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ECD2

Compact Disc Player

Owners Manual

Perreaux Industries Limited makes no warranty for the use of its products, other than those expressly contained in the warranty detailed herein. The Company assumes no responsibility for any errors which may appear in this document, reserves the right to change products or specifications detailed herein at any time without notice, and does not make any commitment to update the information contained herein. No licenses to patents or other intellectual property of Perreaux are granted by the Company in connection with the sale of Perreaux products, expressly or by implication.

PERREAUX® is a registered trademark of Perreaux Industries Ltd.

Terms and product names in this document may be trademarks of others.

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i

Introducing the Perreaux

ECD2 Compact Disc Player

Features at a

Glance

Congratulations on your Perreaux ECD2 purchase. To realise the full potential of your unit you need to appreciate all aspects of its operation.

Before installing the ECD2 into your system, read the entire manual carefully. Endeavor to understand every detail by familiarising yourself with the controls and features as you read. You will find it easier to install using the relevant sections of this manual as a reference.

We have attempted to explain every feature and operational facet clearly and concisely. In the event that something is still unclear to you, your Perreaux dealer will be happy to assist you further.

Read this manual, install your unit correctly and realise the sonic significance of your investment in Perreaux.

Perreaux products are designed to provide the utmost in sonic realism and electronic reliability with a functional yet elegant appearance that reflects the care and craftsmanship applied during all stages of construction.

àRugged build quality

àMultiple regulated power supplies

àDual 20-bitBurr Brown DAC

àHDCD decoding

àHigh speed processing with 96kHz over-sampling

àDigital output

àFull function infrared remote control

To maintain the consistently high quality that you expect from us, and we expect from ourselves, Perreaux products are handcrafted.

We maintain the human-linkthroughout, from design and construction, through to the ultimate test, your music, your system, your ears.

Because we too listen to our products, we know that with your Perreaux you will discover many more of the musical secrets we strive to reveal.

From all of us at Perreaux Industries Limited, thank you for choosing the Perreaux ECD2 compact disc player.

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ii Important Safety Instructions

Note: All safety and operation instructions should be read carefully before the ECD2 is operated. Keep the Owners Manual in a safe place for future reference.

àThe ECD2 should not be used near water, for example near a bathtub, kitchen sink, in a wet basement, near a swimming pool, etc.

àThe ECD2 should be rack mounted only in a heavy-dutyrack or stand that is recommended for audio equipment use.

àMounting to a wall or ceiling should be via a heavy-dutybracket or shelf designed for audio equipment use.

àThe ECD2 should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, stoves, or other appliances that produce excessive amounts of heat.

àDO NOT place the ECD2 directly onto carpeted surfaces.

àAvoid exposing the ECD2 to extremely high or low temperatures.

àThe ECD2 should be connected to a mains power supply only of the type described in the operating instructions, or as marked on the rear of the unit.

àDO NOT disconnect the mains earth from the system.

àThe mains power supply cord should be routed so that it is not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed on or against it.

àThe power cord of the ECD2 should be unplugged from the mains outlet when the unit is to be left unused for long periods or when attempting to connect or disconnect cables and before cleaning your unit.

àCare should be taken so that objects and/or liquids do not accidentally fall inside the ECD2.

àPlease keep electrical equipment out of reach of children.

àPlease unplug sensitive electronic equipment during electrical storms.

àPlease replace any fuse with the value and type specified.

àAvoid operating the ECD2 with the cover removed.

àDO NOT bypass any fuse.

àDO NOT attempt to repair the ECD2. In the event of a problem, please contact your Perreaux dealer.

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Table of Contents

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Introducing the Perreaux ECD2 Compact Disc Player

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Important Safety Instructions....................................................................................

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Table of Contents.........................................................................................................

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Unpacking and Placement.........................................................................................

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Instant Install................................................................................................................

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Front Panel Functions.................................................................................................

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Rear Panel Functions ................................................................................................

