EarthQuake MiniMe FF8 Operating instructions

Safety Instructions
13. Damage Requiring Service — The Component
should be served only by EQ qualified serviced
personnel when:
1. Read Instructions — All the safety and operation
instructions should be read before the Earthquake
Component is operated.
a. The power-supply cord or the plug has been
damaged; or
2. Retain Instructions — The safety and operating
instructions should be kept for future reference.
b. Objects have fallen, or liquid has spilled into the
Component; or
3. Heed Warnings — All warnings on the
Components in these operating instructions should be
followed.
c. The Component has been exposed to rain; or
4. Follow Instructions — All operating and other
instructions should be followed.
d. The Component does not appear to operate
normally or exhibits a marked change in performance;
or
5. Water and Moisture — The Component should not
be used near water - for example, near a bathtub,
washbowl, kitchen sink , laundry tub, in a wet
basement, or near a swimming pool, etc.
e. The Component has been dropped, or its cabinet
damaged.
14. Servicing — The user should not attempt to
service the Component beyond those means
described in this operating manual. All other servicing
should be referred to qualified Earthquake service
personnel.
6. Ventilation — The Component should be situated
so that its location or position does not interfere with
its proper ventilation. For example, the Component
should not be situated on a bed, sofa, rug, or similar
surface that may block any ventilation openings; or
placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or
cabinet that may impede the flow of air through
ventilation openings.
15. To Prevent Electric Shock — Do not use this
polarized plug with an extension cord, receptacles of
other outlet unless the blades can be fully inserted to
prevent blade exposure.
7. Heat — The Component should be situated away
from heat sources such as radiator, or other devices
which produce heat.
16. Grounding or Polarization — Precautions should
be taken so that the grounding or polarization means
of the Component is not defeated.
8. Power Sources — The Component should be
connected to a power supply only of the type
described in these operation instructions or as marked
on the Component.
This apparatus does not exceed the Class A/Class B
(which ever is applicable) limits for radio noise
emissions from digital apparatus as set out in the
radio interference regulations of the Canadian
Department of Communications.
9. Power Cord Protection — Power-supply cords
should be routed so that they are not likely to be
walked upon or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to cords at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit the Component.
The exclamation point within an
equilateral triangle is intended
to alert the user of the presence
of important operating and
maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
10. Cleaning — The Components should be cleaned
only as recommended in this manual.
11. Non-use Periods — The power cord of the
Component should be unplugged from the outlet when
unused for a long period of time.
The lightening 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 a person.
12. Object and Liquid Entry — Care should be taken
so that objects do not fall into and liquids are not
spilled inside of the Component.
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WARNING: The MiniMe subwoofers are capable of generating high sound pressure
levels. You should exercise caution when operating these speakers. Long term
exposures to high levels of sound pressure will cause permanent damage to your
hearing. Sound pressure levels exceeding 85dB can be dangerous with constant
exposure, set your audio system to a comfortable loudness level. Earthquake
Sound Corporation does not assume liability for damages resulting from the direct use
of the MiniMe subwoofers , and urges users to play volume at moderate levels.
Contents
Safety Instructions ................................................. 2
Introduction ............................................................ 4
Features ................................................................. 4
Unpacking .............................................................. 4
Care ....................................................................... 4
Control Panel Overview ......................................... 5
Installation .............................................................. 7
Connections ........................................................... 8
Location ................................................................. 9
System Configurations ........................................... 10
Adjusting the Controls ............................................ 13
Specifications ......................................................... 14
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Introduction
Dear Valued Customer,
Please take a moment to fill out and mail the
Earthquake Warranty Registration card. Also read the
serial number located on the control panel and record
it here:
Welcome to the eclectic world of Earthquake
High Fidelity sound systems;
you are about to
experience the MiniMe subwoofer. This system is
designed to dramatically enhance your enjoyment of
music and films at home, by adding power and impact
to low frequency sound effects, without taking up your
entire living space.
