Here are some tips and tricks for cabling your audio zones.
The Music Server, as with any server requires ventilation, for this purose it has in-built fans. To allow for optimal cooling the server must be placed on a shelf within a server rack. We suggest saving 3U’s to make enough space for the Music Server in the rack as the Server is a little over 2U with the feet and the shelf will add a little extra. Placing the Music Server and amplifiers in a fullt enclosed cabinet without any form of passive ventialtion is not reccomended.
As for the Amplifier, this will require 2U’s of rack space and will be supplied with mounting brackets.
So that the Loxone speakers provide a perfect sound, it is important to install these into a suitable back box. For this purpose, the Loxone Speaker mounting box for in-concrete or the Loxone Speaker mounting box for suspended ceilings are the best options. These are both optimally designed for both speed of installation and to compliment the Loxone speaker perfectly.
A normal 2-core speaker cable is required to wire the Loxone Speakers to the amplifier as detailed in graphics below. A 78/01 cable will be suitable for applications where cable lengths do not exceed 20m. When positioning speaker cables ensure standard separations are observed from other cables that could cause electromagnetic noise such as 230V mains and data cables.
AMPLIFIER & SPEAKER
The Loxone 12 channel amplifier allows for operation of up to 12 Loxone speakers or 12 Loxone Wall Speakers. These can be grouped in any fashion allows 2 or more speakers to be run into any room depending on the size of the zone.
MONO / STEREO MODE
The Loxone speakers can be operated in mono or stereo mode. In the stereo mode, the stereo signal is then reproduced in the loudspeaker via the two tweeters. In larger rooms, two speakers are recommended in mono mode and in smaller rooms a speaker in stereo mode is recommended. For the wiring, this means:
- Loxone Speaker in mono mode
- A loudspeaker cable and an amplifier channel for each speaker
- Loxone Speaker in stereo mode
- Two speaker cables and two amplifier channels per speaker
The following diagram shows 4 different possibilities of audio cabling:
In this zone you get a mono-sound via a Loxone Speaker. The speaker is switched to mono and connected to an amplifier channel with a loudspeaker cable. The RCA cable is connected to the jack on the Musicserver and with the white or red RCA plug on channel 5. On the amplifier the setting from the switch to LineIN is left for the channel. It is also possible to use a Y-Cinch cable, which combines the signals from the red and white RCA plugs and passes them to the amplifier, so you do not lose a soundtrack.
In this zone you get a stereo sound over two Loxone speakers. The speakers are switched to mono and connected to a respective amplifier channel with a loudspeaker cable. The jack cable is connected with the jack on the Musicserver and with the white RCA plug on channel 3 and the red on channel 4. On the amplifier the setting from the switch to LineIN is left for the two channels.
In this zone you get a stereo sound over four Loxone speakers. The loudspeaker is switched to mono and connected to a respective amplifier channel with a loudspeaker cable. The jack RCA cable is connected with the jack on the Musicserver and with the RCA plugs to “BUS In 1” from the amplifier. On the amplifier channel 7 to 10, the setting is switched from the switch to “BUS1”.
In this zone you get a stereo sound via a Loxone Speaker. The loudspeaker is switched to stereo and connected to two amplifier channels with two loudspeaker cables. The jack cable is connected with the jack on the Musicserver and with the white RCA plug on channel 1 and the red on channel 2. On the amplifier, the setting from the switch to LineIN is left for the two channels.
LINE-IN INPUT DELAYS
When using Line-In inputs, please bear in mind that there will be a delay for these. Unfortunately, there isn’t anything that can be done about these delays as it is caused by the music server processing the signal it is receiving from the Line-In and then distributing it to where it needs to go. Please also note that this isn’t unuqie to Loxone’s Music Server, but it is a property of every Music Server.