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AV8 Preamp Processor
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Welcome to the AV8 Preamp Processor
USING THIS HANDBOOK
CONTENTS
Thank you for purchasing the Arcam FMJ AV8 Preamp Processor.
This handbook has been designed to give you all the information you
need to install, connect, set up and use the Arcam FMJ AV8 Preamp
Processor. The remote control handset supplied with the equipment
is also described.
Welcome to the AV8 Preamp Processor ................................. 3
Safety guidelines ............................................................................. 4
Safety instructions ..................................................................................4
Safety compliance...................................................................................4
It may be that the AV8 has been installed and set up as part of your
Hi-Fi installation by a qualified Arcam dealer. In this case, you may
wish to skip the sections of this handbook dealing with installation and
setting up the unit. Use the Contents list to guide you to the relevant
sections.
Getting started with your AV8 ................................................... 5
Introduction ...............................................................................................5
Installation ....................................................................................... 6
Positioning the unit ................................................................................6
Notes about connections..................................................................6
Cables............................................................................................................7
Speaker Installation ................................................................................7
Audio connections.................................................................................8
Zone 2 connections..............................................................................9
Video connections .................................................................................9
Control connections.......................................................................... 10
Trigger outputs...................................................................................... 10
Connecting to a power supply .................................................... 11
SAFETY
Safety guidelines are set out on the following page of this handbook.
Many of these items are common sense precautions, but for your own
safety, and to ensure that you do not damage the unit, we strongly
recommend that you read them. This is a class 1 product and requires
an earth connection.
Configuring the AV8 ................................................................... 12
Basic Setup .............................................................................................. 13
Advanced Setup................................................................................... 16
Remote control............................................................................ 19
Front panel controls ................................................................... 20
Operating your AV8 .................................................................... 21
Using the controls ............................................................................... 21
Using the main menu screen ........................................................ 23
Using zone 2........................................................................................... 25
Surround modes .......................................................................... 26
Introduction ............................................................................................ 26
Two-channel source modes .......................................................... 26
Multichannel sources ......................................................................... 27
Multichannel source modes........................................................... 27
THX® Modes......................................................................................... 27
DSP Effects Modes ............................................................................. 28
About THX® cinema processing ................................................ 28
Troubleshooting ........................................................................... 29
Technical specifications............................................................... 32
Additional technical information .............................................. 33
SCART connections .......................................................................... 34
IR remote codes................................................................................... 35
AV8 serial programming interface ............................................. 36
Utility software...................................................................................... 43
Guarantee...................................................................................... 44
On line registration............................................................................. 44
Manufactured under licence from Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
‘Dolby’, ‘Pro Logic’, ‘Surround EX’ and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby
Laboratories.
Copyright © 1992–1999 Dolby Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved.
Manufactured under license from Digital Theater Systems, Inc. US Pat. No. 5,451,942,
5,956,674, 5,974,380, 5,978,762 and other world-wide patents issued and pending.
“DTS”, “DTS-ES Extended Surround” and “Neo:6” are trademarks of Digital Theater
Systems, Inc.
Copyright © 1996, 2000 Digital Theater Systems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Lucasfilm and THX are trademarks or registered trademarks of Lucasfilm, Ltd.
Copyright © Lucasfilm Ltd. &TM.
Surround EX is a jointly developed technology of THX and Dolby Laboratories, Inc. and is a
trademark of Dolby Laboratories, Inc. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.
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Safety guidelines
12. Power lines
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Affix any outdoor antenna/aerial away from power lines.
13. Non-use periods
This product is designed and manufactured to meet strict quality
and safety standards. However, you should be aware of the following
installation and operation precautions:
In standby mode, a small amount of current will continue to flow into
the equipment in this mode. Unplug the power cord of the appliance
from the outlet if left unused for a long period of time.
1.Take heed of warnings and instructions
14. Abnormal smell
You should read all the safety and operating instructions before
operating this appliance. Retain this handbook for future reference
and adhere to all warnings in the handbook or on the appliance.
If an abnormal smell or smoke is detected from the appliance, turn
the power off immediately and unplug the unit from the wall outlet.
Contact your dealer immediately.
2. Water and moisture
15. Servicing
The presence of electricity near water can be dangerous. Do not use
the appliance near water – for example next to a bathtub, washbowl,
kitchen sink, in a wet basement or near a swimming pool, etc.
You should not attempt to service the appliance other than as
described in this handbook. All other servicing should be referred to
qualified service personnel.
3. Object or liquid entry
16. Damage requiring service
Take care that objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the
enclosure through any openings. Liquid-filled objects such as vases
should not be placed on the equipment.
The appliance should be serviced by qualified service personnel
when:
4.Ventilation
A.
the power supply cord or the plug has been damaged, or
Do not place the equipment on a bed, sofa, rug or similar soft surface,
or in an enclosed bookcase or cabinet, since ventilation may be
impeded. We recommend a minimum distance of 50mm (2 inches)
around the sides and top of the appliance to provide adequate
ventilation.
B.
objects have fallen, or liquid has spilled into the appliance, or
D.
the appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits
a marked change in performance, or
5. Heat
E.
the appliance has been dropped or the enclosure damaged.
Place the appliance away from naked flames or heat producing
equipment such as radiators, stoves or other appliances (including
amplifiers) that produce heat.
SAFETY COMPLIANCE
C. the appliance has been exposed to rain, or
6. Climate
This product meets the EN60065 international electrical safety
standard and CB worldwide certification.
The appliance has been designed for use in moderate climates.
7. Racks and stands
Only use a rack or stand that is recommended for use with audio
equipment. If the equipment is on a portable rack it should be moved
with great care, to avoid overturning the combination.
8. Cleaning
Unplug the unit from the mains supply before cleaning.
The case should normally only require a wipe with a soft, damp, lintfree cloth. Do not use paint thinners or other chemical solvents for
cleaning.
We do not advise the use of furniture cleaning sprays or polishes as
they can cause indelible white marks if the unit is subsequently wiped
with a damp cloth.
9. Power sources
Only connect the appliance to a power supply of the type described in
the operating instructions, or as marked on the appliance.
10. 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 and plugs, and the point where they exit
from the appliance.
11. Grounding
Ensure that the appliance’s grounding means is not defeated.
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Getting started with your AV8
INTRODUCTION
The AV8 is a high quality and high performance home cinema
processor and audio pre-amplifier built to Arcam’s traditional high
quality design and manufacturing standards. It combines high resolution
digital processing with high performance audio and video components
to bring you an unrivalled home entertainment centre.
The AV8 allows quality switching and volume control of eight analogue
and seven digital sources making it an ideal companion for both home
cinema and two-channel stereo systems. Since many of these source
components are also capable of outputting high quality video signals,
the AV8 includes broadcast quality video switching for composite,
S-video, component and RGB video signals. There are inputs and
outputs for both tape and VCR, as well as a digital output. DVD-Audio
and SACD can be connected via the multichannel input. Control of
the AV8 is either by front panel control buttons, IR remote control
or an RS232 port (which can be used to upload future software
enhancements).
On the back panel there are trigger outputs for easy connection to
associated equipment. The AV8 can easily be integrated with various
types of power amplifiers and loudspeakers, including those that are
THX certified. The AV8 is itself THX certified, meaning it has passed
the rigorous THX Ultra2 specification enabling it to reproduce THX
Surround EX signals from Dolby Digital soundtracks.
The customised installation of the AV8 in a listening room is an
important process which requires care at every stage. For this reason,
the installation information is very comprehensive and should be
followed carefully.
The AV8 has a universal input power supply that is compatible with
mains voltages between 85V AC and 265V AC, 50Hz to 60Hz.
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Installation
Serial
control
Control
connections
Digital audio
inputs
Component video
connections
Composite & S-video
connections
Digital
output
REMOTE
OUT
DIGITAL INPUTS
DIGIT
IN
LOCAL
DVD
AV
Y/G
T
TAPE
1
HIGH QUALITY VIDEO
U/B
V/R
Y/G
2
U/B
VIDEO
V/R
ZONE 2
RS232
CONTROL
VIDEO
TRIGGERS
2
1
MONITOR OUT
T
TAPE
VCR
OUT
VCR
IN
AV
SA
SAT
DVD
GND
MM
12V
IN
TRIGGER ZONE 2
50/60Hz
100–240VAC~
MAX 40VA
LEFT
OUT
TUNER
CENTRE
CD
VCR
SUB 2
L SURR
SA
SAT
LS BACK
Y/G
U/B
LEFT
CENTRE
OUT
V/R
Y/G
L SURR
U/B
3
V/R
LS BACK
1/RGB 2/S-VIDEO
TUNER
CD
PROG
OUT
MC
T
TAPE
IN
OUT
VCR
IN
AV
SA
SAT
DVD
AUDIO
L
GROUND
LIFT (IN)
L
R
RIGHT
SUB 1
SUB 3
OUTPUTS
R SURR
RS BACK
RIGHT
SUB
R SURR
DVD-A/SACD IN
RS BACK ZONE 2 OUT
R
AUX/
PHONO
Ground lift
Power supply
connector
Multichannel
outputs
Multichannel
DVD-A/SACD
inputs
Zone 2
output
Analogue audio
inputs and record
outputs
VIDEO
POSITIONING THE UNIT
The AV8 does not provide conversion between different video
formats as this would result in degradation of the video signal. This
simply means that the AV8 does not convert between composite,
S-video or component.
 Place the processor on a level, firm surface.
 Avoid placing the unit in direct sunlight or near sources of heat
or damp.
For example, if you are watching a composite input from a VCR you
must view it from the composite output of the AV8, as there will be
no picture on the other outputs. Connect as follows:
 Do not place the unit on top of a power amplifier or other
source of heat.
 VCR (composite) input and Monitor out (composite)
 Ensure adequate ventilation. Do not place the unit in an
enclosed space such as a bookcase or closed cabinet unless
there is good provision for ventilation.The processor is designed
to run warm during normal operation.
or, for a device with an S-video output, such as a DVD player,
connect:
 DVD (S-video) input and Monitor out (S-video)
 Make sure the IR receiver on the front panel is unobstructed,
The video quality hierarchy is as follows:
otherwise this will impair the use of the remote control. If lineof-sight is impractical, an infrared remote repeater can be used
with the rear panel IR connector.
 Component/RGB – highest
 S-video – middle
 Do not place your record deck on top of this unit or any other
 Composite – lowest
unit which is mains supplied. Record decks are very sensitive
to the noise generated by mains power supplies which will be
heard as ‘hum’ if the record deck is too close.
If all the video inputs are simultaneously connected from one device,
e.g. a DVD player, the AV8 will automatically select the best format
possible.
NOTES ABOUT CONNECTIONS
ZONE 2
Before connecting your equipment it is important to think about the
following points as these will affect your choice of connections and
subsequent use of the system.
Zone 2 only outputs a line level signal from the stereo analogue audio
and composite video inputs.The analogue inputs are required because
there is no analogue-to-digital, DSP processing or digital-to-analogue
converstion available for zone 2 signals.
AUDIO
As the AV8 does not convert video formats, a composite video signal
must also be connected from the source.
Wherever possible, connect both analogue and digital outputs of
digital sources. This enables use of a digital input for the main zone and
the corresponding analogue input for recording onto an analogue tape
deck or VCR, and for the zone 2 output if used.
For this reason, we recommend that source devices that have a digital
connection are also connected to the analogue inputs. High quality
YUV/RGB and S-video sources should also have their composite
outputs connected to the AV8 for use in zone 2.
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GENERAL
GENERAL
The inputs are named to make it easier to reference when connecting
e.g. a DVD or VCR, but they all have the same input circuit, therefore
there is no reason why you should not connect a different device to
any of the inputs. For example, if you had two DVD players and the
AV input was not being used, then the second DVD player can be
connected to the AV input.
All speakers, with the exception of the subwoofer, should be arranged
around your normal viewing/listening position (see diagram). The
subwoofer can be placed almost anywhere and we recommend
experimenting with it in various positions to obtain the best result.
The configuration and placement of your speakers are very important.
For THX surround EX playback we recommend that you use a THX
speaker system that is certified by Lucasfilm Ltd. If you are not installing
a full THX surround EX system then ignore the instructions regarding
the surround back left and right loudspeakers.
CABLES
FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT
We recommend the use of high quality screened analogue, digital and
video cables, as inferior quality cables will degrade the overall quality
of your system. Only use cables that are designed for the particular
application as other cables will have different impedance characteristics
that will degrade the performance of your system.
Position your front left and right speakers to achieve a good stereo
image for normal musical reproduction as well as for the multichannel
modes. If they are placed too close together there will be a lack of
spaciousness; if they are placed too far apart a stereo image will appear
to have a large ‘hole’ in the middle and will be presented in two halves.
If there is no practical alternative to placing the speakers widely apart,
this effect can be overcome in music reproduction by using centre
sound extraction from the left and right speakers (see Dolby ProLogic
II Music Mode).
Video and digital connections must be made with cables that are
designed for this purpose, i.e. coaxial cable with a 75Ω impedance. If
substandard cables are used you may suffer from poor picture quality
such as ghost images and or grainy picture quality (snow).
Speaker cables should be kept short and low impedance wire should
be used throughout to ensure efficient power transmission and avoid
audible distortion.
CENTRE
All cables should be kept as short as is practically possible.
The centre speaker allows for a more realistic reproduction of
dialogue and centre sounds. The centre speaker should have a similar
tonal balance to the front left and right speakers and be positioned at
a similar height.
It is good practice when connecting your equipment to make sure that
the mains power supply cabling is kept as far away as possible from
your audio and video cables, as this will provide the best sound and
picture quality. Failure to do so may result in unwanted noise in the
audio and video signals.
SURROUND LEFT AND RIGHT
The surround left and right speakers reproduce the ambient sound
and effects present in a multichannel home cinema system and should
be installed approximately one metre higher than the listener’s ears.
SPEAKER INSTALLATION
The AV8 allows you to connect up to seven channels of amplification
and three active subwoofers in the main system. The output channels
correspond to speakers installed in the front left, centre, front right,
surround left, surround right, surround back left, surround back right
and an active subwoofer (see diagram).
Front
left
Centre
SURROUND BACK LEFT AND RIGHT
The surround back left and right speakers are used to add extra depth
and better sound localisation and should be installed approximately
one metre higher than the listener’s ears. Place the two surround
back speakers such that there is an arc of approximately 150 degrees
between each surround back speaker and the centre speaker. The
surround back speakers should face the front of the room as shown
in the diagram to provide the largest ‘sweet spot’. You will then need
to measure the distance between the two surround back speakers
and set the ‘Advanced Speaker Array’ line of the ‘THX Settings’ menu
accordingly.
Front
right
Subwoofer
Surround
right
Surround
left
Surround
back left
SUBWOOFER
A subwoofer will greatly improve the bass performance of your
system. This is useful for reproducing special cinema effects, especially
where a dedicated LFE (Low-Frequency Effects) channel is available, as
with many Dolby Digital or DTS encoded discs.
Surround
back right
Multiple subwoofers may be required for larger installations, particularly
in rooms of a timber frame construction. Multiple subwoofers need
care in placement because there may be cancellation effects between
the units. Seek expert advice on multiple subwoofer placement.
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DIGITAL AUDIO INPUTS
AUDIO CONNECTIONS
bp DVD, bq AV, br TAPE, bs TUNER, bt CD, ck VCR, cl SAT.
Connect these inputs to the digital ouputs of your available source
equipment.
Take care to place the audio cables as far from any power supply
cabling as is practically possible to reduce hum and noise problems.
Connect the analogue outputs from your source devices such as a
DVD player to the analogue inputs as shown:
bp bq br
DIGITAL INPUTS
DIGIT
bo
bn
GND
DVD
AV
T
TAPE
OUT
TUNER
CD
MM
MC
TUNER
CD
OUT
T
TAPE
IN
OUT
VCR
IN
AV
SA
SAT
DVD
AUDIO
L
VCR
SA
SAT
cm bs bt ck cl
R
AUX/
PHONO
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 bk bl
Note that each of these seven digital inputs can be individually
allocated to different audio inputs if required, by use of the ‘Digital
Settings’ page of the Setup menu.
bm
Note the AV8 does not contain an RF decoder for Laserdisc with RF
output.
ANALOGUE AUDIO INPUTS
3 TUNER, 4 CD, 6 TAPE 1N, 8 VCR IN, 9 AV, bk SAT,
bl DVD. Connect the left and right inputs to the left and right outputs
DIGITAL OUTPUT
cm (Digital) OUT. Connect this coaxial digital output to your digital
of your source equipment.
recording device such as a CD-R, digital VCR or minidisc player.
bm AUX/PHONO. Unless the optional phono card has been installed,
When a digital source is selected, the digital output will send an exact
copy of the incoming digital signal. For example, for a 5.1 digital source,
the digital output will also be in 5.1 format.
this input will function identically to the other line inputs. For example
it can be connected to a second CD player.
With the optional phono card installed this input can be connected
directly to a record deck. This card is available from your Arcam dealer
and caters for both moving magnet and moving coil cartridges.
On selecting an analogue source, the digital output will send an SPDIF
format digital signal, encoded with the analogue source material, with
one exception. If Neo:6 Cinema or Music mode is selected, the digital
output will be muted due to the extra processing required for these
modes.
bn MM/MC Switch. The switch on the back panel marked MM/MC
is used to select the correct sensitivity to match the cartridge fitted
to the record deck, which is either moving magnet (MM) or moving
coil (MC).
