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Instruction Manual
Model 272 PBM THX THX Select Certified
High Performance Powered Subwoofer
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Model 272 PBM THX
Atlantic Technology
MODEL 272 PBM THX
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High Performance THX Select Certified Powered Subwoofer
Congratulations on your purchase of an Atlantic Technology 272 PBM THX powered subwoofer. A well
designed subwoofer, properly integrated into your system will enhance your listening pleasure
dramatically by providing the bass foundation upon which most music and special effects are built.
The 272 PBM THX is capable of delivering very high output levels and wide dynamic range. When
properly placed it will provide smooth in-room bass response down to approximately 20Hz, with a
peak SPL of over 105dB (2000 cubic foot space).
The built-in proprietary high-current Class A/B amplifier is conservatively rated at 225 watts RMS. This
amplifier, coupled with the massive 12" long-throw woofer in a sealed enclosure, generates musically
accurate deep bass with a minimum of distortion.
Your Atlantic Technology powered subwoofer will smoothly integrate with virtually all other brands of
loudspeakers on the market. From the premium quality gold plated connectors to the clearly marked
controls, this is one of the most versatile high performance subwoofers you can buy.
What’s THX?
THX is a series of standards and technologies developed by Lucasfilm Ltd. (of Star Wars fame). These are
intended to ensure that what you hear and see on your home system, as closely as possible, matches
what the director heard and saw during the final production of the film. THX is intended to enhance
every type of viewing and listening experience including the latest discrete multichannel digital formats. Please note however that THX is not a separate surround format.
THX Select standards are based upon a room size of 2000 cubic feet (L x W x H). THX
Ultra standards are based upon a room size of 3000 cubic feet. This does not mean
these components must be used in rooms this exact size. The room sizes simply
provide a frame of reference, as they indicate that these systems must deliver a minimum level of
performance in these specified room sizes. Your 272 PBM is THX Select certified.
Features
Your Atlantic Technology powered subwoofer has been engineered using the latest technology and
finest components available. It features:
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A long-throw 12" composite cone driver with a vented 9.5 pound motor structure and 2” high
temperature, 4 layer voice coil
This powerful driver has a very stiff cone that acts as an almost perfect piston throughout its
operating range. Its massive magnetic motor assembly and high temperature component parts
deliver exceptional performance and reliability. In fact, its basic motor assembly is identical to
that from our top-of-the-line 15" subwoofers!
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Sealed enclosure design for low distortion and deep bass output
Sealed enclosure woofer designs are inherently low in distortion and naturally deliver deep,
smooth bass response with a gradual and predictable roll-off below resonance. As with all
Atlantic Technology subwoofers, we have paid inordinate attention to giving you accurate
musical bass reproduction along with terrific special effects.
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A linear power high current Class A/B amplifier conservatively rated at 225 watts RMS
This advanced amplifier is a fully discrete design utilizing audiophile grade component parts
including a custom-wound, low-hum Torroidal transformer. The output stage is capable of very
high current delivery for exceptional driver control. As a custom designed amplifier it has been
precision matched and equalized to the 12" driver. Together they deliver powerful, controlled
bass with great articulation and authority.
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A useful in room working frequency range of 20Hz to 180Hz
Many subwoofers offer specifications that look great on paper, but in real world use deliver less
than promised. Atlantic Technology subwoofers are over-designed to ensure that they will deliver
their rated performance in your room, when properly placed and adjusted.
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An adjustable (55Hz to 140Hz) @ 18dB per octave low-pass crossover
The steep upper end roll-off slope of 18dB per octave allows for much better bass integration
with the satellite speakers while making the woofer less localizable.
Note: If you are using a surround Processor/Receiver that includes its own filtered subwoofer output (or a
THX Certified Processor/Receiver), we strongly recommend that you set the 272 PBM THX crossover control to
the THX/Bypass position.
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Two low level inputs, two low level thruputs
The thruputs allow daisy chaining of multiple subwoofers, or as a return path back to the processor.
