Connecting the Speakers
SAFETY WARNINGS AND GUIDELINES
For best results, please thoroughly read this manual prior to use, paying particular
attention to the warnings in this Safety section:
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Do not expose this device to water or moisture of any kind. Do not place objects
containing liquid on or near this device.
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Do not expose this device to fire or other heat sources. Do not install it on or near
heat sources, such as ventilators, radiators, or near a fireplace. Do not place
objects with open flame, such as lit candles, on or near this device.
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This amplifier should only be used in a well-ventilated area. Do not block any of
ventilation holes on the case. Ensure that there is sufficient airflow over the case
to allow for proper cooling.
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This device contains no user-serviceable parts. Do not open or attempt to modify
this device.
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Do not attempt to defeat the purpose of the ground lug on the power connect by
using a "cheater" plug or by any other means.
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Take care to ensure that the power cord does not get crimped, kinked, pinched,
stepped on, or otherwise damaged. Take care that the cord cannot be a trip/fall
hazard.
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When unplugging connections, always grasp the connector head. Never pull on
the cord or wires.
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Never connect speakers rated for less than 4-ohms to the amplifier in stereo
mode. Never connect a speaker rated for less than 8-ohms to the amplifier in
bridged mono mode.
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Do not bypass the purpose of the fuse by shorting the contacts or by any other
means. If the fuse blows or breaks, replace it with the type specified for your
mains voltage in the Specifications section of this manual.
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Do not connect speakers rated for less than 4 ohms when operating the amplifier
in stereo mode. Do not connect a speaker rated for less than 8 ohms when
operating the amplifier in mono mode. An insufficient load can damage the
amplifier
SPECIFICATIONS
Power Output:
150 watts per channel into 8 ohm loads with less than 0.2%
THD+N
235 watts per channel into 4 ohm loads with less than 0.2%
THD+N
470 watts Bridged Mono into 8 ohms with less than 0.2%
THD+N
Crosstalk:
>[email protected], ref. to rated power into 8 ohms
Frequency Response:
20Hz to 20kHz, +0.0dB, -0.5dB
Signal to Noise Ratio:
-103dB ref. to rated power into 4 ohms
Power Consumption:
1200 watts (all channels driven)
Net Weight:
28.7 lbs (13.0 kg)
Gross Weight:
36.6 lbs (16.6 kg)
AC Line Fuse:
115VAC, 60Hz: T10AL, 250V
230VAC, 50Hz: T5AL, 250V
PACKAGE CONTENTS
After receiving the product, please inventory the contents to ensure you have all the
proper parts, as listed below. If anything is missing or damaged, please contact
Monoprice Customer Service for a replacement.
1x 150-watt per channel amplifier
1x AC power cable
CONTROLS AND CONNECTIONS
Front Panel
Power Switch: In normal operation, use this push button to power the amplifier on and
off. When the switch is pushed in, power is on. Note that the amplifier can also
be powered on from standby using a 12VDC external trigger or automatically
when an audio signal is detected on one of the inputs, depending on the setting
of the Power Control switch on the rear panel.
Speakers (A and B): Use these push buttons to select which of the two speaker zones
is active. When the button is pushed in, the speaker zone is enabled. When the
button is out, the speaker zone is off. In normal operation, you may use either or
both zones at the same time.
Power Indicator: When there is no power applied to the amplifier, this indicator is off.
When the amplifier is powered on and active, the indicator glows blue. When the
amplifier is powered on, but is in standby more, the indicator glows red.
Balance: Use this knob to fine tune or temporarily adjust the balance between the left
and right channels. This knob should only be used to temporarily adjust balance.
The primary balance should be set using the Master Volume controls on the rear
panel.
Volume: Use this knob to adjust decrease the maximum volume level set using the
Master Volume controls on the rear panel.
Rear Panel
Primary Line: This stereo RCA input is intended for an input that will be normally off or
inactive. Whenever a signal measuring 5mV or more is detected on the inputs,
the amplifier will automatically switch to this input.
Speaker Level Input: If one of your inputs is a speaker level output from another
amplifier, such as in a whole home entertainment system, you can use these
push button speaker grip connectors to connect the speaker wires from the
source. These connectors can accept 20-24 AWG speaker wire.
