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IN-WALL SPEAKERS
Installation and Instruction Manual
Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of RBH Sound in-wall speakers! Your speakers are the
result of many years of research and development dedicated to producing high quality
products for home audio and audio/video systems.
This manual is designed to give you, the installer or owner, basic information as to the
speaker’s installation and operation. We recommend you thoroughly read through the
material contained in this manual before installing your speaker. This will ensure that
you have an understanding of how to setup your speakers for optimum performance
and allow for years of listening enjoyment.
Break In Period
Allow 10-15 hours of listening time to adequately break in the speakers. As the speaker
breaks in, the driver suspension will loosen. The result of break-in will be an increase
in low frequency response, improved definition, clarity and detail.
Features
RBH Sound in-wall speakers use either a swing out dog leg mounting system
with pre-started screws or a pinch ring for fast and easy installation. All RBH
Sound in-wall speakers feature directional swivel tweeters used to direct
the sound to the main listening area. RBH Sound in-wall speakers feature
polyswitch protection circuitry that is designed to protect the tweeter from
being overdriven. This circuit will automatically reset itself once the volume
is turned down or the problem causing the circuit to activate is removed.
Steep acoustic slope crossovers are used to integrate the drivers. The use of steep
crossover slopes allows high power handling, minimized driver interaction anomalies,
and maximizes the clarity with which each driver is able to produce its respective
frequency band.
Painting the Speakers
A paint shield is included with your speaker. This shield can be used to protect the
speaker when painting the speaker rim (frame). If you plan to paint your speaker, we
recommend that it be done prior to installation. If you decide to paint your speaker
sometime in the future, it is best to remove it from the wall. When painting the
speaker, the paint shield provided in the packaging must be installed in place of the
grille. The grille can also be painted. Painting the speaker grille should be done with
a paint sprayer set to fine. Remove the grille from the speaker, peel off the grille
fabric on the back of the grille and set aside. Place the grille on a flat surface. Do not
use a brush or roller on the speaker grille as it will clog the holes. This will greatly
reduce the sound quality of the speakers. Do not paint the grille while attached to
the speaker. Be sure to remove the paint shield from the speaker and replace the grille
fabric to the back of the grille before reinstalling the grille and using the speakers.
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Room Setup Suggestions
With nearly endless placement options, careful consideration for placement of the
in-wall speaker needs to be considered, as installation requires cutting a hole in
your wall! When using the speaker in home theater applications follow the guidelines
illustrated below.
Swivel Tweeter Placement
The swivel tweeter allows sound to be directed toward or away from the listening
area depending on the application. A tweeter aimed toward your listening position
improves imaging and detail. When using a speaker with a swivel tweeter as front/
main home theater speakers or as stereo speakers in a distributed audio system, aim
the tweeter toward the main listening position. For rear/surround speakers aim the
tweeter toward the nearest reflecting surface (an adjacent wall or ceiling) for a more
diffuse sound field (for more direct sound, aim the tweeter at your listening position).
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Speaker Installation
RBH Sound in-wall speakers are designed on an infinite baffle configuration. This
means a back can is not required for the speaker to perform properly. However, using
an RBH Sound back can will most likely improve the tightness and control the bass
response. RBH Sound in-wall speakers have also been designed to make installation as
easy as possible. Upon opening the speaker boxes you will notice that the screws are
pre-started into the dog legs or a pinch ring. The basic idea behind in-wall speakers is
the speaker is held in place by sandwiching the drywall. A frame around the speaker
conceals the cutout in the drywall and presses against the front of the wall. Behind
the wall, the speaker has a set of dog legs or a pinch ring that screw into the drywall.
CAUTION: Be certain there are no electrical wires, water pipes, heating ducts or any
other obstructions in the planned area of installation before starting to drill or cut
into the wall. If there is an electrical outlet nearby, turn off the circuit breaker to
avoid possible injury.
Installing WITH a New Construction Bracket:
If using a new construction bracket cutting the drywall should not be necessary
continue with “Connecting the Speaker” instructions on the next page.
Installing WITHOUT a New Construction Bracket:
Use the cutout template supplied with the speaker for
guidance in cutting the drywall, following “Using the
Template” instructions below.
Using the Template:
1. These speakers are designed to be mounted between
the framing members. Use a stud finder to locate
the position of studs. Make sure you have a 2-inch
clearance from the outside of the cutout hole from
studs.
2. Drill a 1/4-inch hole in the center of the area you
plan to mount the speaker. Cut or bend a piece of
wire (a coat hanger works well) to a 90-degree angle.
Insert the wire into the pilot hole and fish around
to make sure there are not obstructions which will
interfere with the installation.
NOTE: If you must choose another location the pilot
hole can be easily patched.
