Preliminary

Preliminary
Preliminary
Important Safety Precautions and Explanation of Symbols
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The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of
important installation, operation, and service instructions in this manual.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated dangerous voltages within the enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to
constitute a risk of electrical shock to the user.
Please read this manual thoroughly before attempting to install, configure, or operate the BasX MC-700
Surround Sound Processor. After successful installation and configuration of the MC-700, be sure to retain
this manual in a safe place for future reference.
Safety is a key component to a long lasting and trouble free installation. Please read and follow all
instructions and heed all warnings on the MC-700 and in this manual. The vast majority of the subsequent
safety precautions are common sense. If you are not comfortable with the installation of audio/video
entertainment equipment, you should seek the services of a qualified installation professional or call us for
help.
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WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT USE THE MC-700 NEAR WATER
OR IN WET LOCATIONS, DO NOT EXPOSE IT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE, DO NOT EXPOSE IT TO DRIPPING
OR SPLASHING FROM OTHER SOURCES, AND ENSURE THAT NO OBJECTS FILLED WITH LIQUIDS (SUCH
AS VASES) ARE PLACED ON IT. DOING SO MAY RESULT IN DAMAGE TO THE UNIT AND THE RISK OF
ELECTRIC SHOCK, WHICH MAY RESULT IN BODILY INJURY OR DEATH.
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE THE COVER FROM THE
MC-700. THERE ARE NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE THE UNIT. REFER ALL SERVICE TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
Do not install the MC-700 near or above any heat sources such as radiators, heating vents, or other
apparatus’ that produce heat. Do not block any ventilation openings or heat sinks. Avoid installing the
unit directly above other heat-producing equipment unless sufficient ventilation or forced-air cooling is
provided.
Do not install the MC-700 in locations without proper ventilation. The MC-700 should not be operated on
a bed, sofa, rug, or similar surface that may block vents. The unit should not be installed in an enclosed
location such as a bookcase, cabinet, or closed equipment rack unless sufficient forced-air ventilation is
provided.
Always install your MC-700 according to the manufacturer’s instructions and only use attachments or
accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Do not install the MC-700 on any stand, shelf, or other piece of furniture that is unable to support its weight.
If a cart is used to move the unit, use caution to avoid injury from tip-over.
Connect the MC-700 only to power sources of the correct voltage (as shown in this manual and on the
MC-700 unit).
Protect power supply cables from being pinched, walked on, or otherwise damaged. Be especially careful
where the power cable enters the power outlet and the unit.
Only connect the MC-700 to an electrical outlet or extension cord of appropriate type and rating.
DO NOT defeat the safety purpose of a grounding or polarized plug by removing ground pins or using
unsafe adapters. A polarized plug has two blades - one wider than the other. A grounding plug has a
third ground prong in addition to the two main conductors. The wide blade or third groundling prong is
provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit your outlet, consult an electrician to replace your
obsolete outlet. If you replace the power cord, only use one of similar type and equal or greater current
rating.
The power cable for the MC-700 should be unplugged from the outlet during severe electrical storms, or when
unused for a long period of time.
Only replace the fuse(s) in the MC-700 with fuse(s) of proper value and voltage rating.
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The MC-700 should only be cleaned as directed in the manual. Avoid spraying liquids directly onto the unit and
NEVER spray liquids into the vents. Care should be taken so that small objects do not fall into the inside of the
unit.
You should seek service for your MC-700 by qualified service personnel if any of the following occur:
1. The power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged.
2. Objects or liquid have fallen or spilled into the vents.
3. The unit has been exposed to rain.
4. The unit exhibits a marked change in performance.
5. The unit has been dropped, or its enclosure or chassis is damaged.
NOTE: TO COMPLETELY DISCONNECT THE MC-700 FROM THE AC POWER MAINS, DISCONNECT THE AC POWER
CORD FROM THE AC RECEPTACLE.
NOTE: THE POWER CORD ON THE MC-700 MUST REMAIN READILY ACCESSIBLE AT ALL TIMES.
CAUTION
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK
OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK, DO
NOT REMOVE COVER. NO USER
SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
FCC Interference Statement
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that the interference will not occur in
a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception,
which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that of the receiver.
Consult the manufacturer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
For questions regarding service, please contact:
Emotiva Audio Corporation
Attn: Repair Department
139 Southeast Parkway Court
Franklin, TN 37064
1-877-366-8324
www.emotiva.com
BasX MC-700 Surround Sound Processor
BasX MC-700 Surround Sound Processor
Contents
Important Safety Precautions and Explanation of Symbols
FCC Interference Statement
BasX MC-700 Surround Sound Processor................................................................1
Introduction.......................................................................................................................3
About This Manual...........................................................................................................4
Features...............................................................................................................................5
Unpacking...........................................................................................................................7
BasX MC-700 Front Panel..............................................................................................8
BasX MC-700 Rear Panel............................................................................................. 10
BasX MC-700 Remote Control.................................................................................. 13
BasX MC-700 VFD Display And Menu System..................................................... 16
Quick Start....................................................................................................................... 25
Care and Maintenance................................................................................................ 26
Specifications.................................................................................................................. 27
Emotiva Audio Corporation Three-Year Limited Warranty............................. 28
Accessories...................................................................................................................... 31
Notes.................................................................................................................................. 32
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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing our new BasX MC-700 Surround Sound Processor.
