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hank you for your interest in our products. Museum Tools is the
originator and manufacturer of the Secret Sound® directional
speaker system, which beams sharp, clear focused sound onto
any exhibit or display without distracting audio spillover. We also
offer high quality digital repeaters. For more information about our
products, please call us directly at 800-474-4340, or explore the
pages that follow.
SECRET SOUND SPEAKERS Specifications
Installations FAQ’s DIGITAL REPEATERS
MiniMac
MacFi-MP
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AMPS / CONTROLLERS11-14
Smart Amp 11
Push Buttons 13
Motion Sensor
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SS30CB
SS30BB
SS30CB
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ecret Sound® is a museum-quality parabolic speaker which projects a focused
beam of sound onto any exhibit without distracting audio spillover. It was
designed by museum professionals to be easily installed, ceiling mounted at any
height, and maintenance free, and has been in use by major institutions around the
world since 1986.
The speaker housing combines reduced size and elegant design with high-tech
materials and performance. Only slightly larger than a baseball, the molded-composite
housing provides a strong, clean sound ideally suited for all audio presentations. The
composite construction combines strength and durability with improved damping.
Secret Sound® is available with a choice of three parabolas: clear, black or white. All
units are in stock and can be shipped within 24 hours of our receipt of your order.
Secret Sound speakers will work with any amplified sound source, including laser
disc players, CD, and computers.
Secret Sound® speakers are available in three colors. The SS30CB has a clear acrylic
reflector, the SS30BB has a black reflector, and the SS30WB has a white reflector
that can be painted to match the design vocabulary of the installation situation. All
three models are the same size, and deliver the same excellent performance.
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SECRET SOUND® SPECIFICATIONS
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he Secret Sound® speakers have been
designed to be extremely versatile.
They can deliver focused sound to a wide
variety of interpretive situations, and they
offer many mounting options. Secret
Sound® speakers are most often mounted
from the ceiling using a rigid metal conduit.
Mounting height can be from 8 to 20+
feet off the floor. The speakers can also be
mounted flush into a dropped ceiling, or be
completely hidden above a loose-weave
fabric panel.
Other installation options include aiming
the Secret Sound® speakers at an angle to
create dramatic audio affects. Several can
be aimed to converge at a single spot, or
they can be mounted horizontally, creating
an invisible “audio threshold” into an exhibit space. Horizontal beams of focused
sound can also be used to create “zones” of sound for listeners of different heights,
including specialized sound effects for children.
The principles of reflected sound can be demonstrated in an interactive way using
Secret Sound® speakers mounted so they can be aimed by the users themselves.
Any exhibit will be enriched by the pin-point audio experience of Secret Sound®.
Secret Sound® speakers have an impedance of four ohms, and a frequency response
of 200hz to 18Khz, but operate most effectively with a sharp roll-off below 500 Hz.
This bandwidth provides the best balance between the focused sound and the
ambient noise of the room. In noisier rooms,
a broader bandwidth can be used without
noticeable spillover. Conversely, a very quiet
space with hard surfaces will require a higher
bandwidth in order to reduce the perception
of sound beyond the beam of reflected
sound. In either situation, however, the sound
experienced beneath the Secret Sound® will
be sharp, clear and understandable no matter
what else is happening in the room.
Secret Sound® speakers weight less than
ten pounds, and can be assembled without
tools. They ship up to four per carton with a
dimensional weight of 56 pounds.
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SECRET SOUND® INSTALLATION
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he Secret Sound® speakers are easily assembled and installed using standard
electrical hardware. Most installations use a ceiling-mounted electrical conduit
with 1/2” outside threads at the bottom end. We do not supply this hardware. The
threaded conduit, generally painted black, threads into the coupling we provide.
The speaker wire (16-18 gauge) is routed from the player through the conduit to
the coupling, where it is connected to the speaker using supplied wire nuts, The
speaker is then threaded onto the coupling, completing the installation. Weighing
less than ten pounds, these speakers can also be suspended using braided steel
cable. Secret Sound® speakers can also be mounted flush in a false ceiling or
behind a fabric scrim. To flush mount, you will need adequate height above the
ceiling for the parabola and coupling. The parabola slips easily into a 28” round
cutout, and mounting screws can be used through the flat edge flange, or the unit
can be pulled tight from above using the coupling.
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SECRET SOUND® FAQ’S
Q - What is the best height to mount the Secret Sound® speakers?
A - Most Secret Sound® speakers are mounted from 8-10 feet above the floor, but they
perform well up to 20 feet or higher. There will be a slight increase in the coverage of the
beam of sound the further the speaker gets from the listener.
