Mackie Thump 15 Owner`s manual

Mackie Thump 15 Owner`s manual
TH-15A
2-Way 15” Powered Loudspeaker
OWNER’S MANUAL
Important Safety Instructions
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Read these instructions. Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with a dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers,
stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type
plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other.
A grounding-type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong.
The wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the
provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the
apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or
PORTABLE CART
WARNING
table specified by the manufacturer, or sold with
the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution
when moving the cart/apparatus combination to
avoid injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required
when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as powersupply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have
fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
moisture, does not operate normally, or has been dropped.
15. This apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing, and no
object filled with liquids, such as vases or beer glasses, shall be placed
on the apparatus.
16. Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a
risk of fire or electric shock.
17. This apparatus has been designed with Class-I construction and must
be connected to a mains socket outlet with a protective earthing connection (the third grounding prong).
18. This apparatus has been equipped with a rocker-style AC mains power
switch. This switch is located on the rear panel and should remain
readily accessible to the user.
19. The MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is used as the disconnect
device, so the disconnect device shall remain readily operable.
CAUTION
AVIS
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK)
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL
ATTENTION: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE, NE PAS ENLEVER LE COUVERCLE.
AUCUN ENTRETIEN DE PIECES INTERIEURES PAR L'USAGER.
CONFIER L'ENTRETIEN AU PERSONNEL QUALIFIE.
AVIS: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES D'INCENDIE OU D'ELECTROCUTION, N'EXPOSEZ PAS CET ARTICLE
A LA PLUIE OU A L'HUMIDITE
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol 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 electric shock to persons.
Le symbole éclair avec point de flèche à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral
est utilisé pour alerter l'utilisateur de la présence à l'intérieur du coffret de
"voltage dangereux" non isolé d'ampleur suffisante pour constituer un risque
d'éléctrocution.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the
user of the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Le point d'exclamation à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral est employé
pour alerter les utilisateurs de la présence d'instructions importantes pour le
fonctionnement et l'entretien (service) dans le livret d'instruction
accompagnant l'appareil.
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20.NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly
approved by LOUD Technologies Inc. could void the user's authority to
operate the equipment under FCC rules.
21. This apparatus does not exceed the Class A/Class B (whichever is
applicable) limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as
set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
ATTENTION — Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits
radioélectriques dépassant las limites applicables aux appareils
numériques de class A/de class B (selon le cas) prescrites dans le
réglement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté par les ministere des
communications du Canada.
22. Exposure to extremely high noise levels may cause permanent hearing
loss. Individuals vary considerably in susceptibility to noise-induced
hearing loss, but nearly everyone will lose some hearing if exposed to
sufficiently intense noise for a period of time. The U.S. Government’s
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specified
the permissible noise level exposures shown in the following chart.
According to OSHA, any exposure in excess of these permissible limits
could result in some hearing loss. To ensure against potentially dangerous exposure to high sound pressure levels, it is recommended that all
persons exposed to equipment capable of producing high sound pressure levels use hearing protectors while the equipment is in operation.
Ear plugs or protectors in the ear canals or over the ears must be worn
when operating the equipment in order to prevent permanent hearing
loss if exposure is in excess of the limits set forth here:
Duration,
per day in
hours
8
6
4
3
2
1.5
1
Sound Level
dBA, Slow
Response
90
92
95
97
100
102
105
0.5
110
0.25 or less 115
Typical Example
Duo in small club
Subway Train
Very loud classical music
Greg and Ben screaming at Troy
about deadlines
Loudest parts at a rock concert
WARNING — To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
CONTENTS
What? Me read a manual?
SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS............................................ 2
INTRODUCTION....................................................... 5
HOOKUP DIAGRAMS............................................... 5
MACKIE TH-15A FEATURES . .................................... 8
REAR PANEL DESCRIPTION................................. 8
1. INPUT......................................................... 8
2. THRU ......................................................... 8
3. LEVEL . ....................................................... 8
4. OL INDICATOR............................................. 9
5. HIGH EQ..................................................... 9
6. MID EQ....................................................... 9
7. MID FREQ................................................... 9
8. LOW EQ...................................................... 9
9. EQ ON/OFF SWITCH . ................................. 9
10.POWER SWITCH.......................................... 9
11.LINE CORD SOCKET AND FUSE...................... 9
PROTECTION CIRCUITS........................................... 10
INPUT SIGNAL WIRING.......................................... 10
PLACEMENT........................................................... 10
APPENDIX A: SERVICE INFORMATION..................... 11
APPENDIX B: CONNECTIONS ................................. 12
APPENDIX C: TH-15A SPECIFICATIONS.................... 13
TH-15A DIMENSIONS............................................. 14
TH-15A FREQUENCY GRAPH.................................. 14
TH-15A BLOCK DIAGRAM...................................... 15
MACKIE LIMITED WARRANTY................................. 16
Before you begin, please make sure you read the
Safety Instructions on page 2 and Getting Started
on page 4.
