenna that
connects to the GROUND and AM terminals as illustrated. To
use those terminals, unscrew the tabs and insert the antenna’s
bare wires into the holes, then tighten the tabs. To find the best
place to put the AM antenna, tune in a local AM radio station
(see page 22) and move the AM loop antenna around until you
get the clearest reception. You can secure the antenna to a
wall or the inside wall of an equipment cabinet with screws.
Connecting a DVD Player
Connect the coaxial digital output of the DVD player to the DVD
DIGITAL INPUT of the preamp/processor.We recommend that you
also connect the Left and Right analog outputs of the DVD player
to the analog audio DVD inputs of the preamp/processor using
RCA connectors. This will allow you to tape record the audio
output of the DVD player and use the DVD player as an audio
source for a remote room.
Connect either the composite video or the S-video output of the
DVD player to the corresponding DVD video input of the preamp/
processor. Do not use both composite and S-video connections. If
you use S-video connections here, you must connect your TV to the
preamp/processor with an S-video cable in order to get a picture
with this input. If your DVD player has “component” video outputs
(three jacks), you must connect those directly to a TV that has
corresponding “component” video inputs.
A very few DVD players do not have a coaxial (RCA type) digital output but
only an optical cable output. In that case, hook up the DVD player into the
DSS optical digital and analog audio and video inputs. Select “DSS” when
you want to use your DVD player.
OPTION: If the DVD player is also being used as a CD player and there is
no other CD player in the system, you may want to plug the analog audio
outputs of the DVD player into the analog CD inputs rather than the analog
DVD inputs. This allows you to set one bass level for stereo and another
bass level for surround. When you play a CD in the DVD player, push the
CD button on the remote and you will hear the CD with the amount of bass
you previously selected. When you play a DVD movie, push the DVD button
on the remote and you’ll automatically hear the DVD with the bass level
set to another previously set level (generally higher). The one downside of
this hookup is that you will not be able to record DVD movies to your VCR.
That is copyright infringement and you shouldn’t be doing it anyway. Don’t
you read those FBI warnings at the beginning of every DVD?
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Connecting a Stereo DSS
(satellite TV) Receiver
(see diagram on previous page)
The first generation of DSS receivers (pre 1999) only have
stereo analog audio outputs and are not capable of delivering
5.1 channel digital surround sound. If your DSS receiver box
only has Left and Right audio jacks and no jack marked “Digital
Out” or “PCM Out,” use this hook up method. DSS receivers
made in 1999 or later with a “Digital Out,” “Optical,”
“TOS Link,” or “PCM Out” jack should be connected as
described in “Connecting a Digital DSS Receiver” below.
If you have any doubts as to which type of DSS receiver
you have, contact your DSS dealer.
For Stereo DSS, connect the left and right audio
outputs of the DSS receiver to the Left and Right DSS
inputs on the preamp/processor. Connect either the
composite video or the S-video output of the DSS
receiver to the corresponding DSS video input of the
preamp/processor. Do not use both composite and Svideo connections. If you use S-video connections here,
you must connect your TV to the preamp/processor with
an S-video cable in order to get a picture with this input.
Connecting a Digital DSS
(satellite TV) Receiver
Connect the optical digital output of the DSS receiver to the
DSS DIGITAL INPUT of the preamp/processor using a TOS LINK fiberoptic cable available at your Polk Audio dealer. We also recommend
connecting left and right analog audio outputs of the DSS receiver
to the Left and Right DSS inputs on the preamp/processor. This will
allow you to record the audio output of the DSS on to a VCR.
If your DSS receiver does not have an optical digital output jack,
connect your DSS receiver to the DVD inputs as described in
“Connecting a DVD Player.” You will then connect your DVD player
to the DSS inputs (almost all DVD players have an optical output).
Connect either the composite video or the S-video output of the DSS
receiver to the corresponding DSS video input of the preamp/processor.
Do not use both composite and S-video connections. If you use S-video
connections here, you must connect your TV to the preamp/processor
preamp/processor with an S-video cable in order to get a picture
with this input.
Connecting a VCR
Connect the Left and Right audio outputs of the VCR to the Left and
Right analog audio VCR In jacks of the preamp/processor. Connect the
Left and Right audio inputs of the VCR to the Left and Right VCR Rec.
Out jacks of the preamp/processor.
Connect either the composite video or the S-video output of the VCR
to the corresponding VCR video input of the preamp/processor. Do not
use both composite and S-video connections. If you use S-video
connections here, you must connect your TV to the preamp/processor
with an S-video cable in order to get a picture with this input.
Connecting a CD Player
Connect the analog stereo outputs of your CD player to the Left and
Right CD inputs of the preamp/processor.
Connecting an Audio Tape Deck
Connect the outputs of the tape deck to the TAPE IN jacks
of the preamp/processor. Connect the inputs of the tape deck to
the TAPE Rec. Out jacks of the preamp/processor.
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Connecting a Laserdisc Player
Connect the AC-3 RF output of the LD player LD RF input of
the preamp/processor.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not connect a normal analog audio
output or digital coaxial output of a DVD player or any
other source to the LD RF jack. You will damage the
preamp/processor if you do.
Also connect the left and right analog audio outputs of the
LD player to the Left and Right LD analog inputs on the
preamp/processor. This will
allow you to hear laser discs
that do not have Dolby Digital
AC-3 soundtracks.
Early LD players only have
analog audio outputs and are not
capable of delivering 5.1 channel
Dolby Digital surround sound. If
your LD player does not have a
jack marked “RF AC-3 Out,” just
hook up the Left and Right
analog audio outputs of the LD
player to the analog LD inputs on
the preamp/processor. If you
have any doubts as to whether
your LD player has a Dolby
Digital (AC-3) RF output, contact
your Polk Audio dealer.
Connect either the composite
video or the S-video output of the LD player
to the corresponding LD video input of the
preamp/processor. Do not use both composite
and S-video connections. If you use S-video
connections here, you must connect your
TV to the preamp/processor with an S-video
cable in order to get a picture with this input.
Connecting Your TV to the Preamp/Processor
If you are using only standard (composite RCA) video inputs for your
video sources and no S-video sources, just connect the VIDEO TV
out to any free composite video input of your TV. If you are using only
S-VHS (S-video) video inputs for your video sources and no standard
(composite) sources, just connect the VIDEO TV out to any free S-video
input of your TV.
If you want the audio from your TV to play through the system, just
connect its audio outputs to any unused set of analog input jacks on the
preamp/processor, such as LD, AUX (on the front panel), or Tape In.
Connecting the Preamp/Processor to the Subwoofer
Use the supplied 4 meter (131/4') 25-pin audio cable to connect the
AUDIO OUT of the DS-2 preamp/processor to the AUDIO IN 25-pin
connector on the subwoofer. IMPORTANT NOTE: If the cable is not long
enough, you may add a 4 meter Monster Cable® brand DB25HT Audio
Interconnect cable (or equivalent) to increase the length to 8 meters.
