American Audio CD Player DCD PRO240 User Manual

Operating Instructions  
DCD-PRO240  
Professional Dual CD Player  
FLIPFLOP  
4295 Charter Street  
Los Angeles Ca. 90058  
6/03  
 
ELECTRICAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS  
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK  
DO NOT USE THIS (POLARIZED) PLUG WITH  
AN EXTENSION CORD, RECEPTACLE, OR  
OTHER OUTLET UNLESS THE BLADES CAN  
BE CAREFULLY INSERTED TO PREVENT  
BLADE EXPOSURE  
NOTE: This CD player uses a semiconductor  
laser. It is recommended for use in a room at  
the following temperature: 41˚F - 95˚F / 5˚C -  
35˚C  
CAUTION:  
1. Handle the power supply cord carefully. Do  
not damage or deform; it may cause electric  
shock or malfunction when used. Hold plug  
attachment when removing from wall outlet.  
Do not pull on the cord.  
ATTENTION: POUR PREVENIR LES CHOCS  
ELECTRIQUES NE PAS UTILISER CETTE  
FICHE POLARISEE AVEC UN PROLON-  
GATEUR, UNE PRISE DE COURANT OU  
UNE AUTRE SORTIE DE COURANT, SAUF  
SI LES LAMES PEUVENT ETRE INSEREES A  
FOND SANS EN LAISSER AUCUNE PARTIE A  
DECOUVERT.  
2. To avoid electric shock, do not open the top  
cover when the unit is plugged in. If problems  
occur with the unit, call your local American  
Audio® dealer.  
3. Do not place metal objects or spill liquid  
inside the CD player. Electric shock or mal-  
function may occur.  
WARNING: TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK  
HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS UNIT TO  
WATER OR MOISTURE  
The serial and model number for this unit is  
located on the rear panel. Please write down  
the numbers here and retain for future refer-  
ence.  
This equipment has been tested and found  
to comply with the limits for a Class B digital  
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.  
These limits are designed to provide reason-  
able protection against harmful interference  
in a residential installation. This equipment  
generates, uses, and can radiate radio fre-  
quency energy and, if not installed and used  
in accordance with the instructions, may cause  
harmful interference to radio communications.  
However, there is no guarantee that interfer-  
ence will not occur in a particular installation.  
If this equipment does cause harmful interfer-  
ence to radio or television reception, which can  
be determined by turning the equipment off  
and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct  
the interference by one or more of the following  
measures:  
Model No._____________________________  
Serial No._____________________________  
NOTE: This product satisfies FCC regulations  
when shielded cables and connectors are  
used to connect the unit to other equipment.  
To prevent electromagnetic interference with  
electrical appliances such as radios and tele-  
visions, use shielded cables and connectors  
for connections.  
CAUTION:  
USE OF CONTROLS OR ADJUSTMENTS  
OTHER THAN THOSE SPECIFIED HEREIN  
MAY RESULT IN HAZARDOUS RADIATION  
EXPOSURE  
– Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.  
– Increase the separation between the equip-  
ment and receiver.  
– Connect the unit into an electrical outlet on  
a circuit different from that to which the  
receiver is connected.  
THE COMPACT DISC PLAYER SHOULD NOT  
BE ADJUSTED OR REPAIRED BY ANYONE  
EXCEPT PROPERLY QUALIFIED SERVICE  
PERSONNEL.  
– Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/  
TV technician for help.  
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ELECTRICAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS  
ELECTRICAL PRECAUTIONS  
CAUTION  
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK  
DO NOT OPEN  
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an  
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC  
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is  
intended to alert the user to the presence of important  
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in  
the literature accompanying the appliance.  
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the  
presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the  
product'senclosurethatmaybeofsufficientmagnitude  
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.  
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE THE COVER (OR BACK).  
THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS  
INSIDE REFER SERVICE TO YOUR AUTHORIZED  
AMERICAN AUDIO® SERVICE TECHNICIAN.  
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS  
OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY - Never push objects of  
READ INSTRUCTIONS — All the safety and operating  
GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION  
instructions should be read before the product is  
operated.  
Ifthisproductisequippedwithapolarizedalternating  
current line plug (a plug having one blade wider than  
theother), itwillfitintotheoutlet onlyoneway. This  
isasafetyfeature.Ifyouareunabletoinserttheplug  
fullyintotheoutlet, tryreversingtheplug. Iftheplug  
should still fail to fit, contact your electrician to  
replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the  
safety purpose of the polarized plug.  
any kind into this product through openings as they  
may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out  
parts that could result in a fire or electric shock.  
Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.  
RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS — The safety and operating  
instructionsshouldberetainedforfuturereference.  
HEED WARNINGS — All warnings on the product and  
in the operating instructions should be adhered to.  
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS — All operating and use  
instructions should be followed.  
SERVICING — Do not attempt to service this product  
yourself as opening or removing covers may expose  
you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all  
servicing to qualified service personnel.  
CLEANING — The product should be cleaned only with  
a polishing cloth or a soft dry cloth. Never clean with  
furniture wax, benzine, insecticides or other volatile  
liquids since they may corrode the cabinet.  
ATTACHMENTS — Do not use attachments not  
recommendedbytheproductmanufacturerasthey  
may cause hazards.  
WATER AND MOISTURE — Do not use this product  
near water — for example, near a bathtub, wash  
bowl,kitchensink,orlaundrytub;inawetbasement;  
or near a swimming pool; and the like.  
ACCESSORIES — Do not place this product on an  
unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The  
product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or  
adult, and serious damage to the product. Use only  
If this product is equipped with  
a
three-wire  
DAMAGEREQUIRINGSERVICE - Unplugthisproduct  
from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified  
service personnel under the following conditions:  
groundingtypeplug,aplughavingathird(grounding)  
pin, itwillonlyfitintoagroundingtypepoweroutlet.  
Thisisasafetyfeature.Ifyouareunabletoinsertthe  
plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to  
replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the  
safety purpose of the grounding type plug.  
When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.  
If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into  
the product.  
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.  
Iftheproductdoesnotoperatenormallybyfollowing  
theoperatinginstructions.Adjustonlythosecontrols  
that are covered by the operating instructions as an  
improper adjustment of other controls may result in  
damage and will often require extensive work by a  
qualified technician to restore the product to its  
normal operation.  
POWER-CORD PROTECTION - Power-supply cords  
should be routed so that they are not likely to be  
walked on or pinched by items placed upon or  
against them, paying particular attention to cords at  
plugs,conveniencereceptacles,andthepointwhere  
they exit from the product.  
OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING — If an outside  
antennaorcablesystemisconnectedtotheproduct,  
be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so  
astoprovidesomeprotectionagainstvoltagesurges  
andbuilt-upstaticcharges.Article810oftheNational  
ElectricalCode,ANSI/NFPA70,providesinformation  
with regard to proper grounding of the mast and  
supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire  
to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding  
conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit,  
connection to grounding electrodes, and  
requirementsforthegroundingelectrode.SeeFigure  
A.  
LIGHTNING — For added protection for this product  
duringalightningstorm,orwhenitisleftunattended  
and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from  
the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable  
system. This will prevent damage to the product  
due to lightning and power-line surges.  
POWER LINES An outside antenna system should  
notbelocatedinthevicinityofoverheadpowerlines  
or other electric light or power circuits, or where it  
can fall into such power lines or circuits. When  
installing an outside antenna system, extreme care  
should be taken to keep from touching such power  
lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.  
OVERLOADING — Do not overload wall outlets,  
extensioncords,orintegralconveniencereceptacles  
as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.  
If the product has been dropped or damaged in any  
way.  
When the product exhibits a distinct change in  
performance — this indicates a need for service.  
with  
a
cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table  
recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with  
the product. Any mounting of the product should  
follow the manufacturerʼs instructions, and should  
use a mounting accessory recommended by the  
manufacturer.  
REPLACEMENT PARTS -- When replacement parts  
arerequired,besuretheservicetechnicianhasused  
replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or  
have the same characteristics as the original part.  
Unauthorizedsubstitutionsmayresultinfire,electric  
shock, or other hazards.  
SAFETY CHECK - Upon completion of any service or  
repairs to this product, ask the service technician to  
performsafetycheckstodeterminethattheproduct  
is in proper operating condition.  
WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING — The product should  
not be mounted to a wall or ceiling.  
HEAT The product should be situated away from heat  
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or  
other products (including amplifiers) that produce  
heat.  
CART — A product and cart combination should be  
moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and  
uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart  
combination to overturn.  
VENTILATION — Slots and openings in the cabinet are  
provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable  
operation of the product and to protect it from  
overheating, and these openings must not be  
blocked or covered. The openings should never be  
blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug,  
or other similar surface. This product should not be  
placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or  
rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the  
manufacturerʼs instructions have been adhered to.  