Your new Mackie TH-15A powered loudspeakers
are designed to set up quickly and operate easily.
We know it’s often seen as a sign of weakness to
read a manual, along with asking for directions
when lost, but we hope you will read the rest of the
manual, at least while nobody is looking.
It is important to keep your receipt in a
safe place, and not a bad idea to write your
product information below for future reference
(i.e., insurance claims, tech support, return
authorization, etc.).
Please write the serial number for your TH-15A here
(or for both TH-15As if you have two) for ­future reference (i.e.,
insurance claims, tech support, return authorization, etc.):
Loudspeaker 1
Loudspeaker 2
Purchased at:___________________________________ Date of Purchase:_____________
Don’t forget to visit our website at www.mackie.com
for more information about this and other Mackie products.
Part No. SW0758 Rev. D 03/11
©2011 LOUD Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Getting Started
The following steps will help you set up your
loudspeakers quickly.
INITIAL SETTINGS:
1. Turn the LEVEL control on the rear panel all the
way down.
2. Set the EQ ON/OFF switch out (OFF).
3. Turn the POWER switch OFF.
CONNECTIONS:
1. Connect the line-level signal from your mixer (or
other signal source) to the INPUT jack on the TH15A rear panel (XLR connector).
2. Connect the supplied AC power cord to the IEC
socket on the back of the loudspeaker. Plug the
other end into an AC outlet properly configured with
the correct voltage as indicated just below the IEC
socket.
TURN IT ON:
1. Turn the POWER switch ON.
2. Start your signal source (mp3 player, CD, DAW,
band, or whatever), but leave the master level
control on your mixer down.
3. Slowly turn up the LEVEL control on the TH-15A to
the “U” (unity gain) mark at the center position.
4. Adjust the master volume on your mixer to a
comfortably loud listening level. If the volume from
the speakers gets really loud, really fast, try turning
down the LEVEL control on the TH-15A a bit. If the
speakers don’t get loud enough, turn up the LEVEL
control to achieve a good balance of master volume
control and loudness from the speaker.
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Now that you have your loudspeakers working, it’s
time to hunker down and read the rest of this manual…
especially the following:
ADDITIONAL TIDBITS OF WIDSDOM:
• Never listen to loud music for prolonged periods. Please see the Safety Instructions on page 2 for information on hearing protection.
• When you shut down your equipment, turn off the TH-15A loudspeakers first to prevent thumps and other noises generated by any upstream equipment from coming out the speakers. When powering up, turn on the TH-15As last.
• Save the shipping boxes and packing materials! You may need them someday. Besides, your cat will love playing in them and jumping out at you unexpectedly. Remember to pretend like you are surprised!
• Save your sales receipt in a safe place.
• Record the serial number in the space provided on page 3, along with where and when you bought it.
Introduction
The Mackie TH-15A Powered Loudspeaker delivers a chest-pounding 400W of peak system power via ultraefficient Class-D amplification. This means more power with less weight, perfect when portability matters. The 15”
high-precision woofer provides punchy low-end and responds quickly to transients. Hey, it’s called a THUMP, right?
An integrated 3-band contour EQ with a sweepable mid-frequency lets you dial in the perfect tone for your
application and even allows you to correct common room anomalies. The XLR input handles both mic and line level
signals, so you can just hook up a mic and be heard, assuming you have something to say. There’s even an XLR Thru
that allows you to easily “daisy chain” multiple TH-15As for increased coverage.
The TH-15A harnesses Mackie’s Active technology, including transducer time alignment, phase correction and
precision crossovers, maximizing the potential of every component. The THUMP is truly greater than the sum of its
parts.
Convenient top and side handles are integrated into the rugged, impact-resistant polypropylene enclosure,
providing a PA solution that is as durable as it is portable. And at only 36 lbs, it’s a breeze to pole-mount on a tripod
or atop a subwoofer.
Mackie TH-15A “THUMP” — High-performance audio without the high price tag.
