RBH Sound IN-WALL SPEAKERS Instruction manual

IN-WALL SPEAKERS
Installation and Instruction Manual
Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of RBH Sound in-wall speakers! Your speakers are the
result of many years of research and development dedicated to producing high quality
products for home audio and audio/video systems.
This manual is designed to give you, the installer or owner, basic information as to the
speaker’s installation and operation. We recommend you thoroughly read through the
material contained in this manual before installing your speakers. This will ensure that
you have an understanding of how to setup your speakers for optimum performance
and allow for years of listening enjoyment.
Break In Period
Allow several hours of listening time to adequately break in the speakers. As the
speakers break-in, the driver suspension will loosen. The result of break-in will be an
increase in low frequency response, improved definition, clarity and detail.
Features
Some RBH Sound in-wall models feature swing out “dog-leg” mounting while
others incorporate a pinch-bracket. Both have pre-started screws for fast and easy
installation. Most RBH Sound in-wall speakers feature swivel tweeters to direct the
sound to the main listening area. All RBH Sound in-wall speakers feature polyswitch
protection circuitry designed to protect the tweeter from being overdriven. This
circuit will automatically reset itself once the volume is turned down or the problem
causing the circuit to activate is removed.
Steep acoustic slope crossovers provide high power handling, minimize driver
interaction anomalies, and also maximizes the clarity with which each driver is
able to produce its respective frequency band.
Painting the Speakers
A paint shield is included with your speakers. This shield can be used to protect the
speaker when painting the speaker’s rim (frame) if it has one. If you plan to paint your
speakers, we recommend it be done prior to installation. If you decide to paint your
speakers sometime in the future, it is best to remove the speakers from the ceiling or
wall. When painting speakers, the paint shield must be installed in place of the grille.
The grille can also be painted. Painting the speaker’s grille should be done very careful
with a paint sprayer set to fine. Remove the grille from the speaker, peel off the grille
fabric on the back of the grille and set aside. Place the grilles on a flat surface. Do not
use a brush or roller to paint the grilles as this will clog the holes, greatly reducing the
sound quality of the speakers. Do not paint the grilles while attached to the speakers.
Be sure to remove the paint shields from the speakers and replace the fabric to the
back of the grilles before reinstalling them and using the speakers.
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Room Setup Suggestions
With nearly endless placement options, careful consideration for placement of in-wall
speakers needs to be considered, as installation requires cutting a hole in your wall
or ceiling! When using speakers in home theater applications follow the guidelines
illustrated below.
Swivel Tweeter Adjustment
The swivel tweeter allows sound to be directed toward or away from the listening
area depending on the application. A tweeter aimed toward your listening position
improves imaging and detail. When using a speaker with a swivel tweeter as front/
main home theater speakers or as stereo speakers in a distributed audio system, aim
the tweeter toward the main listening position. For rear/surround speakers, aim the
tweeter toward the nearest reflecting surface (an adjacent wall or ceiling) for a more
diffuse sound field (for more direct sound, aim the tweeter at your listening position).
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Speaker Installation
RBH Sound in-wall speakers are designed on an infinite baffle configuration. This
means an enclosure is not required for the speaker to perform properly. However,
using an RBH Sound back box will most likely improve the tightness and control
the bass response. RBH Sound in-wall speakers have also been designed to make
installation as easy as possible. Upon opening the speaker boxes you will notice that
the screws are pre-started into the dog legs or a pinch bracket. The speaker is held in
place by sandwiching the drywall between the bracket and speaker. A frame around
the speaker conceals the cutout in the drywall and presses against the front of the
wall. Behind the wall, the speaker has a set of dog legs or a pinch ring which cinch
the speaker to the drywall.
CAUTION: Be certain there are no electrical wires, water pipes, heating ducts or any
other obstructions in the planned area of installation before starting to drill or cut
into the ceiling or wall. If there is an electrical outlet nearby, turn off the circuit
breaker to avoid possible injury.
Installing WITH a New Construction Bracket:
If using a new construction bracket cutting the drywall should not be necessary,
since the drywall contractor should have cut the holes continue with “Connecting the
Speaker” instructions on the next page.
Installing WITHOUT a New Construction Bracket:
Use the cutout template supplied with the speaker for
guidance in cutting the drywall, following “Using the
Template” instructions below.
Using the Template:
1. These speakers are designed to be mounted between the
framing members of a stud-framed wall. Use a stud finder
to locate the position of studs. Make sure you have a 2-inch
clearance from the outside of the cutout hole from studs.
NOTE: Most RBH 6-inch models use the pinch-bracket
which allows tight fit next to wood stud if needed. A
valuable feature!
2. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in the center of the area you
plan to mount the speaker. Cut or bend a piece of wire
(a coat hanger works well) to a 90-degree angle. Insert
the wire into the pilot hole and fish around to make sure
there aren’t any obstructions which will interfere with
the installation.
NOTE: If you must choose another location, the pilot
hole can be easily patched.
3. Once a suitable location is found, use masking tape to
temporarily place the supplied cutout template on the wall, centered over the pilot
hole. Draw a circle around the inside edge of the template.
4. Carefully cut the hole with the appropriate cutting tool to remove the material
inside the circle inscribed by the template.
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Speaker Installation (continued)
NOTE: The frame will overlap the cutting edge by about a 1/4 to 5/8-inch
(depending on model) which will mask any minor cutting inaccuracies.
5. Confirm the speaker easily fits into the hole, without any gaps.
Connecting the Speaker:
6. Pull the speaker wire out of the hole and connect
the speaker. Split the two conductors of the
speaker wire apart about 3-inches so they form a
“Y”. Using wire strippers, remove about 1/4 to 1/2inch of insulation from each of the two conductors
of the wire to expose the bare metal and twist each
of the conductors into a single unfrayed strand.
The speaker terminals will accommodate any
speaker wire up to 14-gauge. Select an appropriate
wire gauge from the following chart:
18 gauge for up to 50-feet
16 gauge for up to 100-feet
14 gauge for up to 200-feet
NOTE: When connecting a speaker it is very
important to retain the correct polarity (improper
polarity will cause reduced bass performance and
unnatural imaging effects). To do this, be sure the wire attached to the positive
terminal on the speaker (marked [+] or colored red) connects to the positive
terminal on the amplifier. Similarly, the negative terminal (marked [-] or colored
black) must connect to the negative terminal on the amplifier.
Finishing the Installation
7. Slide the speaker into the pre-cut hole in drywall or new construction bracket
keeping the speaker cable out of the way to prevent pinching it. If using pinchbracket model, insert top or side first then move speaker towards inserted end
and slide opposite bracket end inside, then center speaker in hole.
8. Tighten the screws. The dog legs will automatically swing out and tighten
(pinch) themselves against the new construction bracket or the drywall with
the turning of the screws and will hold the speaker solidly in place , the pinchbracket will move forward. Don’t over tighten screws, if you over-tighten the
screws the speaker frame may bend which will make it difficult to properly install
the grille.
NOTE: If using a drill/driver, set the clutch to a low setting to prevent over
tightening and possible damage to the frame or dog legs. If using hand tools,
tighten just until firm.
9. If the speaker has any tone controls or has a swivel tweeter, leave the grille off
until you can listen to the speaker. Once the speaker is adjusted, install the grille.
NOTE: Handle the grilles carefully, as they pressure-fit into the installed
speaker. If the grille does not install easily try loosening the mounting screws
before resorting to forcing the grille into the speaker. When removing grille use
included pick or RBH grille removal tool.
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Speaker Accessories
Rear Enclosure
The rear enclosure is a rectangular pre or post
construction acoustic foam box. The FB-W can
be mounted in-between standard 2x4 stud-frame
construction and enhances the sound quality of
in-wall speakers. It also diminishes the sound
from being transferred into rooms on the other
side of the wall. For post-construction install
simply fold lengthwise, push in hole and expand
inside then tack to studs.
Blank Plates
Blank plates are a very clean and efficient
way to cover the holes left in drywall when
a new construction bracket is used or a
speaker is removed. Install blank plates when
in-wall speakers will not be immediately
installed after drywall is finished.
Rear Enclosures
New Construction Brackets
An excellent way to guarantee placement of
in-wall and in-ceiling speakers prior to drywall
installation, New Construction Brackets (NCB’s)
also make installation of in-wall speakers faster
and easier by reducing time and mess. Once
drywall is installed, just connect the speaker to
the speaker wire and install. New Construction
Brackets eliminate the time and need to locate
and cut drywall before speaker installation.
Blank Plates
For more information on RBH Sound in-wall
speaker accessories go to www.rbhsound.com.