POWER SOURCES —This product should be operated  
only from the type of power source indicated on the  
marking label. If you are not sure of the type of  
power supply to your home, consult your product  
dealer or local power company.  
ANTENNA  
LEAD IN  
WIRE  
GROUND  
CLAMP  
ANTENNA  
DISCHARGE UNIT  
(NEC SECTION 810-20)  
LOCATION – The appliance should be installed in a  
stable location.  
NONUSE PERIODS – The power cord of the appliance  
should be unplugged from the outlet when left un-  
used for a long period of time.  
ELECTRIC  
SERVICE  
EQUIPMENT  
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS  
(NEC SECTION 810-21)  
GROUND CLAMPS  
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING  
ELECTRODE SYSTEM  
(NEC ART 250, PART H)  
Fig. A  
NEC — NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE  
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PRODUCT INFORMATION  
I. Heat - The CD player should be situated away  
from heat sources such as radiators, heat regis-  
ters, stoves, or other appliances (including ampli-  
fiers) that produce heat.  
This unit has been thoroughly tested and has  
been shipped in perfect operating condition.  
Carefully check the shipping carton for damage  
that may have occurred during shipping. If  
the carton appears to be damaged, carefully  
inspect your unit for any damage. Be sure all  
accessories needed to operate the unit has  
arrived intact. In the event damage has been  
found or parts are missing, please contact our  
toll free customer support number for further  
instructions. Please do not return the unit to  
your dealer without first contacting customer  
support.  
2. Do not let insecticides, benzene, or thinner  
come in contact with the surface of the unit.  
3. Never disassemble or modify your unit in any  
way, doing so will void your manufactures war-  
ranty.  
4. Never plug this unit in to a dimmer pack  
5. Do not attempt to operate this unit if it becomes  
damaged in any way.  
LINE VOLTAGE SELECTION  
• The desired voltage may be set with the  
VOLTAGE SELECTOR switch on the rear  
panel (using a flat head screw driver).  
• Do not force the VOLTAGE SELECTOR  
switch as this may cause damage  
• If the VOLTAGE SELECTOR switch does  
not move smoothly, please contact a quali-  
fied service technician.  
6. This unit is intended for indoor use only, use of  
this product outdoors voids all warranties.  
7. Always mount this unit in safe and stable  
matter.  
8. Disconnect from main power before making  
any type of connection.  
SCRATCH BOX  
INPUT  
DIGITAL  
OUT  
SCRATCH BOX  
INPUT  
DIGITAL  
OUT  
AC INPUT 115/230 V, 50/60 Hz  
CONNECT TO  
CONTROL  
CONNECT TO  
CONTROL  
AUDIO OUT  
AUDIO OUT  
2
1
Voltage Selector  
R
L
R
L
CAUTION  
9. Cleaning -  
2
RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK  
DO NOT OPEN  
1
115V  
230V  
• The CD Player should be cleaned only as  
recommended by the manufacturer. Use a  
soft cloth to wipe down the outside of the  
unit. For stubborn stains moisten a soft cloth  
with class cleaner or other mild detergent to  
wipe away any stains. Use a soft cloth to  
wipe any residual cleaner. Never use volatile  
cleaners such as benzene, solvent, or thinner  
to clean your unit, these cleaners will damage  
the units surface.  
Cleaning the pick-up lens - The pick-up lens  
should not become dirty under normal us-  
age. If the lens does become dirty, contact  
American Audio Technical Support for further  
instructions. Third party lens cleaners avail-  
able but not highly recommended. Use of  
some of these cleaner may damage the pick-  
up lens, be sure to follow extreme caution  
when using these types of cleaners.  
Voltage Line Selector Switch  
WARRANTY INFORMATION  
The DCD-PRO240™ carries a TWO year (730  
days) limited warranty. This warranty covers  
parts and labor. Please fill out the enclosed  
warranty card to validate your purchase and  
warranty. All returned service items whether  
under warranty or not, must be freight pre-  
paid and accompany a return authorization  
(R.A.) number. If the unit is under warranty,  
you must provide a copy of your proof of pur-  
chase invoice. Please contact American Audio®  
customer support at (800) 322-6337 for a R.A.  
number.  
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CUSTOMER SUPPORT  
Customer Support: American Audio® provides a toll free customer support line, to provide set up help and  
to answer any question should you encounter problems during your set up or initial operation. You may also visit  
contact American Audio®. Service Hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard  
Time.  
