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5.1 Channel External Sound Processor
High definition 5.1 channel audio for PC or notebook by connecting one cable simplicity in a complicated world. Includes Intelligent Media Processing (IMP) where the award winning Sound Agent 2 audio software uses automatic jack detection to determine which speaker configuration is connected (e.g. 5.1 channel, stereo, headphone), analyses the input signal to determine which source is being played, and automatically applies the appropriate algorithm for optimal sound reproduction at all times. Target Customers: Innovators: Gadget Guys who want no-fuss, high quality audio using the PC/notebook as their main media source.They dont want to have to take the cover off their PC. Notebook users wanting high definition audio with full control, and an easy solution for 5.1 channels 24 bit/96kHz audio hardware SoundAgent 2 interactive visual sound control center No need to open your PC or uninstall old soundcards just plug and play! USB powered no additional power cable needed Digital out for DolbyTM and DTSTM pass thru DS3D, EAX and A3D support for ultimate 3D gaming Mic/Headphone/Line connectors
Specifications: Technical Features:
USB to S/PDIF Optical Out and RCA Coax Out USB 2.0 Compliant S/PDIF Optical Out and RCA Coax Out can transmit Linear PCM, AC-3 or DTS 24-bit High Definition data converters 7-Segment Graphical Display Front Panel Headphone output Front Panel Microphone input Rear Panel Line-In connection Large Multi-Function Encoder on Front Panel Easy access MUTE Button and MUTE Indicator on Front Panel
Philips PSC805 supports the following output formats:
- AC-3 over Optical and Coax connectors - Dolby Pro Logic over Optical and Coax connectors - DTS over Optical and Coax connectors - PSC805 supports the following Windows(R) standard sampling Frequencies (Hz): 8000, 11025, 22050, 44100, 48000.
Audio Performance Specifications:
- Dynamic Range: >101dB (typical, -60dB input, A-weighted) - Signal-To-Noise Ratio: >104dB (typical, A-weighted) - THD: -80dB (typical, 997Hz 0dB source) - Output: 2Vrms - USB bus powered
Minimum System Requirements (PC):
- Windows 2000 / XP - PIII 350Mhz - 64MB RAM - CD-ROM Drive - 1 free USB port - 25 MB Free hard disc space
Minimum System Requirements (Mac):
- Apple Macintosh G3, G4, iBook or PowerBook - Mac OS 8.6, 9.2, OS X version 10.1 or later - 64MB RAM - CD-ROM Drive - 1 free USB port - Running on an Apple Macintosh, only limited functionality will be available
Specifications are subject to change without notice 2003 Royal Philips Electronics N.V. All rights reserved More information about Philips Multimedia products including a complete range of multimedia speaker systems, as well as the award winning Edge series of Soundcards can be found at:
Philips Consumer Electronics B.V., 1999-2002, Eindhoven, The Netherlands V-1 991214
PSC805 Aurilium Sound Processor Users Guide
What Is Included In the Package
You will find the following items in the package: The Aurilium Sound Processor Foot stand for vertical or horizontal mounting Fastening screw Standard USB cable The Aurilium installation CD The Aurilium Users Guide (on the installation CD) Quick Start Guide (QSG) Audio Software applications (on the installation CD) Warranty card
5.1 Channel External USB Sound Processor
Copyright 2002 Aurilium is a trademark of Philips Sound Solutions. Philips Sound Agent 2 and PSA2 are trademarks of Philips Sound Solutions. QSound, QEM, QSound Environment Modeling, QSound Multi-Speaker Systems, QMSS, QMSS, Q3D, QSurround, QXpander, QInteractive3D, Audio Pix, and the Q logo are trademarks of QSound Labs, Inc. EAX and Environmental Audio Extensions are trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. In the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. DirectX and DirectSound are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
Table Of Contents
1. Introduction.... 1
1.1. 1.2. KEY FEATURES.... 2 Minimum System Requirements... 3
2. The Philips Aurilium Hardware... 4
2.1. Getting Started.... 4 Front Panel Features and Controls... 5 Rear Panel Connectors.... 7 2.1.1. 2.1.2. 2.2. 2.3.
Quick Installation Guide.... 9 Detailed Installation Guide....10 Hardware Installation....10 Speaker Connection...10 USB Connection...11 Software Installation...13
2.3.1. 2.3.2. 2.3.3. 2.3.4.
