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CONGRATULATIONS on your decision to become the proud owner of this
Plinius P10 Power Amplifier.
This manual has been prepared to help you understand the operation of your amplifier, and to provide
information about its design and the variety of ways it may be used.
We have designed and manufactured this amplifier to reproduce your favourite music faithfully and
accurately. With a little care and a full understanding of the operating recommendations in this manual,
your Plinius P10 Power Amplifier will provide years of high-quality, trouble-free performance.
Serial Number:
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Final Test Certified By: ................................................................................
IMPORTANT:
PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ THIS MANUAL
THOROUGHLY BEFORE USING YOUR AMPLIFIER.
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DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
From a distance you can see that the design of the Plinius products is more than an applied styling
exercise to the front panel. We have started from the ground up to produce a casing for our electronics
that is unrivalled in its physical strength and visual simplicity. Wherever possible we have reduced the
number of parts needed and then invested massively in refining and producing the remaining parts to the
highest quality achievable with state of the art computer controlled machines allied with expert craftsman.
Examples of this approach include the hydraulically formed corners on the amplifiers giving much greater
strength and the one piece housing for the remote control unit that eliminates large joints and potential
creaks.
The very process of holding the remote tells you that you are controlling both a powerful and precise
product. It is designed specifically for the act of listening to music, not channel surfing on a television or
changing the room temperature. The distinction is important because we believe that listening to music is
a highly selective and emotional experience that requires a much greater level of concentration and
precision to fully appreciate and enjoy.
As with music that you are not familiar with, truly innovative new designs can take time to understand and
enjoy. How often have you heard music that you were first unsure of, that over repeated listening, has
become a firm favourite. Our designs are fundamentally different to many other companies, and we hope
that you will take the time to explore their unique character and qualities because we have not made them
different simply to be different. We genuinely believe that their visual and tactile qualities do improve the
experience of listening to music and that is our design goal!
Ross Stevens
Design Director.
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CONTENTS
Introduction ............................................................................................................................... Page 2
Design Philosophy ..................................................................................................................... Page 3
Precautions ................................................................................................................................ Page 5
Amplifier Features – Front Panel ............................................................................................... Page 6
Amplifier Features – Rear Panel ................................................................................................ Page 7
Installation and Operation ........................................................................................................... Page 9
Input/Output Connection ........................................................................................................... Page 10
P10 Features ............................................................................................................................ Page 12
Loudspeaker Selection ............................................................................................................. Page 13
Specifications .......................................................................................................................... Page 14
Index ....................................................................................................................................... Page 15
Contact Details ......................................................................................................................... Page 16
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PRECAUTIONS
Please take special note of the following precautions before operating your new amplifier:
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The Plinius P10 Power Amplifier can deliver in excess of 200 watts into 8 ohms. This amplifier is
also capable of a very large peak current delivery.
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The Plinius P10 Power Amplifier operates in Class AB. It is capable of generating heat that could
have an adverse effect on other electronic equipment, furniture, etc. DO NOT leave flammable
material on the amplifier whilst running, as this could pose a serious fire risk.
•
This amplifier operates at hazardous voltage levels. We recommend that any work requiring
removal of the lid be referred to a suitably qualified and experienced service technician.
•
DO NOT attempt to connect any input of this amplifier to its own outputs.
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DO NOT earth any output terminal or connect any of these terminals together without following the
instructions in this manual or seeking qualified assistance.
•
DO NOT place this amplifier in any position where liquids, or any foreign material may accidentally
enter it.
•
DO NOT connect any voltage source, short circuit, earth/ground or appliance (other than suitable
high fidelity loudspeakers) to the amplifier output terminals.
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AMPLIFIER FEATURES – FRONT PANEL
PLINIUS
FRONT PANEL LAYOUT SHOWING DISPLAY LED
DISPLAY LED
An LED on the front panel indicates that the power is on. When first switched on, the display LED will
pulse for ten seconds - this is an initialisation sequence, after which the LED remains lit during the time
the amplifier is powered on. Whenever remote trigger is activated the LED will dim.
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AMPLIFIER FEATURES – REAR PANEL
This panel incorporates the terminals for connecting the input signal from the preamplifier, outputs to the
loudspeakers, and mains supply.
Please remember that your Plinius P10 Power Amplifier is a high quality electronic instrument capable of
an exceptional level of performance. Be sure that you understand your system’s requirements fully before
you make any connection to this amplifier.
RIGHT OUTPUTS
INPUTS
REMOTE
TRIGGER
TERMINALS
LEFT OUTPUTS
CAUTION
ON / OFF
RCA
Z258
-
+
XLR
PUSH
PUSH
CHASSIS
-
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
CAUTION: TO REDUCE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK DO NOT REMOVE COVER.
NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE
PERSONNEL.
+
GROUND
LIFT
OPEN
PLINIUS P10
STEREO POWER AMPLIFIER
SERIAL No. VOLTAGE
Hz.
POWER
CONSUMPTION
5 0/
60
RIGH T CHANNEL FUSES
LEFT CHANNEL FUS ES
DES IGN ED AN D MANUF ACTURED IN
NE W ZEAL AND BY
AUDIBL E TEC HNOL OGIES LTD
P.O. BOX 183 6
P ALMERSTO N NO RTH
MAINS FUSE
60 0VA
RAIL FUSES REPLACE ONLY WITH F7.5AL
REPLACE ONLY
WITH F10AL
Rear Panel Showing Input And Output Terminals, Remote Trigger,
Ground Lift Switch, Mains Switch And Mains Socket.
MAINS SWITCH
The heavy-duty rocker switch in the centre of the panel turns the Mains/Line Power to the amplifier ON or
OFF. The amplifier draws a moderately high current when switched on, so it is not good practice to
rapidly turn the Mains switch on and off repeatedly.
INPUT TERMINALS
The input terminals for your Plinius P10 power amplifier are easily accessible at the centre of the rear
panel.
RCA INPUTS LEFT & RIGHT: These standard RCA terminals are for use with unbalanced signals from
most signal sources such as audio preamplifiers.
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XLR BALANCED INPUTS LEFT & RIGHT: XLR connectors fitted to this amplifier are for use with balanced
line signals from audio preamplifiers. Balanced signals are carried via a three way cable.
The XLR pin configuration used in all Plinius product is:
PIN 1 to GND
PIN 2 to +Signal
PIN 3 to -Signal
NOTE: Because of the way our XLR and balanced inputs are configured it is not possible to connect both
XLR and RCA at the same time.
INPUT SELECTION SWITCH
This switch at the centre of the inputs is used to select the pair of input sockets required as described
above. Up selects the RCA input connections, while down selects XLR input.
OUTPUT TERMINALS
Connections for the loudspeakers are provided on the left and right sides of the rear panel. Two parallel
pairs of five way binding posts for each channel are fitted – these provide ease of use with bi-wiring and
multiple cables requiring a large contact area.
GROUND LIFT SWITCH
This switch is located below the remote trigger terminals, and allows the signal ground to be
disconnected from the chassis. In some installations a hum loop may exist due to duplicate ground paths
from different equipment. Use this switch to remove the connection from 0V to ground thus allowing
some flexibility in your particular set-up.
REMOTE TRIGGER TERMINALS
In order to integrate more effectively into a home theatre system, the Plinius P10 has remote trigger
terminals fitted to the rear panel. By connecting a processor with a remote trigger signal to these
terminals, the P10 can be put in and out of standby/mute by the processor to which it is connected.
When in standby/mute the amplifier draws less current and will operate at minimum temperature. The
output relays are also open, disconnecting the loudspeakers. This may be of advantage in a multiamplifier and/or remote installations. The standby/mute mode can only be activated via the remote trigger
terminals. Polarity of the connections to the remote trigger is not important.
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MAINS POWER CORD IEC SOCKET
This connector is where the mains supply cable from your wall connects to the amplifier. You will notice
that a fuse holder is mounted within this connection, and it holds a mains fuse to provide surge and
overload protection for your amplifier.
RAIL FUSES
These tubular fuse holders house the positive and negative rail protection fuses. Depress and turn anticlockwise to open. An LED is fitted next to each fuse holder to indicate a blown fuse.
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INSTALLATION AND OPERATION
PLACEMENT AND VENTILATION
Your Plinius P10 may operate at a moderately high temperature, especially when being driven hard. The
ideal location is upon a rigid stand, or floor mounted away from direct contact with any temperature
sensitive materials or deep pile carpets. Ventilation through and around the amplifier should also be kept
unimpeded, so ensure that the heat vents (slots in the lid and base) are not covered or restricted in any
way.
The Plinius P10 design incorporates a very high level of mechanical de-coupling of the input and output.
It can however still be influenced by acoustical feedback in the operating environment. The use of
acoustic cones, or a suitably spiked amplifier stand or table, may further enhance the performance of this
amplifier. Consult your PLINIUS dealer for further advice if required.
MAINS VOLTAGE CONNECTION
Firstly, check that the mains supply voltage printed on the rear of this amplifier is similar to the mains
supply voltage in your area. If in doubt, please consult your PLINIUS dealer.
Mains supply power connection is via the supplied plug-in lead. A standard IEC socket connects the
mains power at the amplifier end, while a local mains plug is required at the wall end.