New Construction Bracket
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Specifications
Model:
A-610
A-414
MC-414
Series:
Architectural
Architectural
MC
System Type:
In-wall 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
55Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
60Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
55Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
91dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
Recommended/Rated Power: 10-80 Watts
10-100 Watts
15-150 Watts
Woofer(s):
(1) 6½” (165mm) Poly Graphite
(2) 4” (102mm) Poly Graphite
(2) 4” (102mm) Aluminum
Tweeter(s)
(1) 1” (25mm) Silk Dome
(1) 1” (25mm) Silk Dome
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
Swivel Tweeter(s):
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
2,800 Hz
4,000 Hz
3,500 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms
6 Ohms
6 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
7-1/4” W x 11” H
(184mm W x 279mm H)
6” W x 14-1/4” H
(152mm W x 362mm H)
6” W x 14-1/4” H
(152mm W x 362mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
8-1/2” 12” H x 3” D
(216mm W x 305mm H x 76mm D)
7-3/16” W x 15-3/8” H x 2-7/8” D
(183mm W x 391mm H x 73mm D)
7-3/16” W x 15-3/8” H x 2-7/8” D
(183mm W x 391mm H x 73mm D)
Weight:
3.30 lbs. (1.50 kg)
5.85 lbs. (2.65 kg)
5.85 lbs. (2.65 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
FB-W
FB-W
FB-W
Blank Plate:
BP-6
BP-414
BP-414
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-6
NCB-414
NCB-414
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Specifications (continued)
Model:
MC-6
MC-6DB
MC-616
Series:
MC
MC
MC
System Type:
In-wall 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Surround Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:*
86dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
88dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
91dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
15-120 Watts
15-180 Watts
Recommended/Rated Power: 15-120 Watts
(1) 6½” (165mm) Aluminum
Woofer(s):
(1) 6½” (165mm) Aluminum
(2) 6½” (165mm) Aluminum
Tweeter(s)
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
(2) ¾” (19mm) Aluminum
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
Swivel Tweeter(s):
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
3,000 Hz
3,000 Hz
3,000 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
6 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
7-1/4” W x 11” H
(216mm W x 279mm H)
7-1/4” W x 11” H
(216mm W x 279mm H)
7-3/4” W x 19” H
(197mm W x 483mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
8-1/2” W x 12” H x 3-1/2” D
8-1/2” W x 12” H x 3-1/2” D
(216mm W x 305mm H x 89mm D) (216mm W x 305mm H x 89mm D)
8-7/8” W x 20-1/4” H x 3-1/2” D
(225mm W x 514mm H x 89mm D)
Weight:
4.9 lbs. (2.22 kg)
5.05 lbs. (2.43 kg)
7.1 lbs. (3.22 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
FB-W
FB-W
FB-W
Blank Plate:
BP-6
BP-6
BP-616
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-6
NCB-6
NCB-616
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Specifications (continued)
Model:
MC-553
MCS-88
TK-6
Series:
MC
MC
MC
System Type:
In-wall/LCR Dual 2-way Speaker
In-wall Subwoofer
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
55Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
35Hz-100Hz (±3dB)
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
88dB Main, 87dB Center, and
90dB Combined (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
88dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
100-200 Watts
Recommended/Rated Power: 15-150 Watts Main, 15-100
Watts Center and 15-200 Watts
Combined
(2) 8” (203mm) Aluminum
15-100 Watts
(1) 6-1/2” (165mm) Fiberglass
Woofer(s):
(3) 5-1/4” (133mm) Aluminum
Tweeter(s):
(2) 1” (25mm) Aluminum Dome N/A
Swivel Tweeter(s)
Yes
N/A
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
N/A
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
3,000 Hz
100 Hz (Low Pass Defeatable)
3,000
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms Main, 6 Ohms Center
and 4 Ohms Combined
8 Ohms x2
8 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Steel (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
6-5/8” W x 26-3/4 “ H
(168mm W x 680mm H)
9” W x 17-1/2” H
(229mm W x 445mm H)
7-1/4” W x 11” H
(184mm W x 279mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
8-1/2” W x 12” H x 3-9/16” D
7-7/8” W x 28-1/8” H x 3-3/8” D 10-1/8” W x 18-3/4” H x 4” D
(181mm W x 714mm H x 80mm D) (257mm W x 476mm H x 102mm D) (216mm W x 305mm H x 90mm D)
Weight:
9 lbs. (4.08 kg)
10.9 lbs. (4.94 kg)
4.55 lbs. (2.06 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
FB-W
FB-W
FB-W
Blank Plate:
N/A
BP-88
BP-6
New Construction Bracket:
N/A
NCB-88
NCB-6
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(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum Dome
Discontinued Product–Specifications
Model:
A-810
A-616
A-509
Series:
Architectural
Architectural
Architectural
System Type:
In-ceiling 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
55Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
60Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
91dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
88dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
50-160 Watts
10-75 Watts
Recommended/Rated Power: 10-110 Watts
(1) 8” (203mm) Poly Graphite
Woofer(s):
(2) 6½” (102mm) Poly Graphite (1) 5¼” (133mm) Poly Graphite
Tweeter(s):
