Anthony Gallo Acoustics TR-1D Owner`s manual

Micro SE / A’Diva SE
Owner’s Manual
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TO PREVENT FIRE OR SHOCK HAZARDS, DO NOT EXPOSE THESE PRODUCTS TO WATER OR
MOISTURE. ALSO, DO NOT USE THE PLUG OF CONNECTED AMPLIFIERS AND SUBWOOFERS WITH AN
EXTENSION CORD RECEPTACLE OR OTHER OUTLETS UNLESS THE PRONGS CAN BE FULLY INSERTED.
REFRAIN FROM OPENING THE CABINETS AS THERE ARE HIGH VOLTAGE COMPONENTS INSIDE. REFER
SERVICING TO MANUFACTURER.
CAUTION
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK, MAKE SURE POWER CORDS OF AMPLIFIERS
AND SUBWOOFERS ARE UNPLUGGED FROM WALL SOCKETS. TO FULLY DISENGAGE THE POWER TO
THE AMPLIFIERS AND SUBWOOFERS, PLEASE DISCONNECT THE POWER CORDS FROM THE AC
OUTLET. DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK) OF ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS. NO USER SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO MANUFACTURER.
This symbol warns user that uninsulated voltage within the unit may have sufficient
magnitude to cause electric shock. Therefore, it is dangerous to make any kind of contact with
any part inside this unit.
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maintenance of this unit has been included. Therefore, it should be read carefully in order to
avoid any problems.
Our founder has something to say…
We design our speakers so they’re easy to set up, but by taking a few minutes to breeze
through this manual, you’ll be assured of getting the maximum possible performance from
your Anthony Gallo Acoustics system.
If you have any questions or feedback, please call us at 800.4AGALLO, or shoot an e-mail to
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Thanks again, and I hope you love your new speakers!
Sincerely,
Anthony Gallo
President and Founder
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What’s inside
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The technology inside Micro SE and A’Diva SE speakers
Mounting options
Using a subwoofer
Speaker positioning
Connections
Specifications / For more information
The technology inside Micro SE and A’Diva SE speakers
The Micro SE and A’Diva SE are the result of a 15-year effort by Anthony Gallo Acoustics to create
the ultimate compact, full-range driver. After trying countless combinations of materials, we settled
on an aluminum laminated, cellulose-polymer honeycomb diaphragm which is extremely stiff yet
extraordinarily light. The high-frequency response of these drivers extends far higher and with a
much wider dispersion pattern than almost any other full-range speakers we have ever encountered.
Because these drivers cover the full range from the upper bass to the highest treble, all of the
sound emerges from a single point. Also, there’s no crossover required because the speaker doesn’t
need a separate woofer and tweeter.
The new SE series incorporates our OPT (Optimized Pulse Technology), because it delivers an almost
perfectly clean pulse response—which translates to a near-total lack of audible timing errors and
tonality shifts that plague most conventional speakers.
Both speakers incorporate our S2 damping control pods that banish ear-fatiguing colorations and
enclosure resonances. The result is an incredibly clean, natural sound, with an enveloping, 3D
sound stage that every listener in the room can hear
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Mounting options
Your first decision with the Micro SE or A’Diva SE is how and where to mount the speakers. The
standard 1/4-20 threaded mount on the back allows the speakers to be used with several different
mounts available from Anthony Gallo Acoustics.
The Micro SE and A’Diva SE give you six mounting options. Except as noted, all of our aftermarket
mounts are available in colors to match your speakers.
1) Rubber ring stand – this ring comes with the speaker, and allows you to place the speaker
atop a table or flat-topped stand.
2) Wall/Ceiling mount – use this to attach the speaker directly to a wall or ceiling. The mount
allows the speaker to swivel in any direction so you can aim it for the best performance.
3) Single-gang box mount – this mount works like the wall/ceiling mount, but attaches directly to
a single-gang electrical junction box. It facilitates very clean mounting with in-wall speaker cables,
and makes it easy for your electrician or home builder to run the cables for you.
4) Table stand – thread this mount into the threaded hole on the back of the speaker, and you
can place it on a table or flat-topped stand. The table stand’s gimbaled design makes it easy to aim
the speaker for best performance.
5) Wallflower floor stand – simply thread your speakers onto these stands and you have an elegant speaker that can stand on its own on the floor.
6) Ceiling ring – this white, paintable ABS ring mount allows in-wall or in-ceiling installation of the
Micro SE or A’Diva SE. When mounted, the speaker is free to pivot so it can be aimed for the best
sound.
TECH TIP: Because these speakers are small, they have limited bass output. The closer you
put them to a wall or ceiling, the more the bass will be reinforced, and the more smoothly
they can blend with a subwoofer.
