Atlantic Technology 422 SB Instruction manual

High Performance Loudspeaker Components
System 2200
Basic System 1200
1200 C
Basic System 920
Instruction Manual
System 920, 1200 and 2200
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Table of Contents
System 920, 1200 and 2200 High Performance Loudspeakers
Table of Contents
2 Unpacking the Speakers
2 Attaching the Grilles
3 Individual Component Descriptions
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Model 920, 1200 and 2200 LR Front Channel Speakers
Model 1200C and 2200 C Center Channel Speaker
Acoustic Controls
Model 2200 SR Surround Speakers
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Home Theater
Surround Effects and Speaker Locations
6.1 and 7.1 Channel Systems
Stereo Systems
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Bass Management
Operation of the Rear Panel Controls on the
1200C and 2200 C
Dipole/Bipole Operation of the 2200 SR Speakers
Setting Levels
4 Placement
6 Connecting Your System
8 System Setup
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9 Mounting
10 Care of Your Speakers
11 Specifications
System 920, 1200 and 2200
High Performance Loudspeaker
Components
Thank you for choosing Atlantic Technology products. Your new speaker
components are precision-crafted to give you years of enjoyable, troublefree service. This manual covers the Atlantic Technology System 920, 1200
and 2200 speaker components. It will show you how to incorporate these
components into your present setup, as well as how to assemble a complete
system from them. The Model 102 SB, 212 SB and 422 SB box-type enclosure subwoofers are covered in detail in a separate manual. These systems
can be used with all current and past sound formats including Stereo, Dolby
Surround®, Pro Logic®, Dolby Digital 5.1®, Dolby Digital EX®, DTS®, DTS
ES®, DTS ES Discrete®, DTS Neo:6®, DVD-Audio and SACD Audio.
IMPORTANT: Although it may seem like asking for driving directions,
please take a few moments to read all of this booklet. It has many
helpful tips and ideas on properly setting up and using your system.
We promise that if you take the time to read and follow these tips
you’ll get better system performance and more enjoyment.
Unpacking the Speakers
Use care when unpacking the speakers. Remember to keep the original
boxes and packing material, in the unlikely event the speakers need servicing, or if you move.
Attaching the Grilles
For Future Reference
Record the serial number and date of purchase for each speaker here. The serial number
is found on the speaker terminal panel on the back of the enclosure.
Serial Number
Serial Number
Serial Number
Date of Purchase
The contents of this manual are Copyright © 2005 by Atlantic Technology International,
Corp., and may not be duplicated or reproduced by any means, whether physical, electronic
or otherwise without prior written consent from Atlantic Technology International, Corp.
Atlantic Technology and the Atlantic Technology logo are registered trademarks of Atlantic
Technology International, Corp.
Specifications are those in effect at the time of printing.Atlantic Technology International,
Corp. reserves the right to change specifications or designs at any time without notice
without obligation to modify existing units.
The included metal grilles are held to the front of the enclosures with powerful neodymium magnets. There are depressions on the back of the grille
that the magnets fit into. Once the speakers are in their final position. Position the grille over the magnets on the baffle. (See Figure 1) Move them
together slowly and when you get close enough, the magnets will draw the
grille in and hold it tight. Be careful not to get your fingers caught between
the grille and the cabinet.
NOTE: You will notice a threaded insert onthe back of the LR satellites and SR surrounds. This is for bolting the satellites to speaker
stands that utilize a slotted L-bracket. Use a ¼” x 20 bolt to secure
the speaker to the stand.
Individual Component Descriptions
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Individual Component Descriptions
Figure 1
Model 920,1200 and 2200 LR
Front Channel Speakers
The Model 2200 LR Front Channel Speakers (Figure 1) are high-performance 2-way systems intended for use with a quality subwoofer, such as the
Atlantic Technology Model 920 SB, 212 SB or 422 SB box-type subwoofer.