Primary Line/Secondary Line: This switch determines whether the Speaker Level
input will be considered the Primary Line or Secondary Line input. If both Line
Level and Speaker Level inputs are on the same Line (Primary or Secondary),
the Line Level input will override the Speaker Level input.
Secondary Line In: This stereo RCA input is for an input that will be normally on or
usually active. The amplifier will automatically switch to the Primary input
whenever a minimum 5mV signal is detected on either the Primary Line input or
on the Speaker Level input when the Primary/Secondary switch is set to Primary.
Secondary Line Out: This pass-through stereo RCA output contains the original signal
from the Secondary Line input. Note that if using Speaker Level inputs for the
Secondary input, the signal will NOT be repeated on this output.
Time Delay: This control sets the amount of time during which no signal is detected on
the Primary input before the amplifier switches back to the Secondary input. The
delay can be set to anywhere between 3 and 15 seconds.
Master Volume: These controls are used to set both the maximum volume level for the
amplifier and the master balance setting. To set the maximum volume level, set
the Volume knob on the front panel to the Max position, then adjust these
controls for the loudest level you want and for proper balance. Thereafter, use
the Volume knob on the front panel to decrease volume from the maximum
possible level.
Stereo/Bridge: Use this switch to determine whether the amplifier will drive two
channels or whether it will be bridged to form a single, larger mono amplifier.
Note that when using the amp in bridged mode, the speaker load needs to have
a minimum of 8 ohms impedance.
12VDC Trigger In: This 3.5mm TS jack accepts a trigger input from another source.
The tip of the connector is positive (+) and the sleeve is negative (-). When the
Power Control switch is set to the Trigger position, the presence of a 12VDC
trigger signal on this input will turn the amplifier on, while the absence of the
signal will turn it off.
12VDC Trigger Out: This 3.5mm TS jack sends a 12VDC trigger signal when the
amplifier is turned on or off, which can be used to activate other equipment. The
tip of the connector is positive (+) and the sleeve is negative (-).
Power Control (Trigger/Auto-On/Normal): The position of this switch determines the
method by which the amplifier is turned on and off. When set to the Normal
position, the power switch on the front panel turns the amplifier on and off. When
set to the Auto-On position, the amplifier turns on when a signal is detected on
the input and turns off when no signal is present. When set to the Trigger
position, the amplifier is turned on and off using a 12VDC trigger signal on the
12VDC Trigger In input. Note that the Power switch on the front panel must be in
the ON position for the Auto-On and Trigger modes to operate.
Speaker Out (A and B): Use these five-way binding posts to connect up to two sets of
stereo speakers. The five-way binding post can accept bare speaker wire up to 7
AWG inserted into the holes on the post, bare speaker wire wrapped around the
post, spade plugs, pin plugs, or banana plugs. In normal operation you can have
two sets of stereo speakers operating at the same time. However, in Bridged
mode, you can only use speaker bank A with a single speaker connected to the
positive (+) terminals, as indicated on the rear panel.
Power Connector and Fuse Holder: Plug the included AC power cord, or an exact
replacement, into this C14 panel connector. The panel connector also contains
the fuse behind a small door. If the fuse requires replacement, replace with the
type listed in the Specifications section.
Voltage Select Switch (120V/230V): Use this switch to set the input to 115/120V or
230/240V. Double check the position of this switch before plugging the amplifier
into an AC power outlet. When switching voltage, you must ensure that the fuse
is the correct type for the voltage level in use. See the Specifications section for
the fuse types to use with each voltage value selected.
CABLE PREPARATION
You will need several types of cables for this installation, the specifics of which vary
depending on your installation choices. None of the cables or connectors mentioned in
this section are included with the system.
Important Safety Note! If you plan on running any of these cables through the walls,
through a connecting floor, or inside an air duct, they should be rated for In-Wall, Riser
(between floors), or Plenum (air duct) use, respectively. Using unrated or improperly
rated cables could accelerate the spread of any fire and could nullify insurance claims.
