Cambridge SoundWorks AVS550 User manual

Cambridge SoundWorks AVS550 User manual
MegaTheater
AVS550
DVD/Tuner Pre-Amplifier
User Manual
™
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1. Read these instructions
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
7. Do not block any of the ventilation openings. Install
in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades
with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug
has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide
blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If
the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult
an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles,
and the point where they exist from the apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the
manufacturer.
12. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
specified by the manufacturer, or sold with apparatus.
When a cart is used, use caution when moving the
cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or
plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been
exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally,
or has been dropped.
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• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna and the
power cord.
DISC PRECAUTIONS:
MOISTURE OR DEW – May form on the lens or disc if
the product is suddenly moved from a cold environment to a warm one, and prevent the unit from reading
the disc. If this happens, turn the product on for a
least one hour before inserting a disc.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and
the receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a different circuit than the one to which the receiver is connected.
DAMAGED DISCS – Never play cracked, warped, or
otherwise damaged discs as they may harm the
mechanism.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
HANDLING DISCS –
• Do not touch the play side of the disc. Always
handle the disc by the edges.
• Do not attach paper, tape or labels to the disc
except for purpose-designed CD labels applied with
an applicator intended for the purpose. Out of balance discs may damage the mechanism.
• Keep discs away from direct sunlight and
excessive heat.
This product is manufactured under license from
Dolby laboratories, “DOLBY”, “AC-3”, “Pro Logic” and
the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby laboratories. Copyright 1992-1997, Dolby laboratories.
• Keep disc in proper storage cases when not in use.
DISC CLEANING –
• Before playback, wipe the play surface of the disc
outwards from the center with a clean, soft, lint-free
cloth.
This Product incorporates copyright protection technology that is protected by method claims of certain
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owned by Macrovision Corporation and other rights
owners. Use of this copyright protection technology
must be authorized by Macrovision Corporation, and is
intended for home and other limited viewing uses only
unless otherwise authorized by Macrovision
Corporation. Reverse engineering or disassembly
is prohibited.
STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE – 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, this is no guarantee that 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, you are encouraged to
try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
Introduction ................................................................6
Thanks for choosing the MegaTheater AVS550 as the
Carton Contents..........................................................8
heart of your home theater system. We at Cambridge
Remote Control ..........................................................9
SoundWorks believe that it is the ideal utilization of
Front Panel and Display ..........................................13
high technology to simplify the home
Getting Started ........................................................14
entertainment experience.
System Connection Diagrams ..................................15
Basic Setup Menu ....................................................20
The AVS550 will entertain you for many years with its
Operation and Use ..................................................23
flawless playback of DVD movies and high-resolution
Advanced Operation ................................................28
DVD-Audio discs, sensitive AM and FM radio recep-
Advanced Setup ......................................................29
tion, and playback of normal CD, CD+G, HDCD, and
Specifications ..........................................................36
MP3 or WAV music files on recordable CD or DVD
Limited Warranty ......................................................37
discs. It will also play back DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R,
DVD+RW, VCD and SVCD discs you burn on your PC
from video files such as home movies from your digital
camcorder. In addition, the AVS550 will display your
JPEG digital still photos from CD on your TV screen.
You can even produce a “slide show” with musical
background by saving your photos and background
music MP3 file on the same disc.
The AVS550 includes all the inputs and outputs necessary for most home theater system needs. There are
two sets of rear panel A/V inputs and a recording output to connect a VCR and a satellite receiver or cable
box. A front panel input can be used for quick connection of a camcorder, video game, or portable music
player. Optical and coaxial digital inputs are also provided to connect up to two set top boxes (cable TV,
HDTV, or satellite receiver) equipped with a digital output.
The built-in 5.1 surround decoders (Dolby Digital,
Dolby Pro Logic 2 and DTS ) will accurately play back
any contemporary DVD when connected to a suitably
powered loudspeaker system or multichannel power
amplifier. The 24 bit 192kHz Analog to Digital converters make the AVS550 fully compatible with stereo and
5.1 DVD-Audio discs.
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Finally, the AVS550 provides a superb picture when
MP3, WAV and Picture CDs are organized in files that
connected to a High Definition TV thanks to its
may be contained within folders. Use the on-screen
advanced Super Smart™ progressive scan circuitry.
“Smart Navi” function to navigate through the folders
This unique circuit analyzes the characteristics of
on the disc and select the files you wish to play.
the source material on DVD and automatically selects
Some features of DVD playback are automated by
the proper de-interlacing algorithm for fast motion or
“flags” in the digital bitstream that let the disc
still scenes, as well as 3:2 pulldown to convert the
producer tell your player the optimum playback mode.
frame rate of film sources to that of video. The result is
The AVS550 will respond to these flags where appro-
the clearest, sharpest picture - totally free of motion
priate and automatically select the proper soundtrack
artifacts or the visual stutter sometimes seen when
or technique for producing a progressive scan picture
movies, or movie segments originally shot on film, are
on high definition TV sets. Likewise, the disc producer
converted to video.
may activate or deactivate some features of the format. If you find the occasional disc that does not offer
If You Are New To Digital Discs
some of the features explained in this manual, it is not
DVDs are divided into one or more sections called
the result of a defect of the AVS550.
“titles.” A number corresponding to each title is
displayed on the front panel Vacuum Fluorescent
Display (VFD). You can select the different titles using
the TITLE key on the remote control. The ability to
bypass titles on a particular DVD is controlled by the
maker of the specific DVD, and may not be available
on all DVDs.
Each title is divided further into “chapters”. You may
navigate chapters using the skip keys ( |<<, >>| ),
using the numerical keypad, or within the DVD’s onscreen menu.
CD and VCD discs are divided into “tracks”. You may
select the tracks using the skip keys or the numeric
keypad.
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CARTON CONTENTS
A. One AVS550 main control unit.
B. Remote control
C. Two AA Batteries
A
D. FM Antenna
E. FM antenna to F-connector adapter cable.
C
H
+
SETUP
STEP
SAVE
SLOW
AM/FM
RETURN
RESUME
– PRESET +
–
+
TUNE
STOP
ZOOM
MENU
–
PAUSE
AUTO
PLAY
VOL SETUP
ENTER
–
VOL
–
CH
TITLE
AV3
VOL
+
MUTE
SPDIF
CH
+
DVD
TUNER
AV2
G
PROLOGIC
PBC
CLEAR/EQ
AV1
F
9
GOTO
8
+10
0
E
8
OSD
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D
I
PROGRAM
SLIDE
(red, green and blue) on each end.
I. S-Video cable
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5
4
H. Component video cable with three RCA plugs
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2
1
STANDBY
REPEAT
SHUFFLE
JPEG
ANGLE
AUDIO
B
EJECT/LOAD
(red, white, yellow) on each end.
SUBTITLE
G. A/V cable with three RCA plugs
A-B/MUSIC
F. AM Loop antenna
REMOTE CONTROL
Installing The Remote Control Batteries
3. OSD:
Remove the lid of battery chamber in back of the
• When playing a DVD, press once to show an On-
remote control and install the two AAA batteries
Screen Display of the current title and chapter.
(included). Observe and follow the polarity marks.
Press again to display the remaining time. Press a
Replace the lid.
third time to display chapter elapsed time. Press a
fourth time to display chapter remaining time. A fifth
When the batteries become weak, replace them imme-
press will turn the On Screen Display off.
diately. Old batteries may leak highly corrosive
• For all CD, VCD, SVCD discs, press once for single
fluid and permanently damage the remote control.
track elapsed time. Press again for single track
remaining time. Press a third time for total elapsed
time. The fourth press displays total remaining time,
and the fifth press turns the OSD off.