Each speaker contains two GLH (Graphite Loaded Homopolymer) 4 ½”
(115mm) woofers and an advanced 1” (25mm) ferrofluid-cooled, damped
soft dome tweeter with a powerful neodymium magnet structure. The
drivers are configured in an M-T-M array (midrange-tweeter-midrange
alignment) This vertical arrangement of drivers provides wide left to right
coverage of sound while limiting the floor and ceiling reflections that may
color the sound. These components are mounted in an acoustically inert
MDF enclosure. The LR speakers are magnetically shielded so they may be
placed close to a TV set without concern.
2200 LR
1200 LR
Model 1200 LR speakers are very similar to the 2200 LR speakers, except
they employ one 4 ½" GLH woofer instead of two.
920 LR
Figure 2
The Model 920 LR speakers are a scaled down verion of the 1200 LR speakers and employ a single 4" driver but the same tweeter as both the 1200
and 2200 LR's.
Model 1200 C and 2200 C Center Channel Speaker
For accurate reproduction of a multi-channel soundtrack, the three frontchannel speakers must have the same sonic signature. Therefore, the 1200 C
and 2200 C Center Channel speaker utilize the same driver elements as
the respective matching LR speakers (see Figure 2). These speakers are
designed to be placed horizontally. They are also magnetically shielded and
can be placed directly adjacent to your TV set with no adverse effects on
the television’s picture. Both can be tilted on their dedicated base to provide
optimum sonic coverage of the listening area.
2200 C
1200 C
Acoustic Controls
System 1200 C and 2200 C includes unique acoustic controls to help maximize its performance in your room. These controls are explained in greater
detail on page 8.
Figure 3
Model 2200 SR Surround Speakers
The Model 2200 SR Dipole/Bipole Surround Speakers (Figure 3) are
intended for use in multi-channel audio/video sound systems as dedicated
side or back surround channel speakers. The 2200 SR enclosure has two
4 ½” (115mm) GLH woofers and two of the same high performance soft
dome tweeters found in the 2200 front speakers. The surround speakers
can be switched between Dipole and Bipole operation. These settings are
explained on page 8,“Dipole/Bipole Operation of the SR Speakers.”
Because of their small size, both the model 920 LR and 1200 LR make an
excellent surround speaker. When using either LR as a surround speaker,
the best results will be obtained if the speakers do not aim directly at the
listening area. Mount the LR's on the side walls, above and slightly behind
the listening position (See page 5).
2200 SR
NOTE: Although the speakers in the Atlantic Technology Systems 920,
1200 and 2200 are acoustically and cosmetically matched to each
other for ideal results, they may also be used with other Atlantic Technology components and a wide variety of speakers from other manufacturers with excellent results.
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Placement
System 920, 1200 and 2200 High Performance Loudspeakers
Placement
Surround Effects and Speaker Locations
Speaker/room interactions have a huge impact on the sound of the system.
Moving the speakers just a little can make a dramatic difference in what you
hear. Remember that the best acoustic placement of the speakers will vary
from room to room. Use the following placement guidelines (see opposite
page) as a starting point. But also feel free to experiment. In fact, it may
be beneficial to hook up the front LR and surround speakers with some
extra wire and to simply drape the wire across the floor before installing
the speakers permanently. This will allow you the opportunity to move the
speakers around easily so you can find the best sonic and visual locations.
The 2200 SR’s shape allows great flexibility in placement. Due to the switchable Dipole/Bipole design, it’s possible to place the speakers almost anywhere
within the rear third of the room and get good results. However, the best
location for surround speakers is straight out to the sides, or slightly behind
the primary listening area, approximately 1-2 feet (.3-.6m) above seated ear
level, but no closer than 2 feet (.6m) from the ceiling. As noted above, the
surround speakers (as opposed to the back speaker(s) in a 6.1 or 7.1 channel
system, see below) are primarily intended to re-create the ambient sounds
taking place in the movie scene. Therefore, throughout most of a movie or
TV program you may not be consciously aware of output from these speakers. In other words, don’t worry if you aren’t hearing the surround speakers.
