I decided to start this blog for a few reasons:
- There are lots of people like me who love audio and video
- Getting good audio in your home doesn’t have to be really expensive
- Some of the things that can save you money sometimes need some explanation or help
- I wish there was a place where I could go and follow someone’s quest to improve their listening experience
So, taking all those into account, the final motivation was trying to get some older Proceed amplifiers to auto-power on when connected to the trigger of an Anthem AVM20.
What I found out (again by scouring things online) was that the older Proceed amplifiers (specifically the Proceed AMP2 and Proceed AMP3) need a pulse trigger to turn them on and off and the Anthem (like most newer equipment) only provides a constant current. So, if I powered on my Anthem, my Proceed amps would turn on, but when I turned the Anthem off, the Proceeds would then stay on. When I turned on the Anthem again, the Proceeds would turn off.
After finding some obscure message boards and people with the same problem, I finally found a product that said it would solve the problem. That was the Xantech Model 599-00 pulsed switching model. I found out I needed to follow diagram #5 in the user manual, but since I’m not an electrical guy, the whole mention of diodes and splicing stuff wasn’t something I was super-comfortable doing.
So, what I’m going to chronicle is how I got my older Proceed amplifiers working with triggers to auto-turn on and off with my Proceed AVM 20.
I hope that this and the other “do it yourself” projects I’m going to chronicle are helpful to others.