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Remote Control Functions .......................................................................................

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Special Design Philosophies ....................................................................................

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Special Design Features............................................................................................

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Maximising System Potential...................................................................................

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Care and Maintainance ............................................................................................

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Warranty Information and Obtaining Service .....................................................

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Extended Warranty Registration Form .................................................................

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Faultfinding Your System .........................................................................................

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Specifications..............................................................................................................

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Physical Dimensions..................................................................................................

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Contact Details...........................................................................................................

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Unpacking and Placement

 

 

The ECD2 is packaged for maximum protection. Please carefully read the

 

 

 

 

instructions below before proceeding to unpack the unit. Be extremely careful.

Unpacking

 

à Inspect both ends of the cardboard box and open at the endwithout the

Procedure

 

central staple by slitting the reinforced tape at either side.

 

 

à Fold back the flaps and tip the package on end and the inner box will

 

 

slide out.

 

 

à Lay the inner box down flat and upright, open it conventionally by

 

 

separating the top tray from the bottom.

 

 

à The product can now be removed from the bottom packaging. This will

 

 

be easier if you have someone to help you by holding the base of the

 

 

box.

 

 

à Alternately, the bottom tray and player could be tipped upside down

 

 

and the bottom packaging removed. If opened in this manner, please

 

 

ensure that you turn the contents over again.

Note:

 

 

Be very careful to secure the unit if you are planning to flip the package

 

 

 

upside down.

 

 

 

 

 

 

à Remove the two white polystyrene protectors off either side of the

 

 

player , leaving the black material covering.

 

 

à Pull back the material and remove the protective black tissue from the

 

 

front panel.

 

 

The player is now unpacked and ready for further installation.

Note:

 

 

 

 

Please retain all packaging material for future transport.

 

Box

1 x ECD2 Compact disc player

Contents

1 x ECD2 Product manual

 

 

1 x Perreaux remote control

 

 

2 x AAA batteries

 

 

1 x Detachable AC power cord

Placing

The ECD2 should generally be placed close to your amplifier, keeping the

Your ECD2

interconnect cabling short.

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Instant Install

 

 

 

If you are like us, the first thing you will want to do is to play your favourite

 

 

 

 

 

 

piece of music through your new ECD2. The following instructions are written

 

 

 

to enable you to achieve this as quickly as possible. These are not

 

 

 

comprehensive instructions, but are designed to enable you to play music now!

 

Note:

 

 

 

Please take the time to read the ECD2 manual thoroughly as it

 

 

 

 

incorporates many features, which will enhance its operation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Placement

 

 

 

Best results will be achieved when placed on a solid surface. DO NOT place on

 

 

 

a carpeted floor or cover the player!

 

 

 

Turn off associated components

 

 

 

This minimises the potential to damage any other components when connecting

 

 

 

your ECD2 into the system.

 

 

 

Connect ECD2 to amplifier

 

 

 

Connect the output of the ECD2 to the un-balanced(RCA) inputs at the rear of

 

 

 

your amplifier.

 

Note:

 

 

 

Try to keep all interconnect cables as far from loudspeaker cables as

 

 

 

 

possible and well away from all AC mains leads.

 

 

 

 

Switch on ECD2

 

 

 

After checking the supply voltage compatibility with the voltage rating on the

 

 

 

ECD2 rear panel, insert the power cord-setsupplied into the rear of the unit and

 

 

 

into the wall. Switch on the socket at the wall and power up the ECD2 by

 

 

 

depressing the switch on the front panel.

 

 

 

Switch on your amplifier

 

 

 

Make sure your amplifier is connected to the mains and switch it on.

 

 

 

Insert your favourite CD

 

 

 

Open the disc drawer by pressing the ‘O/C’ button and insert your favourite CD.

 

 

 

Press ‘PLAY’ on the ECD2

 

 

 

Increase the volume

 

 

 

Slowly increase the volume control of your amplifier to achieve a comfortable

 

 

 

listening level.

