CDS-303 Composite Switcher/Distribution Amplifier

CDS-303 Composite Switcher/Distribution Amplifier
Broadcast Devices, Inc.
CDS-303 Composite
Three Input Version
Broadcast Devices, Inc.
5 Crestview Avenue
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Tel. (914) 737-5032
Fax. (914) 736-6916
REV: D 01/06
Table of Contents
The CDS-303 Composite Switcher/Distribution Amplifier
A. Unpacking and Inspection
B. General Description
II. Specifications
III. Installation
A. Initial Configuration
B. Location and Hookup Considerations
C. Composite Connections and Adjustments
D. Remote Control/Status Connection
IV. Warranty
V. Schematic Diagrams
A. Overall Schematic
The CDS-303 Composite Switcher/Distribution System is intended to be used in conjunction
with suitable FM or TV stereo generators and/or composite STLS, SCA and SAP generators for
the purpose of switching between three composite sources and distributing these signals to main
and back up exciters and provides a front panel test point. This is done with a high degree of
isolation so that equipment can be interfaced easily. The typical configuration for the CDS-303 is
to distribute a composite stereo signal to a main and back up exciter. The same can be done with
virtually any signal applied to a modern broadcast exciter. The CDS-303 also has an auxiliary
port for the addition of optional modules that can perform various conversions of the input
signals. The following is a list of the modules available and their functions.
AES3C module, AES Digital Input to Stereo composite output. This module accepts an
AES3 digital input and converts it to a stereo composite waveform which is then routed to
the B input of the switcher
2. LRC module, Left/Right analog in to composite output. This module accepts a left and
right analog signal and converts them into a composite stereo waveform which is routed
to the B input of the switcher
3. CLR module, Left/Right Output stereo decoder. This module accepts the output of the
A/B switcher and decodes the composite signal back to left and right. The output is
available at the rear of the unit.
For pricing and availability of these modules, contact your local broadcast equipment dealer.
A. Unpacking and Inspection
Carefully unpack the unit after receipt and inspect for damage that may have occurred during
shipping. If damage is noted, contact the shipper immediately and file a damage claim. The
contents of the package have been insured to cover total replacement cost. Make certain that the
package contents are the same as noted on the packing slip. If not, contact Broadcast Devices,
Inc. Check to make sure all mechanical parts are secure. Units are delivered from the factory
configured for 120 volts A.C. 60 Hz. Operation. Check to make sure that the power source is
correct for proper operation. Units are field configurable for 240 Volt operation. See initial
configuration section of part III, installation section for different power configuration.
B. General Description
A suitable composite stereo, S.C.A., R.B.D.S., or S.A.P. signal can be applied to the input
connectors of the CDS-303. As supplied from the factory, the unit is configured to accept a
balanced 10Kohm bridging input. If it is desired to unbalance or terminate the input see initial
configuration under part III, installation instructions. All three rear panel outputs of the DA are
configured to drive a 50-ohm cable.
Adjustments for individual output level can be accomplished from the front panel. Power
indication is also provided on the front panel.
II. Specifications
Input Impedance:
Output Impedance:
Maximum Output level:
Frequency Response:
Total Harmonic Distortion:
Inter - Modulation Distortion:
System Noise:
Input Connectors:
Output Connector:
Power Requirements:
Operating Temperature Range:
Physical Dimensions:
10K or 50 ohm balanced/unbalanced selectable
50 ohms unbalanced
4 Volts Peak to Peak into 50 ohms
6 dB variable
Better than +/- 0.05 dB from 20 Hz to 100 kHz
Better than 0.05% into 50 ohms
Better than 0.05% S.M.P.T.E. 4:1
Better than 80 dB below 4 Volts Peak to Peak
3 - Isolated B.N.C.
B.N.C. (2 rear, 1 front panel)
120/240 Volts A.C. 50 - 60 Hertz
0 - 60° Celsius non condensing atmosphere
1.75 H X 19 W X 10 D (inches)
III. Installation
A. Initial Configuration
Before installing the unit it is a good idea to decide whether or not the unit will operate balanced
or unbalanced and/or bridging or terminated at its input. Generally, to avoid ground loops
between equipment it is advisable to operate the unit in the balanced configuration. If for some
reason it is desired to operate the units unbalanced and/or to terminate the input to 50 ohms,
locate the rear panel four position DIP switch. Push the switch section marked terminate down. If
unbalanced inputs are desired, push the switch position marked unbalanced down. The other two
switch positions have no function on this unit.