Serial Number:
Purchased From:
Earthquake Sound Corporation is located in
the heart of the Silicon Valley. It specializes in
manufacturing high end Home and Mobile audio
products ranging from the smallest driver to the loudest
subwoofer systems. In its dedication to excellence,
Earthquake has maintained extensive programs in
research and development to provide you with the
highest quality audio products made.
Date:
Features
• Built in 320-Watt, high efficiency amplifier
This owners manual is designed to better
acquaint you with the MiniMe subwoofer system, and
to guide you through the phases of system design and
application. It is imperative that you read this manual in
its entirety. EARTHQUAKE technicians and staff are
looking forward to answer any questions you might
have, please call (1-800-576-7944).
• Extremely low distortion
• Long throw, premium quality drivers
• Convenient compact size
• Automatic signal-sensing turn-on and stand-by mode
• Volume control
• Operation status LEDs
• 50Hz - 160Hz Freq. adjustment
• 0 - 180 Phase Shift adjustment
Unpacking
• High Level inputs
Your Earthquake subwoofer should reach you
in perfect condition. If you do notice any shipping
damage, please contact your Earthquake dealer
immediately.
• Bypassed High Level outputs
Care
Gently lift out the unit and remove all the
packing material. It is important. It is important to save
all the packing materials and the box in case your
subwoofer ever needs to be moved or shipped for
repair.
To maintain the speaker cabinet's finish, first
unplug the power cord and then use a soft, slightly
dampened cloth to clean the surfaces and finish off
with a dry cloth.
Make sure that you keep your sales receipt. It
s the only way to establish the duration of you Limited
Warranty and it may be useful for insurance purposes.
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To keep the large rubber surrounds soft and
supple for 20-years or more, treat them with mink oil,
available ta most shoe repair stores. Rub a generous
amount into the surrounds with a soft cloth about once
a year (more often if you line in a dry climate).
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Control Panel Overview
(4) Power Status LED
(5) Line Level RCA Inputs
(1) Volume Control
(2) 50Hz - 160Hz
Frequency Adjustment
(6) Sub Operation Switch
(3) 0-180° Phase Shift
(7) Auto ON/OFF
(8) Speaker Level Inputs
(9) Speaker Level Outputs
(10) Manual ON/OFF Switch
(11) 110-120V AC Power Connection
Line Fuse
The LED will light red when the amplifier is in standby
mode and green when the amplifier is on and
receiving a signal.
(1) Volume Control
Manual volume control to regulate your subwoofers
power output, to prevent clipping and distortions
caused by overpowering.
(5) Line Level RCA Inputs
Connect with RCA type patch cords to the line level
output of your receiver or pre-amp.
(2) 50Hz - 160Hz
Frequency Adjustment
If your pre-amplifier or receiver has a single sub/LFE
output, connect it to the subwoofer's left input jack.
This controls the high frequency cutoff point. With the
control set to the middle, the subwoofer will reproduce
frequencies up to 105Hz. If the control is set fully
clockwise, the crossover is bypassed and the
subwoofer will reproduce a wide frequency range.
With the control fully counter-closkcwise the
subwoofer reproduces a narrow range, up to 50Hz.
There is no need to use the subwoofers right input
jack. If you want to run your main/satellite speakers
full range, use a "Y" adapter at the pre-amplifier
outputs.
In this way, you can send the pre-amplifier's output
signal to your main amplifier and to the subwoofer at
the same time.
Rotate the control until the bass sound natural. If the
mid-bass sounds natural but you want more low bass,
turn the control down a little.
(6) Sub Operation Switch
(3) 0-180° Phase Shift
In LFE position, the Frequency adjustment becomes
disabled and the subwoofer runs in a Full range
mode, from 20Hz - 2kHz.
This control is used to acoustically match the
subwoofer’s output to your main speakers. Select the
position, either 0° or 180°, in which your subwoofer
has more output at the listening position.