Voice:  
Fax:  
(800) 322-6337  
(323) 582-2941  
E-mail:  
Warning! To prevent or reduce the risk of electrical shock or fire, do not expose this unit to rain or moisture.  
Caution! There are no user serviceable parts inside this unit. Do not attempt any repairs yourself, doing so will  
void your manufactures warranty. In the unlikely event your unit may require service please contact customer  
support. Please do not return to your dealer without first contacting customer support.  
SET-UP  
1. Checking the Contents:  
Be sure your DCD-PRO240™ was shipped with the following:  
1) DCD-PRO240™ Dual CD player unit.  
2) Dual Male to Male RCA cable.  
1) DCD-PRO240™ Controller Head Unit  
1)Warranty card.  
1) Operating instructions (this booklet).  
2. Installing the Units  
1) Place your unit on a flat surface or mount it in a secure rack mount case.  
2) Be sure the player is mounted in a well ventilated area where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight,  
high temperatures, or high humidity.  
3) Try to place the unit as far as possible from TVs and tuners, as the unit may cause undesirable  
interference.  
3. Connections  
1) Be sure main power is connected last to prevent any electrical damage.  
2) AUDIO CONNECTIONS: Use the included RCA cable to connect the DCD-PRO240™ outputs to the  
line inputs of a mixer. Never connect a CD player's output to a mixers "phono" inputs.  
CAUTION: Be sure to use the supplied control cables. Using a different type of cable may result in unit damage.  
To avoid server unit damage, be sure main power is off when connecting the control cables.  
CAUTION:  
CAUTION:  
• The LCD is designed to be clearly visible within the  
angles shown in Figure 2. Mount the control unit  
so that the visual angle is within this range.  
• The player will work normally when the main unit is  
mounted with the front panel within 15 degrees of  
the vertical plane. If the unit is tilted excessively,  
discs may not be loaded or unloaded properly.  
(Figure 1)  
Figure 1  
Figure 2  
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MAIN FEATURES  
• 8 Times Over Sampling 1 Bit D/A Converter  
• 60 Second Transport Protection (a)  
• Easy Track Programming  
• 10+ Track Skipping  
3 Selectable Colors for LCD Illumination  
• Jog Wheel Pitch Bend (b)  
• Single or Continuous Play  
• Selectable Time Display  
• Fader "Q" Start Control (c)  
• 20 Programmable Tracks  
• Pitch Display  
• Auto Cue  
• Selectable Pitch: +/-8%, +/-12%, or +/-16%  
• Flip Flop(Relay Playback) (d)  
• 4 Different Speed Scans  
(a) 60 SECOND TRANSPORT PROTECTION: The CD transport tray will automatically close if left open for more than 60 sec-  
onds. If a CD is left in the tray it will immediately cue.  
(b) JOG WHEEL PITCH BEND: During normal playback, the inner jog wheel acts as a momentary pitch bend. Turing the wheel in  
a clockwise direction will increase the speed and turning the wheel in a counter-clockwise direction will decrease the speed.  
(c) FADER “Q” START CONTROL: This feature is used in conjunction with American Audio® mixers that also feature “Fader Q  
Start” control. Connect your DCD-PRO240 as described in the set-up section of this manual. After set-up is completed, insert  
CD's in to both drives. By moving the mixer’s crossfader from left to right you can start and pause your DCD-PRO240 playback  
functions. For Example, if your mixer’s crossfader is all the way to the left player one is playing, player two is in cue or pause  
mode. If slice the fader at least 20% to the right, player one will continue to play and player two will begin to play, mixing both  
sides together. When the crossfader is slid all the way to the right, player two will is playing, and player one will go into cue or  
pause mode. You can create great effects similar to scratching with this feature. “Q” Start control is easy to use and mastering  
this feature will help you create amazing effects with your music.  
(d) FLIP-FLOP™: This feature is used in conjunction with American Audio® mixers that also feature Fader “Q” Start. For FLIP-  
FLOP™ results you must use both disc drives. Connect your DCD-PRO240 as described in the set-up section of this manual.  
This feature will start the next player side once one player side has ended. For example, if disc drive one is playing a disc and  
it ends, disc drive two will instantly begin to play. You may set FLIP-FLOP™ to play track to track or disc to disc. For more  
information on this feature, see FLIP-FLOP™ on page 18.  