Speaker Wires
You will need speaker wire to connect each speaker to the amplifier and to connect one
of the sources, if necessary. The size (AWG) of wire you choose depends on the
distance from the amplifier to the speaker(s), the speaker impedance, and the physical
limits of the terminals at each end.
Other than saving a few pennies of cost or grams of weight per foot, there is no reason
to use anything other than the thickest wire possible. This amplifier can accept up to 7
AWG wire, so it is recommended to use 10 or 12 AWG speaker wire. If the speaker
terminals cannot accept 10 or 12 AWG wire, you can use a banana or pin plug to
connect the wire to the speaker terminal.
Whatever speaker wire you get, make sure that it has marks to identify one conductor
from another. Most speaker wire uses a colored stripe to identify one of the conductors.
The identified conductor is usually used for the positive (+/red) connection and the other
for the negative (-/black) side.
Note: When cutting speaker wire, ensure that the length of each stereo pair is the same.
This ensures that the overall impedance of each channel is identical. If there is any
excess speaker wire, it should not be coiled, as it could create an antenna to receive
stray radio signals. Instead, snake the excess wire back and forth.
RCA Cables
You will need stereo RCA cables to connect at least one of the source devices to the
amplifier's source inputs. In most cases these will be relatively short connections, so
ordinary RCA cables are sufficient. However, if the distance is longer than about 15-20
feet (4.5-6 meters), it is recommended to use RCA cables manufactured using shielded
RG6 or RG59 cable. RG59 can connect to distances up to about 131 feet (40 meters),
while RG6 can make reliable connections to distances up to about 328 feet (100
meters).
Trigger Cables
This amplifier includes one trigger input and one trigger output. The trigger output can
be connected to the trigger input of responsive devices, such as projection screens,
lighting systems, curtain motors, etc. The trigger input allows an alternate method of
powering the amplifier on and off.
The trigger signal is a low-current 12 VDC, which is carried between systems with a
two-conductor cable that terminates in a 3.5mm TS plug. You can also use standard, off
the shelf 3-conductor audio patch cables that terminate in 3.5mm TRS plugs.
SETUP
Note: Before making any connections, ensure that all equipment is powered off and
unplugged to prevent the possibility of personal injury or equipment damage due to
electrical shock.
1. Position the amplifier in a location in which it can get adequate airflow around the
casing and ventilation holes. Do not connect the power cord yet.
2. Determine whether you will be using one or two stereo speaker zones or if you will
be using just a single, monophonic speaker zone. If you will be using stereo
zone(s), set the Stereo/Bridge switch to the Stereo position. If you will be using a
single monophonic zone, set the Stereo/Bridge switch to the Bridge position.
Connecting the Speakers
3. (Stereo configurations only) Measure the distance between the amplifier and the
speakers, taking into account the need to route the wire around furniture or other
obstacles. Cut two lengths of 2-conductor speaker wire to the measured length. It
is best to cut the wires longer than needed as any excess can be trimmed later.
4. (Stereo configurations only) Connect one end of each speaker wire to the
Speaker Output five-way binding posts, taking care to connect the negative side
of the speaker wire to the negative (black) binding posts and the positive side of
the wire to the positive (red) binding posts. The easiest and safest method of
connecting the wires to the binding posts is to use banana plugs. If using bare
speaker wire, carefully inspect each connection to ensure that there are no stray
wire strands.
5. (Stereo configurations only) Connect the other end of each speaker wire to the
speakers.
6. (Stereo configurations only) If you will be using two stereo speaker zones, repeat
steps 3-5 for the second zone.
7. (Bridged/Mono configurations only) Measure the distance between the amplifier
and the speaker, taking into account the need to route the wire around furniture or
other obstacles. Cut one length of 2-conductor speaker wire to the measured
length. It is best to cut the wire longer than needed as any excess can be trimmed
later.
8. (Bridged/Mono configurations only) Connect the negative side of the wire to the
Right Channel positive (red) binding post of the Speaker A output. Connect the
positive side of the wire to the Left Channel positive (red) binding post.
9. (Bridged/Mono configurations only) Connect the other end of the speaker wire to
the speaker.