• For MP3 discs, one press displays file elapsed
time, the second press turns the OSD off.
4. EJECT/LOAD: Press to eject the disc tray, or to load
the disc tray.
5. NUMBER KEYS: Use for direct access to chapters,
titles, and tracks (not all discs allow direct access).
You may also start a disc from a particular title and
chapter, or at a particular time.
• To skip to a track or chapter while playing a disc,
press GOTO, then select the track or chapter number desired (use +10 key for tracks above 9), then
press ENTER.
• To start playing a specific title at a specific chapter,
press GOTO, then use the < > keys to determine
the desired title number. Enter the title number
using the number keys. Use the < > keys to determine the desired chapter and enter the chapter
number using the number keys.
Button Locations and Functions
• Press ENTER to play the disc from the point you
Most operation of the AVS550 is done using the remote
selected.
control. Basic controls are provided on the front panel
• To start playing a disc from a specific time, press
for emergency use in the event of battery failure or a
GOTO twice. Use the < > keys to highlight Title
lost remote.
determine the desired title number. Enter the title
1. STANDBY: Use this to turn the AVS550 on and off
number using the number keys. Use the < > keys
for normal use.
to determine Time and enter it using the number
2. MUTE: Press to mute the main audio output. Press
keys. You must enter a 0 first for hours less than 10.
again to restore output.
Press ENTER and play will begin from your selected time.
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• You may also directly access radio station presets
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1-10 by pressing the appropriate number button
3
4
during radio play.
6. VOLUME: Press to increase or decrease volume.
7. CH-/Slow:
• DVD, VCD, SVCD - Press to engage in slow motion
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playback. The first press is 2x Slow (i.e.1/2 normal
speed), the second press is 4x, third press is 6x,
and the fourth press is 8x. A fifth press returns to
normal speed.
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• Tuner - Select next lower numbered preset
radio station.
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CH+/Step:
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• DVD, VCD, SVCD - Press to step to the next frame
manually.
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• Tuner - Select next higher numbered preset
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radio station.
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8. REMOTE SOURCE SELECT: Press the button that
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corresponds to the device you wish to control. TV,
VCR, and CABLE may be programmed with codes
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12
from other remotes during initial setup. See
“Learning IR Codes.”
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15
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9. SOURCE SELECT: Use to select the A/V Source to
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be played by the AVS550. The button for AV3 is
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19
located below the door covering the lower half of
the remote.
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20
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10.PLAY: Use to start disc play. Also used to step
between Equalizer preset curves.
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25
11.STOP / TUNER SAVE:
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• For DVD press the STOP key once, the unit enters
“memory stop.” Play resumes from the same point when
PLAY is pressed. Press STOP a second time to resume
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28
29
31
30
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from the disc’s beginning with the next press of PLAY.
• In TUNER mode the STOP Key is used to save the
currently tuned station as a preset.
12. |<< / AUTO –:
• Disc play - Selects PREVIOUS track or Chapter.
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• Tuner - Seeks the next lower station.
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34
35
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ticular disc is mastered. If there is no menu level,
13. >>| / AUTO +:
this button will select the current title.
• Disc Play - Selects NEXT track or Chapter.
25. ZOOM: Each successive press zooms the image
• Tuner - Seeks the next higher station.
1.5x, 2x, and 3x. Press again to revert to normal size.
14. PAUSE / AM/FM:
26.AUDIO/ST:
• Disc Play - Pauses playback
• DVD playback - Selects the available audio tracks
• Tuner - Selects AM or FM band
on a DVD. This feature is not available on all DVD’s.
15.PRESET +: Use to select a specific preset location
• Tuner - Toggles FM reception between Stereo and
to save a radio station.
Mono.
• Slide Show Mode - select transition mode between
27.ANGLE: Selects different view angles if supported
slides. Refer to Viewing JPEG’s on pg. 25.
by the DVD.
16.PRESET –: Use to select a specific preset location
28.SUBTITLE: Selects different subtitles available on
to save a radio station.
the DVD. Not all DVDs support subtitle selection
17. << / TUNE –:
from this key.
• Disc Play - Selects fast reverse playback. Each
29.REPEAT: Repeats a chapter or title on DVD, and
press increases speed of playback 2x > 4x > 6x >
disc, folder or track on CD and MP3 playback.
8x > Normal.
30.A-B / MUSIC: Repeats a user-defined section of a
• Tuner - Manual tune one step lower in frequency.
DVD, CD or MP3 file.
18. >> / TUNE +:
• Press the button once at the start of the section you
• Disc Play - Selects fast playback. Each press increas-
wish to repeat, press it again at the end of the
es speed of playback 2x > 4x > 6x > 8x > Normal.
selection. Press the button again to cancel A-B
repeat.
• Tuner - Manual tune one step higher in frequency.
• In Slide Show mode, this key is used to select the
19.SETUP: Use to enter the AVS550 main setup
background music file if desired.
menus. Disc play will stop when selected. Press the
button again to exit the menu when you are done.
31.CLEAR / EQ: Clears last entry when programming.
20.CURSOR CONTROL: Press these buttons to navi-
32.AUDIO IN: Press to toggle between analog and
gate through menus. Use the ENTER key to make
digital inputs when using AV1 or AV2 source
your selection.
33.PROLOGIC: Press to select the desired Dolby Pro
21.VOL.SETUP: Press to adjust the volume of individ-
Logic 2 mode for Dolby Surround or stereo
ual channels. (Adjustment may be made in DVD or
sources. Each press selects the next mode.
tuner source mode only.)
34.SHUFFLE: Plays CD, WAV, and MP3 music tracks,
22.AV3: Selects AV3 source input.
or JPEG files in random order.
23.TITLE: The unit will return to the disc title page. You
35.SLIDE: Selects Slide Show mode for JPEG Photo
may navigate and make your selection using the
viewing.
CURSOR, ENTER and PLAY keys.
36.PROGRAM: Use to program a playing sequence for
24.MENU: Press to select the disc menu for the cur-
individual CD tracks.
rent title. This may vary depending on how the par-
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Hint: Only save the commands you need to use from
Learning I.R. Codes:
the source remote. There is usually no reason to save
You may teach the AVS550 remote control the codes
all the commands. It may be easiest to combine
from up to three other remote controls. Once you have
selected commands from various sources under one
programmed the new codes, the AVS550 remote will
REMOTE SOURCE button. For example, if you always
operate your entire system.
use a cable box or satellite tuner it will be easier to
1. Press and hold the REMOTE SOURCE button (TV,
save the TV input source switching and cable box
VCR, or CABLE) you wish to program for 3 seconds
channel selection buttons under TV. You will not need
until the status LED above the ANGLE button illumi-
to save the channel commands from the TV.
nates a steady GREEN.
2. Face the remote whose command you wish to learn
(source remote) towards the small window above
the ZOOM button of the ASV550 remote. Keep
them approximately 3-4 inches apart.
3. Press the button on the source remote that you
wish to teach the AVS550 remote. The LED will turn
AMBER.
4. Press the button on the AVS550 remote where you
want to assign the new code. When the command
was successfully learned the LED on the AVS550
remote illuminates a steady GREEN. If the Green
LED flashes, there was an error and you must try
again.
5. The remote is now ready to learn the next command. Press the next button on the source remote
you wish to learn and repeat the process.
6. Repeat as needed until all the commands you need
to operate he system are learned. After 10 seconds
of inactivity the remote will leave learning mode, the
green LED will extinguish, and the remote control is
ready for use.
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FRONT PANEL AND DISPLAY
9. AV3 IN - Composite video and stereo analog audio
1. STANDBY - Turns the unit “on” and “off” in normal
inputs for external A/V source.
operation.
