SpeakerCraft PROFILE AIM8 THREE, PROFILE AIM8 FIVE, PROFILE AIM8 ONE Owner's manual

SpeakerCraft PROFILE AIM8 THREE, PROFILE AIM8 FIVE, PROFILE AIM8 ONE Owner's manual
OWNER’S MANUAL
AIM8 SERIES
AIM8 One / AIM8 Two / AIM8 Three / AIM8 Four / AIM8 Five
High Fidelity Pivoting In-Ceiling Speaker System
Congratulations on purchasing SpeakerCraft’s AIM8 Series of architectural loudspeakers. The AIM8 Series
features fully pivoting woofers and independently pivoting tweeters, allowing the entire speaker to be
aimed toward the listener.
SPEAKER PLACEMENT
When following the below recommendations, please
keep in mind that placement is always in the ceiling.
AIM8 speakers can be used as a pair for stereo listening,
or for all five channels of a home theater system: front
left and right, center, and rear left and right.
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SpeakerCraft recommends the use of a qualified custom
installation specialist when installing your AIM8 speakers.
If you need assistance in locating an installer, please
contact SpeakerCraft at 1-800-448-0976.
1.Determine Your Primary Listening Area
The area where you will most likely be sitting
when listening to your speakers is your primary
listening area.
Figure 1
2.Placement of Stereo Pair /
Front Channels for Home Theater
Consider how far apart the speakers should be. To
do this, think of your listening area as one tip of a
triangle with each leg of the triangle being equal.
See speakers FL (front left) and FR (front right) in
Figure 1. Place the speakers as close as possible to
the two points they represent on the triangle.
If the speakers are to be part of a home theater
speaker system, they should be placed as close as
possible to the area above the screen. However, in
some cases it may be better to place the speakers
farther away from the screen in order to maximize
speaker separation. An example of a case when this
would be desirable is when the television is positioned directly in a corner (See Figure 2).
Figure 2
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3.Placement of Center Channel for Home Theater
Place the center channel speaker in line between the front left and right speaker directly above the screen. See C (center) in Figure 1.
4. Placement of Rear Channels for Home Theater
Rear channels should be placed behind the listening area. See RL (rear left) and RR (rear right) in Figure 1.
5. Checking for Obstructions
Before confirming the placement of the speakers, you should carefully consider the location of ceiling joists, electrical,
plumbing and other fixtures that may get in the way. If you are installing the speakers into an existing ceiling, you can
locate obstructions by noting the placement of fixtures and, if possible, gaining access to an attic or crawl space for
further analysis. A good stud-finder, found at any building supply store, will help you determine where the joists are
located in the ceiling.
INSTALLATION CONSIDERATIONS
Prior to the actual installation of the speakers, it will be necessary to run cables to the speaker location. See your Authorized
SpeakerCraft dealer for more information on cable installation. After the cable has been installed, you are ready to mount
the speakers.
Preparation for and mounting of the speakers can happen at two different stages. If you are building a new ceiling, follow
the section titled INSTALLATION PREPARATION - NEW CONSTRUCTION. If you are placing the speakers into an existing
ceiling, follow INSTALLATION PREPARATION - FINISHED CEILING. There are different considerations for each application.
Please carefully follow the recommendations for your application.
INSTALLATION PREPARATION - NEW CONSTRUCTION
When installing the speakers into a newly built ceiling, please follow these instructions carefully:
1. Determine Placement
Determine where in the ceiling the speakers will be placed using the recommendations under SPEAKER PLACEMENT.
Pay careful attention to the section on avoiding obstructions.
2. Mount InstaLLock Bracket
For best results, mount the SpeakerCraft InstaLLock New Construction Brackets for the AIM8 Series (Part No. BKT90681)
following the instructions included with the bracket.
3. The Location is Ready for Drywall
The bracket provides a stable opening around which the drywall installer can cut out an opening, providing a perfect
location for installation of the AIM8 Series speaker.
