Quick Start Guide
Optima Distribution Matrix
S-Video I/O Boards
Because the Optima Distribution Matrix is available in two sizes (2 RU and 3 RU) and
various board configurations, the illustrations in this guide may differ from the model(s)
you purchased. For complete documentation for this product (including individual
board specifications), see the “Instruction Manual – Optima” at This
product supports full Device Discovery through AMX’s AutoPatch Duet module
(firmware v1.4.1 or higher is required).
S-Video boards are equipped with locking connectors, which lock on to AMX S-Video
cables. Standard S-Video connectors may be used, but will not lock.
General Specifications
Hold the connector at a slight angle to the right and push in.
Pull back on the connector housing while pushing in.
Connector housing
CE, FCC Class A, UL, cUL, RoHS
92,000 hours
Operational Temperature
32° F to 110° F (0° C to 43° C)
Storage Temperature
-22° F to 158° F (-30° C to 70° C)
0 to 90% non-condensing
2 RU Enclosures
3 RU Enclosures
AC Power
100 VAC to 240 VAC single phase
(50 Hz to 60 Hz)
1.8 A @ 100 to 240 VAC (max.)
AC Power
100 VAC to 240 VAC single phase
(50 Hz to 60 Hz)
3.3 A @ 115 VAC (max.)
1.6 A @ 230 VAC (max.)
Power Consumption
260 W per enclosure (max.)
110 W per loaded enclosure (typical)
Power Consumption
260 W per enclosure (max.)
150 W per loaded enclosure (typical)
Thermal Dissipation
887 BTU/hr (max.)
375 BTU/hr, fully loaded enclosure (typical)
Thermal Dissipation
887 BTU/hr (max.)
512 BTU/hr, fully loaded enclosure (typical)
Approximately 12 in. (30.5 cm) depth
18.9 in. (48.0 cm) width with rack ears
17.4 in. (44.2 cm) width without rack ears
3.5 in. (8.9 cm) height
Approximately 12 in. (30.5 cm) depth
18.9 in. (48.0 cm) width with rack ears
17.4 in. (44.2 cm) width without rack ears
5.2 in. (13.2 cm) height
Approximately 10 lb. (4.54 kg)
per loaded enclosure
Approximately 12 lb. (5.44 kg)
per loaded enclosure
FIG. 3 Pull back on connector housing while pushing in
RGBHV/HD-15 I/O Boards
RGBHV/HD-15 boards use HD-15 connectors.
Note: 55 mA is supplied on Output Pin 9; power draw not to exceed 50 mA per port.
DVI I/O Boards
EDID Programmer software is provided for the 8x8 DVI boards to assist with in-field
programming of custom EDIDs (4x4 DVI boards do not support this software). For
information, see the “Instruction Manual – Optima.”
DVI Output Pin 14 (+5 VDC out):
• On the 4x4 DVI board, Output Pin 14 supplies 55 mA; power draw not to exceed
50 mA per port.
• On the 8x8 DVI board, Output Pin 14 supplies 1000 mA shared total available on
Output 1 through Output 4 and 270 mA shared total available on Output 5
through Output 8. For installation information for the High-Amperage Outputs on
the 8x8 DVI board, see the “Instruction Manual – Optima.”
HDMI I/O Boards
The HDMI I/O board has 8 input and 8 output HDMI connectors. It is HDMI 1.3
compatible and fully HDCP compliant. Priming the system for InstaGate® technology*
(pre-authorization of all connected source and destination devices) significantly
reduces HDCP latency (time required for authentication) in the matrix switcher for
HDCP negotiations with all connected displays (see “Instruction Manual – Optima”).
* Some destination devices have a longer lag time than others between receiving a
signal and displaying that signal. Although InstaGate® reduces latency in the matrix
switcher, it cannot reduce the lag time inherent in a device.
Rack Mounting
To rack mount an Optima enclosure:
To fasten a locking S-Video connector:
Attach the rack ears as shown left (screws provided).
Install in a rack leaving a minimum of one empty rack
unit above and below (required); three empty rack
units above and below are recommended.
If needed, EDID Programmer software is provided to assist with in-field programming
of custom EDIDs (see the “Instruction Manual – Optima”).
Stereo Audio I/O Boards – 5-Term
Note: Audio boards with 5-position
terminal block connectors can be
wired for balanced (differential) or
unbalanced (single-ended) audio.
FIG. 1 Attach rack ears to sides of enclosure
Linking Multiple Enclosures (if applicable)
If the system has multiple enclosures, cable(s) for linking and the “Matrix Switchers –
Linking Enclosures QSG” have been provided. Link enclosures according to the guide.
Attaching Input and Output Cables/Wires
Before connecting all input and output cables/wires, attach only the first two inputs and
outputs, apply power (see next page), and execute a test switch (see “Completing the
Installation” on the next page). When the test switch is successful, attach the rest of
the input and output cables and wires according to the AutoPatch Connector Guide.
Follow the guide exactly; the system is configured to operate based on the guide.
Video I/O Boards – BNC
Video BNC connectors are used for standard video, wideband video, Hi-Z sync,
HV Hi-Z sync, Y/c, SD-SDI, and HD-SDI signal types.
Balanced audio
FIG. 4 5-Term stereo audio wiring
Unbalanced audio
Note: When using shielded twisted-pair wire, connect the shield (ground) at one end
only (recommend receiving end) to minimize low frequency noise (see FIG. 5 below).
Source and destination devices require either balanced or unbalanced connections.
More than one of the options shown in FIG. 5 can be used in the same system.
Note: Component signals (e.g., Y/Pb/Pr)
require more than one BNC connection.
The example to the left shows three BNC
cable connectors attached for routing a
three-component signal through Output 9.