MULTICHANNEL DVD-A/SACD INPUTS
If you are unsure which type of cartridge is fitted to your record deck,
connect the record deck and select the ‘MM’ setting on the switch. If,
when tested, the output from the record deck is very quiet compared
with the CD or DVD inputs then your cartridge is probably a moving
coil type cartridge. Turn the AV8 off and select the ‘MC’ setting on the
switch and test the record deck again.
The multichannel input is suitable for use with sources that decode the
surround channels internally, such as DVD-A or SACD players.
The AV8 switches these analogue inputs directly to the analogue
outputs via its own volume control circuit. This direct path maintains
the best possible sound quality for DVD-A and SACD sources.
Please note that if the AV8 is set to ‘MM’ and the record deck has a
‘MC’ cartridge fitted, testing these together will not cause any damage
to either the AV8 or the record deck.
cn cp cr ct
LEFT
CENTRE
L SURR
SUB
R SURR
LS
BACK
bo GND. This is the phono earth or ground terminal and is used to
connect to a turntable earth lead (if fitted). Note that this terminal
must not be used as a safety (mains) earth.
RIGHT
DVD-A/SACD IN
RS
BACK
co cq cs dk
ANALOGUE RECORD OUTPUTS
5 TAPE OUT, 7 VCR OUT. Connect the left and right audio
outputs sockets to the left and right input sockets of your cassette
deck or VCR (usually labelled ‘RECORD’). The VCR connections may
also be used for a second tape deck.
cn LEFT, co RIGHT, cp CENTRE, cq SUB, cr L SURR, cs R SURR.
Connect these input sockets to the equivalent audio outputs of your
DVD-Audio or SACD player.
ct LS BACK, and dk RS BACK. These are available for formats
requiring eight channels. Currently no formats are available requiring
these connections, which are provided for future compatibility.
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ANALOGUE PREAMPLIFIER OUTPUTS
A receiver compatible with this connector is available from Xantech
(part no. 291-10). Please contact a Xantech registered dealer for this
part, as ARCAM do not stock them. See www.xantech.com for more
information.
All these analogue outputs are buffered, have a low output impedance
and are at line level.They are able to drive long cables or several inputs
in parallel if required.
The 3.5mm jack plug for this connector is wired as follows:
dl dn dp dr dt
LEFT
CENTRE
RIGHT
SUB/1
SUB/2
SUB/3
OUTPUTS
L/SURR
R/SURR
LS/BACK
RS/BACK
3.5mm stereo jack
Function
Tip
Signal
Ring
0V
Sleeve
12V, 30mA current-limited
This follows the Xantech standard for IR transmission over wire.
dm do dq ds ek
gr ZONE 2 Composite video connection. Connect to your zone 2
video display using 75Ω low loss coaxial cable.
dl LEFT, dm RIGHT, dn CENTRE. Connect these to the equivalent
front channel inputs of your power amplifier.
VIDEO CONNECTIONS
do SUB 1. Main subwoofer output. Connect this to the input of your
active subwoofer, if you have one.
dpSUB 2, dq SUB 3. Subwoofer auxiliary outputs 2 and 3. These are
equivalent to do and allow the use of multiple subwoofers. If you
IMPORTANT NOTES
are using more than one subwoofer, please set the number used on
the subwoofer setting page. Refer to ‘Basic and Advanced Set up’,
‘Subwoofer Settings’.
The AV8 has no video format conversion between component, RGB,
S-video or composite.
Wherever possible connect multiple video outputs from your video
sources. This enables use of the higher quality video connection for
the main system and the corresponding S-video and composite
connection for the record and zone 2 outputs.
dr L SURR. Surround left output. Connect this output to the surround
left power amplifier input.
ds R SURR. Surround right output. Connect this output to the
surround right power amplifier input.
For any video source to be viewed in zone 2 you must have a
composite video connection between the source and the AV8.
dt LS BACK, ek RS BACK Surround back left and right outputs (only
used in 7.1 channel systems). Connect these outputs to the inputs of
your LS back and RS back amplifiers.
COMPOSITE VIDEO CONNECTIONS
gr el em en eo ep eq er es
ZONE 2 CONNECTIONS
VIDEO
The AV8 allows independent routing and control of analogue audio
and composite video to a separate set of equipment, typically used for
a second living space, e.g. bedroom or lounge.
ZONE 2
VIDEO
TRIGGERS
1/RGB 2/S-VIDEO
Zone 2 only outputs a signal from the analogue audio and composite
video inputs. The analogue inputs are required because there is no
analogue-to-digital, digital-to-analogue or DSP processing available for
zone 2 signals.
SA
SAT
DVD
PROG
and enables a second display device to be used; it can also be used as
a sync reference for a four-wire RGB signal.
ep VCR IN, eq AV, er SAT, es DVD. Connect these inputs to the
composite video outputs of your source equipment.
eo VCR OUT. Connect to the composite video input of your video
IN
LOCAL
VIDEO
TRIGGERS
12V
IN
TRIGGER ZONE 2
AV
em MONITOR OUT 2. This is the same as el MONITOR OUT 1,
gr
ZONE 2
ZONE 2
OUT
VCR
IN
input of your display device. (You will need an RCA phono-to-phono,
or, in Europe, a phono-to-SCART video cable to do this.)
REMOTE
OUT
VCR
OUT
el MONITOR OUT 1. Connect this output to the composite video
For this reason we recommend that source devices that have a digital
connection are also connected to the analogue inputs. High quality
YUV/RGB and S-video sources should also have their composite
output connected to the AV8 for use in zone 2.
gl gn
T
TAPE
gsgt et fk fl fm fn fo fp fq
As the AV8 does not convert video formats a composite signal must
also be connected from the source.
gp
2
1
MONITOR OUT
recorder (you will need an RCA phono-to-phono or, in Europe, a
phono-to-SCART video cable to do this).
2
1
MONITOR OUT
1/RGB 2/S-VIDEO
en TAPE. If you are using the tape loop for a second VCR then
connect the composite video from the VCR to this input.
PROG
gm go
S-VIDEO CONNECTIONS
et MONITOR OUT. Connect this to the S-video input of your display
device.
gp ZONE 2 OUT. Connect these to a line level input on your zone
2 amplifier.
go IN ZONE 2. This allows the AV8 to be controlled remotely from
zone 2 via infrared remote control.
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fn VCR IN, fo AV, fp SAT, fq DVD. Connect these inputs to the S-
CONTROL CONNECTIONS
video outputs of your source equipment.
fm VCR OUT. Connect this to the S-video input of your video
recorder.
gl gn
fl TAPE. If you are using the tape loop for a second VCR then connect
the S-video from the VCR to this input.
OUT
HIGH QUALITY (COMPONENT) VIDEO
CONNECTIONS
Y/G
Y/G
2
V/R
Y/G
U/B
V/R
U/B
V/R
Y/G
U/B
V/R
gk
IR receiver is obstructed.
go IN ZONE 2. This allows the AV8 to be controlled remotely from
zone 2 via infrared remote control.
U/B
OUT
3
GROUND
LIFT (IN)
gn IN LOCAL. Use with a local IR receiver when the AV8 front panel
fs
HIGH QUALITY VIDEO
85 – 265VAC
MAX 40VA
gm go gq
Generally, the component video standard is used in North America/
NTSC regions, while RGB is used in Europe.
1
IN
LOCAL
12V
IN
TRIGGER ZONE 2
These inputs are suitable for connection to component (YUV/ YCrCb)
or RGB outputs. These signals are usually available from a DVD player,
set-top box or games console and offer the best possible picture
quality.
fr
RS232
CONTROL
REMOTE
A receiver compatible with this connector is available from Xantech
(part no. 291-10). Please contact a Xantech registered dealer for this
part, as ARCAM do not stock them. See www.xantech.com for more
information.
The 3.5mm jack plug for this connector is wired as follows:
ft
fr VIDEO 1, fs VIDEO 2, ft VIDEO 3 INPUTS. Connect these to
the video outputs of your high quality video sources.
3.5mm stereo jack
Function
Tip
Signal
Ring
0V
Sleeve
12V, 30mA current-limited
gk HIGH QUALITY VIDEO OUT. Connect these sockets to the
This follows the Xantech standard for IR transmission over wire.
component video inputs of your display device.
Connect to a remote IR receiver in zone 2 to allow control of the
AV8 from zone 2.
Important notes about HQ video inputs and outputs
gl (REMOTE) OUT. This enables control of the source components
When you connect your devices to these connectors, take care to
follow the letter/colour coding for each input. No damage will occur
if incorrectly connected, but unusually coloured or unstable pictures
will result.
remotely from zone 2 or zone 1 using the local input. Control is
possible by either connecting to the source devices via the 3.5mm IR
jack (Arcam units only) or using an IR emitter stuck to the centre of
the IR sensor window on the source component (such as a Xantech
283MW mini emitter).
In the ‘Video Settings’ setup menu, each of these three high quality
component video inputs can be individually allocated to one of the
following inputs: DVD, SAT, TUNER, TAPE, CD, VCR or AV.
gq RS232 CONTROL Use with control devices having an RS232
serial port (for example, Crestron and AMX touch screen controllers).
This connection is also used for upgrading control software. See the
sections at the end of this manual for control and programming
information.
You cannot mix component and RGB sources.
The high quality component video inputs have sufficient bandwidth for
line-doubled NTSC (525/60) or PAL (625/50) video and US HDTV
video signals. However, when used with such signals the OSD is not
overlaid on the picture but is output at standard interlaced NTSC or
PAL (525 or 625 line) rate on a solid background.
TRIGGER OUTPUTS
Initially, the high quality video inputs are all disabled. Before any HQ
video input can be selected it must be allocated to an input.
There are three trigger output sockets on the AV8, each of which is a
3.5mm stereo jack with two contacts, ‘tip’ and ‘ring’. See the tables for
technical information on the trigger outputs.
RGB 4-wire connection
Some video projectors and most European TV sets require the use of
a 4-wire RGB connection, where the ‘sync’ signal is separate from RGB.
In this case, you need to use the composite video MONITOR OUT 2
for the sync information. A special cable is available from your dealer
for 4-wire RGB connection (refer to the table of SCART connections
at the back of the manual).
gm 12V TRIGGER. Use for remotely turning on and off power amps
or source equipment for the main zone and zone 2.
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3.5mm stereo jack
Function
Voltage
Tip
Main zone on
On = 12V, 30mA
Off = 0V
Ring
Zone 2 on
On = 12V, 30mA
Off = 0V
Sleeve
Ground
0V
2/S-video output:
gs VIDEO TRIGGER 1, gt VIDEO TRIGGER 2. The trigger outputs
have different functions depending on how the ‘Video Status’ has been
set (Screen Ctrl or SCART) in the ‘General Settings’ menu.
ZONE 2
VIDEO
TRIGGERS
2
1
MONITOR OUT
1/RGB 2/S-VIDEO
PROG
Voltage
Tip
Video source
trigger *
Any video source selected = 12V
No video source selected = 0V
Ring
Video source
trigger *
Any video source selected = 12V
No video source selected = 0V
Sleeve
Ground
0V
Notes on Screen Ctrl mode
SCART mode
In Screen Ctrl mode, the video triggers behave differently. Both
outputs of video trigger 1 double up the role of the 12V trigger
output described earlier. They can be used to remotely switch on or
off additional equipment such as power amplifiers.
1/RGB trigger output – connect to RGB SCART on your TV:
Connection
Function
Voltage
Tip
RGB mode select
RGB video = 1V (into 75Ω load)
Composite video = 0V
Ring
RGB/composite
SCART input select
(CVBS status)
Video present, aspect 4:3 = 12V
Video present, aspect 16:9 = 6V
No video signal = 0V
CONNECTING TO A POWER SUPPLY
1 Power inlet. The AV8 has a universal input power supply that is
Aspect ratio 4:3/16:9
Ground
Function
* Video source trigger – This output goes high when any video source
in the main zone is selected. It can be used to initiate closing of curtains
or dimming lights automatically.
gsgt
Sleeve
Connection
compatible with mains voltages between 85VAC and 265VAC.
0V
2/S-video output – connect to S-video SCART (usually SCART no.
2) on your TV:
Connection
Function
Voltage
Tip
Video source
trigger*
Any video source selected = 12V
No video source selected = 0V
S-video SCART
input select (CVBS
status)
S-video present, aspect 4:3 = 12V
S-video present, aspect 16:9 = 6V
No video signal = 0V
Ring
RS232
CONTROL
85 – 265VAC
MAX 40VA
GROUND
LIFT (IN)
1
2 GROUND LIFT (IN) button. In complex setups which involve
Aspect ratio 4:3/16:9
Sleeve
Ground
2
satellite inputs or radio aerials, grounding the unit may increase the
level of background hum or buzz in the loudspeakers, in which case
press the GROUND LIFT button in to lift the signal ground from the
chassis ground. DO NOT REMOVE the safety earth from the mains
cable under any circumstances.
0V
Notes on SCART mode
In SCART mode, seamless selection of composite, S-video and RGB
A/V TV inputs is possible using the AV8.
When switched to a video source input, and the AV8 detects the
presence of either an S-video or composite video signal, it sets either
the S-video or the composite SCART input select lines high. If both
signal types are detected on that source input, then only the S-video
SCART input select line is set high.
WRONG PLUG?
Check that the plug supplied with the unit fits your supply. If your
mains plug is different, consult your Arcam dealer or Arcam Customer
Support on +44 (0)1223 203203.
If a high quality video source in RGB+Composite Syncs mode is
allocated to an input, the AV8 will assume an RGB signal is present
when syncs are detected on the composite input. In this case if only a
composite video signal is present on the input the AV8 will detect this
as an RGB+Composite Sync signal and display a blank screen, not the
composite video signal.
MAINS LEAD
The appliance is normally supplied with a moulded mains plug already
fitted to the lead. If for any reason the plug needs to be removed, it
must be disposed of immediately and securely, as it is a potential shock
hazard when inserted into the mains socket. Should you require a new
mains lead, contact your Arcam dealer.
Information on SCART wiring is provided in the back of this manual.
NOTE:When the ‘HQ Video’ line of the ‘General Settings’ page is set
to ‘Component’ (rather than ‘RGB’), video trigger 1 behaves as listed
in the table for Screen Ctrl mode.
PLUGGING IN
Push the plug (IEC line socket) of the power cable supplied with the
unit into the power input socket (1) in the back of the unit. Make
sure it is pushed in firmly.
Screen Ctrl mode
1/RGB trigger output:
Connection
Function
Voltage
Tip
Main zone on trigger
Main zone turned on = 12V
Main zone turned off = 0V
Ring
Main zone on trigger
Main zone turned on = 12V
Main zone turned off = 0V
Sleeve
Ground
0V
Put the plug on the other end of the cable into your power supply
socket and switch the socket on.
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Configuring the AV8
NAVIGATING USING THE REMOTE CONTROL
The AV8 ‘Setup Menu’ has six ‘Basic’ and five ‘Advanced’ menu screens
which take you through the configuration process. The ‘Basic’ menus
enable you to match your AV8 to your speakers.The ‘Advanced’ menus
allow you to optimise the operation of your system. Screen shots of
these menus are shown in shaded boxes on the following pages.
There are two ways to navigate through the Setup menus using the
remote control. The first method is for use when setting up the AV8
for the first time and allows you to progress methodically through the
menus:
The best way to set up the AV8 is using the on-screen display (OSD).
To view the OSD for the initial set up, use the composite video output
because the high quality video output has several display modes, and
may be incompatible with your high quality display device in its default
configuration.
1.
Press and hold the MENU button (which is located immediately
under the navigation buttons) for two seconds to access the
‘Setup Menu Index’.
NOTE: Just briefly pressing the menu button takes you to
‘Main Menu Screen1’.
The AV8 defaults to the NTSC video standard – most display devices
can sync to this automatically. For PAL-only display devices, press and
hold the OK button for two seconds, when the AV8 will change to the
PAL video standard. As soon as a video signal is input to the AV8, it
automatically detects which standard it is and switches to it.
ENTERING SETUP MODE
2.
Navigate between menus using the34 keys (the menu
heading must be highlighted).
3.
Navigate up and down the menu lines using the56 keys.
4.
Cycle through the options and select the required setting using
the34 keys.
Return to the title bar and repeat sequences 2 to 4, working through
the six ‘Basic’ menus and the five ‘Advanced’ menus as required.
To enter the Setup menus press and hold the MENU button on the
remote control, or on the front panel, for at least two seconds. The
‘Setup Menu Index’ is displayed on your display device.
Unstable OSD menu display?
Your AV8 may be in the wrong video standard mode. Press and hold
the OK button for more than two seconds to switch between the
NTSC and PAL standard OSD mode.
5.
Press the
screen.
6.
Press the OK button twice to select ‘Save Setup’ and save the
settings. This takes about four seconds. Then press OK twice
again to return to the Index, then exit the Setup menu.
MENU
button to return to the main Setup menu
A second method can be used when you need to make adjustments
to a specific menu screen:
SETUP LOCK
1.
Press and hold the MENU button for two seconds to access the
‘Setup Menu Index’.
2.
Navigate up and down the ‘Setup Menu Index’ using56,
pressing OK to go to the selected menu option.
3.
Use56 to navigate up and down the menu lines.
SETUP MENU
4.
The main ‘Setup Menu’ page allows you instant access to six ‘Basic’ and
five ‘Advanced’ menus.
Use34 to cycle through the options and select the required
setting.
5.
Press MENU to return to the main setup menu screen.
6.
Press the OK button twice to select ‘Save Setup’ and save the
settings. This takes about four seconds. Then press OK twice
again to return to the Index, then exit the Setup menu.