INSTALLATION PREPARATION - FINISHED CEILING
When the speakers will be installed into a finished ceiling, please follow these instructions carefully:
1. Determine Placement
Determine where in the ceiling the speakers will be placed using the recommendations under SPEAKER PLACEMENT.
Pay careful attention to the section on avoiding obstructions.
2. Locate Obstructions
Find the joists nearest the desired speaker mounting location. The use of a good stud-finder tool is highly recommended for this procedure. Make sure that there are no joists or obstructions where you
plan to install the speaker. Read
“Checking for Obstructions” under the section SPEAKER PLACEMENT.
3. Trace Template
Place the cut-out template at the location you have decided to place the speaker. Use a few pieces of tape or small tacks
to hold the template in place. Trace an outline on the ceiling with a pencil.
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4. Cut the Hole
CAUTION: This is the most important part of the entire
installation. If you are not certain whether or not an
obstruction exists behind the desired mounting area,
you should start by cutting a small hole in the center of
your penciled mounting hole with a drywall saw. Cut at
a 45˚ angle towards the inside of the hole (See Figure
3). Cutting the small hole at this angle will make drywall
repair much easier as the piece cut out can be installed
neatly back into the hole. Once you have determined
there are no obstructions in your desired mounting
location, start cutting the finished hole at a 90˚ angle to
the ceiling surface.
Figure 3
SPEAKER INSTALLATION
Note: Your AIM8 Series speakers may have come with the
optional Jawz speaker wire connector. Before using Jawz ,
please follow the instructions included with the connector.
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The unique integral four foot mounting system incorporated into
each speaker allows for quick installation following these easy
steps:
1. If the grille is on the speaker, remove it. It may be necessary
to push one or two of the mounting screws and its attached
foot towards the baffle and against the inside surface of the
grille to force the grille out of its retaining groove.
2. Attach the speaker cable (observing the proper polarity with
your amplifier: + to + and – to –). Make sure the left channel
of the amplifier is connected to the left speaker, and the right
channel is connected to the right speaker.
3. Make sure the mounting feet are turned inward to clear the
opening, and insert the speaker into the ceiling. Position
the speaker into the hole. Note: The flange of the speaker
is designed to flex and conform to any small imperfections
in the ceiling surface. Tighten the 4 screws on the front of
the baffle only enough to make the flange become snug
against the ceiling. As you tighten the screws, the feet will
automatically flip into an outward position (See Figure 4),
clamping the drywall between the feet and the flange.
CAUTION: Over tightening may warp the baffle, crack the
ceiling, cause the flange to distort, and make the grille difficult to install.
Figure 4
PAINTING THE SPEAKERS
If you plan to paint your speakers, we recommend that it be done prior to installation. If you decide to paint your speakers
sometime in the future, it is best to remove them by simply reversing the steps for SPEAKER INSTALLATION listed above.
When painting the speakers, the paint masks provided in the carton must be installed in place of the grille. The grilles can
also be painted. However, great care should be taken not to clog the holes, as this will greatly reduce the sound quality of
the speakers. Before painting the grilles, remove the material under grille. Place this material back in place once the grille
has been painted. SpeakerCraft recommends only light spray painting using 5 parts thinning agent to 1 part paint. Do not
paint the grilles while they are attached to the speaker. If it is necessary to paint the material under the grille, follow the
same procedure used to paint the grilles.
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SPEAKER ADJUSTMENT
1. Adjusting the AIM8 Mechanism
The woofer can be pivoted to best direct the sound towards the listener. The woofer easily rotates and pivots to almost any position desired. Simply apply pressure with fingertips to the outer surface of the PivotBall and move the
speaker to the desired position (See Figure 5).
2. Adjusting the Pivoting Tweeter
Once the woofer is positioned, further refinement can be made by pointing the tweeter towards the listener.
Gently pivot the tweeter to point it in the desired direction (See Figure 6).
