Russound Acclaim 5 Series OutBack Installation manual

Acclaim™ 5 Series OutBack
Outdoor Rock Loudspeaker
Installation Manual
INTRODUCTION
Introduction
Thank you for selecting Russound Acclaim 5 Series Outdoor Rock Speakers.
Like all Russound speakers, they combine acoustic technology with durability
and will provide years of musical enjoyment.
These Rock Speakers are designed to look like natural outcroppings of rock
instead of bulky aluminum and plastic speakers that detract from nature’s
beauty. Russound Rock Speakers are a distinctive addition to your yard
and blend into any landscape for a convenient and practical outdoor audio
solution.
The realistic rock speakers are offered in three styles to match your landscape:
Gray Granite, Gray Cobblestone and Sandstone. These shapes and finishes
closely mimic rocks found in nature for a quality, believable look. The secret
to the realistic look of the rock speakers is in the way they are crafted. The cast
enclosure process produces more lifelike shapes and surfaces. This process is
more expensive, but the three-layer fiberglass and resin construction results
in an acoustically better speaker with low resonance for better sound. The
process also creates an environmentally stable and durable speaker housing.
The resulting Rock Speaker has a sturdy, waterproof cabinet tough enough
for use in all types of weather and environments. The enclosure is silicone
sealed and equipped with a water drain for the speaker opening. For added
convenience an attached security eyelet is provided to prevent the speaker
from getting ‘carried away.’
Each speaker has an 8” coaxial two-way or single-point stereo driver with a
polypropylene cone and fully painted aluminum grille.
With 10 – 125 watt power handling, Russound Rock Speakers fit any outdoor
speaker necessities, for monaural or stereo applications.
Amplifier Considerations
The Rock Speakers should be powered by an amplifier that provides a
minimum of 10 watts per channel. An amplifier that has both stereo and mono
capability is a plus, as you may want to use mono for large areas.
If you intend to use more than one pair of speakers at a time it’s important
to consider both the impedance of the speakers and the capabilities of the
amplifier or receiver. Not all amplifiers or receivers can safely operate two sets
of speakers at once.
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SPEAKER PAIRS / PLACEMENT
Number of Speaker Pairs
First, determine the size of the listening area, and identify any gathering
areas where folks will sit or stand. The typical coverage area is 20 feet from the
front of the speaker for normal listening levels. There should be a maximum of
20 feet between speakers for better stereo imaging. Too far away from each
other creates an acoustic void when used for stereo. Monaural will not be
affected to the same degree.
Use as many pairs of speakers as needed to achieve the desired coverage and
dispersion of sound. Getting more sound with more speakers is better than
cranking the volume, which may lead to amp clipping. Large areas are better
served by monaural audio instead of stereo. In most outdoor environments,
there is no ideal listening area to give stereo image or separation.
Poor placement
Speaker Placement
An important factor for speaker placement is the location elevation. Select a
spot wires can be run to from the audio system. The speakers should face the
listening area and be spaced for best sound coverage for the area.
The realistic rock shape and finish will blend in best if placed in a manner
that mimics nature, such as near a rock wall or amidst ground plantings. Be
sure to avoid placing the speaker in low spots that collect water.
Elevation and Slope
Optimum
sound field
Ideal placement
Speakers should be placed on the same level for balanced sound delivery.
Speakers on different elevations will have different sound characteristics. The
acoustic design is optimized to provide the best sound when placed on level
ground at the same elevation as the listening area. Placing the speaker on
higher elevations or tilting it upwards will provide less than optimal sound.
Speakers should be placed for best sound delivery with the base of the
speaker as level as possible. Never lean a speaker back to aim the sound up as
this could allow it to retain water.
The Rock Speakers have been optimized to provide the best response when
placed on the same elevation as the listening area and sitting flat on the
ground. Tilting the speaker up can potentially create a problem with proper
rainwater drainage also.
Example of speaker elevation placement
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PLACEMENT FOR STEREO IMAGING
Placement of Speaker Pairs
The best stereo imaging can be achieved by placing rock speakers no closer
than 20 feet next to one another. The sound propagation outward from the
face of the speaker is ideal within a 20 to 30 foot range. The rock speakers can
certainly cover larger areas but as the distance between adjacent speakers
increases, the stereo imaging starts to deteriorate. As the distance between
opposing speakers increases beyond the 20 to 30 foot range, the volume level
to cover the whole area can reach uncomfortably loud levels when the listener
moves closer to the speakers.
Large areas are better served by monaural audio instead of stereo. In most
outdoor environments, there is no ideal listening area to give stereo image or
separation.
20 feet +/-
20 - 30 feet
20 - 30 feet
20 feet +/-
Rock speaker stereo imaging placement
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WIRING INFO
Speaker Cable
Prewiring
The amount of wire needed varies with speaker placement. Label speaker
wires with left, right, and location.