3. Using the Hardware Controls... 15 4. The Philips Sound Agent 2 (PSA2).. 17
4.1. 4.2. 4.3. Basic Interface Operation...17 Compact Control Panel....19 Main Control Panel....21 Effects Tab....21 Equalizer Tab....23 Setup Tab....24 Invalid Speaker Configuration...24 Playback source controls...27 Recording Source Control...28 Mixer Tab....27
4.3.1. 4.3.2. 4.3.3. 4.3.4.
22.214.171.124. 126.96.36.199. 188.8.131.52. 4.3.5. 4.3.6. 4.4.
Presets Tab...28 Info Tab....30
5. Uninstalling PSA2.... 32 6. Technical Support And Warranty.. 34
PSC805 Aurilium Sound Processor Users Guide iv
Philips Sound Solutions 6.1. 6.2. Internet Address:...34 Technical Support Information:....34
7. Appendix A, Useful Tips For Speaker setup.. 35
7.1.1. 7.1.2. 7.1.3. 7.1.4. Ideal Listening Scenario (Speakers)..35 Ideal Listening Scenario (Headphones)...35 Avoid Reflective Surfaces (Speakers)...35 Balance the Speakers and Headphones..35
8. Appendix B, USB Hub Considerations.. 36
8.1. Introduction to USB Hub....36 Power Limitation...36 Bandwidth Limitation Issues...36 8.1.1. 8.1.2.
9. Appendix C, Trouble Shooting... 37
Thank you for purchasing the PSC 805, Aurilium 5.1 USB Sound Processor! You now own the ultimate in quality and flexibility for your PC sound. Your new external sound processor offers all the advanced features of any internal sound card, plus the convenience of not having to take off the cover of your PC.
1.1. KEY FEATURES
Gaming and Music-centric audio components transform your laptop or desktop computer into an advanced digital audio processor! Easy USB connection. No need to open your PC case (ideal for laptops). USB bus powered. No external power required. 24-bit high definition data converters for optimum sound quality. Sound Agent 2 interactive visual sound control center. All main audio functions can be controlled internally via Sound Agent 2 or front panel external controls. Automatically detects the number of speakers plugged in and optimizes output for the best sound possible. Detects the presence of headphones and automatically mutes speakers when the headphone jack is inserted, and un-mutes when jack is unplugged. Detects the presence of microphones and automatically switches the input from Line-In to Mic-In when microphone jack is inserted, and switches input back to Line-In when jack is unplugged. Cool blue indicator LED's clearly show selected functions and levels. Easy desktop connection for microphone, headphones, and speakers. QInteractive3D technology offers precise 3D sound positioning with all headphone and speaker output configurations and is compatible with DirectSound3D, EAX 1.0, EAX 2.0/I3D Level 2, and A3D enabled games. QXpander converts ANY ordinary stereo input to virtual 3D surround sound with any headphone or two-speaker set configuration. 15 unique reverb environments using the exclusive QSound Environmental Modeling (QEM) algorithms for totally immersive gaming and dramatic musical performances. Active Dynamic Filtering found in the new QSizzle and QRumble components feature low, mid and high frequency enrichment algorithms that help restore sonic fidelity for highly compressed digital audio files such as MP3s and WMAs. Simply put, it makes MP3s sound great. Exclusive QMSS5.1 technology creates 6 independent channels of audio from ALL stereo sources when in 5.1 channel speaker mode. QSurround enhances Dolby Digital 6-channel sources by filling the sound gap between speakers to create a complete 360-degree wrap-around audio experience that is smooth and natural. But more importantly, it creates virtual 3D surround over a two-speaker setup. Normalization smoothes out the volume differences within audio files and reduces the volume variations for all audio sources - automatically. Professional style 10-Band Equalizer for precise sound tailoring of all digital audio media. Industry standard digital output (S/PDIF Out) allows connection to digital speakers or external decoders. Two ways to connect to your S/PDIF Digital Out: Optical or Coax connectors. Default and user defined Presets for most settings to personalize all your games, music, and movies - exactly the way you like it.