Please try to avoid the trap of turning the surrounds up and up so that you
hear them most of the time. The result will be a much less believable surround experience.
Home Theater
Remember that the primary goal of a good home theater is not to make you
believe that you are in a movie theater. It’s to make you believe you’re in the
movie. For a home theater system, place the LR speakers on either side of
the television. The three front channel speakers (LR and C) are magnetically
shielded so they will not interfere with your television picture. The left and
right front speakers should be far enough apart (6 to 10 feet, 2-3 meters,
is usually best) that you get a good stereo “image” when they are playing
alone, but not so far apart that the sound seems to be disembodied from the
TV, distracting you from the picture. When using a center channel speaker,
a wider separation of the left and right front speakers is usually possible.
You may chose to “toe” the LR speakers in, aiming them approximately at
the prime listening position. This can be particularly useful if the front LR
speakers are fairly far apart.
IMPORTANT NOTE Try to keep the LR and C tweeters at approximately the same height and aimed at ear level when seated. This is
because we’ve designed the alignment of the drivers on the front
panel to limit the vertical spread of the mid and high frequencies,
thereby reducing the floor and ceiling reflections that adversely affect
sound quality. If the speakers are too high or too low however, you
will miss a significant portion of the upper middle and high range elements of the sound. This alignment of the drivers provides enhanced
horizontal spread of the sound making for a much better sound experience for a group of listeners and reducing the need to sit in a precise “sweet spot.”
There are dedicated LEFT and RIGHT model 2200 SR speakers. This is
clearly marked on the back of each speaker. Be sure that the Left side surround speaker is placed directly to the left side of the prime listening area
(facing the screen) and the Right speaker is directly to the right side.
6.1 and 7.1 Channel Systems
For best performance in a 7.1 channel system, we recommend using
another pair of 920, 1200 or 2200 LR's on the back wall, and 2200 SR's on
the side walls.
If you are setting up a system that uses back surround speaker(s) as well
as side surrounds (Dolby Digital EX, DTS ES, etc.) you can choose to use
either SR model speakers in Dipole or Bipole mode or another pair of front
LR speakers in the back of the room. If the 2200 SR’s are used as back surrounds in a 6.1 or 7.1 channel system, they should be installed with the
Right speaker placed over the listener's left shoulder and the Left speaker
placed over the listener's right shoulder; these back surrounds should be
placed approximately 150 degrees from the screen on the back wall. About
one-third of the way out from the corners in most rooms is a good starting point.
If you are using a THX Ultra 2 certified controller/receiver, you should place
the back surround speakers approximately 1 to 2 feet (.3-.6m) apart in the
center of the back wall. The special circuitry in the processor will help to
create a believable and effective surround field using this placement. Please
read the electronics manual to learn more about this placement option.
Speaker Placement
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Connecting Your System
System 920, 1200 and 2200 High Performance Loudspeakers
Stereo Systems
Connecting Your System
If you are setting up a stereo system using a pair of 920, 1200 or 2200 LR’s
with subwoofer(s), begin with these general guidelines:
We recommend that you connect your system using high quality dual
conductor stranded wire of 16 gauge or heavier, for lengths up to 25 feet
(8m) . Remember, the lower the gauge number, the heavier the wire. Use
heavier gauge wire for longer runs. Please contact your audio/video dealer
or installer for specific cable recommendations and further information
regarding special circumstances. The terminals themselves are designed to
allow the use of very heavy speaker wire or connectors. Be sure to tighten
them securely, but don’t over-tighten them.
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The distance between the speakers should be approximately one-half
their distance from the prime listening position.
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If you point the front of the speakers directly towards the prime listening
position (“toe them in"), you will achieve the most precise imaging and
the most direct high frequency sound. If you have a “bright” or “hard”
sounding room, aiming the speakers straight out into the room (or just
aiming them partially towards you) may make for a more natural and
pleasing sonic balance.
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For the smoothest upper bass/lower midrange response, the distance
from each speaker to its three closest room surfaces should be different.
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In most rooms, you should not place your speakers in the corners.
