MK Sound K-15 K-7 Setup guide

MK Sound K-15 K-7 Setup guide
powered subwoofer
operation manual
K-11
K-10
K-9
Miller & Kreisel Sound Corporation
9351 Deering Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311-5858 USA
(818) 701-7010 fax (818) 701-0369
www.mksound.com
©2002 Miller & Kreisel Sound Corp.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS...............................................................................................................3
2.
INTRODUCTION..................................................................................................................4
3.
WHERE TO LOCATE YOUR SUBWOOFER..................................................................................................4
4.
SUBWOOFER HOOK-UP.........................................................................................................5
WIRING WITH THE RCA JACK INPUTS.......................................................................................................6
USING SPEAKER WIRE CONNECTIONS.....................................................................................................7
SATELLITE SPEAKER WIRING OPTIONS ..................................................................................................8
PLUGGING IN THE SUBWOOFER.............................................................................................................9
5.
SATELLITE/SUBWOOFER PHASING TEST.............................................................................9
6.
USE OF THE "LOW PASS FILTER" CONTROL.......................................................................................10
7.
USE OF THE "BYPASS" SWITCH................................................................................................................10
8.
USING MULTIPLE SUBWOOFERS.............................................................................................10
9.
K-11 SUBWOOFER.....................................................................................................................................10
10.
HOME THEATRE USAGE............................................................................................................................11
CONNECTING TO A SURROUND SOUND RECEIVER OR PROCESSOR...............................................11
11.
TROUBLESHOOTING........................................................................................................................11
12.
IF YOU NEED SERVICE..............................................................................................................................13
13.
M&K 5.1 CHANNEL & PRO-LOGIC SYSTEM SETUP GUIDE........................................................................13
14.
SPECIFICATIONS........................................................................................................................................16
WIRING DIAGRAMS
FIGURE 1
FIGURE 2
FIGURE 3
FIGURE 4
CONNECTING TO A SURROUND PROCESSOR........................................................................6
CONNECTING TO A STEREO AMP OR PREAMP.......................................................................7
TO AN AMP OR RECEIVER USING SPEAKER WIRES...............................................................8
SATELLITE SPEAKER WIRING (OPTIONAL)...............................................................................8
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CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
The lightning flash with arrowhead,
within an equilateral triangle, is intended
to alert the user of 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.
CAUTION:
TO PREVENT THE RISK OF ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR
BACK).
NO
USER-SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO
QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL.
1.
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.
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
1.
READ INSTRUCTIONS - All safety and operating instructions should be read before this product is operated.
2.
RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS - The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference.
3.
HEED WARNINGS - All warnings on this product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.
4.
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS - All operating and use instructions should be followed.
5.
ATTACHMENTS - Do not use attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
6.
WATER AND MOISTURE - Do not use this product near water - for example, near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or
laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool; and the like.
7.
ACCESSORIES - Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The product may fall, causing
serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product. Use only with accessories recommended by the
manufacturer, or sold with the product. Any mounting of the product should follow the manufacturer's instructions and should
use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer.
8.
POWER SOURCE - This product should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If
you are unsure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your product dealer or local power company.
9.
OVERLOADING - Do not overload wall outlets or extension cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
10.
LIQUID ENTRY - Never spill any liquid of any kind on the product.
11.
SERVICING - Do not attempt to service this product yourself as opening or removing covers, including those over bottom or
side speaker drivers, may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all service to qualified service personnel.
12.
DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE - Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified personnel under
the following conditions:
a.
When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
b.
If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into this product.
c.
If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only controls that are covered
by the operating instructions as an improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require
extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to its normal operation.
d.
If the product has been dropped or damaged in any way.
e.
When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance - this indicates a need for service.
13.
REPLACEMENT PARTS - When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result
in risk of fire, electric shock, or other hazard.
14.
SAFETY CHECK - Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the product is in proper operating condition.
15.
HEAT - This product should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
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2.
INTRODUCTION
Congratulations! You have just made perhaps the most exciting and dramatic addition that you could make
to your audio or multichannel audio/video system. The new dimension of deep and powerful bass provided by
your M&K K-series powered subwoofer will thrill and excite you.
We encourage you to read this owner's manual, as there is a great deal of information provided here to help
you get the best possible performance. This manual gives you basic hook-up instructions first, followed by more
detailed technical, installation, and service information.
If you have any questions about your Subwoofer, please contact your M&K dealer, or call us directly at (818)
701-7010, from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time. We will be more than happy to help you with any question,
no matter how simple or complex it may be. You can also access our web site at: www.mksound.com or send
us an email to [email protected]
3. WHERE TO LOCATE YOUR SUBWOOFER
M&K Subwoofers perform well in most room locations. Unless your ear is a foot or two away from the
Subwoofer, you will hear the deep bass coming exclusively from your Satellite (or main) speakers. There is no
need to place your Subwoofer in-between the Satellite speakers.