1.2. Minimum System Requirements
350 MHz CPU 64 MB RAM One CD ROM drive One available USB port 800 X 600 Screen resolution (1024 X 768 recommended) Headphones or amplified speakers 20 MB of available hard drive space Windows 2000 or Windows XP operating system.
Please Note: Each operating system has its own minimum requirements which should be observed. In addition, various games and DVD applications may require higher limits than listed above.
2. The Philips Aurilium Hardware
2.1. Getting Started
To fully benefit from all the features of your Aurilium Sound Processor, please take a moment and familiarize yourself with this guide in its entirety. The diagrams in the next two pages list all the features available. The installation Video on the installation CD can provide you with a quick overview of how to install your new Sound Processor. Additional installation Information is contained in this manual. Note: Not installing PSA2 will limit the Aurilium sound processor to stereo output only.
2.1.1. Front Panel Features and Controls
1 - (Mute Indicator
2 - (Mute Button)
3 (Digital Out LED) 5 (QMSS LED) 7 (3D Effects Control Button)
4 (QSurround LED) 6 (QXpander LED)
8 (3D Effects LED)
9 (Level Indicator Bar-Graph LEDs) 10 (Selector Button) 11 (Subwoofer Level LED) 13 (Input Gain LED) 12 (Fader LED)
14 (Multi-Function Rotary Control)
15 (Headphone Jack) 16 (Microphone Jack)
Figure 1. Front view Features
See next page for brief description of features
Philips Sound Solutions The following is a brief description of all controls and indicators located in the front of the Aurilium Sound Processor. For an in-depth explanation of each control or indicator refer to the Using the Hardware Controls chapter of this document. 1. Mute Indicator LED: Indicates when Mute function is active. 2. Mute Button: Toggles all audio output on or off. 3. Digital Out Indicator LED: Indicates S/PDIF Out is enabled/disabled. 4. QSurround Indicator LED: Indicates QSurround is active. 5. QMSS Indicator LED: Indicates QMSS is active. 6. QXpander Indicator LED: Indicates QXpander is active. 7. 3D Effects Control Button: Toggles the 3D Effects on or off. 8. 3D Effects Indicator LED: Indicates that 3D Effects mode is active. 9. Level Indicator Bar Graph LEDs: This set of seven LEDs indicate the level of volume, or the level of the Fader, Subwoofer, or Input Gain depending on which function has been selected by the Selector Button (No. 10). When all three function LEDs are off, the bar graph indicates the volume level. 10. Selector Button: By pushing this button you can select which function is controlled by the Rotary Control Knob (No. 14) as indicated by the function LEDs (No. 11,12, and 13). The level of each function is displayed by the Level Indicator bar-graph LEDs (No. 9). 11. Subwoofer Level LED: When lit, the rotary knob controls the subwoofer level as indicated by the level indicator bar graph LEDs (No. 9). 12. Fader Indicator LED: When lit, the rotary knob controls the level of fader as indicated by the level indicator bar graph LEDs (No. 9). 13. Input Gain Indicator LED: When lit, the rotary knob controls the level of input gain as indicated by the level indicator bar graph LEDs (No.9). 14. Multi-Function Rotary Control: This knob controls the level of the volume, fader, subwoofer or input gain as indicated by the function LEDs (No. 11, 12, and 13). 15. Headphone Jack: Attach headphones here. 16. Microphone Jack: Attach microphone here.