Our BasX product line is dedicated to the philosophy that high-quality products that deliver true
audiophile sound quality don’t need to be expensive to buy or complicated to configure and enjoy.
Every model in the BasX line offers all the essential features you need to maximize your listening
enjoyment.
The BasX MC-700 is a high performance surround sound processor that supports 4k UHD video and
all the current 5.1 and 7.1 channel surround sound formats. The MC-700 includes six HDMI video
inputs, including three that support 4k UHD video, as well as multiple analog and digital audio
inputs where you can attach your other audio sources. The MC-700 can be operated via the simple
front panel controls, or by the included infrared remote control. The intuitive menu system makes
the MC-700 simple to configure and operate using either the large bright blue VFD display on the
front panel or the clear concise on-screen display.
Of course, like every product in the BasX series, the MC-700 includes two critical features that you
won’t find in most other components in its price range: really great sound and video quality. The
BasX MC-700 is a true audiophile component, designed and built by audiophiles to deliver the kind
of really great sound quality that both audiophiles and ordinary folks expect in a high-end audio
system. The MC-700 also features precision high-speed video switches that route video directly from
the selected input to the output without any extraneous processing, ensuring that you’ll continue
to get the absolute best possible picture quality from your HD and 4k UHD video sources.
The MC-700 delivers truly stellar audio and video performance.... at down to Earth prices.
Happy listening!
The Emotiva Team
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About This Manual
This manual will provide you with the information you need to get started enjoying your
BasX MC-700 Surround Sound Processor.
We suggest that you read through the entire manual; we kept things as short and direct as
possible. Even if you’re an expert user, you will probably find some interesting information and
useful suggestions.
If you’re really in a hurry to get started, please read the Quick Start section (on page 24); you may
then read the remainder of the manual at your leisure.
You may wish to keep a copy of this manual with your records, and record serial numbers or other
purchase information on the Notes page at the back.
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Features
The BasX MC-700 is a high performance 7.1 channel surround sound processor that includes
support for the latest high quality 5.1 and 7.1 channel surround sound formats and 4k UltraHD
video. The MC-700 offers a variety of powerful features, a comprehensive yet intuitive menu
system, informative front panel and on-screen displays, and a full function infrared remote
control. Most important of all, the MC-700 delivers superb sound quality.
Features Of The New BasX MC-700:
The Emotiva BasX MC-700 surround sound processor combines simplicity of operation,
outstanding video and audio performance, and incredible value. Here are just some of the
exciting features offered by the MC-700:
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Exceptional video quality, with super-fast, error free switching for up six HDMI inputs three of which support full 4k UHD video.
Superb sound quality delivered by advanced surround sound decoders and highly optimized
analog audio circuitry.
Support for all current surround sound formats, including Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby
Pro Logic IIx, DTS, DTS HD Master Audio, DTS Neo:6, and S/PDIF and multi-channel PCM digital
audio.
A high quality headphone amp for private listening.
Comprehensive real time status information provided by the informative on-screen display
and the bright, easy to read, front panel VFD.
Convenient control options, including a full function infrared remote control, front panel
menu navigation buttons, and a real front panel Volume knob.
Advanced Emo-Q™ automatic multi-channel room correction and loudspeaker setup gets you
started fast (calibrated measurement microphone with internal buffer amplifier included).
Last Video Memory, which allows you to view one source while listening to another.
Video-On-Standby, which can be configured to send audio and video to the display even
when the MC-700 is in Standby mode.
Flexible quadruple bass management, with 12dB or 24 dB per octave crossover filters,
configurable in precise 5 Hz steps below 80 Hz (and 10 Hz steps above 80 Hz), helps you get
the best bass performance from virtually any room and subwoofer.
Eleven user-programmable fully parametric equalizers per channel provide exceptional
manual control over room acoustics (with storage for three separate configurations).
Optional Bluetooth 3.0 module port includes support for full CD quality audio from mobile
devices with apt-X™.
Balanced and unbalanced subwoofer outputs provide additional options for long cable runs
or multiple subwoofers.
High-efficiency, low noise, universal voltage switch mode power supply.
Full Emotiva Three Year warranty, 30 day return policy, and processor upgrade program.
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Unpacking
Your BasX Surround Sound Processor was carefully packed and should reach you in perfect
condition. If you notice any shipping damage or other issues when you unpack it, please contact
Emotiva immediately.
Gently remove your MC-700 from the packing carton and remove all wrappings and shipping
material.
It is important to save the box and all packing materials in case your MC-700 ever needs to be
moved or shipped back to the factory for service.
We truly value customer feedback and would like to hear from you.
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BasX MC-700 Front Panel
MC-700
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1. Headphone Jack
Use this jack to connect a pair of high-quality headphones.
Note: The Main Outputs are muted when headphones are inserted.
Note: The intelligent level control on the MC-700 independently stores and remembers the
levels for your Main Outputs and your Headphones. When you unplug your headphones, your
speakers will return to their previous level.
