Creative Inspire GD580 User`s guide

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ENGLISH
User’s Guide
Creative Inspire GD580
Information in this document is subject to change without notice and does not represent a commitment on the part of Creative Technology Ltd. No part of this manual may be
reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, for any purpose without the written permission of Creative
Technology Ltd.
Copyright © 2003 Creative Technology Ltd. All rights reserved.
Version 1.0
July 2003
The Creative logo, Sound Blaster and the Sound Blaster logo are registered trademarks and Audigy, Sound Blaster Audigy, Inspire and Live! are trademarks of Creative Technology
Ltd. in the United States and other countries.
Manufactured under license from Digital Theater Systems, Inc. U.S. Pat. No. 5,451,942; 5,956,674; 5,974,380; 5,978,762; 6,226,616; 6,487,535 and other U.S. and world-wide
patents issued and pending. "DTS" and "DTS Digital Surround" are registered trademarks of Digital Theater Systems, Inc. Copyright 1996, 2002 Digital Theater Systems, Inc. All
Rights Reserved.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. "Dolby", "Pro Logic", and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Confidential unpublished works.
Copyright 1992-1997 Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved.
SONY is a registered trademark of Sony Corporation. Playstation 2 is a trademark of Sony Entertainment America Inc. Microsoft and DirectSound are registered trademarks of
Microsoft Inc. All Rights Reserved. Xbox is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. GameCube is a trademark of Nintendo. All other logos, brands and product names are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby recognised as such. All specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual contents may differ slightly
from those pictured.
DTS DISCLAIMER
DTS Digital SurroundTM is a discrete 5.1 digital audio format available on CD, LD and DVD software. CD and LD software cannot be decoded
internally in most CD, LD or DVD players. When SPDIF output is selected on the disk players and a DTS encoded software is played back through the
analog outputs of the CD, LD or DVD player, excessive noise will be exhibited. To avoid possible damage to the audio system, proper precautions should
be taken by the consumer if the analog outputs are connected directly to an amplification system. To enjoy DTS Digital Surround playback, an external
5.1 channel DTS Digital Surround decoder system such as Creative Inspire GD580 must be connected to the digital output of (SPDIF, AES/EBU or
TosLink) of the CD, LD or DVD player.
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Safety & Regulatory Information
The following sections contain notices for various countries:
Notice for the USA
Notice for Canada
FCC Part 15: 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 notice is not
a 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, the user is encouraged to try
one or more of the following measures:
This apparatus complies with the Class B limits for radio interference as specified in
the Canadian Department of Communications Radio Interference Regulations.
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Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the distance between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV technician.
CAUTION: To comply with the limits for the Class B digital device, pursuant to Part
15 of the FCC Rules, this device must be installed with computer equipment
certified to comply with the Class B limits.
Cet appareil est conforme aux normes de CLASSE “B” d’interference radio tel que
spe’cifie’ par le Ministère Canadien des Communications dans les règlements
d’interfèrence radio.
WARNING: To prevent fire or
shock hazard, do not expose this
appliance to rain or moisture.
Important Notice
The serial number for your Creative Inspire GD580 is located at the back of the
Decoder. Please write this number down and keep it in a secure area. This is for your
security.
All cables used to connect the computer and peripherals must be shielded and
grounded. Operation with non-certified computers or non-shielded cables may result
in interference to radio or television reception.
Compliance
Modifications
This product conforms to the following Council Directive:
EMC Directive 89/336/ EEC ammended by Directive 92/31/EEC and 93/68/ EEC
LVD 73/23/EEC ammended by Directive 93/68/EEC
Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the grantee of this device
could void the user’s authority to operate the device.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Read Instructions
Heat
Object and Liquid Entry
Read all safety and operating instructions before operating the
product.
Do not place this product anywhere near heat sources such as
radiators, stoves, and other products (including amplifiers) that
produce heat.
Never push any object through the product’s openings, as this can
result in a fire, electric shock or damage. Do not spill liquids on
the product.
Power Sources
Servicing
This speaker system is specifically designed for operation within
the electrical range(s) specified on the provided power adapter
and use outside of this range shall be at your own risk. Please
contact your local electric utility company if you have any
questions about the electrical voltage at your intended location of
use.
Do not attempt to service the product yourself. Refer all
servicing to qualified service personnel.
Retain Instructions
Keep all safety and operating instructions for future reference.
Heed Warnings
Take note of all warnings on the product and in the operating
instructions.
Follow Instructions
Follow all operating and usage instructions.
Cleaning
Unplug this product from the power source before cleaning. Do not
use liquid or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.
