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1. Unboxing

Your Madison comes with the following elements:

  • 1 Madison

  • 1 external power supply  5V DC

  • 1 power cord


When you unpack your Madison for the first time, carefully check that all these elements are present in the box and are not damaged. Should this be the case, or should an element be missing, please contact your Wattson Audio retailer or us directly. 

In any case, we strongly suggest that you keep the original packaging which has been designed to protect your Madison during transportation.


2. Placement and positioning

Your Madison has been designed to be placed on the 4 rubber feet located under the case. We recommend that you place it on a flat, solid and stable surface. 


Due to its very low electric consumption, the Madison dissipates very little heat and does not include an active ventilation system. It may therefore be placed on the top of a furniture, as well as inside a cabinet. 

However, for its effective functioning, make sure you do not cover your Madison, nor place it near a heat source or in full sun.


3. Network and audio connections

Before you proceed to any wiring and connecting of your Madison, we recommend that you ensure that it is switched off. 


This done, you may connect all available sources:

Network connection

Using a network cable (not supplied), connect one of your router’s output to the NET input at the rear of your Madison. You will hear a “click” once the cable is correctly wired.

Digital sources connection

Your Madison is fitted with optical TOS and coaxial COAX digital inputs.

Use them to connect your CD player, DVD player TV or Internet box.

Audio connection

Connect your Madison to your amplifier or to your active loudspeakers using RCA or XLR analog cables (not supplied).


4. Getting started

Once the connections to the network and/or to your audio installation have been set, your Madison is ready to be switched on.


The external power supply of the Madison comes with a power cable. Plug the power cable to the wall socket and connect the external power supply to your Madison.

Once under tension, standby LED switches on.

Press the main control button once. All LEDs will light up and flash 3 times in a row. Then, the LED of the active input, as well as one of the volume LED will remain on.


Note that when using the network input, the NET LED will blink as long as your Madison does not have a valid IP address.


Your Madison is now connected to the network and ready to stream some music.


5. Digital content access and playback

Your Madison is based on the UPnP/DLNA standard in order to stream audio content. 

You will thus have access to the content stocked on most of the market NAS (Synology, QNAP, Buffalo, Netgear,...), as well as on the Media Servers installable on a computer or integrated in some devices (MinimServer, twonky,...) .


To access the content of a Media Server located on the same network as your Madison, you will have to use a UPnP control application on your smartphone, tablet or computer. 

Wattson Audio has developed its own mobile solution Wattson Music, available for iOS (an Android version is under development). You may consult the user guide of the Wattson Music app in order to get acquainted with its functioning.

6. Firmware update

From time to time, we publish internal firmware updates of your Madison. The aim is generally to bring slight improvements or corrections, thus ensuring the proper functioning of the Madison over time.

You will find the reference of the currently installed version on the Web page of your Madison: 

  1. Ensure that your Madison is switched on and connected to your network.

  2. Connect on the Web page of your Madison.

  3. The version number of the firmware is indicated at the end of the section "Firmware update".

Using this version number, you can check at any time if a newer firmware version is available for your Madison:

  1. Visit the download page dedicated to the Madison.

  2. Download the latest file update, if this is more recent that the one installed on your Madison.

  3. Once downloaded, make sure the file is decompressed in a binary format (.bin). If the file is still compressed (.zip), use a utility to unzip it.

Once the file is downloaded, you may proceed to the update by following the steps listed below: 

  1. Ensure that your Madison is switched on and connected to your network.

  2. Connect to the Web page of your Madison.

  3. In the "Firmware update" section, click on the button "Select the .bin file" in order to indicate the location of the previously downloaded file and validate your choice.

  4. Click on the button "Launch the update".

  5. Follow the update process that is indicated on your screen. During this phase, the LEDs on the volume knob of your Madison will flash one by one to show the status of the update.

  6. Do not turn off your Madison during the update!

  7. At the very end of the update procedure, all LED's will flash quickly and the Madison will automatically turn itself off.

  8. You can then restart your Madison and wait for the status to display "Ready" before clicking on the "Back" button.

  9. Back on the main Web page of your Madison, check that the firmware version number is indeed the one of the latest update.

  10. Finally, take the time to check the volume level set on the Madison and adjust it if necessary. Sometimes the volume level is changed after an update.

You may then use your Madison normally in order to fully enjoy your preferred musical environment.


7. Renaming

In order to easily identify our products on the network, we give each of them a name corresponding to their model. 

Your Madison appears on the network under the name "Madison". 

