Wharfedale Pro Connect Series User guide

Q Series Equalizers
Q Series Equalizers
OPERATING MANUAL AND USER GUIDE
Q Series Q130 / Q215 / Q230
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OPERATING MANUAL AND USER GUIDE
IMPORTANT WARNINGS & SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1. READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS carefully and become familiar with the features and functions of these
products before operating them.
2. RETAIN THESE INSTRUCTIONS for future reference.
3. COMPLY WITH ALL WARNINGS – All warnings and instructions for this product should be adhered to.
4. USE WITH AMPLIFIERS – In order to avoid damage to drivers and other equipment, it is advisable to
establish and follow a routine for powering up and powering down a sound system. With all system
components connected, turn on source equipment (mixers, signal processors, record and playback
units, etc.) BEFORE powering up amplifiers. Transient voltages from powering up source equipment
can damage speakers if amplifiers are already turned on. Make sure that amplifier volumes are
set to their minimum settings and power up any system amplifiers LAST. It is recommended that
all system components be allowed to stabilize for several seconds before any source signals are
introduced or level setting adjustments are made. Similarly, when shutting systems down, turn all
amplifiers off first, before powering down any other system components.
5. CABLES – Do not use shielded or microphone cables for connection between amplifiers and speakers.
Use only approved speaker cables with proper connectors.
6. MAINS SUPPLY AND SAFETY – The main operating voltage of Wharfedale electronics is shown on the
rear panel of the device. If it does not match the voltage in your area, contact your dealer.
7. CAUTION – Professional sound reinforcement systems are capable of generating very high sound
pressure levels and use high voltage. Use care with placement and operation to avoid exposure to
excessive volume levels, water or moisture.
8. SERVICE – There are no user serviceable parts inside this product. Users should not attempt to service
this product. Warranty nullification could result if this is attempted.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Important Warnings & Safety Instructions……………………………....…….…1
2. What about the Q Series Equalizers?………………………………....….….......3
3. Introduction/Overview…………………………….……….................................4
4. Features……………………….…………………………………….……………........5
5. Setting up/ Connections/ Wiring……………………………………...................7
6. Specifications…………………………………….………………………….……….11
7. Dimensional Drawings……………………………………................................12
8. Warranty…………………………..……....…………………………..……............12
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WHAT ABOUT THE Q Series Equalizers?
The Q Series consists of three models: Q130 is a high quality, constant Q, 1/3 octave,
Graphic Equalizer; The Q215 is a high quality constant Q, 2/3 Octave Equalizer and the
Q230, dual channel, constant Q, 1/3 Octave Equalizer. They are designed to provide
transparent and accurate frequency shaping capability in an easy to use package.
The separate frequency bands, ranging from 25 Hz to 20kHz allow you to “tune” the sound
system to the room to create the best sounding system. Using long throw faders makes fine
adjustments of each band easy and accurate. Other features include a by-pass switch to
allow you to compare the equalized sound from the unfiltered sound, thereby allowing you
to fine tune the system.
The Q Series uses balanced and unbalanced Input/Output connectors to allow you to use
it in a variety of applications. The rack-mountable chassis allows you to quickly install the
units into an equipment rack or your audio cabinet.
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INTRODUCTION
Wharfedale Q Series Equalizers are the result of many years of experience in the use,
design and manufacturing of professional sound reinforcement products. We take great
pride in engineering and building every Wharfedale Pro product and wish to thank you for
entrusting us with your sound.
From the time Gilbert Briggs built his first loudspeaker in 1932, to the present, Wharfedale
Professional products have maintained the same standard of quality in components,
workmanship and performance.
Please take a few minutes to read this manual completely in order to ensure that you get
the most out of your equalizers.
Q SERIES EQUALIZER OVERVIEW:
The Q Series Equalizers are accurate, high quality, Constant Q graphic equalizers. This
allows you to tailor your sound to make it sound the best in a room or tailor the sound of
your music. With low distortion and flexible features, these equalizers are the right tools to
bring to the show.
The Q Series has many user-friendly features. These easy to adjust and use features include,
long travel slide faders (Q-130), by-pass switch, soft limit switch, variable high pass filter
control and easy to read LED meters.
