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Resonessence
CONCERO
USB Audio 2.0 Asynchronous
192kS/s 24bit DAC
User Guide
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USB
Analog Outputs S/PDIF I/O
Connect to an active
USB Host to enable
USB to Analog and
USB to S/PDIF
Bridge mode.
Connect to the
pre-amplifier
inputs of your
existing audio
system.
Connect to a
These outputs
power-only USB
produce
port to enable
1.2Vrms.
S/PDIF DAC mode.
In USB DAC or
USB to S/PDIF
Bridge mode,
connect to your
S/PDIF enabled
amplifier input.
In S/PDIF DAC
mode connect to
your S/PDIF data
source.
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CONCERO is a digital audio processor. It contains
advanced algorithms to process digital audio data; it can
optionally up-sample 44.1kS/s and 48kS/s to four times
that rate, (176.4kS/s and 192kS/s) with filters specifically
designed by audiophiles to deliver the finest quality
available.
CONCERO contains the ESS Sabre DAC, widely
regarded as the best-sounding DAC available, producing
analog outputs to connect to a pre-amplifier input.
CONCERO also has S/PDIF Digital input/output, it can
operate as an S/PDIF DAC, or as an Asynchronous USB
Audio 2.0 DAC driving Analog and/or S/PDIF outputs.
CONCERO contains an ultra-low jitter clock source and
uses non-PLL advanced digital algorithms to re-clock data
to this precision clock, so removing perceptible artifacts
in the audio content.
This brief User Guide describes how to set up and use
CONCERO in your existing audio system.
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Music from PC/MAC via USB
In this mode CONCERO will work with your favourite music
player application and output analog signals to your
pre-amplifier, and/or digital signals via S/PDIF to your
S/PDIF enabled audio components.
If using a Windows computer download the
Resonessence USB Audio 2.0 Driver:
http://resonessencelabs.com/thesycon-usb-audio-2-0-for-concero/
1: Connect either:
1. The Red and White Audio RCA outputs to your
pre-amplifier inputs.
2. The Orange S/PDIF RCA output to your S/PDIF
pre-amplifier input.
2: Connect the CONCERO USB to your host computer
CONCERO will then be available as an audio output
device. Select CONCERO as the audio device, and
launch your music player.
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Analog Output from S/PDIF Input
In this mode CONCERO will work as a DAC, converting
your S/PDIF digital data into high quality audio signals to
your pre-amplifier inputs.
1: Connect the Red and White Audio RCA outputs to
your pre-amplifier inputs.
2: Connect your source of S/PDIF data to the Orange RCA
input of the CONCERO.
3: Connect the USB port of the CONCERO to a power-only
USB source. (Such as the type used to charge many cell
phones)
Any S/PDIF Data now received will be output as an Analog
Signal to the RCA audio outputs.
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Operation with Apple IR Remote
CONCERO responds to the Apple IR Remote and provides
the following functions.
Selecting an up-sampling filter
In all modes CONCERO makes Resonessence proprietary
44.1kS/s and 48kS/s up-sampling filters available.
• Initially no filter is applied: the CONCERO processes
data bit-perfect. Whatever data is received is sent to the
DAC and/or SPDIF unmodified. In this mode the
display LED will be Blue while music is playing.
• On the first press of the “Menu” button on the Apple IR
remote, CONCERO engages the IIR up-sampling filter.
The display will be Magenta when the filter is selected.
• On the second press of the “Menu” button on the Apple
IR remote, CONCERO engages the Apodizing upsampling filter. The display will be Magenta when the
filter is selected.
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Action of the Apple IR Remote Menu Button:
Power on State
No filter, only
jitter rejection
active.
Menu Press
LED Blue
Menu Press
Apodizing Filter
active for inputs
of 44.1kS/s and
48kS/s.
Jitter rejection
active.
LED Magenta
IIR Filter active
for inputs of
44.1kS/s and
48kS/s.
Jitter rejection
active.
LED Magenta
Menu Press
Note: the Blue LED
allows you to know where
you are in the sequence.
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Controlling the Music Player Application
In USB DAC mode where a computer is the source of data via
USB Audio 2.0, CONCERO provides the ability to control the
play-list, and stop/pause as follows:
• Pressing the pause/play button pauses and plays, by
sending commands to the music player application.
• Pressing left/right scrolls in the application play-list.