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Try to keep the speakers at least 2 feet (.6m) from the back and side
walls.
The goal is to reproduce the most accurate musical timbre and the most
convincing natural sound. Additionally, a well set-up stereo pair of speakers
will create excellent imaging and a cohesive representation of the soundstage. Placement in the room and your listening position has an enormous
impact on the ultimate sound you will achieve from your system. The most
important thing is to be creative! Try placing your speakers on the long wall
instead of the short one. Toe the speakers in or point them straight ahead.
Pull them away from the wall or push them closer. Don’t be timid.You’ll find
that moving your speakers, even a few inches, can dramatically change and
possibly improve their sound.
WARNING: To prevent risk of electrical shock or damage to your
equipment, always switch off the amplifier or receiver when making
any system connections.
You can connect your speakers by using a variety of audio connectors such as
banana plugs, pin connectors, spade lugs, etc., or you can:
1. Remove ½” (13mm) of insulation from each wire end.
2. Twist the stranded wire together, keeping the two ends
separate.
3. Place the appropriate wire through the postholes in the
connectors. These holes are revealed when you loosen the
connector’s capscrew.
4. Screw down the capscrew tightly, but be careful not to over
tighten it.
5. Check the tightness of the capscrews 24 hours after hookup
and occasionally after that, as they can loosen over time.
We recommend that you check your local electrical codes to make sure that
you are not using improper connectors. It’s important to observe polarity
while making speaker connections: red (+) terminals on the amplifier to red
(+) on the speaker, black (–) on the amplifier to black (–) on the speaker.
Look carefully at the wires you are using and note that one of the conductors
of each pair will typically be identified by color, printing on the outer jacket,
ridges on the outer jacket, or a thread intertwined with the wire strands. By
convention, the marked wire is connected to the red (+) terminal. Whether
you are connecting a complete system, or adding a single speaker component to your present system, the wiring should look like the system wiring
diagrams on the opposite page
WARNING: Before turning on the amplifier, be certain that no stray
wire strands are touching across any terminals as this might damage
your amplifier.
Finally, check the polarity of your front speakers by listening to some stereo music with good bass content. If the sound seems “hollow”, unusually
spread out, or seem to have weak bass, recheck your connections for proper
polarity and correct any out of phase connections, if necessary.
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System Wiring
Be sure to connect red (+) on the speaker to
red (+) on the amplifier and black (–) on the
speaker to black (–) on the amplifier.
LEFT
RIGHT
SURROUND SURROUND
LEFT
CENTER
RIGHT
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System Setup
System 920, 1200 and 2200 High Performance Loudspeakers
System Setup
Bass Management
Some older surround sound decoders and receivers offer a choice of “Normal” or “Wide-band” modes for the center channel speaker. The Model
1200 and 2200 C are designed to be used in the Normal mode. Additionally, digital processing multi-channel systems provide a Bass Management
menu, which typically requires you to select between “Small” or “Large”
speakers during system set-up. Since these systems have been designed
to work with a dedicated subwoofer, please set all the speakers in System
1200 or 2200 to Small.
If your receiver or processor has selectable subwoofer crossover frequencies, we suggest using 80-100Hz for the 2200 and 100-120Hz for the 1200
and 920.
Figure 4
Operation of the Rear Panel Controls on the
1200 C and 2200 C
High Frequency Energy This control changes
the tilt or roll-off slope of the tweeter. It has been
designed to help compensate for different room
acoustics. The Average position is intended for
rooms with a reasonable combination of reflective (hard) and absorptive (soft) surfaces. The
Reverberant position is designed for rooms with
an abundance of reflective surfaces like hardwood or tile floors, glass walls,
etc. It decreases the high frequency output of the speaker to reduce excess
HF energy that builds up in live rooms. The Damped position brings the
tweeter’s output slightly above flat response to compensate for overly absorbent rooms with lots of soft surfaces. Speakers in overly damped rooms can
sound dead and lifeless unless compensated.