Run a separate 2-conductor stranded copper speaker cable of at least 16
AWG (1.5 mm) from the amplifier to each speaker. Be sure to use cable with the
appropriate fire resistance rating for the application.
Use Russound AW series speaker cable or any reputable brand of 16 to 12
gauge multi-stranded wiring for amplifier- to-speaker connections.
Wire is measured in gauges: the greater the number, the smaller the wire. The
gauge of wire needed is determined by the distance between the amplifier/
receiver and the speakers. The longer the run, the heavier the gauge needed.
Use the following chart as a guide:
Length
0' to 100'
50' to 150'
100' to 200'
Minimum Gauge
16
14
12
If you are installing a single-point stereo rock speaker, we recommend using
four-conductor speaker cable.
When running a speaker cable parallel to an AC power cable, keep them at
least 12 inches (30 cm) apart to minimize electromagnetic interference. If the
speaker cables must cross AC wiring, cross them at right angles.
Leave about 2 feet (0.6 m) of cable at each end for connecting to the speakers
and amplifier. Label the cables so you will know which cable connects to each
keypad or amplifier output channel.
The standard colors on the terminals are red Positive (+) and black Negative
(-). If the wire has transparent insulation, one conductor will be copper-colored
(+) and the other silver-colored (-). If the wire has an opaque insulation, the
conductors are differentiated by a series of ribs or grooves, a stripe, or dotted
line on one conductor. Use and mark these as the Positive (+) conductor.
-
+
-
+
Typical usage of speaker wire conductors
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CABLE TRENCH AND SPEAKER CONNECTION
Planning Path for Cable Burial
First, consult your local phone and/or electric company to learn of existing
buried cables or pipes. Watch for buried water lines or gas lines. If necessary,
use a metal detector to discover buried cables. Be aware of any local building
code requirements that may be applicable.
Trenching Cable
To ensure proper installation of direct burial speaker cable, consult the
manufacturer of the cable you are using, and adhere to all applicable electrical
codes. After positioning the speakers and determining where any buried
obstructions exist, you can dig the trench. Lay the cable out on top of the
ground from the speaker to the outdoor volume control to determine length.
5. Check to make sure there are no stray strands of wire outside the terminals.
If there are, remove the wire, twist the strands together, and reconnect the
wire to the terminal.
6. Ensure all electrical connections are watertight. Use silicone-impregnated
wire nuts for weathertight electrical terminations, and seal with additional
silicone if necessary.
Burying Cable
Bury the cable or conduit in the trench, and leave an extra 3 feet of cable
under the speaker to allow for future adjustments in position. Seal the cable
paths through structure walls with silicone.
Trench below the frost line for the cable. The frost line will vary depending
on geography, and is typically no deeper than three feet. If using conduit,
size and cut it to length. Connect the conduit lengths and elbows with PVC
cement.
Run cable through the conduit.
Connecting Cable to the Speaker
Make cable connections at the speaker. Be sure to observe polarity.
1. Strip 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) off the end of the cable jacket. Then strip
½ inch (1.3 cm) of insulation off each wire.
2. Twist the wire strands together so there are no strands separated from
the bundle.
3. Connect the wires to the speaker terminals, being sure to observe proper
polarity. For standard speaker cable with red and black wires, connect the
red wire to the red positive (+) terminal and the black wire to the black
negative (–) terminal.
4. For the single-point stereo model, If you are installing a single-point stereo
rock speaker, use four-conductor speaker cable and use the following
wiring scheme to connect to the speaker: WHITE -- L+ (left channel
positive), GREEN -- L- (left channel negative), BLACK -- R- (right channel
negative), RED -- R+ (right channel positive)
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SECURING THE SPEAKER
Security Eyelet
Mounting Bracket
The speaker has a security eyelet on the bottom through which a security
cable can be looped. Attach as vinyl coated cable at a low position to a nonmoveable objet such as a bench, fence post or tree.
There are two mounting brackets on the bottom of the speaker. These are
used as an alternate to secure the speaker to a hard surface.
Run the cable to the speaker, and bury or cover the cable to hide it and
prevent a trip hazard. Secure the cable to the eyelet on the bottom of the
speaker. Use compression fittings or a crimp to form a loop.
Bottom of rock speaker showing security eyelet and mounting brackets
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CONNECT TO AMPLIFIER / TROUBLESHOOTING
Connecting the Amplifier
Troubleshooting Guide
1. Make sure the amplifier is turned off.
2. Strip 1 to 2 inches (2.5 to 5 cm) off the end of each cable’s outer jacket.
Then strip just enough insulation off each wire to allow inserting the wires
fully into the amplifier’s speaker terminals.
3. Twist the wire strands together so there are no strands separated from the
bundle.
4. Connect the wires to the speaker terminals, being sure to observe proper
polarity.
5. Check to make sure there are no stray strands of wire outside the terminals.
If there are, remove the wire, twist the strands together, and reconnect the
wire to the terminal.
Before returning your Russound speakers for service, try these simple
remedies first.