The wiring code used inside all Plinius product is:
Green to Earth/Ground
Blue to Neutral
Brown to Phase/Live
Should a ‘local’ plug need fitting to the wall end of the lead, ensure that a suitably qualified service
technician wires the plug correctly.
IMPORTANT:
DO NOT POWER UP YOUR AMPLIFIER UNTIL YOU HAVE CONNECTED
YOUR INPUT/OUTPUTS CORRECTLY FOR YOUR SYSTEM, (AS
EXPLAINED IN THE NEXT SECTION).
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INPUT / OUTPUT CONNECTION
It is important that you connect your loudspeakers (outputs) and preamplifier (inputs) to the Plinius P10
Power Amplifier correctly to ensure the amplifier is not damaged, and sounds its best with your system.
Now that you have read and familiarised yourself with the connections on the back of the amplifier, as
covered in the previous section, we will describe in detail how to connect the amplifier to your system.
If using single-ended or RCA inputs, connect your preamplifier to the RCA inputs on the back of the
Plinius P10. Make sure you connect the red coded cable to the red RIGHT RCA input, and the black (or
white) cable to the black LEFT RCA input. Also make sure the RCA connectors are a snug fit and are
inserted all the way in. For XLR input connection, make sure you connect the RIGHT XLR input and LEFT
XLR inputs to the right and left outputs from your preamplifier respectively. Also make sure the XLR
connectors click into place. Use the input selection switch to select RCA if you are using unbalanced RCA
inputs or to select XLR if you are using balanced XLR inputs.
Next, connect your loudspeaker wires to the output posts. Connect your right loudspeaker (i.e. the one on
the right of you when seated in your normal listening position) to the right output terminals, ensuring that
the red positive (+) terminal is connected to the red terminal on your loudspeaker. Do the same with the
black or negative (-) terminals.
TERMINATION QUALITY
Quality of the connections must be examined to ensure that high-performance, trouble-free operation is
enjoyed. Check that the connections are tight but do not over tighten. If bare wires are used make sure
that no loose strands of wire short across the other terminals or the amplifier chassis. When using plugs
such as bananas, be sure to use good quality plugs with a firm fit.
BI-WIRING
Bi-wiring uses two pairs of loudspeaker cables for each channel loudspeaker. You will notice that the rear
panel of your Plinius P10 has two pairs of output terminals for this purpose. When using bi-wires, always
connect positive (+) to positive (+) and the same for the negative (-) terminals.
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PHASING (OR POLARITY)
It is important to achieve good stereo imaging in your listening room. By observing the wiring
instructions above, each power amplifier/loudspeaker combination should be in phase. If you experience
poor stereo image and/or a lack of bass, check that the loudspeaker wiring has been connected correctly.
We recommend that you use one of the easily obtainable ‘test discs’ to help you ensure both phasing and
channel orientation are correct. If in doubt, consult your PLINIUS dealer for advice.
Naturally it is also important to make sure all the leads carrying signals for the RIGHT channel loudspeaker
are connected to the RIGHT input to the amplifier from your preamplifier or CD player etc. Signals for the
LEFT channel should be wired in a similar fashion.
CONNECTING THE MAINS SUPPLY
Now that your Plinius P10 Power Amplifier is configured correctly, the mains cable can be plugged into
the IEC socket on the back of the amplifier. Turn on the power switch on the rear panel. The power LED
will cycle in brightness for approximately ten seconds as the internal circuitry stabilises. You can now
enjoy your new Plinius P10 Power Amplifier.
WARM-UP PERIOD
You will find that the Plinius P10 will become noticeably ‘purer’ in sound after being on for a period of
time. We usually recommend waiting at least 24 hours before expecting the best quality of sound
reproduction from your amplifier. Also, as the Plinius P10 uses very little power while on, we suggest
leaving the unit turned on so that it will always be at it’s sonic best.
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P10 FEATURES
FUSE PROTECTION
When any rail fuse is damaged one or more fuse warning LED’s will light. These LED’s are located next to
the fuse that has blown. To replace the fuse, steady the amplifier, then firmly push in the round fuse cap
with your fingers. When the cap cannot push in any further, rotate the cap anticlockwise (to the left) until
it comes to a stop. Release inward pressure on the fuse cap and it can now be removed from the
amplifier. If any of the rail fuses need to be replaced, do so only with 7.5 amp normal blow fuses.
To re-fit the fuse, insert the fuse and gently turn it as far as possible anticlockwise (to the left). Now push
the fuse cap in firmly, then turn clockwise (to the right) until it comes to a stop. Release inward pressure
on the cap and the fuse will be fitted securely.
IMPORTANT:
DO NOT FIT A FUSE WITH A HIGHER RATING.