Contact your Polk dealer or call Polk Audio (800) 638-7276, ext. 324,
Monday through Friday, Eastern Standard Time, and buy an actual Polk
cable direct from us. MORE IMPORTANT NOTE: While the 25-pin
connector cable may look like your average computer printer cable,
it is not a printer cable. Do not try to use a computer printer cable
to connect your DS-2 system. This will damage your DS-2. And
you still won’t be able to print out that important report through
your subwoofer.
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Connecting the Speakers
We have supplied you with 5 sets of audiophile-grade
speaker wire to connect your speakers. Each wire is
color coded just to make it easy for you to see which
wire is which at the subwoofer (amplifier) side. You
can use any wire on any channel. Use whatever length
makes sense for your set up and speaker placement.
You can temporarily (and safely) rest the subwoofer on
the grille-end to make it easy to see the terminals and
connect the wires.
*NOTE: Your wires may feature spade lug connectors,
or be “bare wire” terminated. Use appropriate hookup
method (either Fig. 2 or Fig. 3).
Front L&R Speakers
Use one of the supplied 20' (6M) speaker wires to
connect the Left speaker to the Left Front speaker
output on the subwoofer amplifier. One conductor of the
speaker wire is marked with a color insulator. Use that
conductor to connect the red (+) terminal of the speaker
to the red (+) Left Front speaker terminal on the
subwoofer amplifier. Use the speaker wire conductor
with a black insulator to connect the black (-) terminal
of the speaker to the black (-) terminal on the subwoofer
amplifier. Tighten the thumb nut by hand or with a 3/8"
nut driver.
DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN. Repeat for the Right Front
channel speaker.
Center Speaker
Follow the same procedure described above to connect
the center speaker to the Center Speaker outputs on the
subwoofer amplifier.
Surround L&R Speakers
Follow the same procedure described above to connect
the rear surround speakers to the Left Surround and
Right Surround speaker outputs on the subwoofer
amplifier. Use the 40' (12M) wires.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be careful to maintain correct polarity on
all the speakers by always using the speaker wire with the color
insulator for the red (+) terminals and the black marked wire
for the black (-) terminals ON THE AMPLIFIER AND ALL
THE SPEAKERS. Failure to maintain correct polarity will result
in poor sound quality. Double check all connections before using
the system.
If the supplied speaker wire is not long enough, contact your
Polk Audio retailer for more high quality speaker wire. Use only high
quality 16 gauge or thicker speaker wire. Do not use lamp cord. Lamp
cord is not speaker wire, and your speakers will not light up.
(Fig. 3)
(Fig. 2)
POWER
SWITCH
Connecting to AC Outlets
If you are completely finished connecting all your source
components, your TV, and your speakers, now you can plug the
system into household 110-120 V, 60 Hz AC power outlets. You
must first connect the supplied AC power cord to the receptacle on
the rear panel of the subwoofer. Locate the Power switch on the
back of the subwoofer and set it to the “Standby” position. A small
pilot light on the bottom, front side of the subwoofer will glow red
indicating that the system amplifiers are plugged in and awaiting
a turn-on “order” from the preamp/processor. When the preamp/
processor is turned on, it will turn the amplifiers fully on and the
pilot light will glow green. If you will be away from home for an
extended period of time, turn the subwoofer power switch to “Off.”
FUSE
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SPEAKER PLACEMENT
IMPORTANT NOTE:
When this manual refers to “Front Left.” we mean the speaker on
your left side as you face the front (TV) side of the room. When we
refer to “Surround Left” we mean the speaker that is behind you
and to your left as you face the front (TV) side of the room.
Center Channel Speaker
Place the center speaker as close to the TV as possible. The most
popular placement is right on top of your TV set. It is also fine to
place it below the TV.
Front Speakers
To get the most realistic stereo image and lifelike sound, place the
RT800i speakers equidistant from the center of your television so that
an equilateral triangle is created between them and your favorite
viewing or listening position (Fig. 4). If your room arrangement forces
you to place the speakers farther apart than you are sitting from them,
you may need to angle the speakers toward the middle in order to
support a more solid center image.
(Fig. 4)
Surround Speakers
Here are some recommendations to review before you determine the
permanent installation: (Fig. 5)
Location
Sound
Recommendation
diffuse rear soundfield,
lean timbral balance,
convincing front to
rear image flow
Highly Recommended
As above but placed
on a stand or cabinet
3 ft. or more in height
slightly leaner balance
Recommended
As above but on a
bookshelf with at least
8" clearance front
and back
richer midrange balance with some additional sonic coloration
depending on shelf
Recommended
Behind and to the
sides of the listener,
on-wall
more diffuse rear
soundfield, lean
timbral balance, less
specific rear images
Recommended
very specific rear and
side images, can limit
surround-soundstage
Okay
Behind and to the
sides of the listener,
on-wall
more specific rear and
side images, richer
midrange balance,
good front to rear
image flow
Recommended
As above but placed
on a stand or cabinet
3 ft. or more in height
slightly leaner balance
Recommended
As above but on a
bookshelf with at
least 8" clearance
front and back
richer midrange balance with some additional sonic coloration
depending on shelf
Recommended
Dipole Mode
Directly to either side
or slightly behind
listener, on-wall
Bipole Mode
Directly to either side
or slightly behind
listener, on-wall
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(Fig. 5)
Subwoofer
The magnetically shielded subwoofer may be placed in an entertainment
center, behind furniture, or next to a sofa or chair. For best performance
place it on the same side of the room as the front satellites and near a
wall. It should only be seated on the plinth as illustrated. NEVER LAY
THE SUBWOOFER ON THE AMPLIFIER END—THIS WILL DAMAGE
THE AMPLIFIER.
If the 25-pin cable is not long enough, you may add a 4 meter Monster
Cable brand DB25HT Audio Interconnect cable (or equivalent) to
increase the length to 8 meters. Contact your Polk dealer or call Polk
Audio (800) 638-7276, ext. 324, Monday through Friday, 9AM - 6PM
Eastern Standard Time to order an extension cable direct from us.
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PREAMP/PROCESSOR FRONT PANEL
GUIDED TOUR
Volume Control
Adjusts the overall sound level. Turning the control clockwise increases
the sound level, turning it counter-clockwise decreases the volume level.
Remote Sensor Window
Power Switch and Standby Indicator
When this switch is pressed once, the power turns ON and lights appear
on the Main Display panel. When pressed again, the power turns OFF
and the standby indicator light glows red. Make sure the Power switch
on the back of the subwoofer enclosure is set to the “On” position.
When you turn on the preamp/processor, the amplifiers in the
subwoofer enclosure will also turn on and you will see a green glow on
the base of the subwoofer. When the preamp/processor is turned “Off”
the amplifiers turn off, and the light in the subwoofer base glows red.
This window receives infrared signals from the remote control unit. Aim
the remote control unit to this sensor window. Do not allow any solid
object to block the path between the remote control and this window.
Source
Selector Buttons
These buttons are used to select the source of sound and video such as
DVD, DSS, VCR, LD, and AUX. Video and audio are switched
simultaneously on those inputs that have both video and audio input
jacks. For example, when you select DVD, the picture and sound of the
DVD player are automatically switched on together. The buttons toggle
through the inputs in the following sequence:
Main Display
Displays a variety of information depending on what action was most
recently taken. Normally, it indicates the current selected input (CD,
DVD, etc.). It also displays the current selected surround mode (Stereo,
Pro Logic, or Dolby Digital 3/2.1) as well as volume, bass level, and
other information on a “flash” basis. See the next page for an
explanation of all those little teeny lights.
