AudioBahn AS62J Owner's manual

AudioBahn AS62J Owner's manual
AS69J / AS96J / AS41J / AS65J / AS62J /
AS68J / AS50J / AS46J / AS40J / AS31J
The Audiobahn Way
To bring the product to market that excites the consumer through sound and
vision from an orientation of integrity and customer service. We make you look as
good as you sound. We strive to take car audio to an extreme the world has never
seen, and a world that never stops evolving.
Audiobahn was established in 1997 with one long-term goal in mind, “Build
it Bigger, Badder, & Better, and the people will take notice!” We back this statement
with an engineering team that has brought home several Innovations, Design &
Engineering Showcase Awards, and a marketing team from around the world that
spends countless hours developing our no compromise products to satisfy the most
discriminating enthusiasts.
Our global manufacturing facilities feature ISO9002 ratings (the highest level
of quality control awarded in the electronics manufacturing industry), fully robotic assembly lines and a state of the art, California based R & D laboratory.
Our Technical Department and entire staff look to strive above and beyond
the rest of the pack by going that extra mile to help you out. Whether you happen to
be a veteran competitor, or a beginner car audio enthusiast who does not know a
voice coil from a spider. We are all her to help you get the best system you can with
what you have.
Judge for yourself, and remember what it’s all about, “If it’s not Bigger, Badder & Better, it’s not Audiobahn.” If audio is your life, Audiobahn is the brand for you!
We make you look as good as you sound. People never stop trying to get the best
product, so we will never stop making it.
Getting Started_________________________________________________
Features and Specifications_______________________________________
Mounting and Setup_____________________________________________
Choosing a Location_____________________________________________
Securing the Speaker____________________________________________
Warning and Disclaimer__________________________________________
Getting Started
Welcome to Audiobahn.. This manual has been designed to provide information for the
owners, salesperson, and installer. For those of you who want quick information on how
to install this product, please turn to the installation section of this manual. Other information can be located by using the table of contents. We at Audiobahn have worked
very hard to make sure that all information in this manual is current, but, as we are constantly finding new ways to improve our product, this information is subject to change
without notice. All updated information can be found on our web page in the technical
support section.
Dear Customer,
Congratulations on your purchase of the worlds finest brand of car audio products. Here at
Audiobahn Inc. we are devoted to making our musical reproduction the vert best, and we
are pleased you have chosen our product. Through years of engineering expertise, hand
craftsmanship, and critical testing procedures, we have created a wide range of products
that reproduce music with all the clarity and richness you deserve.
For maximum performance we recommend you have your Audiobahn product installed by
an Authorized Audiobahn Dealer, as we provide specialized training through our Audiobahn
Installer Training Programs. Please read your warranty, keep your receipt, and original
carton for possible future use.
To get a free brochure on Audiobahn products in the US call (714) 452-1476 or e-mail us at
[email protected]
Continuous exposure to sound pressure levels over 100dB may cause permanent
hearing loss. High powered autosound systems may produce sound pressure levels
well over 135dB. Need we say more! Use common sense.
If after reading this manual you still have questions regarding your product, we recommend that you see your nearest Audiobahn Dealer. A list of Authorized Audiobahn
Dealers can be found on our web page. If you need further assistance, feel free to call
us at (714) 452-1476 and ask for the Technical Department. Be sure to have the model
number, date of purchase, and invoice number available when you call.
The model number can be located on the outside of the carton. Record this in the space
provided below along with the date of purchase. It is a good idea to keep your receipt
with this as you will need it in the case of needing a warranty, repair service or exchange.
Date of Purchase: _____________________Model Number:___________________
Carbon Injection Cone
Butyl Rubber Surround
2 Layer High-Temp ASV Voice Coil
4 Ohm Impedance
Removable Tweeter
Polyswitch Tweeter Protection Circuit
Standard and Custom Grilles 4” and Up
Complete with Mounting Hardware
Optional Replacement Silk Dome Tweeter (AST20J)
200 Watts RMS
180 Watts RMS
100 Watts RMS
100 Watts RMS
100 Watts RMS
90 Watts RMS
80 Watts RMS
80 Watts RMS
80 Watts RMS
60 Watts RMS
40 oz.
