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ARCAM AV888 Handbook

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  • Page 1

    AVR500 / AVR600 / AV888 AVR surround amplifier / AV processor H a n d b o o k POWER/STANDBY MENU Ð INPUT INFO MODE DIRECT DISPLAY ZONE MUTE Ð VOLUME + AVR600 V I D E O S C A L I N G PHONES POWER...

  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions, Safety Compliance

    Class II product CAUTION ATTENTION This equipment is a Class II or double RISK OF ELECTRIC RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE SHOCK DO NOT OPEN NE PAS OUVRIR insulated electrical appliance. It has been safety designed in such a way that it does not CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove cover (or back).

  • Page 3

    Class II produit CAUTION ATTENTION Ce produit est un appareil électrique à RISK OF ELECTRIC RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE SHOCK DO NOT OPEN NE PAS OUVRIR isolation double (appareil de classe II). consignes Il a été conçu pour ne pas nécessiter de ATTENTION : afin de réduire les risques de choc électrique, n’ouvrez pas le boîtier de l’appareil.

  • Page 5

    It may be that the unit has been installed and set up as part of your Hi-Fi installation by a qualified Arcam dealer. In this case, you may wish to skip the sections of this handbook dealing with installation and setting up, and move directly to the sections dealing with using the unit.

  • Page 6

    The AVR500/AVR600 is a high-quality and high- Since many of these source components are also The installation of the AVR500, AVR600 or AV888 in a listening room is an important process which requires performance home-cinema processor and amplifier built capable of generating video signals, the AVR500/ to Arcam’s quality design and manufacturing standards.

  • Page 7: Placing The Unit

    The amplifier is supplied with a moulded mains plug We recommend the use of high-quality screened cables The AVR500, AVR600 and AV888 are audio devices direct sunlight and sources of heat or damp. already fitted to the lead. Check that the plug supplied that are designed for the particular application.

  • Page 8

    Trademark acknowledgements Arcam is a registered trademark of A & R Cambridge Ltd. Dolby Volume FLAC FLAC Decoder Copyright © 2000, 2001, 2002, Ogg/Vorbis Ogg/Vorbis Decoder Copyright © 2002, WMA & This product is protected by certain intellectual 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Josh Coalson Foundation...

  • Page 9: Making Connections

    Please see Page 8 avoid damage to the amplifier and how to arrange your for the AVR600 & AV888. For the AVR500 please skip speakers for best performance. ahead to Page 14. General The inputs are named to make it easier to reference connected devices (e.g.

  • Page 10

    TRIG Z1 XLR-equipped amplifier. Z3 IR TRIG Z2 NOTE For information, see page 53. Please read the ‘Placing the unit’ , ‘Power’ and IR OUT TRIG Z3 ‘Interconnect cables’ sections on page 5 before connecting up your AVR600 or AV888!

  • Page 11

    Connect this output to the Component video input of your display device. NOTE Analogue RGB video output is not available from the AVR500, AVR600 or AV888. The analogue three-wire high quality video output is always configured as Component video.

  • Page 12: Digital Audio

    The headphone socket is always active, CD-R, digital VCR or Minidisc player. processing in the unit, therefore Connect the left and right except when AVR600/AV888 is muted. functions such as speaker size outputs to the left and right When a digital source is selected,...

  • Page 13: Trigger Connectors

    IR OUT TRIG Z3 Z2 IR TRIG Z1 directly to other Arcam equipment which have an IR whenever the unit was switched mono 3.5mm jacks. Tip is the input. This function can be useful as an IR ‘repeater’ modulated signal, sleeve is ground.

  • Page 14

    Connection guide - AVR600/AV888 Ð dVd player TAPE AUDIO PHONO SIRIUS TAPE DIGITAL The diagram shows how to make audio and video VIDEO connections from a typical DVD player. The preferred video hook-up, in order of preference is: use the HDMI connector (if HDMI output is <...

  • Page 15

    Connecting an iPod using the arcam rdock The combination of the AVR600/AV888 and Arcam’s optional rDock or rLead accessory provides a great TAPE AUDIO TAPE PHONO platform for your iPod. VIDEO Connect the rDock as shown, power on the rDock, slot in your iPod and select as the source.

