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Essentia®

Six-Source,Six-ZoneAudio Distribution System

NV-E6GMS,NV-E6GXS

Installation Guide

ENGLISH

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

Danger

Exposure to extremely high noise levels may cause a permanent hearing loss. Individuals vary considerably to noise induced hearing loss but nearly everyone will lose some hearing if exposed to sufficiently intense noise for a sufficient time. The U.S. Government's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specified the following permissible noise level exposures:

DURATION PER DAY (HOURS)

8 6

4 3 2 1

 

 

 

SOUND LEVEL (dB)

90 93

95 97 100 103

 

 

 

According to OSHA, any exposure in the above permissible limits could result in some hearing loss. Ear plugs or protectors in the ear canal or over the ears must be worn when operating this amplification system in order to prevent a permanent hearing loss. If exposure in excess of the limits as put forth above, to insure against potentially harmful exposure to high sound pressure levels, it is recommended that all persons exposed to equipment capable of inducing high sound pressure levels, such as this amplification system, be protected by hearing protectors while this unit is in operation.

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, DO

NOT REMOVE CHASSIS. NO USER-SERVICEABLE

PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED

SERVICE PERSONNEL.

AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE-NEPAS OUVRIR.

THIS SYMBOL IS INTENDED TO ALERT THE USER TO THE PRESENCE OF NON-INSULATED"DANGEROUS VOLTAGE" WITHIN THE PRODUCT'S ENCLOSURE THAT MAY BE OF SUFFICIENT MAGNITUDE TO CONSTITUTE A RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK TO PERSONS.

THIS SYMBOL IS INTENDED TO ALERT THE USER TO THE PRESENCE OF IMPORTANT OPERATING AND MAINTENANCE (SERVICING) INSTRUCTIONS IN THE LITERATURE ACCOMPANYING THE UNIT.

APPARATUS SHALL NOT BE EXPOSED TO DRIPPING OR SPLASHING AND THAT NO OBJECTS FILLED WITH LIQUIDS, SUCH AS VASES, SHALL BE PLACED ON THE APPARATUS.

1.Read all safety and operating instructions before using this product.

2.All safety and operating instructions should be kept for future reference.

3.Read and understand all warnings listed on the operating instructions.

4 . Follow all operating instructions to operate this product.

5.This product should not be used near water, i.e. bathtub, sink, swimming pool, wet basement, etc.

6.Only use dry cloth to clean this product.

7.Do not block any ventilation openings, It should not be placed flat against a wall or placed in a built-inenclosure that will impede the flow of cooling air.

8.Do not install this product near any heat sources ; such as, radiators, heat registers, stove or other apparatus (including heat producing amplifiers) that produce heat.

9.Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or groundingtype plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding-typeplug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.

10.Protect the power cord being walked on or pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles and the point where they exit from the apparatus. Do not break the ground pin of the power supply cord.

11 . Only use attachments specified by the manufacturer.

12.Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the manufacturer or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.

13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14.Care should be taken so that objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the unit through the ventilation ports or any other openings.

15.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way; such as, power-supplycord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally or has been dropped.

16.WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.

FRENCH

Danger

L‘exposition a des niveaux eleves de bruit peut provoquer une perte permanente de l’audition, Chaque organisme humain reagit differemment quant a la perte de l’audition, mais quasiment tout le monde subit une diminution de I’acuite auditive lors d’une exposition suffisamment longue au bruit intense. Les autorites competentes en reglementation de bruit ont defini les expositions tolerees aux niveaux de bruits:

DURE EN HEURES PAR JOUR

8 6

4 3 2

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INIVEAU SONORE CONTINU EN dB

90 93

95 97 100

103

 

 

 

 

Selon les autorites, toute exposition dans les limites citees ci-dessus,peuvent provoquer certaines pertes d’audition. Des bouchons ou protections dans l’appareil auditif ou sur l’oreille doivent etre portes lors de l’utilisation de ce systeme d’amplification afin de prevenir le risque de perte permanente de l’audition, Dans le cas d’expositions superieures aux limites precitees il est recommande, afin de se premunir contre les expositions aux pressions acoustiquese I evees potentielIement dangeure u ses, aux personnes exposees aux equipements capables de delivrer de telles puissances, tels ce systeme d’amplification en fonctionnement, de proteger l’appareil auditif.

ATTENTION

RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE

NE PAS OUVRIR.

ATTENTION: AFIN DE LlMlTER LE RISQUE DE CHO ELECTR/QUE, NE

PAS ENLEVER LE CHASSIS. NE CONTIENT PAS DE

PIECES POUVANT ETRE REPAREE PAR L’UTILISATEUR.

CONFER LE SERVICE APRES-VENTEAUX

REPARATEURS

CE SYMBOLE A POUR BUT D'AVERTIR L'UTILISATEUR DE LA PRESENCE DE VOLTAGE DANGEREUX NON-ISOLEA L'INTERIEUR DE CE PRODUIT QUI PEUT ETRE DE PUISSANCE SUFFISAMMENT IMPORTANTE POUR PROVOQUER UN CHOC ELECTRIQUE AUX PERSONNES.