Optionally shutting off an unused output
• Pressing the Up/Down button enables or disables the
Analog output and SPDIF output.
* Initially both outputs are active.
* Pressing the up button shuts off the SPDIF output.
* Pressing the down button shuts off the Analog output
The LED flashes briefly to indicate that the action has been
taken. Upon reaching the top (Analog output only) or bottom
(SPDIF output only) the LED no longer flashes, indicating
that you have reached the setting.
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Brief Press of the Apple IR Remote Up / Down Buttons:
Analog Output
Analog output enabled.
S/PDIF output turned off
Brief
Up Press
Brief
Down Press
Power on State
Both Analog output and
S/PDIF output enabled
Brief
Up Press
Brief
Down Press
S/PDIF Output
Analog output turned off
S/PDIF output enabled
These actions refer to
operation in the USB
DAC and USB to S/PDIF
Bridge mode.
At power-on, both Analog
output and S/PDIF output
are enabled. The up and
down button actions are as
shown.
The LED blinks when the
state changes.
'Up' presses after reaching
the Analog output only
state are ignored, the LED
does not blink.
'Down' presses after
reaching S/PDIF output
only state are ignored, the
LED does not blink.
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Sustained Press of the Apple IR Remote Up / Down Buttons
The brightness of the LED display may be increased by holding the
Up Button pressed, similarly, if the Down Button is held pressed
the brightness will be decreased.
Overview of buttons on Apple IR Remote:
Up: Brief:
Analog out,
Sustained: Increase LED Brightness
Right: next track
Left: previous track
Down: Brief:
S/PDIF out,
Sustained: Decrease LED Brightness
Menu: Select up-sampling Filter
Play / pause
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USB Audio 2.0 on Windows
Downloading and Installing the CONCERO Thesycon Driver
This is needed only for the Windows Operating System. The MAC
Operating systems already include USB Audio 2.0.
1: Download this zip file:
http://resonessencelabs.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CONCERO_pc_driver.zip
and unzip the contents into a temporary directory on your
computer.
2: Plug the CONCERO into a High Speed (USB 2.0) port of
your Windows PC. (Windows will not search for the driver
since it recognizes that CONCERO is an Audio 2.0 device).
3: Run the “setup.exe” file in the directory unzipped in step 1
4: Follow the on-screen instructions to ensure CONCERO is
plugged in and then choose “Next”.
5: Install the Driver Software.
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6: On two occasions you will be asked to allow the
installation to continue. Choose “Install this driver software
anyway”.
7: Continue to choose “Next” when appropriate, and the
installation will complete after a short while.
8: At this point the driver software is in place, ready to be
found by Windows. The next time Windows sees the
CONCERO connected it will install the Thesycon specific
CONCERO driver.
To use the newly installed driver, select the Resonessence
CONCERO in the Sounds “Manage Devices” control panel.
Windows thereafter will direct digital audio over the USB
Audio 2.0 connection to CONCERO.
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Returning the CONCERO for Repair under Warranty
If you find any problems, faults or unexpected performance in the CONCERO unit in the
first year of operation, it may well be covered by our warranty policy. The first step in
returning a unit to Resonessence is to contact your local dealer, or directly by phone to us at
our Canadian headquarters (778) 477-5536. We are in the North America Pacific Coast time
zone and the country code for international calls is (1).
You may also email to support@resonessence.com. Please be prepared to provide the unit
serial number when requesting support and be sure to include it in any Email.
Resonessence is pleased to provide a one year warranty under the terms described below, but
reserves the right to determine whether the warranty applies in each specific case. We will
attempt to determine if the warranty is applicable in the initial contact you make with us or
our dealers, but it may be necessary to return the unit for inspection to make the
determination.
All returned items require a Return Materials Authorization (RMA) number which you will
receive from us along with the shipping address to which the unit should be returned. Please
mark the shipping box with the RMA clearly visible on the outside. We can only accept units
for return or repair with the RMA attached.
By shipping a unit to us you agree to the terms and conditions of our repair and return policy,
outlined below.
LIMITED WARRANTY
Subject to the conditions set forth below, for one year after the original purchase date of the
unit (unless otherwise specified), Resonessence will repair, or if necessary replace, the unit at
no additional cost, in the event of a defect in materials or workmanship of the hardware
elements of the unit. This warranty is extended only to an original purchaser of the unit from
an authorized reseller or directly from Resonessence. We do not provide a warranty of any
kind if the unit has been purchased from an unrecognized or unauthorized reseller. We may
request proof of purchase prior to providing any warranty service. We may, at our discretion,
not extend the warranty to units used as rental units by a third party business if not approved
by Resonessence or our authorized dealers.