For the best performance, we recommend that your subwoofer be placed against a wall, preferably
in a corner.
The ideal place for the subwoofer is the corner with the best structural strength. If the corners are roughly
equal in construction, use the corner nearest the listening position. If the listening position is in the front half of
the room, place the subwoofer in a front corner. If the listening position is in the back of the room, place the
subwoofer in a back corner.
Feel free to experiment with the orientation of the subwoofer cabinet. Sometimes the best sound results
from aiming the subwoofer's driver directly into the wall (1" to 2" from the wall itself).
If possible, avoid corners near doorways or openings.
Another option to find the best location for the subwoofer is to place the subwoofer at the listening position
and walk around the room. Stand in and near each corner. The location where you hear the tightest bass with
the most impact is probably the best location in the room for the subwoofer.
If you are using multiple subwoofers, place them in the same location. Stacking is best, but you can also
put them side by side. This also applies if you are using a K-10 and a K-11 to make a push-pull, dual driver
subwoofer. See Section 8, page 10.
Alternately, you can put multiple subwoofers in different locations. This is appropriate when you have
limited choices in locating the subwoofer and none of the available locations work well. Try to place multiple
subwoofers at equal distances from the listening position to avoid phase cancellation.
Ultimately, the amount and quality of bass you get in your room are dependent on the room itself. Low
frequency bass sounds are affected most by the size of the room and the method of construction used to build
it. All rooms are different when it comes to reproducing bass, and in any given room, bass quantity and quality
changes when the Subwoofer is moved from one location to another.
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A simple rule to remember is that you get more bass when you move the Subwoofer towards any wall or
corner. Moving it away from a wall or corner gives you less bass. Remember that the floor also loads the
Subwoofer, and that maximum bass is found with the woofer on the floor in a corner.
In some rooms, a corner location may excite resonance modes, resulting in a muddy or boomy sound. In
these rooms, a more central location along a wall, away from the corner, may give better results. If you
experiment, try to find a spot where no bass notes seem to overpower others and the overall sound is powerful
and clean. The goal is to achieve a smooth sound quality, with the entire bass spectrum equally prominent. In
most rooms, this is directly in the corner, not the center of the room.
Because the subwoofer generates a great deal of energy, its output may vibrate objects close to it. If you
hear such vibration, you may need to damp the vibration of nearby objects.
One subwoofer is sufficient in a stereo system because of the nature of human hearing. The ear-brain
hearing system is unable to locate the direction of bass sounds below approximately 100 - 150 Hz. The direction
of low frequency sounds (drums, basses, etc.) is determined by the higher frequency overtones and harmonics
that are reproduced by the Satellite speakers.
K-Series powered subwoofers have an exceptionally sharp (36 dB/octave) low-pass filter to remove the
midbass and midrange frequencies, unwanted in a Subwoofer. This makes your M&K Subwoofer truly nondirectional.
The K-9 subwoofer is not magnetically shielded (The K-10 and K-11 are magnetically shielded). Leave
2 - 3 feet of clearance around any television set. Shielding avoids magnetization of the shadow mask of the
television's picture tube, which will distort the television's picture. If this ever happens to your set, turn it off and
on a few times to use the set's built-in degaussing circuitry. If the problem persists, contact a TV technician and
ask him or her to use an external degaussing coil.
No matter where you put the Subwoofer, you must allow room for ventilation of its heatsink and backplate.
The Subwoofer's power amplifier is mounted on the backplate, and it generates heat.
1.
Leave clearance around the Subwoofer's heatsink. Do not cover it with drapes.
2.
Do not place the Subwoofer near baseboard heaters or forced air heating outlets.
3.
Do not use the Subwoofer outdoors or in a humid environment.
Do not plug the Subwoofer into an AC outlet until all system wiring is complete.
4.
SUBWOOFER HOOK-UP
There are two different ways to connect the Subwoofer to your system. One uses speaker wire, and the
other uses interconnect cable with RCA-type jacks.
If your receiver or processor has a SUBWOOFER OUTPUT RCA-type jack, use it. This is the
preferred connection for your M&K subwoofer. If your component does not, skip to "USING SPEAKER WIRE
CONNECTIONS" on page 7).
You cannot use "TAPE OUT" jacks to connect your subwoofer, because these jacks have a fixed
output level that does not change when you adjust the system volume control.
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WIRING WITH THE RCA JACK INPUTS
The "INPUT" RCA jacks on the back panel of your Subwoofer allow you to directly connect the Subwoofer
to preamp-level components such as surround sound processors, preamplifiers, integrated amps and receivers
with preamp outputs, Electronic High-Pass filters, crossovers, etc.