See page 22 for more information on using this feature.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
The FM radio, AM radio, CD, and Tape audio inputs do not have
corresponding video inputs. When you select any of these sources,
you will see a blank screen on your TV (if your TV is on).
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On/Off Surround Button
This button switches between surround sound and 2 channel stereo.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The Dolby Digital (AC-3) mode can be selected
only when either LD, DSS Digital, or DVD inputs are selected. If you
have selected a digital source with a Dolby Digital soundtrack and you
cannot get the “3/2.1” indicator on the display (see page 23), the most
likely causes are:
1. The DVD player is not set to send out a 5.1 channel Dolby Digital
signal. In this case check the DVD player’s operation manual.
2. The 5.1 soundtrack has not been selected on the DVD disc. In this
case press the disc menu button on your DVD player to access the DVD
disc’s menu, and select Dolby Digital 5.1 on the disc’s set-up menu.
Consult your DVD player’s operation manual for more information.
3. The DVD disc does not have a 5.1 surround soundtrack. This is
especially true of pre-1985 movies.
Radio Signal Strength Meter
This meter shows the relative signal strength of a radio signal. For best
reception, orient your antenna to get the maximum number of bars on
this meter.
Test Tone Indicator
This light illuminates when the surround sound balance test tone is
engaged. You should hear a “ssshhhhh” noise from one speaker when
this is on. See page 19 for more information.
Memory or Memo Indicator
This light illuminates when saving preset radio stations.
See page 22 for more information.
FM Auto Indicator
Shows that the tuner is prepared to receive a stereo FM broadcast.
Multi-Room Button
Pressing this button switches the multi-room mode on and off. See page
25 for more information on using this feature.
Tune
WHAT THOSE TEENY LITTLE LIGHTS MEAN
Tuned Indicator
This lights when a radio station has been properly tuned in.
FM Stereo Indicator
Buttons
When either the AM or FM sources are selected, these buttons allow
you to manually tune AM and FM radio stations. Pressing the
button moves the tuner up the radio band. Pressing the
button
moves the tuner down the radio band. The tuner stops as soon as you
release your finger from the button. See page 21 for more information
on using this feature.
Lights when a stereo FM broadcast is received.
Surround Mode Indicators
Indicates whether the system is delivering Stereo, Dolby Pro Logic, or
Dolby Digital sound. See page 23 for more information.
Digital Input Indicators
Indicates which digital audio input is selected and operating.
Save Presets Button
When you want to select a radio station as a preset station, manually
tune to that station, press and hold this Save Presets button for 4 - 5
seconds. You will see the red MEMO light on the display flash. When
the MEMO light stops flashing, the radio station has been saved and
assigned the next available preset slot number. You may preset up to
30 AM and 30 FM radio stations. See page 22 for more information
on using this feature.
Late Night Indicator
Clear Button
Lights when the multi room function is engaged. See page 24 for
more information.
When you want to clear a radio station from the list of presets, select
that preset station, then press and hold the Clear button until CLEAR
appears on the display. See page 22 for more information on using
this feature.
Indicates that the late night compression circuit is engaged. See page
22 for more information on this function.
Preset Scan Indicator
Lights when the tuner is scanning through the radio station presets.
Multi-Room Indicator
Presets ▲▼ Buttons
These buttons select from the list of preset radio stations. Pushing the ▲
button moves from lower preset numbers to the higher preset numbers.
Pushing the ▼ button moves down through the list of preset stations.
Aux Inputs Jacks
These auxiliary video/audio input jacks are revealed by removing the
oval rubber cover. They accept the connection of a camcorder, portable
VCR, or any other temporary source. To make proper connections, refer
the owner’s manual of the auxiliary component.
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REMOTE CONTROL OPERATION
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Remote Control Range
The distance between the remote control transmitter and the
preamp/processor should be 15 feet (5 meters) or less. If the transmitter
is pointed to a direction other than the IR SENSOR or if there is an
obstacle between them, the remote control may not work correctly.
1. Remove the back cover.
2. Insert two AA type batteries with correct (+) and (–) polarity.
The batteries will last about 4 months with normal use. Change
the batteries as soon as you notice that the range of the remote
control is decreasing.
Approx. 5 meters
3. Close the back cover until it clicks.
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I—FM and AM Buttons
REMOTE CONTROL GUIDED TOUR
Push the AM button to listen to AM band radio stations or push the FM
button to listen to FM radio band radio stations.
The remote control is divided into three major sections. The top section
contains the controls used most often, such as ON/OFF, MUTE,
SUBWOOFER volume and system VOLUME controls. The middle section
has the source buttons, where you select the source component you
want to hear and see. The bottom set of buttons are set-up buttons that
are rarely used. Most folks will use them once to set up the system and
never touch them again. For that matter you could never touch them
and you’ll still get great sound from your Digital Solution system!
A—Surround On/Off Button
This button switches between surround sound and 2 channel stereo.
B—Subwoofer +/- Buttons
Push (+) to increase and (-) to decrease the bass volume. The preamp/
processor “remembers” the bass level for stereo and surround modes.
For example, if you are watching a DVD and you select a bass level of -7,
then switch to a CD in stereo and change the bass setting to -10, the
system will return to a bass setting of -7 when you go back to the
surround mode.
C—Power Switch
When this switch is pressed once, the power turns ON and lights appear
on the display panel. When pressed again, the power turns OFF and the
standby indicator light on the preamp/processor glows red. Make sure
the power switch on the back of the subwoofer enclosure is set to the
“Standby” position. When you turn on the preamp/processor, the
amplifiers in the subwoofer enclosure will also turn on and you will see
a green glow on the base of the subwoofer. When the preamp/processor
is turned “Off,” the amplifiers turn off and the light in the subwoofer
base glows red.
D—Volume +/- Buttons
J—Preset Scan Button
Push this button when you want to scan through the radio stations you
have preset. The tuner will play each preset station for a few seconds,
then move on to the next preset station. The scanning stops as soon as
you push the button again. P - S C A N will flash in the display window
while this mode is in use.
K—Audio Input Buttons
Push these buttons to listen to either CD or tape players.
L—Video/Audio Input Buttons
Push the appropriate button to select an audio/video source.
Both audio and video inputs will be selected at the same time.
M—Status Button
Push this button to display the audio status of the preamp/processor on
your TV screen for five (5) seconds. It will display the current source
(DVD, FM, etc.), the mode (Dolby Digital, Pro Logic, Stereo), MultiRoom status (“off” or the selected multi-room source), Subwoofer Level,
and Master Volume level.
N—Balance Button
Push this button to display the Channel Balance Menu on your TV
screen. See “SET UP AND CALIBRATION” on page 19.
O—Delay Button
Push this button to display the Delay Menu on your TV screen.
See “SET UP AND CALIBRATION” on page 19.
P—Multi-Room Button
Push this button to display the Multi-Room Menu on you TV screen.