To prevent tampering with the AV8 setup configuration you can
‘lock’ the menus by pressing the OK, TUNER and DVD-A buttons
simultaneously on the front panel. To unlock the AV8, press the same
buttons again.
Setup Menu Index
Basic
1.General
2.Speaker Size
3.Delays
4.Level Set
5.Sub Woofer
6.THX
Advanced
1.Speaker EQ
2.Video
3.Digital
4.Zone 2
5.Input Trim
Save Setup
Exit Setup
NOTE: It is always possible to navigate between menus using the
title bar at the top of each menu page.
NAVIGATING USING THE FRONT PANEL
The AV8 front panel controls can be used to configure the options.
Please note that it is easier to configure using the remote control.
They are listed side-by-side on the OSD on your display device. The
selected line of the menu is also displayed on the front panel of the
AV8. Use the remote control navigation button4 to go to page 1
from the menu heading, or use the navigation buttons to scroll down
the list to a specific page, then press OK to go directly to the page.
1.
Press and hold the MENU button for two seconds to access the
Setup menu.
2.
Navigate up and down the ‘Setup Menu Index’ menu using56,
pressing OK to go to the selected menu option.
Save Setup takes you to the ‘Save Settings’ screen to allow you to
save in one of the five available presets.
3.
Use56 to navigate up and down the menu lines.
4.
Use34 to cycle through the options and select the required
setting.
Exit Setup exits the Setup menus without saving any changes.
Return to the title bar and repeat sequences 2 to 4, working through
the six ‘Basic’ menus and the five ‘Advanced’ menus as required.
Each of the following sections shows the screen that is displayed as you
move through the menus.
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5.
Press MENU to return to the main setup menu screen.
6.
Press the OK button twice to select ‘Save Setup’ and save the
settings. This takes about four seconds. Then press OK twice
again to return to the Index, then exit the Setup menu.
Sync On Green: This applies only if RGB video is used. Yes makes
the AV8 feed the video sync signal out with the green signal. Some
RGB-driven display devices require a sync signal on the green input
to lock on to the video signal coming in, while others need the video
synchronisation on a separate lead. Systems using SCART connections
will normally have a four-wire system (i.e. with sync on composite
[CVBS] video).
BASIC SETUP
1 – GENERAL SETTINGS:
1 - General Settings
NOTE: This menu option is not selectable when ‘Component’ is
selected as the HQ video type.
Volume Display: Normal 0-72
Max Volume:
+72
Max On Volume: +20
Delay units:
OSD Mode:
Video Status:
HQ Video:
Sync On Green:
2 – SPEAKER SIZES
Imperial
Mixed
SCART
RGB
Off
The size and number of loudspeakers are defined on this page of the
OSD.
2 - Speaker Sizes
Volume display: Allows you to select how volume is displayed.
Choose from Normal 0–72 (in 1dB steps), THX Ref –53dB to +18dB,
and Fine 0–72 (in 0.5dB steps). We recommend setting to THX Ref
as this represents a volume control around 0dB (the reference level)
which is the same loudness level of a movie in a movie theatre once
you have correctly calibrated your system.
Max Volume: Limits the maximum volume setting the system can be
turned up to. This is a useful feature to prevent accidental overdriving
of low power-handling speakers, for example.
Auto Setup:
Custom
Front L/R:
Centre:
Surr.L/R:
Surr.Back L/R:
Subwoofer:
Small
Small
Small
Small
Present
Rears for 5.1: Both
A note on speaker sizes
Max On Volume: Limits the maximum volume the system operates
at when it is first switched on. The system comes on at this volume if
the last used (possibly very loud) volume exceeds this value.
A Large speaker is one that is capable of handling a full range signal
(i.e. 20Hz–20kHz).
A Small speaker is one that is not capable of reproducing a deep bass
signal (i.e. below 100Hz), for example a satellite speaker.
Delay units: Controls whether the delay settings for the speakers
in surround modes are specified in terms of Time, Imperial or
Metric distances from the listening position. Either enter the time
delay to each channel if calculating the delay in milliseconds, or
select between Imperial or Metric measurements to calculate the
time delay automatically. Imperial is measured in feet and Metric is
measured more precisely in 0.1m (10cm) increments. Note that 1 foot
is approximately 0.3 metres.
None is used when there is no speaker connected to that channel.
Auto Setup: Allows the setting of ‘standard configurations’ as in the
table below:
NOTE: Changing the units resets all distances/times to zero. It is
therefore important to choose the units (Time, Imperial or Metric)
before set up.
OSD Mode: Controls how the on screen display is viewed. Mixed
will overlap the OSD on top of the existing video picture, while Full
Page will give a full screen black background with the OSD displayed
in white.
NOTE: In Mixed mode, the highlight bar is black if video is present. It
is blue if no video signal is present or if in Full Page mode.
Video Status: Can be set to Screen Ctrl or SCART. This controls
the triggers (Video Trig 1) into the display device to tell the display
what video type is being used. SCART refers to the multipole A/V
connector commonly used on European A/V equipment.
HQ Video: Allows selection of the high quality video output to match
your display device. Choose between RGB or Component. The AV8
allows progressive scan and high definition TV (HDTV) signals to be
passed through the high quality component inputs to the high quality
output. Note that the OSD cannot overlay text at any rate other than
standard NTSC or PAL.
Speaker
Config 1
Config.2
Config.3
Custom
THX
THX
Surr.Ex
Front
L/R
Small
Large
Large
Sm/Lge
Small
THX
Small
THX
Centre
Small
Small
Small
Sm/Lge/
None
Small
THX
Small
THX
Surr
L/R
Small
Small
Large
Sm/Lge/
None
Small
THX
Small
THX
Surr
Back
L/R
Small
Small
Small
Sm/None
None
Small
THX
Subwoofer
Present
None
Present
Present/
None
Present
THX
Present
THX
5.1
Rears
Both
Both
Both
SurrL/R/
Sur Back
L/R/Both
Surr
L/R
Both
Custom setting allows you to choose any combination of speakers to
suit your system. Note that the centre and rear speakers cannot be set
to large if the front speakers are set to small.
THX automatically sets the speaker selections to the specified
configuration for THX™ listening. This automatically sets the
surround back speakers to None‚ and all filters are set to 80Hz. This
configuration is not adjustable. Only select this if you are using a full set
of THX™certified speakers.
On video signals that have a sync rate of greater than the normal
interlaced rate (i.e. progressive scan, frame-scaled video, HDTV) the
OSD will automatically go into Full Page mode (black background) so
that the control menu can be accessed. Any pop-up displays (such as
the volume bar, source selection information, etc) will be switched off.
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4 – LEVEL SETTINGS
THX Surr.EX automatically sets the speaker selections for a THX™
Surround EX setup with a pair of surround speakers, a pair of
surround back speakers and all filters set to 80Hz. This configuration
is not adjustable. Only select this if you are using a full set of THX™
certified speakers.
4 - Level Settings
Test Tone Cycle: Manual
Front L:
---I--- +0dB
Centre:
---I--- +0dB
Front R:
---I--- +0dB
Surr. R:
---I--- +0dB
Surr. BR: Not Present
Surr. BL: Not Present
Surr. L:
---I--- +0dB
Subwoofer: ---I--- +0dB
Select Speaker for Tone
5.1 Rear speakers defines how the speakers in a full ‘7.1’ installation
handle 5.1 decoded sources.
Surr L/R redirects 5.1 surround signal to the surround left and right
speakers. No signal will be directed to the surround back left or right
speakers.
Surr Back L/R redirects 5.1 surround signal to the surround back left
and right speakers. No signal will be directed to the surround left or
right speakers.
It is very important to calibrate the speakers correctly to achieve an
accurately centred sound stage. We recommend you use a sound
pressure level meter (SPL meter) to perform this part of the setup as
it is difficult to judge the levels accurately by ear alone.
Both redirects the 5.1 surround signal to both pairs of speakers with
the signal to each set reduced by 3dB.
Manual is best for setting up with an SPL meter as the test tone will
not change to the next speaker until instructed by you. Auto is best
for setting up by ear as the test tone changes automatically to each
speaker after a two second burst of sound.
3 – SPEAKER DELAY SETTINGS
3 - Delay Settings
Front Left:
Centre:
Front Right:
Surr. Left:
Surr. Back L/R
Surr. Right:
Subwoofer:
On first installation, watch the OSD display as you cycle through the
available speakers with the test tone. Check that the speaker in use
corresponds to that indicated on the OSD. If there is an error then
check and correct the system cabling before proceeding further.
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
3Ft
To calibrate the speakers with an SPL meter, place the meter at ear
level with the microphone pointing towards the ceiling, when seated in
the usual listening position.You will need to set the meter to ‘C’‚ setting
with a ‘slow’‚ response and to read 75dB SPL at the centre of the scale.
This volume is equivalent to normal conversation.
Note: Only enter these delay settings once you have specified what
delay units (i.e. Time, Imperial or Metric) you will be using, or the
information will be lost when changing units. If the delay units are set
to Time, then enter the delay in milliseconds for each channel.
Each speaker can be finely tuned by 1dB increments to ±10dB. The
output from each speaker needs to be adjusted to the 75dB SPL
sound level. No adjustments can be made for a speaker that is not
selected in the previous ‘Speaker Sizes’ menu.
The speaker distance control automatically sets the appropriate time
delays required for all the speakers in your system. To set up the
correct speaker distance, you must measure from the usual listening
position to the front of each individual speaker in the system. The
delay adjustment is not a substitute for proper speaker placement – it
helps to ensure accurate and correct signal arrival times from all the
channels to the primary listening position.
NOTE: If you do not have an SPL meter, simply set the front left
speaker to 0dB on the menu and then match all the other speakers
to this level.
No measurement can be entered for a speaker that is not selected in
the previous ‘Speaker Sizes’ menu.
Sub
woofer
Centre
nt
Fro
left
e.g. 3m
(9ft)
Fro
n
righ t
t
e.g. 4m
(12ft)
e.g. 2m
(6ft)
Surr
left
Surr
back
left
Surr
right
Surr
back
right
Distance measurements for 5.1 [and 7.1]
speaker delay settings
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5 – SUBWOOFER SETTINGS
DVD-A Sub Level: External decoder sub level outputs are typically
the same level as the main audio and therefore require no gain
compensation. For these decoders set the DVD-A sub level to normal,
the default setting.
If no subwoofer was selected in the previous speaker menus you
cannot adjust the stereo sub level or the number of subwoofers.
Some external decoders may have the sub output 10dB lower than
the main audio outputs. It is therefore necessary to compensate for
this by raising the sub level by 10dB. Setting the DVD-A sub level to
+10dB activates this compensation.
5 - Subwoofer Settings
Crossover Freq.: 80Hz THX
Stereo Mode:
Sat+Sub
LFE Level:
---I--- -0dB
DTS LFE Gain:
0dB Normal
Sub Stereo: ---I--- -0dB
DVD-A Sub Level:
Normal
No. of Subwoofers: 1
Normal: This allows the DVD-A sub level to pass direct to the output
with no gain adjustment. This is the recommended/default setting for
the AV8.
+10dB: This increases the DVD-A sub level by 10dB
No. of subwoofers: Allows you to set the number of subwoofers
used in the system from 1 to 3. All three subwoofer outputs are active
all the time. This setting compensates the sub output level for the
number of subwoofers in the system.
Crossover Frequency: Allows you to set the frequency at which
the signal is redirected from small speakers to the subwoofer or
large speakers. The adjustment can be made in increments of 10Hz
between 40Hz and 150Hz.
If THX or THX Surr.EX have been selected in the previous menus,
the crossover frequency will be set to THX specification at 80Hz.
6 – THX SETTINGS
6 - THX Settings
Stereo Mode: Select between Large, Large+Sub or Sat+Sub. You
have the flexibility to choose how bass information is distributed to
your speakers only if you have large front left and right speakers and
a subwoofer as part of your home theatre speaker system. To decide
which setting is best for your room, once you have positioned all of
your speakers, choose the option which gives you the most solid even
sounding bass using a setup disc or live program material.
THX Surr. EX: Auto
Boundary Gain Compensation
THX Ultra 2 Sub: No
Advanced Speaker Array
SurrBack L/R: 12 to 48in
 Large: Pure stereo information. Use this setting if you have large
front speakers.
 Large+Sub: Pure stereo fed to left and right and extracted bass
6 - THX Settings
is sent to the subwoofer.
 Sat+Sub: Use this setting if you have ‘Small’ satellite left and right
THX Surr. EX: Auto
speakers. Full bass management is used in analogue stereo so
that analogue sources are fed to the DSP where the bass is
filtered off left and right and redirected to the subwoofer.
Boundary Gain Compensation
THX Ultra 2 Sub: Yes
Boundary Gain Comp: On
Advanced Speaker Array
SurrBack L/R: 12 to 48in
NOTE: The above three Stereo Mode settings pass the audio
through the DSP. The Large setting can be duplicated for analogue
inputs by pressing Direct to bypass the DSP.
LFE Level: Allows you to adjust the output level of the low frequency
effects channel relative to the other speakers in the system. This
adjustment affects the loudness of movie low frequency effects such
as thunder, explosions, etc.
THX Surr. EX: This can either be set to Auto or Manual and is only
applicable when playing THX Surr. EX encoded material.
Auto: The AV8 will automatically switch THX to THX Surr. EX
when suitably encoded material is detected (this can be temporarily
overridden by pressing the THX button on the AV8).
DTS LFE Level: DTS soundtracks typically have the LFE track
recorded 10dB lower than the main audio tracks. It is therefore
necessary to compensate for this by raising the LFE output
level by 10dB. Setting the DTS LFE gain to normal activates this
compensation.
Manual: The AV8 will not select THX Surr. EX automatically. It can
however be selected manually by pressing the THX button.
Boundary Gain Compensation
Some DTS soundtracks have been recorded with the LFE signal at
the same levels as the main audio and therefore require no gain
compensation. For these disks set the DTS LFE gain to -10dB.
THX Ultra2 Sub: THX Ultra2 specified subwoofers can effectively
deliver down to 20Hz, which may be problematic in some rooms.
Set to No if the subwoofer being used is not a THX Ultra2 specified
subwoofer, or is not capable of a good response to 20Hz.
Normal:This increases the LFE signal by 10dB and is the recommended/
default setting for the AV8.
Set to Yes If you are using a 20Hz subwoofer or a THX Ultra2 specified
subwoofer. When set to Yes, another menu option appears.
-10dB: This allows the LFE to pass direct to the output with no gain
adjustment.
Boundary Gain Compensation: Tailors the subwoofer low
frequency response.
Sub Stereo: Allows you to trim the subwoofer output for stereo
listening. Use this trim setting, with a stereo source, to reduce the
subwoofer output in stereo playback to an acceptable level. The
subwoofer level for stereo music often needs to be set at a lower
level than that for cinema use. This depends on various factors such
as speakers, the types and styles of music to be played and personal
taste.
When set to On, this will roll off the very low frequency information
coming from the subwoofer so that any interactions and reinforcements
from nearby boundaries (i.e. walls) can be compensated for to reduce
boom and overblown bass response. We recommend this setting for
smaller rooms.
When set to Off, the subwoofer output from the AV8 will remain flat
to 20Hz.
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Advanced Speaker Array: Set this distance to be the separation
between the surround back left and right speakers. This enables
the AV8 to distribute the signal to the surround back speakers
appropriately to get the most accurate image for the soundstage.
ADVANCED SETUP
ADV 1 – SPEAKER EQ.
Surr
left
Adv 1 - Speaker Eq.
Bass
Treble
FL: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
C:
--I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
FR: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
SR: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
SBR: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
SBL: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
SL: --I-- +0dB
--I-- +0dB
Surr
right
Surr
back
left
Surr
back
right
Auto Stereo Tone Bypass: Yes
Measurement units are in inches only, 30cm = 12 inches.
Allows advanced adjustment of all the speakers for bass and treble
management in 1dB steps up to ±6dB. The tone control nominal
corner frequencies are at 100Hz and 8kHz, shelf type. Use these
adjustments sparingly to compensate for speaker response problems
caused by positioning, adjacent surface textures, or mixed brands of
loudspeakers.
SAVING SETTINGS AND EXIT SETUP
You can either save the settings now and exit or continue to the
‘Advanced Setup’ instructions.
Save Setup
1.
Press MENU to go to the ‘Setup Menu Index’ at the ‘Save Setup’
point.
2.
Press OK to go to the ‘Save Settings’ menu.
3.
Press56 to select the desired ‘Preset’ to which to save the
setting.
4.
Press OK twice to save and exit to ‘Setup Menu Index’.
5.
After the AV8 has finished saving, press OK to return to the
‘Setup Menu Index’.
6.
Work with one speaker on at a time, and as an example, use the bass
control to reduce boom problems for speakers placed in corners, and
the treble control for speakers placed near reflective surfaces.
We recommend trying to obtain a good speaker response by speaker
placement first, then apply speaker eq. last.
Auto Stereo Tone Bypass: Set to Yes if you wish to automatically
have any tone adjustments made in ‘Main Menu Screen 1’ by-passed in
analogue or digital mode.
NOTE:This does not switch the AV8 into Direct mode, only sets the
tone controls to zero.
Press OK to select ‘Exit Setup’ and exit system configuration.
NOTE: It is possible to change the name of the presets – see the
‘Advanced Settings’ section for a more detailed explanation.
ADV 2 – VIDEO SETTINGS
Exit without saving
Adv 2
OSD:
Video
Video
Video
Video
Audio
If you choose to ‘Exit Setup’ without first saving the changes, then these
new settings will be used by the AV8 until you recall a preset or press
FAV on the remote control, when the last used preset will be recalled.