2. Navigation Buttons
Input Selection - In normal operation, the Left and Right Arrow Buttons are used to select which
Input to listen to (and the Up, Down, and center buttons are unused).
Menu Navigation - The center button is used to enter the MC-700 Setup Menu. Once you have
entered the Setup Menu, the Up, Down, Left, and Right buttons are used to navigate the menus,
and the center button is used as an Enter button.
3. Front Panel VFD Display
The large, bright, easy to read VFD display keeps you continually informed about the status of
your MC-700. The brightness of the front panel display can be controlled using the Dim Button on
the Remote Control.
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4. Power / Standby Button
This button is used to toggle the MC-700 between Standby and On modes. The halo ring around
the button will be illuminated amber when the MC-700 is in Standby mode, and blue when the
MC-700 is On.
Note: The MC-700 will only operate when the AC Power Switch on the rear panel is On. When
the AC Power Switch is turned On, the halo will illuminate amber; at which point pressing the
Standby button will turn the MC-700 On.
5. Volume Knob
This knob is used to control the Volume on the MC-700.
(If you’re in the Setup Menu, turning the Volume knob exits the menu.)
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BasX MC-700 Rear Panel
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MC-700
7.1 ANALOG OUTPUTS
SUB
LF
LS
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ANALOG INPUTS
LBS
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HDMI OUTPUTS
HDMI INPUTS
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RS
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USB
COAX
RF
POWER
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UPDATE
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IR
PC
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RS232
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TRIGGER
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RBS
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1. HDMI Video Outputs
HDMI Output #1 is the main video output, and supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) and
commercial 4k UHD video signals. HDMI Output #2 allows you to connect a secondary HDMI
video display.
2. HDMI Video Inputs
The MC-700 allows you to connect up to six HDMI video source devices. HDMI Input #1 through
HDMI Input #3 should be used for commercial 4k UHD video sources like 4k UHD Blu-Ray players
and satellite boxes; HDMI Input #4 through HDMI Input #6 should be used for HD video sources
and non-commercial 4k video content.
3. AC Power Switch
Switches the main AC power to the MC-700 On and Off. When this switch is Off, no controls
operate (the MC-700 power amp cannot be turned On from the front panel or remote control).
4. Balanced Subwoofer Output
The balanced and unbalanced subwoofer outputs on the MC-700 both carry the same LFE signal.
If your subwoofer has both types of inputs, we recommend the balanced connection, which has
better immunity to hum and noise - especially if you have very long cables.
5. 7.1 Channel Analog Outputs
These are the main audio outputs on the BasX MC-700. Connect them to the unbalanced analog
audio inputs on your power amp or power amps and the input on your powered subwoofer.
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The channels are:
LF - Left Front
RF - Right Front
C - Center
LS - Left Surround
RS - Right Surround
SW - Subwoofer
LBS - Left Back Surround
RBS - Right Back Surround
Note: If you have a 5.1 channel system, then you should use the LF, RF, C, RS, LS, and SW
outputs. The LBS and RBS are not used in a 5.1 channel system. (Even if your surround speakers
are located in the back of the room, in a 5.1 channel system they are considered to be Surround
speakers and NOT Back Surround speakers.)
6. Microphone Input (For EmoQ Automatic Room Correction)
Connect the provided calibrated microphone to this input when you’re preparing to run the
EmoQ Automatic Room Correction feature in the MC-700. You should always use the calibrated
microphone provided with the MC-700. If you use a different microphone it may produce unusual
results, or even damage your microphone or MC-700.
Note: You should connect the microphone before starting EmoQ. You don’t need to leave the
microphone connected except when you’re planning to run EmoQ.
7. Stereo Analog Inputs
Use these inputs to connect your analog stereo sources. They might be used to connect the
output of a phono preamp or tuner, or you could connect the analog output of a phone or music
player to one of these inputs with the appropriate adapter cable.
8. Digital Audio Inputs
Use these inputs to connect a digital audio source. The MC-700 includes one electrical S/PDIF
(Coax) input and one optical S/PDIF (Toslink) input. These inputs accept stereo audio at sample
rates up to 24/192k and low bandwidth digital surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and DTS
Digital Surround.
The third input is for the optional Bluetooth module, which will allow the MC-700 to play wireless
audio sent from your phone or other Bluetooth-enabled source.
9. USB Update Inputs
These two inputs are reserved for installing updates and future enhancements on the MC-700.
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10. IR Remote Input and IR Remote Output
Use the IR Remote Input to connect an external IR detector (eye); use the IR Remote Output to
connect an external IR signal transmitter (sometimes referred to as a flasher).
11. RS-232 Serial Remote Control Input
This input accepts control signals from an RS-232 Serial remote control device.
12. Trigger Output
A 12 VDC signal is sent from the Trigger Output of the MC-700 to turn on other devices when the
MC-700 is turned on. This signal can be used to turn on other trigger-enabled audio equipment such as a power amplifier.
13. Fuse Holder
To change the fuse in your MC-700, remove the power cable, then gently pry the fuse
compartment open. (The fuse holder opens like a drawer.) Replace the fuse with one of the
correct value, replace the fuse drawer, and reinsert the power cable.
