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Advanced Installers Package
                        CONTENTS

1                         Introduction
2                         Installation
                          ® Software installation and registration
3                         Initial system set-up
                          ® Monitor task assignment
4                         Main display screen features
                          ® Setup
                          ® Levels & Gains
                          ® Presets
                          } Bass Management
                          ® Advanced Bass Management
5                         Function menu tasks
                          ® Setup
                          } Reset
                          } Lock
                          } Backup
                          } Software
                          } Utility
6                         Monitor Parameters & EQ facilities
                          ® Monitor Parameters
                          ® Parametric EQ
                          } EQ Link
7                         Parameter categories

1                         Introduction

The enclosed disc contains the Tannoy iDPTM PC-iP installers software package; a comprehensive
editor & interface tool for the Ellipse iDPTM Monitor System.
The Ellipse PC-iP package allows parametric EQ facilities for specific room optimisation,
secure lockout of vital preset parameters and subwoofer delay adjustments.
All of these control functions are integral to the Ellipse iDPTM system; no external equalisers or
delay units are required. This makes the Ellipse PC-iP package an essential tool for the
Professional Studio sound system designer.
Once established using this comprehensive installation software, all system parameters are
controllable via the LCD display on the Master Ellipse monitors, Tannoy iDP SOFTTM or the
Ellipse iDPTM PC-iP package itself.
This manual acts as an operation guide for the Ellipse iDP PC-iPTM installer’s software package
only. A comprehensive system set-up guide, containing detailed parameter descriptions
and background information, can be found in the Ellipse iDPTM users manual packaged with
the monitors.
Connecting the Ellipse iDPTM monitor system correctly is essential; therefore please refer to the
Ellipse iDPTM users manual before going any further.

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                             INSTALLATION

    2        Installation

Computer system requirements
         Windows 95,98,2000 or XP
         Pentium 233 MHz
         Minimum 16 MB of RAM
         10MB free disk space
         800 x 600 resolution with minimum 24-bit colour
         One free Serial port (or USB - requires converter)

IMPORTANT
Connect only a single Tannoy Ellipse PC-iP software package to your Ellipse IDPTM network at
one time. If several connections are made simultaneously (from multiple PC's or ports) then the network
system functions will not work as intended.

Connection
The CAT-5 cable, supplied with the installation software package, has a CAT-5 plug at one end and
a serial plug at the other and must be connected as follows:

             To any Ellipse iDPTM monitor in the network
             Connect the Cat-5 plug to the TC LINK socket to be found on the rear panel of the
             Ellipse iDPTM monitor.

             To computer Serial port
             Connect the Serial plug to a free Serial port on your PC.

             To computer USB port
             Alternatively you can connect via a USB port by using an optional
             "USB to Serial Port" converter.

Installing   the software from the Ellipse PC-iP CD
}             Exit all running programs.
}             Place the CD in your CD ROM drive.
}             Open the CD contents.
}             Press <Setup> - the guide begins.
}             Read warning and press <Next>.
}             The set-up guide suggests a location on your C drive where the program will be installed.
              Press <Next> to confirm the destination folder or change the destination folder before
              pressing <Next> again.
}             The software will be installed on your computer.
}             Enter Registration key, serial number and additional information and press <OK>.
}             A window opens holding a shortcut for the Ellipse PC-iP program. Copy this shortcut to your
              desktop to allow convenient launch of the PC-iP installer program in future.




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Registration key
The registration key is supplied along with the Ellipse PC-iP software package. Later updates to the
software will not require the registration key as long as these updates are installed on the same PC.

Start
Launch the program. The program will try to detect any Ellipse iDPTM system connected to the computer
COM ports.

If no monitors are connected, or the system is wired incorrectly, an error message will appear – see
Fig. 1.




   Fig.1. Network error - system not found message

To rectify the problem please refer to the user manual for the correct connection details.




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 3            Initial system set-up

The first screen to appear once program has fully launched, with all the networked monitors and
subwoofers recognised, is shown in Fig. 2. The network is displayed in the set-up section on the left
side of the screen.