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This warranty only covers failures due to defects in materials or workmanship in the
hardware elements of the system. Damages incurred in shipping, or due to accident,
inappropriate use of the unit or power surges of any kind are not covered. Alterations to the
unit undertaken by unauthorized individuals or organizations are not covered. Damage
incurred during attempted reverse engineering, design data extraction or attempted internal
measurements of any kind are specifically excluded from any warranty.
Installation of any unapproved software, or external algorithms of any kind designed to
expose or debug the operation of the unit, or to circumvent or otherwise interfere with the
unit’s unique identity code, causing damage or thereby erasing the unit’s operating system or
similar, are not covered by any warranty. THIS LIMITED WARRANTY GIVES YOU
SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS. YOU MAY HAVE OTHERS WHICH VARY FROM
STATE/JURISDICTION TO STATE/JURISDICTION.
REPAIRS MADE UNDER WARRANTY
Resonessence will be responsible for all parts and labour necessary to fix defects in materials
or workmanship of the hardware elements of the unit.
NON-WARRANTY REPAIRS ETC.
Resonessence will charge for a minimum two hours of work at the prevailing hourly rate,
plus all shipping costs, for any unit returned that does not qualify for the warranty service, or
is returned for upgrade, technical audit or software re-initialization. Upon receipt of the unit,
we will inform you of the estimated cost of the work and await your approval to proceed.
Note that in all cases, even if you do not agree to the additional work, you will be responsible
for the minimum two hours and shipping costs.
Parts and labour costs incurred to complete non-warranty work, even in the case where they
exceed our estimate, will be your responsibility.
REPLACED, REPAIRED OR UPGRADED PARTS
Any parts repaired or replaced either under warranty or as a paid service, are themselves
warranted against defects in materials or workmanship for one year after the service date.
Parts not replaced or repaired remain on the initial warranty schedule.
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SHIPPING
If a unit covered by warranty needs servicing during the first 30 days after the original
purchase date, Resonessence will cover the cost of shipping the unit back, as well as the
return shipping to you. After this initial 30 day period, and for one year after the original
purchase date, Resonessence will only cover the cost of shipping the unit back to you, and
you are responsible for the cost of shipping the unit to Resonessence. You are responsible for
all shipping costs both to and from Resonessence for non-warranty work. You are responsible
for paying all taxes, import duties, or similar fees imposed by foreign countries or other
jurisdictions.
LIMITS AND EXCLUSIONS
RESONESSENCE DOES NOT, BY VIRTUE OF THIS DOCUMENT, OR BY ANY
COURSE OF PERFORMANCE, COURSE OF DEALING, OR USAGE OF TRADE,
MAKE ANY OTHER WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, ANY WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE OR NONINFRINGEMENT, AND ALL SUCH
WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMED. RESONESSENCE
EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY IMPLIED INDEMNITIES. RESONESSENCE SHALL
NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, PUNITIVE,
SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY LOSSES OR DAMAGES, INCLUDING, WITHOUT
LIMITATION, DAMAGES TO RECORDINGS, DATA STORAGE DEVICES, TAPES,
DISKS, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF BUSINESS PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION,
LOSS OF BUSINESS INFORMATION, LOSS OF GOODWILL, COVER, OR OTHER
PECUNIARY LOSS, ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING TO THE USE OF ANY
PRODUCT, OR ARISING FROM BREACH OF WARRANTY OR CONTRACT,
NEGLIGENCE, OR ANY OTHER LEGAL THEORY, EVEN IF RESONESSENCE HAS
BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH LOSSES OR DAMAGES. ANY
DAMAGES THAT RESONESSENCE IS REQUIRED TO PAY FOR ANY PURPOSE
WHATSOEVER SHALL NOT EXCEED THE ORIGINAL COST PAID TO
RESONESSENCE FOR THE APPLICABLE UNIT. BECAUSE SOME
STATES/JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF
LIABILITY FOR CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, THE FOREGOING
LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
Resonessence Labs
Kelowna,
British Columbia,
Canada.
For help, support and contact information
please visit resonessencelabs.com.
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