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CONTENTS MA4.2S USER GUIDE
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APPROVALS
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WARNINGS
3.1 EXPLANATION OF GRAPHICAL SYMBOLS
3.2 WARNING
3.3 CAUTION
3.4 IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
3.5 USER RESPONSIBILITY
3.5.1 LOUDSPEAKER DAMAGE
3.5.2 LOUDSPEAKER OUTPUT HAZARD
3.5.3 RADIO INTERFERENCE
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INTRODUCTION
4.1 UNPACKING
4.2 FRONT PANEL
4.3 REAR PANEL
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REAR PANEL FEATURES
5.1 GAIN SWITCH
5.1.1 GAIN
5.1.2 SENSITIVITY
5.1.3 OPTIONS
5.2 LINK SWITCH
5.3 OPERATING MODES
5.3.1 STEREO MODE
5.3.2 NOTES FOR AMPLIFIER TESTING
5.3.3 TANDEM MODE
5.3.4 BRIDGE MONO MODE
5.3.5 BRIDGE MONO MODE FEATURES
5.4 IMPEDANCE MATCHING (MLS SWITCH)
5.4.1 THE MLS TECHNOLOGY :
5.4.2 THE PROBLEM
5.4.3 THE SOLUTION
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INSTALLATION
6.1 MOUNTING
6.2 COOLING
6.3 OPERATING VOLTAGE
6.4 DENMARK
6.5 SWITZERLAND
6.6 GROUNDING
6.7 POWER CONSUMPTION
6.7.1 CALCULATION
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CONNECTIONS
7.1 INPUT CONNECTIONS
7.1.1 BALANCED INPUTS
7.1.2 UNBALANCED INPUTS
7.2 CONNECTING SPEAKERS
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OPERATION
8.1 OPERATION PRECAUTIONS
8.2 POWERING UP – SOFT START
8.3 INPUT ATTENUATORS
8.4 INDICATORS
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PROTECTION FEATURES
9.1 OUTPUT LIMITER
9.2 THERMAL PROTECTION
9.3 VHF PROTECTION
9.4 SHORT CIRCUIT PROTECTION
9.5 AUTOMATIC FUSE SAVER, AFS - LIMITER
9.6 AC MAINS VOLTAGE PROTECTION
9.7 THE "AC" LED
9.8 D.C. PROTECTION
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MAINTENANCE
10.1 TROUBLESHOOTING
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WARRANTY
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APPROVALS
This equipment conforms to the requirements of the EMC directive 89/336/EEC, amended by
92/31/EEC and 93/68/EEC and the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC, amended
by 93/68/EEC.
Standard Applied
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3.1
EMC Emission
EMC Immunity
Electrical Safety
EN55103-1, E3
EN55103-2, E3, with S/N below 1% at normal operation level.
EN60065, Class I
WARNINGS
Explanation of graphical symbols
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The lightning symbol within a triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of
lethal voltages within the amplifier that are of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric
shock to humans.
The exclamation mark within a triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of
important operating and service instructions in the
literature accompanying the product.
3.2
3.3
WARNING
To reduce risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose
this apparatus to rain or moisture.
3.4
CAUTION
To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
remove screws. There are no user-serviceable parts
inside this amplifier. Refer servicing to qualified
personnel only.
Important Safety Instructions
Before using your amplifier, please read the operating instructions and safety suggestions.
1. Keep this manual for future reference.
2. Do not operate the amplifier if liquid ingress is suspected.
3. Do not stand water or any other liquid on, or near the amplifier.
4. Do not use this amplifier near water. Do not operate the amplifier if wet or standing in liquid.
5. Clean only with dry cloth.
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6. Do not block the air intake or exhaust ports. Always install the unit in accordance with the instructions.
7. Do not operate the amplifier on or near any source of heat, such as radiators, lighting dimmer racks, or
other apparatus that produce heat.
8. Always operate the amplifier with the chassis ground wire connected to the electrical safety earth. Do not
tamper with the electrical safety earth, it is provided for your safety. A grounding type plug is fitted; this
has two pins and a third grounding prong. If the plug provided does not fit your mains outlet, consult an
electrician or a competent person to replace the fitted plug. See page 8 section 6.3 for wiring colour code
9. Connect only to AC power outlets rated 230 - 240V (or 100 - 120 V), 50-60Hz.
10. Do not use this amplifier if the mains cable is damaged or frayed, particularly check where the mains
cable exits the amplifier and the mains plug. Protect the mains cable from being walked upon or rolled
over by heavy objects.
11. Only use accessories specified by the manufacturer.
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12. The amplifier is intended to use in a 19” rack. Follow the mounting instructions. When racks with wheels
are used, use caution to avoid injury from tipping when in motion.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
14. Do not connect an amplifier output in parallel or series with any other amplifier’s output. Do not connect
the amplifier output to any other voltage source, such as a battery, mains outlet, or power supply,
regardless of whether the amplifier is turned on or off.
15. Do not run the output of any amplifier back into another channel's input.
16. Refer all servicing to qualified personnel only. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way such as:
• Mains cable, or plug is damaged
• Liquid has entered the amplifier.