This is the case even if the AV8 is put into standby or turned off.
1.
Press MENU to go to the ‘Setup Menu Index’ at the ‘Save Setup’
point.
2.
Press4 to select ‘Exit Setup’.
3.
Press OK when ‘Exit Setup’ is selected to exit system
configuration.
- Video Settings
On
Input Aux:
None
Input CD:
None
Input Tuner: None
Input DVD-A: None
and Video:
Tracked
HQ Vid 1
HQ Vid 2
HQ Vid 3
Comp/RGB: None
Comp/RGB: None
Comp/RGB: None
This menu allows advanced adjustment of the video settings for your
AV8.
OSD: Selects whether the main zone OSD is on or off.
When set to On‚ all user adjustments that are made during the
general use of the AV8 are displayed on the screen. This includes the
adjustment of the volume control, the inputs selected and the setup
menus.
When set to Off‚ you will have no displays of the general user
adjustments – only the setup menus and the main menus are
displayed.
It is recommended you keep the OSD turned On‚ since if you cannot
see the front panel of the AV8 you will have no idea if any adjustments
you have made to the processor are correct or to your liking.
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ADV 4 – ZONE 2 SETTINGS
Video Inputs: Composite and S-video inputs for DVD, Sat, AV, VCR
and Tape have their audio and video assigned to track each other by
default.The four Video Input lines for Aux, CD,Tuner and DVD-A allow
you to assign a video source to these normally audio-only sources.You
can allocate the same video source to more than one audio input.This
facility allows you to listen to an audio source and view a separate
video source at the same time – for example, you can listen to radio
while watching TV for a sports simulcast.
Adv 4 - Zone 2 Settings
Max Vol 20-72:
Fix Vol:
Max On Vol 0-72:
Zone 1 Standby:
Zone 2 Standby:
Local OSD:
Zone 1 Control:
Access:
Audio and Video: Applies to the audio and video assignments set up
in the ‘Main Menu Screen 1’.
If set to Separate, then audio and video signals for video sources can
be separately assigned (e.g. DVD sound with video from a satellite
receiver). Once assigned separate, audio and video remain separate.
72
No
20
Local Only
Local Only
On
Yes
All
Max Vol 20–72: Limits the maximum volume setting for zone 2. This
is a useful feature to prevent accidental overdriving of low powerhandling speakers, for example.
If set to Tracked, audio and video signals are linked together (e.g. DVD
audio and video). This setting is recommended for simplicity. In this
mode, audio and video sources can still be separated temporarily by
using ‘Main Menu Screen 1’.
Fix Vol: This selects between fixed and variable audio output to
zone 2. If No is selected, the output level can be controlled from zone
2 or the main system. If you want to fix the volume level, first set the
zone 2 volume to the desired level, then select Yes.
HQ Vid 1, 2 and 3: Allocates the high quality component or
RGB video inputs to any source buttons. For example, to use the
component or RGB output on a DVD player with HQ Vid 1 input,
select DVD in the menu.
Max On Vol 0–72: Limits the maximum volume zone 2 operates at
when it is first switched on. Zone 2 comes on at this volume if the last
used (possibly very loud) volume exceeds this value.
ADV 3 – DIGITAL SETTINGS
Zone 1 Standby: This allows zone 1 (the main zone) to be put into
standby, either locally only or by zone 2 as well. Local Only: Only zone
1 will be switched into standby from zone 1. All Off: Both zone 1 and
zone 2 will be switched into standby from zone 1.
Adv 3 - Digital Settings
Coaxial Inputs
DVD input:
DVD button
AV input:
AV button
Tape input: Tape button
Tuner input: Tuner button
CD input:
CD button
Optical Inputs
VCR input:
VCR button
Sat input:
Sat button
NOTE: The setting for ‘Zone 1 Standby’ only applies for putting
the AV8 into standby mode. Re-activating zone 1 is always a local
function.
Zone 2 Standby: This allows zone 2 to be put into standby, either
locally only or by zone 1 as well. Local Only: Only zone 2 will be
switched into standby from zone 2. All Off: Both zone 1 and zone 2
can be switched into standby from zone 2.
Coaxial inputs and Optical inputs. Each of the digital inputs can
be assigned to any of the eight stereo source buttons (AUX, CD, TUNER,
TAPE, DVD, SAT, AV and VCR), or can be assigned No button.
NOTE: The setting for ‘Zone 2 Standby’ only applies for putting
the AV8 into standby mode. Re-activating zone 2 is always a local
function.
The OSD menu lists the physical inputs, as per the back panel, on the
left hand side of the screen, and the buttons used to select the inputs
are listed on the right hand side.
Local OSD: Selects whether the zone 2 OSD is on or off.
When set to On‚ all user adjustments that are made during the use of
zone 2 are displayed on the zone 2 video.This includes the adjustment
of the volume control, the inputs selected and the setup menus.
Each digital input can only be allocated to one source button. For
example, if you choose the ‘Coaxial DVD input’ to be assigned to the
DVD button, then the choices for the other digital inputs are: Aux, CD,
Tuner, Tape, Sat, AV, VCR and No button. If you wish to re-allocate
the DVD input to a button that is already assigned to the ‘AV input’
(for example), ‘AV input’ must be assigned to a different button (or No
button) before you can re-assign this new button to ‘DVD input’.
It is recommended that zone 2 OSD turned On‚ as there is no other
display available in zone 2.
When set to Off, all user adjustment displays are disabled, but pressing
the MENU key still displays the zone 2 control menu.
Zone 1 Control: If set to yes this allows zone 2 to control and adjust
inputs and user controls for the main zone.
Access: This acts as a ‘parental control’ device to disable or enable
access to sources for zone 2.
Press the unwanted source button on the remote control handset or
front panel to disable it for zone 2. Press again to enable the source.
Enabled sources are listed on the ‘Access:’ line of the OSD.
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ADV 5 – INPUT TRIMS
SAVING SETTINGS AND EXITING SETUP
Adv 5 - Input Trims
Save Settings
Aux:
DVD:
Sat:
AV:
VCR:
Tape:
CD:
Tuner:
DVD-A:
No Save - Return to index
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
Reference
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
2V
Save as:Preset 1*
Preset 2
Preset 3
Preset 4
Preset 5
Press OK to edit- OK to save
Input trims: Allows the adjustment of the input sensitivity of the
analogue inputs (in Volts rms) so that each one achieves the optimum
dynamic range and sounds similar in loudness to each other.
All the settings you have made on the previous screens can be saved
as a user profile and stored as one of five ‘Presets’. A choice of setup
presets caters for different events such as movies or sport, and for
different user preferences.
Available level settings are; Low 1V, Reference 2V, Medium 4V, High 8V.
The reference level of 2V should be appropriate for most inputs.
To make these customised settings easier to retrieve, you can give
each preset a memorable name, such as ‘John’, ‘Jacky’, ‘Movies’, ‘Sport’,
‘Rock’, etc.
To ensure the correct level is set up, first ensure that all source levels
are set to Reference 2V. Find some loud music or use a 0dB reference
signal from each source. If the source activates the ‘Analogue CLIP’
indication at the bottom of the screen, then adjust its level upwards
to 4V or 8V, until the ‘Analogue CLIP’ indicator is no longer there.
Then repeat the adjustment process with every other input, selecting
the lowest voltage setting that does not activate the ‘Analogue CLIP’
indicator. If in doubt or a loud signal is not available, then leave a
source on the 2V setting. If you have a CD player with built-in HDCD
decoding, you should generally use the 4V setting.
The presets store the complete setup of the AV8, including the modes
used for each of the inputs and if they are in direct mode or not.
The presets can be used to create different listening preferences. You
may wish to set up different presets for listening to music, watching
DVD, watching TV material or for different listening positions.
To change the name of a preset, highlight it by using the
navigation5 and6 buttons. Press the OK button to edit. Using
the5 and6 navigation buttons, cycle through and select lower case
letters (a…z), upper case letters (A…Z) and numbers (0…9). Move
along the line using the3 and4 buttons.
If a source is very quiet compared with the other sources you can
increase its loudness by selecting the Low 1V setting. Once set, we
suggest you play some loud music from this source to check the
‘Analogue CLIP’ indicator does not come on.
When you are satisfied with the text you have written, press OK to
save the preset name and to store the setup parameters under this
name.
Note:The ‘Analogue CLIP’ detector is only active in the ‘Input Trims’
menu, and only responds to the input indicated by the highlight bar
on the screen.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Settings must be explicitly saved before the
unit is switched off, otherwise changes to the settings will be lost
and the unit will need to be set up again.
When the Aux input is converted into a Phono (turntable) input, the
sensitivity adjustment is still available.
The ‘Input Trims’ control is only available for analogue inputs. Whenever
a digital input is selected, this control is overridden.
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Remote control
The CR80 remote control is a multi-function unit that controls the
AV8 and up to seven other devices. The instructions on this page only
refer to the control of the Arcam FMJ AV8.
For information on using the remote control for other devices, and
a full list of features, see the instruction booklet supplied with the
CR80.
Device selection
IMPORTANT: Press the ‘AMP’ button first to
operate the AV8.
Source selection
DVD – Digital Versatile Disc input
SAT – Satellite input
VCR – Video Cassette Recorder input
CD – Compact Disc player input
AUX – Auxillary (line) input
TAPE – Tape (monitor) input
TUN – Tuner input
AV – AV input
MCH – DVD-A (multichannel) input
Press the relevant button once to select input; press
and hold to select the analogue input if a digital input
is present.
MUTE
Press once to mute the main system. Press again
(or use VOL +/–) to un-mute.
SET
On/Standby
This allows the AV8 to be put into and taken out of
standby remotely.
SELECT DEVICE
CBL
DVD
VCR
TV
SAT
CD
AMP
AUX
1 DVD
2
3
4
CD
5 AUX
6 TAPE
7 TUN
8 AV
9 MCH
MUTE
0 FM
AM
SAT
VCR
THX (THX mode)
Use this button to cycle through available THX
modes.
FX (DSP effects mode)
Use this button to cycle through effects modes for
two-channel sources.
LAST
THX
VOLUME +/–
Adjusts the volume.
SLEEP
VOL
CH
FX
A–B
SUB (Subwoofer trim)
Allows a temporary trim of the subwoofer level.
Press SUB, then adjust using the34 buttons on
the navigation panel.
SUB
MODE
Use this button to cycle through available surround
modes.
GUIDE
EXIT
MODE
OPEN
Navigation buttons
Arrow buttons allow navigation around the menus
on the AV8.
OK
INFO
Press once to display the OSD report on source
inputs and processing mode.
INFO
SYN (Lip sync)
Press once to adjust the Lip sync audio delay. Use
the3 and4 navigation buttons.
P.MODE
Press again to exit the Lip sync function.
DIS (Display)
Press to cycle through Off/Dim/Bright illumination
of the front panel display
Confirm selection by pressing OK. Press and hold
the OK button to swap PAL/NTSC OSD modes.
MENU
MENU
Press to select the OSD Main menu.
SUBT
TITLE
Press and hold for more than two seconds to
select the ‘Setup Menu Index’.
MENU
P–
P+
TM
FAV
ZOOM
AUDIO
MEM
RETURN
TST
SYN
DYN
SLP
ANGLE
SETUP
STATUS
SEARCH
DIS
TRM
1
2
FAV (Favourite)
Use this button to clear any temporary
adjustments and return to the current preset
settings.
The other buttons in this area are used for DVD
and Tuner control and do not effect the AV8.
CR80
TRM (Speaker trim)
Press to display the OSD Speaker trim level menu.
TRM allows temporary adjustment of speaker
levels, using the navigation buttons. Press again to
exit the ‘Speaker Trim’ function.
NOTE
Remember to correctly install the two AA batteries supplied
before trying to use your remote control.
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Front panel controls
1
bp
2 3 4
THX SURROUND EX
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bo
AV8 PREAMP PROCESSOR
To n e
Movie
THX
EFFECT
MODE
MENU
OK
DISPLAY
DISPLAY
5
6 7 8
DVD
SAT
SAT
9
AV
VCR
PHONO/AUX
CD
TUNER
TAPE
T
APE
bk
DVD A
DIRECT
MUTE
bl bm
POWER
bbnn
1 Remote control receiver. This is positioned behind the FMJ
bk Source selectors. These buttons select the source connected to
badge. Ensure the receiver is in a clear line of sight from the remote
control for operation. If this is not possible, use a separate sensor
connected to the IR input on the rear panel.
the corresponding input. A light above the relevant button indicates
which input is currently selected.
2 THX. Selects between the available THX® modes.
3 Effect. Selects between the available DSP effects modes for two-
analogue inputs to the left and right front outputs. Switches off any
sound processing modes and shuts down the DSP circuits for best
stereo sound quality.
bl Direct. Stereo direct on/off. Provides a direct analogue path from
channel sources. All other modes must be switched off first.
bm Mute. Mutes all main analogue ouputs when selected.
bn Power. Switches the main power to the AV8 on and off.
4 Mode. Selects between Stereo, Mono and the available surround
modes for the current source.
5 Phones. This socket accepts headphones with an impedance
rating between 32Ω and 600Ω, fitted with a 1/4-inch stereo jack plug.
NOTE: Once the unit is switched off, it should be left off for at least
ten seconds before switching on again.
6 Display. This switches the display brightness between Off/Dim/
bo Power/Standby LED. This indicates the status of the preamp
Bright.
processor. When first turned on, the LED is yellow, to indicate that the
AV8 is ‘initialising’.This changes to green when the AV8 is fully powered
and ready. Red indicates that the AV8 is in standby mode.
7 Menu. Selects the ‘Main Menu’ on the OSD. Also accesses the
‘Setup Menu Index’ when pressed for two seconds.
bp Tone Control Indicator. Indicates that bass or treble tone
8 OK. Used to enter selections made from operating menus. Also
equalisation is currently active.
changes the OSD video standard (PAL/NTSC) when pressed for two
seconds.
9 Control knob. The control knob has two functions:
 as a volume control, to adjust the output to the power
amplifier(s) and headphones connected to the AV8.
 when used in the menus with the6EFFECT button and5MODE
button, to navigate menu options.
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Operating your AV8
INTRODUCTION
SELECTING A SOURCE
For information display we recommend you use the OSD on your
TV/screen whenever possible. However all key information is also
duplicated one line at a time on the front panel display of the AV8.
To select a particular source, press the corresponding button on
the front panel or on the remote control. There are nine inputs
available: DVD, Sat, AV, VCR, Phono/Aux, CD, Tuner, Tape and DVD-A
(multichannel).
On selecting a source, the AV8 will normally select an active digital
input in preference to an analogue input. If you want to override the
digital input and select the analogue input, press and hold the source
button for at least two seconds.
USING THE CONTROLS
SWITCHING ON
The processing mode and Stereo Direct functions are remembered
and recalled for each input. The digital input and high quality video
input associated with each source may be customised in the setup
procedure.
Press the power button in. Between one and five seconds later, the
power LED will then come on (first as yellow), the front panel display
window shows ‘ARCAM’, followed by ‘initialising’. This is followed by
the initial volume setting and the name of the input selected. After
initialisation is complete, the power LED changes colour to green.
The DVD-A input is intended for direct analogue pass-through of
DVD Audio or SACD surround sources. Apart from volume control
and level trim, no processing modes are possible on this input.
Please wait until the unit has finished initialising before operating the
AV8. It is recommended that if the unit is switched off, you should wait
at least 10 seconds before switching the unit back on.
TAPE OPERATION
The AV8 has a fully independent tape loop. This can be configured to
record the source you are listening to or to record any other input
using the ‘Record to Tape’ option in ‘Main Menu Screen 2’).
STANDBY
The AV8 has a standby mode which can be entered by pressing
STANDBY on the remote control. When in standby mode the display is
blank and the power LED glows red.
Pressing the TAPE button will select audio from the tape input.
If the ‘Record to Tape’ option is set to Source (its default setting), the
tape LED will illuminate as well as the previously selected input.
When not being used, the AV8 may be left in standby mode, as power
consumption is low. If you are not using your AV8 for several days we
recommend you switch the unit completely off at the front panel.
TO SWITCH ON FROM STANDBY
If the ‘Record to Tape’ option is set to a specific input, the tape LED will
illuminate as well as the input selected in the ‘Record to Tape’ menu
item.
Press one of the source buttons on the front panel or on the remote
control, or use the standby button on the remote control.
This indicates the tape loop is active and displays the source that will
be recorded.
For example, if ‘Record to Tape’ is set to Source and you want to
record the CD input:
FRONT PANEL DISPLAY
The AV8 is ready for use after about four seconds.This display window
shows the processing mode and initial volume setting.
 Select the
Output channels in digital processing modes are indicated in the
format: ‘3/2.1’, where ‘3’ refers to the front channels, ‘2’ to the rear
channels, and ‘.1’ to the subwoofer channel. Some variants of this
format are described below.
 Press the TAPE button – you can now listen to the sound actually
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CD input then put your recorder into record pause
so that it will monitor its input.
being recorded by your tape deck from the CD player.
 If you select a different source from CD, the recording will
change to this source.
If you want to record from CD while listening to the Tuner input:
To n e
 Call up the ‘Main Menu Screen 2’ and set ‘Record to Tape’ to
Movie
CD.