CE SYMBOLE A POUR BUT D'AVERTIR L'UTILISATEUR DE LA PRESENCE D'INSTRUCTIONS D'UTILISATION ET DE MAINTENANCE DANS LES DOCUMENTS FOURNIS AVEC CE PRODUIT.

AFIN DE REDUIRE LES RISQUÉ D'INCENDIE ET DE DECHARGE ELECTRIQUE, NE PAS EXPOSER CET APPAREIL A LA PLUIE OU A L'HUMIDITE.

IMPORTANTES INSTRUCTIONS DE SECURITE

1.Lire avec attention toutes les recommandations et précautions d'emploi avant d'utiliser ce produit.

2.Toutes les recommandations et précautions d'emploi doivent être conservées afin de pouvoir s'y reporter si nécessaire.

3.Lire et comprendre tous les avertissements énumérés dans les précautions d'emploi.

4.Suivre toutes les précautions d'emploi pour utiliser ce produit.

5.Ce produit ne doit pas être utilisé près d'eau, comme par exemple baignoires, éviers, piscine, sous-solhumides ... Etc.

6.Utiliser exclusivement un chiffon sec pour nettoyer ce produit.

7.Ne bloquér aucune ouverture de ventilation. Ne pas placer le produit tout contre un mur ou dans une enceinte fernée, cela gênerait le flux d'air nécessaire au refroidissement.

8.Ne pas placer le produit près de toute source de chaeur telle que radiateurs, arrivées d'air chaud, fourneaux ou autres appareils générant de la chaleur (incluant les amplificateurs producteurs de chaleur) .

9.Ne pas négliger la sécurité que procure un branchement polarisé ou avec raccordement à la terre, Un branchement polarisé comprend deux fiches dont l'une est plus large que l'autre. Un branchement à la terre comprend deux fiches plus une troisième reliée à la terre. Si la fiche secteur fournie ne s'insert pas dans votre prise de courant. consulter un 'électricien afin de remplacer votre prise obsolète.

10.Protéger le cordon d'alimentation de tout écrasement ou pincement, particulièrement au niveau des fiches, des réceptacles utilisés et à l'endroit de sortie de l'appareil. Ne pas casser la fiche de terre du cordon d'alimentation.

11.Utiliser uniquement les accessoires spécifiés par le constructeur.

12.Utiliser uniquement avec le chariot de transport, le support, le trépied, la console ou la table spécifiés par le constructeur ou vendus avec l'appareil. Lors de l'utilisation d'un chariot, bouger avec précaution l'ensemble chariotlappareil afin d'éviter les dommages d'un renversement.

13Débrancher cet appareil lors d'orages ou s'il n'est pas utilisé pendant une longue période.

14.Des précautions doivent être prises afin qu'aucun objet ne tombe et qu'aucun liquide ne se répande à l'intérieur de l'appareil par les orifics de ventilation ou n'importe quelle autre ouverture.

15.Pour toutes interventions techniques s'adresser à un technicien qualifié.L'intervention technique est nécessaire lorsque l'appareil a été endommagé de n'importe quelle façon, comme par exemple si le cordon secteur ou sa fiche sont détériorés,si du liquide a coulé ou si des objets sont tombés à l'intérieur de l'apparei1,si l'appareil a été exposé à la pluie ou à l'humidité, s'il ne fonctionne pas normalement ou s'il est tombé.

16.ATTENTI0N:Pour réduire le risque d'incendie ou de choc electrique ne pas exposer l'appareil à la pluie ou à l'humidité.

Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Page 3

Back Panel Features

Page 4

Control Pad Features

Page 5

RC1 Remote Control

Page 6

Installing the Essentia System in Your Home

 

I. Prewire CAT5 Termination

Page 7

II. Terminating the Speaker Wire

Page 8

III. Installing the Essentia Amplifier

Page 8

IV. Installing the NV-E6GMAPAllPort

Page 8

V. Connecting the Allport to the Essentia Amplifier

Page 9

VI. Attaching Audio Source Equipment

Page 9

Setting up the T2G Tuners, M3 Audio Server and NuVoDock for iPod

 