Attachments
Do not use attachments or accessories not recommended by
Creative as they may cause hazards.
Water and Moisture
Do not use this product near any water source or water hazard.
Placement
Place the product on a stable surface or recommended stand, or
sold with the product. Otherwise, the product may fall and cause
injury to a person, and damage to the product. Follow the
manufacturer’s instructions for mounting the product.
Ventilation
To ensure reliable operation and to prevent overheating, do not
block or cover ventilation openings and slots with fabrics or
impermeable material. Do not place in a built-in installation such
as a bookcase or rack unless there is proper ventilation or
Creative’s instructions have been adhered to.
Damage Requiring Service
The product may be equipped with a polarised alternatingcurrent line plug, a safety feature. As one blade is wider than the
other, this plug can only fit into the power outlet in one way. If
you cannot insert the plug fully into the outlet, reverse the plug.
If the plug still fails to fit, contact your electrician to replace your
obsolete outlet. Do not force the plug into the outlet.
Unplug the product from the power source. Call for servicing
when:
a) the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
b) objects have fallen through or liquids have been spilled into
the product’s openings.
c) the product has been exposed to rain or water.
d) the product does not operate normally when following the
operating instructions
e) the product behaves differently.
f) the product has been dropped or damaged in any way.
Power-cord Protection
Replacement Parts
Arrange the power-cords to minimise the risk of damage from
traffic or other hazards. Pay particular attention to the area near
the plug head, the power source outlet and the connection from
the product.
When replacing parts, check that the service technician has used
replacement parts specified by Creative or have the same
characteristics as the original parts. Unauthorised substitutions
may result in fire, electric shock, or other hazards.
Lightning
Safety Check
Unplug the product from the power source during lightning
storms or if unused for long periods of time. This will prevent
lightning and power-line surge damage to the product.
After servicing or repairing the product, get the service
technician to perform safety checks to be sure that the product is
working properly.
Polarization
Overloading
Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral power
circuits as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
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Contents
Introduction
Using Your Creative Inspire GD580 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i
1
Decoder and Remote Control Functions
Turning On Your Decoder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Decoder and Remote Control Key Functions . . . . . . . 1-2
Important Playback Level Warning! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
2
Connecting Devices and Selecting Input
Sources
Set-top Device User’s Chart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
3
Verifying Decoder Signal Indicators
Program Material and Signal Detection Chart . . . . 3-1
4
Selecting Mode and Controlling Speaker
Output
Controlling Speaker Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-4
A
Audio Technology Reference
Dolby Digital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A-1
Dolby Pro Logic II . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A-1
DTS Digital Surround . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A-1
B
General Specifications
Creative Inspire GD580 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-1
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Introduction
Thank you for purchasing Creative Inspire GD580. With audio quality that rivals a component home
theater system, Creative Inspire GD580 gives you the full potential of Dolby Digital™ and DTS®
multichannel sound from your DVD player, game console or personal computer. The system decodes
Dolby Digital, Dolby Surround, Pro Logic II and DTS program material, letting you enjoy the best in
today’s media software.
Using Your Creative
Inspire GD580
Setup
A Quick Start Guide is
provided separately.
Consult this guide for set
up instructions on your
Creative Inspire GD580
before continuing with
this User’s Guide.
After setup, familiarise
yourself with the features
on your decoder.
See Chapter 1.
Using your Creative Inspire GD580 involves four basic steps: Setup, Connecting Devices and Selecting
Input Sources, Verifying Decoder Signal Indicators, and Selecting Mode and Controlling Speaker Output.
Refer to the chart below to locate information about each step.
Connecting Devices and
Selecting Input Sources
Verifying Decoder
Signal Indicators
Selecting Mode and
Controlling Speaker
Output
Connect the decoder to
your DVD player, game
console or personal
computer using the
appropriate cable.
On the decoder, select the
source appropriate to the
device or input connection.
See Chapter 2.
The decoder
automatically
detects signal type.
Verify the output
signal from your
program source.
See Chapter 3.
Select the mode that
best suits your
program content or
listening needs.
See Chapter 4.
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1
Decoder and Remote Control Functions
1
7
2
8
3
4a
4b
This chapter describes and shows you
the location of the various control
buttons, knobs and connectors on your
Decoder and Remote Control.
10
14
11
15
16
12
17
13
5
19
20
18
9
6
21
Figure 1-1: Decoder Front Panel View
1-1 Decoder and Remote Control Functions
Figure 1-2: Remote Control View.
Figure 1-3: Decoder Rear Panel View.