While in Sub position the subwoofer reverts to the
manual frequency adjustment, allowing the user to
operate and fine tune the subwoofer to their personal
taste.
(4) Power Status LED
Earthquake powered subwoofers have an LED on the
panel that indicates the status of the built-in amplifier.
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(7) Auto ON/OFF
(11) 110-120V AC Power
Connection
When the main “POWER” ON/OFF switch is in the
“OFF” position, this switch has no affect on the
subwoofer. When the main “POWER ON/OFF” switch
is in the “ON” position, this switch allows the auto
circuit to be engaged. When this switch is in the
“AUTO” position, the subwoofer will automatically turn
“on” when it senses a signal. It will automatically turn
“off” after 20 minutes with no signal. When this switch
is in the “ON” position, the subwoofer will remain “on”
as long as the “POWER” ON/OFF switch is in the
“ON” position.
The Earthquake MiniMe is equipped with a built in
standard, two-prong power connection.
(12) Line Fuse
The subwoofer is supplied with a conservative, slowblow type fuse to protect the electronics.
(8) High Level Inputs
Under normal conditions, the preferred connection is
through the Line Level inputs. If this is difficult or not
possible in your system, then you can use the
Speaker Level inputs. Also, if you experience
excessive noise or hum with the Line Level input,
often a simple change to the Speaker Level input will
result in a lower background noise level.
Connect the Speaker Level inputs to the speaker-level
outputs of your amplifier or receiver using speaker
wire. The binding posts can accept bare wire
connections only.
(9) High Level Outputs
High Level: Connecting the Subwoofer using the high
level speaker connections: On the rear of your MiniMe
Subwoofer are two pairs of red and black binding
posts. One set is marked “Input” and one set is
marked “Output”, with each pair designated as left or
right. Each post is color-coded black/red. These
terminals will accept up to 16-gauge quality speaker
wire. The Inputs should be connected to the left and
right speaker terminals of your amplifier or receiver.
The Outputs should run from the subwoofer to the left
and right satellite speakers. Remember: Always
connect red-to-red and black-to-black, when making
connections between an amplifier/receiver to the
subwoofer. If you inadvertently reverse one of the
connections (i.e., red-to-black), you will notice a lack
of bass from your subwoofer.
(10) Manual ON/OFF Switch
In the “ON” position, the subwoofer will remain “on”
constantly or can turn “on” and “off” automatically
when the “AUTO/ON” circuit is engaged. In the “OFF”
position, the subwoofer will remain off until the switch
is manually turned back to the “ON” position.
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Always unplug the power cord before
inspecting or changing the fuse. Never
use a fuse with a larger current rating
than recommended.
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Installation
Observe the following general precautions and
read the safety instructions before powering your
Earthquake subwoofer.
Route the power-supply cord so it is not likely to be
walked on or pinched by especially at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where it exits
from the unit.
• Never open the cabinet or remove the metal control
panel as this might result in an electrical shock to you,
or damage to the unit.
Magnetic Fields
We recommend that you place your woofer further
than two feet away from your TV, VCR, DVD player,
tape deck or computer, so the speaker's magnet won't
distort the color of you TV picture or erase your video
tapes, audio tapes, discs...etc.
• Protect it from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight
and other direct sources of heat, such as heating
vents and radiators.
• To prevent fire or shock, do not expose the unit to
rain or moisture. If fluid or a foreign object should
enter the unit, immediately turn off the power contact
your Earthquake dealer.
• Avoid excessive exposure to extreme cold or dust.
• Do not place heavy objects on top of the unit.
• Do not place the subwoofer with its control panel
against the floor.
• If you wish to place your woofer so the drivers face
the floor and ceiling, thereby moving up and down,
use at least 1-1 ½ inch high spikes or feet for support.
They may be attached either with screws or self-stick
backing . This arrangement will impart substantial
house and floor shaking motion.
Heat Rise
• Allow adequate ventilation around the metal control
panel of the subwoofer.