for use with NuVoNet

Page 9

VII. Connecting the IR Emitters

Page 10

NuVo T2G Tuner Direct Numeric Access

Page 10

VIII. Expanding Essentia to 16 Zones

Page 11

IX. Using the Essentia Configurator Software

Page 12

1. Main Startup

Page 12

2. IR Libraries

Page 12

3. Defining Sources

Page 15

4. Macros

Page 16

5. Zones

Page 18

6. System Settings

Page 21

7. Update System

Page 22

X. Control Pad Setup

Page 24

XI. Using the Control Pad’s MENU Button

Page 24

Favorites

Page 24

Sources

Page 25

Advanced Zone Control

Page 25

Setup

Page 26

Favorites #1-12

Page 26

Zone Settings

Page 26

Source Settings

Page 28

System Settings

Page 28

XII. Essentia Accessories

Page 30

The NV-I8DLSLearning Station Interface

Page 29

NV-MI1Mute Interface Adaptor

Page 32

NV-LSI24Local Source Interrupt

Page 33

NV-LSA40Local Source Amplifier

Page 34

NV-LSA40PDPower Distribution Hub

Page 35

NV-P2100200-WattAuxiliary Amplifier

Page 36

Specifications

Page 37

Troubleshooting

Page 38

Introduction

Congratulations on the purchase of NuVo's new Essentia System. Essentia provides 40 startlingly clear watts of sound to up to 12 listening zones(12 zones with the addition of the expander). NuVo's Generation D amplification uses the latest in digital technology to provide peak performance in a system that sets a new standard for efficiency and energy conservation. Essentia is the first distributed audio system of its type to bear ENERGY STAR®. This means it consumes less than 1 watt of power in standby mode. Even with all the zones turned on and in full operation, the Essentia System's efficient design sets a new standard in low power consumption.

Essentia truly offers the best in affordable distributed audio for the home. NuVo's state-of-the-artNuVoNet communication through Essentia's award winning Control Pads allows you to interact with your source equipment as if you are standing at your equipment rack. Essentia is a music entertainment system like no othermulti-source,multi-zoneaudio system in its class.

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Essentia Back Panel

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ALLPORT CONNECTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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MODEL NV-E6GM

 

 

 

SIX SOURCE SIX ZONE

 

 

 

AUDIO DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM

 

 

NuVo Technologies LLC Hebron, Kentucky USA

 

 

www.nuvotechnologies.com

 

 

 

 

RoHS

 

 

 

CONFORMS TO UL

 

 

 

 

STD.60065 CERTIFIED

 

 

 

3033118

TO CAN/CSA STD.

N1839

100~240V

50~60Hz 130W

C22.2 No.60065:03

MADE IN CHINA

 

 

 

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1.Source Inputs: The Essentia will accept up to six audio sources. These are connected to Essentia's main and expander amplifiers with standard stereo RCA cables.

2.Fixed Lineouts: These preamp lineouts are used for sending an audio signal to an external power amplifier. This is useful for large areas that require additional pairs of speakers. These outputs are constant, so an amplifier connected to it will not change volume with that zone's Control Pad. Zones 1 and 2 both have a fixed lineout.

3.Variable Lineouts: These preamp lineouts are also used for sending an audio signal to an external power (needs left justified) amplifier. Use the variable output when you want the volume of the additional amplifier to be controlled by the zone's Control Pad. Like the Fixed Lineouts, zones 1 and 2 each have a variable lineout.

4.Zone Trigger Outputs: These5-voltoutputs are zone - specific voltage triggers for external amplification.

5.Allport Connection: This25-pinconnection consolidates the zone speaker connections to the back of the Allport hub into a single cable connection on the back of the Essentia amplifier.

6. IR emitter Outputs: IR signals received from the Control Pads are passed through the IR outputs to the source equipment using the supplied IR emitters. Outputs1-6are routed to the corresponding sources, and the SUM output is common and will pass all IR signals.

7.RS232: The9-pinRS232 connection is abi-directionalserial port that allows the Essentia System to be controlled by an external home automation device. It is also used for configuration programming download.

8.Status: This is a constant5-voltoutput for triggering external equipment. There is no voltage output when the zones are off.

9.NuVoNet: This RJ45 connection is the input for all zone information coming from the Essentia Control Pads and all communication with the NuVoNet Suite source components. This connection is made using the suppliedpre-terminatedCAT5 or any network CAT5 cable.

10.Link: This RJ45 output is designed to connect to the Link input on the Essentia Expander component and transfers all zone control commands from the Main Unit's NuVoNet or RS232 command input to the Expander for an additional six zones.

11.Mute: This input is designed to temporarily mute any audio playing through the system when the doorbell or phone rings. This works in conjunction with the NuVoNV-MI1mute interface accessory. It also acts as a trigger for whole house paging through any third party paging device when set for this function in the Configurator Software.

12.AC: A detachable power cord connects the system to an external AC power supply.

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1.Source Indicator: This indicates the current audio source playing in that zone. Source names can be customized in the Configurator Software with athree-characterdesignation.

2.Wall Plate: Each Control Pad comes with white, ivory, almond, and black trim plates that offer a screwless and elegant, finished installation.

3.OLED Display: The organic light emitting diode display is a highly functional and vividmulti-linedisplay.

4.Now Playing/Menu Display: This portion of the display serves two functions: In normal operation, it indicates the artist, station, metadata, and other source information, and in Menu mode, it displays multiple lines of information for browsing purposes.

5.Volume Level Indicator: This bar graph indicates the audio volume level when the Control Pad is in normal play mode. When in Menu Mode, it indicates the playback status of digital music files from the M3 audio server or iPod.

6.Power: This button turns the local zone on and off and has the ability to turn all zones off simultaneously.