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Two high level inputs, two high level thruputs
These let you connect the subwoofer to your amplifier using the amplifier’s speaker outputs.
Once again, you can daisy chain to another subwoofer using the unmodified signal that comes
out of the thruput connectors.
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A Phase Invert switch (Normal/Invert)
This switch allows precise acoustic matching with satellite speaker systems whose output may be
phase reversed. This switch also allows you to compensate for unusual room acoustics that occur
when the woofer is physically separated from the midrange/high frequency units. Be sure to try
the Phase switch in both positions when you set up the 272 PBM THX. Even if you’ve simply
changed the built-in crossover settings it’s a good idea to try the Phase switch in both positions,
since the crossover control and the Phase switch acoustically interact with each other. Pay
particular attention to the transition of bass from the woofer to the satellites, listening for
smooth and well defined bass throughout the range.
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A convenient front panel mounted Level Control
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Automatic standby operation, LED indicator
Automatic standby features signal sensing turn-on with 7-10 minute turn-off delay. There’s a
front panel multi-color LED status indicator that lets you know when the unit is on or in
standby. Automatic Standby can be defeated by placing the rear mounted switch in the Bypass
position. If you find the front mounted LED distracting simply remove the grille from the
enclosure, turn it over 180 degrees, and re-install it on the cabinet. The lower section of the grille
frame has been designed to block the LED from view when you do this.
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An AC cord power input socket.
Your subwoofer comes supplied with a heavy-duty detachable power cord.
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Designed and built to meet all current UL/CSA and European safety requirements
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Figure 1:
Amplifier panel
and controls for
Model 272 PBM
THX
Connecting Your Subwoofer
The Atlantic Technology System 272 PBM THX Powered Subwoofer is simple to hook up, offering
several connection methods for maximum flexibility. Study the system diagrams starting on page 6.
Once you have found the example which most closely matches your system, hook up your
subwoofer(s) as shown in that diagram.
Warning: To prevent risk of electrical shock or damage to your equipment, always unplug all component AC
cords before proceeding with speaker and component connections! The last step in wiring your system should
be plugging in the AC cords!
Low Level Connection
We suggest using the low level (RCA jack) subwoofer line out or preamp output if your receiver/
processor has one. Simply connect your subwoofer with high quality shielded cables as shown in the
diagrams. Use the diagram that best suits your connection requirements. Please consult your
processor/receiver manual for further information.
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Example 1:
Subwoofer
Line Out/
Low Level In
Receiver/Amplifier/Processor
Before using this
connection
method, please
see the Note on
page 3.
Sub Woofer Out
HI PASS
OUT
LOW LEVEL
THRU
IN
HI PASS
OUT
L/MONO
L/MONO
RIGHT
RIGHT
Single Sub Woofer
Example 2:
Preamp Line
Out/Low
Level In for
1 Subwoofer
This arrangement
is for owners of
stereo receivers/
amplifiers with
Preamp outputs.
If your receiver/
amplifier uses
jumper links between the Pre-out
and Main In, then
you must remove
them and use
option 1 or 2. If
your receiver/
amplifier uses a
switch instead of
connectors, then
use option 3.
LOW LEVEL
THRU
IN
Optional Second Sub Woofer
Receiver/Amplifier/Processor
Option 1
Single Sub Woofer
HI PASS
OUT
L
LOW LEVEL
THRU
IN
R
L/MONO
Pre Out
RIGHT
Main In
Y-adapters
Option 2
HI PASS
OUT
L
LOW LEVEL
THRU
IN
R
L/MONO
Pre Out
RIGHT
Main In
Option 3
Pre Amp
L
R
Internal
External
HI PASS
OUT
LOW LEVEL
THRU
IN
L/MONO
Pre Out
RIGHT
Main In
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Example 3:
Preamp Line
Out/Low Level
In for
2 Subwoofers
Note that the
L/MONO input is
used on both subwoofers. Instead
of Y-adapters, you
may also use the
THRU outputs to
connect back to
the Main Inputs as
shown in Option
2 of Example 2.