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FEATURES
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Three models
o Q-230: Two Channel 30 band, 1/3 Octave Equalizer
o Q-130: Single Channel 30 band, 1/3 Octave Equalizer
o Q-215: Two Channel 15 band, 2/3 Octave Equalizer
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Constant Q
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By-pass switch
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Soft Limit Switch
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Variable High pass filter 10Hz – 200Hz (Q-130)
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Variable High pass filter 10Hz – 100Hz (Q-230)
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Easy to read LED meters
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Professional long throw slide faders (Q-130)
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XLR/ 1/4” TRS balanced/unbalanced inputs/outputs
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Output Ground lift switch
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BLOCK DIAGRAM
TYPICAL WIRING DIAGRAM FOR THE Q130 CROSSOVER IN SYSTEM SETUP
SIGNAL INPUT
MIC, CD etc. TO MIXER
MIXER
OUTPUT
OUTPUTS FROM GRAPHIC
EQUALISER TO CROSSOVER
INPUT TO
GRAPHIC EQUALISER
SEPARATE
HIGH/MID
AND LOW
OUTPUTS TO
AMPLIFIER(S)
FROM
CROSSOVER
INPUTS TO CROSSOVER
SEPARATE
HIGH/MID
SPEAKER
OUTPUT TO
HIGH/MID
SPEAKER
FROM
AMPLIFIER
INPUTS TO AMPLIFIER(S)
SEPARATE
LOW
SPEAKER
OUTPUT TO
LOW
FREQUENCY
SPEAKER
FROM
AMPLIFIER
= SIGNAL (SHIELDED) CABLE
= LOUDSPEAKER (NON-SHIELDED) CABLE
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SETTING UP
The Q Series Equalizers are easy to install and operate.
Before plugging in the Q Series Equalizers, or any electrical audio device, be sure that the
power switch is in the off position, the volume control is all the way down (at 0 level) and all
audio connections are made.
After power-up, speak into your mic start the CD or MP3 player or other line level device
and slowly increase the volume to the desired level. Avoid distortion (or overdriving the
input) as it can damage your system in the long term. If you cannot achieve the desired
sound level in your system, you must add more speakers or a subwoofer to the system.
CONNECTIONS / WIRING
Connecting Q Series Equalizers to your system is straightforward. You simply plug in your
cables (microphone or line level) from the output of the mixer to the input of the EQ; then
from the EQ output to an amplifier. Always use good quality microphone (2 conductor +
shield) cable. After you plug in the components, you must adjust the sound level to produce
the best sound. A good place to start is the mixer then EQ then amplifier.
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Gain Stage Adjustments:
• Plug the mic in and position the volume control at ´0´ (zero) dB. Keep the main output
volume down as well as the other components volume controls.
• Whilst watching the meters, speak or sing (it’s always good to warm up your voice) into
the mic in the same way as your performance and adjust the GAIN control, usually at the
top of the mixer channel near the mic input jack, to the point where the meters spend a
lot of time at or near the ´0dB´ (zero). An occasional red peak light is OK, just make sure
the meters are not in the red area very long.
• Next adjust the main output so that the meters are at the ´0´ (zero) position most of the
time, or at the loudest part of your performance. This takes time and practice to get the
best sound.
• The next stop is the EQ. The idea of all these adjustments is be sure you get the best
and cleanest signal going down the line. Start with the gain or volume control in the 0
position.
• The next step: Tuning the room (a/k/a ringing out the system). See page 9,10.
• In a simple system, the next component is the amplifier. Because your previous
adjustments have resulted in the cleanest, loudest sound coming from the mixer to the
EQ, it is not uncommon for the volume controls on the amplifier to be less than maximum
(a/k/a “11”). Don ’ t worry, this means you have plenty of room to get louder. If your
amplifier volume control is “max ’ d out” when you are at this point in the setup, you
have no place to go. You must add to your system; either more amps or more speakers.
• The bottom line is to keep watch over your meters, they will tell you if the sound levels
throughout the system are in keeping with good practices.
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Tuning the Room:
A graphic equalizer is a very valuable tool for the traveling musician. It allows you to get
the best sound in a variety of venues. As we know, all rooms are not created equal. They
have their own personality. That is to say, your sound system will not sound the same from
room to room. Using the EQ correctly will help you maintain “your sound”.
• The controls on the Equalizer provide level adjustment to frequencies in the audio
spectrum. You adjust them either louder (up) or quieter (down) to make the overall sound
in the room better.
• To tune the system to the room, it takes some practice and patience. You play PINK
NOISE through the system and adjust each frequency so that the response is the same
for every frequency. You can download pink noise and save it to CD or MP3/4 player.
• To effectively measure and adjust the system response, you will need a Real Time
Analyzer (RTA). This device displays the system frequency response. They are available in
rack mounted, hand held and software formats.