7.Menu: Menu serves as access to music browsing, presets, and favorites, as well as specific zone and system setting parameters.

8.Play/Pause: This IR - programmable button toggles between the play and pause functions of the chosen source. When using the T2G Tuners, this button toggles through the Tuner's receive modes. A third “press and hold” function can also be assigned to this button for additional functionality.

9.OK: The OK button serves a dual function. In normal play mode, it scrolls through the available audio sources. In Menu mode, it is used to select the highlighted menu item.

10.Forward/Reverse: This is an IR - programmable button for simple source transport functions. Typically, it would track forward and back or tune up and down. A third “press and hold” function can also be assigned to this button for additional functionality.

11.Arrow Up and Down: These arrows have a dual function. In normal play mode, they control the volume level up and down. In Menu

mode, they scroll up and down through menu selections.

12.IR Receiver: The Control Pad has abuilt-inIR receiver for complete wireless control of all the audio source equipment.

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NV-GRC1Remote Control

1.Power: Each zone can be turned on and off, or all zones can be turned off with this button.

2.Volume: This serves two functions. In normal operation mode, it is a volume control, but when you are using the menu features of the Control Pad, it allows scrolling up and down.

3.Function Buttons: These buttons are currently inactive and designed for future use.

4.Forward and Reverse: These IR programmable buttons are designed for forward and reverse functions.

5.Favorites: A function of the Essentia System is the ability to access user defined favorites for easy access. The first twelve are directly accessible using the GRC1 Favorites buttons.

6.DISP: This button allows access to the Display menu available at each Control Pad.

7.Function LED: This LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights to indicate a button push.

8.MUTE: The GRC1 remote provides a discrete mute function to quickly silence the zone's output.

9.SOURCE/OK: This is another dual function button. In normal playback mode it scrolls through the sources, or in menu mode it selects a highlighted menu choice.

10.Play/Pause: This IR programmable button toggles between the play and pause functions of the chosen source. When using the T2G Tuners, this button toggles through the Tuners’ receive modes.

11.MENU: This button enters the menu features of the Control Pad. When in Menu, mode the Volume up and down buttons scroll through the menu choices.

12.Sleep: This allows access to the sleep timer mode.

13.G1 and G2: These buttons are currently inactive. They are designed for future use.

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REMOTE CONTROL

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Installing the Essentia System in Your Home

I. Prewire

The Essentia System uses CAT5 cable for Control Pad control and either two or four-conductor16-gaugespeaker wire. All the wire is “homerun” from each zone to the location of the Essentia amplifier and Audio Source equipment.

Complete CAT5 Crimping Instructions

The NuVo audio systems require CAT5, unshielded, twisted pair (UTP) for communication between the Control Pads and the main amplifier unit. Each end of the wire is terminated with an RJ45 connector.

The Essentia System can accommodate 2,000 total feet of CAT5 cable. For the most reliable operation, it is best that no single run of CAT5 exceeds 250 feet.

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The correct wiring scheme for the CAT5 cable is standard EIA/TIA 568A, or 568B. Properly terminating the CAT5 cable is crucial for the operation of the system. It is very important to use a good quality crimp tool, and test each end to end run with a CAT5 wire tester to insure that your system operates flawlessly, Fig.1.

Step-by-StepCrimping Instructions:

1.Strip a 2 to 3 inch portion of the insulation, exposing the 4 twisted pairs.

2.Untwist the wires and fan them out individually. Arrange the wires into the correct color scheme as shown in Fig. 1.

3.Flatten the wires in their correct order and trim them evenly across the top. Most crimp tools have a wire trimmer built-in.It is best to trim the wires to about ½” in length.

4.While holding the wires flat between your thumb and forefinger, insert the wires into the RJ45 connector so each is in its own slot. Push the wire into the RJ45 so all 8 conductors touch the end of the connector. The insulation jacket should extend beyond the crimp point of the RJ45.

5.Insert the RJ45 into the crimp tool receptacle and squeeze the tool firmly. Note that a ratchet type tool should tighten down until it no longer clicks.

6.The RJ45 should be firmly crimped to the CAT5 insulation. It is necessary that the color scheme be repeated identically on each end of the wire.

7.Test each termination with a CAT5 Tester before completing the installation.

Wires insert from this end.

Fig. 1: EIA 568A and 568B wiring scheme for CAT5 Cable

Pin # 568A

Pin # 568B

1. Green Stripe

1. Orange Stripe

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Note: Colors listed as “stripe” are a white wire with a colored stripe.

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II. Terminating the Speaker Wire (Fig. 2)

All NuVo Systems operate across a “homerun” wiring scheme using CAT5 for the zone's Control Pad communication and control, and a separate run of speaker wire for each zone. The Essentia operates differently in that its zone speaker wire termination is made at the Allport hub. The suggested wire for this purpose is 16-gauge,2- or 4- conductor speaker wire rated forin-walluse.

