INSTRUCTION MANUAL MclNTOSH MODEL C-4 and C

INSTRUCTION MANUAL MclNTOSH MODEL C-4 and C
INSTRUCTION MANUAL
MclNTOSH MODEL C-4 and C-4P
AUDIO C O M P E N S A T O R S
McINTOSH LABORATORY, INC.
320 Water St.
Binghamton, N. Y.
U.S.A.
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INSTRUCTION MANUAL
McINTOSH MODEL C-4 and C-4P
AUDIO COMPENSATORS
The McIntosh Audio Compensator is a complete control unit for professional or home entertainment systems. The Model C-4 derives its power from
any McIntosh power amplifier; the Model C-4P is self-powered.
Five input channels are provided, three of which produce constant amplification over the audio spectrum of 20-20, 000 cycles, one which is compensated
for magnetic phonograph cartridges and one which is compensated for either
magnetic or constant amplitude cartridges. Each input is equipped with a level
control. A three output system is employed, two main outputs where all controls are effective and one tape output where only the channel selector and compensation selector are effective.
THE AUDIO COMPENSATOR IS A COMPLETE PRE-AMPLIFIER AND
RECORD COMPENSATOR: THEREFORE, THE USE OF AN AUXILIARY
EQUALIZER OR PRE-AMPLIFIER WITH THIS UNIT IS NOT RECOMMENDED.
INSTALLATION OF MODEL C-4 and C-4P
AUDIO COMPENSATORS
The C-4 and C-4P Audio Compensator may be mounted in any type equipment cabinet, relay rack panel, door, wall, etc., or in its own cabinet for
chair side operation. It is not necessary to disassemble the Audio Compensator
for mounting. Using the mounting templates provided with this manual, cut a
rectangular hole in the panel to be used for mounting, insert the Audio Compensator and secure with wood or machine screws.
When installing the C-4P, the power supply section should be mounted at
least two feet from the Audio Compensator.
After these units have been secured, proceed as follows:
1.
Connect speaker to output of power amplifier.
2.
Insert power amplifier line cord into one of the Auxiliary A.C. r e ceptacles provided at the rear chassis of the Audio Compensator.
3.
C-4: Connect inter-unit cable to socket labeled "PRE-AMP INPUT"
on McIntosh Power Amplifiers. CAUTION: THE INTER-UNIT CABLE
MUST NOT BE REMOVED FROM THE C-4.
C-4P: Insert cable of D-8 power supply into socket labeled
"INTER-UNIT CABLE" on C-4P. Connect audio cable provided between
RETMA pin jack labeled "MAIN OUTPUT" on C-4P and 2.5V input of
power amplifier. (Socket labeled "PRE-AMP INPUT" on McIntosh
power amplifiers.)
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4. The Audio Compensator delivers 2. 5 volts of audio signal at full output. The gain control of the power amplifier should be adjusted as outlined in the amplifier instruction manual for this sensitivity. (McIntosh
Amplifier Models A-116, MC-30, MC-60, set gain control fully counter
clockwise; 50W-2 and 20W-2 fully clockwise.)
5. Turn the volume control on the Audio Compensator to "OFF".
6. Insert power cord of the Audio Compensator into a 117V., 50/60
cycle power outlet.
7. Turn the Selector Switch on the Audio Compensator to "5" and Bass
control fully clockwise.
8. Turn the volume control on the Audio Compensator clockwise until
the power switch is activated. Allow thirty seconds for warm-up, then
advance the volume control to "10".
9. C-4: Adjust the hum reducing potentiometer on the power amplifier
for minimum hum.
C-4P: Adjust the hum reducing potentiometer on
the power supply for minimum hum.
10. Turn the volume control on the Audio Compensator to "OFF".
11. Insert inputs into their proper jacks at the back of the Audio Compensator, and all A.C. power cords into the A.C. outlets provided.
INPUT CONNECTING PROCEDURE
The inherent hum and noise voltages applied to the input of the Audio Compensator are -110 DBM, or less than 3 microvolts. To avoid lowering the
signal to hum ratio of the Audio Compensator, by adding hum voltages to the
input, extreme care must be taken in its installation. We offer the following
recommendations as a guide to installation:
1.
Connect inputs of Audio Compensator as outlined on the table below.
CHANNEL
TAPE
AND
TUNER
MIC
PHONO 1
AND
PHONO 2
INPUT
MIN.
MAX.
GAIN
60MV
20V
32db
Low Impedance
Microphone
3MV
1V
52db
Phonograph Cartridges (magnetic
or constant
amplitude)
3MV
1V
52db
FOR USE WITH
Radio or TV Tuners
Tape Recorders
Crystal or Ceramic
cartridges
Crystal Microphones
REMARKS
Inputs in excess
of the recommended minimum
should be reduced
by the level adjustments located
on the back panel.
See text for complete operation.
2. The Audio Compensator and magnetic phonograph cartridges should be
mounted at least two feet from power transformers.
3. Inter-unit cables provide a complete ground system. Alternate ground
wires should not be used since they will produce ground loops and increase
the hum level.