3. Once a suitable location is found, use masking tape to
temporarily place the supplied cutout template on the
wall, centered over the pilot hole. Draw a circle around
the inside edge of the template.
4. Carefully cut the hole with the appropriate cutting
tool to remove the material inside the circle inscribed by the template.
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Speaker Installation (continued)
NOTE: The frame will overlap the cutting edge by about a 1/4-inch which will
mask any minor cutting inaccuracies.
5. Confirm the speaker easily fits into the hole, without any gaps.
Connecting the Speaker:
6. Pull the speaker wire out of the hole and connect
the speaker. Split the two conductors of the
speaker wire apart about 3-inches so they form a
“Y”. Using wire strippers, remove about 1/2-inch of
insulation from each of the two conductors of the
wire to expose the bare metal and twist each of the
conductors into a single unfrayed strand.
The speaker terminals will accommodate any
speaker wire up to 14-gauge. Select an appropriate
wire gauge from the following chart:
18 gauge for up to 50-feet
16 gauge for up to 100-feet
14 gauge for up to 200-feet
NOTE: When connecting a speaker it is very
important to retain the correct polarity (improper
polarity will cause reduced bass performance and
unnatural imaging effects). To do this, be sure the
wire attached to the positive terminal on the speaker (marked [+] or colored
red) connects to the positive terminal on the amplifier. Similarly, the negative
terminal (marked [-] or colored black must connect to the negative terminal on
the amplifier.
Finishing the Installation
7. Slide the speaker into the pre-cut hole in drywall or new construction bracket
keeping the speaker cable above and out of the way to prevent pinching it.
8. Tighten the screws. The dog legs will automatically swing out and tighten
(pinch) themselves against the new construction bracket or the drywall with
the turning of the screws and will hold the speaker solidly in place. Don’t over
tighten screws, if you over-tighten the screws the speaker frame may bend which
will make it difficult for the grille to install properly.
NOTE: If using a drill/driver set the clutch to a low setting to prevent over
tightening and possible damage to the frame or dog legs. If using hand tools,
tighten just until firm.
9. If the speaker has any tone controls or has a pivoting tweeter, leave the grille off
until you can listen to the speaker. Once the speaker is adjusted install the grille.
NOTE: Handle the grille carefully, as the grille pressure-fits into the installed
speaker. If the grille does not slip in try loosening the mounting screws before
resorting to forcing the grille into the speaker.
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Speaker Accessories
Rear Enclosure
The rear enclosure is a rectangular preconstruction box for in-wall speakers. The
BB-S can be mounted in-between standard
2x4 stud-frame construction and enhances
the sound quality of in-wall speakers. It also
prevents the sound from being transferred
into rooms on the other side of the wall.
Blank Plates
Blank plates are a very clean and efficient
way to cover the holes left in drywall when
a new construction bracket is used. Install
blank plates when in-wall speakers will not be
immediately installed after drywall is finished.
Rear Enclosure
New Construction Brackets
An excellent way to guarantee placement of
in-wall and in-ceiling speakers prior to drywall,
New Construction Brackets (NCB’s) also make
installation of in-wall speakers faster and easier
by reducing time and mess. Once the drywall
is installed, just connect the speaker to the
speaker wire and install. New Construction
Brackets eliminate the time and need to locate
and cut drywall before speaker installation.
Blank Plates
For more information on RBH Sound in-wall
speaker accessories go to www.rbhsound.com.