The termination is performed using a modular “Euro” connector. Each conductor is screwed down to the Euro connector and plugged into the appropriate zone speaker connection on the back of the Allport. The proper termination for each zone is Left channel: — and +, and Right channel: — and+.

III. Installing the Essentia Amplifier

System setup works best when the amplifier is placed in the same location as the audio source equipment. This is typically in an audio rack, entertainment center, or a closet dedicated to housing the home audio/video equipment. To insure cool, reliable operation, we highly recommend allowing one empty rack space above a Main or an Expander amplifier unit. Also, insure there is ventilation around the whole rack location.

The amplifier should be plugged in and the blue Standby LED should be lit before proceeding with the remaining installation. This activates protective circuitry for the internal components.

IV. Installing the NV-E6GMAP-DCAllport (Fig. 3)

The Allport is a multi-connectionhub designed to accept all the CAT5 and speaker wires from all zones of the Essentia System. The location of the Allport should be determined by the location of the Essentia amplifier. It is best to place it in a wall behind the amplifier that can be easily accessible if necessary.

The Allport is designed to fit into most any dual-gangmounting ring, and has two sets of terminations on the backside. Eight RJ45 jacks are meant for the Control Pads in up to six zones, with one reserved for an additional Control Pad and another for a “link” jack used for expansion from six to twelve zones.

IThe order in which the CAT5 cables are plugged into the jacks is irrelevant to the system's operation. Six modular “Euro” connectors are used to terminate the speakers in each zone, see Section II, Terminating the Speaker Wire.

Once the speaker and CAT5 terminations are complete, the Allport can be installed.

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V. Connecting the Allport to the Essentia Amplifier (Fig. 4)

Once installed, the front of the Allport has three “Device” RJ45 jacks for CAT5 connections from the NuVoNet Suite components, and an RJ45 jack labeled “NuVoNet” which must be connected to the “NuVoNet” input on the back of the Essentia amplifier. This is necessary for Control Pad communication, regardless the use of the NuVoNet Suite components. Once connected, the Control Pads are ready to communicate with the System. The Essentia System is shipped with a six-footpre-terminatedCAT5 network cable, or you can purchase one if a different length is required.

The speaker connection is made with the 25-pinAllport Cable. The modular speaker connectors must be plugged into the appropriate speaker connections on the back of the Allport.

VI. Attaching Audio Source Equipment (Fig. 5)

Each piece of audio equipment is connected to the Essentia amplifier with standard stereo RCA cables. Attach an RCA cable to the corresponding audio output on the source equipment and to the desired source input on the back of the Essentia amplifier. The numbered input for each source is important in the configuration of the system. This will be covered in detail in the Essentia Configurator portion of this manual.

Using the Fixed and Variable Lineouts

The Zone 1 and 2 outputs have 3.5mm stereo pre-amplineouts attached to them. Their purpose is to provide the zone’s current audio selection signal to an additional amplifier. Both versions, fixed (a constant signal that requires a volume control separate from the NuVo zone Control Pad) and variable (a signal that varies in level relative to the volume setting on the NuVo zone Control Pad) are both simultaneously active and require no external switch for use.

Each output has an attached voltage trigger output that allows the attached amplifier to be triggered from a voltage presented when the zone Control Pad is turned on. The voltage trigger is removed when the zone is truned off.

Setting up NuVo Sources for use with NuVoNet

A feature of the Essentia System is its ability to automatically communicate with the T2G family of tuners, the M3 Audio Server, and the Wired and Wireless NuVoDocks for iPod. The communication happens through the Allport connection hub across a communication protocol called NuVoNet. Although software programming is not necessary for this function, configuring the installation through the Configurator Software prior to installation has distinct advantages, see X. Essentia Configurator Software.

When the T2G tuners or M3 Server are plugged in for the first time, they will display a prompt to select a source input number for the Essentia. For NuVoNet to communicate properly, you should have already connected the NuVoNet components to one of the three “Peripheral Device” inputs on the face of the Allport.

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T2G AM/FM and XM Tuners

Each of the T2G Tuner components houses two individual AM/FM or Satellite receivers, which have their own display on the front panel. Once the T2G is plugged in and the NuVoNet CAT5 is connected to the Allport, the initial display, OPERATING MODE will appear for each tuner. Below this, the choices areSTAND ALONE, SOURCE 6, SOURCE 5, SOURCE 4, SOURCE 3, SOURCE 2, andSOURCE 1. Stand Alone is automatically highlighted at initial startup. Selecting the appropriate Essentia source input is accomplished by turning the Select knob for each tunercounter-clockwiseuntil the desired source input number is highlighted. It is selected by pushing the Select knob. Once this is complete, the Essentia System NuVoNet will recognize that source.