See “USING MULTI-ROOM” on page 24.
Push (+) to increase and (-) to decrease the overall volume of the system.
E—Mute Button
Push this button to temporarily silence the sound. When mute is on, you
will see “MUTE” appear on the preamp/processor display. Pressing the
Mute button a second time or pressing either of the Volume buttons will
release the mute, sound will resume, and the MUTE light turns off.
ENTER
F—+/- Radio Tuner Button
When either the AM or FM sources are selected, these buttons allow
you to manually tune AM and FM radio stations. Pressing the right (+)
side of the rocker button moves the tuner up the radio band. Pressing
the left (-) side of the rocker button moves the tuner down the radio
band. If you hold your finger on the button for a few seconds, the tuner
will “fast forward” through the frequencies. The tuner stops as soon as
you push the button a second time.
G—+/- Radio Preset Button
This button selects from the list of preset radio stations. Pushing the
right (+) side of the rocker button moves from lower preset numbers to
the higher preset numbers. Pushing the left (-) side of the rocker button
moves down through the list of preset stations. See page 22 for more
information on using this feature.
Q—Cursor Buttons
These buttons allow you to change the position of the cursor and
make selections on the on-screen menus. The ▲ and ▼ arrow buttons
move the cursor through the menu selections and the and
arrow
buttons make selections such as “On” and “Off” and other menu choices.
R—Enter (Command) Button
Push the ENTER button to exit Channel Balance and Delay menus.
H—Late Night Button
This button toggles between Late Night and Normal modes. In the Late
Night mode the dynamic range of the signal is reduced. That means that
loud sounds are made less loud. This is a great feature to use anytime
you want to watch action/adventure movies and avoid bothering other
people in the house. This feature only works with Dolby Digital inputs
such as DVD, LD, and Dolby Digital equipped DSS. When you push this
button, the word “NIGHT ON” appears in the main display window for a
few seconds and the small N I G H T mode light in the lower right hand
corner of the display illuminates. Push the button again and “NIGHT
OFF” appears for a few seconds. (See page 22.)
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SET-UP AND CALIBRATION
After you have connected all speakers and source components you may
start using the DS-2 without any further set-up procedures and get
excellent performance in most homes. One of the many benefits of the
Polk Digital Solution system is that the electronics and speakers have
been perfectly optimized for the highest Dolby Digital performance
without the need for complicated set-up and calibration procedures.
There are only two adjustments you may want to perform to optimize
the system for your room and speaker placement. Those adjustments
are “Channel Balance” and “Delay.” The factory presets for these two
optional adjustments were selected to provide high quality balanced
sound in the vast majority of set-ups. If you are anxious to listen to
your new system right now (we understand), skip this section and
come back to it later.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
If at any time during this procedure the test tone comes from the wrong
speaker, you have made a speaker connection mistake. Push the
“Balance” button on the remote to cancel this procedure. Re-read the
“Subwoofer and Speaker Connections” section of this manual and
correct the wiring error before returning to this procedure.
10. You will see a small square indicator cursor next to the current
speaker. Use the ▲▼ directional buttons on the remote to “pick up”
the indicator and move it to the next speaker in the array, “Center.”
11. The test tone should now come from the center speaker.
12. Use the left/right directional arrows on the remote control
gh to raise or lower the tone volume of the Center speaker to
match the volume of the Left Front speaker.
Setting Channel Balance
This procedure sets the relative volume of the 5 speakers so that you
hear equal sound from every speaker, even if you are sitting closer to
one speaker than the others. You may do these adjustments by ear or
by using a Sound Pressure Level meter (available at Radio Shack for
$40 -$60). Consult the meter’s operating manual for its proper use.
1. Sit in your normal listening position.
2. Turn on the TV that is connected to the video output of the DS-2
preamp/processor. Adjust the main volume control on the remote or
front panel to a typical listening level. If you are using an SPL meter,
set the volume to 70dB.
3. Select a multi-channel source input such as DVD or LD.
4. Select Dolby Digital or Dolby Pro Logic processing by pressing
the “Surround On/Off” button on the remote control or the
preamp/processor front panel.
5. Press the “Balance” button on the remote control. You should see
this menu on your TV screen:
13. Repeat this procedure for all channels until all 5 speakers sound
like they are playing at the same volume level. In most cases the range
of needed adjustment should not be more than a few dB up or down.
14. Use the up/down directional buttons on the remote ▲▼ to move
the arrow shaped cursor to “EXIT.”
15. The “Save” should be highlighted. If it isn’t, use the left directional
arrow to highlight “Save.”
16. Press the Enter button on the remote control to save and exit this
menu. The preamp/processor will now go back to normal operation.
17. If you feel like you have made errors and wish to cancel the
adjustments you have just made, highlight “NO SAVE” and exit. The
balance settings will return to where they were.
18. To return to the factory preset balance settings, move the cursor
to “DEFAULTS,” select “ON” and exit.
6. Use the up/down directional buttons on your remote control ▲▼
to move the arrow-shaped cursor h to “TEST TONE.”
7. Use the right directional button on the remote control
h to select Test Tone “ON.”
Once you have completed this procedure you can leave it alone. You
may occasionally encounter a movie or recording that was produced
in such a way that it doesn’t sound channel-balanced even though you
are certain that your system is properly balanced. Don’t sit there and
suffer. Push the balance button to go to the Channel Balance menu and
make whatever adjustment you feel will make that recording sound
good to you. Remember to “Save” the new settings before exiting.
SETTING CHANNEL DELAY
The time delay circuit ensures that the sounds from all the speakers
arrive at your ears properly synchronized. This ensures that the
surround sound effects are as natural and enveloping as the recording
allows. The preamp/processor is preset to default values that will yield
excellent sound quality in all but the most unusual room and speaker
set-up situations. If you want to be sure that your system is optimized
for your set up, use the following procedures.
8. A “shhhhhhhh” noise should now be coming from the Front Left speaker.
9. Use the left/right directional arrows on the remote control gh to
raise or lower the tone to a comfortable volume level. The SPL meter
should read “0.”
Setting Dolby Digital Delay
The preamp/processor is factory preset to default values of Center =
3mS and Surround = 15mS in the Dolby Digital mode. These settings
will give excellent performance in the vast majority of homes and setups. To fine tune these settings, go on to the next page.
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Setting Dolby Pro Logic Delay
1. Play a Dolby Digital source and push the DELAY button on the
remote control. This menu will appear on your TV screen:
The channel delay function for Dolby Pro Logic exists for a somewhat
different reason than for Dolby Digital. There is a different default
surround delay value than that for Dolby Digital. Dolby Pro Logic does
not require a center channel delay. The factory preset delay default
values are Center = None and Surround = 30mS.
(Fig. 6)
2. Measure the distance from your main listening position to the
center speaker in feet (Fig. 6).
A
3. Measure the distance from your main listening position to the front
speakers in feet (Fig. 6).
4. Subtract the center distance (B) from the front speaker distance (A).
In the example in Fig. 6, that would be 20 - 18 = 2.
5. Use the ▲ up and ▼ down arrow keys on the remote to move the
arrow shaped cursor on the menu to CENTER.