This will give you better bass quality than using the speaker inputs, because it bypasses your amp or
receiver's amplifier stage. If you don't have a Subwoofer Output available, check to see if you have preamp
outputs on your preamp, amp, or processor to be able to use these inputs. If you have only one set of preamp
outputs, use a Y-connector to feed both the amplifier and the Subwoofer.
To connect the Subwoofer in this way, simply run one or a pair of shielded RCA - RCA interconnect cables
from the output jacks on your component to the "INPUT" jacks on the Subwoofer's backplate. See Figure 1. It
is not necessary to use both input jacks on the subwoofer.
If you are using two subwoofers, use a Y-connector at the back of the amplifier or processor to split the
signal to feed both subwoofers.
FIGURE 1 - CONNECTING TO A SURROUND PROCESSOR
BASS LEVEL
LEFT/MONO
REFERENCE
+3 dB
- 3 dB
+6 dB
- 6 dB
RIGHT
PHASE
+
75
INPUT
100
+9 dB
-
SUB / MONO OUT
60
BYPASS
LEFT
FROM AMPLIFIER
50
CAUTION
!
AVIS:
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
RIGHT
SURROUND PROCESSOR OR RECEIVER
LOW PASS FILTER
(Hz)
VARIABLE
ATTENTION:
CAUTION:
DEBRANCHER AVANT DE
REMPLACER LE FUSIBLE.
UTILIZER UN FUSIBLE
DE RECHANGE DE MEME TYPE.
DISCONNECT SUPPLY CORD
BEFORE CHANGING FUSE.
REPLACE FUSE ONLY
WITH SAME TYPE.
MILLER & KREISEL SOUND CORPORATION
10391 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 310/204-2854 www.mksound.com
120 VAC 50/60 Hz
T 2 AMP
SLOW-BLOW
125
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FIGURE 2 - CONNECTING TO A STEREO AMP OR PREAMP
SURROUND PROCESSOR OR RECEIVER
BASS LEVEL
LEFT/MONO
REFERENCE
+3 dB
- 3 dB
+6 dB
- 6 dB
MAIN PRE OUT
PHASE
RIGHT
+
75
INPUT
100
+9 dB
-
60
BYPASS
50
RIGHT
CAUTION
!
AVIS:
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
ATTENTION:
CAUTION:
DEBRANCHER AVANT DE
REMPLACER LE FUSIBLE.
UTILIZER UN FUSIBLE
DE RECHANGE DE MEME TYPE.
DISCONNECT SUPPLY CORD
BEFORE CHANGING FUSE.
REPLACE FUSE ONLY
WITH SAME TYPE.
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120 VAC 50/60 Hz
10391 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 310/204-2854 www.mksound.com
MAIN INPUT
125
RIGHT
FROM AMPLIFIER
LEFT
LEFT
RIGHT
LEFT
- LEFT +
LOW PASS FILTER
(Hz)
VARIABLE
T 2 AMP
SLOW-BLOW
- RIGHT +
MAIN SPEAKERS
+
+
USING SPEAKER WIRE CONNECTIONS
Some M&K subwoofer owners hook up their Subwoofer by connecting it to their receiver or amplifier using
speaker wires. To do so, you make the same kind of connections that you would use for your Satellite (or main)
speakers, except that both the left and right channels go to the Subwoofer. (If you are using two Subwoofers,
connect one channel only to each Subwoofer).
1.
Run speaker wire between the Amplifier's Left channel output terminals and the
Subwoofer's Left channel "FROM AMPLIFIER" terminals.
a.
Connect the Amplifier's Left channel Positive (+) terminal and the Subwoofer's
Left RED (+) "FROM AMPLIFIER" terminal.
b.
Connect the Amplifier's Left channel Negative ( — ) terminal and the Subwoofer's
Left BLACK ( — ) "FROM AMPLIFIER" terminal.
2.
Make matching connections for the Right channel. See Figure 3.
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FIGURE 3 - TO AN AMP OR RECEIVER USING SPEAKER WIRES
BASS LEVEL
LEFT/MONO
REFERENCE
+3 dB
- 3 dB
+6 dB
- 6 dB
AMPLIFIER OR RECEIVER
PHASE
RIGHT
+
LOW PASS FILTER
(Hz)
VARIABLE
75
INPUT
100
+9 dB
60
BYPASS
-
125
+
LEFT
CAUTION
!
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS:
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
+
+
RIGHT
+
FROM AMPLIFIER
50
NOTE: See Fig. 4 for additional options
ATTENTION:
CAUTION:
DEBRANCHER AVANT DE
REMPLACER LE FUSIBLE.
UTILIZER UN FUSIBLE
DE RECHANGE DE MEME TYPE.
DISCONNECT SUPPLY CORD
BEFORE CHANGING FUSE.
REPLACE FUSE ONLY
WITH SAME TYPE.