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M3 Audio Server and T2SIR Dual Sirius Ready Tuners

At initial startup, the front panel display will display a prompt screen Status, all outputs. Below this header are three lines of text representing each of the three audio outputs labeled A, B, and C. Output A will be highlighted and it will displayOUTPUT A: PRESS OK TO SELECT NUVONET SOURCE. When OK is selected, the top line of the display will readAddress, Output A, below this,STANDALONE will be highlighted and the other choices will beSOURCE 1, SOURCE 2. . . and as you scroll using the down arrow,SOURCE 3, SOURCE 4, SOURCE 5, andSOURCE 6 will appear. Highlight the appropriate choice and press OK to select. This will set the first channel music output. You will then be prompted to repeat these steps for the remaining two channels.

NuVoDock for iPod

Both the Wired and Wireless NuVoDocks for iPod use a simple rotary switch to set the appropriate source input. Up to two Wireless NuVoDocks and six Wired NuVoDocks could be used as individual sources through NuVoNet. The Wired and Wireless NuVoDocks consist of a dock for iPod playback and recharging as well as a receiver component designed to communicate with NuVoNet. Prior to plugging the receiver into the Essentia Allport, set the Source rotary switch to the desired source number input. Once set, theEssentia Control Pads will automatically display the iPod information when an iPod is plugged into the NuVoDock. Each NuVoDock and receiver must have a separate source number selected.

Note that although the NuVoDock system has a 16 position rotary switch for source input, only positions 1 – 6 are used.

VII. Connecting the IR Emitters for Third-PartySource Components (Fig. 6)

IR commands for the source equipment are transferred from the Essentia amplifier to the source equipment using the mini IR mouse emitters. Six of these are supplied with your Essentia System. The emitter is plugged into the corresponding source IR output on the Essentia and then placed over the IR receiver window on the source component. The IR outputs are individually routed to sources 1-6.

The two SUM outputs will flash any IR command that is sent from any of the zones. This is most commonly used with an IR blaster designed to flash IR commands to a variety of components.

Fig. 6

 

 

 

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The NuVo T2G Tuners have the ability for direct IR access to numeric station tuning. This can be done through the T2G remote control or using a third party remote control that has been taught the T2G IR codes. To allow this control, it is necessary to link the Essentia SUM IR output to the Direct IR input on the T2G using a stereo 3.5mm (1/8”) mono patch cable. Once the connection is made, the T2G will respond to the numeric IR commands issued through the Essentia Control Pad IR receivers.

Fig. 7

T2G Tuner IR Input

 

 

 

 

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VII. Expanding Essentia to 12 Zones (Fig. 8)

Six additional listening zones can be added to the Essentia System using the Essentia Expander System, NV-E6GXS.The expander requires the use of the Link RJ45 connection on the main amplifier. This is connected to the corresponding Link RJ45 connection on the expander amplifier. All of the upper zone control commands from the main unit's NuVoNet or RS232 command input are transferred through this connection. TheNV-RCA3Y-adaptercables included with the expander unit allow a parallel connection of the left and right source output to the corresponding source inputs on both amplifier units, fig. 8a.

The expansion requires the installation of the expander Allport included with the expander system. The expander Allport is the connection for the additional zone Control Pads, up to seven, and the additional zone speakers. A second Allport cable must be attached from the expander Allport to the expander amplifier and a short CAT5 jumper cable, included with the expander system is used on the back of the two Allports to integrate all of the System’s Control Pads into one NuVoNet connection to the main amplifier, Fig. 8b.

Fig. 8c

Once these connections are complete, the Control Pads can be addressed for a twelve-zonesystem.

Note: If you are using the Remote (wired) or Wireless versions of the NuVoDocks for iPod, it is necessary to use a female to male adaptor. These are readily available and are not supplied with the NuVoDock system, fig. 8c.

Fig. 8a

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IX. Using the Essentia Configurator Software

The following section includes the optional NV-I8DLSIR Learning Station. This is available as a package from NuVo Technologies or any Authorized NuVo Distributor. The Configurator Software is a PC program designed to run with Windows 2000, XP, and XP Pro.

1. Main Startup (Fig. 9)

The Configurator is a tabbed Wizard-styleinterface designed to sequentially walk the installer through the system setup for both the Grand Concerto and Essentia. When the program is launched, the Start tab is highlighted. Clicking View and selecting E6G Mode tailors the configuration for Essentia. The Start Tab gives three choices for beginning a configuration. You can create a new file, open an existing file, or retrieve an existing file from a configured Essentia System.

Once configured, the finished program loaded into the Essentia main amplifier can always be retrieved via the RS232 port and has the ability to be edited.

Once a configuration file has been opened, you can then click on the next button to continue. The Configurator will not let you continue beyond Start without either creating a new file or opening an existing file. It will also prevent moving forward through any of the tabs until the necessary information is completed in any one of the tabs.

Fig. 9

1.1 Open or Create Essentia Configurator File (fig. 10)

When you click on this button, the program goes to a Config. File. There you can either open one of the existing configurations or specify the name of a new file. Configurations are saved with a .cfg extension.

1.2 Retrieve Configuration from Essentia

To retrieve a configuration from an existing Essentia installation, launch the Configurator Software. Make sure your computer is connected to the RS232 port on the back panel of the Essentia amplifier. The Startup screen has two buttons. The first is used to open an existing configuration or to create a new one. The second asks to “Retrieve Existing Configuration From Essentia.” When you click on the “Retrieve” button, a progress window will appear.

