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Rane FRS 8 Manual
OPERATING / SERVICE MANUAL
FRS 8
FLEX POWER SUPPLY
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
NOT ENOUGH CURRENT
Using the FRS 8 is as easy as it looks, and should not
present any problems. Connect the red outputs of the FRS 8 to
the red input jacks on the products to be powered using the
supplied 6-wire modular connector cables. The power switch
controls all units powered from the FRS 8. Power is applied
immediately upon power switch closure—there is no time
delay power-up sequence.
Each output of the FRS 8 is rated for a continuous current
output of 650 mA. If more than 650 mA is required and you
have an unused output the issue of paralleling arises. Paralleling of outputs is permitted with the FRS 8.
A cute trick that makes this easy is to use a 6-WIRE wyeadapter (also called T-connector, duplex jack, dual modular
phone coupler, etc.). Plug the single male end into the unit to
be powered, and run two 6-WIRE cables from the duplex
female side into two channels of the FRS 8. This doubles the
available output current from 650 mA to 1.3 A.
MOUNTING THE FRS 8
Normally the FRS 8 is mounted in the right-hand most
two slots of the Flex rack. This allows sensitive mic level
products to be mounted in the far left-hand slots to separate
them from the FRS 8 hum field. If there are any blank spots,
always located them next to the FRS 8 for the most hum-free
performance.
Additionally, create as much ventilation space around the
FRS 8 as possible. This is not critical, it is just good practice.
When fully loaded, the FRS 8 requires unrestricted airflow
into the bottom and out the top of the unit for proper cooling.
POWER SUPPLY CABLES
Each FRS 8 is shipped with (8) 6-wire modular plug
power supply cables. Additional power supply cables are
available from the factory or your dealer. Two lengths are
offered, either 24 inches (package of 4), or 6 feet (package of
3). Please specify length when ordering.
CUSTOMIZING POWER SUPPLY CABLE
LENGTHS
Rane makes available a Mod Cable Connector Kit for
customizing cable lengths for each installation. This kit
consists of a modular connector crimping tool (manufactured
by AMP, Inc.), plus (25) 6-pin modular connectors. Cutting
and crimping a new mod connector takes about 60 seconds.
NOTE: 6-WIRE CABLE AND MODULAR CONNECTORS
MUST BE USED FOR ALL INTERCONNECTION.
COMMON 4-WIRE CABLE AND CONNECTORS WILL
NOT WORK. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE 4-WIRE FOR
6-WIRE CABLE AND CONNECTORS.
TOO MUCH CURRENT
Sometimes you may be tempted to try and power two
units from one output of the FRS 8. If the total current
demand of both units is less than the 650 mA output current,
this daisychaining (running power out of one unit into
another) temptation becomes unbearable. In general, avoid
daisychaining of power supplies. Daisychaining of power
only works between units interconnected by fully balanced
techniques. There can be no signal ground connecting
daisychained units. Failure to follow this rule results in hum
due to an unbreakable ground loop caused by the common
power supply path. Life is simpler if you just say no.
RESETTING TIME
The FRS 8 is protected by solid-state current and temperature sensing devices that reset automatically. This automatic
resetting takes approximately 15 minutes depending upon the
nature of the overload. If power is lost on an output, disconnect the power cable and wait at least 15 minutes before
reconnecting the cable. Meanwhile try to find out why the
unit demanded excessive current (Cable short? Unit failed?
Other?).
CAUTION: THESE SERVICING INSTRUCTIONS ARE
FOR USE BY QUALIFIED PERSONNEL ONLY. TO
AVOID ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT PERFORM ANY
SERVICING OTHER THAN THAT CONTAINED IN
THE OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS UNLESS YOU
ARE QUALIFIED TO DO SO. REFER ALL SERVICING
TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
©Rane Corporation 10802 47th Avenue West, Mukilteo WA 98275-5098 TEL(206) 355-6000 FAX(206) 347-7757
Printed in the U.S.A. on Recycled Paper
All features & specifications subject to change without notice. 520-363 AUG94
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