Do NOT adjust by pushing
on the WavePlane
Pivot the Tweeter by gently
pushing on the sides
Figure 6
Adjust direction by pushing the edges
Figure 5
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ADJUSTING THE FREQUENCY RESPONSE (AIM8 Two, Three, Four and Five Only)
The output of the woofer and tweeter on the AIM8 Two, Three, Four and Five can be adjusted to suit any environment. In
general, we recommend leaving all of the adjustments at the flat (0dB) setting. To determine which settings will be
appropriate for your speakers, you may need to experiment until the desired sound is achieved. Use the chart below to
determine the result of the setting you select.
Selecting a Setting on AIM8
Two, Three, Four and Five
To select a setting, simply use a finger to move the
switches mounted on the inner side of the speaker to
the desired setting (See Figure 7).
AIM8 Two: Treble adjustment Only
AIM8 Three, Four and Five: Treble and Bass adjustments
Treble adjustment
Figure 7
Frequency Settings
When selected, the settings will have the following result:
-3dB: Reduces the loudness of the selected frequency (bass & treble)
0dB: The selected frequency (bass & treble) remains at neutral level
+3dB: Increases the loudness of the selected frequency (bass & treble)
When adjusting the bass frequency, the impedance will be affected as indicated below. Be sure to stay within the impedance
guidelines of the amplifier you will be using to power your system.
-3dB: The impedance is 8 ohm
0dB: The impedance is 6 ohm
+3dB: The impedance is 4 ohm
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SPEAKER SPECIFICATIONS
AIM8 One
AIM8 Two
AIM8 Three
Speaker Type: Fully Pivoting In-Ceiling
Fully Pivoting In-Ceiling
Fully Pivoting In-Ceiling
High Frequency Driver:
Independently pivoting 1"
Treated Silk Dome Tweeter Independently pivoting 1"
Treated Silk Dome Tweeter,
Independently pivoting 1"
Aluminum Dome Tweeter,
mounted onto SpeakerCraft's mounted onto SpeakerCraft's
mounted onto SpeakerCraft's
PivotBall
PivotBall
PivotBall
Low Frequency Driver:
Independently pivoting and rotating 8" Injection Molded
Polypropylene Cone Woofer,
mounted in an assembly that
allows the woofer to be
pointed as desired
Independently pivoting and
rotating 8" Resin Reinforced
Fiberglass Cone Woofer
mounted in an assembly that
allows the woofer to be
pointed as desired
Independently pivoting
and rotating 8"
Aluminum Cone Woofer
mounted in an assembly that
allows the woofer to be
pointed as desired
Impedance:
8 ohm
8 ohm
8/6/4 ohm depending
on switch settings
Sensitivity: 88dB 1W/1m
89dB 1W/1m
Frequency Adjustments: None
Front mounted treble switch that allows the treble to be set at one of 3 positions:
-3dB, flat, +3dB
Front mounted treble / bass
switch allows the treble / bass
to be set at one of 3 positions:
-3dB, flat, +3dB
Frequency Response: 40Hz - 20kHz ± 2dB
37Hz - 20kHz ± 2dB
Power Recommendations: 5 - 100 watts (undistorted)
5 - 100 watts (undistorted)
5 - 100 watts (undistorted)
Diameter x Depth:
11 ⁄ " x 5 ⁄ "
11 ⁄ " x 5 ⁄ "
1115⁄16" x 51⁄2"
Cut-out Diameter:
93⁄4"
93⁄4"
93⁄4"
88dB 1W/1m
40Hz - 20kHz ± 2dB
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16
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2
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16
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2
AIM8 Four
AIM8 Five
Speaker Type: Fully Pivoting In-Ceiling
Fully Pivoting In-Ceiling
High Frequency Driver:
Independently pivoting 1" Aluminum
Dome Tweeter, mounted onto
SpeakerCraft's PivotBall
Independently pivoting 1" Aluminum /
Magnesium Dome Tweeter, mounted
onto SpeakerCraft's PivotBall
Low Frequency Driver:
Independently pivoting and rotating 8" Aluminum/Magnesium Cone Woofer, mounted in an assembly that allows the woofer to be pointed
as desired
Independently pivoting and rotating
8" Kevlar Cone Woofer
mounted in an assembly that allows the woofer to be pointed
as desired
Impedance:
8/6/4 ohm depending on switch settings
8/6/4ohm depending on switch settings
Sensitivity:
90dB 1W/1m
91dB 1W/1m
Frequency Adjustments:
Front mounted separate bass and treble switches that allow the bass and treble to be set at one of three positions: -3dB, flat, +3dB.