If you have this configuration already stored on your computer's hard drive, you will see a dialog box asking if you wish to overwrite the existing file. If this file is not stored in your computer, this box will not appear.

Fig. 10

2. IR Libraries (Fig. 11)

The IR Library is a list of available components and their IR function codes. The Configurator Software stores captured IR codes in a single directory. Once captured or downloaded, the Configurator Software will permanently store it as a .gcl file.

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Fig. 11

2.1 Adding a New Component to the IR Library (Fig. 12)

New component IR files are easily added by clicking on the Add New button. This brings up a new window titled Add New Component. In this window you must first enter the manufacturer name and model. The Type drop-downmenu contains a large list of components. Each is a template of common functions for that type of equipment. Clicking on the type that matches the component will add the type name in that field. If desired, you can add a type name that is not in thedrop-downmenu.

Clicking on OK will automatically add the selected component and associated functions to the IR Library.

Fig. 12

Using the IR Learning Station Interface (Fig. 13)

To record new IR codes, you will need the IR Learning Station Interface. The IR Learning Station Interface is a powerful tool for setting up new IR Libraries for use with the Configurator Software, and is part of the IR Learning Station Package. Capturing function codes and adding them to the component IR Library is an easy process.

The Interface box is connected to your computer using one of the RS232 connection cables provided with the IR Learning Station package. Note that in many cases, personal notebook computers do not have a Db9 serial cable. In this case an RS232 to USB dongle cable will be necessary.

The back panel of the Interface box has two IR outputs for testing purposes. You can use the included IR emitter and attach it to the IR window on the face of the source component, or to the built-inIR blaster, which, when aimed at the source equipment, will fire the IR command.

2.2 Recording IR codes (Fig. 14)

When a new component is added to the IR Library, it is necessary to record the IR codes associated with each function. To do this, connect the Learning Station Interface as described above. Double-clickon the desired component from the IR Library page. This will open the IR Library Editor. This window lists the complete set of functions for that type of device.

To initiate the IR recording process, you can either doubleclick on a function to be recorded or highlight the function and click on the Record button. This will open the IR Library Record window. The window will indicate that the Configurator is “Waiting for IR Communications.” To record a new code, simply point the component's remote control at the IR receiver on the NuVo IR Learning Station Interface. The first time you enter a code, the Configurator determines if it is a “toggling function,” which means that the remote actually sends two commands back-to-back.This requires that the function button be pressed four times in succession.

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When the remote code is entered, the IR Library Record window will go from yellow to green and indicate that the capture was successful, and it will then return to yellow. Repeat this procedure three more times until the desired code is added to the IR Library Edit window. You will now see the number of code repeats and the duration of the code. A normal non-togglingremote will require two button pushes to successfully record a command, while a toggling remote will require four button pushes for each command.

If there is an error in recording the code, the display in the Record window will indicate that there was a communication error. If this occurs, click on the Record button and reenter the code.

Fig. 14

2.3 IR Library Default Key Assignment (Fig. 15)

Once the desired codes are added, assign them to the appropriate key on the Control Pad. Note that by design, the Control Pad has only 3 IR programmable function keys and Power ON/Power Off. Access to multiple preset choices will be covered later in the Macros section.

To assign default IR functions to the Control Pad buttons, right-clickon each code and select “Keys.” This opens adrop-downmenu of the possible key selections for the Essentia Control Pad. Select the appropriate key for that command and the Configurator will add it to the Default Key field for that command. The Play/Pause, Prev. and Next functions have an additional (Held) function. This allows an additional function assignment that is activated when the button is held. The Control Pad automatically displays the function being sent to the source component.

Once this sequence is completed, proceed to the next function command, and repeat the above steps. When you have assigned a default key for each IR, click on “Done” and that component's IR Library is complete.

You can also assign discreet power on and off commands. The Essentia System will initiate the On command when a zone is turned on and in turn initiate the Off command when the zone All Off function (holding the Power button for three seconds) is initiated from any of the Control Pads.

Fig. 15

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2.4 IR Library Test (Fig. 16)

An important feature of the Essentia Configurator is the ability to test each IR code as it is added to the IR Library. This insures that every code will work reliably.

When a new code is added, while it is still highlighted, click on the test button, or double click on the highlighted code. This will open the IR Library Test window. Make sure that the IR Learning Interface box's IR emitter is either facing the IR receiver window of the source equipment or an IR emitter is plugged into one of the two IR emitter outputs and affixed to the IR receiver window of the source equipment. Clicking on the test button will cause the IR Learning interface to emit the code. The source equipment should respond appropriately to the command if it has been stored correctly. A test result box will open where you can record yes or no to the test. Three successful test results are required before the “Passed” count turns green. Clicking the “OK” button will save the results in the IR Library. The “Tested” column for that command will show the number of successful tests performed.