• Do not let anything come into contact with the panel
and keep at least two inches away from any walls.
The metal control plate serves as the amplifier heat
sink and also as a conduit to remove internal heat to
the outside and into the atmosphere. It can reach
temperatures of 60° C, which will feel hot to the touch,
using nerves of flesh and blood as temperature
sensors. As uncomfortable as it may feel, 60 degrees
C cannot burn you, and in fact is almost cool to
copper, silicon, steel, and aluminum the material from
which your woofer is constructed.
AC Power Considerations
Ensure that the unit is plugged into an outlet capable
of supplying the correct voltage specified for your
model.
Unplug your subwoofer's power cord from the
electrical outlet if it will be left unused for a long period
of time.
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• Choose reliable, high quality interconnect cables,
also called patch cords or RCA cables. They should
be fully shielded and as short as possible for the job.
The longest cable in your system will likely be to the
subwoofer, so choose a good quality brand.
Connections
Please consider the following when setting up
your new system:
• Before making or changing any connections,
ALWAYS make sure that the subwoofer is unplugged
from the wall and your other components are turned
OFF. Also, turn down the volume control of the
subwoofer and your pre-amplifier or receiver.
• Some patch cords can be a very tight fit and there is
usually a preferred method of getting them off. Some
have to be re=moved with a twisting action. Be gentle
or you may damage the jacks of the subwoofer or
your other components.
Tape Deck
Speaker Level Connections
• The subwoofer's Speaker Level Inputs can accept
speaker stripped speaker wires only.
DVD
• Make sure that the negative speaker wires never
touch the positive wires as this will short out and
possibly damage your amplifier or receiver.
Pre-amplifier
Power strip
Amplifier
AC outlets on the same circuit breaker
Subwoofer
• This diagram shows all the low power components
sharing a power strip which is connected to the same
outlet used by the amplifier.
• The subwoofer is connected to an outlet on the
same circuit breaker, provided that the total system
current draw does not exceed the breaker current
rating.
• This arrangement will reduce the possibility of an
audible hum in your system caused by a ground loop.
• Whenever possible, keep the power cords away
from the signal cable or speaker wires to prevent any
hum or inference being heard in speakers.
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System Configurations
The following pages show some typical connections
that you might make in your installation. They show
how the inputs and outputs of the Earthquake sub are
connected to your pre-amplifier or receiver.
Connections to a preamplifier's subwoofer output
If your pre-amplifier has a subwoofer output (often
labeled LFE for Low Frequency Effects), it can be
connected to the subwoofer's Left (Mono) input as
shown. This is the simplest and recommended
connection. A receiver with a sub/LFE output can be
connected in the same way.
The subwoofer will play the low frequency range and
the other speaker will play the frequency range
delivered to them by your amplifier.
If you have a home theater pre-amplifier, it may have
an independent subwoofer volume control. Make sure
this is correctly adjusted, and that the Earthquake
subwoofer's crossover frequency is set to 100Hz. This
is by no means an iron-clad rule, rather it is a good
starting point.
You can set the subwoofer's Bass Level control on
your receiver to 0dB, and then use the pre-amplifier's
subwoofer level control for normal and routine
adjustments.
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Connections to a pre-amplifier
using “Y” cables
If your pre-amplifier does not have a sub/LFE output,
you can use “Y” cables to send its main outputs to
both the subwoofer and your amplifier.
The subwoofer will play the low frequency range and
your front speakers will play the full range.
Although bass is commonly distributed evenly
between left and right channels (L+R bass), movie
soundtracks often contain differential (L-R) bass. The
opening scene in “Top Gun”, for example, has loads of
L-R bass information. If this is not preserved, the bass
in these scenes sounds anemic. The Earthquake
subwoofer utilized differential gain on the left and right
inputs to retain both the L+R and L-R information.
Therefore, systems which do not have a dedicated
sub/LFE output should use both the left and the right
inputs as shown, for the greatest bass impact.