Note: If the fuse in your MC-700 blows repeatedly without apparent reason, then you might
have an electrical fault, and you should call Emotiva Technical Support for assistance.
14. IEC Power Cable Receptacle
The IEC Power Cable receptacle accepts any standard IEC power cable. A high quality commercial
power cable is provided with your MC-700.
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BasX MC-700 Remote Control
1. Power Button
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This button is used to toggle the MC-700 between
Standby and On modes.
Note: The Remote Control will only operate when
the AC Power Switch on the rear panel of the MC700 is On.
2. Dim Button
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This button controls the brightness of the front
panel VFD display, cycling through ten different
brightness levels.
3. Video Input Buttons
These buttons provide direct access to each of the
six Video Inputs on the MC-700.
4. Audio Input Buttons
These buttons are used to select the various Audio
Inputs on the MC-700. Each button selects and
then cycles through one set of inputs. The Analog
Button selects and then cycles through the Analog
Audio Inputs; the Digital Button selects and then
cycles through the Digital Audio inputs; the ARC
Button selects the Audio Return Channel audio
from your TV.
Note: If a Video Input is currently selected, and you then select an Audio Input, the video signal
from the previously selected Input will continue to play when the new audio source is selected.
5. Menu Button
The Menu Button activates the Setup Menu on the MC-700. When you’re in the Setup Menu,
pressing the Menu Button exits.
6. Volume Control and Navigation Buttons
In normal operation the Up Arrow and Down Arrow Buttons adjust the volume on the MC-700.
In the Setup Menu, the four Arrow Buttons and the Enter Button are used to navigate the menu.
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7. Trim Button
Press the trim Button to adjust the levels of each group of speakers. Pressing this button once
brings you into the Trims Menu. After that, pressing the button repeatedly cycles through the list
of speakers. You may then adjust the level of each speaker group on the list using the Left Arrow
and Right Arrow buttons. The adjustment range is -10 dB to +10 dB. After you’ve finished making
adjustments, simply don’t press the button for a few seconds, and the MC-700 will exit the Trim
menu.
Note: The Speaker Level Trims accessed using the Trim Button are intended to be used to adjust
the sound for a particular source or program. They are temporary, and will reset when you
select a different Input or place the MC-700 in Standby mode. To make level adjustments that
are retained, use the Parameters Menu page in the Setup Menu.
8. Mode Button
The Mode Button allows you to cycle through the available surround sound modes for a particular
source or movie.
Note: Only certain surround sound modes are valid with each specific type of input signal.
The Mode Button will only allow you to select modes that are valid for the input signal that is
currently selected.
9. Mute Button
Press this button to mute the audio output on the MC-700; press it again to return the audio to its
previous level.
10. Exit Button
The Exit Button is used to exit the Setup Menu.
11. Info Button
Pressing the Info Button does two things.
It causes the On Screen Display to pop up and show the current Audio Mode and Volume settings.
The current Volume setting is always shown on the Front Panel VFD display, along with more
detailed status information. The Info Button causes this status information to toggle between
showing the name and designation of the selected Input, and showing the current input signal
type and Audio Mode currently selected.
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Manual Operation
The BasX MC-700 is very simple to operate using either the front panel buttons or the infrared
remote control.
Selecting an Input
To select an Input using the front panel controls Use the Left Arrow and Right Arrow navigation buttons to cycle through the available Inputs.
To select a Video Input using the remote control Use buttons HDMI 1 through HDMI 6 to directly access the six HDMI Video Inputs.
To select an Analog Audio Input using the remote control Press the Analog Input Button once to switch to the most recently used Analog Audio Input.
Press the Analog Input Button repeatedly to cycle through the remaining Analog Audio Inputs.
To select an Digital Audio Input using the remote control Press the Digital Input Button once to switch to the most recently used Digital Audio Input.
Press the Digital Input Button repeatedly to cycle through the remaining Digital Audio Inputs.
To select the Audio Return Channel (ARC) Input using the remote control Press the ARC Input Button once to switch to the ARC audio signal.
To select an Input using the Setup Menu and the front panel controls Press the center Navigation Button to activate the Setup Menu.
Use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to move to the Input you wish to select.
Use the Left Arrow key to exit the Setup Menu.
To select an Input using the Setup Menu and the remote control Press the Menu Button to activate the Setup Menu.
Use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow keys to move to the Input you wish to select.
Use the Left Arrow key to exit the Setup Menu.
Controlling the Volume
To control the Volume using the front panel controls Use the front panel Volume knob to set the Volume to your preferred listening level.
To control the Volume using the remote control Use the Up Arrow and Down Arrow Buttons to set the Volume to your preferred listening level.
To Change The Surround Sound Decoding Mode
To change the surround sound decoding mode using the remote control Use the Mode Button to cycle through the available surround sound modes.
Note: The surround sound modes you can select will depend on the current audio input signal.
The MC-700 will only allow you to select surround sound modes that are appropriate for the
current input signal.