(1) 1” (25mm) Silk Dome
(1) 1” (25mm) Silk Dome
(1) 1” (25mm) Mylar Dome
Swivel Tweeter(s)
Yes
Yes
No
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Yes
No
Crossover Frequency:
2,500 Hz
3,000 Hz
3,000 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
6dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms
6 Ohms
8 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
9-3/4” W x 12-3/4” H
(248mm W x 324mm H)
6” W x 14-1/4” H
(152mm W x 362mm H)
6-1/2” W x 9-3/4” H
(171mm W x 248mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
10-1/8” W x 14-1/8” H x 3-1/2” D
(257mm W x 359mm H x 89mm D)
8-7/8” W x 20-1/4” H x 3-1/2” D 7-1/2” W x 11” H x 2-3/4” D
(225mm W x 514mm H x 89mm D) (191mm W x 280mm H x 70mm D)
Weight:
4.95 lbs. (2.25 kg)
7.2 lbs. (3.27 kg)
3 lbs. (1.36 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
N/A
BB-S
BB-S
Blank Plate:
BP-8
BP-6
BP-8
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-8
NCB-6
NCB-8
Discontinued:
July 2010
September 2007
September 2007
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Discontinued Product–Specifications (continued)
Model:
MC-884
MC-83
MC-8
Series:
MC
MC
MC
System Type:
In-wall 3-way Speaker
In-wall 3-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
40Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
45Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
89dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
86dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
86dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
Recommended/Rated Power: 15-200 Watts
15-150 Watts
15-120 Watts
Woofer(s):
(2) 8” (203mm) Aluminum
(1) 8” (203mm) Aluminum
(1) 8” (203mm) Aluminum
Tweeter(s):
(1) 2½” (64mm) Aluminum
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
(1) 2½” (64mm) Aluminum
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
(1) 1” (25mm) Swivel Aluminum
Swivel Tweeter(s)
Yes
Yes (1-inch only)
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
2,000 Hz, 8,000 Hz
2,500 Hz
2,500 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
6 Ohms
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
9” W x 17-1/2” H
(228mm W x 445mm H)
9” W x 12-3/4” H
(299mm W x 324mm H)
9” W x 12-3/4” H
(299mm W x 324mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
10-1/8” W x 18-3/4” H x 3-7/8” D
(257mm W x 476mm H x 95mm D)
10-1/8” W x 14-1/8” H x 3-7/8” D 10-1/8” W x 14-1/8” H x 3-7/8” D
(257mm W x 359mm H x 98mm D) (257mm W x 359mm H x 98mm D)
Weight:
11.45 lbs. (5.195 kg)
6.3 lbs. (2.86 kg)
5 lbs. (2.23 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
N/A
BC-8
BC-8
Blank Plate:
BP-88
BP-8
BP-8
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-88
NCB-8
NCB-8
Discontinued:
September 2009
September 2005
September 2005
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Discontinued Product–Specifications (continued)
Model:
TK-8
Series:
TK
System Type:
In-wall
Frequency Response:
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
Recommended/Rated Power: 15-110 Watts
Woofer(s):
(1) 8” (203mm) Fiberglass
Matrix Cone
Tweeter(s):
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
Swivel Tweeter(s)
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
2,500 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
10-1/8” W x 14-1/8” H x 3-7/8” D
(257mm W x 359mm H x 98mm D)
Finished Dimensions:
9” W x 12-3/4” H x 3-7/8” D
(229mm W x 324mm H)
Weight:
5-1/2 lbs. (2.49 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
BC-8
Blank Plate:
BP-8
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-8
Discontinued:
January 2007
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Troubleshooting
Situation
Probable Cause
Solution
No sound from speakers.
Speaker wire not connected.
Make sure wire is properly
connecting to the speaker
and the amplifier observing
proper polarity.
Speaker selector on
amplifier is not on.
Activate proper speaker
selector on amplifier.
Balance control on receiver
or preamp is not centered.
Place balance control in
the center.
Speaker wire not
completely connected.
Check all connections at
amplifier and speakers.
Speakers are wired
out of phase.
Check entire system for
proper polarity and make
adjustments as necessary.
No sound from one speaker.
Very little bass and/or
imaging
Warranty
Your RBH Sound in-ceiling speaker is covered by a limited warranty against defects in
materials and workmanship for a period of 25 years. This warranty is provided by the
authorized RBH Sound dealer where the speaker was purchased. Warranty repair will
be performed only when your purchase receipt is presented as proof of ownership and
date of purchase. Defective parts will be repaired or replaced without charge by your
dealer’s store or by RBH Sound authorized locations to service RBH Sound products.
Charges for unauthorized service and transportation cost are not reimbursable under
this warranty. This warranty becomes void if the product has been damaged by
alteration, misuse or neglect. RBH Sound assumes no liability for property damage or
any other incidental or consequential damage whatsoever which may result from the
failure of this product. Any and all warranties of merchantability and fitness implied
by law are limited to the duration of this express warranty. Some states do not allow
limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not
apply to you. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
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