• An object has fallen into the unit
• The amplifier has been exposed to rain or moisture
• The amplifier does not operate normally
• The amplifier was dropped or the enclosure is damaged
17. Do not remove top or bottom covers. There are no user serviceable parts inside the amplifier, removal of
the covers will expose hazardous voltages, and may void the warranty.
18. An experienced person should always supervise inexperienced adults or minors when using professional
audio equipment
3.5
User responsibility
3.5.1
Loudspeaker damage
Your amplifier is very powerful and can be potentially dangerous to both loudspeakers and humans alike.
Many loudspeakers can be easily damaged or destroyed by overpowering, especially with the high power
available from a bridged amplifier. Always check the loudspeaker’s continuous and peak power
capabilities.
Even when using the amplifier’s front panel attenuator's to reduce the gain, it is still possible to reach full output
power, if the input signal level is high enough.
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3.5.2
Loudspeaker output hazard
Power amplifiers are capable of producing hazardous output voltages. To avoid the risk of electric shock, do
not touch any exposed loudspeaker wiring, when the amplifier is operating. See page 14 Connecting
loudspeakers.
3.5.3
Radio interference
A sample of this product has been tested and complies with the limits for the European Electro Magnetic
Compatibility (EMC) directive. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference from electrical equipment. This product uses radio frequency energy and if not used or installed in
accordance with these operating instructions, may cause interference to other equipment, such as radio receivers.
Compliance with the (EMC) directive does not automatically guarantee non- disturbance of susceptible equipment
in close proximity to this amplifier.
If this equipment is suspected of causing interference this can be easily checked by powering the amplifier on and
off, the user can correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Re - orientate or relocate the receiver’s antenna.
• Increase the distance between the amplifier and the effected equipment
• Connect the mains cable to a socket on a different circuit from that to which the affected equipment is
connected.
• Check if the affected equipment complies with the EMC limits for immunity, (CE-labelled). If not,
address the problem with the manufacturer or supplier. All electrical products sold in the EC must be
approved for immunity against electromagnetic fields, high voltage flashes, and radio interference.
• Consult your dealer or an experienced engineer/ technician for help.
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Thank you for purchasing a Martin Audio power amplifier. This manual contains important information on operating
your amplifier correctly and safely. Please take some time and read this manual and familiarize yourself with the
advanced features of this amplifier.
4.1
Unpacking
Each Martin Audio MA series amplifier is built to the highest standard and thoroughly inspected before it leaves the
factory. After unpacking the unit, examine it carefully for any signs of transit damage and inform your dealer if such
damage is found. It is suggested that you retain the original packaging so that the unit can be repackaged at a
future date if necessary.
Please note that Martin Audio and its distributors cannot accept responsibility for damage to any returned product
through the use of non - approved packaging.
4.2
Front Panel
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1. Carry/protection handle
Both handles can be used to carry the amplifier; they also act as protection for the front panel. In fixed installations
or where rack front covers are too shallow, they may be removed by unscrewing the retaining bolts behind the front
panel.
2. Input level attenuators
These controls are used to set the signal level entering the amplifier. They are calibrated in dB's to assist the setup of
active loudspeaker systems. (See page 14).
3. Protect indicator LED
This indicator illuminates if the amplifier attempts to function above its maximum operating temperature (90°°C).
The indicator first comes on as a warning to either turn down the input level or check the cooling arrangements,
after which point the amplifier will mute the input signal. When the cooling fans have returned the output heat sinks
back to the normal operating temperature the input signal is un-muted.
This indicator also illuminates when signals above 12 kHz at full power are detected at the output terminals, or if the
short circuit protection is activated. Should this occur the input signal is muted, and the process repeats until the VHF
signal is no longer present. (See page 15).
4. Clip/limit indicator
This indicator signals when the amplifier output is clipping or limiting. It has two different indication states:
If the clip limiter is engaged, it has a short time constant and it illuminates briefly. (See page 15).
If the clip limiter is not engaged, it has an increased time constant and it illuminates for a longer period.
5. Signal present indicator
This LED illuminates at – 40dB below full output signal
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6. On indicator
The two bottom green LED’s indicate that the output circuits are receiving the correct rail voltage.
7. Fan grille filters
Two grilles with foam filters are located on the front panel to prevent dust from entering the amplifier. The grilles are
removable for easy cleaning of the filters by simply pulling them off. The foam filters should always be used.
8. Power switch
Turns mains power on or off.
(See page 10 and 14)
9. AC indicator
Indicates if AC voltage is present. Note: this indicator is located electrically in front of the power switch.
10. AFS indicator
Indicates if the AFS (Automatic Fuse Saver) -current limiter is activated.
4.3
Rear Panel
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CH. B INPUT
OUTPUT CH.B
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1. Output / Speaker connector
The Speakon connector from Neutrik may be unfamiliar to some users. A full description is found in the operation
section. (See page 13).
2. Minimum load selector (MLS™) switch
These switches are used to select the maximum output power. (See page 8).
3. Clip limiter switch
Turns the clip limiter “ON” (switch IN position) or “OFF” (switch OUT position). (See page 15).
4. Input signal XLR. Neutrik Combijack features also _” TRS phone jacks. (Pin 2 is “hot”, see page 12).
5. Link Input. XLR male connector connected in parallel to the female for linking the channel to another input.
6. Gain switch channel B. Three of the switches in the DIP-switch selects the maximum gain of the channel to be
either 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 36, 39 or 41 dB. (See page 6).