2.3.3. USB Connection
The included USB cable has different connectors on each end. Connect the appropriate end to its respective port. A USB port on a PC may be located in the front, in the back, or both. On laptops, it may be on the back alongside other ports and connectors, or on either side of the PC. Personal computers normally have at least two USB ports. Most new PCs have two in the back and two in the front. The front USB ports may be concealed under a flip-up cover. You should refer to your PC documentation to locate the USB port. Figure 4 shows examples of USB ports on laptop and desktop PCs.
a. Diagram of USB ports in the back of PC
b. Pictures of USB ports in front of PC Figure 5 Typical Locations for USB Ports
The Aurilium is compatible with both USB 1.1 and USB 2.0. If your PC has both, you can connect to either port. Windows 2000 and Windows XP recognize the Aurilium Sound Processor as an audio device and assign the required basic drivers to the hardware. Once the Aurilium is recognized and installed, you should be able to play MP3 and other audio streams, including your music CDs. However, you must install PSA2 to enable all the unique features of your new sound processor. If you do not install PSA2, you will only have stereo output. Both Windows 2000 and XP automatically detect Aurilium without any input from the user. If you are familiar with the USB device installation process by Windows, go to the Software Installation section of this document.
Philips Sound Solutions Windows XP: When you first connect the Aurilium (or any USB device), Windows detects the connection and displays he message Found new hardware at the lower right corner of your screen (see Figure 5). The message may be followed by another message USB Audio Device, or PSC805 Audio Device. The detection process may take up to a few minutes depending on the speed of your computer. When the process is finished, it displays the message: Your new hardware is installed and ready to use. See Figure 5. You are now ready to install your PSA2 software that is provided on the installation CD.
Windows 2000 When installing the Aurilium on a system with Windows 2000, the Found New Hardware window opens and stays open throughout the process of hardware installation. You will see the text change back and forth (see Figure 6), but when the window goes away it means the Aurilium has been installed.
2.3.4. Software Installation
Place the installation CD into the CD-ROM drive. The PC will detect the CD and automatically bring up the application launch panel (see Figure 7). Click on the Install Philips Sound Agent 2 button and follow the directions on the screen. If for any reason the application launch panel is not launched, click on the Start button and select Run. In the window type the following: D:\autolauncher.exe Where D:\ is the letter designator for your CD ROM drive. Click OK. Once the installation is complete, you will be asked to restart your computer. After the reboot, the Philips Sound Agent 2 icon will appear in your Windows System Tray (or Systray, normally at the lower right hand corner of screen), as shown in Figure 9.
Philips Sound Solutions If you want to install any or all of the included free applications, reinsert the CD or follow the above direction to bring up the Autolauncher panel again. When installation is complete, it is a good idea to run the speaker test utility (under the Setup tab of PSA2 main control panel) to ensure proper connection.
Sound Agent 2 icon
Figure 9 System Tray
3. Using the Hardware Controls
The Aurilium Sound Processor has a number of controls on the front panel that enable various audio features. The Aurilium automatically detects how many speakers are connected. It also detects if headphones are connected to the headphone jack, and automatically mutes all the speakers. Microphone and Line In connections are also automatically detected. Following is a detailed explanation of the controls and indicators.
Mute Button and Mute LED
Pushing this button disables the sound to all speakers, but does not stop the player application that is sending audio to the Aurilium. Push the button again to enable audio out. This button functions the same as the mute button on the PSA2 panel. When LED is on, mute is active.
Top Four LEDs
The first of the top four LEDs is the Digital Out indicator. When lit, it indicates that encoded audio (AC3 or DTS) is enabled through both the RCA and optical outputs. See AC3/DTS Pass Through under Setup Tab. The second LED indicates that QSurround is active. This feature automatically becomes active when a source signal (usually DVD) is configured to be 6-channel out and only two speakers are connected to the Aurilium. This feature gives you a virtual 3D surround sound. If more than two speakers are connected to the Aurilium, then this feature enhances the surround sound to provide a virtual full surround sound. The third LED, when lit, indicates QMSS is active. When you have a stereo source and have attached four or more speakers to the Aurilium this feature automatically comes on and converts the stereo source to multi-channel surround sound. The forth LED, when lit, indicates QXpander is on. This feature automatically comes on when you have a stereo source (MP3 or CD audio) and two speakers or headphones are connected to the Aurilium.