6. Use the g left and h right arrow keys to select the correct center
delay time. For every 1 foot of difference, select 1 mS of center delay.
The range of choices are 0,1,2,3,4, and 5 mS. In this example you
would select 2mS. (20 - 18 = 2).
20'
C10'
B 18'
Dolby Digital
Center delay = 2ms
Surround delay = 10ms
Pro Logic
Surround delay = 25ms
1. Play a Dolby Pro Logic source and select Surround “On.” Push the
Delay button on the remote control and this menu will appear on your
TV screen:
2. Measure the distance from your main listening position to the front
speakers in feet (Fig. 6).
7. Use the down arrow key on the remote to move the arrow shaped
cursor on the menu screen to SURROUND.
3. Measure the distance from your main listening position to the
surround speakers in feet (Fig. 6).
8. Measure the distance from your main listening position to the surround
speakers in feet. Subtract the surround distance (C) from the front
distance (A). In the example in Fig. 6, that would be 20 - 10 = 10.
4. Subtract the surround distance (C) from the front distance (A).
In this example, it is 15.
5. Use the chart to find the proper surround delay time.
9. Use the chart to determine the correct surround delay. For every
1 foot of difference, select 1mS of center delay. In this example, the
correct surround delay is 10mS.
Front Minus Surround
Distance (feet)
Dolby Digital
Surround Delay Setting
Pro Logic
Surround Delay Setting
1 - 3 feet
5ms
15mS
4 - 6 feet
5ms
20mS
7 - 11 feet
10ms
25Ms
12 feet or more
15ms
30mS
6. Use the down arrow key on the remote to move the arrow shaped
cursor on the menu screen to SURROUND.
7. Use the g left and h right arrow keys to select the correct
surround delay time shown on the chart. In this example, select 25ms.
The range of choices are 15, 20, 25, and 30mS.
10. Use the g left and h right arrow keys to select the correct
surround delay time shown on the chart. In this example, select 10ms.
The range of choices are 5, 10, and 15mS.
8. Use the ▼ arrow key on the remote to move the arrow shaped cursor
down to EXIT. Make sure SAVE is highlighted.
9. Push the ENTER button on the remote.
11. Use the ▼ arrow key on the remote to move the arrow shaped
cursor down to EXIT. Make sure SAVE is highlighted.
12. Push the ENTER button on the remote.
10. If at any time you wish to return to the preset factory defaults,
return to this on-screen menu, select DEFAULTS ON, save and exit.
The factory settings will be restored.
13. If at any time you wish to return to the preset factory defaults,
return to this on-screen menu, select DEFAULTS ON, save and exit.
The factory settings will be restored.
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HOW TO USE YOUR DIGITAL
SOLUTION SYSTEM
Listening to the Radio
1. Press the POWER switch (A) to turn on the power.
2. Press one of the SOURCE buttons (B) on the front panel, or the AM
or FM buttons on the remote (C) to select either the FM or AM band.
3. Press the TUNE UP and DOWN buttons (D) to tune in the desired
station. Pressing once for less than a half second changes the frequency
by one step. Pressing longer sequentially scans frequencies in the
indicated direction. Releasing the button in this state activates the auto
tuning function which automatically scans the frequencies until it
reaches a station, at which point the TUNED and signal level indicators
light and auto tuning stops.
4. Adjust the volume with the VOLUME control (E).
IMPORTANT NOTES ON FM RADIO RECEPTION:
The supplied FM antenna will only allow the tuner to pick up strong
local radio stations. If you want better reception of distant FM
stations you will need a better FM antenna. Your Polk Audio dealer
can recommend a high quality indoor or outdoor FM antenna. Be
sure to get one with a 75 Ohm coaxial output. If you already have a
TV roof antenna, you can use it for the FM tuner. Get a signal splitter
from a radio/TV dealer or Radio Shack store. It will allow you to use
the same antenna for TV and FM radio reception.
If a radio station you select has a lot of background noise or
otherwise sounds distorted, the tuner is not getting a strong
enough signal. Look at the Signal Strength indicator in the upper
left hand corner of the display. If there are three or fewer bars lit,
that means you need to point the antenna in a different direction.
Watch the signal strength meter as you slowly rotate the antenna,
noting which direction gives you the strongest reading on the
meter. If you still don’t get clear reception of the radio station, you
either need a better antenna, or the broadcast station is too far
away from your home for good reception.
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Presetting Radio Station
Playing a DVD (or other audio/video source)
You can preset up to 30 FM/AM stations in any order. Stations can be
preset either manually (by you) or automatically (by the tuner).
1. Turn unit on by pressing POWER button (A).
Auto Presetting
This function scans the frequencies in the selected band and
automatically presets all stations that can be received.
2. Push the DVD input button (J) on the remote or use the
SOURCE ▲ ▼ buttons on the front panel (B) to toggle through the
sources until the display reads “DVD.”
1. Select the AM band (B).
3. Select Dolby Digital surround mode by pushing the SURROUND
ON/OFF button (K) on either the remote or preamp/processor
front panel, or choose from the DVD’s own menu.
2. Manually tune in the lowest receivable frequency (520 kHz) using the
TUNE buttons on the front panel (D) or RADIO TUNER on the remote (D).
4. Select the desired volume level with the VOLUME control (E).
3. Select the FM band (B).
5. Adjust the bass to your liking with the SUBWOOFER control (L)
on the remote.
4. Manually tune in the lowest receivable frequency (87.50 mHz) using
the TUNE buttons on the front panel (D) or RADIO TUNER on the
remote (D).
6. Enjoy!
5. Operation stops automatically when all 30 preset memory positions
are filled or when auto scanning attains the highest end of all bands.
6. To stop the auto preset function in mid-operation, press any one of
the input buttons.
Manual Presetting
Manually tune-in a desired station. Press the SAVE PRESETS (F) button
on the front panel of the preamp/processor until M E M O starts
blinking on the display. The radio station will automatically be saved to
the next available preset slot.
Recalling a Preset Station
Each press of the RADIO PRESETS buttons (G) on either the remote
or DS-2 front panel moves the tuner to the next or previous preset
station. You can “fast forward” or “fast reverse” through the preset
stations by holding down the ▲ or ▼ PRESETS buttons. The operation
continues until the button is released.
Preset Scan Tuning
1. Press the PRESET SCAN (H) button on the remote control.
P - S C A N blinks on the display. (The preset station with the smallest
preset number is recalled first. If no stations have been preset, CH00
blinks in the display and the unit returns to the previous mode).
2. Preset stations are recalled in sequence (CH-1, CH-2, etc.) for 5
seconds each. Preset numbers that do not contain stations are skipped.
3. When the desired preset station is received, cancel the preset
scan operation by pressing the PRESET SCAN (H) button again.
The P - S C A N indicator will turn off.
Playing a CD (or other stereo audio source)
1. Turn unit on by pressing POWER button (A).
2. Push the CD input button (M) on the remote or use the SOURCE ▲ ▼
arrows (B) to toggle through the sources until the display reads “CD.”