     Fig.2. Initial system set-up screen change to blank layout sketch

Monitor task assignment
Each Ellipse IDPTM monitor must be assigned a given task so that the network recognises where each
monitor is placed in the system. From the horizontal row of buttons in the <Functions> menus select
<Setup>. On the window that appears open the drop down menu <Ellipse setup> and select the type
of system configuration you are installing.

The choices from this menu are:
- Empty
- Stereo
- Surround

*Optional 192kHz, Dual Wire, Digital Input Card required.
If required check the <BNC Sync> box for locking on the BNC input.




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Monitor task assignment /cont.




 Fig.3. Monitor setup window.

Then proceed to set the monitor tasks by selecting one of the Ellipse models in the serial numbers list
(see Fig 3) where you will see that each monitor & subwoofer has its own unique serial number.

Check the <Pink Noise> box to activate the pink noise generator in the selected monitor. Select the
monitor task matching the position of the monitor reproducing the pink noise before un-checking the
<Pink Noise> box. Repeat this process for all of the other connected monitors and subwoofers. There
is no need to press the <Exit> button until all of the monitors have been assigned their respective tasks.
Having assigned the tasks the main display window will show all the connected monitors and subwoofers
with their serial numbers showing in their correct location in the system layout graphic.




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 4.           Main display screen features




     Fig.4. Main display screen

With the tasks now assigned to the monitors and subwoofers the individual speaker serial number and
its location is displayed within the setup section of the main screen.
The layout and description of all of the functions displayed on this main screen can be split up into
the following subsections:

     Setup section
            <M>
                        Mute function for each monitor
              <S>
                        Solo function for each monitor
              <Edit>
                        This drop down menu holds all of the detected monitors on the network, all with
                        their own unique serial numbers. Select each monitor individually and press edit
                                                                  TM
                        to set the parameters for each Ellipse IDP   monitor or Subwoofer (see the ‘EQ
                        facilities’ section of this manual)




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Software license info
          <Ref. Levels>
                   Mouse click on the Ellipse <icon> on the blue header bar at the top left of the
                   main display screen to view the software license information and version.

Levels & Gain section
          <Ref. Levels>
                   There are three reference levels that can be preset by the user. Select one of the
                   three ‘Ref. Levels’ and set the master volume fader to suit. The setting is then
                   stored instantly. Repeat the process for the other two ‘Ref. Levels’. When ‘use fader’
                   is selected the master volume fader is used for adjusting the overall level.
          <A-Sensitivity>
                   This is the Analogue Input sensitivity.
                   Select the analogue sensitivity (+9, +15, +21 or +27dBu) to match the gain
                   range of the mixing console or source equipment, which is feeding the
                               TM
                   Ellipse IDP monitors.
          <Mute All>
                   This button mutes all or the monitors on the network.
          <Clear Solo>
                   This button releases the monitors from solo mode.
          <Master Volume>
                   This is the master gain control for the connected system relative to the set
                   reference level. The reference level for each monitor is set by using the <Edit>
                   button or by double clicking on each respective monitor in the setup section of
                   the screen.

Preset section
           <Drop down list>
                  This drop down menu displays the full list of user and factory presets for
                  direct access
           <Recall>
                  When pressed this button recalls a preset from the drop down menu.
                  Simply highlight the preset you wish to recall and hit the ‘recall’ button.
           <Store>
                  Press ‘store’ to save a preset. User presets can be stored in locations 1 –15.
                  Presets 16 – 32 are factory set presets cannot be edited.
           <Note>
                  When pressed, this button allows you to change the preset name and edit any
                  previous personal notes. The <Note> function can only be used on the user
                  presets (1 –15)




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Bass Management section
         <Factory pre-sets>
                This part of the Ellipse PC-iP software allows the user to set the desired
                Bass Management crossover frequency. There are seven factory set management
                options that can be selected by checking the box beside the desired frequency.
                For further adjustment flexibility you may choose to activate the advanced bass
                management function by checking the <on> box. The seven preset Bass Management
                settings shown can now no longer be selected.
                The <Advanced> button can then be activated to take you into the
                Advanced Bass Management section.