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BasX MC-700 VFD Display And Menu System
The BasX MC-700 has a large, bright, easy to read VFD (vacuum fluorescent display) which
keeps you informed of the current status at all times, and an On Screen Display that pops up
and displays information on your TV screen whenever the status of the MC-700 changes. Both
the information that appears on the front panel VFD, and the information that appears on the
OSD, can be configured to suit your personal preferences. The current Volume setting is always
displayed on the VFD and, by default, is shown in the OSD for several seconds whenever the
Volume is changed.
When the MC-700 is turned on, it always returns to same Input and Volume setting as when it was
turned off. If you turn the MC-700 off while it’s in the Setup Menu, when you turn it on it will start
up in normal operating mode.
When you turn the MC-700 on, the display will show a welcome message, then the name of the
Input that’s selected and the current Volume setting.
The Menu System on the MC-700 is quite intuitive once you become accustomed to it.
To enter the Menu System using the front panel controls, press the Center Navigation Button.
To enter the Menu System using the remote control, press the Menu Button.
The menu is comprised of a series of columns. The Left Arrow and Right Arrow buttons on the
remote control and the front panel move you across the columns. The Up Arrow and Down Arrow
Buttons move you vertically between selections. When you are already at the left-most column,
pressing the Left Arrow button again will take you up one menu level. If you’re in the top row of
the Main Menu, once you reach the left-most column, pressing the Left Arrow Button again exits
the menu.
The Menu System in the MC-700 was carefully designed to be intuitive and easy to use. However,
because there are a significant number of configuration options, and the front panel VFD only has
room for a limited amount of text, we suggest you use the On Screen Display until you become
familiar with the menu options that the MC-700 offers.
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The Main Menu
Input
Mode
Parameter
Setup
The Main Menu screen offers four options:
Input
Mode
Parameter
Setup
When you enter the Main Menu, the cursor will be positioned on the top line of the Main Menu
line at the left-most position (the Input Menu option).
Press the Down Arrow to enter the Input Menu.
Press the Right Arrow to move to any of the other three options.
Press the Left Arrow to EXIT the Menu System.
Note: When you are in the Main Menu, the Left Arrow Button and Right Arrow Button move the
cursor between the four menu options. If the Input Menu option, which is at the left edge of the
menu, is already selected, pressing the Left Arrow Button again will Exit the Main Menu.
The Input Menu
The Input Menu allows you to select the video or audio source you wish to watch or listen to.
From the Main Menu, press the Down Arrow Button to enter the Input Menu.
(It’s intuitive if you think of it as moving down into the lower menu.)
When you enter the Input Menu the cursor will appear on the first item, and you can then move it
up or down using the Up Arrow and Down Arrow Buttons.
Move the cursor to highlight the Input you wish to select, then press the Center Navigation
Button on the front panel or the Enter Button on the remote control to select it.
Note: The list of Inputs is several screens long; the display will scroll once it reaches the bottom
row.
Press the Left Arrow Button to return to the Input Menu.
Press the Left Arrow Button again to return to the Main Menu.
Pressing the Left Arrow Button a third time will exit the Main Menu.
The MC-700 will Exit the Menu System automatically if no button is pressed for several seconds.
Note: If the currently selected Input provides both Video and Audio, and you select an audio
source, the previously selected Video Source will continue to play accompanies by the audio
from the new Input.
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The Mode Menu
The Mode Menu allows you to select the surround sound mode you wish to use.
From the Main Menu, use the Right Arrow Button to move the cursor to the Mode Menu option,
then press the Down Arrow Button to enter the Mode Menu.
When you enter the Mode Menu the cursor will appear on the first item, and you can then move it
up or down using the Up Arrow and Down Arrow Buttons.
Move the cursor to highlight the surround sound mode you wish to select, then press the Center
Navigation Button on the front panel or the Enter Button on the remote control to select it.
Note: The list of Modes is several screens long; the display will scroll once it reaches the bottom
row. The options you are offered will depend on your currently selected source.
Certain choices, like DTS Neo 6, will offer additional options when you select them. When this
happens, use the Up and Down Arrow Buttons to select the option you prefer, press the Center
Navigation Button on the front panel or the Enter Button on the remote control to select it, and
then press the Left Arrow Button to return to the main selection.
Press the Left Arrow Button to return to the Mode Menu.
Press the Left Arrow Button again to return to the Main Menu.
Pressing the Left Arrow Button a third time will exit the Main Menu.
The MC-700 will Exit the Menu System automatically if no button is pressed for several seconds.
The Parameter Menu
The Parameter Menu allows to make changes to some frequently adjusted settings. The first
screen offers you the ability to adjust the level of each speaker (+ / - 10 dB in 0.5 dB steps). The
second screen allows you to choose some settings for how Midnight Mode and various matrix
decoding options work.
From the Main Menu, use the Right Arrow Button to move the cursor to the Parameter Menu
option, then press the Down Arrow Button to enter the Parameter Menu.
Use the Up and Down Arrows Buttons to move the cursor to the speaker you wish to adjust.
Press the Right Arrow Button to move into the adjustment field for each speaker.
Use the Up and Down Arrows to adjust the current value to the one you want.
Then press the Left Arrow Button to return to Parameter Menu list to select a different speaker.