New Construction Bracket
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Specifications
Model:
A-610
A-414
MC-414
Series:
Architectural
Architectural
MC
System Type:
In-wall 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
55Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
60Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
55Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
91dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
Recommended/Rated Power: 10-80 Watts
10-100 Watts
15-150 Watts
Woofer(s):
(1) 6½” (165mm) Poly Graphite
(2) 4” (102mm) Poly Graphite
(2) 4” (102mm) Aluminum
Tweeter(s)
(1) 1” (25mm) Silk Dome
(1) 1” (25mm) Silk Dome
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
Swivel Tweeter(s):
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
2,800 Hz
4,000 Hz
3,500 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms
6 Ohms
6 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
7-1/4” W x 11” H
(184mm W x 279mm H)
6” W x 14-1/4” H
(152mm W x 362mm H)
6” W x 14-1/4” H
(152mm W x 362mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
8-1/2” 12” H x 3” D
(216mm W x 305mm H x 76mm D)
7-3/16” W x 15-3/8” H x 2-7/8” D
(183mm W x 391mm H x 73mm D)
7-3/16” W x 15-3/8” H x 2-7/8” D
(183mm W x 391mm H x 73mm D)
Weight:
3.30 lbs. (1.50 kg)
5.85 lbs. (2.65 kg)
5.85 lbs. (2.65 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
BB-S
BB-S
BB-S
Blank Plate:
BP-6
BP-414
BP-414
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-6
NCB-414
NCB-414
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Specifications (continued)
Model:
MC-6
MC-6DB
MC-616
Series:
MC
MC
MC
System Type:
In-wall 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Surround Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:*
86dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
88dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
91dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
15-120 Watts
15-180 Watts
(1) 6½” (165mm) Aluminum
(2) 6½” (165mm) Aluminum
Recommended/Rated Power: 15-120 Watts
(1) 6½” (165mm) Aluminum
Woofer(s):
Tweeter(s)
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
(2) ¾” (19mm) Aluminum
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
Swivel Tweeter(s):
Yes
Yes
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
3,000 Hz
3,000 Hz
3,000 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
6 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
7-1/4” W x 11” H
(216mm W x 279mm H)
7-1/4” W x 11” H
(216mm W x 279mm H)
7-3/4” W x 19” H
(197mm W x 483mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
8-1/2” W x 12” H x 3-1/2” D
8-1/2” W x 12” H x 3-1/2” D
(216mm W x 305mm H x 89mm D) (216mm W x 305mm H x 89mm D)
8-7/8” W x 20-1/4” H x 3-1/2” D
(225mm W x 514mm H x 89mm D)
Weight:
4.9 lbs. (2.22 kg)
5.05 lbs. (2.43 kg)
7.1 lbs. (3.22 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
BB-S
BB-S
BB-S
Blank Plate:
BP-6
BP-6
BP-616
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-6
NCB-6
NCB-616
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Specifications (continued)
Model:
MC-553
MCS-88
TK-6
Series:
MC
MC
MC
System Type:
In-wall/LCR Dual 2-way Speaker
In-wall Subwoofer
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
55Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
35Hz-100Hz (±3dB)
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
88dB Main, 87dB Center, and
90dB Combined (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
88dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
100-200 Watts
Recommended/Rated Power: 15-150 Watts Main, 15-100
Watts Center and 15-200 Watts
Combined
(2) 8” (203mm) Aluminum
15-100 Watts
Woofer(s):
(3) 5-1/4” (133mm) Aluminum
Tweeter(s):
(2) 1” (25mm) Aluminum Dome N/A
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum Dome
Swivel Tweeter(s)
Yes
N/A
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
N/A
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
3,000 Hz
100 Hz (Low Pass Defeatable)
3,000
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms Main, 6 Ohms Center
and 4 Ohms Combined
8 Ohms x2
8 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Steel (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
6-5/8” W x 26-3/4 “ H
(168mm W x 680mm H)
9” W x 17-1/2” H
(229mm W x 445mm H)
7-1/4” W x 11” H
(184mm W x 279mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
7-7/8” W x 28-1/8” H x 3-3/8” D 10-1/8” W x 18-3/4” H x 4” D
8-1/2” W x 12” H x 3-9/16” D
(181mm W x 714mm H x 80mm D) (257mm W x 476mm H x 102mm D) (216mm W x 305mm H x 90mm D)
Weight:
9 lbs. (4.08 kg)
10.9 lbs. (4.94 kg)
4.55 lbs. (2.06 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
N/A
N/A
BB-S
Blank Plate:
N/A
BP-88
BP-6
New Construction Bracket:
N/A
NCB-88
NCB-6
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(1) 6-1/2” (165mm) Fiberglass
Discontinued Product–Specifications
Model:
A-810
A-616
A-509
Series:
Architectural
Architectural
Architectural
System Type:
In-ceiling 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
55Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
60Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
91dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
88dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
50-160 Watts
10-75 Watts
Recommended/Rated Power: 10-110 Watts
(1) 8” (203mm) Poly Graphite
Woofer(s):
(2) 6½” (102mm) Poly Graphite (1) 5¼” (133mm) Poly Graphite
Tweeter(s):
(1) 1” (25mm) Silk Dome
(1) 1” (25mm) Silk Dome
(1) 1” (25mm) Mylar Dome
Swivel Tweeter(s)
Yes
Yes
No