• When your ear gets calibrated, you can tune the system by ear.
• Using pink noise through the system and an RTA, adjust the frequency response of
the system to look flat. Minor adjustments by ear can be made later, but only minor
adjustments.
• Leave the EQ alone until the next gig or the room changes significantly. However, if it
changes too much, it is too late to run the above procedure and you must “do it by ear”
• Use the individual channel EQ on the mixer to get the music and vocals to mix properly.
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Q Series with connections shown
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SPECIFICATIONS
Q-130
Q-215
Q-230
1/4" TRS, female XLR
1/4" TRS, female XLR
1/4" TRS, female XLR
(pin 2 hot)
(pin 2 hot)
(pin 2 hot)
Electronically balanced/
Electronically balanced/
Electronically balanced/
unbalanced, RF filtered
unbalanced, RF filtered
unbalanced, RF filtered
Balanced 20k ohm, unbalanced
Balanced 20k ohm, unbalanced
Balanced 20k ohm, unbalanced
10k ohm
10k ohm
10k ohm
Max Input Level:
>+21dBu balanced or unbalanced
>+21dBu balanced or unbalanced >+21dBu balanced or unbalanced
CMRR:
>40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
>40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
>40dB, typically >55dB at 1kHz
Type:
Impedance-balanced/
Impedance-balanced/
Impedance-balanced/
unbalanced, RF filtered
unbalanced, RF filtered
unbalanced, RF filtered
INPUT/ OUTPUT
Connectors:
Type:
Input Impedance:
Output Impedance:
Balanced 100 ohm, unbalanced 50 Balanced 100 ohm, unbalanced 50 Balanced 100 ohm, unbalanced 50
ohm
ohm
ohm
>+21dBu balanced/ unbalanced
>+21dBu balanced/ unbalanced
>+21dBu balanced/ unbalanced
into 2k ohm or greater
into 2k ohm or greater
into 2k ohm or greater
Bandwidth:
20Hz to 20kHz, +0.5/-1dB
20Hz to 20kHz, +0.5/-1dB
20Hz to 20kHz, +0.5/-1dB
Frequency Response:
<10Hz to >50kHz, +0.5/-3dB
<10Hz to >50kHz, +0.5/-3dB
<10Hz to >50kHz, +0.5/-3dB
Dynamic Range:
108 dB
108 dB
108 dB
Signal-to-Noise:
90 dB
90 dB
90 dB
THD + Noise:
<0.004%
<0.004%
<0.004%
Interchannel Crosstalk:
<-80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
<-80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
<-80dB, 20Hz to 20kHz
Bypasses the graphic equalizer
Bypasses the graphic equalizer
Bypasses the graphic equalizer
section in the signal path
section in the signal path
section in the signal path
Activates the 50Hz 12dB/
Activates the 50Hz 12dB/
Activates the 50Hz 12dB/
octave high-pass filter
octave high-pass filter
octave high-pass filter
Selects either +/- 6dB or
Selects either +/- 6dB or
Selects either +/- 6dB or
+/-12dB slider boost/cut range
+/-12dB slider boost/cut range
+/-12dB slider boost/cut range
100VAC 50/60Hz, 120VAC
100VAC 50/60Hz, 120VAC
100VAC 50/60Hz, 120VAC
60Hz, 230VAC 50/60Hz
60Hz, 230VAC 50/60Hz
60Hz, 230VAC 50/60Hz
Power consumption:
12W
12W
12W
Mains Connection:
IEC receptacle
IEC receptacle
IEC receptacle
Dimension:
482.6 x 170 x 88 mm
482.6 x 168 x 44mm
482.6 x 168 x 88 mm
Weight
4.0 kg
2.96 kg
3.93 kg
Max Output Level:
SYSTEM PERFORMANCE
FUNCTION SWITCHES
EQ Bypass:
Low Cut:
Range:
POWER SUPPLY
Operating Voltage:
DIMENSIONS/WEIGHT
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Dimensional
88.00
Q130
88.00
482.60
435.00
44.00
Q215
482.60
88.00
Q230
435.00
88.00
482.60
434.00
WHARFEDALE PRO LIMITED WARRANTY
Wharfedale Pro products are warranted of manufacturing or material defects for a period of one
year from the original date of purchase. In the event of malfunction, contact your authorized
Wharfedale Pro dealer or distributor for information.
*Be aware that warranty details may differ from country to country. Contact your dealers or
distributor for information. These terms do not infringe your statutory rights.
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