Note: Unlike the Trims settings, the adjustments you make in the Parameters Menu are retained
when you switch Inputs or power the MC-700 Off.
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The Midnight Mode and decoder parameters on the second page of the menu are configured the
same way. Use the Right Arrow Button to move the cursor to the configuration field, choose the
option you want using the Up and Down Arrow Buttons, then return to the Parameter Menu using
the Left Arrow Button.
Press the Left Arrow Button to return to the Parameter Menu.
Press the Left Arrow Button again to return to the Main Menu.
Pressing the Left Arrow Button a third time will exit the Main Menu.
The MC-700 will Exit the Menu System automatically if no button is pressed for several seconds.
The Setup Menu
The Setup Menu allows to configure exactly how the MC-700 operates to suit your personal
preferences.
From the Main Menu, use the Right Arrow Button to move the cursor to the Setup Menu option,
then press the Down Arrow Button to enter the Setup Menu.
Several of the choices in the Setup Menu have additional options and sub-options. When you
wish to change the setting for an option, use the Right Arrow to move to the option field, use the
Up and Down Arrow Buttons to change the option value, then use the Left Arrow Button to return
to the previous field (there is no need to use the Enter Button unless instructed to).
Input Config - allows you to configure several options independently for each Input.
For each input you can:
- configure whether the input is Enabled
- configure what audio source is associated with that input
- change the friendly name of the input
- change the Lip Synch setting for that input
- set an individual gain adjustment for that input
- set whether the Trigger Output is activated when that input is selected
Mode Setup - allows you to configure what surround sound mode the MC-700 uses for each
possible type of input signal.
Speaker Setup - allows you to configure the size and crossover parameters for each of your
speakers, and the distance from each of your speakers to your main listening position.
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AutoRoom / EQ - allows you to run EmoQ Advanced Automatic Room Correction, and access the
three banks of manual Parametric Equalizer presets in the MC-700.
The MC-700 has four independent groups of EQ settings:
- Manual EQ1, Manual EQ2, and Manual EQ3 contain settings that you enter using the
manual parametric equalizer controls.
- Emo_Q contains the settings created and stored by the EmoQ Automatic Room
Correction system.
To select which group of settings to make active, press the Right Arrow Button to move the cursor
to the second column of the display.
Use the Up and Down Arrow Buttons to highlight the EQ bank you wish to select.
Press the Enter Button on the remote control or the Center Navigation Button on the MC-700
front panel to select that option and make it active.
To CONFIGURE any of the Manual EQ banks, first highlight it, then press the Right Arrow Button to
enter the Manual EQ Configuration screen. On this screen you will be able to configure the center
frequency, level, and Q (sharpness) for each of the 11 parametric EQ bands.
Note: If the Manual EQ group you choose to configure is not currently selected, it will become
selected the first time you press the Right Arrow Button, and the second time you press the
button you will enter the configuration screen.
You may also manually adjust the EmoQ EQ bank by selecting it and adjusting the values
displayed.
Note: While you may adjust the values entered when EmoQ was run, the values displayed
do not represent the entire range of corrections introduced by EmoQ. Therefore, while your
adjustments will MODIFY the adjustment made by EmoQ, setting all bands back to zero is not
equivalent to a totally flat setting in one of the Manual EQ groups.
Note: Any manual adjustments you make to the EmoQ group will be overwritten the next time
you run EmoQ.
Option - provides access to several general operating parameters, including the appearance of
the On Screen Display and what information is displayed, the HDMI CEC options, and the Volume
Mode and Standby Video modes used by the MC-700.
Version - displays the versions of the various firmware modules installed on your MC-700.
Load Default - resets the MC-700 to factory default settings.
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Automatic Room Correction and Loudspeaker Calibration
EmoQ sends a series of test signals through your speakers, measures the results with the
(included) calibrated microphone, and configures the MC-700 to make your system sound its
best. Even though the actual operation of EmoQ is very sophisticated, it is very simple to use, and
will deliver excellent results without manual tweaking in most situations. (EmoQ also allows you
to fine tune the settings and calibration curves it generates after you run it, and to create your
own manual calibration settings as well. You should also bear in mind that the choices EmoQ
makes may not agree with your musical tastes; if so, then you should always go with what you
prefer, and adjust your EQ settings accordingly.)
1) Unpack your calibration microphone, unwind the wire, and plug it into the Microphone jack on
the front panel of the MC-700. (The MC-700 is calibrated for this particular microphone, so don’t
use a different one.)
Note: The calibration microphone supplied with the MC-700 includes its own high quality
buffer amplifier to eliminate noise and interference. The microphone jack on the MC-700
provides power for this microphone. If you attempt to use a different microphone with your
MC-700, you may damage the microphone or the MC-700.
2) Place the microphone in your listening location. While EmoQ will do its best to optimize the
sound for your entire room, the calibration curve and settings it generates will still be the most
precise at the position where the microphone was positioned when the calibration was carried
out. The microphone should be placed where your head is normally located.
Here are some tips for best results:
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The test will take several minutes, and some of the test tones are annoying, so you might
want to take pets or children out of the room (especially if they are noisy).
Position the microphone close to where your head or ears normally are (on top of the back
seat cushion of your favorite chair or couch or, ideally, attached to a stand or tripod).