 Put your recorder into record pause so that it monitors its input
Recorded
format
Front
speakers
Surround
speakers
Subwoofer
Comment
3/2/1
3
2
Yes
Full 5.1 sound
3/2/0
3
2
No
5-channel sound, no LFE
3/0/0
3
No
No
3-channel sound, no LFE
2/0/0
2
No
No
Stereo (Dolby digital or
DTS encoded)
then press the TAPE button.You can now start the recording and
listen to the sound actually being recorded by your tape deck
from the CD player.
 Once the recording is running press the TUNER button to listen
to the Tuner, the recording of the CD will continue.
 You can check the progress of the recording at any time by
pressing the TAPE button again.
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VCR OPERATION
Normal 0–72: The volume range covers 0 to 72dB in 1dB steps.
The AV8 has a fully independent VCR loop for audio and video
(Composite and S-video only). This can be configured to record the
source you are watching to or to record any other input using the
‘Record to VCR’ option in the ‘Main Menu Screen 2’.
Fine 0–72: The volume range covers 0 to 72dB in 0.5dB steps.
0dB THX Ref.: The volume range will cover -53dB to +18dB in 1dB
steps.
 Pressing the VCR button selects audio and video from the VCR
HEADPHONES
input.
To use headphones with the AV8, plug the headphones into the socket
on the left hand side of the front panel.
 If the ‘Record to VCR’ option is set to Source (its default setting),
the VCR LED illuminates as well as the previously selected
input.
When headphones are plugged into the headphones socket the
outputs for the zone to which they are assigned is muted. If that zone
is zone 1 and it is in a surround sound mode, the audio will be downmixed to two channels (2.0). The two-channel down-mix is required
so that the centre channel and surround information can be heard via
the headphones.
 If the ‘Record to VCR’ option is set to a specific input, the VCR
LED illuminates as well as the input selected in the VCR menu.
This indicates the VCR loop is active and displays the source that will
be recorded.
For example, if ‘Record to VCR’ is set to Source and you want to
record the SAT input:
NOTE: If the headphones are selected to zone 2, only analogue
sources can be heard as there is no digital-to-analogue conversion
available for zone 2.
 Select the
SAT input then put your VCR into record pause so
that it will monitor its input.
To listen to zone 2 using the headphones:
 Press the
VCR button, and you can now watch the audio and
video actually being recorded by your VCR from the satellite
system.
 Call up ‘Main Menu Screen 1’ by pressing the MENU button.
 Navigate to screen 3 of the Main Menu by pressing the4 button
on the remote, or by turning the volume knob on the front
panel.
 If you select a different source from SAT, the recording changes
to this source.
 Move the highlighted line to ‘Headphone Out’.
If you want to record from SAT while watching the AV input:
 Use the4 button on the remote, or use the volume knob to
 Call up the ‘Main Menu Screen 2’ and set ‘Record to VCR’ to
select zone 2.
SAT.
When listening to zone 2 via the headphones, you can control the
source and volume from ‘Main Menu Screen 3’.
 Put your VCR into record pause so that it monitors its input,
then press the VCR button.
To select a source:
 You can now start the recording and watch the audio and video
 Move the highlighted line to ‘Zone 2 audio’.
actually being recorded by your VCR.
 Use the34 buttons to select the source you wish to hear.
 Once the recording is running, or you have set the timer on the
To change the volume:
VCR, press the AV button to watch the AV input. The recording
of the SAT input continues or starts when the timer activates.
 Move the highlighted line to ‘Vol’.
 You can check the progress of the recording at any time by
 Use the34 buttons to move the volume up and down.
pressing the VCR button again.
NOTE: If the headphones are associated with zone 2, the main
volume control knob on the AV8 will not adjust the headphone
volume level as this only controls the main zone 1 volume setting.
STEREO DIRECT
To listen to a pure analogue stereo input, press the DIRECT button. The
Direct mode automatically bypasses all processing and any surround
functions. In Direct mode, digital processing is shut down to improve
the sound quality and reduces digital noise within the AV8 to an
absolute minimum. The LED above the DIRECT button on the front
panel also lights to indicate this mode.
EFFECTS/FX
The EFFECTS button (FX on the remote) cycles through the available
effect modes. The effects are only available when the AV8 is in stereo
mode. The AV8 effects are:
NOTE: When the digital processing is shut down, no digital output
is available.
VOLUME CONTROL
It is important to realise that the position of the volume control
indicator bar is not an accurate indication of the power delivered to
your loudspeakers. The AV8 often delivers its full output power long
before the volume control reaches its maximum position, particularly
when listening to heavily recorded music. In comparison, some movie
sountracks can appear to be very quiet, as many directors like to keep
the maximum levels in reserve for special effect sequences.
Effect
Description
None
No effects active, stereo signal
Music
Extracted ambience and centre information
Party
All speakers on
Club
Small room
Hall
Medium reverberant room
Sport
Very reverberant with extracted ambience and dry centre
dialogue
Church
Long reverberant room
For more information on the effects, see the section ‘DSP Effects
Modes’.
If your system is set up in THX reference configuration, the volume
range will cover –53dB to +18dB, where 0dB is the THX reference
level at which the movie director intended the movie to be
reproduced. If your room is small you may find this too loud, so reduce
the level until you are comfortable.
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THX
USING THE MAIN MENU SCREEN
This button cycles through the available THX modes. The available
THX modes change depending on what mode the AV8 is in and what
source material is being played.
Three Main Menu screens allow day-to-day changes to be made to the
way the AV8 operates. Examples include adjusting the tone control for
a particular input, recording one source while listening to another or
configuring the headphone output.
For more information on THX see the section ‘THX Modes’.
SUB
This button on the remote allows temporary trim of the Subwoofer
level. Press SUB, then adjust using the34 buttons on the navigation
pad.
The three Main menu screens are available on your display device.The
selected line of each screen is also displayed on the front panel of the
AV8. Each of the following sections has a picture showing the screen
that is displayed as you move through the menus.
FAV
USING THE REMOTE CONTROL
Use this button on the remote to clear any temporary adjustments
and return to the current or ‘favourite’ preset settings.
MUTE
Briefly press the MENU button to enter ‘Main Menu Screen 1’. Use
the navigation5 and6 buttons to go up and down the menu
respectively. The3 and4 buttons are used to alter the selection
on the highlighted line, or to change to the next screen if the menu
heading is highlighted.
Use this button to mute the local zone. Press again (or use VOL+/–) to
un-mute. The Mute LED will light when zone 1 output is muted.
USING THE FRONT PANEL
Press the MENU button to enter the main menu. To cycle through the
items on a menu, use the6EFFECT button to go down and5MODE
button to go up one line for each press. Use the volume control knob
for the3 and4 functions in order to cycle through the available choices,
or to change the menu page if the menu heading is highlighted.
MODE
Use this button to cycle through the available surround modes.
INFO
Press this button on the remote once to display the local OSD report
on source inputs and processing mode. The display times out after
about three seconds.
MAIN MENU SCREEN 1
Main Menu Screen 1
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Preset:
Preset 1
Audio Input:
DVD
Video Input:
DVD
Video Type:
4:3
Stereo Direct: Off
Bass:
THX
Treble:
THX
Balance:
THX
SYN
Delays may be introduced into the video signal by external video
processing equipment which causes a mismatch between the audio
and video timing. You will notice this by speech sound being out of
synchronisation with the lip movements in the video.
To compensate for this you can adjust the lip sync audio delay. Press
SYN and use the34 navigation buttons to change the delay. Press SYN
again to exit the lip sync function.
Vol: Shows the present volume being used for the main zone and can
be adjusted from here.
DISPLAY
Preset: Cycles through user setup presets 1 to 5. These presets may
have customised names. (See ‘Advanced Setup’.)
This allows you to select the illumination level of the front panel
display. Press DISPLAY on the front panel or DIS on the remote to cycle
through the settings Off/Dim/Bright.
Audio Input:This shows the current audio input source selected.The
current audio input can be changed when this line is highlighted using
the source select buttons on the front panel or the remote.
TRIM
Changing the audio input also changes the video input to the same
setting.
This allows temporary adjustment of the speaker levels. Press TRM to
access the OSD ‘Speaker Trims’ menu, using the navigation buttons to
adjust the levels required. Press again to exit the trim function. As this
is a temporary adjustment, the trim levels are reset to 0 when the unit
is turned off or the selected input is changed, but are retained if the
unit is put in standby. These temporary trim levels are independent of
the ‘Level Settings’ page found in the Setup Menu.
Video Input:This shows the current video input source selected.The
current video input can be changed when this line is highlighted using
the source select buttons on the front panel or the remote.
Changing the video input does not change the audio input, so you can
watch a different input from the one you are listening to.
If the audio and video are set to different inputs, they will be reset
to be the same when the audio input is next changed. However it is
possible to set the AV8 so that they remain separated in the ‘Video
Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
For example, you may wish to watch a sports event from satellite but
wish to listen to the commentary from a radio broadcast.
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Video Type: This line is only present if SCART mode has been set
in the ‘General Settings’ in the Setup Menu. It shows the video aspect
ratio currently selected on the display. It can be set manually to 4:3 or
16:9,, depending on which format you are feeding into the unit.
Compression: Allows selection of two different compression
ratios (medium and high) which are ideal for late night listening. The
compression effect increases the volume of the quiet passages and
decreases the volume of the louder passages. Compression can be
disabled by setting to Off.
Stereo Direct: If Stereo direct is Off, the AV8 functions in its normal
way.
Compression is only available on Dolby Digital recordings and on
some DTS recordings.
If stereo direct is On, the AV8 uses the analogue input signal for the
source, bypassing the digital circuitry. In this mode, the AV8 functions
like an analogue preamp: it also shuts down all the unused digital
circuitry for optimum stereo performance.
Lip Sync: Allows the introduction and adjustment of a time delay
between the audio and video signals to compensate for the sound and
picture not being synchronised. This is normally required when extra
video processing is used in the system for line doubling or progressive
scan video. The range of lip sync delay is -5 to 220 milliseconds.
NOTE: In Direct mode no digital output is available.
Bass and Treble: These allow you to temporarily alter the bass and
treble controls for all currently active speakers. In the case of Stereo,
this would only apply to the front left and right speakers. In Effects, Pro
Logic II Music, Dolby Digital and DTS modes (for example), this would
apply to all present speakers.
The other use for lip sync is when a DVD has been poorly mastered
or a broadcast shows noticeable delay between the video and audio.
The lip sync function works on all sources, unless Stereo Direct is
selected. Lip sync is also directly available on the SYN button on the
remote control.
You can adjust the bass and treble by up to ±6dB. These adjustments
are in addition to those made in ‘Speaker Eq’ in the Setup Menu.
However, the maximum overall tone control range for each speaker
using this screen plus the settings in ‘Speaker Eq’ is still ±6dB (not
±12dB).
The lip sync adjustment can only correct for delayed video: if the audio
is delayed, set lip sync to its minimum.
Pro Logic II Music Mode
This allows the adjustment of the sound field for Dolby Pro Logic II
Music decoding of two-channel sources.
NOTE: Bass and treble alterations are not available in THX mode,
Stereo mode when ‘Audio Stereo Tone Bypass’ is set to Yes, or in
Stereo Direct mode.
 Dimension: allows the user gradually to adjust the soundfield
either towards the front or towards the rear. If a recording is
too spacious or strong from the surrounds, it can be adjusted
‘forward’ to get a better balance. Likewise, if a stereo recording
is somewhat too ‘narrow’ sounding, it can be adjusted toward
the rear to get a more enveloping, immersive result. We
recommend ‘Dimension’ is set to 3 for normal use.
Balance: To temporarily alter the sound balance between the front
left and right speakers. You can alter the sound stage to either the left
or right by up to 10dB. Note that it is not possible to shift the audio
signal completely over to one channel.
NOTE: Balance alterations are not available in THX mode.
 Centre Width: With Pro Logic decoding, dominant centre
MAIN MENU SCREEN 2
signals come only from the centre speaker. If no centre speaker
is present, the decoder splits the centre signal equally to the
left and right speakers to create a ‘phantom’ centre image.
The Centre Width control allows variable adjustment of the
centre image so it may be heard only from the centre speaker;
only from the left/right speakers as a phantom image; or from
all three front speakers to varying degrees. We recommend
‘Centre Width’ is set to 3 for normal use.
Main Menu Screen 2
Record to Tape: Source
Record to VCR: Source
Compression:
Off
Lip Sync.:
+0ms
Pro Logic II Music Mode:
Dimension:
+3
Centre Width: +3
Panorama:
Off
Record to Tape: Allows any analogue input to be directed to the
tape output, independently of the input that is being listened to.
You cannot select tape as a record source: if allowed this would cause
feedback through the tape recorder.
If ‘Record to VCR’ is set to the tape input, you cannot select the VCR
input as a ‘Record to Tape’ option. If allowed this would cause feedback
through the VCR.
Record to VCR: Allows any analogue audio, together with
Composite or S-video input, to be directed to the VCR output. The
selection is independent of the input that is currently being listened
to or watched.
You cannot select VCR as a record source: if allowed this would cause
feedback through the VCR.
If ‘Record to Tape’ is set to the VCR input, you cannot select the tape
input as a ‘Record to VCR’ option. If allowed this would cause feedback
through the tape recorder.
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Display
Centre spreading effect
0
No centre spreading
1
20.8°
2
28°
3
36°
4
54°
5
62°
6
69.8°
7
Phantom centre
USING ZONE 2
INTRODUCTION
Zone 2 provides the option for the occupants of the master bedroom,
children’s room or kitchen to view or listen to a different source at a
different volume level from the main zone (zone 1).
If a video feed is provided to zone 2, then the following menu, unique
to a zone 2 IR receiver, can be called up using the MENU button on a
CR80 remote control.
CONTROL VIA ZONE 2 MENU
Panorama Mode: Extends the front centre image to include the
surround speakers for an exciting ‘wrap-around’ effect with side wall
imaging.
Zone 2 Main Menu
Vol:----------------I- +0dB
Audio Input
: DVD
Video Input
: DVD
Record to Tape: Source
Record to VCR : Source
Zone 1 Status : On
Zone 1 Volume : +0dB
Zone 1 Audio : CD
Zone 1 Video : DVD
MAIN MENU SCREEN 3
This page refers to zone 2 functions. These are required if your system
is installed to send audio and video to a separate ‘zone 2’ room, or you
wish to make use of the zone 2 headphone facility.
Main Menu Screen 3
Vol: Shows present volume being used in zone 2 and can be adjusted
from here.
Zone 2
Vol:--------------I--- +0
Audio Input:This shows the current audio input source selected.The
current audio input can be changed when this line is highlighted, using
the34 navigation buttons. Changing the audio input also changes the
video input to the same setting.
Headphone Out: Zone 1
Zone 2 Audio: Follow Zone 1
Zone 2 Video: Follow Zone 1
Video Input:This shows the current video input source selected.The
current video input can be changed when this line is highlighted, using
the34 navigation buttons.
Zone 2 Status: On
Vol: Shows present volume being used in zone 2 and can be adjusted
from here. This is also the volume control for the headphones output
if it is assigned to Zone 2.
Changing the video input does not change the audio input, so it is
possible to watch a different input from the one you are listening to.
Record to Tape: Allows any analogue input to be directed to the
tape output, independently of the input being listened to. You cannot
select tape as a record source: if allowed, this would cause feedback
through the tape recorder.
Headphone Out: Selects whether the audio signal being fed to the
headphone socket is the audio from zone 1 or zone 2.
Zone 2 Audio: Selects which audio source is sent to zone 2. The
source can be selected specifically, or can be set to Follow Zone 1.
Record to VCR: Allows any analogue audio input together with
Composite or S-video input to be directed to the VCR output. The
selection is independent of the input that is currently being listened
to or watched.
Zone 2 Video: Only sources that have been allowed in the ‘Access’
line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu can be selected. If zone 2
is set to Follow Zone 1, and zone 1 is on a disallowed input, no audio
or video is available in zone 2.
You cannot select ‘VCR’ as a record source: if allowed this would cause
feedback through the VCR.
Zone 2 Status: Turns zone 2 output On or Off. This should be set to
Off if no equipment is connected to the zone 2 outputs on the AV8.
Zone 1 Status: Shows the user status of zone 1 (the main zone).The
status can be On (i.e. being used) or Off (i.e. in standby mode).
NOTE: You cannot change the zone 2 audio or video inputs unless
zone 2 is on. It takes about five seconds to initialise zone 2.
Zone 1 Volume: Shows and allows adjustment of the volume in zone
1 (the main zone). This can be locked out with the ‘Zone 1 Control’
line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
Zone 1 Audio: Shows and allows adjustment of the audio selection
in zone 1 (the main zone). This can be locked out with the ‘Zone 1
Control’ line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
Zone 1 Video: Shows and allows adjustment of the video selection
in zone 1 (the main zone). This can be locked out with the ‘Zone 1
Control’ line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
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Surround modes
result, when a 2.0 or 2.1 bitstream is played the Surround mix mode
is recalled and the AV8 enters Dolby Pro Logic II Movie mode to try
to recreate the surround environment from what may be a Pro Logic
encoded source.
INTRODUCTION
Your AV8 processor provides all the key decoding and processing
modes for analogue and digital signals.
If you would rather listen to a 2.0 or 2.1 bitstream in ordinary stereo
(with or without a subwoofer), press MODE to cycle through to the
Stereo mix mode (e.g. Dolby Digital 2/0.0 on the display). However, if
the source becomes a multichannel bitstream (e.g. 5.1) again, the AV8
will recall Stereo mix mode and therefore output a Stereo Downmix
of the multichannel signal. Full surround output can be re-achieved by
pressing MODE to cycle through to the surround mode encoded on
the disc.