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Using a Subwoofer
The Micro SE and A’Diva SE can be used without a subwoofer if you wish. However, your system
will obviously deliver much better bass with a subwoofer.
Also, the Micro SE and A’Diva SE will play louder when used with a subwoofer and a high-pass
filter (or crossover) in the system to prevent deep bass frequencies from reaching the speaker. The
high-pass filter can be in an A/V receiver or surround processor, or built into your subwoofer. We
prefer a direct connection from the amp to the subwoofer and then from the sub to the satellites.
Note that while all Anthony Gallo Acoustics subwoofers have a high-pass filter built in, most other
subwoofers do not. If you plan to use the high-pass filter built into your subwoofer, and the
subwoofer’s made by another company, check with the manufacturer of the subwoofer to make
sure it has a high-pass filter built in.
Subwoofer crossover point – receivers and surround processors: Start by setting your receiver or
processor for “small” speakers, with the subwoofer “on.” If your receiver or processor lets you
adjust the subwoofer crossover point, we recommend setting it somewhere between 80 and 120
Hz, depending on the options the receiver or processor offers. With the Micro SE, best results will
be achieved with a setting of 100 to 120 Hz. With the A’Diva SE, try 80 or 100 Hz.
Subwoofer crossover point – Anthony Gallo Acoustics subwoofers: The high-pass filters in Anthony
Gallo Acoustics subwoofers are preset to work well with the Micro SE and A’Diva SE. Set the
subwoofer’s crossover point (low-pass filter) to 100 to 120 Hz for the Micro SE, 80 to 100 Hz for
the A’Diva SE.
Subwoofer crossover point – other subwoofers: Very few subwoofers have an adjustable high-pass
filter. If yours does, set the high- and low-pass filters (sometimes adjustable separately, sometimes
controlled by the same knob or menu option) to 100 to 120 Hz for the Micro SE, 80 to 100 Hz for
the A’Diva SE.
If your subwoofer doesn’t have an adjustable high-pass filter, set the subwoofer’s crossover point
(low-pass filter) to 100 Hz for the Micro SE, 80 Hz for the A’Diva SE. If the bass sounds thin, raise
the crossover point to the next highest frequency.
TECH TIP: Choosing a higher subwoofer crossover point will let your satellite speakers
play louder without distortion, but you may hear voices coming from the subwoofer.
Choosing a lower crossover point helps prevent voices from coming out of the sub, but
you’ll get more distortion and you may hear a “hole” between where the sub’s response
drops off and the satellite’s response picks up. Let your ears by your guide.
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Speaker positioning
The places you choose to install your Micro SE or A’Diva SE speakers will have a large effect on the
sound quality of your system. In all cases, though, we recommend placing the Micro SE or A’Diva
SE speakers as close as practical to a wall or ceiling, in order to reinforce their bass output and
blend better with your subwoofer.
TECH TIP: No, you’re not hearing things-your Anthony Gallo Acoustics speakers do sound
better as they break in. They’ll reach optimal sound quality after about 50 hours of typical
use.
Stereo systems/desktop audio: If possible, place the Micro SEs or A’Diva SEs in an equilateral triangle with the place where you usually sit when you listen. You can spread them apart a bit if you
want a wider soundstage and a more spacious sound. Or move them a little closer together for a
more focused center image. It’s totally up to you.
The Micro SEs and A’Diva SEs work exceptionally well for desktop audio systems, too. The only difference is that you’ll be sitting much close to the speakers, so you’ll want to place them closer
together—perhaps 3 feet apart rather than 8 to 10 feet as in a living-room application.
Typical setup of a stereo system consisting of two Micro SE speakers and a TR-1D subwoofer
It’s best to tilt or swivel the speakers so they point straight at your head when you’re seated in your
listening position. Usually, your subwoofer will sound best if it’s between the two speakers. If you
really want a lot of bass, you can put the subwoofer in a corner, but the bass will probably sound
boomy and undefined.
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Home theater systems
Place the center channel speaker so it’s directly above or below the center of your video screen,
whichever is most convenient. For the left/right channels, place the Micro SEs or A’Diva SEs to the
left and right sides of your screen. The wider you space them, the more enveloping the surround
effect will be with 5.1 or 7.1 material, and the wider the soundstage will be with stereo material.
Typical setup of a home theater system consisting of seven Micro SE speakers and a TR-1D subwoofer
Place the left side/right side surround speakers either directly to the sides of your favorite listening
seat, or slightly behind. If you have a 7.1 system with rear surrounds, place them both along the
back wall or in the back corners of the room.
If you have a 9.1 or 11.1 system with Dolby Digital Pro Logic IIz, Audyssey DSX or DTS Neo:X,
mount the height-channel satellite speakers near the ceiling, directly above the front left and right
speakers, and spaced a couple of feet further apart if you have the room.