Advanced Bass Management
         <Advanced>
                To activate the advanced bass management and access the set-up window
                (see fig.5) check the <On> box in the Bass Management section of the main screen,
                then press the <Advanced> button.




  Fig.5. Advanced bass management window

          <Satellite HP Filter>
                   This is an independent Hi pass filter for the Ellipse monitors.
                                                       th                 nd
                   This can be combined with both 4 order and/or 2 order Low Pass
                   subwoofer filters.
                   One or both of the Subwoofer low pass filters can be activated. If both are activated
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                   then you are effectively cascading both filters (6 order)
          <LFE=Sub>
                   By checking this box the LFE filter is set equal to the Subwoofer filter thus avoiding
                   phase cancellation. When activated, the coefficients from the two sub filters will be
                   copied to the LFE filter.
                   The sub filter in the EQ section can still be activated on top of the <LFE=Sub>
                   filter setting.




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5. Function menu tasks

The horizontal row of six buttons in the Function section of the main screen perform the following tasks:

            <Setup>
                  This operation of the setup function is to open the <Ellipse setup> window to allow
                  selection of the monitor configuration being installed and to assign tasks to each
                  component in that system.
                  The actions involved are fully described in section 3 of this manual – Initial
                  System Setup.

            <Reset>
                   Press this button to access the <Reset> menu shown in Fig. 6 in which three main
                   functions can be accessed.




   Fig.6. Reset function menu

            <Clear Setup for Network>
                   This reset procedure clears all of the network settings (both the monitor tasks
                   and setup)
            <Clear Monitor Settings>
                   All stored global and local parameters in the connected monitors are reset.
                   Presets and network settings will not be affected.
            <Factory Reset>
                   This reset procedure will delete all global and local parameter settings as well
                   as preset and network settings.




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           <Lock>
                      Press this button to access the <Lock> menu as shown in Fig 7. The purpose of
                      this menu is to prevent accidental change of important parameters, which have
                      been previously set up.




   Fig.7. Lock function menu

The lock function can be applied to the following areas – Global Parameters, Local Monitor Parameters,
& User Presets. Simply select a parameter you wish to lock from the list and check the ‘locked’ box in
each case to lock the desired parameter. A specific selection or all parameters may be locked.
A locked parameter will show [Lck] next to its list entry.

The following parameters can be locked:

               Global Parameters                   Reference levels 1,2 &3
                                                   Store Presets
                                                   Recall Presets
               Local Monitor Parameters            Delay
                                                   Calibration Levels
                                                   Bass
                                                   Treble
                                                   Speaker Room Position
                                                   Phase (Subwoofer)
                                                   LFE Polarity
               User Presets                        User Presets 1-14
                                                   Use the lock function to avoid the user presets
                                                   being accidentally overwritten.
               <Clear All>
                               This button will clear all locked parameters.
               <OK>
                               Confirm locked parameters and return to main screen.
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        <Cancel>
              This will exit the ‘parameter & preset lock’ window and return you to the
              main screen. No changes to the lock settings will be saved.
        <Backup>
              Press this button to access the <Backup> menu shown in Fig 8. This allows you
              to create a backup file of your setting at a specified location on your computer.




Fig.8. Backup function menu

                  Backup files contain all local and global parameter settings but NOT monitor tasks




     !
                  and presets.
                                                                                     TM
                  - The parametric EQ settings are stored locally in the Ellipse iDP monitors with
                    each preset.
                  - Recalling any preset will recall the parametric EQ settings stored along with that
                    particular preset.
                  - However, the EQ graph in the parametric EQ screen will always display the
                    EQ settings of the most recently recalled backup file.
                  N.B. This may not be the EQ graph matching the current preset.