The microphone is normally positioned with the point up (and the flat base down).
Do not place the microphone in a location where it is blocked from a direct line-of-sight to
any speaker (like on a chair seat). If the microphone cannot “hear” a particular speaker, EmoQ
will raise the level of that speaker so it presents a balanced sound at the position of the
microphone, which will probably result in that speaker being too loud for everyone else.
Try to avoid flat reflective surfaces. If you must place the microphone on a table or other
reflective surface, place a towel or blanket under it to minimize reflections.
Turn off any air conditioners or other gadgets that make noise, and avoid talking or making
noise during the test. Also turn off or remove from the area any telephones that are likely to
ring. If you live in a high traffic area, or have noisy neighbors, for best results wait for a quiet
time of day to run EmoQ. (If anything makes noise during the test, it will throw off the results,
and you’ll have to run EmoQ over again for best results.)
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Avoid moving around the room during the test. It’s best if you pick a spot that doesn’t block
or change the sound field to stand or sit while the test is running. The best place is in the rear
of the room towards the center of the wall. Avoid walking near the microphone during the
test (even if you don’t block any speakers) because reflections from your body will interfere
with the accuracy of the results. And, of course, avoid making noise during the test.
If you rearrange your furniture, move your speakers, or add or remove reflective or sound
absorbing wall hangings (like big pictures or tapestries), you should re-run EmoQ for best
results.
If you purchase new speakers, or change adjustments on your speakers or other equipment
(like the level controls on your tweeters or amps), you should run EmoQ again.
EmoQ is quite powerful, but you will still get the best results if you start out with a good
room layout and good speakers. At a minimum, try to position speakers as symmetrically as
possible from left to right relative to the listening position. (Left and right speakers of each
set should be about the same distance to the sides of the listening position; the center should
be as near the center as possible. Perfect symmetry may not be possible in your listening
room, but the closer you get, the better your results will be.)
In general, highly reflective rooms are not optimum in terms of sound quality, and even EmoQ
may not be able to completely correct for the acoustic properties of an overly “live” room.
3) Run EmoQ.
To run EmoQ, select CALIBRATE EMOQ from the Autoroom EQ sub-menu on the Setup Menu
and Press Enter or the Center Navigation Button on the remote control. Press Enter again when
asked, and again when asked after passing ambient level check. (If you “fail ambient” it means that
EmoQ thinks your room is too noisy, so look for appliances or other things making noise and quiet
them).
EmoQ will now play a series of test tones through each of your speakers in turn. This will take
several minutes; do not interrupt the sequence. If you don’t have a full seven speakers plus a
subwoofer, EmoQ will still take several seconds to “test” each of the ones that aren’t there (to
verify that they really aren’t there); don’t worry, EmoQ won’t get stuck. After the first series of test
tones are done, EmoQ will present you with a screen summarizing what it has found out so far
(the presence, distance, and phase of each of your speakers) and wait for you to press Enter.
Note: EmoQ is very sophisticated, but not totally foolproof. Unusual room acoustics,
reflections, or unusual speakers can cause it to get incorrect results. If EmoQ says that the
phase of a particular speaker is reversed, it is a good idea to double check your wiring, and
the phase of your power amp and speaker. If, however, you find that EmoQ is mistaken, you
can safely ignore its findings. If EmoQ says your subwoofer is out of phase, look for a phase
reversal switch on your sub (many have one) and try it the other way. If your sub has a variable
phase control, setting it to “180” is the same as reversing the phase. Moving a subwoofer to
a different position in the room may also result in a reversed acoustic phase. If your sub is
definitely phased correctly, or you have no way to reverse it, then just ignore that as well. If you
change any wiring or speaker positions at this point, please cancel out of EmoQ and restart it
from the beginning.
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Notes (about setting subwoofers):
Since EmoQ is controlling the bass management for your subwoofer, it is usually optimum to
set your sub itself to “flat”.
If your subwoofer has a phase setting, you should set it to “0 degrees” or “normal” (and not
“inverted).
If your sub has a built-in crossover that cannot be disabled, then set it to the highest allowed
crossover point.
If your sub has a level control, setting it to a center position, or to “0 dB” is a good place to start.
If your subwoofer has special features for eliminating room nodes, or if you are using bass
traps or other advanced room correction devices, these adjustments should usually be made
BEFORE running EmoQ for best results.
Once you have finished viewing the information EmoQ has presented, press Enter to continue.
EmoQ will now play another series of test tones through each speakers. These tones are used
to make more precise measurements for each speaker (which will be used to generate the
calibration settings). After this series of test tones are done, EmoQ will present you with another
screen of information.
This time you will be prompted to SAVE the information by pressing Enter. When you press Enter
this time you will end up back at the Setup / EMOQ / EQ Menu screen.
The fourth, and final, step to running EmoQ is to activate the calibration settings that EmoQ has
created. On the current Menu screen, you can see the equalization settings that are currently
applied by the MC-700. The options include EMOQ, Manual EQ 1, Manual EQ 2, Manual EQ 3, and
Flat. By moving the highlight to each choice and pressing Enter, you change the current setting
to that choice (and may hear what it sounds like). The highlighted (bright white) option is the one
that is currently selected.