You can place the subwoofer anywhere between the front left and right speakers and get good
results. If you want big-time home theater bass, you can place the sub in a corner, but you’ll
sacrifice some bass definition.
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Connections
There are all sorts of different stereo systems, and a variety of ways you can connect the Micro SE
or A’Diva SE speakers. We’ll cover the most common ones here.
We know some people use surround-sound receivers in “2.1” mode, with stereo speakers and a
subwoofer. If this is your setup, follow the directions under Home Theater Systems below, and just
omit the center and surround speaker.
NOTE: Be sure to turn your amplifier or receiver off before you connect the speakers.
Stereo/desktop audio system with no subwoofer
How to connect a stereo amplifier or receiver to a pair of A’Diva SEs
To create a compact system—say, for desktop or bedroom use—you can simply connect a pair of
Micro SEs or A’Diva SEs directly to an amplifier or receiver. Note that the rated power handling of
the speakers in this setup is slightly less than half the rated power handling you get by adding a
subwoofer and a high-pass filter.
With this setup, you’ll benefit greatly from positioning the speakers near a wall or other reflecting
surface. This will increase the bass performance significantly.
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Stereo system with subwoofer – speaker-level connection
How to connect a stereo integrated amplifier or receiver to a subwoofer with speaker-level inputs and outputs and a pair
of Micro SEs or A’Diva SEs.
Almost no stereo integrated amps and receivers have subwoofer crossovers built in, so if you’re
using one of these, you’ll probably have to use a speaker-level connection from the amp or receiver
to the subwoofer, then from the subwoofer to the Micro SE or A’Diva SE.
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Stereo system with subwoofer – line-level connection
How to connect a stereo preamp and amplifier to a subwoofer using line-level inputs and outputs and a pair of Micro
SEs or A’Diva SEs.
If you’re using a separate stereo preamp and amplifier (or if your integrated amp or stereo receiver
has line-level outputs and inputs for an external processor), you can (and should) use a line-level
connection to the subwoofer and back to the amplifier. With this setup, you can connect your
Micro SEs or A’Diva SEs directly to the amplifier, because the subwoofer’s high-pass filter will make
sure the speakers don’t get deep bass signals.
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Home theater systems
How to connect an A/V receiver to seven Micro SEs or A’Diva SEs with a line-level connection to the subwoofer
With a home theater system—using either an A/V receiver or a surround-sound processor—all
crossover filtering takes place inside the receiver or surround processor. Thus, you can use a
single line-level connection to the subwoofer and direct connections from the receiver or
multichannel amp to the speakers.
As we mentioned previously in this manual, be sure to set your receiver or processor’s bass
management for “small” speakers with subwoofer “on.” And if possible, select a subwoofer
crossover point between 100 and 120 Hz. You can use either the right-channel or left-channel
line input on the subwoofer.
If you are using five Micro SEs or A’Diva SEs instead of seven, just omit the two rear surround
speakers.
If you are using nine or 11 Micro SEs or A’Diva SEs in a 9.1 or 11.1 system (with Dolby Pro Logic
IIz, Audyssey DSX or DTS Neo:X processing), connect the additional height speakers the same
way you connected the other speakers.
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Specifications
All specifications are based on the latest information available at the time this manual was published,
and may be changed without notice.
Micro SE
Frequency Response
Impedance
Sensitivity
Power Handling
Driver
Dimensions
Weight
Cone Material
Enclosure Material
Warranty
100 Hz to 22 kHz (on wall) 120 Hz to 22 kHz (on stand)
4 ohms (nominal)
85 dB
60 watts (full range), 125 watts (with 80-120 Hz crossover)
3" flat diaphragm full range w/ neodymium/ferrite hybrid magnet
4" sphere
1 lb 10 oz
Aluminum laminated proprietary honeycomb sandwich
Steel/stainless steel
1 year parts and labor (5 years if product is registered within 60 days of purchase)
A’Diva SE
Frequency Response
Impedance
Sensitivity
Power Handling
Driver
Dimensions
Weight
Cone Material
Enclosure Material
Warranty
80 Hz to 22 kHz (on wall) 100 Hz to 22 kHz (on stand)
4 ohms (nominal)
85 dB
60 watts (full range), 125 watts (with 80-120 Hz crossover)
3" flat diaphragm full range w/ neodymium/ferrite hybrid magnet
5" sphere
2 lb 2 oz
Aluminum laminated, proprietary honeycomb sandwich
Steel/stainless steel
1 year parts and labor (5 years if product is registered within 60 days of purchase)
For more information
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Call: 800.4AGALLO
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