                  We therefore recommend that you carry out the following procedure when and if
                                                                                     TM
                  changing parametric EQ settings between presets in the Ellipse iDP PC-iP software:
                  - Create a backup file using the Backup feature for every preset that has modified
                     parametric EQ settings.
                  - Recall presets that have different EQ settings via the Backup menu.
                     This ensures that the Parametric EQ graph matches the currently recalled preset.
                  You must be connected to the monitors to use the Backup facility as the data is read
                  from the monitors – a backup cannot be made when the software is in demo mode.
                  To locate a saved Backup file - write the path, browse or select a previously used
                  path from the drop down list in the Backup menu.
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<Backup> /cont.
           <Read Note>
                Allows access to any user notes attached to the current preset.
           <New Note>
                This allows you to enter new note text for the current preset.
           <View>
                This lets you view all parameters and settings for the current preset.
           <Recall>
                Recall the backup file at the selected location.

<Software>
               Press to access the <Software Loader> menu shown in Fig 9.




   Fig.9. Software update loading menu

               It may be the case that new software and firmware features become available in
               the future. A software loader feature is available to allow you to keep up with the
               latest developments and updates without having to purchase new hardware.
                                                        TM
Loading new monitor software using the Ellipse iDP PC-iP software
            1. Place the new software at a convenient place on your hard drive. If the software has
                been downloaded in the form of a zip file, then you will have to extract the file first.
            2. Select the Communications (Com) Port you wish to use for the download.
                                                                             TM
            3. In order to be able to download new software the Ellipse iDP monitors have to be
                set to Boot mode. Checking the <Restart to Boot before Transfer> box does this.
            4. Use the drop down menu <File locations & software type> and browse for the
                file to be downloaded.
            5. Select the desired file and press the <Send file> button to upload the new software
                                     TM
                onto the Ellipse iDP Monitors.
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         <Update single monitor not in network>
                 Check this box if you are updating one monitor at a time or if the monitors are not
                 connected to the network.
         <File information>
                 This button allows you to read the file information on the software that you select
                 in the drop down menu.
         <Read Version>
                                                                                        TM
                 This allows you to see the current software loaded on your Ellipse iDP monitors.
         <Exit>
                 This allows you to exit the Monitor Software Loader window and return to the
                 main page.
         <Icon>
                 The Ellipse icon on the blue header bar at top left of the window can be pressed
                 to view the software license information and version.

         <Utility>
                 Press this button in the function menu to access the <Utility> menu shown in
                 Fig 10.




Fig.10. Utilities menu

         <Standby Mode>
               The purpose of standby mode is to offer power saving options.
               15min
               30min
               1hr
               1.5hrs
               Off
                                                                  TM
               Select a time after which you wish your Ellipse iDP monitors to go into
               standby mode. If the monitors detect no signal within the predetermined time period
               then they will go into standby mode. Normal operation will resume when an input
               signal is detected.


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     <Sleep Mode>
            To further minimize power consumption when the monitors are not in use,
            Sleep mode can be used. The sleep mode options are -1hr, 1.5hrs, 2.5hrs, 3hrs
            & 5hrs. To resume normal operation a command must be sent to the

     <Sleep Mode> /cont.
            system, for example, a master volume change or preset recall. This can be any
            command sent via the master display of any master monitor on the network, the
                                TM
            remote, iDP SOFT or the PC-iP software.
     <Backlight>
            Three modes of operation can be set for the backlight display on the master
            Ellipse monitors.
               On
               The display backlight will stay on unless the sleep mode function is activated.
               Auto
               The display backlight will light when any of the LCD keys are touched on
               the monitors. The backlight will also light when the monitors are activated from
               the ‘Standby’ or ‘Sleep’ states.
               Off
               The display backlight is always off.
     <Store Master Volume>
               When this box is checked the current master volume setting will be stored when
               Standby or Sleep modes takes effect.
               If the box is not checked then the system will revert to –50dB(default) when the
               monitors are reactivated.




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6. Monitor Parameters & EQ Facilities

Monitor Parameters
In order to access the Monitor parameters & EQ facilities page, see Fig. 11; click once on any monitor
on the network in the main page you would like to EQ or select a monitor from the drop down menu
and press the <Edit> button.