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Turning On Your
Decoder
The Standby LED (Light Emitting Diode), below the POWER button, turns red when the power adapter is
connected to a power outlet or when the power supply is turned on. Press the Power button to turn on the
Decoder. The default input is Optical and the default mode is Stereo. If you change any settings, they are
retained as long as the decoder is in Standby mode and not turned off.
Decoder and Remote
Control Key
Functions
Figure 1-1, Figure 1-2 and Figure 1-3 on page 1-1 shows you the location of the various knobs, buttons and
connectors on your Decoder and Remote Control.
Decoder/Remote
Control
1
POWER button
Turns on the decoder or places it in Standby mode. When the system is turned on, the Standby LED remains off.
When the system is on Standby mode, the Standby LED turns red.
When you turn on the system for the first time, these are the default settings:
❑ Audio Input: Optical (the Optical LED lights up)
❑ Mode: Stereo (the Stereo LED lights up)
❑ Volume level: Medium (the 3 left most LEDs around the Volume knob light up).
If you change any settings, they are retained as long as the decoder is in Standby mode and not turned off.
DIGITAL button
Selects the type of digital input from the Optical and Coaxial connectors.
Press this button to select Optical or Coaxial. The Optical or Coaxial LED lights up.
14
2
17
3
Function
Coaxial and Optical
buttons
MODE button
18
DOLBY PL II/
STEREO buttons
4a
DOLBY PL II/
STEREO LED
Press this button to select Stereo, Dolby Pro Logic II Movie or Dolby Pro Logic II Music.
The Stereo, Dolby Pro Logic II Movie or Dolby Pro Logic II Music LED lights up.
The Stereo, Dolby Pro Logic II Movie or Dolby Pro Logic II Music LED illuminates whenever the MODE button is
pressed.
Decoder and Remote Control Functions 1-2
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Decoder/Remote
Control
Function
4b
DTS/DOLBY
DIGITAL LED
The DTS LED illuminates whenever a DTS encoded program material is detected from a digital source.
The Dolby Digital LED illuminates automatically whenever a Dolby Digital signal is detected from an optical or
coaxial input.
5
SELECT button
Selects the channels for volume adjustment.
Press to select Center, Rear or Subwoofer. The Center, Rear or Subwoofer LED lights up.
11
Center, Rear and
Subwoofer buttons
6
Headphone jacks
The Creative Inspire GD580 supports the use of up to two sets of headphones using 1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo mini plugs.
7
Infrared receiver
Detects infrared signals from your Remote Control. For reliable Remote Control functionality, do not obstruct this
area on the decoder.
8
12
ANALOG button
Selects the Analog Inputs as the playback source.
Volume knob
Adjusts the master volume and volume of the selected channel. Turn the knob clockwise to increase the volume level
and turn it anti-clockwise to decrease the volume level.
The output level of the selected channel should be adjusted to balance with the fixed output of the Front Left and
Front Right speakers. The volume may also be adjusted using the remote control.
9
16
Volume Increase/
Decrease buttons
10
MUTE button
Mutes all audio output from the decoder. Press the button once to mute. The volume LED indicators around the
volume knob blink.
The number of volume indicators blinking depends on the volume set before muting. To resume audio output, press
the MUTE button again. Audio output can also be resumed by turning the volume control knob (9) in either direction.
13
DYNAMIC MODE
button
(this function is only
available on the
Remote Control)
The Creative Inspire GD580 is set, by default, to this compressed mode to enable the full dynamic range to be heard
at lower volumes, you may uncompress the dynamic range to its full splendor from the remote by pressing the
Dynamic Mode button on the Remote Control. The uncompressed mode can only be enabled with the Remote
Control. The decoder will acknowledge uncompressed Dynamic Mode by illuminating all of the volume indicators
momentarily. Pressing the Dynamic Mode button again enables the compressed Dynamic Mode; the first four
volume indicators will light momentarily to acknowledge that the compressed mode is enabled.
1-3 Decoder and Remote Control Functions
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Decoder/Remote
Control
15
TEST button (this
function is only
available on the
Remote Control)
Function
Activates the “test sound” generator that helps you position your speakers and to balance their relative output.
The test sound moves in a circular sequence from the Left speaker, the Center speaker, the Right speaker, then to the
Rear Right speaker, Rear Left speaker and Subwoofer. These are indicated by the LEDs on the volume indicator. All
functions except for the level controls are disabled while the test sound is running.
During Test Sequence
Right speaker
Center speaker
Left speaker
Rear Right speaker
Repeats for
3 cycles
Rear Left speaker
Subwoofer
❑ The test sound lasts three complete cycles. The test output can be stopped at any point by pressing the TEST
button again.
❑ Use the test to be sure that each speaker works before deciding on proper speaker connection and placement.