7. Link and Polarity reverse switch. Two of the switches in the DIP-switch are used for Link and Bridge
operation. (See page 7).
8. Gain switch channel A. Three of the switches in the DIP-switch selects the maximum gain of the channel to be
either 20, 23, 26, 29, 32, 36, 39 or 41 dB. (See page 6).
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9. AC Mains cable. WARNING!
A label just below the mains cable on the rear of the amplifier indicates the selected AC mains
operating voltage. Connect the mains cable only to the AC source referred to on the label.
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5.1
REAR PANEL FEATURES
Gain switch
The gain switch located on the rear panel (the central DIP-switch) changes the gain/input sensitivity of the amplifier.
This can be useful when using low or high nominal input signals. Most professional mixing consoles operate at a
nominal level of +4 to +6 dBu; the 32dB gain position ensures there is plenty of fader movement available. For semi
professional mixing desks operating at a nominal level of 0dB or -10dB the higher gain settings of the amplifier can be
used.
The DIP-switch
Different gains and function can be selected for channel A and B, by
appropriate setting of the DIP switch. Selecting the maximum gain of the
amplifier is always a trade off between noise and headroom. A low gain
amplifier amplifies less of the noise of the preceding equipment (mixer,
crossover, equalizer etc.). A higher input level is then required to attain full
power output, so the headroom will be decreased on mixer or crossover
outputs. In an actively driven system there is usually a dedicated loudspeaker
processor or controller, for the loudspeaker system. Most loudspeaker
manufacturers recommend a specific gain for the amplifiers for use with their
controllers.
5.1.1
Gain
There are eight positions of gain selectable, from 20dB to 41dB in 3dB steps. The different settings for the DIPswitches are listed in the table below. The three switches to the very left are for channel B, and the three to the
very right are for channel A. The two switches in the middle select the operating mode of the amplifier, Stereo or
Link/Bridge A+B.
5.1.2
Sensitivity
Sensitivity is the level in volts (rms) or dBu (referred to 0.775Vrms) that are required to
obtain full output power. As the output power varies with the load impedance, 4 ohms
is usually taken as the reference. Because the MA4.2s is equipped with an MLS-switch
there are numerous variations of output power versus sensitivity versus load
impedance.
We recommend calculating the sensitivity if this is necessary.
As a guide the table below gives the input level in volts rms, and dBu, versus gain for
full power output @1% thd 1KHz sine wave, MLS switches in position 0dB.
Gain dB
Input dBu
Input V rms
20
+ 22.5
10.40
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Link switch
The Link switch located on the rear panel (the central DIP-switch) is for changing the operating mode of the amplifier
(see below, section 5.3).
5.3
Operating modes
5.3.1
Stereo mode
In this configuration, both channels operate independently of each other. This is used
for all 2-channel operations, e.g. bi-amp and stereo. Stereo mode is selected by
placing the two central switches in the “OFF” position (Down). The attenuators on the
front panel control the respective channels levels.
Never connect either output terminal to ground or in parallel. The recommended
minimum nominal impedance, for stereo or tandem operation, is 2 ohms per channel.
5.3.2
Notes for amplifier testing
NOTE: Channel B is always polarity reversed on the input, and polarity reversed back on the output. On channel B
the positive output voltage with respect to 0V appears on pin -2 of the Speakon connector. Channel A is connected
with normal polarity. By having channel A and B operating in opposite polarity, the energy storage in the power
supply is more efficient. This is significant for signals below 100 Hz (sub bass etc.) and improves the power
bandwidth. Be sure to use balanced inputs on all measuring equipment (including oscilloscope probes) if
you are bench testing.
Reverse operation of Channel B.
5.3.3
Tandem mode
In tandem mode channel A input is linked to channel B input, either input socket may then be used to provide the
input signal. Tandem mode is activated by placing the two central switches (4 and 5) in the “ON” position (UP).
Both input attenuator’s are active, allowing you to set different levels for each channel. Note that only the inputs are
connected in parallel. This is NOT a parallel output mode. Never connect either output terminal to ground or in
parallel.
You can use the remaining input connectors to parallel off “Daisy – chain” signals to other amplifiers.
NOTE: Always turn off the Link switch when using the amplifier for Bi-amping.
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5.1.3
Options
As the DIP-switch is recessed, a sticker can be placed across the cut out to prevent unauthorized tampering. Another
option is to remove the DIP-switch. This should only be done by authorized service personnel. This corresponds
to all switches set to “OFF ”, i.e. 32dB gain and stereo mode.
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Bridge mono mode
Bridge mono mode is used to deliver increased power to the
loudspeakers. Using the MA4.2s in bridge mode reduces the number of
channels from two to one. The nominal impedance of the load must be
more than 3 ohms. Set the Link/bridge switches to the “On” position (UP)
and use either of the input connectors A or B. You can use the remaining
input connectors to carry a parallel signal to other amplifiers. Both A and
B level attenuators must be in the same position. We recommend they
are used in the 0dB fully clockwise position.
The loudspeaker should now be connected to channel A output
Speakon. (+1 should be connected to the [+] terminal of the
loudspeaker, and –2 to the [-] terminal of the loudspeaker).