3D Effects Control Button
This button enables 3D Effects. The characters 3D below the button illuminate when any of the 3D Effects are active. See 3D Effects in PSA2 section of this user guide for more information.
Level Indicator Bar Graph LEDs
This set of seven LEDs display the level of the volume as a bar graph. They also display the level for Fader, subwoofer, and microphone input gain, depending on which function is selected by the Selector button. You can change the level of the selected function using the Multi-Function Rotary Control.
Selector Button And LEDs
By pushing the Selector button you change the function of the Rotary Control knob and the display contents of the Level Indicator LEDs. By default, all three Function LEDs are off, the Multi-Function Rotary knob controls the volume level, and the seven LED bar graph displays the volume level. However, the Selector button can change that. Push the Selector button once and the first of the three Function LEDs illuminate on to indicate that the control knob controls the subwoofer level and the bar graph displays the level of the subwoofer volume. Push the Selector button twice and the second LED illuminates. The control knob controls the Fader and the bar graph Fader position. Push the Selector button three times and the third LED comes on to indicate that the control knob controls the level of the input gain and the bar graph indicates the input gain level. After five seconds the bar graph LEDs and the function of the control knob will change back to the default volume level.
Multi-Function Rotary Control
You can control the level of volume, subwoofer, fader and the input gain (line or microphone) by using the rotary control. See Selector Button and LEDs, above for how to control these functions.
This jack is conveniently located for easy access. When you plug your headphones here, it detects and disables all the speakers. When you unplug your headphones, all the speakers are enabled again.
This jack is easily accessible and when you plug in a microphone, the Aurilium detects it and disables the Line-In jack in the back. Therefore, if you have a signal going to Line-In, that signal is blocked until you unplug the microphone. You can, however, override the selection, by choosing line in or other available input sources from the Mixer panel of PSA2.
4. The Philips Sound Agent 2 (PSA2)
The Philips Sound Agent 2 is a Graphical User Interface that provides all the unique and powerful features of the Aurilium Sound Processor. The PSA2 and Aurilium have the intelligence to detect the number of speakers connected and the source type of your audio stream. Based on these factors, the system determines the nature of the audio processing and spatial algorithms that deliver the best quality sound possible. However, sound quality is personal and subjective. That is why PSA2 allows the capability to adjust and fine-tune the audio to suit individual taste. The following sections provide a detail description of the PSA2 features.
4.1. Basic Interface Operation
To launch and setup Philips Sound Agent 2 control panel, double click on the PSA2 icon in the System Tray (normally the lower right hand corner of the screen). Figure 10. Sound Agent 2 icon
If the PSA2 icon has a red void mark on it, as shown in Figure 11, it means the hardware is not connected, or the operating system cannot see the Aurilium.
If the Aurilium is connected to the PC by a USB cable and the red void mark still present, refer to the Trouble Shooting section of this document for information on how to eliminate the problem.
Philips Sound Solutions When you first launch the PSA2 it appears in the fully expanded form as shown in Figure 12. The panel contains three distinct sections, Compact, Main and Visual. You can reduce the expanded form to a compact form using the Resize button. The Compact control Panel takes up very little space on the screen and it contains the top-level controls. However, to set or change some of the settings, you need to expand to the Main control panel. Use the Resize button when you need to expand the Main control panel again. Resize Button Compact Control panel
Main Control Panel
Visualization Control Panel
Drop down/Pull up arrow
The Visualization Panel provides a graphic representation of the advanced audio processing features of the Aurilium. It also includes controls to enable the environmental effects. The Visualization Panel appears only in the expanded mode as a sliding cover for the Main Control Panel. Figure 12 shows four speakers are connected to the Aurilium. The center subwoofer, as well as the headphones are grayed out signifying they are not plugged into the Aurilium. The following sections contain detailed descriptions of the features of each panel.
4.2. Compact Control Panel
The Compact Control Panel contains the following controls:
Master Volume controls the overall output level of the sound system. This volume control is synchronized with the volume knob on the Aurilium front panel. This button toggles the sound on or off to attached speakers or headphones. It is synchronized with the mute button on the Aurilium box. Resize Toggles between the compact mode (basic controls) and the expanded mode (for more advanced options).