Q - How many people can listen to each speaker at a time?
A - Under ideal conditions (noisy room, master recording with sharp roll-off below 500 Hz)
the “spot” of sound at the floor will accommodate about 2 listeners. Two chairs placed
side by side will both be within the beam of sound from one Secret Sound® speaker. Wider
coverage may occur in situations where the room is very quiet and the recording has lots
of low frequency (bass) and volume fluctuation. Additional coverage can also be achieved
by mounting the speakers horizontally so they wash over listeners on a bench, in a row of
seats, or standing in a line. This requires an absorbent surface at the end of the beam to
stop the beam from extending on into other areas. (These beams can project 80 - 200 feet,
and bounce off walls and other hard surfaces, causing interesting but sometimes unwanted
effects.)
Q - Are these speakers amplified?
A - No, you will need an amplified sound source for these speakers to work. They require
only a small amount of power, however, and large amps can damage the speakers. About
6-8 watts of power is adequate for the Secret Sound® speakers. We recommend the Smart
Amp (see page 11), which will control the volume as well as amplify the sound.
Q - What kind of player will I need?
A - Secret Sound® speakers will play using any sound source, including CD player, digital
recorders, DVD layers and computers.
Q - Is this speaker stereo?
A - No. We decided when we created the Secret Sound® speaker 20 years ago that it
needed to be durable, elegant and versatile: museum quality. We felt then and still do that
there is inadequate separation to make focused stereo anything other than a novelty, and the
loss of versatility was not worth it. A stereo speaker has two sound sources converging on
the listener in a “sweet spot” of stereo. This sweet spot must be a fixed distance from the
listener, meaning that the speaker can only be mounted at one height off the floor. Also, the
fixed spot of stereo can be too high for children or listeners in wheelchairs.
Q - How is the Secret Sound® speaker different from the other focused sound
speakers?
A - We at Museum Tools originated the concept of focused sound 20 years ago. Other
companies have copied us since then, and continue to make claims about their products,
but we believe no one has equaled our quality, design or service. All reflected speakers work
on the same principle, are affected by the quality of the recording and the noise levels in
the room, and will succeed or fail depending on the balance of these two factors. That said,
however, we believe that the Secret Sound® speaker’s track record and customer satisfaction
speaks for itself.
Q - How soon after ordering can I receive my speakers?
A - We ship within 48 hours of receipt of your order.
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D I G I T AL REPEATERS
Digital Repeaters are devices that record and play back audio messages either on
demand or continuously. They can be recorded on site and the message can be
changed at any time They have no moving parts and are very low maintenance.
Digital Repeaters also have internal amplifiers, and can be activated either using
a push button, a motion sensor or computer. DMR’s vary according to how many
separate messages they can hold, and the maximum total message time they are
capable of. Some frequently asked questions about Digital Message Repeaters
include:
Q - How may messages can I play on a DMR?
A - From one to eight, and more with computer control. You can only play one message at
a time, however.
Q - How long can each message be?
A - This depends on the player. Generally, the maximum available message time on a DMR
can be divided up in any proportion by the number of messages the DMR has available.
Q - What happens to the message when the power is turned off?
A - Nothing. You can turn the power off each day without losing your recorded messages.
Q - How do multiple messages work?
A - A machine with more than one message capacity can offer choices to the user. If one
message is selected, it will play to the end, unless another message is selected in the
meantime, in which case the first message will stop, and the second will begin at the
beginning.
Q - How many Secret Sound® speakers can a DMR play through?
A - One using the internal amplifier, and as many as needed otherwise, depending on how
much additional amplification you add. Secret Sound® speakers require only about 6 watts
each.
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MINI MA C
MINIMAC
COMPACT SINGLE MESSAGE DIGITAL REPEATER
Anywhere or anytime,
Minimac is a reliable
way to get an audio
announcement where
you need it when you
need it. Minimac allows
the user to record up
to 4 minutes of crystal
clear 100Hz - 8kHz
audio. Once recorded,
the unit may be
triggered to playback via
a contact closure from
a user supplied push
button, motion sensor or
other control device.
Small size allows Minimac to be put almost anywhere. Non-volatile flash
memory means the Minimac will retain its message even during a power
outage. Built-in amplifier allows the unit to drive a speaker directly in close
proximity applications.
Minimac is also able to store up to 4 individual messages. Sequencing
mode allows each trigger to it will play the next message until it reaches
the last, then it will start from the beginning. Standard mode allows
Minimac to play the same message location each time the unit is triggered.