Example 4:
Preamp Line
Out/Low Level
In using Hi-Pass
Out for
1 Subwoofer
The line level HiPass outputs send
audio signals
above the Lo-Pass
filter setting to the
main L and R
power amplifier
inputs. This keeps
the low frequencies out of the left
and right front
speakers, allowing
the subwoofers to
reproduce the
bass frequencies.
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Receiver/Amplifier/Processor
Y-adapters
L
R
Pre Out
Main In
HI PASS
OUT
LOW LEVEL
THRU
HI PASS
IN
OUT
LOW LEVEL
THRU
IN
L/MONO
L/MONO
RIGHT
RIGHT
Left Sub Woofer
Right Sub Woofer
Receiver/Amplifier/Processor
Pre Out
L
R
Main In
SUBWOOFER
LO-PASS
HI PASS
100
OUT
80
55
140
LOW LEVEL
THRU
EXT
FILTER
IN
L/MONO
RIGHT
Sub Woofer
Note: These outputs are primarily intended for use in a two channel satellite/subwoofer system where the left
and right speakers are small and not designed to reproduce bass. It is also useful when your receiver/
amplifier/processor does not internally incorporate a low pass filter.
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Example 5:
Speaker Out/
High Level In for
1 Subwoofer
Receiver/Amplifier
Main Speakers
This is the
recommended
method for
connecting the
272 PBM THX to
a discrete 5.1
channel. Please
the Note on
page 3.
Left
Right
HI PASS
OUT
LOW LEVEL
IN
THRU
L/MONO
RIGHT
L/MONO
HI LEVEL
INPUT
RIGHT
Left Front Speaker
Sub Woofer
Example 6:
Speaker Out/
High Level In for
2 Subwoofers
This is the recommended method
for connecting the
272 PBM THX to
a discrete 5.1
channel receiver
or amplifier.
Please see the
Important Note
on page 3. You
can also use the
speaker level
THRU outputs.
Note that the
L/MONO High
Level input is used
on both left and
right subwoofers.
Right Front Speaker
Receiver/Amplifier
Main Speakers
Left
HI PASS
OUT
Left Front Speaker
Right
LOW LEVEL
IN
THRU
HI PASS
OUT
LOW LEVEL
IN
THRU
L/MONO
L/MONO
RIGHT
RIGHT
L/MONO
L/MONO
HI LEVEL
INPUT
HI LEVEL
INPUT
RIGHT
RIGHT
Left Sub Woofer
Right Sub Woofer
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Right Front Speaker
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Using the Low level Thruput
If desired, you can run a low level stereo signal through the 272 PBM THX and out to another unit.
This way you can add an additional subwoofer with minimal additional wiring. The signal that comes
out of the Thruput jacks is identical to the input signal.
High Level Connection
Alternately, you may use the high level (speaker) inputs. We recommend that you connect your new
272 PBM THX Powered Subwoofer(s) using high quality wire of 16 gauge or larger. There are many
respected manufacturers in the audio industry that specialize in speaker wire and interconnect cables
suitable for your new system. Please consult your audio/video specialist for more specific information.
High level Thruput
If desired, you can run a high level stereo signal through the 272 PBM THX and out to another unit.
This way you can add an additional subwoofer with minimal additional wiring. The signal that comes
out of the Thruput jacks is identical to the input signal.
Figure 2:
Gold plated 5-way
binding posts.
Accepts up to 10
gauge bare wire.
You can connect to the High level inputs by using a variety of connectors, or by removing 1/2" of
insulation from each wire end, twisting the strands of wire together, placing the wire through one of
the post holes and screwing down the nut tightly. It’s important to observe polarity while making
speaker connections: red (+) terminals on the amplifier to red (+) on the
speaker, black (-) on the amplifier to black (-) on the speaker. Look carefully
at the wires you are using and note that one of the wires in each pair will be
marked by either the conductor color, printing on the wire jacket, a ridge on
one side of the wire jacket, or a thread intertwined with the wire strands. By
convention, the marked wire is connected to the red (+) terminal.
