Arteluthe Satie Active
User Manual
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Arteluthe Satie Active
ActiveDrive Playback System
User Manual
Version 1.1, February 2013
Arteluthe Satie Active
User Manual
Version 1.1
Specifications can change at any time. Please
consult, for the current user
manual. Thank you.
For your reference
Serial Numbers:
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EC Declaration of conformity
This is to certify that Arteluthe Satie conforms to the
following standards:
Safety: EN 60065: 2002 / IEC 60065: 2001 7th Edition.
EMC: EN 55020: 2002 + A1: 2003, EN 55013 (2001),
EN 61000-3-2 (2000) and EN 61000-3-3 (1995).
This is a Class B product.
The product herewith comply with the requirements of
The Low Volatage Directive 73/23/EEC, EMC Directive
89/336/EEC and 93/68/EEC
© 2013, 7953135 CANADA INC.
Arteluthe is a registered Trade Mark
of 7953135 Canada Inc.,
a canadian corporation based in Montreal.
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Safety symbols
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, within an equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user
to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product's enclosure that may be of
sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of
important operating and maintenance (servicing) instruction in the literature accompanying the
Important Safety Instructions
This appliance has been designed and manufactured to assure personal safety. Improper use can result in electric
shock or fire hazard. The safeguards incorporated in this appliance will protect you if you observe the following
procedures for installation, use, and servicing. This unit does not contain any parts that can be repaired by the
Please read instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus that
produce heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the grounding-type plug. A grounding type plug has two blades and a
third grounding prong. The third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your
outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and
the point where they exit from the apparatus.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Use only with the stand sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/
apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have
fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or
has been dropped.
If you see smoke coming from the appliance or if the appliance gives off an unusual odor, immediately
disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet. Failing to disconnect the power risks fire. Make sure the
smoke or odor dissipates. Then contact your dealer for evaluation and repair.
If you are concerned about the safety or integrity of the appliance:
Disconnect the power cord from the wall outlet.
Contact your dealer for evaluation and repair.
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Arteluthe Satie Active are delicate but
heavy instruments. Unpacking should be
accomplished by at least two persons in
order to reduce the risk of injuries.
With the Satie Active enclosure lying on its side, line up
the two holes in the footer with the inserts on the
bottom of the cabinet. Insert and tighten the screws by
hand. Repat for the second footer.
Screws should be tighten by hand. Stop
tightening as soon as you feel
resistance, otherwise, the inserts could
be damaged from over tightening.
Your Arteluthe Satie Active comes in custom made
packaging specifically designed to adequately protect
the product during delivery.
All packaging parts should be kept, should you have to
move or service the products.
Before unpacking
Make sure you have plenty of space around the boxes
so you can move with ease around the boxes. Bring the
boxes one at a time in the room where the product is to
be used.
Open the box, following instructions supplied by your
Remove all inner boxes. These contain the Leaf footing
assembly (2 per speaker).
Place pillows or cushions or other soft material on the
floor to raise and protect the speakers.
Place the speaker on the pillows, lying on its side
Make sure you do not touch the surface
of the drive units as damage may occur.
Attaching LEAF footing
Carefully open the two smaller cardboard boxes
included in each crate. Each box contains 1 Leaf footer
and an accessory bag with 2 1/4-20 type machine
screws and 2 nylon washers.
Placing enclosures upright
With BOTH footers in place, Lift the speakers in upright
position. Move the enclosures to the intended area in
the listening room. Please make sure AC outlets are
near the intended location. Refer to the positioning
section of this manual for further advice.
Moving the loudspeakers
Two persons are required in order to move the
speakers. Do not drag footing on the floor or carpet as
you may damage the rubber pads underneath the
Caring for the enclosures
Never use water or solvent to clean the enclosures.
Always use a lint-free, clean, 100% cotton rag (such as
an old T-shirt) to lightly dust the enclosures when
In addition, piano polish may be used to remove
fingerprints. Also, it is possible to use carnuba-type wax
to polish the enclosures. Be careful not to put wax or
polish on the chrome rims, drivers or electrical parts.
Electronic board
NEVER remove the electronic board.
NEVER use any liquid on or near
electronic board.
NO user serviceable parts inside the
enclosure. In case of malfunction,
consult dealer.
The machine screws are used to mount the footers in
the metal inserts at the bottom of each cabinet.