T 2 AMP
SLOW-BLOW
120 VAC 50/60 Hz
MILLER & KREISEL SOUND CORPORATION
10391 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 310/204-2854 www.mksound.com
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR DOLBY PRO LOGIC SURROUND SYSTEMS:
(NOT DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1)
When the Subwoofer is connected to the Left and Right amplifier outputs, the Center channel WIDE/
NORMAL switch MUST be set to the NORMAL mode. If the switch is set to the WIDE mode, the bass content
of the Center channel will not be fed to the Subwoofer, and a significant amount of bass in the program material
will not be reproduced.
SATELLITE SPEAKER WIRING OPTIONS
If you use speaker wires to connect the subwoofer, you have two options for the Satellite speakers.
Connect both the Satellite speakers and the subwoofer direct to your amp or receiver, with one
set of wires running to the Satellites and another set to the Subwoofer. See Figure 4, below.
FIGURE 4 - SATELLITE SPEAKER WIRING (OPTIONAL)
BASS LEVEL
LEFT/MONO
REFERENCE
+3 dB
- 3 dB
+6 dB
- 6 dB
AMPLIFIER OR RECEIVER
RIGHT
PHASE
+
60
BYPASS
+
+
LEFT
125
CAUTION
!
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
+
AVIS:
RIGHT
FROM AMPLIFIER
LEFT
50
RIGHT
+
SATELLITE SPEAKERS
75
100
-
+
LOW PASS FILTER
(Hz)
VARIABLE
INPUT
+9 dB
+
1.
ATTENTION:
CAUTION:
DEBRANCHER AVANT DE
REMPLACER LE FUSIBLE.
UTILIZER UN FUSIBLE
DE RECHANGE DE MEME TYPE.
DISCONNECT SUPPLY CORD
BEFORE CHANGING FUSE.
REPLACE FUSE ONLY
WITH SAME TYPE.
MILLER & KREISEL SOUND CORPORATION
10391 Jefferson Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232 310/204-2854 www.mksound.com
120 VAC 50/60 Hz
T 2 AMP
SLOW-BLOW
If your receiver or amp has two sets of speaker outputs, you may connect the
Satellite speakers to one set of outputs and the Subwoofer to the other set.
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For convenience, you can also connect the Satellite speakers to the Subwoofer. Both sets of
wires will be connected to the same terminals on the Subwoofer. Connect both the Amplifier's
Left channel Positive (+) terminal and the Left Satellite's Positive (+) terminal to the Subwoofer
Left RED (+) "FROM AMPLIFIER" terminal. Also connect both the Amplifier's Left channel
Negative ( — ) terminal and the Left Satellite's Negative ( — )terminal to the Subwoofer's Left
BLACK ( — ) "FROM AMPLIFIER" terminal. Make matching connections for the Right channel.
If your Amplifier has two sets of speaker outputs (e.g., A and B), you can connect the Satellites to one set
and the Subwoofer to the other. But if you get weak or no output when you connect your speaker this way,
connect both sets of speaker wires to the same output terminals.
PLUGGING IN THE SUBWOOFER
Once all the speaker wires or preamp interconnect cables are in place, you are ready to plug in the
Subwoofer. Set the "BASS LEVEL" control to "MIN". Then plug the AC cord in. You should hear a thump from
the Subwoofer. This is the normal sound of its power supply charging and discharging when it is plugged in and
unplugged.
Once your system wiring is complete and the Subwoofer is plugged into the wall, leave it plugged in, even
when the system is turned off. The normal mode of operation for the Subwoofer is to remain plugged in 24 hours
a day. Among other things, this means that you don't have to walk over to the Subwoofer to turn it on every time
you want to use the system.
If you decide to plug the subwoofer into a switched outlet on another component, that outlet must have a
minimum power rating of 200 watts.
Now, play some music through your system to make sure that the Satellite speakers are working properly.
If they are, carefully advance the "BASS LEVEL" control. The Subwoofer should begin to play. Set the "BASS
LEVEL" control where the Subwoofer sounds in balance with the Satellite speakers. If the system is not working
properly, unplug the Subwoofer and check all of your connections. Call your dealer or the factory if you cannot
solve any problem.
5.
SATELLITE/SUBWOOFER PHASING TEST
You are now almost finished with the basic set-up. But before you can sit down to enjoy your new
Subwoofer, you need to perform one simple Phasing Test. This test insures optimum sound in the critical bass
frequencies where your Subwoofer and Satellite speakers overlap.
Play a familiar CD, LP, or tape with steady, consistent bass. Listen carefully to the mid-bass (70 - 100 Hz)
region — the part of the spectrum where electric or string basses and drums are found. Then, move the "PHASE"
switch on the SUBWOOFER's back panel from either up (+) or down (—) to the opposite position.
Now listen to the same musical passage, concentrating on the mid-bass region. If you hear less bass, the
original connections were correct. If you hear more bass, the new connections are correct. If you have two
Subwoofers, perform one test for each Subwoofer. When you perform each test, make sure the other Subwoofer
is not operating by either unplugging its input cable or its power cord.