Models:
MMD-4: 4 minutes, 4 watt speaker output, 12VDC
MMD-4/10W: 4 minutes, 10 watt speaker output, 15VDC
FEATURES:
• Line level input
• Microphone input
• Single Message Capability
• Line level output
• 4 minute capacity
• Speaker output(4 watts, 10 watt option)
• On board recording capability
• Playing relay
• Compact size, just 6.7 W x 3.2H x 1.3D
• Multi-message(4) sequencing capability
• Up to 8kHz bandwidth
• Non-Volatile FLASH memory
• Crystal clear 16 bit PCM coding
• Rugged enclosure
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MINI MA C
THE MINIMAC
SPECIFICATIONS
COMPACT SINGLE MESSAGE REPEATER
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MA C FI-MP
THE MacFi-MP
MP3 DIGITAL AUDIO RECORD / PLAY SYSTEM
The MacFi-mp incorporates
a MPEG processor for
record and playback quality
of up to 15kHz bandwidth.
With its increased capacity,
the MacFi-mp is able to
store up to 99 individual
messages.
Mackenzie’s
Dynamic Message Length
(DML) technology allows
each of the 99 messages
to be of different duration.
DML also provides for
replacement messages to
be a different length than
the original, maximizing memory efficiency and compatibility with future applications.
Local recording is accomplished through a straight forward user interface with standard
line level and microphone connections. Line and amplified audio outputs are provided with
level control. Eight message triggers are available on the remote control terminal while the
remainder may be accessed by the user interface or the Serial (RS-232) interface of the
MacFi-mpe.
The MacFi-mpe adds enhanced functionality to the standard MacFi-mp. These features
include Serial (RS-232) interface and synchronization relay. Push buttons and LED indicators
of the MacFi-mpe are relocated to the front of the system for better accessibility in rack
mount applications. The Serial interface of the MacFi-mpe allows for complete control of
recording and playback as well as customization of default settings. Audio files may be
mastered on a Personal Computer then digitally transferred to the MacFi-mpe in MPEG 1
Layer 1, Layer 2 or Layer 3(MP3) formats.
The MacFi-mp utilizes solid state, non-volatile, FLASH memory which stores messages
until they are re-written. Message data is protected from power outages and no battery is
required. The system contains no moving parts and offers unsurpassed reliability.
FEATURES:
• MPEG 1, Layer 3 (MP3) record and playback
• Local Record capability
• User-friendly controls
• 99 independent messages(01 - 99)
• Instantaneous, random access of
messages
• Flash memory, no battery backup
required
• DML - Dynamic Message Length
• Line and microphone inputs
• Line and speaker outputs
• Shock and vibration resistant
• Several playback modes
• Playing relay
• Rack mount kits available as an option
MacFi-mpe Adds:
• Serial (RS-232) control, setup and
audio file transfer
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MA C FI-MP
THE MacFi-MP
SPECIFICATIONS
MP3 DIGITAL AUDIO RECORD / PLAY SYSTEM
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SMART AMP
THE SMART AMP
AUTOMATIC VOLUME CONTROL
The Smart Amp
acts as an unseen
staff
member,
automatically
adjusting
the volume of any
player
as
the
surrounding room
noise goes up and
down. Volume of
your Secret Sound
speaker will stay
consistent even as
a brass band goes
by! The Smart
Amp “listens” to the room through a small remote microphone, and adjusts
the player volume as needed to retain your setting. The Smart Amp also
includes an internal 6-watt amplifier that is sufficient to power a Secret Sound
speaker, making it the perfect system for unamplified computer audio output.
Installation is easy, and you need only to provide speaker wire to connect the
Smart Amp to your sound source and the remote Microphone.