Position of screws
Do not touch the surface of drive units
Pillows or cushions
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ALWAYS use a 3 prongs grounded
power cord of adequate capacity and
sufficient length. Please consult your
local dealer for advice. DO NOT use
an extension cord.
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Welcome to the World of Arteluthe
Thank you for choosing Arteluthe. Your Arteluthe Satie Active Playback system was designed and built in Canada,
to the highest standards of quality.
Before you set up your speakers for the first time, please read through this manual to ensure you are able to get
the most out of your investment.
System Description
Satie Active is the result of intensive research and
development and represent a true state of the art DSP/
Active loudspeaker for critical listening, where ultimate
musicality is required.
AirForce Enclosure
One important sub system of Satie Active is the
AirForce enclosure. This is a proprietary design,
derived from the acoustic horn, the most efficient
We designed Satie Active as a cost-no-object
reasearch project with the goal of building the most
accurate loudspeaker, with extremely smooth off-axis
dispersion, able to sustain high sound pressure levels
over a long period of time with minimal distortion.
The inside of the cabinet is made from top quality,
custom-made canadian maple plywood. This sub
enclosure is doubled with high quality, fomaldehydefree fiber panels, machined and assembled with tenon
and mortisse for years of trouble free operation.
ActiveDrive™ Design
Satie Active is a fully active design as each drive unit is
individually powered by a dedicated amplifier.
The outer skin is finished in a variety of custom, low
VOC laquers, hand polished for a perfect and long
lasting finish.
There are no passive components between amplifiers
and drive units, resulting in a highly defined sound with
no artefacts associated with passive components.
Like any high quality musical instrument, the cabinets
should not be exposed to heat, moisture or direct
sunlight, as variations in heat / humidity can affect the
integrity of the assembly.
Digital Signal Processing (DSP)
Each Satie Active comes with an on-board DSP. The
incoming analog signal is transferred to digital high
resolution (96kHz / 24 bit) format and mathematical
operations are performed on the signal to correct
phase, frequency and time.
There are four distinct programs accessible on the back
panel: flat response; "hifi" response (2 dB trebble and
bass tilt); smooth vocal (high frequency roll off, mid
bass tilt) and sub integration (low frequency roll off).
Reference sound
Satie Active is a Reference grade playback system and
will perform beautifully in a dedicated, semi reverberant
We do not provide the user with control over individual
frequencies or crossover functions as all functions have
been optimized for reference operation right from the
However, we do offer custom presets to suit individual
owners who want a perfectly adapted reference sound
to a perticular environment. Consult your dealer for
Drive units
Low frequencies (50 Hz to 2 000 Hz)
The low frequency unit is a 6 in., high power driver with
a cone made damped co-polymer. This garantees
mechanical integrity for distortion-free operation. The
rigid cone assembly is controlled by a 3 in. voice coil for
high power handling and efficient heat dissipation. The
voice coil / magnet assembly is ventilated.
High frequencies (2 000 Hz to 20 000 Hz)
The high frequency drive unit is fitted with a silk
membrane capable of pure, undistorted output of
frequencies up and above 20 kHz.
Mechanical ground
Both drive units are mounted on precision machined
aluminum mechanical ground for durability, mechanical
integrity and ease of service, should you ever wish to
service or modify components.
ActiveDrive™ Unit
On the back of Satie Active, the ActiveDrive™ unit is
mounted in a seperate sub enclosure sealed from the
main acoustic enclosure.
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Signal routing and Connections
ActiveDrive accepts an ANALOG input through a
female balanced 3 pins XLR connector1. There is also
an output 3 pins XLR male connector2 should you wish
to piggyback multiple units or use a dedicated Arteluthe
low frequency unit.
Please note that the use of high quality 3 pins XLR
terminated cable is strongly recommended for best
sound quality. Arteluthe offers 3 pins XLR cables in
different length, please consult your Arteluthe dealer
for details.
Please note: when plugging or unplugging
XLR signal cables make sure master gain
controls are in the - infinity (fully
counterclockwise) position to
prevent any transient.
Please note: always turn the unit OFF
when plugging or unplugging the AC
The unit should be turned OFF when not
in use
Please note that the use of high quality 3 pins XLR
terminated cable is strongly recommended for best
possible sound. Arteluthe offers 3 pins XLR cables
in different length, please consult your Arteluthe
dealer for details.
(2) XLR balanced 3
pins male output
(3) Master Gain
(1) XLR balanced
3 pins female
Input connector
Master gain
The master gain knob3 should be used only to adjust
the level of the incoming signal, or to correct minor
differences in channel outputs.