   Fig.11. Monitor parameters window

The monitor parameters that may be adjusted in this window are:

           <Polarity 180 deg>
                   This function is only available on the subwoofer. Check the box to reverse the polarity
                   of the subwoofer.
           <Lck >
                   This facility disables the Polarity 180 deg option in case of accidental activation.
                                                                                                  TM
                   If locked the no alteration is possible from the master monitor or iDP SOFT .
           <LFE>
                   Mark this box to activate the Low pass filter. Again this function is only available
                   on the subwoofer.
           <Room Position>
                   Assuming that no RTA measurement system is being used you can set the position
                   in the room of each respective monitor using the drop down menu. There is an
                   <Lck> (Lock) facility to disable the room position facility in case of
                   accidental activation. If locked the no alteration is possible from the master monitor
                                  TM
                   or iDP SOFT .
                       The monitor room positions available for selection are:
                       Neutral – freestanding away from boundaries
                       Wall – against a wall i.e. one boundary
                       Corner – in a corner i.e. two boundaries
                       Console – located above console in very close proximity
                       Console Wall – above console against a wall
                       Console Corner – above console in corner

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Monitor Parameters /cont.
            <Test Signals>
                 Check the pink noise box to send pink noise the selected monitor.
                 When the ‘96kHz EQ’ out box is activated the Link 2 connection on the
                                TM
                 Ellipse I=iDP set as the system controller will send out the signal after the
                 EQ section.
                 The function of this facility is only for measuring purposes. The output format is
                 AES/EBU at double the sample rate of the digital input. If an analogue input signal
                 is used the signal is up converted to 96kHz.
            <X-Curve>
                 From the drop down menu you can select between:
                 Off
                 X-curve1
                 X-curve2
                 When the Parametric EQ facility is activated the x-curve facility cannot be activated.
                                                                                                  TM
                 A full description of the X-Curve functionality can be found in the Ellipse iDP
                 user manual.
            <Mute>
                 Check this box to mute the selected monitor.
            <EQ On>
                 Check this box to activate the Param.EQ button
            <Exit>
                 Press this button to return to the main screen
            <Delay>
                 The delay time on the selected monitor can be adjusted using the fader in the
                 range of 0 to 1.75m (68.9”). This allows alignment of the monitors to comply with
                 ITU standards.
                 There is a <Lck> (Lock) facility to disable the ‘delay’ facility in case of accidental
                 activation. If locked the no alteration is possible from the master monitor or
                            TM
                 iDP SOFT .
            <Calib.Lev>
                 The calibration level on the selected monitor can be adjusted using the fader.
                 This is an individual calibration level for each monitor in the range of –6dB to +6dB.
                 There is a <Lck> (Lock) facility to disable the ‘Calib.Lev.’ in case of
                 accidental activation. If locked the no alteration is possible from the master monitor
                               TM
                 or iDP SOFT .
            <Rel.Lev>
                 The relative level on the selected monitor can be adjusted using the fader. This is
                 the preset volume for the selected monitor relative to the calibrated levels and the
                 master volume. The Range is –40dB to 0dB.




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Monitor Parameters /cont.
            <LFE Gain>
                This function is only available on the subwoofers. The fader can be used to boost
                or cut the gain of the LFE channel in the range of -6 to +8dB.
            <Phase>
                This function is only available on the subwoofers. The fader can be used to adjust
                the phase (time alignment) if the Subwoofer cannot be placed in an
                optimum position. There are individual phase settings for each of the Bass Management
                crossover frequencies. When set, these are stored as Global settings.
            <Equalize>
                The faders can be used to adjust the bass & treble for the selected monitors in
                the range of -6 to +8dB. The Equalize parameters are only active when the parametric
                EQ function is inactive.
                There is a <Lck> (Lock) facility to disable the ‘equalize’ facility in case of
                accidental activation. If locked the no alteration is possible from the master monitor
                             TM
                or iDP SOFT .

Parametric EQ

 To access the Parametric EQ page:
                  In the Main page click on the monitor you would like to EQ or select a monitor from
                  the drop-down menu and press the <Edit> button.
                  You are now in the Monitor page.
                  Check the <EQ on> box and press the <Param.EQ> button to enter the
                  Parametric EQ window as displayed in Fig. 12.