40 oz.
18 oz.
18 oz.
18 oz.
18 oz.
15 oz.
15 oz.
15 oz.
10 oz.
95 dB
95 dB
93 dB
93 dB
94 dB
94 dB
93 dB
93 dB
93 dB
91 dB
6x9” 3-Way
6x9” 2-Way
4x10” 2-Way
6x8” / 5x7” 2-Way
6.5” 3-Way
6.5” 2-Way
5.25” 2-Way
4x6” 2-Way
4” 2-Way
3.5” 2-Way
Mounting and Setup
2-Way Tweeter Option
Hole to line up when
replacing plug or tweeter
When using one of the AS series 2-way speakers, the tweeter is fully removable. When
removing the tweeter, make sure to replace the chrome plug in its place. This is needed
for proper operation of the speaker. To remove the plug or tweeter grip your fingers on
the outside of the tweeter or plug and gently pull up with a tilting action slightly from side
to side and it will pop out. To replace the plug or tweeter, line up the holes at the bottom
of the plug or tweeter with the marking on the cup on the speaker.
When using the tweeter installed in the speaker or mounting separately., the blue wire
with the black line is -(negative) and the solid blue wire is +(positive).
Mounting and Setup
To mount the tweeter, use the tweeter as a template to mark out and cut a hole the
diameter of the tweeter then, insert the tweeter then, place the supplied ring on the back
of the tweeter and screw it on clockwise to tighten the tweeter into its mounting position.
3-Way Tweeter Option
Removal of the 3-Way tweeter is the same
as the 2-Way setup on page 5.
Choosing A Location
It is always best to plan the complete installation prior to attempting to install any product
. The routing of wires, power connections and mounting locations should be planned
first. As with any car stereo installation, and all work performed should be checked thoroughly and carefully prior to the operation of the system.
The placement of your Audiobahn speakers within your vehicle will greatly affect the
overall performance of your audio system. Every vehicle is different, so installation
into particular locations of the vehicle may not be possible without modifications. Factory provided locations are generally preferable due to ease of installation. In all cases
speakers should be placed in a location free of obstruction by body panels, window
cranks, storage compartments or anything that may hinder the speakers performance.
Avoid areas that do not provide a flat, sturdy mounting surface.
Audiobahn AS series speakers are designed to fit into almost any factory location.
Again, if at all possible it is recommended that you use a factory location. This applies
mostly to later model vehicles. For those earlier models that do not have factory locations or are limited to front locations, it is recommended that you choose an area with
sufficient airspace.
If you allow an insufficient amount of airspace, the speaker may not reproduce low
frequencies very well. It is recommended to mount the speakers in door panels, kick
panels, rear decks, etc. Ideally the speaker should be mounted where it will be in an
enclosed airspace allowing for extended bass response.
Audiobahn strongly recommends that you operate your system at low
volumes prior to the completed installation of your Audiobahn speakers. This will allow a
test of the speaker before securing it to its permanent location.
Make sure that all speaker wiring is fully protected from cuts, tears
and possible wear. All short circuits developing as a result could severely damage the
source unit or possibly the amplifier as well as the speakers themselves. Make sure all
speaker wires are placed easily within reach of the speaker terminal with no stress on
the wire connectors.
1. Confirm the mounting location and depth requirements by inspecting the area where
the speaker will be mounted. Most speakers will fit into stock locations on the vehicle. In this case only depth consideration is important.
2. If the location you have picked does require cutting, you may use the supplied template to help your locate and mark the mounting location and cuts to be made. Be
careful when cutting out the template. If you cut the template properly, the speaker
will be a perfect fit.
3. If there is a cosmetic panel where the speaker will be mounted, we recommend using a utility knife to carefully cut a hole in it. Confirm the cut by placing the speaker
in the hole. You may need to modify the hole cut as necessary.
4. If it is necessary to cut steel, reinstall the cosmetic panel in place and use the hole
you have previously cut as a template. This will help to insure proper cutting and
a good fit. Mark the locations for the speaker mounting screws. Then remove the
panel and drill the screw holes. When finished you can replace the panel.
5. After cutting and drilling all holes, inspect the mounting areas for any metal burrs or
rough edges. File any area that may interfere with the mounting of the speaker.