10.HEADPHONE jack - Output for headphones with a
2. VFD - Vacuum Fluorescent Display. Shows player status.
3.5mm miniplug..
3. POWER LED - Indicates the presence of AC power.
This LED will remain lit in standby mode when the
11.HEADPHONE VOLUME - Controls headphone vol-
main power switch (on the rear panel) is engaged.
ume independently of the main system volume.
4. VOLUME - Controls volume in 40 steps.
MAIN POWER SWITCH
5. OPEN/CLOSE - Opens and closes the disc drawer.
A Main power switch is located on the rear panel. This
6. PLAY - Starts play of the disc.
switch should normally be left ON. Switch it to the OFF
position when leaving the AVS550 for an extended
7. PREVIOUS TRACK/CHANNEL - Selects previous
period of time, such as on vacation, to protect the cir-
track on a disc, or selects the next lower radio preset.
cuitry against power surges that may occur when you
8. NEXT TRACK/CHANNEL - Selects the next disc
are away.
track or the next higher radio preset.
1
2
4
3
VIDEO
HP
6
5
FM Stereo
Indicator
Parental Lock
Indicator
8
10
ST.
TUNED
3D
RDS
DIGITAL
KHz
MHz
VIDEO
DVD: Title
RADIO: Preset Number
DVD: Time
RADIO: Station Frequency
DVD: Chapter
RADIO: Band
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VIDEO
VOL
11
Speaker
Format
Indicator
Not used in
US model
CHP
R
9
AM/FM
Tuned
Indicator
Not used in
US model
TITLE
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L
C
LS
S RS
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GETTING STARTED
There are two stages to an efficient installation of the
room. Positioning the subwoofer away from the
MegaTheater system.
walls will reduce its output. Room acoustics play a
Stage 1 is the placement and connection of all the
major role in the propagation of bass notes, so it is
components. We have made this as easy as possible
advisable to experiment with a variety of placement
by color-coding all of the critical connections.
options and stick with the one that gives the
strongest bass with the most even response
Stage 2 is set-up and adjustment. You tell the AVS550
throughout the room.
what type of TV set you have. You may also you tell it
• The remote control needs a clear line of sight to the
what type of speakers you have and their placement.
AVS550’s front panel.
You may also set up parental controls and adjust language preferences at this time.
COMPONENT ARRANGEMENT:
MAXIMUM RECOMMENDED DISTANCE
APART FOR HOME THEATER
MAIN SPEAKERS
The arrangement of the speakers within the room significantly influences their performance. Here are a few
CENTER CHANNEL
guidelines to help you get the most from your system.
• The TV monitor is the focal point of any home theSURROUND
SPEAKER
ater system. The front left and right speakers
LEVEL
WITH
CENTER
SPEAKER
45 ANGLE
SURROUND
SPEAKER
should be placed symmetrically a few feet to either
POWERED
SUBWOOFER
side of the TV. These speakers should be no farther
apart than the distance of the listener to the speakers.
• The center channel speaker should be placed
directly above or below the TV, and ideally at the
same distance from the listener as the left and right
speakers. Placing the front left, front right, and center speakers at the same height is preferred.
• The surround speakers should be placed on the
side walls, slightly to the rear of the listening position. Ideally they should face each other and be at
a level about 2-3 feet higher than the listeners’
ears. If that is not possible, they may be placed on
the rear wall facing forward.
• The subwoofer is best placed in the front half of the
room, near the plane of the front speakers. Placing
the subwoofer in a corner will provide the most efficient coupling of the subwoofer’s energy to the
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SYSTEM CONNECTION
1. Connect the video output from the MegaTheater to
Determining Your System Setup:
your TV’s video inputs to watch DVD movies.
There are a variety of system configurations you can
2. Connect the TV’s L & R audio outputs to an auxil-
select, depending on the other equipment you wish to
iary A/V input of the AVS550. Select this same auxil-
connect to your MegaTheater system.
iary A/V input to listen to your off-air, cable, or satel-
Option A: The simplest system consists of the
lite programs using the Megatheater Audio fea-
MegaTheater and a TV set. A cable box or satellite
tures.
receiver may connect to your TV’s antenna input and is
Note: If your cable box or satellite receiver have AV
viewed by tuning your TV to channel 3 or 4.
outputs, it is best to use Option B even if you cur-
Use this diagram if:
rently have it connected to your TV as shown
A. You do not have a cable box or satellite receiver
below. The Option B connection will result in superi-
and use your TV tuner to select channels.
or sound and picture quality.
B. You have a basic cable box connected to your TV
by the antenna connection.
FM 75Ω
Y
AM 300Ω
AV2
CVBS
VCR or
Digital Recorder
REC OUT
AVS550
OUTPUT
AV1
INPUT
Cb/Pb
S-VIDEO
L
V
CVBS
R
S
COAXIAL
TOS
S-VIDEO
Cr/Pr
AUDIO
IN
L
OUT
R
TV
INPUTS
COMPOSITE
B
A
AUDIO V
OUT
ANTENNA IN
TO TV
ANTENNA
INPUT
Satellite Receiver
or Cable Box
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S-VIDEO
COMPONENT
VIDEO INPUT
Y
L
Cb/Pb
R
Cr/Pr
1. Connect the audio output of the STB directly to the
Option B:
AVS550. The AVS550 processor can then decode
This option is the best choice if:
the Dolby Digital signal from your STB when pres-
A. You have a cable TV, HDTV tuner, or satellite receiv-
ent, or play the sound in Stereo or Dolby Pro Logic
er set top box (STB) with digital or stereo analog
II otherwise.
output.
2. The Video output of the STB may be connected
B. You have a VCR and wish to record or play in
either to the AVS550 or directly to the TV, whichever
Stereo or Pro Logic II surround mode.
is more convenient. The video output from an HDTV
STB must be connected directly to the TV to get
High Definition video.
VCR or
Digital Video Recorder
* If equipped
OUTPUT
INPUT
V
S-VIDEO
Note: If your cable box or satellite receiver has
an OPTICAL digital input, connect it to the AV2
INPUT. Connect your VCR to AV1 INPUT.
IN
L
OUT
R
REC OUT
CVBS
Y
Cb/Pb
AV1
AM 300Ω
AV2
FM 75Ω
AVS550
L
L
R
VIDEO
S-VIDEO
R
COAXIAL
DIGITAL
Satellite Receiver or Cable Box
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CVBS
S
COAXIAL
TOS
S-VIDEO
Cr/Pr
AUDIO
The AVS550 supports all three of the above options via
Connecting the AVS550 To Your TV:
it’s TV output. All of the video input sources connected
The video output connection is determined by the
to the AVS550 are available at its S-Video and CVBS
capability of your TV.
outputs. The component output is only available when
A. If your TV is equipped with progressive scan
the AVS550 internal player is used. If you have other
(Y/Pb/Pr) inputs or interlaced (Y/Cb/Cr) component
sources connected to the AVS500, you must connect
video inputs, use them for the best picture from
an S-Video or CVBS cable from the AVS550 to your TV.
DVD playback.
Connect an S-video cable if any of your auxiliary
B. If your TV does not have component video inputs,
sources have S-Video output. Connect a composite
S-Video input is the next best choice. Most current
(CVBS) video cable if any sources have CVBS output
TVs have at least one S-Video input.
only, or if your TV does not have an S-Video input. If
you are not certain what you need at this point, con-
C. The most common video input type on a TV is com-
nect them all.
posite video, also known as CVBS. This input uses
a standard RCA jack, usually color-coded yellow.