Power Connection
Connect the power cord to an AC outlet only after making all other connections to the subwoofer.
This will avoid any chance of accidentally activating the subwoofer while wiring. Atlantic Technology
does not recommend plugging the subwoofer into the switched outlet of an amplifier, preamplifier,
or receiver. The power demands of the subwoofer amplifier may exceed the power rating of the
switched outlet and may damage the equipment.
The 272 PBM THX is totally automatic in its operation. The automatic on/off circuitry will only
activate the subwoofer in the presence of an audio signal from your system. After 7-10 minutes with
no signal detected from the rest of the system, the amplifier will shut itself off and go back into
standby mode. When the sub is in operating mode, the power LED located under the front grille will
glow green. The LED will glow yellow in the Standby mode and power consumption in this mode is
negligible. Standby operation can be completely bypassed by placing the Auto/Standby/Bypass switch
on the 272 PBM THX amplifier to the Bypass position.
Placement and Operation
Generally speaking, the best location for your new subwoofer is the front of the room, in or close to a
corner (Figure 3). Every room has its own unique sound characteristics, and flexibility in the exact
placement of the subwoofer is always desirable. The closer the subwoofer is placed to a wall and
especially a corner, the more and deeper the bass response you will hear. However, in some rooms,
corner placement can produce a “one note” boomy effect. Under such circumstances the subwoofer
may work better away from the corner. Experiment to find the best position in your room.
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Helpful Hint: A particularly useful experiment is to place the subwoofer right at the prime listening position
(move your couch or chair out of the way and put the sub in its place). Then play something with lots of good
bass (preferably music), and walk around the room, listening to the subwoofer’s response. When you locate
an area that has ample amounts of well defined bass you’ve found a good potential place to locate the sub.
Figure 3:
Typical arrangement for a single
subwoofer in a
home theater.
System Set Up
When setting up a complete home
theater we strongly recommend that
Less Bass
you use a Sound Pressure Level meter.
Radio Shack® has a good one that is
More Bass
very affordably priced (approximately
$40). To use this meter, turn on your
system, put the Processor/Receiver in
the Test Mode and set its main volume
control to 0dB. Sit in the prime
listening position, set the SPL meter to
the 70dB scale, Slow Response, and C
Weighting. Now, holding the meter
pointed up and in front of you, let the system cycle its test tone from speaker to speaker and set every
speaker to 75dB using the individual level settings in the Processor/Receiver. As tempting as it may be
to set the subwoofer and/or surround speakers higher than 75dB, try them properly set and see if you
can acclimate to these levels. Try watching several different movies and keep in mind that the goal is
to have a system that sounds like you’re actually “in the movie.”
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When using the latest discrete digital electronics which include internal level controls for all channels,
we recommend setting the subwoofer’s front mounted Level Control to its THX/Fixed position and
using the Processor/Receiver’s built-in subwoofer level control. Should you have difficulty achieving
the correct subwoofer volume this way or should your Processor/Receiver not have a subwoofer level
control, you can use the 272 PBM’s front mounted level control to make this adjustment.
If you decide not to use an SPL meter try to set all the speaker levels the same using the Test Tones. Of
course, this will be much more difficult without the meter, especially for the subwoofer.
Figure 4:
Front Panel
Variable Level
Control located
behind the
removable grille
Subwoofer Tuning Without an SPL Meter or Test Tones
Start your listening with the subwoofer Lo-pass control set at 80Hz or in the THX/Bypass position if
you’re using a THX Certified processor or unit with a built-in crossover. Set the phase switch to
normal, and the front panel variable level control (Figure 4) to the THX/Fixed position. Play some
music that you know has good bass content, and turn the level control up until
you just start to hear the subwoofer working. Now, from your normal listening
position, determine whether the subwoofer is playing loudly enough and filling
in the bass frequencies of the music evenly. If adjustment is necessary, start by
changing the setting in the processor or on of the front panel level control, if
your processor lacks a subwoofer level adjustment.