Another method of setting phase uses a pink noise source and a spectrum analyzer. If you have these,
place the microphone at the main listening position and look at its display in the mid-bass region of 70 - 100 Hz.
The wiring/ switch position showing the most output in that region has the correct phase.
You need to perform this test because when Satellite speakers are located separate from a Subwoofer,
each speaker is at a different distance from your ear. In some cases, the difference will be just enough so that
the output from the Subwoofer arrives out of phase with the output of the Satellites. When this happens, that
critical mid-bass is actually cancelled. You should re-do this test any time you move your speakers.
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If you want to experiment further, you can move the Satellite speakers either towards or away from your
listening position, making changes in small increments. This will focus the system's sound to its optimum. When
you hear the best balance between stereo image localization and maximum impact and output in the mid-bass,
you have the ideal location.
6.
USE OF THE "LOW PASS FILTER" CONTROL
The back panel control "LOW PASS FILTER" sets the upper rolloff point of the Subwoofer, eliminating midbass and midrange that are being reproduced by your Satellite speakers. The control is a means of fine-tuning
the transition between your Subwoofer and Satellite speakers, and it provides a rolloff of 12 dB/octave up to 125
Hz, where the filter shifts to 36 dB/octave. In most systems, including M&K Satellites, 85 Hz gives the best blend.
If you don't want to experiment, set the control at 85 Hz. If you are using the K-5 / K-7 Satellites, set the control
to 100Hz. If you are using Xenon satellites (LCR45, LCR35, or LCR25) set the control between 100 and 125 Hz.
The goal is to get a balanced acoustic output in your room. This is not necessarily the same as flat electrical
output. Rooms typically reinforce bass frequencies around 100 Hz, so by leaving an electrical gap, you may
actually get a smooth acoustical response where it matters, in the room.
Think of this control as a mid-bass fine tuning adjustment that you set to achieve the best transition between
the Satellite speakers and the Subwoofer. When you hear a smooth sound overall, well balanced between the
deep bass and the rest of the audible spectrum, the control is set properly.
7.
USE OF THE "BYPASS" SWITCH
If you have a THX, Dolby Digital, or DTS component with a built-in Low-Pass filter as part of its subwoofer
output, or if you are using a separate Electronic Crossover, set the “VARIABLE” / “BYPASS” switch on the back
of the subwoofer to “BYPASS” position. This bypasses the internal low-pass filter so that there is no interaction
between the subwoofer’s filter and your component’s filter. If you have any questions regarding the filters, please
contact your M&K dealer or the M&K factory.
8.
USING MULTIPLE SUBWOOFERS
Using two (or more) subwoofers in your system gives you the ultimate in bass performance. You'll hear
improved impact and definition, as well as greater output and dynamic range.
If multiple subwoofers are used, place them in the same location. Stacking is best, but you can also put
them side by side. Alternately, you can put multiple subwoofers in different locations. This is appropriate when
you have limited choices in locating the subwoofer and none of the available locations work well. Try to place
multiple subwoofers at equal distances from the listening position to avoid phase cancellation.
With two Subwoofers, simply run one speaker wire or interconnect to each Subwoofer. Because the left
and right channel input signals are combined in the Subwoofer's input stage, the only thing this changes is
amplifier gain. To compensate, just set the "BASS LEVEL" control slightly higher.
9.
K-11 POWERED SUBWOOFER
The K-11 subwoofer is a truly unique product, allowing K series enthusiasts and discerning listeners with
space constraints the flagship level of performance found in M&Ks MX series subwoofers
The K-11 is identical to the K-10 except that its 8" driver is mounted inverted. When a K-10 and a K-11 are
stacked or placed side-by-side, the combination produces a no-compromise, very high-quality push-pull dual
driver subwoofer package that fits just about anywhere.
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If you already own a K-10 and would like to upgrade your subwoofer performance, you don't need to trade
your subwoofer in for a new model. The K-11 upgrade path will give you the full benefit of a push-pull dual-driver
subwoofer, with its even-order harmonic distortion cancellation and higher output capability.
10.
HOME THEATRE USAGE
If you are using your Subwoofer in a multichannel Home Theatre system, make sure you are using the
Subwoofer Output jack to connect your subwoofer. Check "Use of the Bypass Switch" above, as well as M&K's
System Setup Guide on page 13.
Compared to music sources, in some cases, you may prefer the subwoofer set to a higher playback level
for video sources. This may occur when video sources (especially older films and some television) have very
little deep bass present. You may also want to exaggerate the effect to make spectacular video sources even
more impressive!
When your subwoofer is going to be located close to a television set, remember to leave 2 - 3 feet of
clearance between the television and subwoofer, unless the subwoofer is magnetically shielded.
