How does the learning feature of the remote control work?

Learning is very easy, much easier than the current MBX and TVA-2.1, but keep in mind that it is NOT needed for most installs.  HDMI CEC handles everything.

To learn a command, press and hold the “Set” button in the top right of the remote control for 10 seconds or until the light turns a solid bright red.

With the red light illuminated, press the button on the top of the remote that you would like to teach, for example the TV Input “TV In” button. The red Set button LED will blink fast, indicating it is ready to learn the IR command.

Place your TV remote end to end with the Russound AVA remote control so that the front of both remote controls are within 1” (2.54 cm) of each other. Press the button that you want to teach, in our example, the TV Input button on your TV remote control until the red SET LED becomes solid again.

Russound’s AVA-3.1 uses a proprietary algorithm to create the center channel audio signal.  The input signal is Stereo, the same as the Russound AVA2.1, but the internal DSP engine then interprets the sound and creates the center channel audio.  This allows it to work with any stereo signal without the need for Dolby or DTS, etc.  It’s even equipped with multiple signal enhancing presets to maximize the sound for music, movies, or for extra clarity on voices and dialog.

Whether it’s using the Mega Bass for adding extra low end in action movies or for your favorite music, or if you want to custom tailor the sound with independent adjustments for bass and treble levels, you’ll be impressed by the adaptability and performance of this premium amplifier.

Yes, any audio setting adjustments that you make with the AVA2.1 or AVA3.1 are passed along through the Line Out.  This is done so that the AVA can be used as the primary audio source to larger amplifiers when used with large rooms or even outdoor spaces.  The beautiful sound will be identical from the AVA itself or from any amplifier connected to it.

If you do have a very large room, a room with very high ceilings, or large zones that you want to cover, Russound has many multichannel and high-power amplifiers that pair perfectly with the AVA-Series amplifiers.

No, the AVA-Series isn’t designed to automatically switch between available sources.   The default source is always HDMI as it was designed to be the perfect amplifier to improve a TV’s sound.   When you are using the AVA-Series amplifier with other sources, you can select them at any time with the included remote control.  This includes both the analog and digital inputs.  You can connect sources to all three (analog, digital, HDMI) at the same time and select among them using the included remote control.

The AVA-Series amplifier will remember the last source used and return to it when a signal is detected, even when the AVA-Series amplifier is in standby mode.

Yes, that’s a fantastic way to combine the two.  The MCA-Series controllers have an advanced analog audio matrix that can synchronize the sound around your home without any lip synch issues or unwanted delays.

Just feed the HDMI signal from your TV into the AVA-Series amplifier and then connect an audio cable from the Line Out to one of the inputs on your MCA-Series controller.  Keep in mind that the audio output of the AVA is variable so the volume level can be adjusted in two places, on the AVA itself, and on the MCA Controller.  Each device’s volume control will limit the other, so make sure to adjust each as needed.

For the vast majority of TV’s, no settings will need to be changed.  TV settings often include minor adjustments for CEC and for the audio output of speakers.  This might need to be adjusted.

For example, if a TV has options for the audio output of “Auto” or a dedicated choice for “HDMI” or “HDMI-ARC”, etc, the installer can set the TV to always use HDMI.

Some TVs also have settings to automate Power commands with HDMI.  These settings can affect whether the AVA goes into standby power mode or not when the TV turns off.

All TVs have different settings options available for Audio Out, HDMI CEC, Connected Equipment, etc, depending on model and brand so if there are any unusual issues with operation, the best recommendation is to have the installer try checking the TV settings first.