AVS550
CVBS
Y
Cb/Pb
COAXIAL
TOS
S-VIDEO
Cr/Pr
AUDIO
INPUTS
COMPOSITE
B
A
TV
COMPONENT
VIDEO INPUT
Y
AUDIO V
OUT
ANTENNA
INPUT
S-VIDEO
L
Cb/Pb
R
Cr/Pr
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Connecting Auxiliary A/V Sources:
Connecting an Auxiliary A/V Source
There are three auxiliary A/V input connections avail-
with Digital Output:
able on the AVS550 (AV1, AV2, and AV3). AV1 and AV2
Many digital cable systems and almost all Digital
are located on the rear panel and may be used to con-
Satellite receivers offer digital audio outputs. This pro-
nect a VCR, Cable Box or similar devices. AV3 is
vides access to the Dolby Digital (AC3) audio stream
behind the door on the front panel. It provides conven-
from movies and high definition TV broadcasts. You
ient temporary connection of a camcorder, video
may also connect any audio source or PC sound card
game, or portable music player.
that provides a standard SPDIF (Sony Philips Digital
There is also an output labeled REC OUT for connec-
Interface) signal with up to 24-bit/96Khz resolution.
tion of an audio or A/V recording device such as VCR
If your digital source has a Coaxial output, attach it to AV1.
or Digital Video Recorder.
If the source has an Optical output, connect it to AV2.
A. AV1 has S-Video, CVBS, Stereo Audio and Coaxial
When AV1 or AV2 are selected, the AVS550 will auto-
digital input.
matically choose the digital input if present. If there is
no digital signal the AVS550 will play the analog input.
B. AV2 has S-video, CVBS, Stereo Audio and Optical
Note: The digital input must be playing when the AV
digital input.
input is selected in order for the ASV550 to sense the
C. AV3 has CVBS and Stereo audio input only.
signal. If the digital signal is not playing, or if the
The AVS550 will convert a CVBS input to S-Video out-
AVS550 fails to accurately sense the digital input, you
put to feed your TV. It will also convert S-video to
can manually toggle between Digital and Analog input
CVBS. However, you will get the best picture quality by
by pressing the AUDIO IN key on the remote control.
viewing the video in its native format. When viewing a
source that has only CVBS output, it is best to select a
CVBS input on your TV. Likewise, when viewing an Svideo source, selecting an S-video TV input source will
result in the best picture.The REC OUT jacks do not
provide any format conversion. You must connect the
AV input source you wish to record in the format your
recording device will accept. Usually this is CVBS.
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Audio Output Connections:
Stereo System:
5.1 Surround System (RCA Jacks) :
Use only the Red and White output jacks to connect
The main audio outputs of the AVS550 are next to the
the AVS550 to a conventional 2-channel stereo system,
Component video outputs. These outputs are color
or powered system such as the Cambridge
coded to match the cables supplied with the
SoundWorks BassCube821. Select an appropriate
Cambridge SoundWorks BassCube 851. Connect
Downmix mode, as explained on pg. 32, for stereo
these outputs to the BassCube 851 or to another 5.1
operation.
compatible amplifier/speaker system.
REC Outputs:
5.1 Surround System (15-pin D-Subminiature Jack):
A/V outputs are provided for connection of a VCR or
Audio output for use with specific Cambridge
other recording device. They duplicate the signal fed
SoundWorks woofer/amplifier modules. A cable for this
to the Front Left and Front Right speaker system, but
connection will be supplied with compatible products.
are not controlled by the main volume. Note: If you
DO NOT attach a video monitor to this jack!
wish to make a recording from a DVD or other multichannel source, be sure to select the DVD’s STEREO
audio track or choose STEREO in the DOWNMIX setup
Option A: Use for BassCube 851 and
MegaWorks Series subwoofers.
menu.
AVS550
WHITE
Option B: Use for subwoofers equipped with
15-pin connector..
RED
L
R
SW
C
LS
RS
AUDIO
GREEN
BROWN
BLUE
AVS550
GRAY
Cable supplied
with subwoofer
Right
Front
Center
L
R
SW
C
LS
RS
AUDIO
BLACK
5.1
Right
Front
Cable supplied
with subwoofer
ORANGE
Center
BLACK
GREEN
F
BASS
R
C/S
AUX
RF
C
Left
Front
LF
+
ANALOG STEREO IN
BASS
RR
TREBLE
LR
FLAT
+
+
+
–
–
SPEAKERS
REDUCE
POWER/STANDBY
VOLUME CONTROL
RS
R
C
L
LS
BLUE
Right
Surround
Left
Surround
Right
Surround
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Left
Surround
Left
Front
BASIC SETUP MENU
To get the most from your MegaTheater system it must
Select TV Aspect Ratio
be configured for your TV and speaker types.
Configuration is made via the Setup menu, accessed
v
by pressing the SETUP button on the Remote control.
Use the
v < > buttons to navigate through the menu
and highlight your selection. Use the ENTER button to
make the selection. The < key will return you to the
previous menu level. When you are all done, press the
remote control SETUP button again to return to normal
operation.
1. Turn the main power on using the main power
A conventional TV has an aspect ratio of 4:3 (4 units
switch on the rear panel. After a few seconds the
wide, 3 units high). A Widescreen TV has a 16:9
red LED next to the display will illuminate and the
aspect ratio. This setting must match your set or the
AVS550 will be in Standby mode. Also turn on the
picture will look stretched or squashed.
main power to your BassCube (or other amplifier
A. Press SETUP to enter the setup menu.
system) or other amplifier system and to your TV.
B. Select VIDEO and press ENTER.
Switch the AVS550 to operating mode by pressing
the STANDBY button. The front panel VFD will illu-
C. Select ASPECT RATIO, and choose ENTER. If you
minate and indicate LOADING, then NO DISC. If it
have a widescreen TV (16:9 Aspect Ratio), select
does not, press the DVD source button on the
WIDE. If you have a conventional 4:3 TV, select
remote.
either of the NORMAL options. In wide mode, 16:9
movies will fill the screen; 4:3 movies will have
2. Use your TV’s remote to select the video input you
blank bars at the sides but fill the screen vertically.
have connected the AVS550 to. When the correct
Other widescreen aspect ratios may have thin bars
input is selected, you will see the Cambridge
at the top and bottom to fit the full frame onto your
SoundWorks logo on the TV. If you have an HDTV
screen. Note: Some 16:9 TVs will automatically
or EDTV, use the Component inputs. If you see a
stretch 4:3 source material to fill the screen result-
double, overlapped or streaked logo screen, your
ing in distorted geometry on 4:3 material. This is
TV is in progressive mode. Change the TV monitor
not a function of the AVS550 and is controlled by
mode to INTERLACED (for now) so you can read
your TV. If you have a conventional 4:3 TV, select
the menus.
either of the NORMAL options. NORMAL/PS (Pan
Video Setup:
and Scan) will crop the sides off of a widescreen
For the best picture, the AVS550 needs to know a few
movie in order to fill the screen vertically. NORMAL/
LB (Letterbox) will place black bars at the top and
things about your TV.
bottom of widescreen movies in order to fit the full
picture on your screen.
D. Press ENTER to confirm your selection, then press
< to return to the previous menu level.
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Select TV Scan Mode:
Select TV Output type:
Skip this step if your TV does not support Progressive
You may skip this step if you have connected the
Scan video. The output mode of the AVS550 must
AVS550 to your TV using an S-Video cable. It is only
match the input mode of your TV set.
necessary if your TV has a CVBS video input exclusively.
A. Press SETUP to enter the setup menu.
A. Select TV OUT.
B. Select VIDEO and press ENTER.
B. Choose YCrCb + CVBS.
C. Select SCAN and choose ENTER.
C. Press ENTER to confirm your selection, then press
< to return to the previous menu level.
D. Choose PROGRESSIVE only if you have a
Progressive scan compatible TV. Otherwise choose
INTERLACED.