3. Select stereo or Dolby Pro Logic surround by pushing the SURROUND
ON/OFF button (K) on either the remote or preamp front panel.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
Most stereo recordings will provide very good surround sound
effects when played with the Pro Logic mode engaged, even though
they are not encoded in Dolby Surround.
4. Select the desired volume level with the VOLUME control (E).
5. Adjust the bass to your liking with the SUBWOOFER control (L).
6. Enjoy!
Playing a Laserdisc
The procedure for playing a laserdisc is just like any other audio/video
source except that when you are playing a laserdisc with a Dolby Digital
(AC-3) soundtrack, you must press the LD-RF button on the remote (N).
When playing a Laserdisc that only has an analog soundtrack, press the
CABLE-LD button on the remote (O).
Playing a DSS Broadcast
The procedure for playing a DSS receiver is just like any other
audio/video source except that if your DSS receiver has a digital audio
output, you must press the DSS DIGITAL button on the remote (P).
If your DSS receiver only has analog audio outputs, press the DSS
button on the remote (Q).
Late Night Listening
Clearing Preset Stations
You can remove preset stations from memory using the following
procedure.
1. Recall the preset number to be cleared with the method described
in “Recalling a Preset Station.”
2. Press the CLEAR button (I) for more than 3 seconds. “CLEAR”
appears on the display to indicate that the specified preset number
has been cleared.
Digital sources like DVD and Laserdiscs offer the advantage of greater
dynamic range than analog sources. That means that the contrast is
greater between the softest sounds and the loudest sounds on the
recording. Wide dynamic range is a great benefit—except when you
are watching a movie and other people in the house are trying to sleep.
In such circumstances, just push the LATE NIGHT button (R) on the
remote and the dynamic range will be reduced so that you can turn up
the volume loud enough to hear the dialog without having the peak
sounds get too loud. Once again, domestic harmony is restored
thanks to Polk.
3. If desired, you can clear all of the memory contents with a single
operation, as follows: Press the SAVE PRESETS button (F), CLEAR
button (I) and PRESETS ▲ button (G) simultaneously for more than
3 seconds. CAUTION: The “all memory clear” operation clears all
memory including the volume level and surround mode memory and
turns the power OFF.
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ABOUT SURROUND SOUND
The DS-2 system offers four modes of operation: Stereo, Dolby Pro
Logic, 2 channel Dolby Digital and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. You
might wonder, “what is 2 channel Dolby Digital? Isn’t Dolby Digital
always 5.1 surround?” The answer is no. Dolby Digital is a digital audio
compression system that provides very high fidelity sound quality in
either 2 or 6 channels. (The six channels are Left and Right front,
Center, Left and Right rear and a Low Frequency Effects channel, or
5.1). The vast majority of Dolby Digital program materials are 5.1
multi-channel recordings. Most DVDs have both 2 channel and 5.1
channel Dolby Digital soundtracks. In most cases the default soundtrack
is the 2 channel Dolby Digital soundtrack and you must manually select
the 5.1 channel soundtrack via the DVD’s menu (see your DVD player’s
manual for instructions). But some DVDs only have a 2 channel Dolby
Digital soundtrack permitting only Dolby Pro Logic surround sound.
When you see this
on the display:
You can use the Pro Logic mode with stereo sources such as radio, CD,
and tape to get very good surround sound, even though those sources
are not Dolby Surround encoded. Dolby Surround encoding is
compatible with stereo playback, so conventional stereo programs
sound similar to surround encoded program when played with the Pro
Logic surround mode engaged. You may want to leave the DS-2 in the
surround mode all the time.
The chart below shows which modes are possible with which inputs, and
how to tell which mode you are in by looking at the front panel display.
That means you are
listening to:
And your program
material is:
That can be delivered by
these sources:
Stereo
2 channel Dolby Digital
DVD, DSS satellite TV (only with
special Dolby Digital equipped
satellite receivers), Digital TV
broadcasts (future)
Pro Logic Surround
2 channel Dolby Digital
DVD, DSS satellite TV (only with
special Dolby Digital equipped
satellite receivers), Digital TV
broadcasts (future)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
5.1 channel Dolby Digital
Most DVDs, some 12" laserdiscs,
Digital TV broadcasts (future)
STEREO
Stereo
2 channel Dolby Surround
(Pro Logic) encoded
Most Hi-Fi video tapes, some TV
broadcasts
PRO LOGIC
Pro Logic Surround
2 channel Dolby Surround
(Pro Logic) encoded
Most Hi-Fi video tapes, some TV
broadcasts
STEREO
Stereo
2 channel stereo
FM radio stations, CDs, LP records,
most TV broadcasts
PRO LOGIC
Pro Logic Surround
2 channel stereo
FM radio stations, CDs, LP records,
most TV broadcasts
DD
DD DIGITAL
2/0
DD
DD DIGITAL
PRO LOGIC
2/1
DD
DD DIGITAL
3/2.1
The DS-2 is manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. “Dolby,” “AC-3,” and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
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Operating from the Front Panel
USING MULTI-ROOM FEATURE
1. Push the MULTI-ROOM button on the front panel of the preamp/processor.
2. The red MULTI indicator will blink and the words “SEL SOURCE” will
appear on the display.
The Multi-Room feature allows you to listen to an audio source
connected to the DS-2 system in another room of the house. For
example, you can watch a movie in the living room while your children
listen to the CD player in the family room. In order to use this feature,
you will need a pair of powered speakers (such as Polk AMR-5), or
another pair of speakers and integrated amplifier, and two RCA type
interconnect cables long enough to reach from room to room. Connect
the system as shown in Fig. 7. Follow the steps below to use the multiroom feature.
Operating from the remote control:
1. Turn on the TV that is connected to the video output of the
preamp/processor.
2. Push the MULTI-ROOM button on the remote control. The menu
shown below will appear on your TV screen.
3. Push the either the ▲ or ▼ SOURCE button to select the source you
would like to play in the remote room.
4. A few seconds after you select the source, the words “MULTI-VOL” will
appear in the display window. The red MULTI indicator continues to blink.
5. Turn the volume control to -15dB.
IMPORTANT NOTE:
For the sake of convenience the remote room amplifier should
have a volume control of its own. The goal of setting the volume
on the Multi-Room menu is to supply the remote amp with enough
gain (volume) to make the signal audible, but not so much to
overload the input. Set the volume control of the remote integrated
amplifier to about the 10:00 o’clock position. Raise the DS-2
Multi-Room volume until the sound in the remote room is
moderately loud (in the range of -20dB to -5dB). That should give
you a comfortable range of volume control on the remote amp.
6. Wait about another 10 seconds, the MULTI light will stop flashing
and the DS-2 will return to normal operation.
3. Push the right arrow on the remote control to select MULTI-ROOM “ON.”
7. When you push the MULTI-ROOM button again, the Multi-Room
function turns off and stops sending sound to the remote room.
8. Any time you want sound in
the remote room, just push the
MULTI-ROOM button and the unit
will recall the source and volume
level that you selected the last time
you used the multi-room function.
4. Use the down arrow to go to SOURCE, then toggle through the source
choices by pushing the left or right gh arrows.
9. If you want to change the multiroom source or volume level, just
repeat steps 2 through 6, or use the
remote control, as described above.