MODES FOR DIGITAL SOURCES
Digital recordings are usually encoded to include information about
their format type. The AV8 automatically detects the relevant format
in a digital signal, such as Dolby Digital or DTS, and switches in the
appropriate decoding.
Sometimes additional material at either the beginning or the end of
the main movie may only be in a two-channel format, rather than
5.1 for the main movie. Your AV8 automatically chooses the correct
decoding of the soundtrack as necessary.
If at any point THX post-processing is applied to a source (either
analogue or digital), it is applied globally to that source button
regardless of digital input format (Dolby Digital or DTS), analogue or
digital two-channel surround mode (e.g. Neo:6 Music) or downmixing
modes.The only exceptions where THX post-processing is not applied
are in the Effects modes and Direct mode.
MODES FOR ANALOGUE SOURCES
Analogue recordings do not contain information about their encoding
formats, so the desired decoding mode – such as Dolby Pro Logic
– needs to be selected manually.
TWO-CHANNEL SOURCE MODES
The following decoding and surround modes are available;
MODE MEMORY
Mono
Stereo
Pro Logic II Movie
Pro Logic II Music
Pro Logic Emulation
Neo:6 Cinema
Neo:6 Music
These modes are available with two-channel analogue and twochannel PCM digital sources.
The AV8 has a comprehensive memory that allows it to store different
settings for each source button. The text below applies to all inputs
except DVD-A.
Dolby Digital or DTS audio data (sometimes collectively referred to as
‘bitstream’ sources) can be output in three mix modes, selected using
the MODE button:
 Surround (e.g. five main channels plus a subwoofer for a 5.1
source)
 Stereo Downmix
NOTE: A Dolby Digital 2.0 source may only be decoded as Mono,
Stereo or Pro Logic II Movie.
 Mono Downmix
The AV8 will remember which mix mode was last used with a bitstream
source. See ‘Multichannel Source Modes’ for more information.
Mono: The AV8 will combine the left and right audio channels from
a stereo signal to produce a mono signal. This can be of benefit when
playing older audio recordings or VCR tapes, especially mono LP
records.
Two-channel audio, regardless of whether it is analogue or digital PCM
(e.g. the digital output from a CD player) can also be output in three
mix modes, selected using the MODE button:
Analogue Stereo: In this mode the AV8 works as a conventional high
quality audio pre-amplifier. If the subwoofer is enabled in Stereo mode,
some processing of the signal will be carried out. For ultimate sound
quality with analogue sources, select the Stereo Direct function.
 Surround (e.g. Dolby Pro Logic II Movie, Neo:6 Music, etc.)
 Stereo (or Effects)
 Mono
Digital Stereo: Decodes two-channel digital signals such as PCM
signals from sources such as CDs and some DVDs.
The AV8 will remember which mix mode was last used with a twochannel source, and if Surround, which particular surround mode. See
‘Two Channel Source Modes’ for more information. If an effect mode
has been applied whilst in Stereo, this will also be remembered. See
‘DSP Effects Modes’ for more information.
Dolby Pro Logic II: There are two different modes available in
Pro Logic II; Movie and Music modes. Due to the different recording
methods used for movies and music, use the right decoding mode for
your source material for best results.
A special situation occurs with a bitstream (Dolby Digital or DTS) 2.0
or 2.1 source. They can be output in the following three mix modes:
 Movie Mode: Movies are mixed and monitored in a calibrated
multichannel environment. Movie mode is a fixed mode
designed to reproduce a similar end result when listening using
a home cinema system.
 Surround (using Dolby Pro Logic II Movie mode)
 Stereo
 Music Mode: Stereo music is not designed for surround
 Mono Downmix
There is a link between the mix modes for multichannel bitstream (e.g.
5.1) and two-channel bitstream (2.0 or 2.1) sources. If a 5.1 source
is played in Surround mix mode, the AV8 will remember this for all
bitstream sources (e.g. DTS-ES Matrix, Dolby Digital 3.0 etc.) and
use the maximum number of speakers the signal is encoded for. As a
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processing, although good surround effects can be obtained
through the right processing. As the optimum processing varies
according to the recording, Music mode allows user adjustment
of the processing characteristics. Information about adjusting
the Music mode by using ‘Dimension’ and ‘Centre Width’
controls can be found in the ‘Main Menu Screen 2’ section.
MODE DESCRIPTIONS
Dolby Pro Logic Emulation: This mode should only be used
when the source material is encoded as Dolby Pro Logic. Pro
Logic processing on straight stereo sources can sound muffled and
compressed, and is not recommended.
Dolby Digital 5.1: The most commonly used sound format for
DVD video, and is also the standard for US digital television. Dolby
Digital 5.1 sources deliver surround sound with five discrete full-range
channels; left, centre, right, surround left, and surround right, plus a low
frequency effects (LFE) channel.
The AV8 allows both Pro Logic and Pro Logic II decoding. Generally,
you will find Pro Logic II performs better and gives a livelier, more
realistic surround sound field.
DTS 5.1: Less common than the Dolby Digital format, but generally
recognised within the audio industry as being of superior sound quality.
DTS 5.1 delivers surround sound with five full range channels plus an
LFE channel.
DTS NEO:6 Cinema: A movie mode designed to reproduce
a movie theatre environment with natural steering to all available
surround speakers from a two-channel stereo or matrix encoded
source.
DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix: This is a 6.1 channel format based on DTS
5.1. It has the sixth channel matrix encoded into the surround left
and surround right channels. The sixth channel is a surround centre
channel and is directed to the surround back left and surround back
right speakers.
DTS NEO:6 Music: A music mode designed to produce a lively yet
high integrity surround effect from most two-channel music sources
from all available speakers.
DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete: This is a true discrete 6.1 channel sound
format, unlike DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix where the sixth (surround centre)
channel information is extracted from the two surround channels.
DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete mode operates only on sources with DTS-ES 6.1
Discrete audio encoding, e.g. certain DVD discs.
MULTICHANNEL SOURCES
Digital multichannel source material is normally provided as ‘5.1 audio’.
The ‘5.1 channels’ comprise of: left, centre, and right front speakers, two
surround speakers and a low frequency effects (LFE) channel. Since
the LFE channel is not a full range channel, it is referred to as ‘.1’.
A list of available software titles with DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix and DTS-ES
6.1 Discrete titles can be found at www.dtsonline.com.
Surround systems decode and reproduce the 5.1 channels directly.
THX Surround EX and DTS-ES enhanced decoding systems create
one extra rear channel from information buried in the two surround
signals of the 5.1 source. These EX and ES enhanced systems are
sometimes referred to as ‘6.1’ systems. This extra surround back
channel is normally reproduced through two separate loudspeakers,
creating a ‘7.1 system’.
THX® MODES
THX processing offers additional performance benefits on top of the
conventional decoding modes listed earlier.
THX is an exclusive set of technologies and standards established by
the world-renowned film production company, Lucasfilm Ltd. THX
grew from George Lucas’ personal desire to make your experience of
the film soundtrack, in both movie theatres and in your home theatre,
as faithful as possible to what the director intended.
5.1 PLAYBACK ON 7.1 SPEAKER SYSTEMS
When listening to 5.1 channel digital recordings, such as Dolby
Digital and DTS on a 7.1 channel speaker system you will have two
speakers producing no sound. These two surround back speakers can
be assigned the same signal as the surround speakers in the ‘Speaker
Sizes’ page of the Setup Menu. When both the surround and surround
back speakers are selected the volume from both will be reduced by
3 dB to keep the sound levels in balance.
Movie soundtracks are mixed in special movie theatres called dubbing
stages and are designed to be played back in movie theatres with
similar equipment and conditions. This same soundtrack is then
transferred directly onto DVD, Laserdisc, VHS tape, etc., and is not
changed for playback in a small home theatre environment.
THX engineers developed patented technologies to accurately
translate the sound from the movie theatre environment into the
home, correcting the tonal and spatial errors that would otherwise
occur.
MULTICHANNEL SOURCE MODES
The following modes are available for multichannel digital sources.
Special modes like DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix and DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete are
only available from the correct source material.
A full explanation of THX technologies is provided in the section
‘About THX Cinema Processing’. Available THX modes are:
FOR DOLBY DIGITAL SOURCES
THX Cinema mode provides the additional processing required for
the optimal presentation of movies in the home.
THX Cinema
Dolby Digital 5.1
 In Surround reproduction, this mode provides Re-Equalisation™,
Dolby Digital 5.1 Stereo Downmix
Timbre Matching™ and Adaptive Decorrelation™ as necessary
to all channels.
Dolby Digital 5.1 Mono Downmix
 In Two-channel reproduction, this mode provides Re-
FOR DTS SOURCES
Equalisation™ of the left and right channels.
DTS 5.1
 In Mono reproduction, this mode provides Re-Equalisation™ of
the mono signal.
DTS 5.1 Stereo Downmix
DTS 5.1 Mono Downmix
THX Ultra2 Cinema
DTS-ES 6.1 Matrix
THX Ultra2 Cinema mode plays 5.1 movies using all 7.1 speakers
giving you the best possible movie watching experience. In this mode,
ASA (Advanced Speaker Array)™ processing blends the surround
speakers and surround back speakers providing the optimal mix of
ambient and directional surround sounds. See ‘About THX Cinema
Processing’ for more information.
DTS-ES 6.1 Discrete
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DTS-ES (6.1 Matrix and 6.1 Discrete) and Dolby Digital Surround EX
encoded soundtracks will be automatically detected if the appropriate
flag has been encoded on the DVD.
of a sports stadium is actively recreated around you, except from the
centre channel which is kept clear for commentary.
Church: The Church effect uses a reverberation algorithm which
emphasises rich, smooth reverberant decay in large spaces. As its name
suggests, it works well for simulating a space with long reverberation
time relative to its size, such as a large church or cathedral.
Some Dolby Digital Surround EX soundtracks are missing the digital
flag that allows automatic switching. If you know that the movie that
you are watching is encoded in Surround EX, you can manually select
the THX Surround EX playback mode.
THX Surround EX and Surround ES
ABOUT THX® CINEMA PROCESSING
Surround EX is a joint development of Dolby Laboratories and the
THX division of Lucasfilm Ltd. In a movie theatre, film soundtracks
that have been encoded with Surround EX technology are able to
reproduce an extra channel which has been added during the mixing
of the programme. This channel, called surround back, places sounds
behind the listener in addition to the front left, centre, front right,
surround left, surround right and LFE channels. This additional channel
provides the opportunity for more detailed imaging behind the listener
and brings more depth, spacious ambience and sound localization
than with simple 5.1 reproduction. Movies that were created using
the Surround EX technology, when released into the home consumer
market may exhibit wording to that effect on the packaging.
THX TECHNOLOGY
Re-Equalization™
The tonal balance of a film soundtrack will be excessively bright and
harsh when played back over audio equipment in the home because
film soundtracks were designed to be played back in large movie
theatres using very different professional equipment. Re-Equalization
restores the correct tonal balance for watching a movie soundtrack in
a small home environment.
Timbre Matching™
With appropriate material, the THX Surround EX mode will normally
activate automatically, providing this option has been enabled in the
‘THX Settings’ page of the Setup Menu. Some Dolby Digital Surround
EX soundtracks are missing the digital flag that allows automatic
switching. If you know that the movie that you are watching is
encoded in Surround EX, you can manually select the THX Surround
EX playback mode.
The human ear changes our perception of a sound depending on the
direction from which the sound is coming. In a movie theatre, there
is an array of surround speakers so that the surround information is
all around you. In a home theatre there are usually only two speakers
located at either side of your head. The Timbre Matching feature filters
the information going to the surround speakers so that they more
closely match the tonal characteristics of the sound coming from the
front speakers. This ensures seamless panning between the front and
surround speakers.
You can also switch on the THX Surround EX mode during the
playback of 5.1 channel material that is not Surround EX encoded.
In such case the information delivered to the surround back channels
will be programme-dependent and may or may not be very pleasing
depending on the particular soundtrack and the tastes of the individual
listener.
Adaptive Decorrelation™
In a movie theatre, a large number of surround speakers help create
an enveloping surround sound experience, but in a home theatre
there are usually only two speakers. Two surround speakers can
sound like headphones that lack spaciousness and envelopment. The
surround sounds will also collapse into the closest speaker as you
move away from the middle seating position. Adaptive decorrelation
slightly changes one surround channel’s time and phase relationship
with respect to the other surround channel. This expands the listening
position and creates – with only two speakers – the same spacious
surround experience as in a movie theatre.
THX MusicMode
For the replay of multichannel music the THX MusicMode can be
selected. In this mode THX ASA processing is applied to the surround
channels of all 5.1 encoded music sources such as DTS and Dolby
Digital to provide a wide stable rear soundstage.
DSP EFFECTS MODES
ASA (Advanced Speaker Array)™
The AV8 has a number of effects modes that can be used to enhance
a stereo signal and to make use of the surround loudspeakers. DSP
effects modes are only available with stereo source signals.
ASA is a proprietary THX technology which processes the sound
fed to two surround and two surround back speakers to provide the
optimal surround sound experience. ASA is used in two modes; THX
Ultra2 Cinema and THX MusicMode.
You can listen to the influence of any effect mode by playing a CD, then
pressing pause, when the decaying reverberation effect can be heard.
THX STANDARDS
Available effects modes
Lucasfilm define a series of technical performance standards that
equipment must exceed before it is awarded THX certification. Several
levels of performance standards are defined, the most demanding
standards are set for THX Ultra2. THX Ultra2 requirements cover
every aspect of the product including pre-amplifier performance and
operation, video pass through, and hundreds of other parameters in
both the digital and analogue domain.
Music: Music surround makes full use of the additional speakers
placed at the centre, sides and rear of the room. This effect uses
ambiance extraction for the side and rear speakers and offers the
most subtle surround processing with no reverberation or reflections.
Party:The Party effect allows unprocessed stereo signals to be played
over all speakers for background music or for maximum acoustical
output of the system.
Before any home theatre component can be THX Ultra2 certified,
it must incorporate all the technology features above and also pass
this rigorous series of quality and performance tests. Only then can
a product feature the THX Ultra2 logo, which is your guarantee
that the home cinema products you purchase will give you superb
performance for many years to come.
Club: The Club effect generates reflections and short reverberation
information to the front, side and rear speakers. It simulates a small
club venue, such as a Jazz Club.
Concert Hall: The Concert Hall effect generates the ambient
information for the simulation of a medium size hall. Reflections and
medium length reverberation information are sent to all channels.
Sports: Sports stadium effect is ideal for use when watching live
sports events which would normally be in stereo. The open ambience
A list of available DVD software titles encoded with Dolby Digital
Surround EX technology can be found at www.thx.com and
www.dolby.com.
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Troubleshooting
There are no lights on the unit:
There is no on screen display (OSD):
Check that:
Check that:
 your video display device is connected to your AV8 correctly.
 the power cord is plugged into the AV8 and the mains socket
outlet it is plugged into is switched on.
 the on screen display has not been turned off on the ‘Video
Settings’ or ‘Zone 2 Settings’ pages (for zone 1 and zone 2
respectively) in the Setup Menu.
 the power button is pressed in.
If a red LED is present, the AV8 is in standby mode. Press any source
button on the front panel or on the remote control.
 if you are using a component display, check that the AV8 is set
for component video. See the ‘Basic Setup’ section.
The unit responds erratically or not at all to the remote
control:
OSD Display is pink/red
If a component video signal is fed into the AV8 when the ‘HQ Video’
setting is set to RGB you will have a pink/red OSD.
Check that:
 there are fresh batteries in the remote control.
To correct this you must set the ‘HQ Video’ line on the General
Settings menu to ‘Component’.
 the Remote IR receiver window is visible and you are pointing
the remote control towards it.
No On Screen Display (OSD) overlaid on video:
The front panel display is blank:
The AV8 cannot overlay video onto progressive scan or HDTV
signals. In this case, the AV8 creates a full screen display with a black
background for the menus and turns off the pop up messages.
Check that:
 the display hasn’t been turned off. Press the DIS button on the
remote control.
No sound is produced:
 the AV8 is not in ‘Programming mode’ by turning it off, waiting
Check that:
ten seconds then switching back on again.
 the correct input has been selected.
No picture is produced:
 the source equipment is on, is operating normally, and is in ‘play’
Check that:
mode if appropriate.
 your viewing device is turned on and switched to display your
 the volume is turned up to a reasonable level and ‘MUTE’ is not
AV8. Test by pressing the MENU button on the AV8 or AV8
remote and look for the AV8 ‘Main Menu Screen 1’ displayed on
your device.
displayed on the front panel display.
 your power amplifier(s) are turned on and working correctly.
 you have assigned the digital input to the correct source
 the correct video input is selected on the AV8
button.
 the video source is on, is operating normally, and is in ‘play’ mode
The sound is poor or distorted:
if appropriate.
Check that:
 you have the same video connection between the video source
and the AV8 as between the AV8 and your viewing device. For
example, composite video is used from the source to the AV8,
and from the AV8 to the display device.
 the cables to that source and to the power amplifier are making
a good connection. If necessary withdraw the cable from the
connector and plug it back in again. (Turn the power off before
doing this)
The video source is different to the audio:
 you have not excessively reduced the input sensitivity on the
Check that:
‘Input Trims’ page in the Setup Menu if an analogue input has
been selected. Check that the input is not clipping by using the
‘Analogue Settings’ page.
 the video and audio inputs are correctly selected in ‘Main Menu
Screen 1’. Press MENU, then change either the video or audio
source by first using the navigation5 and6 buttons, then use the
source buttons to select the correct input.
 you have selected the correct size of speakers to suit your
system on the ‘Speaker Sizes’ page in the Setup Menu.
 the digital audio inputs and HQ video inputs are correctly
assigned to their sources on the ‘Digital Settings’ page in the
Setup Menu.