❑ Adjust the level controls for the Center speaker, Subwoofer and Rear speaker using the SELECT button on the
Decoder so that each speaker achieves a balanced output level with the Left and Right speakers (which provide
a fixed “reference” output level). You can also use the Center, Rear or Subwoofer buutons on the Remote
Control.
Note: Volume levels during the test sequence are lower or higher than during normal operation. You may need
to reduce or increase the master volume before resuming normal playback.
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AUDIO Inputs
Connects the respective audio source cables — Analog stereo input; and coaxial and optical digital inputs — to the
corresponding sockets.
Decoder and Remote Control Functions 1-4
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Decoder/Remote
Control
Function
20
AUDIO Outputs
Connects your speaker system.
See the Quick Start Guide provided for more information on connecting your speakers.
21
DIN
For control and power signals. Connects your Subwoofer.
Note: Do not connect this socket to other devices.
Important Playback
Level Warning!
Creative Inspire GD580 is intended for individual or small group listening and can achieve surprisingly
high output levels. However, playing heavy-bass program material continuously at overly loud, distorted
levels may permanently damage the system’s internal fuse. The fuse can be replaced only by a qualified
technician. To avoid this inconvenience and a possible non-warranty repair charge, reduce the playback
volume when the system shows obvious signs of stress, for example, when it sounds raspy, fuzzy, and/or
muddy.
Note: Set the Decoder to Standby mode before unplugging or turning off the power supply.
1-5 Decoder and Remote Control Functions
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2
Connecting Devices and Selecting Input Sources
Note: The type of cables
supplied may vary in different
regions.
Creative Inspire GD580 can be used with many devices — DVD players, game consoles or personal
computers. The following charts tell you the correct cables, and corresponding inputs on the decoder, to
use for each type of device. The charts are divided according to device type: set-top devices, game consoles
and personal computers.
Set-top Device User’s Chart
Devices
Cables
From Device
DVD players
MD players
CD players
VCD players
To Decoder
Optical
Decoder
Inputs
Signals
- DTS
- Dolby Digital
- PCM
RCA-to-RCA
MP3 players
(for example,
Creative digital
audio players)
Decoder Input
Selection
Select Optical
Select Coaxial
Analog
Stereo to Dual RCA
Select Analog
Note: Not all cables are included with the respective devices.
*Dolby Digital signals from audio cards should be in “undecoded” form to allow Creative Inspire GD580 to
accurately decode them (see “Personal Computer User’s Chart” on page 2-2).
Connecting Devices and Selecting Input Sources 2-1
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Game Console User’s Chart
Devices
Cables
From Device
To Decoder
Decoder
Inputs
- Sony PlayStation® 2
- Microsoft Xbox™*
™
- Nintendo GameCube
Signals
Decoder Input
Selection
- DTS
- Dolby Digital
- PCM
Optical
Select Optical
PlayStation® 2
- Sony
- Microsoft Xbox™
- Nintendo GameCube™
Analog Stereo
From the game
console
Select Analog
* For movie DVD playback and Dolby Digital gaming, other accessories may be required.
Personal Computer User’s Chart
Devices
Cables
From Device
Creative Sound Blaster
Live 5.1 or Audigy
series audio cards
(Software DVD)
To Decoder
4 Conductor Miniplug to RCA (female)
RCA-to-RCA (male)
(Both cables must be used together)
Decoder
Inputs
Signals
- DTS
- Dolby Digital
- PCM
Decoder Input
Selection
Select Coaxial
- Analog Stereo
2-channel audio cards
Stereo to Dual RCA
2-2 Connecting Devices and Selecting Input Sources
Select Analog
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3
Verifying Decoder Signal Indicators
The Creative Inspire GD580 decoder automatically detects signal type. The table below shows you the
typical output signals used in some common program materials.
Program Material and Signal Detection Chart
Program Material
Output Signal from Device
DVDs, CDs or games with DTS bitstream
DTS
DVDs, CDs or games with Dolby Digital
bitstream
Dolby Digital
DVDs with Dolby Surround encoded material
carried with a Dolby Digital bitstream
Dolby Surround encoded program material transmitted via
Digital inputs (optical or coaxial)
DVDs with Dolby Digital 2.0 encoded material
Dolby Digital 2.0
DVDs with DTS 2.0 encoded material
DTS 2.0
Auto Detection
Verifying Decoder Signal Indicators 3-1
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4
Selecting Mode and Controlling Speaker Output
This chapter guides you on the most appropriate setting to select for each connection and signal source.