Note that fuse failure may indicate a severe problem. Check all speakers and speaker cables for
damage/short circuit, etc. Should the amplifier continue to suffer rail fuse failure, contact your PLINIUS
dealer.
MAINS/LINE FUSE
A Mains/Line fuse is fitted within the IEC socket on the rear of the amplifier. A small drawer at the bottom
of this socket may be removed (after the IEC plug is removed) by levering it out with a flat blade
screwdriver. The fuse fitted should be rated as specified on the rear panel.
IMPORTANT:
DO NOT FIT A FUSE WITH A HIGHER RATING.
In the unusual event that this fuse should blow, you must first establish the cause of this failure (such as
power surges, damaged mains cable, etc.) before replacing the fuse with one of the same rating and type.
Should the amplifier continue to suffer mains fuse failure, contact your PLINIUS dealer.
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LOUDSPEAKER SELECTION
Your Plinius P10 Power Amplifier is designed for use with high fidelity loudspeakers. It should not be
used to operate any other type of appliance or equipment.
Choice of loudspeakers is one of personal taste, providing the chosen loudspeakers are suitable for use
with your amplifier. Be certain that your loudspeakers can handle most of the rated output power of this
amplifier. You may find loudspeaker specifications confusing or misleading, so you should discuss this
with your audio dealer prior to purchase. As a general rule, the use of high power (200 Watt RMS or
greater) loudspeakers is recommended and desirable. However, our experience indicates that medium to
low power loudspeakers (100 to 200 Watt RMS) are quite often suitable for use on this amplifier, provided
the volume is maintained at a level where no distortion is audible.
Impedance of the loudspeaker load is important to ensure the rated performance of this amplifier. Any
combination of loudspeakers may be used, but the total average impedance load for each channel should
be within a range of 4 to 8 ohms. Again, if you have doubts about the impedance of your loudspeaker
configuration, we recommend you speak to your PLINIUS dealer.
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SPECIFICATIONS
200-WATTS RMS PER CHANNEL INTO 8 OHMS.
BOTH CHANNELS DRIVEN FROM 20Hz TO 20kHz AT LESS THAN 0.2% TOTAL HARMONIC
DISTORTION.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 20Hz to 20kHz ±0.2dB. -3dB at 5Hz and -3dB at 70kHz.
DISTORTION: Typically <0.05% THD at rated power. 0.2% THD and IM worst case prior to clipping.
4 OHM POWER: 300 Watts per channel or greater.
CURRENT OUTPUT: 40A short duration peak per channel. Fuse protected.
SLEWING: 50V/µs.
HUM & NOISE: 90dB below rated output 20Hz to 20kHz unweighted.
GAIN: RCA unbalanced: 32dB, XLR balanced 38dB.
INPUT IMPEDANCE: 47kΩ.
HEIGHT: 120mm (4 3/4")
WIDTH: 450mm (17 3/4")
DEPTH: 385mm (15 1/4")
WEIGHT: 14kg (30lbs)
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INDEX
Bi-wiring .................................................................................................................................. Page 10
Date of Manufacture .................................................................................................................... Page 3
Front Panel Layout ...................................................................................................................... Page 6
Fuse Protection......................................................................................................................... Page 12
IEC Power Connector.............................................................................................................Pages 8,11
Input Terminals .....................................................................................................................Pages 8,11
Loudspeaker Impedance............................................................................................................ Page 13
Loudspeaker Power ................................................................................................................... Page 13
Mains/Line Fuse ....................................................................................................................... Page 12
Mains Supply Connection.......................................................................................................... Page 11
Mains Switch .............................................................................................................................. Page 7
Operating Temperature ............................................................................................................Pages 5,9
Output Terminals...................................................................................................................Pages 7,10
Phasing .................................................................................................................................... Page 10
Placement ..............................................................................................................................Pages 5,9
Rail Fuses.............................................................................................................................Pages 8,12
Rear Panel Layout ....................................................................................................................... Page 7
Remote Trigger ........................................................................................................................... Page 8
Safety Precautions....................................................................................................................... Page 5
Serial Number............................................................................................................................. Page 3
Terminations............................................................................................................................. Page 10
Ventilation ..............................................................................................................................Pages 5,9
Warm-Up Period ....................................................................................................................... Page 11
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CONTACT DETAILS
All operational, technical and descriptive material published here is subject to change at any time without
notice. For further product information or queries, please contact us at the address below.
PLINIUS products are designed and manufactured by:
Plinius Audio Ltd.
P.O. Box 1836
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Phone:
Facsimile:
Email:
Internet:
64 6 354 8583
64 6 354 8586
info@pliniusaudio.com
www.pliniusaudio.com
©2005 Plinius Audio.
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