There are bright edges or ‘ghosts’ on the picture:
Check that:
 the cables used for video connections are designed for that
purpose (i.e. they are 75Ω coaxial cables).
 the ‘Sharpness’ control on your video display device is switched
off or set near minimum.
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Sound only comes from some of the speakers:
There is radio or television reception interference:
Check that:
Check:
 where the interference is coming from. Switch off each source
 you have an appropriate surround sound source selected and
component in turn, then any other equipment. Most electronic
equipment does generate low levels of interference.
playing.
 the DVD disc is encoded in the appropriate format, and that the
correct format has been selected in the Disc start menu of the
DVD player (if applicable).
 try re-arranging cabling from the nuisance source away from
 the DVD player has been set to output ‘Bitstream’ audio on the
 ensure that the cabling used is high quality, specified for its
other cabling
purpose, and is properly screened.
digital output.
 if the problem persists contact your installer.
 the display window indicates that the disc you are playing is a
multichannel recording.
The source switching changes randomly or freezes on one
source:
 all the speakers are correctly connected to the power amp, and
are secure.
Check that:
 you have not selected ‘Stereo’ in the mode selection.
 there are no static or impulse interference problems caused
 your speaker balance is correct.
by nearby power equipment switching, e.g. heating or air
conditioning control. Switch the AV8 off, wait ten seconds, then
switch it on again to clear an operating problem. Contact your
installer if the problem returns or persists.
 all amplifiers are turned on and all channels are working
correctly.
 after setup, that you have configured your AV8 to include all the
Zone 2 is changing the source inputs in the main zone:
speakers in your system.
Check that:
Unable to select Dolby Digital or DTS decoding modes:
 on the ‘Zone 2 Settings’ page of the Setup Menu, you have set
The AV8 can only apply Dolby Digital and DTS decoding to sources
which have been encoded in the same format.
the ‘Zone 1 Control’ line to No.
Volume is always too loud when I turn the system on for
the main zone or zone 2:
Check that:
 a digital source is selected and connected.
Check:
 the source is playing appropriately encoded material.
 the ‘Max On Volume’ line of ‘General Settings’ or ‘Zone 2
 the DVD disc is encoded in the appropriate format, and that the
Settings’ pages in the Setup Menu. They will need adjusting to a
lower level.
correct format has been selected in the Disc start menu of the
DVD player (if applicable).
You can’t select a particular input in zone 2:
 the DVD player has been set to output ‘Bitstream’ audio on the
Check that:
digital output.
 you have not blocked that particular input using the ‘Access’ line
When playing a Dolby Digital DVD, the AV8 selects Dolby
Pro Logic:
of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu.
When zone 2 is put into standby, the main zone is also
turned off:
Check that:
 you have a digital connection from your DVD player.
Check that:
 sometimes Dolby Digital DVD discs contain material at either
 the ‘Zone 2 Standby’ line of ‘Zone 2 Settings’ in the Setup Menu
the beginning or the end of the main movie that is not in full 5.1
format, but in two-channel or Pro Logic encoding.
is set to Local Only.
Component Video connection to AV8 only:
Hum on an analogue input:
It is possible to configure the AV8 by using the front panel as the
selected line of the menu is displayed on the front panel, however it is
easier using the OSD on your display device.
Check that:
 all cables are making a good connection. If necessary withdraw
the cable from the connector and plug it fully in again. (Turn the
power off before doing this)
If you are using only a component connection to your display device
it is possible to turn the HQ video output on and therefore view the
OSD information with just a few buttons of the remote control as
listed below.
 the connections inside the source cable connector are not
broken or badly soldered.
 if the hum originates only when one particular source
 Turn the AV8 on and wait for it to initialise
component is connected, that an aerial, cable or dish connection
to this source is ground isolated. Contact your installation
contractor.
 Press and hold the
MENU button on the remote control for
two seconds. The front panel display will indicate ‘Setup Menu
Index’.
 try switching the ground lift switch on the back panel.
 Press4554 in sequence.
The OSD information is now displayed on your display device.
Unable to alter settings in Setup Menus:
To prevent tampering with the AV8 setup configuration you can
‘lock’ the menus by pressing the OK, TUNER and DVD-A buttons
simultaneously on the front panel. To unlock the AV8 press the same
buttons again.
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Unstable OSD on screen display:
The AV8 defaults to the NTSC video standard: most display devices
can sync to this automatically.
For PAL-only display devices, press and hold the OK button for two
seconds: this will switch the video standard to PAL. Repeating this
returns the AV8 to the NTSC video standard.
Feedback when making digital recording:
As the AV8 has only one analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), it is not
possible to use a tape monitor loop when making a digital recording.
If you try to do this, the tape analogue input is directed to the ADC
(so that the tape input can have DSP processing ), converting it to
digital and feeding it to the digital output. This creates a loop through
the digital recorder.
Digital recorders should not be used with the analogue tape monitor
if you are using digital output from the AV8.
No zone 2 audio when playing DTS film:
The DV27 (and most other two-channel DVD players) cannot output
a stereo decoded version of the DTS signal – its analogue outputs are
muted when playing back DTS films. If you want to watch a DVD in
both the Main zone and zone 2, please use the Dolby Digital sound
track.
Strange aspect ratio of video in zone 2:
The DV27 (and other DVD players) can only decode video to one
aspect ratio at a time. If you are using wide screen in the Main zone,
then wide screen information will also be fed to zone 2.
To overcome this, either set the film to 4:3 for the main zone when
you want to use zone 2 as well, or change the zone 2 display to a wide
screen capable type.
Unable to adjust bass and treble controls:
Bass and treble is not available in THX mode. For Analogue Stereo and
Digital Stereo modes, check that the ‘Auto Stereo Tone Bypass’ line of
‘Speaker Eq’ in the Setup Menu is set to No.
Unable to adjust balance control:
Balance is not available in THX mode.
Digital signal drops out when other electrical appliances
turn on (heating, fridge, freezer, etc.):
If a poor quality or incorrect type of cable has been used for the digital
inputs, they can pick up electrical noise. Change the cable to a 75Ω
low loss coaxial type.
Check the connections have not oxidised. Clean the connectors with
contact cleaner if they appear oxidised.
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Technical specifications
Audio
Line input sensitivity (set to Reference)
Input impedance
Preamp output level (nominal)
Output impedance
Signal/noise ratio (unwtd 20Hz–20kHz) – analogue
Signal/noise ratio (unwtd 20Hz–20kHz) – digital (24-bit)
THD+N – analogue
THD+N – digital (24-bit)
Headphone maximum output level into 600Ω
Output impedance
2V rms
10k
10kΩ
2V rms
25Ω
>100dB
>98dB
0.0012%
0.0015%
5V p-p
5Ω
Video inputs and outputs
Input and output impedance
Composite video level
HF response to (–3dB)
S-video level (Y/C)
HF response to (–3dB)
HQ (component) video
level (Y / Cr / Cb)
level (R / G / B)
HF response to (–3dB)
75Ω
1V
12MHz
1V / 0.28V
12MHz
1V / 0.5V / 0.5V
1V / 1V / 1V
300MHz
Digital inputs
Coaxial connection (level/impedance)
Acceptable sampling frequencies, all inputs
Digital output
Output level/impedance
Sampling frequency in ADC output mode
Trigger outputs
Output D.C. voltage (excl. RGB status)
Allowable load
Remote inputs and output
Signal
Coding
0.5V/75Ω
44.1kHz, 48kHz, (and 96kHz stereo only)
0.5V/75Ω
44.1kHz
12V ±1V
30mA max (min 400Ω)
modulated 36kHz carrier
Philips RC-5
General
Mains voltage range
Power consumption
Power consumption (standby)
Dimensions Width x Depth x Height (including feet)
Weight (net)
Weight (packed)
Supplied accessories
85V to 265V
35VA
32VA
433mm x 360mm x 130mm
9kg
14kg
Mains lead, CR80 remote control, 2 x AA batteries
E&OE
NOTE: All specification values are typical unless otherwise stated.
RADIO INTERFERENCE
CONTINUAL IMPROVEMENT POLICY
The AV8 is a digital audio device which have been designed to very
high standards of electromagnetic compatibility.
The unit can radiate RF (radio frequency) energy. In some cases this
can cause interference with FM and AM radio reception. If this is the
case, keep the AV8 player and its connecting cables as far from the
tuner and its aerials as possible. Connecting the AV8 and the tuner to
different mains sockets can also help to reduce interference.
Arcam has a policy of continual improvement for its products. This
means that designs and specifications are subject to change without
notice.
EU COUNTRIES – These products have been designed to comply
with directive 89/336/EEC.
USA – These products comply with FCC requirements.
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Additional technical information
PROCESSING COMPONENT SPECIFICATIONS
LOCKING THE SETUP MENU
The following list of chipsets used in the AV8 is provided for the
interest of technical enthusiasts:
With the facility for up to five preset setups, and the ability to
temporarily trim many settings, there should little need to use the
Setup Menus once the system is fully installed. Many of the AV8 settings
in the Setup Menus require specialist knowledge and measurement.
Access to the Setup Menus may be locked out to prevent changes
being made to the settings by inexperienced users.
SPDIF receiver: Crystal Semiconductor CS8415A – a 96kHz digital
audio interface receiver chipset.
ADC: AKM AK5383 – a 24-bit, 96kHz, 128x oversampling two-channel
A/D converter for professional digital audio systems.
DAC: WM8740 – a 24-bit 96kHz very high performance stereo DAC
designed for home theatre systems.
To lock the setup menus, press the OK, TUNER and DVD-A buttons on
the front panel together at the same time. ‘Setup Menus Locked’ is
displayed.
Volume control: Burr-Brown PGA2310 digitally controlled stereo
analogue volume control.
Similarly, to unlock the menus, press the same three buttons together
at the same time.
OSD: STV5730 – a high performing chipset used for on screen
displays.
PROGRAMMING VIA THE RS232 INPUT
Re-programming the AV8 with new operating software is possible via
the RS232 control input, but this should only be carried out by trained
technical personnel.
Video switching composite/S-video: Rohm BA7625 – a high
performance chipset used for video switching.
Video switching YUV/RGB: Elantec EL4332 – a very high performing
broadcast quality chipset designed for component video multiplexing.
Use the RS232 Connection gq with a suitable lead to the reprogramming computer. Locate the Programming button fk which is
adjacent to the S-video inputs.
DSP: Crystal Semiconductor CS49326 and CS49330 – these are 24bit 96kHz multi-standard DSP decoders.
To re-program, the AV8 must first be turned off. Press and hold the
PROG button while powering up the AV8. Note that the front display
is blank in programming mode. Follow the operating instructions
provided with the update software. When reprogramming is complete,
turn the AV8 off then on again ten seconds later to restore normal
operation with the new software.
Micro controller: Hitachi HD64F2329VF25 – provides three serial
communications ports, a watchdog timer, and 384KB flash-updated
memory.
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SCART CONNECTIONS
These pinouts describe the signal connections between the AV8 and your display device input.
SCART RGB cable with audio back to processor
Pin
Signal
Connector type
Connector Pin
Cable Type
Label
1
Audio output B (right) From TV Tuner
RCA Phono (1)
Centre
Coaxial cable (1)
Audio out R
2
Audio input B (right)
Not connected
3
Audio output A (left) From TV Tuner
RCA Phono (2)
Centre
Coaxial cable (2)
Audio out L
4
Ground (audio)
RCA Phono (1 and 2)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (1 and 2)
5
Ground (blue)
RCA Phono (3)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (3)
6
Audio input A (left)
Not connected
7
Blue input
RCA Phono (3)
Centre
Coaxial cable (3)
Blue
8
RGB/composite SCART input select
(CVBS status)
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
Ring
Screened twin cable
Trigger RGB
9
Ground (green)
RCA Phono (4)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (4)
10
Comms data 2
Not connected
11
Green input
RCA Phono (4)
Centre
Coaxial cable (4)
12
Comms data 1
Not connected
13
Ground (red)
RCA Phono (5)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (5)
14
Ground (comms)
Not connected
15
Red input
RCA Phono (5)
Centre
Coaxial cable (5)
16
RGB mode select
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
Tip
Screened twin cable
17
Ground (video input & output)
RCA Phono (6 and 7)
Sleeve
Coaxial cable (6 and 7)
18
Ground (RGB switching control)
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
Sleeve
Screened cable
19
Video output (composite)
RCA Phono (6)
Centre
Coaxial cable (6)
Comp out
20
Video input (composite)
RCA Phono (7)
Centre
Coaxial cable (7)
RGB sync (Comp in)
21
Common ground (shield)
SCART
Sleeve
Overall Cable Screen
Green
Red
SCART S-video cable with audio back to processor
Pin
Signal
Connector Type
Connector Pin
Cable Type
Label
1
Audio output B (right) from TV Tuner
RCA Phono (1)
Centre
Coaxial cable (1)
Audio out R
Audio out L
2
Not connected
3
Audio output A (left) from TV Tuner
RCA Phono (2)
Centre
Coaxial cable (2)
4
Ground (audio)
RCA Phono (1 and 2)
Screen
Coaxial cable (1 and 2)
Ring
Screened cable
Trigger S-video
Pin 2
Coaxial cable (3) screen
S-video
Pin 4
Coaxial cable (3) centre
S-video
S-video
5
Not connected
6
Not connected
7
Not connected
8
CVBS (AV control)
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
9
Not connected
10
Not connected
11
Not connected
12
13
Not connected
Ground (chroma)
14
15
S-video Mini DIN
Not connected
Chroma input
16
S-video Mini DIN
Not connected
17
Ground (video input & output)
S-video Mini DIN
Pin 1
Coaxial cable (4) screen
18
Ground (S-video SCART input select)
Stereo Mini Jack 3.5mm
Sleeve
Screened twin cable
Pin 3
Coaxial cable (4) centre
19
Not connected
20
Video input (luma)
S-video Mini DIN
21
Common ground (shield)
SCART
Overall Cable Screen
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S-video
IR REMOTE CODES
Command
Command code
Modes
28
THX modes
32
Effects modes
70
Mono mode
106
Stereo mode
107
Dolby PL 2 Movie mode
108
Dolby PL2 Music mode
109
Zone 2 also uses RC-5 system code 16 as standard, as zone 2 is
normally operated in a separate room using a standard (system code
16) remote control.
Dolby Pro Logic Emulation
110
DTS Neo:6 Cinema mode
111
DTS Neo:6 Music mode
112
Changing the system code for zone 2 (or zone 1) from ‘16’ to ‘19’
is possible, but this is only necessary for non-standard use of zone
2. A specially programmed remote control will be required if the
system code is changed. The CR80 remote control has system code
19 functions only for zone 2 in memory as code ‘1213’. Alternatively,
remote controls such as the Philips ‘Pronto’ can be specially computer
programmed. Consult Arcam customer support about changing the
remote system code.
THX off
113
THX Cinema mode
114
THX Ultra2 Cinema mode
115
THX Music mode
116
THX Surround EX
117
Effect off
63
Effect: Music
64
Effect: Party
65
The following information is supplied for owners of advanced
programmable remote controls, such as the Philips ‘Pronto’ and similar
devices, where it is possible to program remote codes directly into
the device.
The coding system for the AV8 is based on the Philips RC-5 standard.
The main system control uses RC-5 system code ‘16’, so for example,
to program in a ‘Standby’ command, use the command ‘16-124’.
TABLE OF REMOTE CODES
Example for programming; Display = RC-5 code 16–59
Effect: Club
66
Command
Command code
Effect: Hall
67
Standby
124
Effect: Sport
68
On
123
Effect: Church
69
Power toggle
12
Preset 1
72
Display
59
Preset 2
73
Menu
82
Preset 3
74
Info
55
Preset 4
75
Mute
119
Preset 5
76
Un-mute
120
Nav up
85
Mute toggle
13
Nav down
86
Volume up
16
Nav left
81
Volume down
17
Nav right
80
Sat input
0
OK
87
AV input
2
Trim menu
37
Tuner input
3
Sub trim
51
DVD input
4
Lip sync
50
Tape input
5
Restore (“Fav”)
14
VCR input
6
Sat video
19
CD input
7
AV video
20
Aux input
8
DVD video
22
DVD-A input
9
Tape video
23
Direct on
78
VCR video
24
Direct off
79
Video type
126
Direct toggle
10
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QUERY COMMANDS
AV8 SERIAL PROGRAMMING INTERFACE
The current values of a small subset of settings may be queried, by
preceding the command with a ?. For example, to query the mute
status of zone 2, use:
INTRODUCTION
?Z2MUT<lf>
This section of the document details the serial command set of the
AV8 software. The serial port is set as follows:
baud rate
38,400
data bits
8
parity
none
stop bits
1
flow control
none
If zone 2 mute is ON, the AV8 responds with the message:
Z2MUT1<lf>
This response gives the zone it is reporting on (Z2 in this case), the
setting (MUT), and the current value (a 1, showing it as ON).
In order to keep the RS232 controller informed of the current state
of the AV8, certain changes in configuration/state will result in the AV8
automatically sending messages, just as if they had been queried using
the method above. Changes in the following items will result in an
RS232 response:
Command lines must be terminated by an ASCII line feed (0X0A
hexadecimal) and be no longer that 64 bytes (including the line feed
terminator).
For example: to turn zone 1on, send:
Z1PWR1<lf>
where <lf> is an ASCII line feed.