Boundary Compensation Use this switch to adjust
the lower frequency output of the speaker to compensate for the typical sound colorations caused by
placing the speaker close to a TV screen or building
it into a wall unit or cabinet. To set these controls, sit
in the prime listening position and have someone
switch between the compensation choices, using well
recorded dialogue or musical instrument recordings. Choose whichever
switch position sounds most natural and real to you.
NOTE: Although these controls have been designed to compensate
for various acoustic room anomalies, we recommend that you try
them to hear the difference that they make in the sound of the system. For any number of reasons, you may decide that you prefer them
set in a particular manner inconsistent with your room’s acoustics,but
which sounds best to you. Experiment. It will be worth it.
Dipole/Bipole Operation of the 2200 SR Speakers
In Dipole mode the 2200 SR’s produce
ambience with minimal localization (best
for most movies and video soundtracks),
and more localizable sound in the Bipole
mode (preferred for some music recordings). Switching between Dipole
and Bipole mode is easily accomplished using a toggle switch conveniently
located in the speakers rear terminal cup. Please note that the vast majority
of the time in movies and TV broadcasts the surround speakers are called
upon to reproduce the environmental sounds that are used as cues to help
get you immersed in the scene on the screen. Once the surround speakers
are properly positioned in the listening area, we recommend that you begin
with the dipole mode, as this usually delivers the most involving and believable surround performance in most situations. However, as noted above, feel
free to experiment with both switch positions.
Mounting
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Setting Levels
Mounting
When setting up a complete home theater we strongly recommend that you
use a Sound Pressure Level (SPL) meter. As of this writing Radio Shack®
has one that’s affordably priced (approximately $40-$60) that can be used
effectively. To use this meter, turn on your system, put the processor/receiver
in Test Mode and set its main volume control to 0dB (or a reasonably loud
level). Sit in the prime listening position, set the SPL meter to the 70dB
scale, slow response, and C weighting. Hold the meter with the microphone
pointed up, towards the ceiling and in front of you. Cycle the test tone from
speaker to speaker, setting each to the same level (usually75dB) using the
individual level settings available in the processor/receiver (please see the
instructions for your processor/receiver if you are unsure of how to access
the test signal or level controls).
System 920, 1200 and 2200 speakers can be mounted in different ways:
IMPORTANT NOTE: The power recommendation for these speaker
systems assumes that you will not operate your amplifier/receiver in
a way that produces distortion. Even rugged speakers like these can
be damaged by an amplifier driven into audible distortion. The harsh
amplifier distortion (“clipping”) that occurs in this situation will eventually cause damage to the speaker system. This type of damage may
be cumulative and can build up over time, as the amplifier is driven
into overload again and again. Such damage is easily identifiable
through examination of the damaged speaker’s voice coil and is not
covered by the warranty.
These systems will play very loudly when provided with enough undistorted
power to do so. If necessary, consult your dealer or Atlantic Technology for
additional information.
On Stands Speaker stands are recommended to elevate the satellites to the
proper position for maximum performance. Many brands of quality speaker
stands have a slotted L-bracket that allows the speaker to be securely bolted
to the stand. Use the ¼” x 20 insert on the lower back of each speaker to
couple the stand directly to the speaker via a ¼” x 20 bolt. This connection
is recommended not only for better sound but for safety (especially if you
have little ones running around) The recommended stand height is approximately 30”. See Figure 5.
On the Wall To mount your speakers on a wall, we have supplied metal key-
hole brackets attached to the back of the cabinet. These speakers are heavy
and care must be used when hanging them. Be sure to use a strong screw to
drive into the wall, one whose head and shaft will fit within properly the keyhole opening and slot. Also be sure to drive the screw directly into a stud or
to use a mounting device (such a molly-bolt) that is capable of safely holding the speaker’s weight. Never simply drive a nail or screw into sheet rock
or other wall materials, as the speakers are very heavy for their size.
The speakers' threaded inserts also allow them to be wall-mounted with
many of the popular after-market ball and socket-type wall mounts that
use ¼" x 20 threaded posts.