FEATURES:
• AUTOMATIC VOLUME CONTROL
• INTERNAL 6 WATT AMPLIFIER
• HIGH FIDELITY
• COMPACT
• REMOTE MICROPHONE SENSOR
• RUGGED CONSTRUCTION
• 5 YEAR WARRANTY
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THE SMART AMP
THE SMART AMP
SPECIFICATIONS
AUTOMATIC VOLUME CONTROL
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz +1/-5 dB S/N Ratio, Dynamic Range: 75dB (compressor bypassed), 82dB (compressor
enabled) Audio Input (Line In): -13dBm to +8dBm(170mV to 2.0V RMS), single ended
or differential User Controls: Input, minimum, and master volumes; RUN/TEST mode,
sensor sensitivity, switchable input compressor, AUTO SETUP Indicators: Input and Sensor VU’s, RUN/TEST status, main and sensor
POWER status Audio Sensor: Condenser type, includes line drive amplifier and feedback
suppression filters Acoustic Mapping: full scale sweep response performed during AUTO
SETUP, 8 bit microprocessor, flash storage, self test routines Audio Output: 6 watts @4 ohms, 2 to 8 ohm nominal, overload protected,
includes line out Output Attenuation: -32dB max,adjustable, at both speaker and line outputs Connections: Line in, line out, speaker out, power and ext. sensor (via 4 pin
ejection header) Output Tracking: 10ms attack resp., linear tracking, max 32dB atten., max
decay = -2dB/s Power Consumption: 500 mA @12 VDC (typical, average) Construction Standard: Industrial/Commercial, carbon steel enclosure,
polyester powdercoat Operating Temp: -20°F to +130°F (-30°C to +55°C) Dimensions, Weight: 3.5”w x6.0”d x0.9h, 1.5lb (8.9w x15.2d x2.3h cm,
0.7kg) Warranty: 5 year Gold Seal Warranty Includes: 12VDC power supply, Audio Sensor w/ mounting hardware, audio
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ACTIVATOR BUTTONS
THE 701-AB
ACTIVATOR BUTTONS
FEATURES:
• The 701-AB Activator buttons are normally-open or normally-closed circuit activator
buttons made from durable ABS plastic. They are video-arcade tough, and mount into
any 3/4” thick substrate. Installation is simple, and only requires drilling a 1 1/8” diameter
hole. 16 or 18 gauge speaker wire is needed to connect buttons to sound source. The
701-AB Activator Buttons are available in red (item # AB-701-R), white (item # AB-701W), or black (item # AB-701-B).
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MICROWAVE SENSOR
FOR MACFI & MINIMAC
The
Microwave
Sensor
(Model MS-2) from Mackenzie
Laboratories, Inc. is the ideal
solution
for
automatically
triggering message playback
via contact closure.
The
Microwave
Sensor
uses radar technology to
detect the disturbance of,
or mass movement in its
field of operation. Detection
produces a contact closure.
This technology is resistant
to false detentions caused
environmental conditions.
Its small size allows the
Microwave Sensor to be
mounted almost anywhere. In addition, microwave technology does not require
line of sight like most infrared units. This allows the Microwave Sensor be hidden
behind plastic, wood, fiberglass, cloth, glass, etc and not effect the aesthetics of
your installation.
The minimal power required for the Microwave Sensor allows it to share the 12VDC
supply of another device in most applications.
The Microwave Sensor is able to share power and provide a single contact closure
to the following Mackenzie models (As well as any other systems offering a 12VDC
supply and contact input):
-DV-1000MT/MTS
-DMR-Px/PxS
-MacFi, MacFi-e
FEATURES:
• Power: 12VDC
• Wiring: 3’, Ground, +12V, Contact
• Output: Contact closure
• Indication: Red LED indicates
detection
• Adjustment: Sensitivity potentiometer
• Size: 3” W x 2.7” H x 0.5” D
• Package: Plastic
• Frequency: 2.45gHz
• Approval: FCC
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ITEM #
DESCRIPTION
UNIT COST
SS30CB Secret Sound focused speaker with clear parabola $795.00 USD
SS30BB
Secret Sound focused speaker with black parabola $745.00 USD
SS30BB
Secret Sound focused speaker with white parabola $745.00 USD
MiniMac
Digital Message repeater - up to 4 messages, 4 minutes total play time
$367.00 USD
MacFi-MP
Digital Message repeater - up to 8 messages, 40 minutes total play time
$642.00 USD
SmartAmp Automatic volume control with 6-watt internal amp
$185.00 USD
701-AB-B
Black plastic activator button
$15.00 USD
701-AB-R
Red plastic activator button
$15.00 USD
701-AB-W
White plastic activator button
$15.00 USD
MS-2
Microwave motion sensors for the MacFi and MiniMac $170.00 USD
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If you wish to order from Museum Tools, please call us directly at
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800-474-4340, email
us at secretsound@museumtools.com, and visit our website at www.museumtools.
com. You can reach us by mail at P.O. Box 2646, San Anselmo, CA 94979. We accept
Visa, MasterCard and American Express cards, as well as purchase orders from qualified
institutions, and wire transfers. We can ship within 24 hours of receipt of prepayment.
We ship to customers around the world, and can provide you with an exact estimate
including door-to-door shipping and insurance if you send an email request. We can also
ship using your shipping account or forwarding agent.
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