5.3.5
Bridge mono mode features
Bridged mono mode combines the power of two output channels into one. This results in twice the voltage swing,
four times the peak power and just less than three times the full power of a single channel.
This is because the coil is driven with positive voltage at one pole and an equivalent negative voltage at the other
pole. So, if an 8 ohms load is connected in bridged mode, one channel shares one 4 ohms part of the load, and the
other channel shares the other 4 ohms part. The power into 4 ohms from an MA 4.2s (MLS at 0dB) is 2300W. So,
the total bridged power into the 8 ohms load will be 2 x 2300 = 4600W.
5.4
Impedance matching (MLS switch)
The MLS switches are located on the rear panel of the amplifier. The MLS (Minimum Load Select) switches offer
impedance/power matching, so that you can drive the MA 4.2s into 2 ohms without increased heat loss. The MA
4.2s can deliver 2300 watts into both 2 and 4 ohms. Use higher MLS switch positions when connecting to lower
impedances as shown in Table 1. As can be seen from Table 1, the MA 4.2s can produce output powers in excess of
2000 watts.
MLS positions can be set differently for each channel, and a variety of combinations can be achieved (see Table 2).
Table 2 provides the simplest way to find the best MLS position for your application. There is no risk of damaging the
amplifier, as it is well protected (even down to 0.3 ohms). If you are unsure, or where time does not permit
experimentation, use the default positions.
The MA4.2s amplifier is a power converter, and by selecting MLS positions you are allocating a portion of the 6400
watts of power
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16 ohms
CONFIGURATION
Stereo (2 channel)
-5 dB
220 w
MLS SWITCH SETTING
-4 dB
-2 dB
260 W
410 W
0 dB
650 W
8 ohms
Stereo (2 channel)
430 W
520 W
820 W
1300 W
4 ohms
Stereo (2 channel)
830 W
1000 W
1600 W
2300 W
2 ohms
Stereo (2 channel)
1660 W
2000 W
2400 W
3050 W [2]
2900 W [1]
3200 W [2]
16 ohms
Bridged mono
860 W
1040 W
1640 W
2600 W
8 ohms
Bridged mono
1660 W
2000 W
3200 W
4600 W
4 ohms
Bridged mono
3320 W
4000 W
4800 W
5800 W [1]
[1] Component tolerance dependent
[2] Continuous power, one channel driven or peak power both channels driven.
(Thermal protection may occur at high continuous power).
Power in watts (EIA 1 kHz, 1% THD)
Table 1.
5.4.1
The MLS technology :
Type of mode
MLS switches on rear panel
Conventional mode
5.4.2
The problem:
If you assume that a power
amplifier can deliver 1000
watts into 8 ohms, and is
designed to be able to run
into 2 ohms. Theoretically, it
should be able to deliver
4000 watts into the 2-ohm
load.
Very few professional power
amplifiers are able to do this,
as all conventional power
amplifier designs are a
compromise between power
dissipation, costs, size etc. Most amplifiers can deliver only
70% or less of their theoretical power into 2 ohms. This is due
to resistive losses in the power supply and the use of current
limiting to protect the output semiconductor devices.
High voltage mode
Power/Impedance
Ch.A
Ch.B
1300/8
1300/8
2100/4
2100/4
3200/2
3200/2
104Vrms
1300/8
650/16
104Vrms
1300/8
650/16
Load matching
1300/8
2300/4
820/8
1600/4
2400/2
830/4
Power sharing
3200/2
3200/2
3200/2
1660/2
2300/4
1300/8
Limited power
1660/2
2000/2
1000/4
520/8
820/8
1000/4
Bi-amp mode
3200/2
2300/4
1300/8
2300/4
2300/4
1300/8
650/16
830/4
5.4.3
The solution:
The solution is to use a “Constant Power Converter”. The
Table 2
converter is connected between the power supply and the
linear power amplifier. The main feature of the Constant Power Converter is that it can produce more current than it
takes from the power supply, and this way overcomes the losses in the power supply when driving low
impedances. As power is the product of current and voltage, an increase in current requires a reduction in voltage.
This reduction in voltage also causes the dissipation in the output devices to be lower. The current limit protection
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6.1
INSTALLATION
Mounting
The amplifier is two rack units high (2U) and weighs 10Kg (22lbs) and will mount in a standard EIA 19” rack.
Amplifiers may be stacked directly on top of each other. There is no need for spacing between units. If it is the
intention to fill a rack with amplifiers, we recommend racking is started from the bottom of the rack. It is also
recommended that rear supports are used for amplifiers mounted in the middle of the rack, especially if used as
part of a portable system.
6.2
Cooling
Your amplifier uses a forced air cooling system to maintain a low and even operating temperature. All fan cooled
Martin Audio MA series amplifiers have front to rear cooling. Never try to reverse the direction of airflow, as the
amplifier needs a pressure chamber between the fans and the internal heat sink and this only operates in one
direction of the airflow.
Make sure there is adequate air supply in front of the amplifier, and that the rear of the amplifier has sufficient
space to allow the exhaust air to escape. If the amplifier is rack mounted, do not use covers or door on the front or
rear of the rack. If the heat sink temperature rises too high, sensing circuits will mute the hot channel. If the power
supply overheats, another sensing circuit will mute both output channels, until they cool down to a safe operating
temperature.