  • Page 16

    Video connectors digital connectors aerials, control and communication Component, S-Video and Optical and electrical digital FM/AM radio, DAB radio (optional), rLead/ Composite connectors, see audio connectors, see page 16. rDock, RS232, Network/USB (optional), IR and AVR500 page 15. trigger connectors, see page 20. audio connectors Zone 2 connectors, rear panel...

  • Page 17

    SCART connectors. You will need to use a SCART to video. ‘RGB+Sync on phono’ breakout cable, available from your Arcam dealer. NOTE When setting up the menus (later in this manual), you will need to select whether the three-wire high quality video input is Component or RGB for each input.

  • Page 18: Subwoofer Outputs

    MENU Ð INPUT INFO MODE DIRECT DISPLAY ZONE MUTE Ð VOLUME + digital audio analogue audio MCH input Front panel aUX input connectors inputs This multichannel analogue The front panel input can be audio input can be connected used as an analogue or optical TAPE, CD, AV, DVD, SAT, VCR, PVR TAPE, CD, AV, DVD, SAT, VCR, AVR600...

  • Page 19

    The socket and systems is Xantech. See is designed for mono 3.5mm jacks: tip is the trigger more information, or ask your Arcam dealer. output, sleeve is ground. NOTE tip: Trigger output The IR inputs on the unit are designed for modulated signals.

  • Page 20

    Connection guide – AVR500 dVd player The diagram shows how to make audio and video connections from a typical DVD player. The preferred video hook-up, in order of preference is: use the HDMI connector (if HDMI output is < provided by the player), otherwise connect the three Component or four RGB+Sync video connectors.

  • Page 21

    Connecting an iPod using the arcam rdock The combination of the AVR500 and Arcam’s optional rDock or rLead accessory provides a great platform for your iPod. Connect the rDock as shown, power on the rDock, slot in your iPod and select as the source.

  • Page 22

    Z3 IR TRIG Z2 Z3 IR TRIG Z2 Arcam dealer or try both horizontal and vertical depending on the region where it was sold. The type of from categories ranging from Pop, Rock, Country, R&B, positions for best reception. aerial you need depends on your listening preferences...

  • Page 23

    NOTE The AVR600 provides power for the Sirius receiver, so an external power supply is not needed. Connecting an aerial Connecting an aerial A suitable FM aerial must be An AM aerial is required to connected to the AVR500/ receive AM/medium wave radio AVR600 before FM radio can be signals, so a simple loop aerial SIRIUS...

  • Page 24: Network Connectors, Usb Connector

    TRIG Z2 details. that complies with the ‘mass guidelines are presented in this handbook. Please storage device‘ class is compatible. contact your Arcam dealer or specialist installer for IR OUT TRIG Z3 RS232 serial connector more information about introducing the AVR500,...

  • Page 25: Connecting Speakers

    Connecting subwoofers The AVR600 and the AV888 allow up to three active subwoofers to be connected to the SUBWOOFER OUTPUT outputs. The AVR500 has two subwoofer connections.

  • Page 26

    Place the two surround the ‘Spkr Types’ section of the Setup Menus for how back speakers such that there is an arc of to configure the AVR500/AVR600/AV888 for this approximately 150 degrees between each setup. surround back speaker and the centre speaker.

  • Page 27: Selecting A Source

    Tape operation (aVR600/aV888 only) Audio-Visual input ‘ARCAM’ , followed by the volume setting and the name of Three analogue audio outputs are provided for DVD player input the selected input. After initialization is complete, the recording, .

  • Page 28

    Extended Menu, allowing Arcam), you can update the firmware in your AVR500/ When headphones are plugged into the front panel you to perform the following: AVR600/AV888 using the back panel RS232 port socket, the outputs for Zone 1 are muted and...

  • Page 29

    This indicates the status of the AVR500/AVR600/ Used to enter selections made in the Zone 3 control. AV888. When first turned on, the LED is orange, Setup menu. Also forces the analogue to indicate that the unit is ‘initialising’; this and digital video outputs to the default Mute changes to green when fully powered and ready.