Connecting the Sources
10. If connecting more than one source device, determine which of the two will be
the source that is normally in use (the Secondary input) and which source will
override and take priority when it is in use (the Primary input). If using only one
source, use the Primary input unless you want to pass the input signal on to
another device, in which case you should use the Secondary input.
11a. If your primary source has stereo line level outputs, connect one end of an RCA
stereo cable to the left and right Primary inputs on the amplifier. Connect the
other end to the left and right outputs of the Primary source.
11b. If your Primary source has only Speaker Level outputs, cut two lengths of
speaker wire to the appropriate length. Connect one end of each speaker wire
to Speaker Level input connectors, taking care to connect the negative side of
the speaker wire to the negative (black) speaker grip connectors and the
positive side of the wire to the positive (red) speaker grip connectors. Set the
Primary Line/Secondary Line switch to the Primary Line position.
12a. If your Secondary source has Line Level outputs, repeat step 11a for the
Secondary source.
12b. If your Secondary source has only Speaker Level outputs and you have not
already used the Speaker Level input on the amplifier, repeat step 11b for the
Secondary source.
13. If you will be passing the Secondary source to another device, connect a stereo
RCA cable to the Secondary Out jacks. Connect the other end to the line level
input of another device. Note that the Secondary Out will not contain a signal if
you are using Speaker Level inputs for the Secondary source.
Connecting the Triggers
14. If you will be using a trigger to turn the amplifier on and off, plug a 3.5mm TS or
TRS cable into the 12V Trigger In jack and the other end to the trigger output of
another device. Set the Power Control switch to the Trigger position.
15. If you want to trigger another device whenever the amplifier is powered on or off,
connect a 3.5mm TS or TRS cable to the 12V Trigger Out jack and the other
end to the trigger input of the device you want to activate.
Connecting Power
16. Check the position of the Voltage Select switch to ensure that it is set to the
proper value for the AC power source.
17. This amplifier ships with an installed fuse that is appropriate for 110-120V AC
power sources. If you will be using this amplifier with a 220-240V AC power
source, you must change to the fuse to the type listed in the Specifications
section for 230V sources.
18. Plug one end of the AC power cord into the Power Connector on the amplifier's
rear panel. Plug the other end into an AC power socket.
Setting the Master Volume and Delay
19. Temporarily set the Power Control switch to the Normal position.
20. Using a small screwdriver, set the Master Volume controls on the rear panel to
the minimum value.
21. On the front panel, set the Volume level to Min and set the Balance control the
middle (12 o'clock) position.
22. Depress the Speaker A button on the front panel. If you are using a second
speaker zone, depress the Speaker B button, as well.
23. Press the Power switch on the front panel to apply power. Power on your
Secondary source and cue up audio material that will be representational of the
maximum volume level you will want out of this amplifier.
24. With the audio material playing, turn the Volume knob on the front panel to the
Max position.
25. Using a small screwdriver, slowly increase the left channel Master Volume
control on the rear panel until the volume is at your desired maximum level. Do
the same for the right channel Master Volume control.
26. Check the balance between the two channels and adjust the Master Volume
controls as necessary to obtain the desired balance.
27. Use the Volume control on the front panel to set the volume level to a
comfortable listening level and use the Balance control on the front panel to
make minor, temporary adjustments to the audio balance.
28. Start playing audio material on your Primary source. The amplifier should switch
over to the audio from the Primary source.
29. Stop playback from the Primary source. Note the length of silence before the
amplifier switches back to your Secondary source. This amount is determined
by the Delay control on the rear panel and can be between 3 and 15 seconds.
30. Using a small screwdriver, adjust the Delay up or down as desired. Note that if
the delay is too short, a pause while a CD changer changes discs, for example,
could cause the amplifier to switch sources.
31. If you want the amplifier to power on and off with a trigger signal, set the Power
Source switch to the Trigger position. If you want it to turn on when audio
source material is detected and turn off when there is no longer an audio
source, set the Power Control switch to the Auto-on position. Otherwise, leave
the Power Control switch in the Normal position.
Congratulations! Your amplifier is now properly setup and ready for use!
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