6. Clean any metal shavings from the mounting area and check for areas in which
water may enter the speaker cavity. Treat the area for water protection when necessary.
Make sure your source unit (Cassette, CD, DAT, DVD etc.) is turned off while connecting
the speaker terminals. Turn on the various components and slowly advance the volume.
Remember to check and recheck all connections to insure you have a secure fitting.
Audiobahn recommends using at least 18-gauge wire with your new speaker system.
Thinner gauge wire may easily be severed and can cause damage to your system
should any bare wires come in contact with the vehicles chassis.
Make sure that your audio system is off while installing and connecting your new Audiobahn speaker. Failure to do so could result in damaging the speaker beyond repair.
This is not something that would be covered under the manufacturer warranty.
Be sure to route the wires to the speakers with the insulated terminal ending at the
speaker. This will insure a good contact with the speaker. If you need to shorten the
speaker lead, do so on the opposite end of the insulated terminals or the bare end.
Be sure the polarity is correct at all times. The speaker leads are color coded for negative and positive. Make sure that the leads connected to the positive terminal of your
amplifier or source unit is correctly connected to the positive terminal of the speaker.
To insure long-term reliability all bare wires and wire-to-wire connections should be
soldered and insulated with heat shrink or electricians tape. Under no circumstances
should you leave any bare wires uncovered, as this can and will lead to the failure of
your speakers and possibly other components.
When mounting in a door it is imperative to have the right amount of slack in the connecting wire as to not get crimped or torn when the door is opened or closed. Avoid
areas of the door jam that pinch. This will cause damage to the speaker and other
components over long-term use.
Once the speaker wiring is complete, you can connect the opposite end to the amplifier
or source unit. Again, be sure to observe correct polarity. Solder and wrap all stripped
Securing the Speaker
Once you have tested your system and confirmed that it is operating properly, turn off
your system and prepare for the mounting of the speaker.
1. Position the speaker into the mounting hole and confirm the correct mounting location and hole placement. Screw clips are provided to insure a snug fit. Place crew
clips over the metal surface and line up the hole with the hole you have previously
drilled. Place the speaker into the hole. Align the mounting holes and proceed to
insert the screws. Be sure to tighten the screws evenly as not to warp the speaker
2. Turn you system back on to confirm the speakers proper operation. First test at low
volume and then you may steadily increase the volume as desired.
3. The next steps will aid in the proper mounting of the speaker grills. Follow these
steps carefully and be patient. First, locate the special bonding rubber which is
located between the wax paper in the hardware package.
4. Carefully inspect the mounting ring where the grill will be inserted. You will notice 4
to 6 channeled areas. This is the area where the bonding rubber will secure the grill
to the speaker.
5. Break off pieces of the bonding rubber that correspond to the size of the channels
and insert it snugly in place. Once all of the channels have been filled, carefully
insert the grill and press firmly into place.
It is extremely important that the mounting ring is correctly installed around the speaker.
You may notice differences in the inner shape of the grill. These cutouts are so the
bridges holding the tweeters and or mids do not touch. You should be able to see the
bridge unobstructed when the ring is mounted.
In the event that your Audiobahn speakers appear to require service we ask that you
first do a little troubleshooting to determine if the problem is actually the speaker, or a
problem located in a different part of the vehicle such as the amplifier, wiring, fusing or
possibly the source unit.
If your Audiobahn speakers have been installed professionally by an authorized Audiobahn Dealer, we recommend that you return to the dealer and demonstrate the problem
to a qualified installer or repair technician. If you installed the speaker yourself, use the
following guidelines to help find the problem.
1) No Sound
*Check the source or amplifier for power and be sure they are operating properly
*Check all signal connections
*Check for any wiring that may be shorting together or touching the metal chassis
*Check all ground connections
2) Distorted Sound at All Volumes
*Check for bad speaker connections
*Check wiring for correct polarity
3) Distorted Sound at High Volumes Only
*Check for loose mounting of the speaker
*Check the woofer cone for any damage or defects
*Inspect the speaker for debris in the cone or other obstructions
4) Poor Bass Response
*Check wiring for correct polarity
*Check for unstable or loose mounting surface
*Check bass & treble controls at the source unit or amplifier
5) Poor High Frequency Response
*Check wiring for correct polarity
Warning And Disclaimer
Investigate the layout of your automobile thoroughly before drilling or cutting any holes. Take care
when you work near gas tanks, gas lines, hydraulic lines, and electrical wiring. Do not use the power amplifier unmounted. Attach the system securely to the automobile to prevent damage, particularly in the event of
an accident. Do not mount the system so that the wire connections are unprotected or are subject to pinching
or damage from nearby objects.