E. Press ENTER to confirm your selection, then press
< to return to the previous menu level.
F. Change your TV input to a progressive scan input.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you inadvertently select
Progressive Scan with an incompatible TV, the picture may be lost and you will be unable to navigate
the menus. If this occurs:
1. Press Eject to open the drawer in DVD mode.
2. Press the SLIDE key to switch between progressive and Interlaced until the picture reappears.
3. Close the drawer.
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Select AV Input type:
You may skip this step if the source connected to AV1
has S-Video output. It is only necessary if the source is
exclusively connected with a CVBS cable.
A. Select AV1 Input.
B. Select CVBS ONLY. Otherwise keep the default setting of S-Video/Both.
D. Press ENTER to confirm your selection, then press
< to return to the previous menu level.
E. Repeat for AV2 if necessary.
Press SETUP to exit the menu and return to normal
operation.
You may now begin to enjoy your Megatheater system.
Additional optional setup features are covered in the
ADVANCED SETUP chapter later in this manual.
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OPERATION AND USE
Playing DVD, VCD, SVCD, CD, JPEG Photo Disc,
5. To save a station preset:
WAV or MP3 Music Files:
a. Tune to the desired station.
Press the DVD key on the remote control.
b. Press Save (Stop button). The Preset number on
the VFD will begin to flash.
1. Press EJECT/LOAD on either the remote or the front
panel to open and close the drawer.
c. Using the Preset + and Preset - buttons, choose the
preset location where you want to save the station.
2. Insert the disc and press EJECT/LOAD again to
close the drawer. The AVS550 will auto identify the
d. While the Preset number is still flashing, press SAVE
disc and load it.
again to confirm.
• If the Disc is a DVD, the unit will play the MENU or
TITLE of the disc.
Playing Auxiliary A/V Sources:
• If the disc is VCD or SVCD, the unit will begin play
Press the AV1, AV2 or AV3 key that corresponds to the
as authored.
desired source.
• If the disc is a music CD the unit will play sequen• If the source has a digital audio connection, the
tially from track 1.
AVS550 will automatically choose the digital input.
• If the disc contains WAV, MP3 or JPEG files, the
Otherwise the stereo analog input will be selected.
SMART-NAVI menu (which shows the disc folder
(AV1 and AV2 only.) If the AVS550 fails to lock on to
and file structure) will be shown if selected. If NO
a digital source, press the AUDIO IN button to tog-
MENU is selected in the GENERAL menu the con-
gle between Analog and Digital input. You may
tent will begin playing from the first file.
need to do this if the digital source was not playing
at the time the AV input was selected, or if the digi-
3. Use the PLAY, PAUSE, STOP, <<, >>, |<<, and >>|
tal signal was weak.
keys to control transport motion or to navigate MP3
or JPEG files when SMART NAV is set to NO
• Digital audio sources will automatically select Dolby
v
MENU.
4. Use the
Digital, DTS, Pro Logic, or Stereo, according to the
setting in the GENERAL setup menu.
, v, <, >, and ENTER keys to navigate
DVD or VCD menus and music or picture files and
• Analog sources may be played with Dolby Pro
folders when SMART NAV is set to WITH MENU.
Logic II surround processing by pressing the PRO
LOGIC key. Pressing the PRO LOGIC key repeatedly selects the available surround options. The
Playing the Radio:
presence of Dolby Digital or DTS overrides Dolby
1. Press the TUNER key on the remote. Use the
Pro Logic II. Note: You must select a CVBS or S-
AM/FM key (Pause button) to select the band.
Video input on your TV to view sources connected
2. Use the CH+ and CH- keys to select a previously
to AV1, AV2, or AV3.
saved preset station.
3. Use the << and >> keys to manually tune a
desired station.
4. Use the |<< and >>| keys to seek the next or previous strong station.
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2. When recording a 5.1 source select a 2.0 sound-
Using Dolby Pro Logic 2:
track if available in the disc menu. If no stereo
The AVS550 features Dolby Pro Logic 2 surround cir-
soundtrack is available, select Stereo or Pro Logic
cuitry to process Dolby Surround encoded program-
Downmix mode in the SPEAKER Setup menu. See
ming from TV broadcasts and Videotapes. In addition,
Advanced Setup pg. 29.
Dolby Pro Logic 2 will create surround sound fields
3. Set Pro-Logic mode “Off.”
from non-encoded Stereo sources such as CD’s, MP3’s
and Radio stations. Pressing the PROLOGIC button on
the remote will select from each of the available sound
Viewing Or Playing Files:
field options. The selected sound field is displayed on
the front panel display for AV sources, and on the TV
screen for CD, MP3 and Tuner sources.
Internal or external digital sources with Dolby Digital or
DTS soundtracks will override the Dolby Pro Logic circuitry so that these sources will play with their proper
decoders. See pg. 31 for a description of the various
Dolby Pro Logic 2 soundfields available.
SMART NAVI - WITH MENU
Listening with Headphones:
1. Plug the headphones into the headphone jack
You may play back MP3-encoded music files and view
located behind the lower flap. The AVS550 will
JPEG encoded picture files that have been recorded to
automatically switch the front L & R audio channels
a CD. You may include both file types on the same CD.
to STEREO DOWNMIX when headphones are
JPEG files may be viewed individually or may be com-
attached.
bined into a slide show with automatic transitions.
2. Use the rotary volume control located to the right of
You may use an MP3 file to provide a musical back-
the headphone jack to adjust headphone volume
ground for your slide show.
independent of the main volume. Press and release
The specifics of file navigation depend on the SMART
the volume knob to extend the control shaft for eas-
NAVI setting in the GENERAL page of the Setup
ier adjustment.
menus.
3. Do not leave the headphones plugged in when you
are not using them.
Playing MP3 or WAV Files:
Select DVD source and load your MP3 or WAV
Recording from the AVS550:
encoded CD.
You can only record from sources that are not Copy
If SMART NAVI = NO MENU: All the tracks on the disc
Protected.
will be played in order as if they were all at the same
1. Connect your recording device to the REC OUT
level. The hierarchy of files and folders is not dis-
jacks on the rear of the AVS500. The video format
played on the screen.
(S-Video or CVBS) of the input you are recording
• Use the number buttons or the |<< and >>| buttons
must be the same as your recording device will
to select tracks.
accept.
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• Press PLAY or ENTER to begin playback.
ENTER to begin viewing.
• Once play has begun, the <<, >>, |<<, >>|, STOP
• The file number will be displayed on the VFD. Set
and PAUSE controls function exactly as they do for
play mode to SINGLE by using the REPEAT button
CD or DVD playback. The Track number will be dis-
to view one photo only.
played on the VFD, followed by track elapsed time.
• Once play has begun, the |<<, >>|, STOP and
If SMART NAVI = WITH MENU: The screen will display
PAUSE controls function exactly as they do for CD
the folders and files in the hierarchy that they have
or DVD playback.
been saved on the disc.
v
• You may activate SHUFFLE or REPEAT functions
• Use the <, >, , and v keys, or the number keys to
from the remote.
navigate through the menus. The < and > keys
SMART NAVI = WITH MENU: The folders and files are
v
move between the two directory levels displayed.
displayed in the same order that they appear in
The and v control movement within each column.
Windows Explorer. A camera icon identifies JPEG files.
v
Once you have selected a file to begin playback.
• Use the <, >, , and v keys, or the number keys to
• Press PLAY or ENTER to begin playback
navigate through the menus.
• Once play has begun, the <<, >>, |<<, >>|, STOP
• The < and > keys move between the two menu lev-
and PAUSE controls function exactly as they do for
v
els displayed and the PLAY MODE selection field.
CD or DVD playback.
• The
and v controls move within each column.