If the bass seems too ponderous, boomy, or heavy, no matter how you set the level, try moving the
subwoofer away from the wall/corner. If the bass seems too thin, try moving the subwoofer closer to
the wall/corner. Small differences in positioning can make big differences in bass response. When you
find a position that seems to work well, try switching the phase switch between its two settings,
listening particularly to the transition from the subwoofer to the satellites.
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How Much is Enough?
Sometimes people prefer more bass impact for movies than sounds natural when reproducing music.
You may wish to determine both a video level and an audio level if you find yourself falling into this
camp. Remember however, the most common error people make when setting up their system is to
play the subwoofer (and surrounds) too loudly. Of course, the Home Theater Police will not arrest you
for this act. But should you desire the most accurate overall reproduction, a well balanced sound from
bass to highest treble is the best way to get it. Have fun. Experiment. Enjoy.
Dual Subwoofer Placement
Figure 5:
Assymmetrical
arrangement for
2 subwoofers in
a home theater,
for example, one
closer to a corner
than the other
When two subwoofers are used you may wish to
place them asymmetrically; that is, in slightly
different positions in the room (Figure 5). This
will reduce common mode room resonances
that occur with symmetrically positioned subwoofers. You can also try placing the subwoofers
in the same corner, if you wish. Experiments
have shown this to be a viable means of producing smooth bass response in many rooms.
Using the Subwoofer Lo-Pass Control
When used with the complete System 270 THX, the 272 PBM THX Lo-pass control should be set at
80Hz unless you are using a processor with its own built-in crossover. The goal is to optimize the
performance of the system by ensuring that the subwoofer and satellites produce a cohesive and well
integrated sound “picture.” The low frequency response of the System 270 THX satellites has been
optimized to work with approximately an 80Hz crossover point.
Higher crossover frequencies pass more bass but can sound boomy and may be more easily localized to
the subwoofer. Higher crossover frequencies may be suitable, however, when using very small satellites
that have no real low frequency performance. Settings lower than 80Hz should be employed if you are
using larger speakers that have extended bass response. This way, the subwoofer will only reproduce
the very lowest bass frequencies that are in the range where the large main speakers begin to roll off.
It’s generally undesirable to have the main speakers and the subwoofer overlap too much. Larger
speakers means a lower Lo-pass crossover frequency, smaller speakers means a higher Lo-pass crossover
frequency. Consult the manufacturer’s specified low frequency response for your main speakers to
determine the appropriate Lo-pass setting on your subwoofer. In the end, however, a little time spent
experimenting will generally result in dramatically better bass response.
The Phase Invert Control
A subwoofer operating out of phase with the rest of the system won’t provide optimum low frequency
performance. Also, the correct subwoofer phase can enhance room acoustics. Since there is so much
variation in the industry regarding phase, and no standards have been established, a switch that will
reverse the phase of the subwoofer is provided on the amplifier panel. Listen to a monaural musical
source with strong bass content. (For example, you can use the mono switch on an FM tuner or
preamp, or use a Y-connector on the outputs of one of your source components to get a mono signal.)
Experiment with the position of the phase switch to get the most extended bass. It should be obvious
which is the correct setting. In particular, there will be a smoother more integrated transition between
the satellites and the subwoofer when they are properly phased.
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A Word About Bass, Center Channel Modes, and System Set Up
Many surround processors and receivers feature a “Wide” and “Normal” mode for the center channel
speaker. Atlantic Technology recommends that the center channel be operated in the “Normal” mode
when using a powered subwoofer. The center channel speaker will sound more dynamic and the
intelligibility of the system will generally be improved when in the “Normal” mode.
With discrete digital “5.1” channel systems (Dolby Digital AC-3, etc.) many controllers provide a Bass
Management option, which lets you set the front and rear speakers in a limited bandwidth (Small) or
full range (Large) mode. When using a subwoofer with Atlantic Technology speakers we recommend
setting such a controller to the Small position for all the speakers in the system.