The +12V DC power wire must be fused at the battery positive terminal connection. Before making or breaking power connections at the system power terminals, disconnect the +12V wire at the battery end. Confirm your radio/head unit and/or other equipment is turned off while connecting the input jacks and speaker
terminals. If you need to replace the power fuse, replace it only with a fuse identical to that supplied with the
system. Using a fuse of a different type or rating may result in damage to this system which is not covered by
the warranty.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.
For the most updated Specifications call Audiobahn,
your local Authorized Audiobahn Dealer,
or check the Audiobahn web site.
Audiobahn Consumer
Product Warranty Policy
Audiobahn products are manufactured with the highest quality components and some of the most advanced
technology available. Because of this we recommend that you have your new products installed by an Authorized Audiobahn Dealer. (A list of Authorized Audiobahn Dealers can be found on our web page).
Warranty Period: One year from the original date of purchase.
Warranty Coverage: This warranty covers manufacturer defects only. The warranty is applicable to the
original purchaser, and is non-transferable. You must provide a receipt from an Authorized Audiobahn
Dealer that shows the location of purchase, price paid, and date of purchase.
(Products purchased by consumers from an Authorized Audiobahn Dealer outside the United States are
covered only by the Distributor of that specific country and are not covered by Audiobahn).
Complete subwoofer enclosures (Audiobahn will replace defective subwoofers, plexiglass, or neon only. Do
not send the entire enclosure, unless the enclosure is defective itself. You must receive prior authorization
and an RA# before sending in any complete enclosure).
(A list of Authorized Audiobahn Dealers can be found on our web page).
Any product not purchased from an Authorized Audiobahn Dealer (including Internet dealers)
Damage caused by abuse, misuse, accident, water / flood, or theft (including any cosmetic damage to
the body of the product)
Damage caused by improper installation
Any cost or expense related to removal or reinstallation
Any unauthorized services
Any product that has the serial number removed, altered, or defaced
Subsequent damage to any other components
Pinched, cut, or stripped wires / terminals
Any product that is new, and/or found to be in working condition
L.E.D. indicators on electronics (Audiobahn will only replace L.E.D.(s) found to be defective at the time
of purchase)
How to receive warranty service: Contact your local Authorized Audiobahn Dealer, or call Audiobahn at
(714) 452.1476 between the hours of 9:00AM and 5:00PM PST.
If you are having problems with your system, we recommend you check the product carefully and thoroughly
to confirm that the product truly has a manufacturer defect; as opposed to abuse, or other components in the
system caused the failure. This might include having an Authorized Audiobahn Dealer look at the product
to confirm the source of the problem. Any product found to have a manufacturer defect will be replaced with
a new piece of the same or similar model, or repaired at the discretion of Audiobahn. Any product found to
have no manufacturer defect will be returned to the sender at their cost.
You must acquire a Return Authorization Number (#) prior to returning ANY product to Audiobahn.
That Return Authorization Number (RA#) must be prominently and clearly marked on the outside of the shipping carton, or product delivery will be refused (no exceptions will be made).
Please note: All shipping and handling (to and from) charges will be the sole responsibility of the consumer.
Please record and keep your Return Authorization Number (RA#) in the event that further communication is
Return Authorization Number (RA#):
Date product was sent:
Contact Information
Audiobahn Headquarters
7050 Village Drive Bldg. G
Buena Park, CA 90621
Phone (714) 452.1476 Fax (888) 880.8469
Pacific Coast Time: 9am - 5pm Mon. - Fri.
[email protected]
7050 Village Drive, Bldg G
Buena Park, CA 90621
714-452-1476 office
888-880-8469 fax
[email protected]
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