For installations with a central cooling system, usually found in fixed installations with a dedicated rack room, it may
be necessary to calculate the maximum heat emission. Refer to Power consumption on page 11. Remember never
rack different brands of amplifiers together that have opposing air flow characteristics.
6.3
Operating voltage
WARNING!
A label just below the mains cable inlet on the rear of the amplifier indicates the selected AC mains
operating voltage. Connect the mains cable only to the AC source referred to on the label. The warranty
will not cover damage caused by connecting to the wrong type of AC mains.
If the fitted mains connector is not appropriate for your country, it can be cut off and wired to a suitable connector in
the following way:
BLACK or BROWN
LIVE
WHITE or BLUE
NEUTRAL
GREEN or GREEN/YELLOW
EARTH
Once connected to a suitable AC supply, the amplifier can be started with the power switch. When you power up the
amplifier it takes a couple of seconds to self check (this is known as the "soft start" or "slow start" sequence), the fans
then blow at high speed before going into "idle". The two bottom green LED’s then illuminate to show the amplifier is
operational.
6.4
Denmark:
National deviation concerning installation of the MA4.2s:
Danish safety regulation only permits the use of an 8A main fuse. As the MA 4.2s uses an internal primary mains
fuse of 15A, the MA4.2s must be equipped with an industrial mains connector rated for 16A or above, or as an
alternative it can be hard wired to a 16A capacity circuit and breaker.
6.5
Switzerland:
National deviation concerning installation of the MA 4.2s:
Swiss safety regulation stipulates that type 23 mains connectors must be used.
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threshold can be adjusted for a much higher current, so it cannot interfere with the requirement by the loudspeaker
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There is no ground lift switch or terminal on this amplifier. The signal ground is always floating via a resistor to chassis
and the grounding system is automatic. If a potential difference above 0.6V is detected between signal ground and
chassis ground, a short circuit is automatically introduced between the two, ensuring electrical protection. If other
equipment or amplifiers within a system should develop an electrical fault to earth, the mains fuse on that equipment
should rupture due to this automatic system, allowing an earth current to flow for protection purposes.
If however you wish to permanently connect the signal ground to chassis earth, connect the XLR-connector’s shell lug
to pin 1. In the interest of safety never disconnect the earth pin on the mains cable.
To comply with CE approval (radio interference), there is an AC mains filter. This filter needs the chassis ground for
reference, otherwise a current loop is formed via the signal ground.
Never disconnect (lift) the mains safety earth.
6.7
Power consumption
There are three ways to determine the power/current consumption of the amplifier:
First, the peak current draw at full output power. Under this condition the power amplifier will operate for less than
2 minutes before thermally limiting or blowing the mains fuse, and is an unrealistic “normal” use condition. To
design a mains distribution system based on the current draw at full power would result in an over specified
system. No music programme material requires the full steady state continuous power of an amplifier, this
operating condition is only valid during amplifier bench testing. *
Second, the maximum expected average current under worst-case program material, which is 1/3 of full power
according to the FTC-standard. At this level the music will be in a state of constant clip and is therefore the highest
power level that can be obtained without completely obliterating the program material.
Last, the "normal operating power", as defined by EN 60065, IEC 65/ANSI/UL 6500 as a measurement level for
approval and testing to these standards. The normal operating power is measured using pink noise, with an
average output power equal to one-eighth of full power. The one-eighth power is the maximum level music can be
re-played without continuous amplifier clipping; this corresponds to a headroom of only 9dBs, which is very low for
normal program material.
*If operating the amplifier at sustained full power into low impedances, the MA 4.2s has a mains current limiter,
AFS (Automatic Fuse Saver), which will limit the long-term current draw. Read more about AFS-limiter under
Protection on page 15.
MAX OUTPUT POWER
MA4.2s
note 1
note 2
8 ohms
4 ohms
2 ohms
2x
2x
2x
Power *
[W]
1300
2300
3200
MAINS INPUT POWER
AFS activated
[W]
1300
1450
1850
1/3 Power
note 1
1230
1975
2950
1/8 Power
note 2
575
900
1290
Idle
105
105
105
* will be reduced by AFS limiter
Average power with music as program source. The amplifier driven to clip level.
Normal music power with 9dB headroom, IEC standard power rating.
6.7.1
Calculation
The current draw can be calculated by dividing the mains input power by the mains voltage.
We recommend you to design the power distribution for at least the current at 1/8 power, and 1/3 power for heavyduty demands such as concert touring and industrial music etc.
The heat power can be calculated as follows:
If a headroom figure of 5dB(1/3 full power) is used with a 4 ohms load on each output of the amplifier. The 1/3
power per channel is then; 2300 / 3 = 767 watts, and the total output power = 2 x 767 = 1534 watts.
The power consumption according to the chart above is then 1975watts.
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CONNECTIONS
7.1
Input connections
7.1.1
Balanced inputs
XLR Input connectors are active balanced and wired according to the IEC 268, that is pin 2 hot, and wired in the
following way:
PIN 1
PIN 2
PIN 3
GROUND/SHIELD
HOT (+)
COLD (-)
XLR balanced
XLR input connector
Within the Neutrik® Combojack there is a _”(6.3mm) phone jack, which is wired in parallel with the XLR.