You can customize this name at your convenience in two ways...

From the Wattson Music iOS app:

  1. Open the Wattson Music app.

  2. On the Home screen, once the name of your Madison is displayed, swipe-left on it and click on the "Rename" action.

  3. Enter the new name you wish to give to your Madison by replacing the current one, then validate your change by hitting "Return" on the keyboard.

From your Madison Web page: 

  1. Ensure that your Madison is switched on and connected to your network. 

  2. Connect to your Madison Web page

  3. In the section "Modification of the Friendly Name", enter the new name you wish to give your Madison in the designated field and validate your choice by clicking on the "Rename" button. 


Whatever way you choose, your Madison will disappear from the network for a few seconds and reappear under its new name.


8. Volume control

Using the multifunction knob:


  1. Turn the knob to the right to turn the volume up.

  2. Turn the knob to the left to turn the volume down.

  3. The LEDs around the multifunction knob will animate and then freeze at the selected volume.


From the Wattson Music app for iOS:


  1. Open the Wattson Music app.

  2. Use your phone's volume buttons, the volume bar, or the two volume buttons to the left and right of the volume bar to adjust the volume of your Madison.

  3. The LEDs around the multifunction button animate and then freeze at the selected volume.


9. Switching between input sources

In addition to a network connection, your Madison offers you the possibility of connecting two additional digital audio devices, such as a CD player, a TV or your Internet box.


Using the multifunction knob :


  1. Press the knob until the LED of the input in use flashes.

  2. Turn the knob to the desired audio source.

  3. The corresponding LED lights up and flashes.

  4. Press the multifunction button once to confirm your choice.

  5. The LED of the selected input remains lit.

  6. You can use your audio source.


From the Wattson Music app for iOS :


  1. Open the Wattson Music app.

  2. Tap the Madison tab at the bottom right of the screen.

  3. Select the desired audio source.

10. Headphone listening

You can connect your headphones with a 6,3mm jack cable (not included) to the headphone input on the front of the Madison. If your headphones only have a 3,5mm jack, please use an adapter (not included).


Listening to headphones does not disable the XLR and analog RCA outputs. If your amplifier is on, the sound will come out of the speakers and your headphones simultaneously.


11. Switching the Madison to standby

When you are not using your Madison, we recommend that you put it to standby. The Madison does not go into standby mode automatically.


Using the multifunction knob :

  1. Press the knob for 2 seconds.

  2. The volume LEDs will light up and then turn off one by one downwards.

  3. The STBY LED will light up.

  4. Your Madison is in standby mode.


12. Troubleshooting and meaning of the error codes indicated by the LEDs

Under normal circumstances, the LEDs on the front panel of the Madison are used to indicate the standby status, the selected input and the volume level.
However, in the event of a device malfunction, these LEDs are also used to indicate the nature of the current problem.


Network connection is missing or the network interface is not responding
When the network input is selected and a problem is detected with the network interface, the NET LED flashes once per second.

This indicates that no valid IP address could be assigned to the Madison. The other LEDs are not considered for this error code.

In most cases, the cause will be related to a poor connection of the Ethernet cable connected to the back of the Madison. It is therefore recommended to check the condition of this cable and change it if necessary.
If the problem persists, the second most common cause of malfunction is related to another device in the network infrastructure (switch, router, etc.). It is recommended to check all these devices and if necessary, to call in a network specialist.

In very rare cases, it is the network interface of the Madison that may be at fault. The unit should be returned to your dealer or to Wattson Audio for repair.

Communication with the flash memory is not possible
The various internal devices of the Madison communicate with each other and use an internal flash memory. If communication with this memory is not possible, the LEDs of the 3 inputs will flash approximately 3 times per second and the first volume LED starting from the bottom will be lit.

This error is critical and cannot be corrected simply. The unit must be taken to your dealer or returned to Wattson Audio for repair.

Flash memory content is missing or incorrect
The flash memory contains information essential to the startup and operation of the Madison. If the contents of this memory cannot be validated during initialization of the Madison, the LEDs of the 3 inputs will flash approximately 3 times per second and the second volume LED starting from the bottom will be lit.

If this error persists, a new firmware update should be performed.

The Signal Processing Unit (DSP) is not responding
The DSP is a central component of the Madison. If the DSP becomes unresponsive or its firmware is incomplete or erroneous, the LEDs of the 3 inputs will flash approximately 3 times per second and the third volume LED starting from the bottom will be lit.

If this error persists, a new firmware update must be performed.

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