FIG. 2 Three BNC connectors are required for a three-component signal
FIG. 5 Options for source-to-Optima-to-destination 5-Term wiring
Digital Audio I/O Boards – S/PDIF and TosLink
S/PDIF connectors are coaxial, and TosLink connectors are optical (remove the
protective caps from the TosLink jacks).
S/PDIF connector
TosLink connector
FIG. 9 Insert wires into Remote (XNNet) connector
Applying Power
Important: We recommend attaching all power cords to a surge protector and/or an
AC line conditioner.
FIG. 6 Attach S/PDIF and TosLink connectors
To apply power:
RGBHV+Stereo to CatPro I/O Boards – HD-15, 5-Term, and RJ-45
The outputs (RJ-45 connectors) on the Optima CatPro boards act as transmitters
(TXs) and must be used in conjunction with a CatPro RGBHV+Stereo Receiver (RX)
Module, FG1010-48-01, to complete the system. We recommend reading the system
setup information in the “Instruction Manual – Optima,” as well as the documentation
for the module. CatPro supports Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6e, and STP cables.
Skew-free cable is not recommended for use with AMX equipment.
Establishing Serial Control
The Optima can be controlled by attaching an external control device/system to the
Control (RS-232 serial) port or to the Remote (XNNet) port, which uses AutoPatch
XNNet protocol for AMX devices.
Serial Control (PCs, AMX Control Devices, and third-party controllers)
Use the pinout in FIG. 7 when connecting a PC to the Optima Control port.
Completing the Installation
Most Optima systems ship from the factory with an active switch (a switch that routes
the signal from Input 1 to all outputs for testing purposes). Before using the system
for normal operations, we suggest disconnecting all active switches and then
executing a test switch to verify that the system is working properly. If you do any test
switching using connections on an HDMI board, you may need to clear the board’s
sink key cache before completing the installation; see “Instruction Manual – Optima”.
To complete the installation:
PC: DB-9
Optima: DB-9
Attach power cord(s) and plug into power source (turn on power source if
necessary). The Power Indicator on the front of the enclosure illuminates.
Apply power to any external devices (remote control panels, etc.) and then to
the source and destination devices.
Disconnect any active switches using one of the control options below.
Execute a test switch that routes Input 1 to Output 2. (Component signals
require multiple connectors; all cables for that signal must be attached for the
test switch.)
Attach the remaining source and destination devices.
Startup Control Options and Test Switch
Signals may only be routed from the inputs on a board to the outputs on the same
board because each board has its own switching matrix.
Control Panel (front or remote) – The LCD on the panel illuminates and
displays the menu screen. For instructions on disconnecting any active switches and
executing a test switch, see the control panel’s “Quick Start Guide.”
FIG. 7 Pin diagram for DB-9 connectors on RS-232 serial cable
AMX Control Devices – The Optima is compatible with a number of AMX control
devices. For control programming information, see the instruction manual for the
specific interface.
To establish external serial control:
Plug the null modem RS-232 serial cable into the enclosure’s Control port.
Control (RS-232 serial) port
Null modem RS-232 serial cable
APControl 3.0 – Install and open the program. Follow the setup wizard, which will
discover the system’s configuration information and open the APControl Launchbar.
To disconnect any active switches: From the Launchbar menu, select Views/
CrossBar and deselect all active crosspoints.
To execute the test switch: From the Launchbar menu, select Views/CrossBar and
click on the crosspoint for Input 1 / Output 2.
APWeb – For APWeb expansion board information, see the “Instruction Manual –
Optima.” For APWeb Module installation, see the “Quick Start Guide – APWeb
Server Module.” For instructions on executing switches, see the “Instruction Manual
– APWeb.” Disconnect any active switches before executing a test switch.
FIG. 8 Attach null modem RS-232 serial cable
Plug the other end of cable into the serial port on the serial controller/device.
Open serial communication software and set port settings to match the Optima
default settings (baud rate = 9600, data bits = 8, stop bit = 1, parity = none, and
flow control = none).
Establishing XNNet Control (SBCs, remote control panels, etc.)
XNNet connectors (labeled “Remote”) are on the CPU for 3 RU enclosures and are
available on an expansion board for 2 RU enclosures.
Communication Cable Requirements:
• Two-conductor, 20 AWG, 7/28 strand cable with a drain wire or shield, such as
Alpha 2412C (customer supplied)
• Maximum cable length: 1,000 ft. (305 m) total, including linked devices
On large control networks, termination may be required on the last linked device;
for termination information, see the device’s documentation.
To establish external XNNet control:
Attach XNNet link cable to XNNet device according to the device’s instructions.
Unplug the Remote connector on the Optima and loosen the screws.
Insert the XNNet link cable wires according to FIG. 9 (either wire can be
inserted in either outside slot).
Tighten the screws and plug in the Remote connector.
BCS Commands (terminal emulation program) – When power is applied, a short
splash screen appears.
To disconnect any active switches: enter DL0I#T (where # is the input number) into
the terminal emulation program. When DL0I#T appears, the command is
To execute the test switch: enter CL0I1O2T into the terminal emulation program
(routes Input 1 to Output 2). When CL0I1O2T appears, the switch is successful.
Note: These commands use Level 0, which is normally the default level. If the
commands do not work, check the AutoPatch Connector Guide to verify the level.
Additional Information Covered in “Instruction Manual – Optima”
See the “Instruction Manual – Optima” at for the following:
• Creating local presets
• Customizing channel names
• Using APWeb or XNNet expansion boards
• Adding or replacing I/O boards
• Splash screen – system component information for diagnostic purposes
Reference Document for the Optima
The “Instruction Manual – BCS Protocol” is available at BCS (Basic
Control Structure) is a programming language used for programming control
operations and for diagnostics purposes.
For warranty information, refer to
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