Closes the PSA2 control panel without affecting audio operation.
Pushing the Default button resets most controls to a predefined functional state. All effects except 3D Effects are turned off. All playback mixer sliders except microphone are un-muted. Record sliders remain as set by user. Fader and volume sliders are set to their factory default levels, and Presets are set to Neutral. This button launches the on-line help system. It contains detail descriptions of all features of the PSA2 interface and its operation. This button toggles the QSound Environmental Modeling (QEM) on or off. However, some games apply their own environmental effects, which are not controlled by this button. Environmental modeling uses reverb (reflected sound) and delay to create the impression that the listener is in a particular environment. QEM provides a wide range of high-quality environmental modeling effects that are selectable from the Visualization panel. By selecting a default environment, you impose the effects of that environment for music, movies, or games that do not use the EAX feature. PSA2 responds automatically to games that use the EAX and EAX2.0 commands. These games automatically control the selection of environments (regardless of what is selected from the Visualization panel) to match various scenes and locations, and change these selections as
Philips Sound Solutions the environment changes. The applied intensity of reverb is controllable by a slider in the Visualization panel. If the level of Reverb is not as expected, check the slider in the Visualization panel and adjust properly.
Toggles the QSizzle effect. When on, enhances the mid/high frequency range of a digitally compressed audio stream. The button label illuminates when QSizzle is enabled.
Toggles the QRumble effect. When on, it enhances the low frequency range of the audio stream. The button label illuminates when QRumble is enabled. Toggles Normalization (automatic volume leveling) on or off. The button label illuminates when Normalization is enabled. Toggles 3D Effects on or off. This does not affect 3D audio games, but does affect non-3D audio games utilizing the 2D to 3D remixing feature. The button label illuminates when 3D Effects are enabled. To enable automatic audio features such as QSurround, QMSS, and QXpander this feature must be enabled Toggles the 10-band Equalizer on and off. The button label lights up when the Equalizer is enabled. When the button is not activated the EQ remains inoperative.
Invalid Speaker Configuration
1. No Speakers * 5. Rear only 2. Front only 6. Rear and Center/LFE 3. Front and Rear 7. Center/LFE only 4. Front, Rear, and Center/LFE 8. Front and Center/LFE (no Rear) * Assuming one uses headphones for output device.
The Speaker Test Utility can be used to test the current speaker configuration for proper connection to the Aurilium case. Testing each speaker channel ensures each speaker is positioned and connected properly. The test utility highlights each of the available output channels for testing. Click any active speaker to send the test sound to the corresponding speaker. Figure 16 shows that headphones are plugged in and the speakers are disabled. The Loop Test button allows the test to repeat until the stop button is pressed. If the Loop Sounds is off, the sound will play once for each click of a speaker button. The Test button sends the test sound to each speaker once and moves to the next speaker automatically. If the Loop Test button and the test button are used in conjunction, the test signal will loop through all attached speakers until the Stop button is pressed.
Speaker Test Utility
Speaker Connection Considerations
When connecting speakers it is important that you connect them properly to obtain maximum performance. Connecting to the wrong jack will degrade the quality of the sound output. If you have only two speakers connect to the Front output jack. If you have four speakers, connect to the Front and Rear output jacks. If you have six speakers (5.1), connect to the Front, Rear and Center/LFE output jacks. Ensure that labeling of the speakers match the labeling of the jacks, i.e., front speakers to the front jack, rear speakers to the rear jack and so on. The Preamp Level control allows you to boost the input audio signal before it is processed by the PSA2. It has a similar effect as the master volume, but should not be used instead of it. NOTE: Increasing the PreAmp may cause audio distortion on some high level input signals. In some cases, an input signal can be of such amplitude that audio distortion can occur at the preamp default level. If this is the case simply lower the preamp level to help eliminate any distortion. You can use this slider to control the balance between the front and the rear speakers. You can do the same using the Selector button and the Multi-Function Rotary Control on the front panel of the Aurilium. Center controls the level of output on the center speaker only. Use this slider to adjust the volume on the center speaker.