You will be able to go back later and change your choice, and to manually adjust the settings
made by EmoQ if you prefer. You may also create up to three full sets of custom manual EQ setting
and choose between them. To make your new EmoQ settings active, and apply them to your
inputs, you must select EMOQ as the active EQ choice.
Note: The EQ settings stored and used by EmoQ are NOT in the same format as the EQ settings
stored in the Manual EQ storage memories. You cannot transfer the settings stored in the EmoQ
EQ configuration memory to a Manual EQ configuration (you will end up with wildly different
results), and altering the settings in the EmoQ configuration will probably produce different
results than you expect. At most, you might wish to tailor the results produced by EmoQ by
slightly raising or lowering individual band settings to reduce or increase the overall effect of
applying EmoQ.
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Note: Moving the blue selector bar to an EQ choice that isn’t highlighted (red) and pressing
Enter selects that choice (and it turns red). At this point (if you have an active input which
is subject to EQ) you will be able to preview what that choice sounds like. Moving the blue
selector bar to an EQ choice that is already highlighted (red), and pressing the Right Arrow
Button, takes you into a sub-menu where you can make detailed adjustments to the selected
EQ configuration. (If you get into this screen by mistake, and want to get out without changing
anything, you can do so by pressing Enter or Return.)
Note: If you have Direct Mode selected, or are using the 7.1 Channel Audio direct input, you
will NOT be able to preview the EQ settings (because EQ is not applied in Direct mode). It is
therefore a good idea to make sure that you are listening to an input and mode in which EQ is
applied if you want to preview your settings. (If you haven’t done any advanced configuration,
HDMI 1 or HDMI 2 will probably work well for this.)
Note: If you run EmoQ multiple times, you will get similar results (but probably not identical).
You will not get more accurate results by running EmoQ repeatedly (it does not save or average
results from multiple runs). If you aren’t entirely satisfied with the results, try moving the
microphone to a slightly different position, or simply adjust the results manually to fit your
tastes.
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Quick Start
To get the most from your MC-700 we urge you to read the entire manual. If you just can’t wait to
listen to it, this section will cover the basics you need to get started.
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Find a secure location for your BasX MC-700.
Connect your BasX MC-700 to a power amplifier and a set of speakers.
Find some music you really like to listen to.
Turn on the AC Power switch and turn up the volume a bit!
Enjoy!
While you’re enjoying your BasX MC-700, it would be a great time to read the rest of the manual to
learn more about it.
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Care and Maintenance
Periodic Maintenance
Your BasX MC-700 requires no periodic maintenance or calibration.
Cleaning your MC-700
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If necessary, the MC-700 should be cleaned gently with a soft rag.
If something sticky gets on the front panel or case of the MC-700, it should be cleaned with a
mild cleaning solution applied to a soft rag, followed by wiping with a clean rag dampened
with plain water and drying with a soft dry rag or cloth.
Note: DO NOT spray water or cleaning solution directly onto the MC-700 or into
the vents.
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Specifications
Connectivity
Video Inputs and Outputs:
(6) HDMI compliant video inputs (3 with full support for 4k UHD video).
(2) HDMI compliant video outputs (3 with full support for 4k UHD video) .
Audio Inputs:
(2) stereo unbalanced analog audio inputs.
(1) SPDIF coaxial digital audio input.
(1) Toslink (optical) digital audio input.
(1) Bluetooth audio input (requires optional Emotiva Bluetooth dongle).
Audio Outputs:
(1) set of 7.1 channel unbalanced audio main outputs
(1) balanced subwoofer output (same as main sub output)
Other Inputs and Outputs:
(1) IR remote control signal input
(1) IR remote control signal output
(1) RS-232 serial remote control input
(1) trigger outputs (programmable)
(2) USB data inputs (reserved for firmware updates)
Power Requirements
115 VAC or 230 VAC @ 50 / 60 Hz (automatically detected).
Dimensions
17” wide x 1-7/8” high x 13” deep (without connectors)
Weight
9 lbs (net)
14 lbs (boxed)
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cosmetic wear or damage to remote controls by user.
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ABOVE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
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In order to make a claim under the Warranty, you must:
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example: WS1234. Parcels arriving without a WS number on the outside of the box will be refused.
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customer within the continental United States only. Customer is responsible for shipping charges
on all other warranty claims.
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This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from
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The Product Warranty is only valid in the country where the Emotiva product was originally
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Please check with your distributor for a complete understanding of the warranty in your county.
If you purchased your Emotiva Product outside of the USA and wish to have it serviced at the
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Accessories
Speaker Cables and Interconnects
Using high-quality speaker cables and audio interconnects will ensure that you get the best
sound quality and maximum reliability from your BasX PT-100 and the equipment connected to
it. Emotiva Audio offers high-quality speaker cables and audio interconnects that feature solid
engineering, premium build quality, excellent performance, and reasonable cost.
You will find both on our website at www.emotiva.com.
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time of publication. In keeping with our policy of ongoing product improvement, we reserve the
right to make changes to the design and features of our products without prior notice.
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