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4. The heaters of the 12AX7 tubes used in the C-4 are returned to
ground through a hum reducing potentiometer in the power amplifier.
Heaters of tubes used in the C-4P are returned to ground through a hum
reducing potentiometer in the power supply. This control requires an
initial adjustment for minimum hum, and should be readjusted each
time one or more tubes are replaced.
5. Grounding the turntable motor frame to the Audio Compensator
chassis near the input jacks may reduce the hum level on the phonograph channels.
OUTPUT CONNECTIONS
Three outputs are provided: one tape and two main outputs.
The tape output may be used for recording tape from any source connected
to the Audio Compensator. The Selector Switch, and Compensation Switch are
effective at this output. Adjustment of the Bass and Treble tone controls and
Volume control may be made without affecting the recorded signal. The tape
output delivers a signal of one volt.
All controls are effective at the main outputs, which are available at the
octal socket labeled "INTER-UNIT CABLE" between pins #1 and #2 (pin #1 is
ground), and at the RETMA pin jack labeled "MAIN OUTPUT". The inter-unit
cable connecting the C-4 to any McIntosh power amplifier uses the octal socket
output. The pin jack output may be used for driving a second power amplifier
if so desired.
The main and tape outputs are fed from cathode followers. The input impedance of devices connected to these outputs should be 50, 000 ohms or
greater, and the capacitive reactance of audio cables connecting these devices
should not be less than 8, 000 ohms at 20, 000 cycles. This is the reactance of
a capacity of 1000 mf. Audio cable having a capacity of 25 mmf per foot may
be 40 feet long.
TAPE and TUNER Channels: These channels are each terminated by a
potentiometer mounted on the back panel which should be used to reduce signal
input if in excess of . 1 volts. High impedance sources, such as crystal
microphones and the detector output of tuners, may be connected directly to
these channels since they have an input impedance of 660, 000 ohms.
MIC Channel: This channel is terminated by a 100,000 ohm potentiometer
mounted on the back panel which should be used to reduce signal input if in
excess of 10 MV. Low impedance microphones in conjunction with an input
transformer, such as McIntosh M-107, may be used on this channel.
The TAPE, TUNER and MIC channels provide flat amplification from 20
to 20, 000 cycles. The Bass and Treble tone controls may be used to alter the
response as desired.
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TYPICAL
INSTALLATION
AUDIO COMPENSATOR C-4
TYPICAL
INSTALLATION
AUDIO COMPENSATOR C-4P
- 5 PHONO 1 Channel: This channel is equalized for use with magnetic phonograph cartridges. A level control is provided at the rear panel to allow use of
cartridges with output voltage ranging from 3 MV to 70 MV. The termination of
this channel is 100K which is recommended by several cartridge manufacturers.
If a lower termination is desired, a resistor may be placed across the input.
PHONO 2 Channel: This channel is the same as phono 1 channel except
that a variable load control has been added. The control is calibrated from 6. 8K
to 52K and any termination in this range may be selected. In addition, this load
control has a switch attached which operates in the counter-clockwise position.
This position is labeled "FM". When the load control is placed in this position,
any constant amplitude type cartridge (ceramic, crystal, FM type) may be used,
allowing full use of the flexible equalization available. The level control is also
effective on these cartridges.
All controls are effective on the PHONO channels.
The Compensation switch may be used to compensate recordings as recommended by the manufacturer or to adjust the compensation for a more pleasing
tonal balance for the listener. The Bass and Treble tone controls are independent of the compensation switch and may be used as fine adjustments in conjunction with this switch.
The five position channel Selector switch may be used to select any of the
five input channels available.
The Volume control selects the desired listening level and since it is
located at the output of the Audio Compensator, the high signal to noise ratio of
the unit is maintained at all levels. By properly adjusting the input potentiometers on all channels, the volume level can be held equal for all channels; the
signal will remain at a constant loudness when switching from one channel to
another. The master off-on switch is attached to the volume control. This
switch controls the three auxiliary A.C. outlets on the rear panel of the Audio
Compensator, as well as the three auxiliary A.C. outlets on the power supply
of the C-4P.
GUARANTEE
We guarantee the performance of this equipment and the mechanical and
electrical workmanship to be free of serious defects for a period of 90 days.
This guarantee does not extend to components damaged by improper use nor does
it extend to transportation to and from the factory.
McINTOSH LABORATORY INC.
320 Water Street
Binghamton, N. Y., U.S.A.
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BASS
FREQUENCY
TONE CONTROLS
TREBLE
FREQUENCY
COMPENSATION CONTROL
(PHONO CHANNELS ONLY)
NOTE:
ORTHOPHONIC, R.I.A.A.,NEW AES,
AND NEW NART8 ARE IDENTICAL
CURVES.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE CURVES FOR
AUDIO COMPENSATOR, MODEL C - 4
FREQUENCY
RESPONSE BELOW 20 CYCLES
MCINTOSH LABORATORY, INC
4-20-55
- 7 C-2 500 76
SERIAL NO. 6092 A N D
MCINTOSH LABORATORY, INC
AUDIO COMPENSATOR, MODEL C-4
BE102003
5-11-55
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