This slider allows you to control the volume level of the subwoofer. You can do the same using the Selector button and the Multi-Function Rotary Control on the front panel of the Aurilium. This slider allows you to balance the left and the right speakers. It affects the front and the rear speakers only.
The S/PDIF digital outputs (both optical and RCA) normally supply the digital equivalent of the signal present at the analog (front speakers or headphones) outputs. However, when this button is selected, Dolby Digital (AC3) or DTS audio from DVD playback is passed through to the optical and RCA S/PDIF outputs for external decoding, and all analog outputs are muted including headphones. The Digital Out LED in the front panel of the Aurilium illuminates to indicate this button has been selected. See Figures 1 and 2. NOTE: For proper AC3/DTS pass-thru operation, additional configuration settings may be required by the soft DVD player application used. Refer to the soft DVD player documentation for detailed instructions. NOTE: When the headphones are connected, the digital output mode is disabled. To enable the digital output mode, disconnect the headphones. Also, when digital output mode is enabled, headphones are muted.
AC3/DTS Pass Trough
4.3.4. Mixer Tab
Mixer controls allow you to select and control playback and recording input sources.
You can individually mute or un-mute as many playback sources as you wish. Volume sliders set the playback level for each source. Balance sliders adjust the relative left and right output levels for each stereo source. Balance sliders should normally be left in the center, which is the default position. Right-click any of the balance sliders to center it. Depending on the number of available playback sources in your PC, the number of horizontal and vertical slider may vary, and a scrollbar may or may not be preset. The viewing area on the Mixer Tab displays controls for a maximum of four playback sources at one time. Use the Playback Source Scrollbar (if present) to reveal more source controls. See Figure 17.
Playback source controls
Balance Slider Volume Slider
This button is only available in Windows XP. Use this button if you like to control each speaker individually. Clicking on this button opens up another panel that contains separate control for each speaker, i.e., one can increase or decrease the volume on the right rear speaker. See Figure 17. Please NOTE that after adjusting the volume click on the OK button to apply the changes, otherwise, the changes are lost. When playing audio CDs using the CD ROM driver of the PC, one should enable the digital audio extraction in the system device manager. If you need more information refer to the Trouble Shooting section in Appendix C of this document.
The Philips Aurilium allows you to record sounds and music from multiple input sources. Select the mixer tab, go to the bottom of the panel and click on the recording tab. This panel enables you to select and control recording sources.
Recording Source Control
Before you start recording, you need to configure the recording source. Select a source by clicking the appropriate Select button. Each source has its own level and balance controls. To set each slider in its default position, right click on the sliders. The default recording source is Line In, but when the Aurilium detects a microphone plugged in, PSA2 automatically makes the microphone the input source for recording. However, the user can override this selection and assign a different source through the Recording panel of PSA2. The function of the Monitor button is to allow the user to hear the audio that is being recorded. When the Monitor button is pressed, it selects the input signal and sends it to the Front Speakers. This means the front speakers will not output the audio that is streamed by any audio application or by the system as long as the monitor button is pressed. The button is only active if line-in is selected as the capture device. If any other source is selected, monitor is turned off and the button is disabled. The Aurilium provides extra amplification for weaker microphone signals. You can increase or decrease the Input Gain using the Rotary Control knob, but first you have to select Input Gain using the Selector button, right above the volume knob on the front panel of the Aurilium. The Input Gain LED will light up and the 7-segment bar graph LEDs will reflect the level you have selected. If distortion occurs, lower the gain level.
Monitor Line In
4.3.5. Presets Tab
The Preset functions enable you to make snapshots of the state of all Philips Sound Agent 2 controls, so that you can conveniently reload the same settings at any time.
The Preset system enables you to save the state of PSA2 controls once you have made adjustments to customize your listening experience, so you can recall settings for any source and playback environment. For example, if you have been listening to music with predominant drums and bass and have adjusted the controls to suit your taste, you can quickly save a preset called DrumsnBass. Whenever you listen to this type of music again, simply load this preset, and all the controls will return to the settings you had in effect when you saved it. Sound Agent 2 comes with six factory presets as listed on the Presets tab. The following is a description of each feature on the Presets tab.