Power receptacle
The master gain is adjustable from - infinity (full
counterclockwise) to + 6 dB (full clockwise). Preferred
position is 0 dB, with the knob indicator in upright
It is important to adjust the output level of
the DAC (or pre-amplifier) head unit so
that the master gain knob can be set at
mid point (0 dB).
Make sure you never OVERLOAD the
analog input as this would saturate the
DACs in the ActiveDrive™. Overload
happens when the Master Gain is set to a
too low position, and when the source
unit (pre-amplifier or other) is set too high.
(4) IEC Mains
Fuse. Note: the fuse included is of the type 3.15A 250V 5x20 FAST and
should be replaced at factory.
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The unit is fitted with an IEC power receptacle4 and
should always be used with a dedicated an appropriate
grounded power cord. The power supply is universal
and will automatically adjust to various voltages (100 to
240 volts).
The quality of the sound reproduction is
affected by the quality of the incoming
voltage. If noise is present, it is advisable
to use a power line filter of adequate
capacity, or a seperate electrical circuit
for the amplifiers.
In some cases, a "hum" (humming sound) may be
caused by a grood loop created by other audio
equipment in the system. If this situation happens, it is
advisable to plug the equipment in a different circuit.
Please note: Satie Active is NOT supplied
with an AC cable, as different lengths of
cables may be needed. Never use any
extension cables. Always use a
grounded cable.
Preset Selector5
A preset selector let the user chose between 4 factory
presets. Different or custom presets can be
programmed by factory-trained personel.
(5) Preset
To select a preset, simply push the preset selector
button. A green color LED indicates which preset is
selected, from Preset 1 to Preset 4.
Indicator lights6
1. READY STATE: indicates that the unit is powered
and ready to operate;
2. SIGNAL: lights when an analog signal is detected at
the input. If there is no signal, the light does not comes
on, indicating that no source is connected or faulty
3. TEMP: different problems can be monitored, from
overheating to overload.
4. LIMIT: red light comes on, the unit should be turned
off, disconected and serviced,
(6) Indicator
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6. Positionning the spakers in room
The distance to the corner walls will influence the level of low
frequencies. Placing the speakers near the corners will augment
the perceived bass, but may muddle the sound. It is advisable to
put plants or other object to diffuse sound in the corners.
Loudspeakers must be on the same
plane, 2 to 4 metres apart (6 to 12 ft )
depending on room size.
Depending on room
acoustics and wall
composition, speakers
can be angled toward the
listener position in order
to reduce the influence of
side walls.
Distance seperating each speaker from the
listening position should be exactly the same
Listening position
Should be at some distance from wall
Side walls,
between the
speakers and
or objects
stuffed chair,
wall art) that
will break the
pattern of
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Quick Set-up Guide
Unpack loudspeakers and install the supplied
footing plates.
CAUTION! Loudspeakers are extremely
heavy, at least 2 persons are required to
perform unpacking and installation.
Attach power cord and test power.
With the Master Gain adjustment turned fully counter
clockwise (mute) and power swich turned to OFF, install
an appropriate grounded power cord in the IEC
receptacle. Turn the power switch to ON to see if the
READY indicator lights are working, indicating that the
unit is powered. Turn the power switch to OFF for
subsequent steps.
Plug in analog XLR input
Each electronics board (on each speaker) has two XLR
3 pins connectors. One female XLR connector receives
the analog signal of pre-amplifier or DAC. The other
connector is only used in case you want to connect
another loudspeaker, such as Arteluthe bass cabinet.
Make sure the cable is connected to the proper channel
of you DAC, pre-amplifier or controller.
CAUTION! Make sure the DAC or preamplifier has a volume control, and
that the volume control is set to
CAUTION! NEVER use a DAC or other
line level source with fixed output.
Test with analog signal
With the speakers connected to your source
equipement (volume level set to minimum), turn the
power switch of each speaker to ON position. The
READY indicator lights will turn on. Make sure the
MASTER GAIN control is turned fully counter clockwise
to the - Infinity setting (muted).
With an analog signal present, the SIGNAL indicator
light will light up, indicating that the unit sensed the
analog signal.
If the SIGNAL light does not come on, make sure a
signal is present and that the pre-amplifier (or DAC)
volume control is not muted.