Although not required, testing each code is highly recommended.

Fig. 16

2.5 Adding a Function Code (Fig. 17)

If a required IR function is not in the list of those provided in the library template, it is possible to add a code to the list by clicking the “Create New” button. The pull-downmenu contains a list of all standard IR codes. A name not found in the list can be typed in, but it is recommended that you use the names provided in the list. This conserves memory in the Essentia. Clicking on the “OK” button proceeds directly to the IR recording process.

Fig. 17

2.6 Cleaning Up an IR Library

Unused IR codes can be deleted from the list by highlighting the code and either clicking the ”Delete” button or rightclicking and selecting “Delete.”

When you are finished editing the library, select “Done.”

3. Defining Sources

The “Sources” tab allows you to define the source component attached to each of the six source inputs. All six sources are not needed, but at least one source must be defined.

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3.1 Select or Edit Source (Fig. 18)

Double-clickingon a blank source will open the “Select Source” window. This window assigns the appropriate source number input. The “Display Name” is the text that will be read on the Control Pad when that source is selected in any zone. The display name can contain only capital letters, numbers, and some punctuation. If an invalid key is typed, it will be ignored.

The “Make” field defines the manufacturer of the equipment. A drop-downmenu allows you to choose a source from the IR Library. The “Model” field provides adrop-downmenu that allows you to choose the specific piece of source equipment from the selected manufacturer.

An important feature of the “Select Source” window is the “Gain” level control. Different pieces of source equipment tend to have different levels of audio output signal. This slider control allows you to compensate for equipment that has an inherently lower volume level. By using this adjustment, when switching between sources, relative volume levels remain constant.

When the appropriate information is complete, click “OK.” This will add the updated source information to the “Source” window. When all the desired sources have been defined, go to “Next” and proceed to the “Macros” setup.

Fig. 18

Adding a NuVoNet Source (Fig. 19)

NuVoNet sources can be placed in the Configuration with the same procedure as third party IR controllable equipment. The Configurator program contains IR libraries for each of the NuVoNet components which have the appropriate button functions pre-assigned.Even though the components are assigned, you must still set the NuVoNet source inputs on each of the components, seeSetting NuVo Sources for use with NuvoNet, pg. 9 & 10.

Fig. 19

4. Macros (Fig. 20)

An important feature of the Configurator program is the ability to define source specific macro definitions for third party IR control. The Essentia has a unique ability to store specific IR commands as preset names. The best example is cable or satellite. Using the Macro tab, you can establish a preset name and set the appropriate IR commands to select a specific station (this will be covered in the 4.1 Edit Macro Definition section). Macro definition only applies to third partynon-NuVoNetsources.

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Fig. 20

4.1 Edit Macro Definition (Fig. 21)

The Macro tab has a Source pull down menu that displays the six sources defined in their order 1-6.When anon-NuVoNetsource is highlighted and selected, three separate definition windows appear on the right side of the screen. The left side of the screen is a representation of the Control Pad display.

When the curser is scrolled over the buttons on the Control Pad, a tool tip appears indicating the function command or commands that have been assigned to that button. Here you can double click on the button which opens the Macro Definition Window. When in Macro Definition, if you choose to, you can reassign new codes. You can also double click on the appropriate function in the window on the right side of the tab and access the Macro Definition window.

Fig. 21

If the component had default keys defined in the IR Library, single IR code macros will be automatically created for each key. Hovering the mouse over each key in the Control Pad picture on the left side of the screen will bring up a tool-tipdisplaying the name of the macro assigned to that key. Clicking on the key highlights the macro on the right side of the screen.

Double-clickingon a key in either display will allow you to change the default assignment or create a new one in the Edit Macro Definitions window, Fig. 21

4.1 Creating a Macro Preset String (Fig. 22)

An important function of the Macro tab is to create a menu of preset choices for third party components, such as satellite, cable and CD changers. When a non-NuVoNetsource is selected, a Preset Macro window appears on the right side of the screen with open spaces for storing preset station choices. Up to 250 macros can be defined in this window. When a preset is added to a source, an additional Preset menu item will be added to that source browsing capability on the Control Pads. The preset menu is preceded by the three character source designation established in the Source tab.

To create a preset macro, double click on the first available preset macro selection, Fig. 20. This will open the Edit Macro Definition window. Once in that window you must type a name for the preset in the Display Name window, which will establish the preset name as it will appear in the preset menu. Note that the Display drop down menu directly below the Display Name window defaults to Forever. This is the desired choice for a preset and will keep the preset name on the Control Pad while that selection is currently playing.

The available IR codes for that source will be expanded in green on the left side of the Edit Macro Definition window. As you double click on a code, it will automatically be added to the macro string on the right. Up to 255 codes can be added to a single macro and the codes will fire in the order in which they are added to the string. Once the desired macro string is complete, click done and return to the main macro tab. The completed macro will appear in the Preset Macro window. To create a second preset, double click on the next space and repeat the Macro Definition steps.

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