Clicking on this button loads an existing preset. To load another preset, highlight it on the list and click the Load. When you load one of your presets and make changes to it, you can save it by clicking on the Save button. If you have selected one of the factory presets and made changes to it, you will have to save it under a different name. Sound Agent 2 will not overwrite factory presets, but you can overwrite your own unique presets. You can load an existing preset (factory or one of yours), modify it to your taste, and save it as a new preset.
7.1.3. Avoid Reflective Surfaces (Speakers)
If possible, keep your speakers away from reflective surfaces. For example, if your setup is in a corner and one speaker is very close to a sidewall, this will degrade imaging. This is because sound waves will bounce off the wall and arrive at your ears slightly later than the waves originating directly from the speaker. This is true of any environment except an anechoic (echo-free) chamber. However, when the surface is close to the speaker, the reflected sound energy will be only slightly delayed and still quite strong compared to the original, which will reduce the clarity of the signal you hear. The same can be true of placing your speakers directly on a hard desktop. If possible, elevate your speakers on stands so they are further away from the reflective surface. This will slightly improve the imaging and effects.
7.1.4. Balance the Speakers and Headphones
Any imaging, including stereo, surround and especially 3D audio, can be degraded by left/right channel imbalances. If your speakers or amplifier(s) incorporate balance controls, we strongly recommend adjusting them to their center position. Many physical balance controls have a mark to identify the center position. If each speaker has separate volume controls, try to set them as equally as possible. You can use the Philips Sound Agent 2 test utility to help you judge the volume levels. This practice applies to headphones as well.
8. Appendix B, USB Hub Considerations
8.1. Introduction to USB Hub
A hub is a USB device that uses one USB port for connection to a PC and typically provides four additional ports for connection to USB devices. The function is similar to an electrical plug expander or an extension cord with multiple receptacles. Some of the earlier computers have only two USB ports that are usually located on the backside of the computer. In this case if we have more than two USB devices for connection to the PC we need to use a USB hub. Using a hub not only provides more USB ports, but also provides easy access to the ports that are located in the back of the computer. Most newer computers have two USB ports in the back and two additional ports in the front. The front ports are usually concealed under a flip up or flip down cover. Refer to your PC document to locate these ports. A USB host controller card may be added to a computer if it does not have any USB ports at all. These cards need to be installed inside the computer in a PCI slot.
8.1.1. Power Limitation
Hubs, like any USB device, may be bus-powered or self-powered. A self-powered hub has an external power supply, which plugs into an electrical outlet, and can provide maximum specified power to all its USB ports. A bus-powered hub draws power from the root USB port, and thus, it has limited power available to the connecting USB devices.
When playing DVD there is background music but no dialog, or the dialog is very low Check speaker connection. This may happen if the front speakers are not connected while the rear and subwoofer are. If the speakers are connected correctly and this happens it is possible that the sound track of the DVD is corrupted or damaged. One may test the sound track by connecting a set of headphones to the Aurilium and listen to the sound. The headphones always output the down-mixed sound track. If the headphones sound similar to the speakers, then the sound track is corrupted.
Philips Sound Solutions Error message appears on the screen The error message in Figure 27 is displayed when the speaker configuration is not correct. Check to ensure that front speakers are connected to the right connector in the back of the Aurilium.
The speaker connectors are color coded for clarity. Lime Green is for Front speakers. Black is for Rear, and orange is for Center/ LFE or subwoofer. See Figure 2. For more information also refer to the Setup Tab section of this document. The correct configuration is as follows: No. of Speakers Two Speakers Four Speakers Five or six Speakers Headphones Where to Connect Connect to the FRONT connector in back of the Aurilium. Connect to FRONT and REAR connectors. Connect to FRONT, REAR and Center/LFE connectors. Connect to the headphone jack on the front panel of the Aurilium.
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