 Zone Status

THX Mode
 Zone 1 Audio

Zone 1 Volume
 Zone 1 Video

Audio Signal Type
 Decode Mode

Current Preset
 Effect Mode

Direct Mode
SETTING VALUES
COMMAND PROCESSING
As well as setting options directly to specific values, as described above,
current values may be incremented or decremented by following the
command with a + (increment) or – (decrement). For example, to
increment the decode mode in zone 1:
Command processing begins when the first semicolon separator of
line feed terminator is received. If there is an error in the command
an error message FAIL is sent back. If the command is executed
successfully, the command is echoed back to the sender.
Z1DEC+<lf>
In the command tables below, one or more of the following
parameters may be used:
If a zone is not specified, the command is carried out in relation to
zone 1. For example, to decrement the THX mode:
Z1THX-<lf>
Param. Description
would produce identical results to using:
?
Query Option. The value can be queried by putting a ? before
the command.
z
Zone selection. The zone can be selected by putting a z before
the command. Values are Z1 (for zone 1) or Z2 (for zone 2).
x
On/Off, Yes/No. The value can be set by putting an x after the
command. Values are 1 (for On/Yes) or 0 (for Off/No).
y
Value. The value can be set by putting a y after the command.
Values have various ranges, as described in the tables below.
i
Input Source. The source can be set by putting an i after the
command. Values are in the range 0 to 9,A,B as follows:
THX-<lf>
Multiple commands may be placed on a single command line if
separated by a semicolon. For example, to turn on zone 1 and switch
to the tuner, use:
Z1PWR1;Z1AUD2<lf>
0 = None/Not Connected, 1 = Source, 2 = AUX, 3 = CD,
4 = TUNER, 5 = DVD, 6 = SAT, 7 = AV, 8 = MULTICHANNEL,
9 = TAPE, A = VCR, B = Follow Zone 1.
s
Channel/Speaker Select. Values are in the range 0 to 8 as follows:
0 = Centre, 1 = Front Left, 2 = Front Right, 3 = Surr. Left,
4 = Surr. Right, 5 = Surr. Back Left, 6 = Surr. Back Right,
7 = Subwoofer, 8 = All/Master.
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QUERY COMMANDS
Command
Parameters
Description
Response
PWR
?zPWR
Query Power State
zPWRx, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
MUT
?zMUT
Query Mute State
zMUTx, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
EFF
?EFF
Query Effect Mode
EFFy, where y may have the values 0 to 7, as follows:
0 = off, 1 = music, 2 = party, 3 = club, 4 = hall, 5 = sport, 6 = church, 7 = next effect.
THX
?THX
Query THX Mode
DEC
?DEC
Query Decode/Downmix
Mode
THXy, where y may have the values 0 to 4, as follows:
0 = Off, 1 = THX Cinema, 2 = THX Ultra2 Cinema, 3 = THX MusicMode, 4 = THX SurrEX.
DECy
If Audio Signal Type is Analogue or PCM, y may have the values 0 to 6 as follows:
0 = Mono, 1 = Stereo, 2 = Pro Logic II Movie, 3 = Pro Logic II Music, 4 = Pro Logic, 5 = Neo:6
Cinema, 6 = Neo:6 Music.
If Audio Signal Type is Digital Surround (Dolby or DTS), y may have the values 0 to 2 as follows:
0 = Mono Downmix, 1 = Stereo Downmix, 2 = No Downmix.
DIR
?DIR
Query Direct State
DIRx
VOL
?zVOL
Query Volume
zVOLy, where z is the zone parameter you supply. y may have a value in the range -53 to
+19:
-53 = –53dB
+19 = +19dB
AUD
?zAUD
Query Audio Source
zAUDi, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
VID
?zVID
Query Video Source
zVIDi, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
SIG
?zSIG
Query Audio Signal Type
zSIGy, where z is the zone parameter you supply. y may have the values 0 to 20 as follows:
0 = Analogue, 1 = PCM, 2 = Dolby Digital 1+1, 3 = Dolby Digital 1/0, 4 = Dolby Digital 2/0,
5 = Dolby Digital 3/0, 6 = Dolby Digital 2/1, 7 = Dolby Digital 3/1, 8 = Dolby Digital 2/2, 9 =
Dolby Digital 3/2, 10 = Dolby Digital EX, 11 = DTS 1/0, 12 = DTS 1+1, 13 = DTS 2/0, 14 =
DTS 3/0, 15 = DTS 2/1, 16 = DTS 3/1, 17 = DTS 2/2, 18 = DTS 3/2, 19 = DTS-ES Matrix,
20 = DTS-ES Discrete.
STS
?zSTS
Query Zone Status.
Reports the current state of Audio, Video, Volume, Mute, Audio Signal Type, *Decode/Downmix
Mode, *Effect Mode, *THX Mode.
PRE
?PRE
Query Current Preset
PREy, where y may have the values 1 to 5 for the current preset.
TRM
?TRMs
Query Trims
TRMsy, where y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
* Zone 1 only
-10 = –10dB
+10 = +10dB
BSA
?BSA
Query Bass Trim
BSAy, where y may have a value in the range -6 to +6:
-6 = –6dB
+6 = +6dB
TBA
?TBA
Query Treble Trim
TBAy, where y may have a value in the range -6 to +6:
-6 = –6dB
+6 = +6dB
BAL
?BAL
Query Balance
BALy, where y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
-10 = +10dB to Left
+10 = +10dB to Right
VDT
?VDT
Query Video Type
VDTy, where y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
RCT
?RCT
Query Record To Tape
RCTi
RCV
?RCV
Query Record To VCR
RCVi
COM
?COM
Query Compression
COMy, where y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = 4:3, 1 = 16:9.
0 = Off, 1 = Medium, 2 = High.
LIP
?LIP
Query Lip Sync
LIPy, where y may have a value in the range -1 to +44:
-1 = –5ms
+44 = +220ms
HED
?zHED
Query Headphone Out
HEDz, where z is the zone parameter you supply.
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GENERAL OPERATION COMMANDS
Command
Parameters
Description
PWR
?zPWRx
Power on/off
MUT
?zMUTx
Mute on/off
FAN
zFANx
Force Analogue
EFF
?EFFy
Effect Mode Selection
Parameter values
y may have the values 0 to 7, as follows:
0 = off, 1 = music, 2 = party, 3 = club, 4 = hall, 5 = sport, 6 = church, 7 = next
effect.
THX
?THXy
THX Mode Selection
y may have the values 0 to 4, as follows:
0 = Off, 1 = THX Cinema, 2 = THX Ultra2 Cinema, 3 = THX MusicMode, 4 =
THX SurrEX.
DEC
?DECy
Decode/Downmix Mode Selection
If Audio Signal Type is Analogue or PCM, y may have the values 0 to 6 as follows:
0 = Mono, 1 = Stereo, 2 = Pro Logic II Movie, 3 = Pro Logic II Music, 4 = Pro
Logic, 5 = Neo:6 Cinema, 6 = Neo:6 Music.
If Audio Signal Type is Digital Surround (Dolby or DTS), y may have the values 0 to
2 as follows:
0 = Mono Downmix, 1 = Stereo Downmix, 2 = No Downmix.
DIS
VFD Display
RES
Restore Preset
Current Source information (on OSD)
INF
SIG
?zSIG
Current Audio Signal Type
STS
?zSTS
Zone Status. Displays current state of
Audio, Video, Volume, Mute, Audio Signal
Type, *Decode/Downmix Mode, *Effect
Mode, *THX Mode.
* Zone 1 only
TRM
TRMsy
Trim Levels
y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
-10 = –10dB
+10 = +10dB
MAIN MENU COMMANDS
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
VOL
?zVOLy
Volume
y may have a value in the range -53 to +19:
-53 = –53dB
+19 = +19dB
PRE
PREy
Preset Select
AUD
?zAUDi
Audio source selection
VID
?zVIDi
Video source selection
VDT
VDTy
Video Type
DIR
?DIRix
Stereo Direct
BAL
BALy
Balance
y may have a value in the range 1 to 5.
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = 4:3, 1 = 16:9.
y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
-10 = +10dB to Left
+10 = +10dB to Right
RCT
RCTi
Record To Tape Select
RCV
RCVi
Record To VCR Select
COM
COMy
Compression
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = Off, 1 = Medium, 2 = High.
LIP
LIPy
Lip Sync Control
y may have a value in the range -1 to +44:
-1 = –5ms
+44 = +220ms
DIM
DIMy
Pro Logic II MusicMode Dimension
y may have a value in the range 0 to 6.
CTW
CTWy
Pro Logic II Music Mode Centre Width
y may have a value in the range 0 to 7.
PAN
PANx
Pro Logic II MusicMode Panorama
HED
HEDz
Headphone Out
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SETUP COMMANDS – BASIC
Basic General
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
VDS
VDSy
Volume Display
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
MXV
zMXVy
Max Volume
0 = Normal, 1 = dB ref, 2 = Fine.
y may have a value in the range -33 to +19:
-33 = –33dB
+19 = +19dB
MXO
zMXOy
Max On Volume
y may have a value in the range -53 to +19:
-53 = –53dB
+19 = +19dB
DYU
DYUy
Delay Units
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = Imperial, 1 = Metric, 2 = Time.
OMD
OMDy
OSD Mode
VST
VSTy
Video Status
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = Full Page, 1 = Mixed.
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = Scart, 1 = Screen Control.
HQV
HQVy
HQ Video
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = RGB, 1 = Component.
SYG
SYGx
Sync On Green
Basic Speakers
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
AST
ASTy
Auto Setup
y may have the values 0 to 5, as follows:
0 = THX, 1 = THX SurrEX, 2 = Config. 1, 3 = Config. 2, 4 = Config. 3, 5 =
Custom.
SSZ
SSZsy
Speaker Size
5P1
5P1y
5.1 Rears
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = None, 1 = Small/Present, 2 = Large.
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = SurrL/R, 1 = SurrBackL/R, 2 = Both.
Basic Delay
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
DLY
DLYsy
Speaker Delays
y may have a value in the range below, depending on the chosen delay units:
Imperial: 0 to 117 feet in 1ft steps
Metric: 0 to 12.7 meters in 0.1m steps
Time: 0 to 105 milliseconds in 1ms steps
Basic Levels
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
LVL
LVLsy
Speaker Level settings
y may have a value in the range -10 to +10:
-10 = –10dB
+10 = +10dB
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Basic Sub
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
CRF
CRFy
Crossover Frequency
y may have a value in the range 0 to 11:
0 = 40Hz
11 = 150Hz
(in 10Hz steps)
STM
STMy
Stereo Mode
LFE
LFEy
LFE Level
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = Large+Sub, 1 = Sat+Sub, 2 = Large.
y may have a value in the range -10 to 0:
-10 = –10dB
0 = 0dB
DLF
DLFy
DTS LFE Gain
SST
SSTy
Sub Stereo
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = 0dB Normal, 1 = –10dB.
y may have a value in the range -10 to 0:
-10 = –10dB
0 = 0dB
DAL
DALy
DVD-A Sub Level
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
NSW
NSWy
No. of Subwoofers
y may have the values 1 to 3, for 1 to 3 subwoofers.
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
TEX
TEXx
THX Surround EX Flag detection
U2S
U2Sx
THX Ultra 2 Sub
BGC
BGCx
Boundary Gain Compensation
ASA
ASAy
Advanced Speaker Array
0 = 0dB Normal, 1 = +10dB.
Basic THX
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = 0–12”, 1 = 12–48”, 2 = 48”+.
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SETUP COMMANDS – ADVANCED
Advanced Speaker
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
BAS
BASsy
Bass Levels
y may have a value in the range -6 to +6:
-6 = –6dB
+6 = +6dB
TRB
TRBsy
Treble Levels
y may have a value in the range -6 to +6:
-6 = –6dB
+6 = +6dB
STB
STBx
Auto Stereo Tone Bypass
Advanced Video
Command
Parameters
Description
OSD
zOSDx
OSD
VIA
VIAi
Video Input AUX
VIC
VICi
Video Input CD
VIT
VITi
Video Input Tape
VIM
VIMi
Video Input Multichannel
ANV
ANVy
Audio and Video
Parameter values
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 = Tracked, 1 = Separate.
HQS
HQSyi
HQ Video Setting
y may have the values 0 to 2, as follows:
0 = HQ Vid 1, 1 = HQ Vid, 2 = HQ Vid 3.
Advanced Digital
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
DIG
DIGy
Digital Inputs
y may have the values i1 (for digital input) or i2 (for source assigned).
Parameter values
Advanced zone 2
Command
Parameters
Description
FVL
FVLx
Zone 2 Fix Volume
SBY
zSBYy
Standby
CZI
CZIx
Zone 1 Control
ACC
ACCix
Zone 2 Access
y may have the values 0 to 1, as follows:
0 =Local Only, 1 = All Off.
Advanced Analogue
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
ANS
ANSiy
Analogue Settings
y may have the values 0 to 3, as follows:
0 = Low 0.5v, 1 = Medium 1v, 2 = Reference 2v, 3 = High 4v.
Save Settings
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
SAV
SAVy
Save Preset
y may have the values 0 to 5, as follows:
0 = Current Preset, 1 = Preset 1, 2 = Preset 2, 3 = Preset 3, 4 = Preset 4, 5 =
Preset 5.
PNM
PNMyn
Preset Name
y may have the values 0 to 5, as follows:
0 = Current Preset, 1 = Preset 1, 2 = Preset 2, 3 = Preset 3, 4 = Preset 4, 5 =
Preset 5, n = up to 14 characters.
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Engineering Settings
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
RC5
zRC5y
RC5 System Code
y may have the values 0 to 5, as follows:
0 = RC5 System Code 16, 1= RC5 System Code 19.
SCM
SCMx
Scrolling Message
SCT
SCTyn
Scrolling Text Select
y may have a value in the range 0 to 8. If y = 0, then n can be a string of your
choice. If no string is given, the default is used.
Eeprom Erase (Restore Defaults)
EPE
DIA
DIAx
Diagnostics
FPR
FPRx
Front Panel IR Receiver
Multi-button Presses
Command
Parameters
Description
LOC
Setup Menu Lock
TST
Test VFD and LEDs
PLL
PLL Status
RCM
RC5 Decode Mode
Parameter values
Menu Access
Command
Parameters
Description
Parameter values
M
My
Display Main menus
y may have a value in the range 1 to 3 to display each of the Main menus.
B
By
Display Basic Setup Menus
y may have a value in the range 1 to 6 to display each of the Basic Setup menus.
A
Ay
Display Advanced Setup Menus
y may have a value in the range 1 to 5 to display each of the Advanced Setup
menus.
SM
Display Setup Menu
SS
Display Save Settings Menu
SV
Display Software Versions Menu
EM
EMy
Display Engineering Menu
TM
Display Trims Menu
LS
Display LipSync Shortcut
SW
Display Subwoofer Shortcut
y may have a value in the range 1 to 2 to display each of the Engineering menus.
Navigation
Command
Parameters
Description
U
Up
D
Down
L
Left
R
Right
Parameter values
Simulated Button Presses
Command
Parameters
Description
O
OK
M
Menu
Parameter values
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UTILITY SOFTWARE
AV8 PROGRAMMER
The AV8 programmer utility allows future software upgrades to be
installed and allows backup and restoration of the unit’s settings via the
RS232 port on the back of the AV8.
The following equipment is required:
 IBM PC compatible computer running Windows 98 or later.
 Software – ARCAM AV8 Programmer utility (included on the
AV8 CD-ROM).
 Lead – RS232 9-way female D-type to 9-way female D-type (i.e.
a null modem).
Full Instructions on how to install and operate the Programmer utility
are available in the root directory of the CD-ROM.
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Guarantee
WORLDWIDE GUARANTEE
For further details contact Arcam at:
This entitles you to have the unit repaired free of charge, during the
first two years after purchase, at any authorised Arcam distributor
provided that it was originally purchased from an authorised Arcam
dealer or distributor. The manufacturer can take no responsibility for
defects arising from accident, misuse, abuse, wear and tear, neglect
or through unauthorised adjustment and/or repair, neither can they
accept responsibility for damage or loss occurring during transit to or
from the person claiming under the guarantee.
Arcam Customer Support Department,
Pembroke Avenue, Waterbeach, CAMBRIDGE, CB5 9PB, England
THE WARRANTY COVERS:
Parts and labour costs for two years from the purchase date. After
two years you must pay for both parts and labour costs. The warranty
does not cover transportation costs at any time.
CLAIMS UNDER GUARANTEE
This equipment should be packed in the original packing and returned
to the dealer from whom it was purchased, or failing this, directly
to the Arcam distributor in the country of residence. It should be
sent carriage prepaid by a reputable carrier -– NOT by post. No
responsibility can be accepted for the unit whilst in transit to the
dealer or distributor and customers are therefore advised to insure
the unit against loss or damage whilst in transit.
Telephone:
Fax:
Email:
+44 (0)1223 203203
+44 (0)1223 863384
[email protected]
Problems? Always contact your dealer in the first instance.
If your dealer is unable to answer any query regarding this or any other
Arcam product please contact Arcam Customer Support on +44 (0)
1223 203203 or write to us at the above address and we will do our
best to help you.
ON LINE REGISTRATION
You can register your Arcam product on line at:
www.arcam.co.uk/reg
PEMBROKE AVENUE, WATERBEACH, CAMBRIDGE CB5 9PB, ENGLAND
telephone +44 (0)1223 203203 fax +44 (0)1223 863384 email [email protected] website www.arcam.co.uk
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