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

 

 

Now that you have achieved your first objective, sit back, relax and please read

 

 

 

the rest of the manual at your own pace, in your favourite armchair, whilst

 

 

 

sipping a hot cup of coffee. You’ll find the whole experience much more

 

 

 

pleasurable whilst listening to music.

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Front Panel Functions

Power Switch

Depress this switch to turn power ON. Depress the switch again to turn the unit OFF.

Vacuum Fluorescent Display

Display provides information regarding the status of the ECD2 and track/time information for the disc being played.

‘RPT’ Button

Allows you to repeat the current track or the entire disc continuously until the feature is cancelled by pressing the RPT button or pressing ‘■’. The RPT button steps sequentially through the available options. Pressing the button once repeats the current track, displaying REPEAT 1 in the display. Pressing a second time repeats the entire disc, displaying REAPEAT ALL in the display. Press a third time to cancel the REPEAT function.

Note: The REPEAT function is automatically cancelled when the disc drawer is opened.

‘O/C’ Button

When the disc drawer is closed, pressing this button opens the drawer. To close the drawer, press the button again. Pressing ‘►’ or lightly pushing on the drawer itself can also close the drawer. This can also be performed via the remote control.

When the drawer is open, the display reads ‘OPEN’. When it is closed with no disc, the display reads ‘NO DISC’. When the drawer closes with a disc inserted, the display will show the number of tracks and the total time of the disc.

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‘►’ Button

Press this button to start playing the disc. If the disc drawer is open, it will close automatically. The number of the track being played and the and the elapsed time will be shown in the display, along with the PLAY indicator.

’ Button

This button stops a disc that is playing and resets the player, i.e. if play is resumed, the disc will start over from the first track.

‘ ’ Button

Pressing this button returns to the beginning of the current track. Pressing twice quickly in succession returns to the beginning of the previous track. The new track number is shown in the display.

‘ ’ Button

Pressing this button advances to the beginning of the next track. The new track number is shown in the display.

‘STBY’ Button

This button puts the ECD2 into STANDBY mode, as indicated by the green standby light. The display goes dark and the unit will not operate.

HDCD Indicator

This light will illuminate to indicate that an HDCD encoded disc is being played.

IR Sensor

This is the infrared sensor to receive commands transmitted from the remote control.

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Rear Panel Functions

Caution! Please make all changes at minimum volume setting. Only increase the volume after the connections have been made.

Digital Output

Using a standard 75Ω coax digital cable with RCA termination, connect the digital output to the coax digital input on the external D/A converter.

These high quality gold plated sockets are highly conductive, corrosion resistant, and provide less potential for corrosion induced distortion.

Refer to Chapter 13 “Specifications” for more details.

Analog Output

Standard single-endedoutputs (RCA) supplying analog signals to the source inputs of an audio preamplifier, integrated amplifier or receiver.

Using quality audio interconnect cables, connect the left channel output of the ECD2 to the left channel input on the preamplifier or other component and the right channel output to the right channel input on the preamplifier or other component.

Refer to Chapter 13 “Specifications” for more details.

Serial Number

The serial number is unique to your ECD2. Please record this number and store it in a safe place. For any service related enquiry, please be prepared to quote the product serial number to Perreaux personnel or their service representative.

Input Voltage and Fuse Rating

Input Voltage

It is important that the ECD2 be operated from the correct AC mains voltage. This unit is factory set for the voltage applicable to the original country of destination.

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The ECD2 will operate satisfactorily within a voltage variation of up to ±5% of that voltage at which the unit has been set.

If you require the voltage setting to be altered, e.g. relocation to another area, city or country, or extraordinarily high or low voltages, please contact your Perreaux dealer. Qualified service personnel can only perform this modification.

Caution! Never attempt to connect the unit to the incorrect voltage. Severe damage can result from applying incorrect voltage to the unit.