No sound from either speaker:
• Incorrect source selected on receiver or preamplifier.
• Mute button pressed on receiver.
• Wrong speaker output selected; many receivers have an "A" and "B" speaker
switch. Make sure it is in the correct position.
• Volume control not turned up or wired incorrectly.
• If using a speaker selector, room/station not turned on or improperly
connected.
No sound from one speaker:
Speaker Care
These sealed construction speakers are made of durable materials that need
very little care. Occasionally wipe them with a soft, damp cloth. Do not use any
harsh detergents, chemical solvents, or abrasive materials on your speakers,
and do not spray water or other liquids into the grilles.
• Unsecured connection at either the speaker or amplifier - double-check all
connections.
• Balance control turned all the way left or right - return it to center.
• Bad connecting cable between sound source and amplifier - try a new
cable.
• Check for stray wire strands crossing the speaker terminals.
• Defective speaker - contact your Russound dealer or call Russound Tech
Support at 603.659.5170.
Muffled sound from single point stereo speaker:
• Check polarity of speaker connections. One channel may be reversed.
Any other problems not listed, discuss with your dealer or call Russound.
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Model: 5R82
Description: 2-way Outdoor Rock Loudspeaker
Woofer: 8" (203 mm) coaxial driver with polypropylene
injection molded cone
Tweeter: 14 mm (0.56") PEI
Frequency Response: 48 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 3 dB
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Recommended Power: 10 - 125 watts per channel
Sensitivity: 90 dB SPL (2.83V @ 1m)
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohm
Dimensions: 14" x 12" x 11" (35.6 x 30.5 x 27.9 cm)
Unit Weight: 11.0 lbs. (4.95 kg)
Colors: Gray Granite (-G), Sandstone (-S),
Weathered Granite (-W)
Model: 5R82S
Description: Single Point Stereo Outdoor Rock Loudspeaker
Woofer: 8" (203 mm) coaxial driver with polypropylene
injection molded cone
Tweeter: (2) 14 mm (0.56") PEI
Frequency Response: 46 Hz - 20 kHz +/- 3 dB
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms/8 ohms
Recommended Power: 10 - 125 watts per channel
Sensitivity: 91 dB SPL (2.83V @ 1m)
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohm
Dimensions: 14" x 12" x 11" (35.6 x 30.5 x 27.9 cm)
Unit Weight: 11.2 lbs. (5.04 kg)
Colors: Gray Granite (-G), Sandstone (-S),
Weathered Granite (-W)
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WARRANTY
All Russound Acclaim 5 Series Rock Speakers have a five-year limited
warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. Proof of Purchase
must accompany all claims. During the warranty period Russound will replace
any defective part and correct any defect in workmanship without charge for
either parts or labor.
This Warranty Does Not Cover:
• Damage caused by abuse, accident, misuse, negligence, or improper
operation (installation).
• Products that have been altered or modified.
Russound may replace returned speakers with a product of equal value and
performance. In such cases, some modifications to the mounting may be
necessary and are not Russound’s responsibility.
• Any product whose identifying number or decal, serial #, etc. has been
altered, defaced or removed.
For this warranty to apply, the unit must be installed and used according to
its written instructions. If necessary, repairs must be performed by Russound.
The unit must be returned to Russound at the owner’s expense and with
prior written permission. Accidental damage and shipping damage are not
considered defects, nor is damage resulting from abuse or from servicing
performed by an agency or person not specifically authorized in writing by
Russound.
Due to our continual efforts to improve product quality as new technology
and techniques become available, Russound/FMP, Inc. reserves the right to
revise speaker systems specifications without notice.
• Normal wear and maintenance.
Russound products are sold only through authorized Dealers and
Distributors to ensure that customers obtain proper support and service.
Russound reserves the right to limit the warranty of products purchased from
an unauthorized dealer or other source, including retailers, mail order sellers,
and online sellers, to ninety (90) days from the date of purchase.
Damage to or destruction of components due to application of excessive
power voids the warranty on those parts. In these cases, repairs will be made
on the basis of the retail value of the parts and labor. To return for repairs, the
unit must be shipped to Russound at the owner’s expense, along with a note
explaining the nature of service required. Be sure to pack the speaker(s) in a
corrugated container with at least 3" (7.6 cm) of resilient material to protect
the unit from damage in transit.
Before returning the unit for repair, call Russound at 603.659.5170 for a Return
Authorization number. Write this number on the shipping label and ship to:
Russound
ATTN: Service
5 Forbes Road
Newmarket, NH 03857
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Acclaim™ 5 Series OutBack
Outdoor Rock Loudspeaker
Installation Manual
Models: 5R82, 5R82S
©2010 Russound. All rights reserved.
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Specifications are subject to change without notice.
Russound is not responsible for typographical errors or omissions.
Russound, Inc.
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tel 603.659.5170 • fax 603.659.5388
email: tech@russound.com www.russound.com
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