Front mounted separate bass and treble
switches that allow the bass and treble
to be set at one of three positions: -3dB, flat, +3dB.
Frequency Response:
35Hz - 20kHz ± 2dB
33Hz - 20kHz ± 2dB
Power Recommendations:
5 - 100 watts (undistorted)
5 - 100 watts (undistorted)
Diameter x Depth:
11 ⁄ " x 5 ⁄ "
1115⁄16" x 51⁄2"
Cut-out Diameter:
93⁄4"
93⁄4"
15
16
1
2
In our attempt to constantly improve our products, features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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LIMITED LIFETIME WARRANTY
SpeakerCraft Inc. warrants to the original retail purchaser only that this SpeakerCraft product will be free from defects in
materials and workmanship, provided the speaker was purchased from a SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer.
Defective products must be shipped, together with proof of purchase, prepaid insured to the SpeakerCraft Authorized
Dealer from whom they were purchased, or to the SpeakerCraft factory at the address listed on this installation instruction
manual. Freight collect shipments will be refused. It is preferable to ship this product in the original shipping container to
lessen the chance of transit damage. In any case, the risk or loss or damage in transit is to be borne by the purchaser. If,
upon examination at the Factory or SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer, it is determined that the unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during this warranty period, SpeakerCraft or the SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer will, at its
option, repair or replace this product at no additional charge, except as set forth below. If this model is no longer available
and can not be repaired effectively, SpeakerCraft, at its sole option may replace the unit with a current model of equal or
greater value. In some cases where a new model is substituted, a modification to the mounting surface may be required.
If mounting surface modification is required, SpeakerCraft assumes no responsibility or liability for such modification. All
replaced parts and product become the property of SpeakerCraft Inc. Products replaced or repaired under this warranty will
be returned to the original retail purchaser, within a reasonable time, freight prepaid.
This Warranty does not include service or parts to repair damage caused by accident, disaster, misuse, abuse, negligence,
inadequate packing or shipping procedures, commercial use, voltage inputs in excess of the rated maximum of the unit, or
service, repair or modification of the product which has not been authorized or approved by SpeakerCraft. This Warranty
also excludes normal cosmetic deterioration caused by environmental conditions. This Warranty will be void if the Serial
Number on the product has been removed, tampered with or defaced.
This Warranty is in lieu of all other expressed warranties. If the product is defective in materials or workmanship as warranted above, the purchaser’s sole remedy shall be repair or replacement as provided above. In no event will SpeakerCraft be
liable for any incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the product, even if SpeakerCraft
Inc. or a SpeakerCraft Inc. Authorized Dealer has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by any
other party. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so the above limitation and
exclusion may not apply.
All implied warranties on the product are limited to the duration of this expressed Warranty. Some states do not allow limitation on the length of an implied warranty. If the original retail purchaser resides in such a state, this limitation does not apply.
SpeakerCraft offers a variety of accessories to make your installation of these speakers and other SpeakerCraft products easy,
economical, and professional. Contact your authorized SpeakerCraft Dealer for more information.
Should you have any questions regarding this, or any other SpeakerCraft product, please call our toll-free service hotline at
1-800-448-0976. We are available to assist you every weekday, except holidays, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST.
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