Adjust Master Gain level
Now is time to adjust the input gain of the electronic
board, with the output gain of your pre-amplifier (or
Turn the MASTER GAIN control midway (the arrow set
to the "0", between - Infinity and +6). SLOWLY raise the
volume of your pre-amplifier or DAC. You should hear
clean undistorted sound. In case of problem, turn the
volume down and ask your dealer for proper set-up
Adjust Preset selection
Once signal has been detected and sound is produced
by the speakers, you can experiment with the different
We suggest using the FLAT position preset, as it is the
preferred position, however, depending on room
acoustics, you may prefer another setting.
BOTH loudspeakers should have the
same preset selected fot optimum stereo
Position loudspeakers
Loudspeakers should be placed so that they face the
listening area.
Both speakers should be place ON THE SAME PLANE,
that is, with the same distance from speakers to
listening area.
The distance between the speakers should be between
6 and 15 ft (2 to 5 m). We recommend you start with a
distance of 6 ft (2 m) between the speakers, and with
the same distance between the speakers and listening
position. Please consult last page for guidance.
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Working with presets
The electronic board has provisions for 4 different
memory setings - or PRESETS.
Each preset contains a different algorythm that modifies
the behavior of the frequency transfer, between source
and amplifiers, thus changing the frequency response.
We suggest using PRESET number 1, which is the
"flat" setting in semi-reverberant rooms, such as a well
furnished home.
"Flat" means that all frequencies are reproduced at the
same reference level, without changing the sound
balance of the source material.
However, in some instances, it may be desirable to
modify the frequency transfer characteristics to
compensate for different listening environmemts.
For this reason, we implemented 3 additional
Subwoofer integration
Preset 4 is designed to restrict the low frequency output
of the loudspeakers. This setting can be used with or
without a subwoofer or bass cabinet, for example, if the
acoustic of the room over emphasize low frequencies.
With the addition of a subwoofer or bass cabinet, it is
advisable to reduce the low frequency output of the
main speakers, which is the purpose of this setting.
By reducing output below 60 Hz, this preset makes it
easier to properly integrate the output of 1 or 2 bass
cabinets to the main loudspeakers, by restricting the
amount of overlapping frequencies.
Doing so also improves the dynamic range of the total
system, since the woofers are releived of low bass duty
and therefore can reproduce a smaller portion of the
bandwith with greater authority.
In the setting (PRESET 2), both low and high
frequencies are tilted, and bass and treble output are
raised to compensate for the way our brain interpret
different loudness levels.
This would be the preferred setting of someone who
most of the time listens at less than "realstic" or "live"
sound level.
Studies have shown that at lower playback level, our
hearing is more sensitive to midrange frequencies.
Therefore, by raising the output of lows and highs
relative to mid frequencies, the sound appears more
balanced at lower playback levels.
This setting should not be used at high playback levels
as it reduces the dynamics of the system.
Low boost
This setting raises the playback level of low
frequencies, in the range of 60Hz to 100Hz and will
compensate for rooms that are too "bright" sounding.
"Brightness" is a function of room acoustics, where the
room does not absorb higher frequencies, for example,
an uncarpeted room will sound brighter than a room
with plush carpet, stuffed furniture, etc.
In this situation, a boost of lower frequencies is
desirable as it balances the sound spectrum in the
Custom presets
It is possible to precisely adapt the transfer
characteristics to suit a perticuliar listening
environment, or personal preferences. This is beyond
the scope of this manual, but keep in mind your
Arteluthe product can be customised in many ways by
factory trained personel. Consult your dealer or factory
regarding this possibility.
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Connection diagram
Arteluthe Satie Active can be integrated with any
system where the sound level of the source
component(s) can be adusted, such as DAC,
preamplifier, control amplifier, home cinema controller,
Stereo subwoofers can be daisy chained from each
Satie Active, or from the head unit.
Digital source input (computer,
CD/DVD player, etc)
Digital to Analog Converter with
volume control
Balanced outputs
Left and Right
Left and right subwoofers, such as Arteluthe
bass cabinets
Analog or Digital source input (CD/DVD
player, Phono, Tuner, etc)
Pre-amplifier with volume control
Balanced outputs
Left and Right
Left and right subwoofers such as Arteluthe
bass cabinets, or single LFE subwoofer
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Troubleshooting guide
Probable cause
Amplifier not connected to mains
Amplifier turned OFF or no signal
Amplifier Master Gain muted
Verify connection to mains
Verifiy that the amplifier is ON (indicator light ON)
and that signal is present (Signal light ON).