An Alternative connection method without using “Y”
cables is shown on the next page.
If your pre-amp/receiver has a dedicated sub/LFE
output, the only the Left (Mono) input is used, as
shown on the previous page.
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Using the line speaker-level
inputs
If you are using a receiver which does not have a
subwoofer output or line level outputs (pre-outs), you
can connect its speaker outputs to the subwoofer's
Speaker-Level inputs. The front speakers can still be
connected to your receiver.
The subwoofer's internal amplifier supplies the power
to reproduce the low frequency range. It receives a
sample of the signal going to your front speakers. (An
insignificant fraction of your receiver's power is
transferred to the subwoofer).
There is no need to use the Speaker Level inputs if
you are using a separate amplifier and pre-amplifier.
Such systems are best connected using the Line
Level Inputs as shown in the previous diagrams.
If you are using the Line Level inputs and there is an
excessive amount of noise or hum present, using the
Speaker Level inputs may yield a lower background
noise level.
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Adjusting the controls
Control settings
There are two main methods for adjusting the level,
crossover frequency and phase of the Earthquake
MiniMe to match a system.
Use the following charts to record more desirable data
from test results.
? Method One: Typical: Listening and making
adjustments to suit your taste.
? Method Two: Laboratory: By measuring the
output and adjusting for a flat frequency
response.
Satisfactory results can be achieved if you make the
adjustments based on simply listening. This is
Earthquake's preferred method as it allows the system
to be voiced based on what sounds the best,
whereas laboratory-flat frequency response can often
be clinical and less than exciting.
The following procedure is for those who prefer a
more methodical and scientific approach.
You will need a test CD with low-frequency warble
tones, and a sound pressure-level meter.
Step #1
Disconnect the subwoofer and run the main speaker
with a tone in its passband (80-100Hz). Measure the
level.
Step #2
Disconnect the main speaker and reconnect the
subwoofer. Set the subwoofer to its highest crossover
frequency. Set the level control of the subwoofer to
give the same sound pressure level with the same
tone you used in Step #1.
Step #3
With both the subwoofer and the main speaker
connected, measure the level of the tones at the
available frequencies. Because the crossover is set
too high, you will have a peaked response. Adjust the
crossover control to get the smoothest response.
Step #4
Use the phase control to make the response even
smoother. It has its biggest effect at the crossover
frequency. You can iterate between the crossover and
the phases controls. Keep your hands off the level
control! It was set correctly in Step #2.
Step #5
Listen to the subwoofer. Resist all temptation to turn
up the level control. Play something with really deep
bass to confirm that your subwoofer is working.
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Specification
Amplifier Output
160 Watts RMS (4.6-Ohm impedance)
High Cut Filter
35Hz 100Hz adjustable. The crossover can
be bypassed by rotating the crossover
frequency control fully clockwise.
Frequency Response
25Hz 160Hz
Power Line Voltage
110-120C~AC / 60Hz / 180 WATTS
Dimensions (HxWxD)
10.375” / 260.35mm (including legs)
9.875” / 250.825mm
11.3125” / 287.3375mm (controls-to-grille)
Weight
10Lbs
Finish
Piano Black
Output Levels
Greater than 108dB peak SPL (includes room
gain) from 25Hz to 90Hz.
Input Sensitivity For Full Output
240mVrms from left input with volume control
at 0dB, 90mVrms with volume control fully
clockwise.
Input Impedance
8.2 kilo-Ohm Line-level inputs
32-Ohm Speaker-level inputs
Driver
8” high-power with extra large magnet and
long throw mechanical design yield very high
back emf. The result is extraordinarily high
operating efficiency that is, more acoustic
output for each watt of input.
Internal System Gain
42dB from left input jack to speaker with the
Bass Level control at 0dB, 54dB with the control fully
clockwise.