• To select a different folder or change the play
• Once you have selected a file for playback, press
mode, first STOP playback.
ENTER or PLAY to begin. The PLAY MODE setting
• You may change the play mode by pressing the
will determine how the pictures are viewed. The file
REPEAT button.
number will be displayed on the VFD. Set PLAY
MODE to SINGLE to view one photo only.
• Once play has begun, the <<, >>, |<<, >>|, STOP
and PAUSE controls function exactly as they do for
CD or DVD playback.
• To select a different folder or PLAY MODE, first
STOP playback.
Viewing JPEG Files:
Press the DVD key on the remote to select the input,
and load your JPEG Photo CD. The specifics of file
navigation depend on the SMART NAVI setting in the
GENERAL page of the Setup menus.
A Camera Icon indicates JPEG Files.
SMART NAVI = NO MENU: The files on the disc play in
order. Folders and files are not shown. Press PLAY or
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TRANSITIONS BETWEEN PHOTOS:
Press the TRANSITION button on the remote. Each
press selects the next mode. Twelve slide show transition modes are provided:
Mode 0 - no transition (default)
Mode 1 - wipe from top
Mode 2 - wipe from bottom
Mode 3 - wipe from top and bottom to center
PLAY MODE:
Mode 4 - wipe from center to top and bottom
Play mode setting is shown at lower left of menu.
Mode 5 - vertical blinds
Play mode settings control the order and frequency of
file play or viewing for both JPEG files and MP3 music.
Mode 6 - wipe from left to right
You may change the play mode by pressing the
Mode 7 - wipe from right to left
REPEAT button. The selected play mode will show on
Mode 8 - wipe from left and right to center
the lower left of the OSD. Nine different play modes
are supported:
Mode 9 - wipe from center to left and right
SINGLE - Plays the selected file once and stops.
Mode 10 - wipe from edge to center
REP-ONE - Repeats the selected track indefinitely.
Mode 11 - horizontal blinds
FOLDER - Plays all the files in the current folder once
Mode 12 - random
in sequence.
FOLDER R - Plays all the files in the current folder in
IMAGE ROTATION:
sequence indefinitely.
There are four modes to rotate a picture that does not
DISC SCAN - Plays the first 10-seconds of each file on
display correctly: Invert, Mirror, Left, and Right.
the disc once in sequence.
These operations are allowed only when a picture is
DISC - Plays all the files on the disc once in sequence.
being displayed manually, and will be cancelled auto-
DISC REP - Plays all the files on the disc in sequence
matically when a new picture is displayed. The direc-
indefinitely.
tion key is used to select the different rotation modes:
RANDOM - Plays all the files in the selected folder in
UP button : Invert/Normal
random order, indefinitely.
Down button v: Mirror/Normal
SHUFFLE ON - Plays all the files in the selected folder
Left button <: Turn left
v
once in random order.
Right button >: Turn right
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IMAGE ZOOM:
The AVS550 provides both zoom in/out for DVD, VCD, and
SVCD and zoom with pan functions for JPEG pictures.
• Press the ZOOM key to select the zoom ratio
options. When ZOOM mode is on, any picture will
be displayed at the last ratio selected by the user.
An OSD message will indicate the current ratio.
• When ZOOM mode is on, << and >> buttons are
v
• With zoom ratios above 100%, use the <, >,
VOL SETUP:
, and
The Volume Setup button lets you fine tune the individ-
v buttons to pan to different areas of the picture.
ual channel levels while the program is playing.
When ZOOM mode is off, each picture is scaled to
1. Press the VOL SETUP button on the remote to enter
fit the whole screen.
v
the menu.
Note: during ZOOM mode, slide show transition and
2. Use the
image transformation are disabled.
v
used to control the ratio of zoom in/out.
and v buttons to select the channel you
wish to adjust, then press ENTER. Use the and v
buttons to adjust the level.
PROGRAMMED PLAYBACK:
3. Use the < button to return to the top level.
With the disc stopped, you may program a playing
4. Press VOL SETUP again to return to normal viewing.
sequence for CD playback.
1. Press the PROGRAM key to enter programming
mode.
2. Press the number key corresponding to the first
track you wish to play. The OSD will display P01:
(Track #).
3. Press the number key for the next track, the OSD
will read P02: (Track #).
4. Continue until all tracks are programmed, then
press PLAY or ENTER to begin programmed play. If
you make a mistake during programming, press
CLEAR to erase the last entry.
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ADVANCED OPERATION
3. Select the MP3 track you wish to play, then press
Graphic Equalizer:
the A-B/MUSIC button. The OSD will read MP3 IS
SELECTED.
4. Select the first photo of the slide show, and press
PLAY. The show will begin.
Notes:
• PLAY MODE settings apply to the JPEG files. The
PLAY MODE for the music files is SINGLE and the
slide show will end after the music file has played.
Therefore when making your slide show disc, use a
The built-in 7-band graphic equalizer lets you fine-tune
sufficiently long MP3 file or combine a number of
the system frequency response to your room or your
songs into a single file of adequate length.
taste. Use the CLEAR/EQ button to turn on the graphic
• You cannot use WAV files as background music
equalizer function.
files for slide shows.
1. Press once to turn the equalizer on and see the
• Hi-resolution JPEG files may cause occasional inter-
currently selected curve.
ruption of the background music. The maximum res-
2. Use the PLAY button to select Standard (flat),
olution necessary for TV viewing is 720 x 480.
Classic, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Ballad, or Personal
• During Music Slide Show mode, image transforma-
mode. You may also use the CLEAR/EQ button to
cycle through all of the EQ modes when you are
tion, zoom, and thumbnail browsing are not
using AV1, AV2, or AV3 sources.
allowed.
• If loading a mixed format CD for the first time after
3. When in personal mode, use the < and > keys to
v
select the band, and use the
turning the power on, it may be necessary to play
and v keys to adjust
the music track briefly to initialize music playback
each band to your taste.
before selecting the background music track in
4. Press the EQ button again to show an on-screen
Music Slide Show mode.
spectrum level display.
5. Press again to turn the display off but keep the
Browsing Thumbnails:
equalizer on.
You may browse thumbnails of the files on JPEG File
6. Press again to turn the equalizer off.
discs.
7. When the EQ is turned on again, it will return to the
• Press the MENU button at any time within a folder.
last-used response curve.
Nine photo thumbnails will be displayed on the
screen.
Music Slide Show:
• Use the number keys 1-9 to select a photo, or use
The AVS550 lets you select a background sound track
the |<< and >>| keys to step to the previous or next
for a JPEG slide show. The sound file must be in MP3
nine scenes.
format, and be on the same CD as the picture files.
• Press STOP to exit.
1. Load the CD containing the files.
2. Press the SLIDE button. The OSD will display
MUSIC SLIDE SHOW MODE.
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ADVANCED SETUP
The Megatheater system will perform well as it comes
• 16:9 / Widescreen - Use for 16:9 widescreen TVs.
out of the box. However, advanced users will benefit
4:3 format movies will have vertical blank bars on
from the fine tuning available in the setup menus. In
each side, 16:9 widescreen video will fill the
most instances, you will leave these in the factory
screen, and 2.35:1 theatrical widescreen movies
default settings. To enter the SETUP Menus:
will have narrow black bars on the top and bottom
• Press the SETUP key In DVD STOP mode to dis-
of the frame.Note: The AVS550 also responds to the
aspect ratio flag on the DVD. Some DVDs are
play the MAIN PAGE of the setup menus.
incorrectly flagged, causing improper display even
v
• Use the UP ( ) and Down (v) buttons to move the
when the setting of your equipment is correct. If
cursor.
you find that an occasional DVD does not display
• Use the RIGHT (>) or ENTER buttons to enter the
correctly, it is probably the particular DVD and not
sub menu.
an incorrect setting or malfunction of the AVS550.