CONNECTING THE SUBWOOFER TO A SURROUND
SOUND RECEIVER OR PROCESSOR:
The preferred connection from a surround sound amp or controller is from a SUBWOOFER OUTPUT (or
MONO) RCA jack. This connection insures that a full bass signal is fed to the subwoofer. If your component
doesn't have a subwoofer output jack, connect the Subwoofer to the front Left and Right channel speaker outputs
(do not use the Center channel speaker output).
VERY IMPORTANT: When the Subwoofer is connected to the Left and Right amplifier outputs using
speaker wires, the Center channel WIDE/NORMAL switch MUST be set to the NORMAL mode. If the switch
is set to the WIDE mode, the bass content of the Center channel will not be fed to the Subwoofer, and a significant
amount of the bass in the material you are listening to will be lost.
11.
TROUBLESHOOTING
Your M&K Subwoofer amplifier circuit provides high reliability, and, if necessary, easy modular replacement of parts. This guide will help you to solve or diagnose most problems that can occur with your Subwoofer.
In the event that a fuse blows, you must replace it with a fuse of the correct value to avoid a fire hazard and to
maintain your warranty protection.
1.
If your Subwoofer has no output:
a.
Make sure that the Subwoofer is plugged into an AC outlet.
b.
Check the "BASS LEVEL" control and make sure that it is set above the "MIN" position. Rotate
it clockwise if it is set to the "MIN" position.
c.
Check the red LED on the Subwoofer's back panel. If the LED is not lit, check the AC fuse next
to the LED. Unplug the Subwoofer before changing the fuse. See instructions on Page 12.
If the element inside the fuse is broken, replace the fuse. If it blows again, contact your dealer
or M&K.
d.
If the red LED is lit, try this test: Turn the "BASS LEVEL" control to "MIN". Plug a standard RCA
cable into the "FROM PREAMP" jacks. Lightly touch the plug at the free end of the cable, while
slowly turning the "BASS LEVEL" control clockwise. If you hear noise from the Subwoofer when
you touch the cable, the Subwoofer is functioning. Look elsewhere in your system for the
problem. If you hear no noise, contact your dealer or M&K.
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e.
2.
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Make sure that the input cables are OK. Double check your connections. If necessary, replace
any defective cables or speaker wires.
If, after operating the woofer at high volume levels for a long time, the woofer cuts out or becomes
intermittent:
Your Subwoofer has a protection circuit that protects it from overheating. After hours of continuous
operation at extremely high volume levels, this circuit may kill the power to the Subwoofer. When it
activates, the sound may switch in and out rapidly, with a fluttering sound. If this happens, unplug the
unit and let it sit for at least half an hour. After that time, plug it back in. It should operate normally.
If you find this happens frequently, contact the factory for advice.
3.
If you are using the "FROM AMPLIFIER" terminals, and the Subwoofer has very little output:
Make sure that the input cables are in phase. Reverse the (+) and the ( — ) connections for ONE
CHANNEL ONLY at the "FROM AMPLIFIER" terminals. If the problem remains, put the cables back
as they were. Then perform the test in Step 4.
4.
If the midbass range (the area of transition between Subwoofer and Satellite speakers) sounds
weak:
Refer to Section 5, Phasing Test, on page 9. Reverse the (+) and ( — ) connections at the back of BOTH
Satellite speakers, OR switch the "PHASE" switch from (+) to ( — ) or vice versa. The wiring configuration
that gives the most bass is correct.
5.
If you are using the "FROM PREAMP" input terminals, and you hear a thump through the
Subwoofer every time you turn the system on:
Either the preamp, receiver, or surround sound processor is generating the thump, and the Subwoofer
is reproducing it. To eliminate this problem, switch to the speaker wire "FROM AMPLIFIER" input
terminals.
6.
If you hear a persistent hum or buzz through the Subwoofer:
Because the Subwoofer reproduces the 60 Hz hum frequency, it is often blamed for causing hum that
originates elsewhere in the system. Always avoid running all speaker wires and RCA interconnect
cables near to AC cords and component power supplies. Wires and cables running close to AC lines are
a common source of hum. If necessary, reroute your cables.
To identify the source of hum, remove all input cables to the Subwoofer, but leave it plugged into the AC
outlet. Carefully turn the "BASS LEVEL" control up towards the "MAX" position. If you hear hum coming
from the Subwoofer's speaker driver, the Subwoofer is the source of the hum. If you hear no hum or less
hum, the problem is probably coming from another component.
Hum can also be caused by AC ground loops. If the Subwoofer is plugged into a separate AC outlet,
try plugging it into the same outlet used for your amplifier or receiver, or reverse the polarity of its AC
plug. If these suggestions do not solve your problems, contact your dealer or M&K.
7.