Stereo
Type Of Incoming Decoder Input
Signal Source
Input Select
Mode select
Speaker
Output
Analog Stereo
This mode plays
normal stereo
content and also
downmixes a 5.1
Dolby Digital and
DTS signal
through Creative
Inspire GD580’s
left and right front
speakers and
subwoofer.
2.1
- DTS
- Dolby Digital
- PCM
4-1 Selecting Mode and Controlling Speaker Output
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Dolby Pro Logic II - Movie
Type Of Incoming Decoder Input
Signal Source
Activates Dolby Pro
Logic II processing
to provide surround
sound from encoded
stereo sources such
as many television
broadcasts, VCDs
and DVDs.
The Movie mode is
for use with stereo
television shows
and all programs
encoded in Dolby
Surround. The result
is enhanced
directional sound
coming from all the
speakers that
simulates discrete
5.1-channel sound.
Input Select
Mode select
Speaker
Output
Analog Stereo
5.1
- Dolby Digital
- 2-channel PCM
Selecting Mode and Controlling Speaker Output 4-2
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Dolby Pro Logic II - Music
Type Of Incoming
Signal Source
Activates Dolby
Pro Logic II
processing to
provide surround
sound from
encoded stereo
sources such as
many television
broadcasts, VCDs
and DVDs.
The Music mode
is for use with any
stereo music
recordings, and
provides a wide
and deep audio
environment.
Decoder Input
Input Select
Mode select
Speaker
Output
Analog 2channel
5.1
- Dolby Digital
- 2-channel PCM
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Controlling Speaker
Output
When playing back multichannel programs like Dolby Digital or DTS soundtracks, you may want to set
the speaker output level to suit your sitting position relative to the speakers. This is to obtain the desired
(balanced) output required for multichannel playback from all speakers.
1. Press the SELECT button on the decoder until the LED of the channel you want lights up.
Volume
knob
Figure 4-1: Selecting the channel volume.
2. Turn the volume knob clockwise to increase the selected channel volume or counterclockwise to
decrease the selected channel volume.
The LED indicators on the front of the decoder (see Figure 4-2) indicate the volume selected.
The more lit indicators there are, the higher the volume.
Low volume
High volume
Figure 4-2: LED volume indicators.
If the volume setting in any of the three channel levels — Center, Rear or Subwoofer — remains
unchanged for 2–3 seconds, the master volume control resumes.
Note: The volume is set relative to the front speakers.
Selecting Mode and Controlling Speaker Output 4-4
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A
Audio Technology Reference
This chapter describes and defines the various technologies used in your Creative Inspire GD580.
Dolby Digital
Dolby Digital delivers five discrete full-range channels (left, center, right, left surround and right surround)
plus a separate Low Frequency Effects (LFE) channel. Many soundtracks on the latest generation DVDs
and High Definition Televisions (HDTVs) are encoded with Dolby Digital technology. The Dolby Digital
indicator lights up automatically when a 5.1 Dolby Digital program source (such as a DVD player or game
console) is playing.
Note: Not all media in a DVD will be 5.1-channel encoded. On many DVDs, only the main movie program
will be available in 5.1-channel sound. Other supporting chapters (like a “Director’s Commentary” section)
may be in stereo or mono. For these programs, the Dolby Digital indicator may not light up, even though
the sound will be properly reproduced by Creative Inspire GD580.
Dolby Pro Logic II
Dolby Pro Logic II is an advanced matrix decoder that creates five full-bandwidth output channels (Left,
Center, Right, Left Surround, Right Surround) from any stereo program material, whether or not it has been
specifically Dolby Surround encoded. This is done using an advanced, high-purity matrix surround
decoder that extracts the spatial properties of the original recording without adding any new sounds or tonal
colourations.
Movie Mode
The Movie mode is for use with stereo television shows and all programs encoded in Dolby Surround. The
result is enhanced directional sound coming from all the speakers that simulates discrete 5.1-channel
sound.
Music Mode
The Music mode is for use with any stereo music recordings, and provides a wide and deep audio
environment.
DTS Digital Surround
DTS Digital Surround is a discrete 5.1 channel digital audio format that delivers five discrete full-range
channels (left, center, right, left surround and right surround) plus a separate Low frequency Effects (LFE)
channel.
A-1 Audio Technology Reference
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General Specifications
B
Creative Inspire
GD580
These specifications apply to Creative Inspire GD580 operating from the supplied 12 V AC power adapter.
Dual outputs:
Satellite power
6 watts RMS per channel (4 channels)
Center Satellite power
6 watts RMS
Subwoofer power
17 watts RMS
❑ 12 V AC, 4.2 A
❑ 12 V AC, 700 mA
General Specifications B-1