  • Page 30

    The CR102 is a sophisticated ‘universal’ backlit remote remote control that can control up to eight devices. It is pre- programmed for use with the AVR500, AVR600, AV888 control and many other Arcam products (FM/DAB tuners, CD players and DVD players).

  • Page 31

    Device Mode key before AV888 as well as a range of other equipment, many of This equipment has been tested and found to A blue backlight comes on for five seconds whenever...

  • Page 32

    4. For the first digit of your four-digit code, press tables. Some of the modes are locked to Arcam operation but < the codes, try another code listed under your brand.

  • Page 33

    (multichannel) input on the (for sources) ipoD EFFECT iPod via an optional rLead/rDock, the keys below are to control the AVR500/AVR600/AV888. Pressing this AVR500/AVR600/AV888 & used to navigate music files in Device Mode. button does not affect the currently selected input on the...

  • Page 34

    DVD functions of Arcam DVD players, beginning of the next track. AV888 is not equipped with tuner modules). Pressing although this can be changed (see page 30). Pressing this When using the network client, the keys below are used...

  • Page 35

    Pressing this button also selects as the work with your equipment. Pressing this button also AVR500/AVR600/AV888 source. selects as the AVR500/AVR600/AV888 source. Toggles power between standby and on. Toggles power between standby and on Starts the playback Turns Programme-In-Programme (PIP) &...

  • Page 36

    You will need to configure this Device Mode to work with your equipment. Pressing this button also work with your equipment. Pressing this button also selects as the AVR500/AVR600/AV888 source. selects as the AVR500/AVR600/AV888 source. Toggles power between standby and on.

  • Page 37

    Cd device Mode The c Device Mode button configures the CR102 to control the CD functions of Arcam CD players, although this can be changed (see page 25). Pressing this button also selects as the AVR500/AVR600/AV888 source. Press and release to skip back to the Toggles power between standby and on.

  • Page 38: Speaker Distances, Speaker Levels

    Speaker types Before you use your AVR500, AVR600 or AV888 it is MCH sub level essential that you enter some information about your If a subwoofer is present, this setting allows for a 10dB You need to set the type of speakers that you have system configuration into the Setup menus.

  • Page 39: Auto Speaker Setup

    If you do not have a full 7.1 speaker configuration output level / gain control set to a higher or lower value, function built into your AVR500, AVR600 or AV888. auto speaker there will be periods of silence between some speaker...

  • Page 40: Navigating The Setup Menu

    The Setup menus allow you to configure all aspects of your AVR500, AVR600 or AV888. The next few Menu panel Adjustment panel pages will go through the menu items and explain their The left-hand panel lists the setup The upper right-hand panel lists the function.

  • Page 41

    Video Outputs keys to select from the list the video type > Component you are using on this source. Each input on the AVR500/AVR600/AV888 has multiple S-Video Mode Audio Source HDMI: the unit is forced to use the HDMI video connection possibilities for both audio and video, <...

  • Page 42

    0 and this should normally produce a good result < Not Calculated: (Information only) Auto Speaker which the settings below relate. when the speaker levels of the AVR600 (or AV888 and Left/Right: Full frequency stereo information. All Setup has not been run or has errors so cannot be <...

  • Page 43

    AVR500/AVR600/AV888 interprets the video on this Digital: the unit is forced to use the optical ( processed (i.e. not Stereo Direct mode). It is stored in <...

  • Page 44: Auto Setup

    Centre – Front Left – Calculating EQ: Data gathered from each of the < that powered Zone 2 is not available on the AV888). Surr. Left / Right – Centre – speakers is being processed. Surr. Back L / R –...

  • Page 45

    ‘Sat’ video with AM, FM and Digital Radio audio if you < is used to configure the settings of the unit’s video AVR500, AVR600 or AV888 video processor can wished. This way you could listen to the FM or AM or For HDMI outputs processor.

  • Page 46: Zone Settings

    ‘Multichannel sources’ section. infra-red eye in Zone 2, this setting controls which parts of the AVR500, AVR600 or AV888 to turn on and off: When Local Only, the Standby IR command only affects the zone it was received in (Zone2 or Zone3).

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    The AVR500, AVR600 channel output from two-channel source material. Stereo. < or AV888 will derive separate channels corresponding to There are three different modes available in Pro Logic II: TheAVR500/AVR600/AV888 stores the settings for each the standard home theatre layout.