TIP
RING
SLEEVE
H OT
COLD
SHIELD/GROUND
_” TRS plug
The input impedance is high enough (20k ohms balanced) to allow ”daisy-chaining”, or multiple parallel input
connections. The headroom of the input circuits will also accept the maximum output level from virtually any low-level
signal source. Balanced signals are less sensitive to AC hum and radio interference. The source impedance should be
less than 1k ohms to avoid high frequency losses if long cable runs are used.
To daisy chain amplifiers, use the XLR-male connector, labeled Link, provided on each channel. It is connected in
parallel with the Neutrik Combo jack on each input.
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The heat power produced is the difference between the power consumption and output power:
1975 - 1534 = 441 watts for the amplifier.
MA4.2s HEAT POWER
1/3 POWER
1/8 POWER
1/3 POWER
1/8 POWER
1/3 POWER
1/8 POWER
WATTS
Kcal/hour
BTU/hour
8 Ohm
363
250
310
220
1240
850
4 Ohm
442
325
380
280
1510
1110
2 Ohm
817
490
700
420
2790
1670
1/3 Power level = Average power with music as programme source. The amplifier driven to clip level
1/8 Power level = Normal operating power with music as programme source, 9dB headroom
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Unbalanced line connection
Balanced line with unbalanced equipment
For two-channel (stereo) operation, use both channels A and B. For tandem stereo or bridged mono operation, use
only one of the inputs. See operating modes for more details.
7.2
Connecting speakers
Speaker connections are made via the two Neutrik NL4FC Speakon connectors. The Speakon connector is designed
for high power loudspeaker use and meets all worldwide safety requirements.
Connections:
The Speakons are wired:
Channel A
Pin +1, Pin - 1 = Output A
Pin +2, Pin - 2 = Output B
Channel B
Pin +1, Pin -1= Output B
The right Speakon, Channel A, has both channel A and B outputs available, so is useful for bridging and bi-amp
operation (see bridged mono operation on page 8). The left Speakon, Channel B, carries only the channel B
output.
Channel A and B into two separate
Speakons.
Channel A and B into one Speakon
(Stereo and Bi-amp)
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Unbalanced inputs
To connect an unbalanced source, tie pin 3 (ring on TRS jack) down to the shield of the connector. If you leave one
pin disconnected, you will lose 6 dBs in level.
A better method for using unbalanced sources is shown below. This is similar to the connection for balanced lines, but
pin 3 is connected to the shield at the source. The hum and noise rejection for the cable is equivalent to that for a
balanced line. To minimize hum in the audio, use balanced inputs whenever possible.
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8
OPERATION
8.1
8.2
Operation precautions
•
Make sure that the power switch is set to “OFF” before connecting any input or output or operating the
switches on rear panel. See pages 10 about installation.
•
Make sure that the AC mains voltage is correct and the same as the one printed on the rear panel of the
amplifier. See pages 10, about operating voltage and power consumption.
•
Make sure that the operating mode switches on the rear panel for, gain, clip limiting, and MLS selection
are in the correct position. See page 7 “ operating modes”, page 15 “clip limiters” and page 8 for MLS
selection.
•
It is always a good idea to turn down the gain controls during power-up, to prevent loudspeaker damage in
due to a high signal being present at the input.
Powering up – Soft start
When you power up the amplifier it takes a couple of seconds to check its circuits. This is known as the "soft-start" or
"slow-start" sequence. The fans then blow at high speed before going into "idle" and the two bottom green LED’s
illuminate to show the amplifier is operational.
8.3
Input attenuators
The two input level attenuators on the front panel adjust the signal level for their respective amplifier channel in all
modes. They are calibrated in dB to help the setting up of active loudspeaker systems.
In bridged mode, both controls must be in the same position, so that the speaker load will be shared equally between
the channels.
8.4
Indicators
The two-bottom green ”ON” LED’s indicate that the output circuits are receiving the correct rail voltage.
The ”-40 dB” LED’s illuminate if the output signal is greater than - 40dB (with 0dB as reference to full output power).
These LED’s also act as signal present indicators.
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Never connect either output terminal to ground or to some other output or input terminal (see warnings in
chapter 1)
For normal two-channel operation, connect each speaker load across the output’s positive and negative terminals.
Pay attention to speaker polarity; loudspeakers connected out of polarity degrade sound quality.
Keep the loudspeaker cables as short as possible and use a good quality stranded cable. Do not use shielded wire,
such as microphone or guitar cable. The loudspeaker cable reduces the power of the amplifiers in two ways:
It increases the load impedance and introduces resistive power losses.
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PROTECTION FEATURES
Each Martin Audio amplifier has many advanced protection features, protecting both the amplifier and the
loudspeakers connected to it, should a fault condition arise. Under normal use these features are inaudible. All
protection circuits operate independently.
9.1
Output Limiter
An output limiter is included to avoid amplifier clipping. When an amplifier is severely overdriven, its output waveform
is clipped (its peaks are squared off) – reducing the crest factor. In extreme cases, the waveform can approach that of
a square wave. An amplifier is normally capable of producing far more power under these condition s than its normal
undistorted rated output power.
