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Front and rear panels

Basic operation

The front panel and rotary encoder provide access to the key features of the miniDSP Flex Eight. These can also be accessed with a remote control.

miniDSP Flex Eight front panel with OLED display

  • To change the volume, rotate the encoder. The volume changes in 0.5 dB steps. Minimum volume is -127.5 dB and maximum volume is 0.0 dB.

  • To select a preset, press the encoder knob once, then rotate until the desired preset number is displayed. Either press the encoder again or wait for a second. The display will show "Pls wait..." while the new preset is being loaded, and then return to normal.

  • To select an input source, press the encoder knob twice, then rotate the encoder until the desired input source is displayed. Either press encoder knob or wait for a second and the display will return to normal with the new input selected.

  • To mute output, press and hold the encoder knob. When the display changes to show "Mute?," release the knob. To unmute, repeat this procedure.

miniDSP Flex Eight: mute and unmute

  • To put the Flex Eight into standby, press and hold the encoder knob. When the display changes to show "Standby?," release the knob. To take it out of standby, press the encoder knob.

Tip

All these operations can also be performed with the remote control.

Rear panel connections

Connections on the rear panel of the miniDSP Flex Eight

  1. DC power. The supplied 12 VDC power supply includes a set of interchangeable power pins for USA, UK, Europe and Australia. Fit the correct pins for your country. Connect the DC plug to the 12 VDC power socket.

  2. Ground lug. This can be connected to an external electrical ground if it is necessary to ground the chassis of the Flex. This need is uncommon, and most of the time it can be left unconnected.

  3. USB port for control and audio streaming. Connect to an available USB port on your computer. This port can also be connected to a network streamer with USB output for audio playback.

  4. Bluetooth antenna. Screw on the supplied Bluetooth antenna here.

  5. Optical digital input. Connect a digital source using a TOSLINK optical cable. Sample rates from 32 up to 216 kHz are supported.

  6. Coax digital input. Connect a digital source using an RCA cable. Sample rates from 32 up to 216 kHz are supported.

  7. Reset button. For use in specific circumstances only. See the Trouble-shooting and Support section.

  8. Analog outputs. Connect equipment such as power amplifiers and subwoofers using RCA cables. Ensure that your connections match the routing and crossovers that you have set up internally. The maximum output voltage is 2.0 Vrms.

Warning

Apply power to the miniDSP Flex Eight only after all input and output connections have been made.

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