Arcam AVR500 Home Theater System User Manual

Operating your
AVR500 /AVR600 / AV888
For information display we recommend you use the
OSD (On-Screen Display) on your display device
whenever possible.
Switching on
Press the front panel power button in. e power LED
will glow orange, the front display shows the word
ARCAM’, followed by the volume setting and the name of
the selected input. Aer initialization is complete, the
power LED changes colour to green.
Please wait until the unit has nished initialising before
operating the unit. It is recommended that if the unit is
switched o, you should wait at least 10 seconds before
switching the unit back on.
e unit has a standby mode which can be entered
by pressing STANDBY on the remote control. When in
standby mode, the display is blank and the POWER LED
glows red.
While in Standby mode, it may be possible to hear a
slight residual hum coming from the mains transformer
inside the amplier. is is perfectly normal. However,
if the unit is to be le unused for an extended period,
we recommend that you disconnect it from the mains
supply to save power.
To switch on from standby
Press the STANDBY button on the remote control or any
key on the front panel (other than the power button).
Front panel display
e unit is ready for use aer about four seconds.
e display window shows the currently selected source
and the last selected information view setting (this
information line can be changed using the INFO button).
e active zones (Z1, Z2 or Z3) are highlighted – the
example screen above shows that only Z1 (i.e. Zone1) is
active. e current volume setting (70.0dB in the above
example) is also displayed.
Selecting a source
To select a particular source, press the –INPUT or
INPUT + buttons until that source is shown on the front
panel display, or (if available) press the corresponding
source button on the remote. e following sources are
Compact Disc player input
Audio-Visual input
DVD player input
Satellite receiver input
Video Cassette Recorder input
Personal Video Recorder input
Phono (MM cartridge) input
Selects MCH (multichannel)
analogue input
Audio only tape deck input
Auxiliary (front panel) input
Internal (Ethernet) and external USB
solid-state device (e.g. pen drive) input.
Requires an iPod® and Arcam rDock
or rLead.
e following sources are only available on the AVR500/
Internal tuner input
Internal tuner input
Requires an external receiver – see for more information
is source is not available on the AVR500.
is source is optional on the AVR500. Contact your
dealer for upgrade information.
ese sources are market dependent and may not be
available on your unit.
Upon selecting a source, the unit will normally select an
active digital input in preference to an analogue input.
If you want to override the digital input and select the
analogue input, set the Audio Source to Analogue in the
Input Cong. menu (see page ). Some inputs (
PHONO, MCH, SIRIUS, IPOD) do not have a digital input.
e processing mode and Stereo Direct functions are
remembered and recalled for each individual input.
MCH input is intended for direct analogue pass-
through of DVD Audio or SACD sources. Apart from
volume control and level trim, no processing modes
are possible on this input, including bass management
and delays. Please set bass management, speaker size
and speaker delays in the source player. You can copy
the distances and relative speaker levels from the Setup
menus in the AVR500, AVR600 or AV888.
Tape operation (AVR600/AV888 only)
ree analogue audio outputs are provided for
recording, VCR, PVR and TAPE OUT. e selected analogue
input are routed to each of these outputs.
If the VCR input is selected, the
VCR OUT output
is muted to prevent feedback loops in recording
equipment. Similarly the PVR OUT and TAPE OUT outputs
are muted when their respective inputs are selected to
prevent feedback.
VCR operation (AVR600/AV888 only)
Two outputs are provided for recording (Composite
and S-Video only), VCR and PVR OUT. e selected video
input is routed to each of these outputs.
Stereo Direct
To listen to a pure analogue stereo input, press the
DIRECT button. e Stereo Direct mode automatically
bypasses all processing and any surround functions. In
direct mode, digital processing is shut down to improve
the sound quality and reduces digital noise with the unit
to an absolute minimum.
Note: when Stereo Direct mode is selected, no
digital output is available and no bass management
is performed, meaning that bass signals will not be
redirected to a subwoofer.
Volume control
It is important to realise that the level of the volume
indicator is not an accurate indication of the power
delivered to your loudspeakers. e amplier oen
delivers its full output power long before the volume
control reaches its maximum position, particularly when
listening to heavily recorded music. In comparison,
some movie sound tracks can appear very quiet, as
many directors like to keep maximum levels in reserve
for special eect sequences.