For these few discs, you may need to select a dif-
• Use the LEFT (<) button to return to the upper menu.
ferent, technically “incorrect” aspect ratio. The
• Use the ENTER button to select the function.
proper picture geometry also depends on any relat-
• Press the SETUP button at any time to exit the
ed settings that may be offered on your TV. Some
Setup menu.
TV’s will stretch a 4:3 picture to fill a 16:9 screen
Note: Disc play will stop when changing settings on
even when the AVS550 is providing the correct 4:3
the Setup menus to prevent unexpected results.
output to the TV.
VIDEO menu:
SCAN:
Select your TV type, Interlaced or Progressive scan,
Select Progressive if your TV will support it. Otherwise
input and output connections.
use Interlaced (default).
ASPECT RATIO:
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you inadvertently select
Progressive Scan with an incompatible TV the picture
• 4:3 / Pan and Scan. Use for 4:3 aspect ratio TVs.
may be lost and you will be unable to navigate the
Widescreen movies will fill the screen vertically, but
menus. If this occurs:
the sides of the picture will be cut off.
1. Press Eject to open the drawer in DVD mode.
• 4:3 / LB - Letterbox. Use for 4:3 aspect ratio TVs.
2. Press the SLIDE key to switch between progressive
Widescreen movies will fill the screen from side to
and Interlaced until the picture reappears.
side, black bars will show top and bottom. This is
the only way to view the entire picture of a
3. Close the drawer.
widescreen movie on a 4:3 TV set.
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VIDEO OUTPUT:
AUDIO page:
This selection switches the CVBS to S-video circuitry
Choose how the AVS500 handles Pro Logic II decod-
appropriately for the TV connection used.
ing and control Dynamic Range compression.
1. If you do not have an S-video connection between
the AVS550 and your TV set, choose YCrCb +
PRO LOGIC: Sets your preference for Pro Logic
CVBS. Otherwise keep the default YcrCb +
decoding of DVD’s or external digital (SPDIF) sources.
S-Video setting.
• AUTO (default) - Material containing a Dolby Digital
2. Press ENTER to confirm your selection, then press
2.0 or 2.1 soundtrack will play back in Stereo
< to return to the previous menu level.
unless flagged in the bitstream for Dolby Pro Logic.
• ON - Stereo source material will play back in Pro
Logic mode regardless of how it is flagged.
AV INPUT 1 and AV INPUT 2:
• OFF - All non-5.1 source material will play back in
Stereo.
Note: Dolby Digital 5.1 or DTS soundtracks will take
precedence over the settings in this menu and play
back in their proper format. Also, when making a
stereo recording of a disc source from one of the
AVS550’s A/ V outputs, set Pro Logic OFF.
This selection switches the CVBS to S-Video circuitry
appropriately for the Input connection used.
1. If your AV1 Source has a CVBS connection only (no
S-video), select CVBS ONLY. Otherwise keep the
default setting of S-Video/Both.
2. Press ENTER to confirm your selection, then press
< to return to the previous menu level. Repeat for
AV2 if necessary.
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PRO LOGIC II MODE:
PRO LOGIC II CONTROL:
Set the parameters for CUSTOM surround processing.
Specific adjustments may also be made to parameters
in Virtual, Music, Movie, and Matrix modes. The available adjustments will be shown in Blue. If a menu item
is grayed out, it cannot be adjusted in the selected
mode.
• Dimension - Allows you to gradually adjust the sound
field either towards the front or towards the rear.
• Panorama - Extends the front stereo image so that
it includes the surround speakers for an exciting
Selects the default mode that will be used when AUTO
wraparound effect
Pro Logic is selected.
• Center Width - Allows variable adjustment of the
• PRO LOGIC - Emulates original Dolby Pro Logic
center channel so that it is heard only from the cen-
with 7kHz high frequency filter on rear speakers
ter speaker or in combination with the Left and
and mono surround processing.
Right speakers.
• VIRTUAL - Virtual surround for use without rear
• Surround Filter - Applies a mild high frequency
loudspeakers.
shelf filter to the rear surrounds. This results in a
• MUSIC - Recommended for Music. When com-
more natural soundfield on music since ambient
pared with the MOVIE mode, this mode provides a
sounds normally have a high-frequency rolloff
more spacious front image and less high frequency
induced by room reflections and absorption.
content from the rear channels for an effect similar
• Surround Coherence - Keeps left and right sur-
to a live concert space.
round speakers coherent for a more focused rear.
• MOVIE - (Default) The best choice for most content.
Keep “off” for a more spacious, diffused surround
Works well with both music and movies. Full range
effect.
high frequency response from the rear speakers.
Autobalance circuitry keeps dialogue accurately
centered.
• MATRIX - Use for monaural source material.
• CUSTOM - User adjustable surround parameters.
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er/amplifier system, or sending the output to an older
COMPRESSION:
TV with a single speaker.
SPEAKER SETUP:
Controls the amount of dynamic range compression
from FULL compression to no compression (OFF). You
may freely adjust this to your taste. FULL compression
is useful for low-powered speaker systems, or listening
at reduced levels at night to avoid disturbing others.
With FULL compression low-level dialogue becomes
louder and loud passages are quieter. Turning the
compression OFF will give the most realistic dynamic
range, with wide contrast between the loudest scenes
and the quietest ones. This provides the full impact of
the soundtrack. The default is OFF.
DUAL MONO:
Use this menu to alter the AVS550 for different speaker
configurations and non-ideal speaker placement.
DOWNMIX: Selects downmix mode to use if you do
not have a surround system.
• Lt/Rt applies Pro Logic downmix. This is useful for
recording a 5.1 source to a videotape for later playback using Dolby Pro Logic.
• STEREO applies a standard stereo downmix appropriate for use with a conventional stereo speaker
The normal setting is STEREO.
system or headphones.
L-MONO - sends only the left channel signal to both
• OFF is the default used with a surround speaker
Left and Right output channels.
system.
R-MONO - sends only the right channel output to both
channels. These two selections are useful for some
CENTER: Select ON if you have a center channel
VCDs which may have one language on each channel
speaker (default).
in Mono. MIX-MONO - mixes both left and right chan-
REAR: Select ON if you have rear channel surround
nels, sending the resulting mono mix to both output
speakers (default).
channels. Use this when you are using a mono speak-
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SUBWOOFER: Set ON if you have a separate sub-
they should be adjusted to play at the same volume.
woofer, or powered speaker system that does not have
The buttons on the number keypad correspond to the
it’s own bass management/crossover circuitry.
speakers corresponding to their positions in the pic-
CENTER DELAY: If your center channel speaker is the
ture on the right half of the TV screen.
same distance or further away than your main speak-
1 - Left Front
ers set this to 0 mS. If the center channel is closer to
2 - Center
the listener than the main speakers, add 1 mS for each
3 - Right Front
foot closer to the listener.
6 - Subwoofer
REAR DELAY: If the rear (surround) channels are closer to the listener than the front channels are, select
7 - Left Surround
1ms for each foot closer the surround channels are
9 - Right Surround
than the main Left and Right speakers. If the surPress the button corresponding to the speaker requir-
rounds are the same distance as, or farther away than,
ing adjustment. The Tone will stay on this speaker, use
the front speakers set this to 0mS.
the volume +/- buttons to adjust the volume level.
Select the next channel to adjust and repeat the
process. Continue until all of the channels play at the
TEST TONE:
1
2
3
same apparent volume level. Press ) to exit adjustment
mode. Hint: The adjustment may be made by ear:
however, use of a sound level meter such as Radio
Shack #330-2050 may make the adjustment easier
and more accurate.