Verify that Master gain is set to mid way position
Humming sound
Ground loop
Inadequate voltage
Plug equipment in a diffrent socket
Use power line filter
Distorted sound
Input saturation
Verify that Master Gain is set at mid way position
and that pre-amplifier gain is not set too high.
Unit does not power
No AC current
Blown fuse at electric panel
Blown fuse at Amplifier
Verify that AC line is working
Reset breaker or change fuse
No sound
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Your Satie Active playback system is covered by a
Limited Lifetime Warranty, valid upon the date of
activation, and as long as you are the original owner.
Your Arteluthe Satie Active will function properly and
flawlessly for as long as you are the original owner,
within limitations.
Products NOT purchased by an AUTHORIZED
WARRANTY. In case of doubt, please contact the
factory at
WWW.ARTELUTHE.COM or from your dealer.
To activate Warranty
To activate the Warranty, you must return - by mail OR
documents scans by email:
1. the registration form;
2. a copy of the invoice.
The information you provide is strictly confidential.
Claims under Warranty
For service or repair, the speakers MUST be return to
the ORIGINAL DEALER. Freight charges, to and from
dealer are the responsability of the product owner. All
goods sent for warranty MUST BE SHIPPED FULLY
Please consult your dealer for additional information.
Should the part, sub assembly or product be
discontinued or unavailable, the manufacturer or its
agent can exchange the product for a similar unit, at its
Warranty limitations
The warranty is valid ONLY in the territory where the
product was purchased, and valid ONLY for the
Damage arising from mishandling or improper use,
such as damage with physical and visible cause to the
drive units, electronics, cabinet, and /or accessories; or
electric or electronic damage, not visible, arising from
improper use or voltage spike caused by natural cause
or faulty electrical circuit, burned voice coil.
Damage to cabinets, accessories or electronic parts
arising from improper use or installation; water damage,
sunlight decoloration, or damage due to excessive
humidity are not covered.
Transferring warranty
Warranty may be transferred to another user at the
following conditions:
1. The unit was purchased from the original owner or
from a factory authorized dealer, AND
2. The subsequent owner wishes to extend the Lifetime
Limited Warranty AND
3. Additional coverage can be purchased from the
FACTORY. The dealer is not authorized to offer
warranty or transfer of warranty.
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System Specifications
Amplifier / DSP
Low Frequency
150 watts continuous into 4 Ω
High Frequency
75 watts continuous into 4 Ω
Low Frequencies LowPass
2 000 Hz, 48 dB per octave, Linkwitz-Riley
High Frequencies High Pass
2 000 Hz, 48 dB per octave, Linkwitz-Riley
DSP Preset 1
DSP Preset 2
DSP Preset 3
Low boost
DSP Preset 4
Low cut / subwoofer integration
Drive Units
Low Frequency Driver
6 in. Damped co-polymer, 3 in. voice coil, cast basket, Ferrite
High Frequency Driver
1 in. silk unit, Ferrite magnet
Enclosure tuning
AirForce acoustic horn hybrid, proprietary design
Frequency response
50 Hz to 20 000 Hz @ 0 dB, flat preset
Typical, in room response
40 Hz to 20 000 Hz @ - 3 dB, flat preset
Horizontal dispersion
Over 30 degrees
15 degrees below axis
Input impedance
10 kΩ Balanced to ground
32dB (voltage gain: x40)
Frequency response
3 Hz - 45 kHz (-3dB) for 1W @ 8 Ω
S/N ratio
> 113 dB(A) (20 Hz - 20K Hz)
Crosstalk separation
>70 dB @ 1 kHz
Slew rate
30 V/µs @ 8 Ω. input filter bypassed
Damping factor
> 1000 @ 100 Hz
< 0,005 % from 0,1W to full power
< 0,005% from 0,1W to full power
< 0,001% from 0,1W to full power
Output type
Unbalanced to ground
Max Output Voltage (peak)
53 V
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Electrical Specifications
Power requirements AC
100 - 250 V (±10%)
Mains Frequency Range
DC - 80 Hz
Start-up Voltage
90 V AC (130 V DC)
>95% (starting from 1/8 of the maximum output power)
Shutdown Voltage
290 V
Minimum Operational Voltage
70 V
Max Input Voltage
265 V
Consumption (1/8 max output power @ 8 Ω
0.6 A
Max operating ambient temperature