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Limited 5-Year Warranty
Earthquake warrants the original purchaser that all Factory Sealed New Audio Products to be free from defects in material and
workmanship under normal and proper use for a period of five (5) years from the date of purchase (as shown on the original bill of sale
with serial number affixed/written on it). The five (5) year warranty period is valid only if an authorized Earthquake dealer properly
installs the product and the warranty registration card is properly filled out and sent to Earthquake Sound Corporation. If a nonauthorized party installs the product, a ninety (90) day warranty period will be applied.
(A) Five (5) years limited warranty plan coverage guidelines:
? First year: Earthquake pays for labor, parts, and ground freight (only in US mainland, not including Alaska and Hawaii.
Shipping to us is not covered).
?
Second year: Earthquake pays for labor and parts only, customer must pay freight both ways.
?
Third, fourth & fifth year: Earthquake pays labor only. Customer must pay for parts and freight both ways.
(B) Warning:
Products (sent for repair) that are tested by Earthquake technicians and deemed to have no problem(s) will not be covered by the five
(5) year limited warranty. Customer will be charged a minimum of one (1) hour of labor (at the ongoing rates) plus shipping charges
back to customer.
(C ) Earthquake will repair or replace at our option all defective products/parts subject to the following provisions:
? Defective products/parts have not been altered or repaired by other than an Earthquake factory-approved technicians.
?
Products/parts are not subjected to negligence, misuse, improper use or accident, damaged by improper line voltage, used with
incompatible products or have its serial number or any part of it altered, defaced or removed, or have been used in any way that is
contrary to Earthquake's written instructions.
(D) Warranty Limitations:
Warranty does not cover products that have been modified or abused, including but not limited to the following:
? Damages to speaker cabinet and cabinet finish due to misuse, abuse or improper use of cleaning materials/methods.
?
Bent speaker frame, broken speaker connectors, holes in speaker cone, surround & dust cap, burnt speaker voice coil.
?
Fading and/or deterioration of speaker components & finish due to improper exposure to elements.
?
Bent amplifier casing, damaged finish on the casing due to abuse, misuse or improper use of cleaning material.
?
Burnt tracers on PCB.
?
Product/part damaged due to poor packaging or abusive shipping conditions.
?
Subsequent damage to other products.
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warranty claim will not be valid if the warranty registration card is not properly filled & returned to Earthquake with a copy of the
sales invoice. Warranty card is located on the last page of this manual.
(E) Service Request:
To receive product service, contact Earthquake Service Department at (510) 732-1000 and request an RMA number (Return Material
Authorization). Items shipped without a valid RMA number will be refused. Make sure you provide us with your complete/correct
shipping address, a valid phone number, and a brief description of the problem you are experiencing with the product. In most cases,
our technicians might be able to resolve the problem over the phone; Thus, eliminating the need to ship the product.
(F) Shipping Instructions:
Product(s) must be packaged in its original protective box(es) to minimize transport damage and prevent repackaging cost (at the
ongoing rates). Shipper claims regarding items damaged in transit must be presented to carrier. Earthquake Sound Corporation
reserves the right to refuse improperly packed product. Original bill of sale must accompany product returned to service. We encourage
you to include with the package a written description of the problem. Ship product to: Earthquake Sound Corp. 2727 McCone Avenue,
Hayward, CA 94545. Ph: (510) 732-1000. You are responsible for the cost of shipping the product to Earthquake Sound Corporation.
(G) Disputes Resolution:
All disputes between clients and Earthquake Sound Corporation resulting from the five (5) year limited warranty policy must be
resolved according to the laws & registration of the county of Alameda California.
PRODUCT REGISTRATION
This Earthquake MiniMe can be registered by returning the Product Registration card attached to this manual or by visiting
www.earthquakesound.com/ProductRegistration. Please also retain the bill of sale, which represents proof of purchase and helps
expedite warranty issues.
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Earthquake Sound Corporation.
2727 Mc Cone Avenue,
Hayward, California 94545.
Ph (510) 732-1000.
Fax (510) 732-1095
www.earthquakesound.com