Fuse Rating

The fuse rating displayed here, refers to the rating of the mains inlet fuse.

For more information on fuse ratings, please refer to Chapter 13 “Specifications”.

Caution! Never replace the fuses with any other ratings other than the one specified.

AC Mains Input and Fuse

AC Mains Input

An IEC-standardmains input is provided at the rear of the unit. The AC cord set is removable, allowing you to upgrade to a cord set of your preference.

Caution! Prior to connection to the AC mains, please check the voltage label on the rear panel to ensure that your unit conforms to the power supply in your area. Never attempt to connect the unit to the incorrect voltage. Severe damage can result from applying incorrect voltage to the unit.

Mains Fuse

The ECD2 is equipped with a user serviceable AC mains fuse. In the event of fuse failure, always replace with the same type and value fuse. Remember, fuses do not usually blow without a reason. Any doubts about fuse failure should be conveyed directly to your Perreaux dealer.

For more information on fuse ratings, please refer to Chapter 13 “Specifications”.

Caution! This is the ONLY user accessible fuse.

Never replace the fuses with any other ratings other than the one specified on the rear panel.

Always ensure your ECD2 is disconnected from the mains supply before attempting to change the mains fuse.

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5 Remote Control Functions

Note:

Note:

The ECD2 comes supplied with a 29 button Perreaux Universal infrared remote control.

The remote control uses 2 x AAA batteries and may be changed by sliding forward the plastic cover located on the bottom of the remote.

Press the white button on the remote to select thecode-setrequired to control the ECD2.

The ECD2 uses the following functions:

Open/Close

When the disc drawer is closed, pressing this button, labeled O/C, opens the drawer. To close the drawer, press the button again.

When the drawer is open, the display reads ‘OPEN’. When it is closed with no disc, the display reads ‘NO DISC’. When the drawer closes with a disc inserted, the display will show the number of tracks and the total time of the disc.

Program

Pressing this button, labeled PROG, allows you to memorise as many as 20 tracks on the current disc for playback in a specific order. For example, you could instruct the ECD2 to play track 6, followed by track 10, followed by track

2.To begin a program:

àInsert a disc and close the drawer. The ECD2 will read the contents of the disc.

àPress the PROG button on the remote control. The PROGRAM indicator will show on the display, along with ‘P:00’ indicating that the unit is waiting for the first track to be memorised.

àEnter the first track number using the DIRECT ACCESS buttons. Your selection will be memorised automatically and the display will change to ‘P:01’, indicating that one track has been memorised. Continue entering the rest of your selections using the DIRECT ACCESS buttons.

There is no need to press the PROG button, as each selection is memorised as it is entered.

Once you have memorised a play list, the ECD2 remains in PROGRAM mode until the disc drawer is opened or the STOP button is pressed twice in succession. If you press the PLAY button, the memorised program will play instead of the entire disc, starting with the first selection in the memorised list.

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Search Backward /

Search Forward

These buttons, labeled

and , fast reverse or fast forward through the

currently playing disc as long as they are pressed.

Direct Access

These numeric buttons are used to directly access a track from the remote control instead of stepping through using the TRACK buttons.

The first ten tracks on a disc can be selected by pressing the corresponding button on the remote control. For example, to play the eighth track, press .

When accessing track numbers greater than 10, press followed by the track number. For example, to select track 15, pressfollowed byand.

The number of the selected track will appear on the display.

There is also a four by four matrix of track numbers (1 – 16) at the right side of the display. This indicates all of the tracks on the disc. If there are more than 16, all of the digits will illuminate, accompanied by the word OVER, regardless of which track is playing. This matrix is independent of the main numeric area of the display, which will always indicate the currently playing track, even if above 16.

The DIRECT ACCESS buttons may also be used to memorise tracks in PROGRAM mode.

