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Introduction And Features Of The S5160 - JBL SYNTHESIS S5160/230 User Manual

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Congratulations on your purchase of this JBL Synthesis
S5160 power amplifier! You have purchased a product
that embodies the best of what JBL has learned about the
emotional power of audio reproduction in over fifty years
of preeminence in the field. This amplifier has been
designed and crafted to provide the user with a high level
of sonic performance; special attention has been paid to
minimize the number of components in the audio signal
path, resulting in extremely low distortion, excellent tran-
sient response, and wide dynamic range. Synthesis prod-
ucts set new benchmarks in audio technology, and, when
used as part of a complete JBL Synthesis System, will
bring the ambience and acoustics of some of the world's
greatest concert halls and theaters into your home.
To obtain the best performance from this amplifier, please be
sure to completely read this user's manual and use the
S5160 only in accordance with its instructions.
The JBL Synthesis S5160 power amplifier features the
Ultra Specifications
This amplifier meets or exceeds the stringent specifications set by
the THX Ltd. Audio division in their specifications for "Ultra"-class
certification, including power handling, total harmonic distortion,
frequency response, signal to noise ratio, slew rate, and crosstalk.
When incorporated into a complete THX system, you will hear in
your home what the director and sound engineer heard in the
recording studio.
Full Five Channel Operation
The S5160 has been designed to integrate well into the
world of multi-channel audio. It is designed to reproduce
the front left and right, center and side channels, to pro-
duce a truly enveloping sound field. When coupled with a
high quality subwoofer amplifier, such as the Synthesis
S800, it is a solid foundation on which to build a high-
performance home cinema system that will astound the
listener with its power and realism. The S5160 is specially
designed for use with a Synthesis One system in which
the front left, right and center speakers are bi-amplified for
smoother and more accurate reproduction of every
nuance of a movie soundtrack or musical selection. Two
S5160 amplifiers may be used, in conjunction with 2
S800 subwoofer amplifiers, to power a complete 7.1-
channel home theater system. Alternatively, a single
S5160 may be used with one S800 subwoofer amplifier
to power a 5.1-channel system.
High Power Capability
The S5160 provides a satisfying 160 watts per channel of
distortion-free audio (<0.03% THD) into eight ohms.
Because of their power capabilities, all Synthesis amplifiers
have an extremely wide dynamic range, an element critical
to realistic home cinema. Sound levels equal to those at
original performances are easily recreated in even the largest
of home listening environments.
Auto Turn-On and Power Sequencing Circuitry
When used in a JBL Synthesis System, the S5160 can
be turned on automatically whenever the surround proces-
sor is activated. No longer do you have to get out of that
chair to turn on the various pieces of equipment in your
entertainment system; just one touch on the remote con-
trol of the surround processor, and you're a few seconds
away from a truly impressive audio presentation!
Modern amplifiers produce more power per channel (and
frequently have more channels) than those of the tradition-
al two-channel stereo era. Due to the high current
demands of power amplifiers at the instant of turn-on, the
S5160, S7150, and S800 amplifiers and the SDEC digi-
tal equalizer are equipped with power sequencing circuits
which turn on each unit in sequence, avoiding the large
instantaneous current demand (and possible house circuit
breaker tripping) that would occur should they all turn on
at the same instant.


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