6
7
9
Use this after you have defined the speaker layout.
When you select ON, a short burst of pink noise will be
sent to each channel in turn. When the system is balanced, each speaker will play at the same apparent
level when heard at the primary listening position. After
selecting ON, let the tone cycle through all of the
channels at least once. If any of the channels appear
louder or softer than the main left and right channels,
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AUDIO: Selects the priority language (when available)
GENERAL
for the disc audio track. You may choose English
(default), French, Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese.
SUBTITLE: Selects the priority language for subtitles
when supported by the disc.
DISC MENU: Selects the priority language of the disc
menus when supported by the disc.
LOCALE: Selects between the different parental lock
standards of USA (default), China, France, Hong
Kong, Japan, Taiwan, and Great Britain.
PARENTAL: You may select a specific rating level
which will require a password to view. The default is No
Parental, which will play all DVDs regardless of rating.
ANGLE MARK: With Angle Mark on, the OSD will display the number indicating the angle selected when
playing a DVD with multiple camera angles.
CAPTIONS: When OFF, Subtitles are off by default and
may be selected using the remote control. When ON,
Subtitles are normally on, but may be turned off using
the remote.
SCREEN SAVER: The AVS550 automatically activates a
“bouncing ball” screen saver after a few minutes of
inactivity. This will prevent burn-in of an image to a
CRT-based, LCD, or Plasma TV. DLP based TV’s are
more resistant to burn-in and do not normally require
the screen saver. Although we do not recommend it,
you may turn the “bouncing ball” screen saver off. If
you decide to defeat the Screen Saver, do not leave
Select language preferences, TV standards, file navi-
the player on for an extended time on any paused
gation style and parental controls.
scene, photo, or the AVS550’s logo screen.
TV TYPE: Set to match your TV. In the USA, the TV
standard is NTSC (default).
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SMART NAVI:
WITH MENU - The contents of the disc are displayed
in the folder and file hierarchy as burned on the CD.
NO MENU - All of the files are at shown at the same
level.
PARENTAL: You may select a specific rating level
which will require a password to view. The default is
No Parental, which will play all DVDs regardless of rating.
PASSWORD: Use to set your own personal password
for the parental settings. The default password is 3308.
DEFAULTS: Restores the original factory settings.
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SPECIFICATIONS
GENERAL
Supply Voltage: 100V~240V 50/ 60HZ
Power Consumption: 25W
Dimensions: 16 1/4" x 13-1/2" x 3 1/8" (410mm X 345mm X 80mm)
Weight: 11lb/5KG (13-lbs. shipping Weight.)
Operating Temperature: 5-40° C
Operational relative humidity: 15-75%
DVD
Compatible with: DVD-Video, DVD-Audio, SVCD, VCD1.0/1.1/2.0, CDDA, HDCD, MP3, CD-G,
KODAK PICTURE CD, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW
Composite input: CVBS 1.0vp-p 75 Ohms
Composite output: CVBS 1.0vp-p 75 Ohms
S-Video Y, C
Y = 1.0vp-p 75 Ohms
C = 0.286vp-p/NTSC (0.3vp-p/PAL) 75 Ohms
FM TUNER
Frequency Range: 87.5-108MHz
Usable Sensitivity: 1.3 uV/13.2dBf
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >70dB (mono), >68dB (stereo)
Distortion: 0.2% (mono), 0.3% (stereo)
Stereo Separation: 40dB @ 1kHz
Selectivity: 400kHz, 70dB
Image Rejection: 80dB
IF Rejection: 90dB
AM TUNER
Frequency Range: 520kHz-1710kHz
Signal-to-noise Ratio: 45dB
Distortion: 0.8% (1kHz, 50% Modulation)
Selectivity: 30dB at 10kHz
AUDIO
Audio Input: 0.5V - 2V
Audio Output: 0.5V - 2V
5.1 Channel Output: 1.0 V. p-p
Signal to Noise: >104dB ref. full output.
Dynamic Range: >100dB
Note: Cambridge SoundWorks subscribes to a policy of continuous improvement. As a result specifications and
design may be subject to change without prior notice.
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LIMITED WARRANTY
Cambridge SoundWorks, a Creative company, warrants the following Cambridge
SoundWorks products for the periods indicated:
HOW YOU CAN GET SERVICE
1. If you feel your unit needs service, contact Cambridge SoundWorks Return
Authorization by calling toll-free (800) 367-4434. If we agree service is
required, we will provide you with a Return Authorization number. Please do not
return your unit to the factory prior to obtaining a Return Authorization.
Loudspeakers for interior use without internal active amplifiers:
10 year limited parts and labor warranty from the product’s Date Of Purchase
(DOP) from an authorized Cambridge SoundWorks retailer.
2. You must pay any shipping charges to Cambridge SoundWorks. For repairs
that are covered by this limited warranty, Cambridge SoundWorks will pay the
return shipping charges to any destination within the fifty United States.
Subwoofers for interior use:
10 year parts and labor on speaker elements, passive circuitry and cabinet
workmanship from DOP. 2-year limited parts and labor warranty on the active
amplifier circuitry from DOP.
LIMITATION OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES
MegaWorks speaker systems for interior use:
All implied warranties, including warranties of merchantability and fitness for a
particular purpose, are limited in duration to the length of this warranty.
2-year limited parts and labor warranty from DOP.
MegaTheater AVS and other electronic source units for interior use:
EXCLUSION OF DAMAGES
1-year limited parts and labor warranty from DOP.
Cambridge SoundWorks, USA’s liability for any defective product is limited to
repair or replacement of the product at Cambridge SoundWorks, USA’s option.
Cambridge SoundWorks, USA shall not be liable for damage to other products
caused by any defects in Cambridge SoundWorks product, damages based upon
or loss of use of the product, or any other damages, whether incidental, consequential, or otherwise.
WHAT IS COVERED AND WHAT IS NOT COVERED
Except as specified below, this limited warranty covers parts and labor to correct
all defects in materials and workmanship. The following are not covered by the
warranty:
1. Damage, deterioration, malfunction or failure to meet performance specifications resulting from:
HOW STATE LAW RELATES TO THE WARRANTY
a. Accident, acts of nature, misuse, abuse, neglect or product modification.
b. Improper installation, removal or maintenance, or failure to follow instructions
supplied with the product.
Some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts and/or
do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so
the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you.
c. Repair or attempted repair by anyone not authorized by Cambridge
SoundWorks to repair the product.
This limited warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other
rights that vary from state to state.
d. Any shipment of the product (claims must be presented to the carrier).
This warranty is enforceable only inside the U.S.A., its possessions or territories.
e. Any cause other than a product defect.
2. Cleaning, initial setup, checkups with no defects found, or charges incurred for
installation, removal or reinstallation of the product.
Cambridge SoundWorks, Inc.
3. Any product on which any serial number has been defaced, modified, or
removed.
26 Dartmouth Street
4. Batteries.
(800) FOR-HIFI
5. Accessories, including but not limited to batteries, cables, mounting hardware
and brackets, cleaning accessories, antenna and detachable power cords.
(800) 367-4434
Westwood, MA 02090
e-mail: [email protected]
6. Any product purchased outside the U.S.A., its possessions or territories.
Fax: 978-475-7219
WHO MAY ENFORCE THE WARRANTY
This limited warranty may only be enforced by the original purchaser.
WHAT CAMBRIDGE SOUNDWORKS, USA WILL PAY FOR
We will pay for all labor and material expenses for items covered by the limited
warranty. Payment of shipping charges is discussed in the next section of this
limited warranty.
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CAMBRIDGE SOUNDWORKS, INC.
26 Dartmouth Street, Westwood, MA 02090
Telephone: 1-800-367-4434
Fax: 1-978-475-7219
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