Track Forward /Track Backward

These buttons are used to select tracks on the disc. When a disc is playing, pressing the TRACK forward button advances to the beginning of the next track. Pressing the TRACK backward button returns to the beginning of the current track. Pressing twice quickly in succession returns to the beginning of the previous track.

Play

Press the PLAY button to start playing the disc. If the disc drawer is open, it will close automatically. The number of the track being played and the elapsed time will be shown in the display, along with the PLAY indicator. Normally, the disc will start playing with the first track. However, you can select a different track using the TRACK buttons or the DIRECT ACCESS buttons before pressing PLAY to start playing a different selection.

Pause

This button is used to temporarily suspend play. The disc continues to spin and play will be resumed from the current position. The PAUSE indicator will show in the display. To resume playing the disc, press the PAUSE button again or press the PLAY button.

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Stop

This button stops a disc that is playing and resets the player, i.e. if play is resumed, the disc will start over from the first track. Pressing the STOP button twice in quick succession cancels any programmed selections.

Random

This instructs the ECD2 to play tracks from the entire disc in random order. Once all of the selections have been played once, the disc will stop playing, unless the REPEAT function is utilised, in which case the random play will continue until the STOP button is pressed. When the RANDOM feature is in use, the word RANDOM is shown in the display.

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6 Special Design Philosophies

Perreaux has been designing and manufacturing only the highest quality audio componentry for more than a quarter of a century. Technology has continued to evolve rapidly over that time and our knowledge and application of design, materials and manufacturing techniques has advanced in tandem with this. Today’s Perreaux range comes closer to fulfilling our shared vision than at any other time in the past.

To follow is a discussion on some of Perreaux design philosophies that have been incorporated into the entire range.

Minimalist Leading British architect, John Pawson, writes:

Design

The Minimum can be defined as the perfection that an object achieves when it is no longer possible to improve it by subtraction. This is the quality that an object has when every component, every detail, and every junction has been reduced or condensed to the essentials. It is the result of the omission of the inessentials”.

Perreaux has historically embraced the minimalist ethic from an audio design perspective only. The concept of “less equating to more” has been at the heart of all Perreaux audio designs for more than a quarter of a century.

Minimalist Electronics

We wish to maximise the quality of your listening pleasure by keeping the componentry and signal path as uncluttered, short and clean possible. All components in the signal path, even those of the highest quality have an effect on the signal, thereby altering the quality of the reproduction in some way. Our aim is to recreate in its entirety, the original performance by not adding or subtracting anything, irrespective of the source.

Minimalist User Interface

We carefully study the user interface and par down the number of buttons and associated clutter leaving just the essential and no more. How tempting it has been over the years to loose sight of our core values as technology or trends have made it possible. That is one of the reasons why our older products still have such a high resale value today. The user interface has and always will remain simple, free from adornments, clean and uncluttered.

Minimalist Aesthetics

Our products appeal to those who seek the ultimate in audio exclusivity, namely the perfect blend of “form and function”.

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“Form and function” are both tough masters. That is why our amplifier heat sinks are not hidden, but instead feature prominently in all our designs. We make no excuses for producing some of the most distinctive high-endaudio products on the planet. We let “form and function” blend together in perfect harmony. This surely is the essence of true minimalist utilisation.

Minimalism in a Wider Context

John Pawson writes:

“Clearly simplicity has dimensions to it that go beyond the purely aesthetic: it can be seen as the reflection of some innate, inner quality, or the pursuit of philosophical or literary insight into the nature of harmony, reason, and truth”.

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Special Design Features

Rugged Build

 

Mechanical strength has been a hallmark of Perreaux products since the

 

Quality

 

company first started production back in 1974. The concept behind the physical

 

 

design and construction is that each structural member should contribute to both

 

 

rigidity and performance.

Multiple

 

There is a separate regulated power supply for each section of the CD player.