5. Move the cursor down to VOLUME and use the up and down
arrows ▲ ▼ to select a volume level.
(Fig. 7)
IMPORTANT NOTE:
For the sake of convenience the remote room amplifier should
have a volume control of its own. The goal of setting the volume
on the Multi-Room menu is to supply the remote amp with enough
gain (volume) to make the signal audible, but not so much to
overload the input. Set the volume control of the remote integrated
amplifier to about the 10:00 o’clock position. Raise the DS-2
Multi- Room volume until the sound in the remote room is
moderately loud. That should give you a comfortable range of
volume control on the remote amp.
6. Move the cursor down to the EXIT line. Press the Enter button on the
remote control to save and exit this menu. The preamp/processor will
now go back to normal operation.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
If something doesn’t seem to work right, please use the chart below before calling your dealer or Polk Audio. You will actually save time in the
long run if you have already eliminated some of the possible reasons for the problem.
If this happens:
Try this:
Well then:
No sound from any speaker with any source.
Make sure the subwoofer is plugged in
to a live AC outlet, and that the power switch
on the back of the sub is set to “Standby.”
Still doesn’t work? Try...
Make sure the 4 meter cable that connects
preamp/processor and subwoofer is firmly
inserted and screwed in.
If the cable is loose, tighten it, turn the
system off and then back on again.
Still doesn’t work? Try...
Make sure the MUTE light is not lit on the
front panel display.
Push the MUTE button on the front panel or
remote once to turn off the MUTE light and
resume sound.
Check the small pilot light on the bottom of
the subwoofer enclosure, just above the base.
It should be glowing either red or green.
If it isn’t glowing at all, disconnect the subwoofer AC cord from the wall socket and
remove the fuse that is near the subwoofer’s
Power switch. If it is blown or if you are in
doubt, replace it with an identical fuse.
DO NOT USE ANY VALUE FUSE
OTHER THAN THAT INDICATED.
No sound from one satellite speaker.
No sound from the rear surround speakers.
The system will not go into Dolby Digital 5.1
surround sound with a DVD. Pro Logic 2/1
appears in the display window.
Some Laserdiscs make sound and some don’t.
Double check all speaker wire connections at
the amplifier and the speakers to make sure
they are secure.
Still doesn’t work? Try...
Disconnect the silent satellite speaker from
its speaker wires and replace it with a
working satellite speaker.
If the “new” speaker doesn’t play, the fault
is in the speaker wire, power amplifier,
or preamp/processor and NOT the satellite
speaker. Call your dealer or Polk Audio.
If the “new” speaker does play, the fault
lies with the speaker.
Press the Surround On/Off button on either
the remote control or front panel. Either
DOLBY DIGITAL 3/2.1 or PRO LOGIC 2/1
will appear in the display window.
Still no surround channels? Try...
If you are listening to a TV or FM broadcast,
it is possible that the broadcast is not in
stereo. The surround processor must have
at least a stereo signal from which to derive
surround sound.
Try a source that you know for a fact is
stereo or multi-channel. If that doesn’t
work, call your dealer or Polk Audio.
Make sure the DVD player is set up to deliver a
5.1 signal to the DS-2 system. Check your DVD
owner’s manual to learn how to access the
DVD player’s menu. Select 5.1 operation.
Still no 5.1? Try...
The default sound on DVDs is 2 channel stereo.
Make sure the DVD itself is set to 5.1. Push
the Menu or Title button on the DVD player’s
remote control to access the menu of the DVD
disc. Look in “Languages” or “Sound Set Up”
to find and select Dolby Digital 5.1 sound.
Can’t find a 5.1 selection on the title menu?
Some DVDs (particularly old movies) only
have 2 channel soundtracks. Look carefully
at the DVD box to see if it specifically says
“5.1 Dolby Digital Soundtrack.” If not, just
enjoy the Pro Logic surround, because that’s
all there is on that disc. If you are sure it is a
5.1 disc and it still isn’t delivering 5.1…
Make sure you have made a secure digital
connection between the digital output of the
DVD player and the Digital DVD input on the
preamp/processor.
Still no 5.1? Call your Polk dealer or Polk Audio.
Make sure you connect the RF AC-3 output
and the analog outputs to the LD input of the
DS-2. Non-Dolby Digital LDs can only get the
soundtrack to the DS-2 through the analog
outputs. Push the cable-LD button on the
remote to hear analog Laserdiscs.
This will definitely fix the problem.
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Interference
If this unit is placed very near a television, picture disturbance
or noise may occur on the TV. In such a case, move the preamp/
processor as far as possible from the television. If the problem
persists, re-route the TV antenna cable so that it is as far as possible
from the power cable and audio and video connection cables of the
DS-2 system. Since the phenomenon is most likely to occur when
using a TV antenna with a 300-ohm feeder wire, we recommend
using an outdoor antenna connected via a 75-ohm coaxial cable.
Safe Limits of Operation
The Digital Solution system was made with the highest quality
materials for years of trouble-free performance. However, damage to
the system can occur if the system is played at excessive listening
levels. When the sound becomes harsh or distorted, you have reached
the safe limit of operation. Turn down the volume until the sound is
clear and undistorted.
Protection Circuits
The DS-2 amplifier features several circuits to protect the amplifier
and speakers from damage from overheating, shorts, and other
electrical faults. If these protection circuits are tripped, all channels
will turn off, even if the fault occurs on only one channel. In such
cases, turn off the preamp/processor, remove the fault (usually a
short on one of the speaker wires where the + and - wires have
touched each other) and turn the system back on again. In the case
of overheating, allow the system to cool down for about 15 minutes
and re-start the system. Overheating is usually a sign that the
amplifier (in the subwoofer enclosure) does not have enough air
circulation. Move the subwoofer to a less enclosed space.
Maintaining the Appearance of Your System
The preamp/processor and speaker enclosures may be cleaned with a
soft damp cloth or duster. Do not use harsh detergents and cleaning
fluids, they can permanently damage the finish. Vacuum the speaker
grilles to remove dust.
Q. “Why does my system hum?”
A. “It doesn’t know the words.”
This is another lame example of what passes for humor in the audio
business. Here is the real answer.
In some installations you may hear a humming noise from the
subwoofer. Most hum problems are caused by ground loops. That is,
the electrical grounds of the components in your system are not at the
same electrical potential. To help avoid hum problems, make sure that
every component in the audio/video system is plugged in to the same
electrical circuit (not necessarily the same outlet). A common ground
loop source is cable TV. Disconnect the coaxial cable from your TV
and/or VCR. If the hum goes away, the cable TV is the ground loop
villain. In that case, you need a 75-ohm ground loop isolator. This
device is about the size of a pen and is attached to your coaxial cable
where it plugs into your VCR (or television). You can obtain this device
from some audio dealers, Radio Shack stores, Xantech (1-800-8435465) or Channel Plus (1-800-999-5225).
Ground loops and hum can also be the result of faulty electrical
wiring in your home. Consult a licensed electrician to evaluate and,
if necessary, repair the AC wiring in your home. Light dimmers also
tend to introduce noise into audio systems. Remove them.