Care and Feeding of Your Subwoofer
The 272 PBM THX is constructed from 3/4" Medium Density Fiberboard. MDF is a non-resonant
material ideal for speaker system enclosures. The outside is layered with a high quality black oak
finished vinyl laminate. To clean the cabinet you may use a soft cloth either dry or slightly dampened
with clean water. Be careful not to wet the cabinet or allow any water to enter the cabinet seams. Avoid
placing your speakers in direct sunlight or near a source of heat that may, over time, damage the finish.
IMPORTANT: Save Your Boxes! If you can do so, save the carton, packing pieces and plastic bags that
came with your subwoofer. They will be useful in case you move or have to ship your subwoofer for any
reason. In any case, save all packing materials until you are certain that the system has suffered no damage
in shipment. If you find such damage, either visible or internal, contact your dealer immediately for the proper
return procedure.
Subwoofer Troubleshooting Guide
Once your subwoofer is set up, you should have many years of maintenance free enjoyment from your
system. However, if you should encounter a problem, refer to the following guide to help you find the
solution. If a problem persists, you should contact your local authorized Atlantic Technology dealer.
Problem
Possible Cause
Possible Solution
No bass output
AC power cord unplugged or plugged into a non-working outlet.
Input cables not securely connected or defective.
Plug into a working outlet.
Check all connections, then try another input cable.
Audible buzz
or hum
Input cable not securely connected or defective.
Single HI LEVEL input connected to the RIGHT channel only.
Ground loop through antenna or cable TV system input.
Check all connections, then try another input cable.
Connect to the LEFT input channel.
Test by disconnecting antenna and/or cable system input leads.
If hum goes away, install isolation balun(s) at that point.
More than one
source audible
More than one source is playing.
All the subwoofer’s inputs are active at all times. Turn off
unwanted source.
Weak bass
Subwoofer too far from the wall.
VARIABLE INPUT LEVEL set too low.
Move the subwoofer closer to a wall or corner.
Turn control up somewhat.
Weak bass: vague stereo image
Input source connected to HI LEVEL inputs is wired out of phase.
Check speaker wire connections and reconnect in proper phase.
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Atlantic Technology
Model 272 PBM THX
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Model 272 PBM THX Specifications
Type/Features
Powered subwoofer, sealed enclosure
All discrete linear Calss A/B power amplifier w/ dual power
2", four layer vented aluminum voice coil, vented motor
Switched 55, 80, 100, 140Hz bypass, 18dB/octave low pass output
Variable low level stereo inputs and thruputs, low level output
High level stereo inputs and thruputs w/5-way, gold-plated binding posts
Absolute phase invert switch
Auto signal sensing on/off/bypass
Bass Driver
12" long-throw composite cone
Output Power (rms)
225WRMS
Distortion (amplifier) <0.025%
Frequency Response 20Hz – 180Hz ±3 dB
Specifications are those in effect at the time of printing. Atlantic
Technology reserves the right to change specifications or designs at
any time without notice. THX is a registered trademark of Lucasfilm
Ltd. Dolby Digital, AC-3, 5.1, Dolby Stereo and Dolby Pro Logic are
trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation. DTS is a
registered trademark of DTS Technology.
Input Impedance
High Level (speaker)
Low Level (line)
Peak Output
105dB SPL into 2000 cubic Feet
10kΩ
1kΩ
Dimensions (WxHxD) 15.75 x 21.50 x 18.50in; 400 x 546 x 470mm
Weight
62lbs/28.15kg
Power Requirements 110V AC 50/60Hz; 240V AC 50/60Hz
For Future Reference
Record your speaker serial number and date of purchase here:
Model Number
Serial Number
Date of Purchase
The serial number is found on the back of the speaker near the connecting terminals.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove
the cover (or back). No user serviceable parts inside. Refer to
qualified personnel.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this appliance to rain or moisture.
The lightning flash with arrowhead, within an
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user
to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous
voltage” within the product’s enclosure that
may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a
risk of electrical shock to persons.
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The exclamation point within an equilateral
triangle is intended to alert the user to the
presence of important operating maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature
accompanying the appliance.
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011-1272
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