Regulated

 

One positive supply and one negative supply for the sensitive analog output

Power

 

stage, another one for the DAC section, another for the clock generation of the

Supplies

 

DAC section and a further supply for the microcontroller and display. The

 

 

advantage of this is that there is complete isolation from stage to stage, ensuring

 

 

the analog section is completely free from digital noise.

Dual 20-bit

 

The ECD2’s precision transport is backed up by Burr Brown’s PCM1732 digital

Burr Brown

 

to analog converter, featuring HDCD decoding. The dual 20-bit,multi-level

DAC

 

Delta-Sigmaoperation with 8x oversampling ensures the ECD2 will deliver a

 

 

high level of audio performance.

HDCD®

 

High Definition Compatible Digital™ (HDCD®) is an encoding technique that

Decoding

 

allows a CD to have greater dynamic range, focused 3D soundstage, reduced

 

 

distortion, and increased detail. When playing HDCD encoded discs, the ECD2

 

 

can reproduce as much as 20-bitdynamic range. HDCD discs are identified by

 

 

an HDCD logo on the package.

 

 

No user action is required to play an HDCD encoded disc. The player

 

 

automatically senses HDCD encoding and enables the necessary circuitry. The

 

 

HDCD indicator on the front panel will light to indicate that an HDCD disc is

 

 

being played.

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8 Maximising System Potential

Interconnects Anoften-ignoredarea in high fidelity systems is the cabling connecting theand Speaker various components. Interconnect leads should be high quality cable withCables substantial terminations. Gold plate is inherently resistant to corrosion, and an excellent conductor. The presence of corrosion induces distortion and poor conductivity will seriously interfere with sound quality. Terminations must plug snugly into sockets to maintain maximum conductivity and to avoid annoying

earthing problems.

Speaker cabling is equally critical. Use only solidly constructed cable of high purity copper or silver content. Again, gold plated terminations are recommended, of the spade or banana plug type. Use cables of equal length and as short as possible to maintain uniform electrical resistance at the lowest possible level. If your amplifier is closer to one of your speakers than the other, avoid coiling the longer lead as this can create inductance, with the potential of reduced high frequency performance. Keep all connections clean, firm and tight. The traditional adage that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link most certainly applies to audio systems.

Positioning Positioning of your source equipment (tuner, video, disc, tape, record, decks) isAncillary important. To avoid airborne frequency peaks, place them well away from your

Equipment loudspeakers and not in the corners of your listening area.

Final High fidelity systems are an investment deserving of careful thought andThoughts personal time. Your preferences, priorities and constraints will dictate the parameters of your purchase, your ears will tell you what is the right choice for you. Our experience tells us that the bitterness of dissatisfaction lingers long after the fragrance of cheap price is forgotten, hence our use of the term –

investment.

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Care and Maintenance

Note:

 

The ECD2 has been designed to provide many years of trouble free enjoyment.

 

 

 

 

Please switch the unit off and remove the cord-setfrom the rear of the

 

 

amplifier before attempting to clean your ECD2 in the manner described

 

 

below.

 

 

Never apply liquid directly to the ECD2.

 

 

Never use abrasives.

 

 

Never rub in a circuilar motion.

 

 

 

Cover

 

The cover features a durable, high quality powder-coatfinish. To remove finger

 

 

marks and dirt, lightly rub the surface with a soft cloth.

 

 

If the dirt is not removed, dip your cloth in a mild solution of soap and water,

 

 

squeeze excess moisture from it and then gently reapply to the surface.

 

 

Stubborn dirt may be removed by the application of a small quantity of

 

 

methylated spirits, applied directly to the cleaning cloth only and reworking the

 

 

effected area.

Front Panel

 

Black Powder-coatFinish

 

 

The front panel is finished in the same durable powder coat as the cover and can

 

 

be cleaned in a similar manner, as described above.

 

 

Chrome Finish

 

 

To remove finger marks and dirt on chrome finishes, lightly rub the surface with

 

 

a soft cloth containing a very small quantity of isopropyl alcohol (methylated

 

 

spirits) on it.

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