If none of our suggestions works for you, call our customer service
number shown below.
Technical Assistance or Service
If, after following the hookup and use directions and consulting the
troubleshooting chart on page 25, you still have trouble, please call our
cheerful customer service representatives. They are happy to answer
your questions and provide fast, friendly service. In North America call
(800) 377-7655, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM through 6:00 PM
Eastern time. Or you can e-mail us at our Internet service address:
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POLK AUDIO LIMITED WARRANTY
Polk Audio, Inc., warrants to the original purchaser only that the
Preamp/Processor and Amplifier in this Polk Audio Loudspeaker
Product (the “Product”) will be free from defects in material and
workmanship for a period of three (3) years from the date of original
retail purchase from a Polk Audio Authorized Dealer. Polk Audio, Inc.,
further warrants to the original purchaser only that the
Loudspeaker(s) in this Polk Audio Product (the “Product”) will be free
from defects in material and workmanship for a period of five (5) years
from the date of original retail purchase from a Polk Audio Authorized
Dealer. However, this Warranty will automatically terminate prior to
the expiration if you sell or otherwise transfer the Product to any other
party. The original retail purchaser shall hereinafter be referred to as
“you.” To allow Polk Audio to offer the best possible warranty service,
please fill out the Product Registration Card(s) and send it to the
Factory, at the address provided on the Product Cards(s) within ten
(10) days of the date of purchase.
Defective Products must be shipped, together with proof of purchase,
prepaid insured to the Polk Audio Authorized Dealer from whom you
purchased the Product, or to the Factory at 2550 Britannia Boulevard,
Suite D, San Diego, California 92154-7408. Products must be shipped in
the original shipping container or its equivalent; in any case the risk of
loss or damage in transit is to be borne by you. If upon examination at
the Factory or Polk Audio Authorized Dealer it is determined that the
unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during this
Warranty period, Polk Audio or the Polk Audio Authorized Dealer will,
at its option, repair or replace with new or reconditioned parts this
Product at no additional charge, except as set forth below. All replaced
parts and Products become the property of Polk Audio. Products
replaced or repaired under this warranty will be returned to you,
within a reasonable time, freight prepaid.
This warranty does not include service or parts to repair damage caused
by accident, disaster, misuse, abuse, negligence, inadequate packing
or shipping procedures, commercial use, voltage inputs in excess of
the rated maximum of the unit, cosmetic appearance of cabinetry not
directly attributable to defect in materials or workmanship, or service,
repair, or modification of the Product which has not been authorized or
approved by Polk Audio. This warranty shall terminate if the Serial
number on the Product has been removed, tampered with or defaced.
This warranty is in lieu of all other expressed Warranties. If this Product
is defective in materials or workmanship as warranted above, your sole
remedy shall be repair or replacement as provided above. In no event
will Polk Audio, Inc. be liable to you for any incidental or consequential
damages arising out of the use or inability to use the Product, even if
Polk Audio, Inc. or a Polk Audio Authorized Dealer has been advised
of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by any other party.
Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of consequential
damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply to you.
All implied warranties on this Product are limited to the duration of this
expressed Warranty. Some states do not allow limitation on how long
an implied Warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply to you.
This Warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you also may have
other rights which vary from state to state.
This Warranty applies only to Products purchased in the United States
of America, its possessions, and U.S. and NATO armed forces exchanges
and audio clubs. The Warranty terms and conditions applicable to
Products purchased in other countries are available from the Polk
Audio Authorized Distributors in such countries.
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are trademarks of Britannia Investment Corporation used under license
by Polk Audio Incorporated.
DS-2 Specifications
System
Overall Frequency Response
25Hz—25kHz
-3dB Frequency Response Limits
35Hz—25kHz
Subwoofer to Front Main/Center Crossover Design
Active 4th order (24dB/octave) low-pass and high-pass,
80Hz acoustic crossover.
Maximum Sound Pressure Level
108 dB in an IEC Standard 80 cubic meter
(2825 cubic foot, e.g. 15'W x 22'L x 81⁄2'H) room
RT800i
Driver Complement:
2-61⁄2" magnetically shielded Dynamic Balance midrange drivers
1-1" magnetically shielded Dynamic Balance Trilaminate Dome tweeter
Crossover Design:
2nd order Low Pass Filter @2.5kHz
2nd order High Pass Filter @2.5kHz
Dimensions:
401⁄4"H x 8"W x 101⁄2"D
Base Dimensions:
91⁄8"W x 103⁄4"D
f/x500i
Driver Complement:
1-61⁄2" Dynamic Balance driver
2-1" Dynamic Balance Trilaminate Dome tweeters
Crossover Design:
2nd order Low Pass Filter @1.5kHz
2nd order High Pass Filter @1.5kHz
Dimensions:
151⁄4"H x 97⁄8"W x 91⁄2"D
includes depth of wall mounting brackets
CS400i
Driver Complement:
2-61⁄2" magnetically shielded Dynamic Balance drivers
1-1" magnetically shielded Dynamic Balance Trilaminate Dome tweeter
Crossover design:
2nd order Low Pass Filter cascaded @1.5kHz and 800Hz
2nd order High Pass Filter @1.5kHz
Dimensions:
85⁄8"H x 183⁄4"W x 121⁄8"D
Subwoofer
Driver Complement:
1-10" magnetically shielded driver with 11⁄2" voice coil, polypropylene
cone and butyl rubber surround
Crossover design:
Fixed, active 4th order (24dB/octave) low-pass with amplitude shaping
Cabinet Dimensions:
183⁄4"H x 151⁄2"W x 191⁄2"D
Six Channel Power Amplifier
System Continuous Power Output
Greater than 500 Watts into 4 Ohms,
all channels driven*
Dynamic Power Output:
700 watts into 4 Ohms, all channels driven*
Bandwidth
20Hz-22kHz
Distortion
0.05%
Power Requirement
AC 120V, 50/60Hz
Maximum Power Consumption
800 Watts
Preamp/Processor
FM Tuner Section
Usable Sensitivity
IHF 1.3 eV/13.5dBf
Signal to noise ratio
Mono/Stereo 76/68dB
Distortion
Mono/Stereo 0.2/0.5%
Stereo Separation
1 kHz 40dB
Alternate Channel Selectivity
± 400kHz 65dB
Image Rejection
98 MHz 50dB
AM Tuner Section
Usable Sensitivity:
Loop 500µV
Signal to noise ratio
50dB
Selectivity
± 20kHz 70dB
Image Rejection
98 MHz 50dB
General
Power Requirement
AC 120V 60Hz
Power Consumption (AC-3 RF)
26W
Dimensions (Max)
171⁄4"W x 41⁄2"H x 14"D
*Power ratings alone cannot predict actual sound output. Loudspeaker
efficiency is by far the most important factor in determining how loud your
system will play. For this reason we also specify the calculated maximum
sound output of the DS-2 system in a 2825 cu ft. room (for example,
one measuring approximately 15'W x 22'L x 81⁄2'H). The maximum SPL
(volume) of the DS-2 in such a room would be 105 dB, as loud as
a rock band at 150 feet; certainly loud enough to get you evicted from
a New York City apartment. There are worse fates.
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