  • Page 49: Multichannel Source Modes

    ‘Surround EX’ encoded (which is normally indicated on the disc packaging and should be detected automatically by the AVR500/AVR600/AV888), but may be used at other times if desired. Pro Logic IIx Movie This mode is used to derive information for the individual surround back channels from the surround channels, using the Pro Logic IIx Movie decoder.

  • Page 50

    AVR500, AVR600 or AV888. recording/output levels. This is the Volume Leveller However, the Volume Leveller and Calibration Offset function of Dolby Volume.

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  • Page 52

    Tuner – aVR500/aVR600 only Tuning/Channel Selection Saving and selecting Presets The AVR500/AVR600 is fitted with an internal AM/FM When switching to the internal source, the Preset selection uses the keys on the TunER remote to browse and O to select the preset when the tuner.

  • Page 53

    Sirius satellite radio Locking Channels (aVR600, US & Canada only) The Sirius module in the AVR600 has a parental lockout feature which allows you to assign a 4-digit code to any In this section it is assumed that you already have channels you do not wish to be generally available to a ‘SiriusConnect™...

  • Page 54

    The ‘home’ page will display all available storage devices, easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts. To as well as your ‘favourites’ folder. Navigate through these set up this service for your AVR500, AVR600 or AV888, devices using the keys. Folders that please visit

  • Page 55

    (aVR600/aV888 only) aV888 only All pre-amplifier analogue outputs are buffered, have The AV888 processor provides XLR connectors for each a low output impedance and are at line level. They are of seven channels, to an XLR-equipped amplifier (e.g. able to drive long cables or several inputs in parallel if the Arcam P777).

  • Page 56

    ) of the Zone 2 display device, or AnAloguE AuDio in multi-room AVR600 and AV888 also allow a copy of the Zone 2 to the inputs of an additional stereo power amplifier in Z2 IR and Z3 IR analogue audio to be routed to and controlled in a third Zone 2 (for example, the Arcam P38).

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  • Page 58

    Code Learning 9. To use the learned function on the CR102, press the To delete a Shifted Learned function: Device Mode key, followed by the function key. To delete a Shifted Learned function, press S before The CR102 comes with a complete library of In this example, you’...

  • Page 59

    1. Press and hold S until the power LED blinks twice: commands you regularly use can be reduced to a single AVR500, AVR600 or AV888 volume. You don’t need to for your comfort. It’s quite easy to reassign a favourite * * .

  • Page 60

    You will need to change the system code on the product twice. you wish to control, as well as the CR102. NOTE Device Mode can only be used to control Arcam amplifiers like the AVR500, AVR600 and AV888, either on its default or alternative IR system codes. E-58...

  • Page 61

    Device codes Mode key IR punch-through Command summary The Mode key IR punch-through default is ‘on’ . The tables that begin on page 64 (in the final section of Example: To set the Mode key IR punch- direct code setup key mover this Handbook) list the four-figure codes for different through to aMP (e.g.

  • Page 62

    < AVR600/AV888. Test by pressing the button on the AVR500/AVR600/ MEnu AV888 or on the remote and look for the main menu screen on your display device. the correct video input is selected on the AVR500/AVR600/AV888. < the video source is on, is operating normally, and is in ‘play’ mode if <...

  • Page 63

    USB – the AVR500/ < applicable). AVR600/AV888 USB port cannot be used for a direct connection to a the DVD player has been set to output ‘bitstream’ audio on the digital output <...

  • Page 64

    Composite video signal/noise 70dB Headphone output Maximum output level into 600Ω 4V p-p Output impedance <5Ω Continual improvement policy Arcam has a policy of continual improvement for its products. This means that designs and specifications are subject to change without notice. E-62...

  • Page 65: Worldwide Guarantee

    Claims under guarantee This equipment should be packed in the original packing and returned to the dealer from whom it was purchased, or failing this, directly to the Arcam distributor in the country of residence. It should be sent carriage prepaid by a reputable carrier – not by post. No responsibility can be accepted for the unit whilst in transit to the dealer or distributor and customers are therefore advised to insure the unit against loss or damage whilst in transit.

  • Page 66

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