   Fig.12. Monitor parameters and
   Parametric EQ windows.




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Parametric EQ /cont.
            There are four user definable EQ sections that can be edited
            If EQ is required, select the EQ type for each band via the drop-down menus in each
            EQ section. See Fig. 13.
            Options:
                  Band Off
                  Parametric
                  Low Shelve
                  High Shelve
                  Low Pass
                  High Pass
            Gain
                  Range: -12dB to 12dB – Adds or subtracts gain for the selected band.
            Freq.
                  Range: 25Hz to 20kHz – Sets the target frequency for the band.
            S/BW
                  Sets the Slope or Bandwidth depending on the selected EQ typ

                                       A single band EQ is available for the Subwoofer channel:




   Fig.13. Sub bass EQ window and parametric

IMPORTANT
                       TM
        The Ellipse iDP loudspeakers are designed to need no equalization or correction to overcome
        system limitations. As a result, they will only need equalization to compensate for difficult
        acoustic environments or unusual room placement.
        Over equalization can reduce system headroom, and introduce phase distortion resulting
        in greater problems than cures. If equalization is required then it should be applied gently
                                  TM
        and smoothly. Ellipse iDP Monitors are point source; phase coherent designs in fact,
        so violent equalization will be detrimental to the overall sound quality.
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REMEMBER
                                                                                       TM
              -        The parametric EQ settings are stored locally in the Ellipse iDP monitors with
                       each preset.




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              -        Recalling any preset will recall the parametric EQ settings stored along with that
                       particular preset.
              -        However, the EQ graph in the parametric EQ screen will always display the
                       EQ settings of the most recently recalled backup file.
                       Not necessarily showing the EQ graph matching the current preset.
                       See the <Backup> function.

EQ Link

Press this button in the Monitor Equalizer menu to access the <EQ Link> menu as shown in Fig.14.




Fig.14. EQ Link menu

Creating EQ groups can save time. For example, in the 6.1 system configuration shown in Fig. 14,
the Left front, Centre and Right monitors are grouped together. The Left surround, Centre surround
and Right surround monitors are also linked together into another group.
After grouping the monitors together in this way, any EQ applied to one of the monitors in a common
group will be copied to the others in that same linked group. Be sure to link the monitors into groups
before you apply EQ.

Add or remove monitors to the three groups by highlighting the monitor and assigning it to its respective
group by pressing the <Add G1/2/3> button. Activate or deactivate by checking or un-checking the
<G1-G3 Active> button.




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7. Parameter Categories

Global Parameters
These parameters apply to the entire system:
Global parameters stored with presets
          Bass Management
          Mute Status

Global parameters NOT stored with presets
         Ref. Levels
         Analogue Input Sensitivity
         Selected Setup
         BNC Sync


Local Parameters
          These parameters apply to individual Ellipse monitors:

Local parameters stored with presets
          X-Curve
          Parametric EQ setting (set via Ellipse PC-iP)
          LFE Gain (subs)
          LFE Low Pass (subs)
          Rel. Level

Local parameters NOT stored with presets
          Bass and Treble
          Delay
          Lock status (set via Ellipse PC-iP)
          Room position
          Calibration Level
          Tasks
          Phase (Subs)
          Polarity (Subs)




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Tannoy Loudspeakers are designed and manufactured in Great Britain by:
Tannoy Ltd, Rosehall Industrial Estate, Coatbridge,
North Lanarkshire, ML5 4TF, SCOTLAND
Telephone: +44 (0)1236 420199 Fax: +44 (0)1236 428230

Tannoy North America Inc, Suite 1. 335 Gage Avenue, Kitchener,
Ontario, CANADA, N2M 5E1
Telephone: (519) 745 1158 Fax: (519) 745 2364


Check periodically for the latest manual revision that will always available for download from
www.tannoy.com The revision number of this manual is located below

Issue 1                Software Version 1.12 Part No. XXXX XXXX



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