NOTE: Always consult a knowledgeable installer regarding the proper
mounting hardware to use with your speakers.
Figure 5
¼" x 20 insert
Speaker stand with
slotted L-bracket
¼" x 20 bolt
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Care of Your Speakers
System 920, 1200 and 2200 High Performance Loudspeakers
Care of Your Speakers
Clean your cabinets using a soft, lint-free cloth. If you wish, you can slightly
moisten the cloth with plain water. Do not use any other cleaning agents
or chemicals. Be careful not to get any water on the driver cones or tweeter
domes. After carefully removing the grilles from the speakers by pulling
them forward, gently clean them with a quick pass from a vacuum cleaner
with a brush attachment. This should remove any dust accumulation. Reattach them by lining up the magnet depressions in the back of the grilles with
the magnets on the speaker baffle and slowly moving them closer until they
connect with each other.
Avoid placing your speakers in direct sunlight or near a source of heat that
may, over time, damage the finish.
IMPORTANT: SAVE YOUR BOXES! If you can do so, save the cartons, packing pieces, and plastic bags that came with your speakers.
They will be useful in case you move or have to ship your loudspeakers for any reason. In any case, save all packing materials until you
are certain that the systems have suffered no damage in shipment. If
you find such damage, either visible or internal, contact your dealer
immediately.
Specifications
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Specifications
Model
920 LR
1200 LR
1200C
2200 LR
2200 C
2200 SR
Type
Sealed-box, 2-way
Sealed-box, 2-way
Sealed-box, 2-way
M-T-M array
Sealed-box, 2-way
M-T-M array
Sealed-box, 2-way
M-T-M array
Sealed-box, Dipole/
Bipole surround speaker
(1) 4” GLH§
(1) 1" soft dome
(1) 4 ½” GLH§
(1) 1" soft dome
(2) 4” GLH§
(1) 1" soft dome
(2) 4 ½” GLH§
(1) 1" soft dome
(2) 4 ½” GLH§
(1) 1" soft dome
(2) 4 ½” GLH§
(2) 1” soft dome
Frequency Response
100Hz – 20kHz ±3dB
90Hz – 20kHz ±3dB
95Hz – 20kHz ±3dB
90Hz – 20kHz ±3dB
90Hz – 20kHz ±3dB
90Hz – 20kHz ±3dB
Nominal Impedance
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
Drivers
Woofer
Tweeter
Crossover Frequency
3.75kHz, 3rd order
3.5kHz, 3rd order
3.75kHz, 3rd order
3.5kHz, 3rd order
3.5kHz, 3rd order
3.5kHz, 2nd order
Sensitivity
88dB
88dB
89dB
90dB
90dB
90dB
Recommended
Amplifier Power
10 – 100 Watts RMS
10 – 100 Watts RMS
10 – 125 Watts RMS
10 – 140 Watts RMS
10 – 140 Watts RMS
10 – 140 Watts RMS
Magnetic Shielding
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Dimensions w/ grilles
(W x H x D)
5.9 x 8.5 x 6"
150 x 215 x 152mm
6.4 x 10.4 x 7"
160 x 265 x 177mm
12.4 x 6.1 x 6.6"*
316 x 155 x 168mm
6.4 x 12.9 x 7"
160 x 325 x 177mm
14.6 x 7.5 x 7"*
370 x 191 x 178mm
11.4 x 10.4 x 7.5"
283 x 265 x 191mm
Weight (ea)
4lbs; 1.9kg
5lbs; 2.2kg
8 lbs; 3.7kg
9lbs; 4kg
9lbs; 4kg w/base
12lbs; 5.5kg
Graphite Loaded Homopolymer
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*Height includes tilt base.
Specifications are those in effect at the time of printing. Atlantic Technology reserves the right to change specifications or appearance at any time without notice.
THX, and THX Select are trademarks of THX Inc. Dolby Digital, 5.1, Dolby Stereo and Dolby Pro Logic are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. DTS is a registered trademark
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