If there is an unusual sound coming from the Subwoofer with no music playing:
Try removing the input cables as described in Step 5 above. If the noise disappears, it is coming
from another component. If it does not go away, contact your M&K dealer or the factory.
IF YOU NEED TO REPLACE THE EXTERNAL FUSE:
Disconnect supply cord before changing fuse. Replace fuse only with same type.
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Remove the fuse cap. If the fuse cap has an arrow printed on it, push the cap in and turn it counterclockwise.
If the fuse cap has a slot in it, use a flat head screwdriver to turn it counterclockwise. Look carefully at the fuse.
If the wire filament inside the glass is broken, replace the fuse ONLY with one of the identical size and value.
Using a fuse of a larger value will void your warranty AND MAY CREATE A FIRE HAZARD. Plug the Subwoofer
back in. If it does not work, unplug it immediately, and contact your dealer or M&K for service.
12.
IF YOU NEED SERVICE
Contact your dealer or M&K. Please have the unit's model and serial numbers (found on the back of the
cabinet), date of purchase, the name of your dealer, and a complete description of the problem. You can call
M&K between 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time, Monday through Friday, at (818) 701-7010. If you call outside
these hours, leave a message, and we will return your call. Alternatively, an e-mail can be sent to
[email protected]
DO NOT RETURN YOUR SPEAKERS TO THE FACTORY FOR
SERVICE WITHOUT OBTAINING PRIOR AUTHORIZATION.
All M&K powered subwoofers carry a five year limited parts and labor warranty. This warranty is
transferable to subsequent owners up to three years from the date of original purchase, and it includes subwoofer
amplifiers. It does not cover abuse, misuse, repairs by unauthorized service stations, speakers without serial
numbers, and speakers damaged in shipping or by accident. If you have any questions about the warranty,
please contact M&K.
13.
M&K 5.1 MULTICHANNEL & PRO-LOGIC SYSTEM SETUP GUIDE
The 5 Most Important Items In System Setup:
Find the best location for the subwoofer
for maximum output and flattest response
(usually the corner closest to the listening position)
Aim the front speakers (and the surrounds, if possible)
vertically for the flattest response and best imaging
Set all speakers to the Small setting
for proper High-Pass and Low-Pass Filter operation
to get the lowest distortion and maximum dynamic range
Calibrate all speakers and the subwoofer to the identical level
for proper imaging and balance
Make sure all speakers are in phase
for proper imaging and impact
These instructions will help you make sure that you cover all steps in setting up a 5.1 multichannel or ProLogic surround sound system. In addition to following this list, make certain that you study and understand the
owner’s manual for each and every component used in the system, especially the processor/receiver’s manual.
Have fun and good luck!
A useful tool for system setup is the DVD called Video Essentials. If you don’t have one, you can order it
by visiting www.videoessentials.com.
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Here are the instructions for speaker setup.
1. Locate the front speakers. The left, right, and center speakers should be equidistant from the main
listening position. Try to set up the speakers so that they are reasonably symmetrical to room surfaces. A tape
measure may be very helpful.
2.
Locate the subwoofer.
A.
The best place for the subwoofer is the corner with the best structural strength. If the corners
are roughly equal in construction, use the corner nearest the listening position. If the listening
position is in the front half of the room, place the subwoofer in a front corner. If it is in the back
of the room, place the subwoofer in a back corner.
If possible, avoid corners near doorways or openings.
B.
If you are willing to experiment, another option is to place the subwoofer at the listening position
and walk around the room. Stand in and near each corner. The location where you hear the
tightest bass with the most impact is probably the best location in the room for the subwoofer.
C.
If multiple subwoofers are used, place them in the same location. Stacking is best, but you can
also put them side by side.
Another option for multiple subwoofers is to place them in different locations. This is appropriate when you
have limited choices in locating the subwoofer and none of the available locations work well. Try to place multiple
subwoofers at equal distances from the listening position to avoid phase cancellation.
3. Locate the surrounds. Determine the best position in the room. It will probably be the position used
for THX speaker, directly to the right and left of the main listening position on the side walls (so that a listener
in the center seat is directly between the speakers). If that doesn’t work or is not practical because of the room,
try these locations: on the ceiling; on the back wall, or in the back corners (using an M&K ST Corner bracket).
4.
Install all wiring and interconnects.
5. Aim the front speakers (this is a must for THX front speakers). Use a laser level to align each speaker.
Place the level on the flat surface between the midranges and tweeters that is roughly in the center of the front
baffle. The red dot of the laser should be aligned to the center of the listener’s forehead at ear height. Make
sure that the volunteer who sits in the main listening position keeps their eyes closed!
Make sure that you aim the left and right speakers in both the horizontal and vertical planes. Horizontal
toe-in is important for the best possible imaging.
6. If you have a Dolby Digital AC-3 5.1 channel processor/receiver, follow these instructions. If you
have a Pro-Logic processor/receiver, go to item 7 below.