The unit as configured from the factory is set to accept 120 Volts A.C. 60 Hertz electrical power.
To change the power setting, first remove the power cord from the power entry connector. Slide
the plastic cover to the left and with a pair of long nosed pliers carefully remove the power select
p.c. board from the power entry module. Select the desired power configuration by placing the
power entry p.c. board back into the module so that the desired power setting can be read from
left to right.
B. Location and Hookup Considerations
Locate the CDS-303 in a 19-inch E.I.A. standard rack enclosure in close proximity to the
equipment that it is going to interface between. Allow sufficient airflow space between equipment
to allow for proper cooling. It is important that the cables being fed from composite sources such
as stereo generators and STL receivers be kept as short as is practical. The CDS-303 can drive
lines at least as long as 25 feet with no degradation of signals. It is advisable to keep all cable
lengths as short as possible to prevent stray R.F. pick up.
C. Composite Connections and Adjustments
Make all desired input and output connections to your external equipment. Make sure that the
CDS-303 is plugged in to a properly grounded A.C. receptacle. If possible, interrupt the audio
feeding the CDS-303 and measure the signal to noise ratio with a suitable voltmeter. If the noise
measurement obtained is acceptable you can proceed to the final adjustment of the unit. If the
noise is high there may be stray R.F. pick up or a ground loop. It is a good idea to listen to the
system with a suitable audio monitor to determine the source of the noise. Hum is a common
noise present. If hum is present, start by removing one cable at a time to determine the source of
the ground loop. If the hum disappears or changes level when a cable is disconnected, a loop
exists between the CDS-303 and the equipment at the other end of the cable removed. This will
generally not happen with an input unless the unit has been configured for unbalanced operation.
If this is the case, try the balanced input mode of operation. If a ground loop is present between
the CDS-303 and an exciter or STL, feed the CDS-303 to a balanced input. Most modern exciters
accommodate balanced cables.
D. Remote Control/Status Connection
Refer to the table below for remote control and status connections. The CDS-303 requires a
momentary ground closure for switching operation. The CDS-303 can accept an open collector
output for this purpose or a simple relay closure will actuate a switching function. Status provided
is a set of dry contacts offering NO/C/NC connection to remote control equipment.
Remote Control Status Table
Pin 1 Input Status C NO
Pin 2 Input Status Common
Pin 3 Select B Input
Pin 4 Select A Input
Pin 5 Select C Input
Pin 6 NC
Pin 7 Input Status B NO
Pin 8 Input Status A NO
Pin 9 Ground
Momentary connection between pins 3,4 or 5 and Ground pin 9 activates switching function
remotely. All status connections are dry contact.
IV. Warranty
Broadcast Devices, Inc. products are warranted against failure due to faulty materials or
workmanship for a period of one year from the date of shipment to the ultimate user. The
warranty covers repair or replacement of defective parts at the factory, provided the unit has
been returned prepaid by the user. All shipments to the factory shall have affixed to the outside of
the container an R. A. number obtained from the factory. The above warranty is void if the unit
has been modified by the user outside of any recommendations from the factory or if the unit has
been abused or operated outside of its electrical or environmental specifications. If customer
conducted field tests suggest that the unit may be faulty, whether or not the unit is in warranty, a
full report of the difficulty should be sent to Broadcast Devices, Inc. factory at Cortlandt Manor,
New York. The office may suggest further tests or authorize return for factory evaluation.
Units sent to the factory should be well packed and shipped to Broadcast Devices, Inc. 5
Crestview Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567. Remember to affix the R.A. number to the
outside of the carton. Any packages received without such R.A. number will be refused. Note:
freight collect shipments will also be refused. When the unit has been received, inspected and
tested, the customer will receive a report of the findings along with a quotation for recommended
repairs, which are found falling outside of the standard warranty. Units returned for in-warranty
repairs which are found not to be defective will be subject to an evaluation and handling charge.
In-warranty units will be repaired at no charge and returned via prepaid freight.
Out-of-warranty units needing repair require a purchase order and will be invoiced for parts,
labor, and shipping charges.
When ordering replacement part, always specify A) Part number or Description, and Quantity;
B) Date of Purchase, Where Purchased; C) Any Special Shipping Instructions. Always specify a
street address, as shipping companies cannot deliver to a postal box.
Broadcast Devices, Inc. is not responsible for any other manufacturer’s warranty on original
equipment. Nor are we responsible for any failure, damage, or loss of property that may occur
due to the installation or operation of our equipment outside of recommended specifications.
V. Schematic Diagrams
A. Schematic Diagram
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