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Yes
No
Crossover Frequency:
2,500 Hz
3,000 Hz
3,000 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
6dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms
6 Ohms
8 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
9-3/4” W x 12-3/4” H
(248mm W x 324mm H)
6” W x 14-1/4” H
(152mm W x 362mm H)
6-1/2” W x 9-3/4” H
(171mm W x 248mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
10-1/8” W x 14-1/8” H x 3-1/2” D
(257mm W x 359mm H x 89mm D)
8-7/8” W x 20-1/4” H x 3-1/2” D 7-1/2” W x 11” H x 2-3/4” D
(225mm W x 514mm H x 89mm D) (191mm W x 280mm H x 70mm D)
Weight:
4.95 lbs. (2.25 kg)
7.2 lbs. (3.27 kg)
3 lbs. (1.36 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
N/A
BB-S
BB-S
Blank Plate:
BP-8
BP-6
BP-8
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-8
NCB-6
NCB-8
Discontinued:
July 2010
September 2007
September 2007
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Discontinued Product–Specifications (continued)
Model:
MC-884
MC-83
MC-8
Series:
MC
MC
MC
System Type:
In-wall 3-way Speaker
In-wall 3-way Speaker
In-wall 2-way Speaker
Frequency Response:
40Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
45Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
89dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
86dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
86dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
Recommended/Rated Power: 15-200 Watts
15-150 Watts
15-120 Watts
Woofer(s):
(2) 8” (203mm) Aluminum
(1) 8” (203mm) Aluminum
(1) 8” (203mm) Aluminum
Tweeter(s):
(1) 2½” (64mm) Aluminum
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
(1) 2½” (64mm) Aluminum
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
(1) 1” (25mm) Swivel Aluminum
Swivel Tweeter(s)
Yes
Yes (1-inch only)
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Yes
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
2,000 Hz, 8,000 Hz
2,500 Hz
2,500 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
6 Ohms
8 Ohms
8 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
White Aluminum (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
9” W x 17-1/2” H
(228mm W x 445mm H)
9” W x 12-3/4” H
(299mm W x 324mm H)
9” W x 12-3/4” H
(299mm W x 324mm H)
Finished Dimensions:
10-1/8” W x 18-3/4” H x 3-7/8” D
(257mm W x 476mm H x 95mm D)
10-1/8” W x 14-1/8” H x 3-7/8” D 10-1/8” W x 14-1/8” H x 3-7/8” D
(257mm W x 359mm H x 98mm D) (257mm W x 359mm H x 98mm D)
Weight:
11.45 lbs. (5.195 kg)
6.3 lbs. (2.86 kg)
5 lbs. (2.23 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
25 Years
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
N/A
BC-8
BC-8
Blank Plate:
BP-88
BP-8
BP-8
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-88
NCB-8
NCB-8
Discontinued:
September 2009
September 2005
September 2005
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Discontinued Product–Specifications (continued)
Model:
TK-8
Series:
TK
System Type:
In-wall
Frequency Response:
50Hz-20kHz (±3dB)
Sensitivity:
90dB (2.83V @ 1 Meter)
Recommended/Rated Power: 15-110 Watts
Woofer(s):
(1) 8” (203mm) Fiberglass
Matrix Cone
Tweeter(s):
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum
Swivel Tweeter(s)
Yes
Tweeter Protection:
Yes
Crossover Frequency:
2,500 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms
Cabinet/Color:
White Frame (Paintable)
Grille:
White (Paintable)
Cutout Dimensions:
10-1/8” W x 14-1/8” H x 3-7/8” D
(257mm W x 359mm H x 98mm D)
Finished Dimensions:
9” W x 12-3/4” H x 3-7/8” D
(229mm W x 324mm H)
Weight:
5-1/2 lbs. (2.49 kg)
Warranty:
25 Years
Rear Enclosure:
BC-8
Blank Plate:
BP-8
New Construction Bracket:
NCB-8
Discontinued:
January 2007
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Troubleshooting
Situation
Probable Cause
Solution
No sound from speakers.
Speaker wire not connected.
Make sure wire is properly
connecting to the speaker
and the amplifier observing
proper polarity.
Speaker selector on
amplifier is not on.
Activate proper speaker
selector on amplifier.
Balance control on receiver
or preamp is not centered.
Place balance control in
the center.
Speaker wire not
completely connected.
Check all connections at
amplifier and speakers.
Speakers are wired
out of phase.
Check entire system for
proper polarity and make
adjustments as necessary.
No sound from one speaker.
Very little bass and/or
imaging
Warranty
Your RBH Sound in-wall speaker is covered by a limited warranty against defects in
materials and workmanship for a period of 25 years. This warranty is provided by the
authorized RBH Sound dealer where the speaker was purchased. Warranty repair will
be performed only when your purchase receipt is presented as proof of ownership and
date of purchase. Defective parts will be repaired or replaced without charge by your
dealer’s store or the location designated by your dealer authorized to service RBH
Sound products. Charges for unauthorized service and transportation cost are not
reimbursable under this warranty. This warranty becomes void if the product has been
damaged by alteration, misuse or neglect. RBH Sound assumes no liability for property
damage or any other incidental or consequential damage whatsoever which may result
from the failure of this product. Any and all warranties of merchantability and fitness
implied by law are limited to the duration of this express warranty. Some states do not
allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may
not apply to you. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
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