The limiter works by monitoring the output and comparing the distortion produced between the input and output of the
amplifier. If the distortion exceeds 1%THD for any reason (voltage or current clipping), the limiter reduces the input
signal proportionally. Note that, if the signal is distorted or clipped before it reaches the amplifier, the clip limiter will not
be activated.
Under normal operation the clip limiter is inaudible. The limiter can be turned “ON” or “OFF” by pressin g the relevant
clip limit switch. See page 5
Some manufacturers of loudspeaker processors do not recommend the use of clip limiters in amplifiers, as it can
affect the tracking of the processor's limiters. If the amplifier is being used without any external limiting, Martin
Audio recommend leaving the clip limiters switched “ON” (button depressed).
9.2
Thermal protection
When the amplifier is driven very hard into a low impedance load, the cooling fans will run at high speed. If these
operating conditions continue, the Protect indicator(s) will illuminate indicating that the amplifier is about to go into
thermal shutdown.
After five seconds the amplifier will go into thermal protect by muting the input signal. After 15-20 seconds the
amplifier will have cooled down enough for the amplifier to come out of shutdown and operate as n ormal. If the load
conditions remain unchanged the thermal protection will be re - initiated. Thermal protection occurs when the heat sink
temperature reaches 900 C.
9.3
VHF protection
If a signal of more than 12kHz, at full power is detected for more than five seconds, the VHF protection mutes the
input signal. (This is indicated on the front panel (4) by the LED labeled Protect). After five seconds the outputs will
un-mute and return to normal operation, unless the output signal has remained unchanged, in which case the VHF
protection will re-initiate.
9.4
Short circuit protection
All Martin Audio MA Series amplifiers are completely short circuit protected. The protection circuit permits very high
peak currents, but still holds the output devices within the safe operating area. If a short circuit is maintained, the
channel affected will eventually go into a thermal protect cycle until the short circuit has been removed.
9.5
Automatic Fuse Saver, AFS - limiter
The AFS circuit continuously monitors the mains current draw, and electronically models the characteristics of a 16
Amp (type B) circuit breaker, limiting the mains power current draw to 20A (230V) and 40A (115V). When power
testing the amplifier using test waveforms it is possible for the continuous mains current draw to activate the AFS
limiter, under these conditions the current is reduced to a safe operating level.
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The Clip/limit indicator tells when the amplifier output is clipping or limiting. It has two different indication statuses:
• If the clip limiter is engaged it has a short time constant and it illuminates briefly.
• If the clip limiter is not engaged it has an increased time constant and illuminates for a longer perio d.
The remaining yellow LEDs indicate if any protection circuits are activated. These are described on page 15.
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The AFS circuit is an advanced current limiter, allowing high peak currents, which do not significantly raise the
long-term average power, but limiting the current draw if a high continuous current is detected.
If the AFS circuit is activated, or if the power supply regulation goes out of stabilization, it will be indicated by the
AFS -LED on the front panel. The power supply could go out of stabilization at low mains voltage in combination
with low load impedance, during the start-up sequence.
If the average current draw exceeds the AFS trip level (during bench testing) the amplifier output power will be
reduced by 2dB. That is the same as an MA 4.2s being reduced to the power of an MA2.8s. This is preferable to
blowing a main breaker and the amplifier being turned off, as the only thing that is reduced is 2dB’s of headroom,
which will not be noticeable on peaks of 120 – 130dB.
9.6
AC mains voltage protection
If the AC mains voltage is outside the operational window (over or under voltage), the power supply will
automatically shut down. When the mains voltage is above the minimum start voltage and below its maximum
operating voltage the amplifier will restart.
The two green ‘ON’ LED’s indicate when the power supply is operating correctly.
It takes a couple of seconds to self-check (this is known as the "soft start" or "slow start" sequence), the gain will
slowly and gradually be increased back to the previously set level, and the fans will blow at high speed before going
into "idle".
9.7
The “AC” LED:
This green LED indicates that there is mains power present on the incoming mains power conductors, and is a
safety requirement. Electrically it is located in front of the mains switch and soft-start circuit, and illuminates even if
the amplifier is off.
The MA4.2s uses a power-relay in the soft-start circuit, with a low voltage control switch instead of a high power
switch on the front panel. This method of power switching is more reliable and takes up less panel space than a
conventional power switch.
9.8
DC. protection
There are two types of DC protection:
• Fuses on the supply branches of each channel.
• DC crowbar protection that shorts the output if more than 10 volts DC are being detected on the outputs.
Both these circuits come into effect once a DC level has been detected on either channel.
10 MAINTENANCE
Under normal use the amplifier should provide years of trouble-free service. The only maintenance required by the
user is to clean the front grill periodically.
In some extreme cases it may be necessary for authorized service personnel to clean the inside of the amplifier.
These conditions usually occur after prolonged use, e.g. in environments using "cracked- oil" smoke machines.
If you are using your amplifier for heavy duty use i.e. concert touring or industrial music it is recommended that you
have your amplifier serviced every 3 years, purely as a preventative measure.
10.1 Troubleshooting
These are typical things to check if you think your amplifier is faulty:
Fault: No output.
If the signal present LED (-40dB) is illuminating a signal is entering the amplifier; and the likely cause is an
unsecured Speakon connector, or loose termination
Check also that the VHF protection is not activated. If it is, remove the cause of the high frequency oscillations from
the relevant input.
