Originally Posted by Bobby Emm
I'd like to find out more about your system. I have a b&k ct600.1 that was in a house I bought. Speakers are in every room and the wiring is done. That's it. My question is, how to I get the dang thing to do anything? I'd liek to have a system like yours but I am not understanding how you did it. Thanks!
(I also got your email, but thought I'd reply here.) To be honest, I'm not 100% sure where to begin in helping troubleshoot your issue, but what I will say is that I continue to be really impressed with the B&K as the core of my whole-house system and the Roomie guys continue to improve their app, so things are just getting better and better. (I mention this to give you motivation and incentive to persevere, not to make you even more pi$$ed-off that your system isn't working!)
It would be helpful to know what you've tried and what isn't working - does the unit power up? Do you have any keypads (and do they power up)? Etc., etc.
Even if you don't have keypads, you should be able to control everything using the supplied B&K remote control - the downside of the CT600 is that, other than the power light, there are no visual indications on it to hint that anything is working! After powering on you should see the unit's power light (and the keypads should have a yellow/greenish power light on too), and you should then be able to use the remote to select an input and then turn on one or more sets of speakers - if you haven't done both
of these, you won't get any sounds!
If you suspect that the remote isn't working, you can push buttons randomly and look at the controller through a digital camera to verify that at least something is being emiited!
If you do have power, what I'd suggest doing is to take a known good source (MP3 player, cd player, etc.), connect it to "Input 1" - make sure you are actually supplying music to the CT600 - then use the remote to firstly select "input 1" then hit "Zone 1" (do a visual check on the rear of the B&K to make sure that there is actually a pair of speakers attached, if not, direct everything to a zone that looks like it is wired up). You may have to increase the volume, but at this point you should have noyze!
I thought about getting you to reset everything, but I assume that the previous owner had things working ok and if so, you can leverage all his config setup - if things don't work, maybe doing a config reset would be a good step.
B&K still have all the manuals for the CT600 online [http://www.bkcomp.com/fileadmin/content/content_products/manuals/Past/Preamp%20or%20receiver/CT610_310_600_300_UM_1104.pdf
] as well as the keypad documentation. They can be a bit overwhelming, but are worth looking at if you haven't already done so.
Once you do get music coming out of the speakers, if needed I can give you more help in getting the iPod control part set up. I now don't use the keypads or remote - I control all the functions from my iTouch using Roomie (as mentioned in my earlier post). If your whole IR control mechanism really is trashed, there's always RS232, but that's for another day.....
Hang in there! It'll be worth it in the end!