Setting up Line Monitoring

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This article will explain how to setup Line Monitoring on the speaker lines on ENA Amplifiers.
Exigo has two ways of monitoring the speaker line/loops.

  • Self Protection, no settings required.
  • Active Line Monitoring with pilot tone. This requires setup in EMT and on the ENA Amplifier.

Self Protection

There is two mechanisms that are used for self protection:

  • Short on the line - If the speaker line is shorted the amplifier will shut down.
  • High temperature - Before the amplifier shuts down it will first reduce the audio by 6 dB. If the temperature keep on rising it will eventually shut down.

Active Line Monitoring

Each ENA amplifier can be independently monitored for impedance changes. This is used to detect fault such as load change, open/short and ground faults.

  • Load Change:
- Exigo considers a change of more than 15% a load change. This is done to prevent false fault reports due to variations in temperature, speaker loop configurations etc. Can be individually turned on or off.
  • Open:
- If more than 90% of the load is removed Exigo will detect the line as open.
  • Short:
- A large load change indicating a large additional load will be considered a short.
  • Ground fault:
- Any ground fault will be detected. Can be individually turned on or off.

EMT Configuration

In the device tree go to ENA amplifier(s) > Audio Lines > Amplifier Output Channel x > LET and Line monitoring:

EMT - LET and Line Monitoring

Monitoring Mode: Select Manual or Continuous monitoring. In this example we select Continuous. Manual line monitoring selection will trigger the monitoring when the Line measurement function is triggered.

LET Monitoring: Here you tick on/off LET Monitoring.

Line Monitoring: Here you tick on/off Line Monitoring. In this example we will tick on the Line Monitoring.

Line Monitoring Options

Detailed Line Fault Reporting: Checking the Detailed Line Fault Reporting will enable separate reporting of open and shorted.

It is possible to individual turn on/off both Load Change and Ground Fault Monitoring.
In this example we will tick on both.
Load change indicate that load changes (minor load changes) should be reported. This can be deselected if there are concerns that enviromental variations will trigger false and temporary line faults. Similarly Ground fault indicate if ground faults should be reported or not.

Suspended Monitoring Options

Suspend monitoring is an option which allows monitoring to be temporarily suspended when there are audio with a priority above a certain threshold.
This is typically used when the amplifier channel is heavily loaded to prevent false monitoring reports during alarm situations such as General Alarm.
In this example we leave the suspended monitoring ticked off.

Fault Report Options

Report Faults as Warning: Tick off to report line faults as warning (not fault).

Use System Settings: Tick off to use the system settings (System > Default Configuration).

ENA Configuration

In order to make the Line Monitoring work the speaker line must be calibrated. This is done from the GUI of the ENA amplifier.

Go to Settings > Audio Output Monitoring

ENA GUI - Audio Output Monitoring

Selecting Audio Output Monitoring will give you this sub menu:

ENA GUI - Audio Channel Settings

Select Monitor will give you this sub menu:

ENA GUI - Calibrate

Here you select Calibrate.
Repeat the procedure for all your amplifier channels.
You will now have monitoring on your speaker loop(s).