Fault: The amplifier goes into thermal protection when driven at low level.
Check that there is no short circuit present at the amplifier's output, e.g. any component in the loudspeaker (this
can occur when the loudspeaker voice coil gets hot).
Fault: The amplifier goes into protection with power indicators off.
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If the AFS -limiter is activated, this will be indicated by the AFS-LED on the front panel. The AFS limiter will not be
activated during normal use, even under sustained heavy clipping
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Fault: The amplifier does not respond even after checking above items.
In the unlikely event of on a non-user rectifiable fault, return the amplifier to your supplier or an approved service
centre.
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11 WARRANTY
General
The MA 4.2s Power amplifier is warranted to be free from defects in components and factory workmanship under
normal use and service, for a period of three years from the date of original purchase. During this warranty period
MARTIN AUDIO LTD or it's nominated agents, will undertake to repair, or at it's discretion, replace this product at
no charge to it's owner, when failing to perform as specified, providing the unit is returned undamaged, in it's
original packaging, shipping prepaid, to the factory, distributor or authorised service facility.
This warranty shall be null and void, if the product is subjected to:
1)
Repair work or alteration by persons other than those authorised by MARTIN AUDIO LTD
or it's agents
2)
Shipping accidents, act of god, war, civil insurrection, misuse, abuse, operation with incorrect AC voltage,
operation with faulty associated equipment, exposure to inclement weather conditions and normal wear
and tear. Units on which the serial number has been removed or defaced will not be eligible for warranty
service.
3)
MARTIN AUDIO LTD shall not be responsible for any incidental or consequential damages, with respect to
the products warranted
MARTIN AUDIO LTD reserve the right to make changes or improvements in design or manufacturing, without
assuming any obligation to change or improve products previously manufactured
This warranty is exclusive and no other warranty is expressed or implied.
This warranty does not affect your statutory rights
International
Please contact your supplier for this information, as rights and disclaimers may vary from country to country.
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International
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Check that the AC mains voltage is within the amplifier’s operating range, 130-265V and (65-135V @ 115V).
Over/under-voltage protection may have occurred. If the amplifier is connected by mistake to a 3-phase supply
(415V), an internal non-resetable fuse or resistor may have blown. The amplifier must then be returned to your
supplier for service/ repair.
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MAXIMUM OUTPUT POWER
MLS in 0dB position
8Ω per Channel
4Ω per Channel
2Ω per Channel
8Ω Bridged
4Ω Bridged
EIA @1kHz 1%thd
FTC 20 – 20kHz @ 0.1% thd
1300W
2300W
2900W
4600W
5800W
1280W
2200W
2500W
4400W
5000W
MAXIMUM OUTPUT VOLTAGE
8Ω load
Peak voltage, no load
102Vrms
145Vrms
POWER REQUIREMENTS
Operating voltage
Minimum start up voltage
Peak inrush current
230V version
130 – 270 Vac
175Vac
5A
115V version
65 – 135Vac
95Vac
5A
MAINS CURRENT DRAW @ 4 Ohms
Quiescent current (no load)
1/8th Full power (both channels driven)
1/3rd Full power (both channels driven)
Full power (1Khz @1% thd) AFS limited*
230V version
0.6Arms
6.0Arms
14Arms
20Arms*
115V version
1.2Arms
12Arms
28Arms
40Arms*
DISTORTION
THD 20Hz – 20KHz 1W to full power
THD @ 1KHz 1dB below clip
DIM 30 @ 3dB below clip
0.1%
0.04%
0.04%
HUM / NOISE
< -105dB
CHANNEL SEPERATION
-80dB
OUTPUT IMPEDANCE
60mΩ
SLEW RATE
20VµS
INPUTS
DIP switch selectable gain Ref
4Ω for full power MLS 0dB
Gain dB
Input dBu
Input V rms
20
+ 22.5
10.40
23
+19.5
7.36
26
+16.5
5.20
29
+13.5
3.69
32
+10.5
2.61
35
+7.5
1.85
Impedance
20KΩ Differential
10KΩ Single ended
c.m.r.r.
50dB
DIMENSIONS
(W) 483mm x (H) 88mm x (D) 393mm (incl. Handles)
(W) 19ins x (H) 3.5ins x (D) 15.5ins (incl. Handles)
WEIGHT
10Kg (22Ibs)
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(W) 560mm x (H) 180mm x (D) 500mm
(W) 22ins x (H) 7.1ins x (D) 19.7ins
SHIPPING WEIGHT
11.6Kg (25.6lbs)
Front Panel
Gain controls
Indicators Protect
Indicators Clip
Indicators Signal Present
Indicator AC present
Indicator AFS
2 x 31 Position detent
2 x Yellow LED’s
2 x Red LED’s
2 x Green LED’s
1 x Green LED
1 x Yellow LED
Rear Panel
Input Connectors
Output Connectors
Clip Limiters
MLS Switches
2 x Neutrik Combo, + 3 pin Phoenix
2 x Neutrik Speakons
Push Switch “ON”/ ”OFF” per Channel
0dB, -2dB, -4dB, -5dB.
Speakon¸ and Combº jack, are registered Trademarks of Neutrik AG Liechtenstein.
MLS¸ and AFS¸ are registered Trademarks of Lab gruppen AB Kungsbacka Sweden.
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