SPECIAL NOTE: Always check the processor/receiver’s owner’s manual. Different manufacturers use
different descriptions for the same function, and sometimes the same description for different functions!. Your
component may use terminology different from that used below.
A.
High-Pass Filters: All Dolby Digital processor/receivers have built-in high-pass filters for the Left,
Center, Right, Left Surround, and Right Surround channels. Always turn these filters ON by
using the SMALL setting. If you have a THX component, use the THX setting. See the owner’s
manual of the processor/receiver for instructions.
B.
Bass Management: If the processor/receiver has a setting to turn the Subwoofer off or on, make
sure that it is set to SUBWOOFER YES or ON.
C.
Dialog Normalization: If your component has this function, turn it off to avoid any possible effect
on sound quality.
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D.
7.
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THX Dolby Digital units have an adjustable limiter for the subwoofer feed, called “Bass Peak
Level Management”. Turn it off, or set it for the highest possible level. M&K subwoofers do not
need this limiter.
If you have a Pro-Logic only processor/receiver, follow these instructions.
SPECIAL NOTE: Always check the processor/receiver/receiver’s owner’s manual. Different manufacturers use different descriptions for the same function, and sometimes the same description for different functions!
Your component may use terminology different from that used below.
A.
If the component has high-pass filters for the Left, Center, and Right channels (usually only THX
components have these filters), they should be turned on or set to THX (if you have a choice, use
the frequency closest to 80 Hz. The surround channels in a Pro-Logic only system do not have
switchable filters.
B.
Set the center channel to Normal, unless you have a THX controller. With a THX controller, set
the center channel to the THX setting.
C.
Turn off all limiters and compressors, auto azimuth controls, auto balance controls, etc.
D.
If the processor/receiver/receiver has an input level control, calibrate it per the manufacturer’s
instructions.
E.
If the component has a digital input, and you are using a source component with a digital output,
always use the digital input, not the analog input.
8. Set levels for each channel. You can take a measurement at the listening position to establish the
reference level, but it is usually more accurate to take levels at about one meter from each speaker. Set all
channels to exactly the same level.
Use a Sound Level Meter. Point it directly at the speaker being measured. Set all channels to the same
level, using the processor/receiver/receiver’s internal test signal. Set the meter to “C” weighting and “Slow”
response. Set the levels to 75 dB if you have a THX processor/receiver/receiver or are using the Video Essentials
disc as a source for setting levels.
NOTE: If you using identical speakers anywhere in your system (e.g., S-150THX speakers for the left,
center, and right channels), all of those channels should be set to the same level. If your meter measures a
different level, it is probably a limitation of this type of meter measurement method and not an actual audible level
difference. Set the channels using identical speakers to the same level, unless you actually hear a difference
later when you are doing listening to verify the system setup.
9. Check phase. Make sure that all five main channel speakers are wired in phase. The Video Essentials
disc has tests for main speaker phase.
10. Make sure that the subwoofer and main speakers are in phase at the 80 Hz crossover point. Listen
to something with a consistent bass line around 80 Hz while a partner switches the “Phase” control on the
subwoofer from “+” to “-”. The switch position that results in the greatest bass at the listening position is the
correct setting.
11. Play something that is familiar to you through the system to verify the system’s overall performance.
If something does no sound right, recheck your connections and settings. Re-measure, re-check, re-align.
12. Switch the processor/receiver to each input that you will use. Check your settings for each input and
each mode. Some processor/receivers require that you enter settings separately for each mode and/or input.
13. Before playing the system, check levels and speaker alignment one last time. Make sure that you write
down all processor settings for future reference.
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14.
SPECIFICATIONS
K-9
ENCLOSURE TYPE:
Sealed Box
WOOFER:
Single 8" Driver
POWER RATING:
75 watts RMS (150watts MAX)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE:
35Hz - 200Hz ± 3dB
WEIGHT:
21 lbs.
K-10
ENCLOSURE TYPE:
Sealed Box
WOOFER:
Single 8" Long-Throw (MX-700) Driver
POWER RATING:
75 watts RMS (150watts MAX)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE:
35Hz - 200Hz ± 3dB
WEIGHT:
22 lbs.
K-11
ENCLOSURE TYPE:
Sealed Box
WOOFER:
Inverted Single 8" Long-Throw (MX-700) Driver
POWER RATING:
75 watts RMS (150watts MAX)
FREQUENCY RESPONSE:
35Hz - 200Hz ± 3dB
WEIGHT:
22 lbs.
NOTE: The K-11 is identical to the K-10 except that its driver is inverted and electronically it has the
opposite polarity. The combination of a K-10 and a K-11 forms a push-pull dual driver subwoofer
system in two cabinets.
K9/K10/K11 Subwoofer Manual
10/08/2001 pt pm6.5
PN: 70001 rev.B
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