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GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTROLS - REMOTE UNIT  
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Figure 3  
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Figure 4  
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REMOTE CONTROL - FACE (FIGURE 3)  
1. OPEN/CLOSE (Disc Tray Open/Close) - This button is used to open and close the disc trans  
port tray door. NOTE: When a disc is loaded, the tray will not open unless the unit is in pause or cue  
mode.  
2. LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY (LCD) - This high quality LCD Indicates all the functions (play, pause,  
cue, etc..,), as they occur. This display is viewable at several comfortable angles as described on  
page 6. The LCD icons will be described in the next section.  
3. TIME - The TIME button is used to changed the displayed time values. Time can be displayed  
as elapsed track time, remaining track time, and total disc remaining time.  
4. SGL - This button allows the unit's play mode to change between Single and Continuous. In single  
mode the unit will play a single track and return to cue mode. In continuous mode the unit continues  
to play track by track and returns to cue mode after all tracks have played. This function also oper-  
ates in PROGRAM mode. In program mode the continuous function will play all tracks in a program,  
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GENERAL FUNCTIONS AND CONTROLS - REMOTE UNIT (CONT)  
than return to cue mode on the first track in the program.  
5. PRG - (PROGRAM BUTTON) The PROGRAM button will activate program mode. When pro-  
gram mode is activated the LED above the button will glow. For programming information see  
“Programming” on page 17.  
6. PITCH BUTTON - This button is used to turn the pitch function on and off. The pitch functions  
of the PITCH SLIDER (11), PITCH BEND BUTTONS (12 & 13) and JOG WHEEL (16) will not function  
without this function being activated. By holding down this button and pressing (+) or (-) buttons, the  
pitch percentage value can be changed from (+/- 8%), (+/-12%), or (+/- 16%).  
7. LCD COLOR - This button is used to change the illumination color of the LCD.  
8.  
TRACK BUTTON - This button is used to select your desired track. Tapping this button will  
forward skip to the next track, holding down this button will rapidly forward skip through the tracks  
on your CD.  
9. +10 TRACK SKIP - This button allows you to skip ahead by 10 tracks. Example: if you are at Track  
#1, pressing this button will skip you to Track #11, press the button again, it will skip to Track #21. If  
there are not that many tracks, it will go back to Track #1.  
10.  
TRACK BUTTON - This button is used to select your desired track. Tapping this button  
will skip backward to the previous track, holding down this button will rapidly skip backward through  
the tracks on your CD.  
11. PITCH SLIDER - This slider is used to adjust the playback pitch percentage when the PITCH (6)  
function is activated. The slider is a set adjustment and will remain set until the pitch slider is moved  
or the PITCH (6) function has been turned off. This adjustment can be made with or without a CD in  
the drive. The pitch adjustment will remain even if a disc has been removed, and will reflect on any  
other disc loaded into the unit. That is to say, if you set a +2% pitch on one disc, remove that disc  
and insert another, that disc will also have a +2% pitch. The amount of pitch being applied will be dis-  
played in the LCD (2). Use this slider to match the BPM’s of this unit to that of another music source.  
By changing the pitch of one disc with respect to the other in this way, the beats can be matched.  
12. (+) PITCH BEND - The (+) pitch bend function creates a momentary “BUMP” in the CD’s pitch  
speed (Beats per minute - BPM) when the PITCH (6) function is activated. This functions allows the  
beats between two CD’s or any other music source to match. This is a momentary function. When  
the button is depressed the pitch speed will automatically return to PITCH SLIDER'S (11) selected  
pitch. Holding down this button will give a maximum of +16% pitch. Be sure to remember that this  
function is a momentary pitch adjustment, for a more precise adjustment use the PITCH SLIDER'S  
(11) to match the BPM’s with another playing music source.  
13. (-) PITCH BEND - The (-) pitch bend function creates a momentary “Slow Down” in the CD’s pitch  
speed (Beats per minute - BPM) when the PITCH (6) function is activated. This functions allows the  
beats between two CD’s or any other music source to match. This is a momentary function. When  
the button is depressed the pitch speed will automatically return to PITCH SLIDER'S (11) selected  
pitch. Holding down this button will give a maximum of -16% pitch. Be sure to remember that this  
function is a momentary pitch adjustment, for a more precise adjustment use the PITCH SLIDER'S  
(11) to match the BPM’s with another playing music source.  
14. PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON - Each press of the PLAY/PAUSE BUTTON causes the operation to  
change from play to pause or from pause to play. While in play mode the green play LED will glow,  
and while in pause mode the green play LED will flash.  
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