Here’s a quick look at all the features packed into the TH-15A loudspeakers:
• 100W HF and 300W LF power amplifiers (peak)
• 15” low-frequency woofer
• 1” high-frequency compression driver
• Flat frequency response (–10 dB, 40 Hz to 20 kHz)
• 24 dB/octave crossover at 3 kHz
• Low-frequency over-excursion protection
• High-strength lightweight polypropylene cabinet
• Ported, bass reflex design for enhanced bass performance
• Convenient portable design, with integrated handles in both sides and top
• High-density adiabatic fiberfill absorbs internal reflections
• Rear panel power switch
• Pole-mount socket
• Balanced Mic/Line XLR input and thru connectors
• Adjustable input level control
• LF EQ provides ±15 dB at 80 Hz and below
• MF EQ provides ±15 dB with sweepable frequency from 100 Hz to 8 kHz
• HF EQ provides ±15 dB at 12 kHz and above
• EQ bypass switch
Stereo Speaker Hookup
TH-15A
CONTOUR EQ
U
U
EQ
OFF
ON
12kHz
MIC
12kHz
MIC
MIC
(UNBALANCED)
L
L
TAPE
IN
TAPE
OUT
R
R
-15 +15
600
FREQ
MIC
OFF
ON
HIGH
-15 +15
600
100
Right
Line-Level
Output
CONTOUR EQ
EQ
HIGH
ON
Left
Line-Level
Output
TH-15A
1
2
3/4
5/6
7/8
L
L
L
R
R
R
100
OL
ON
L
L
MON SEND
FREQ
8k
U
8k
FOOTSWITCH
R
ST RETURN
OL
U
ProFX8 Mixer
R
FX SEND
MAIN OUT
PHONES
STEREO GRAPHIC EQ
48V
MID
POWER
O
-15 +15
U
LEVEL
U
LOW
80Hz
MID
POWER
O
-15 +15
OO
-15 +15
U
LEVEL
U
GAIN
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
EQ
MAIN
METERS
LOW
80Hz
USB
FX PRESETS
-15 +15
MAX
OO
MAX
AUX
AUX
AUX
AUX
AUX
INPUT LEVEL
PAN
THRU
INPUT
THRU
PAN
PAN
PAN
FX MASTER
MUTE
1
2
MUTE
3/4
MUTE
5/6
R
BREAK
PHONES
TAPE LEVEL
MON
MAIN
PAN
INPUT
MUTE
L
USB THRU
MUTE
7/8
FX TO MON
MUTE
ST RTN
FX RTN
The left and right line-level outputs from a mixer feed the inputs of two Mackie TH-15A Powered
Loudspeakers.
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Daisy-Chaining Two Speakers Per Side
TH-15A
Using a Microphone and the Thru Jack
TH-15A
CONTOUR EQ
CONTOUR EQ
U
U
EQ
EQ
12kHz
12kHz
-15 +15
600
-15 +15
600
FREQ
FREQ
100
ON
100
8k
ON
OL
U
LEVEL
-15 +15
U
POWER
OL
-15 +15
U
U
LOW
80Hz
O
8k
U
MID
MID
POWER
OFF
ON
HIGH
OFF
ON
HIGH
U
-15 +15
OO
MAX
OO
CONTOUR EQ
LOW
80Hz
O
-15 +15
LEVEL
U
MAX
EQ
OFF
ON
HIGH
12kHz
THRU
THRU
INPUT
INPUT
-15 +15
600
FREQ
100
ON
8k
OL
U
MID
POWER
TH-15A
TH-15A
-15 +15
U
U
LOW
80Hz
O
-15 +15
OO
CONTOUR EQ
CONTOUR EQ
U
U
EQ
EQ
12kHz
12kHz
100
100
8k
ON
OL
U
8k
OL
U
MID
MID
LEVEL
-15 +15
U
POWER
-15 +15
U
U
LOW
80Hz
O
INPUT
FREQ
FREQ
ON
MAX
-15 +15
600
-15 +15
600
POWER
THRU
OFF
ON
HIGH
OFF
ON
HIGH
TH-15A
LEVEL
THRU
Dynamic
Microphone
-15 +15
OO
MAX
OO
U
LOW
80Hz
O
-15 +15
LEVEL
THRU
INPUT
MAX
INPUT
CONTOUR EQ
Thru
Thru
U
EQ
OFF
ON
HIGH
12kHz
-15 +15
600
FREQ
100
ON
Left
Line-Level
Output
Right
Line-Level
Output
8k
OL
U
MID
POWER
-15 +15
U
LEVEL
U
O
-15 +15
OO
ProFX12 Mixer
MIC
MIC
MIC
MIC
MIC
MIC
L
TAPE
OUT
R
R
2
3
4
5/6
MAX
(UNBALANCED)
L
TAPE
IN
1
TH-15A
LOW
80Hz
7/8
9/10
THRU
11/12
L
L
L
L
R
R
R
R
L
L
FOOTSWITCH
MON SEND
R
ST RETURN
INPUT
R
FX SEND
MAIN OUT
PHONES
STEREO GRAPHIC EQ
48V
GAIN
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
GAIN
EQ
EQ
MAIN
METERS
USB
FX PRESETS
AUX
AUX
AUX
AUX
AUX
AUX
AUX
AUX
INPUT LEVEL
PAN
PAN
PAN
PAN
PAN
PAN
PAN
FX MASTER
MUTE
1
MUTE
2
MUTE
3
MUTE
4
MUTE
5/6
MUTE
7/8
MUTE
9/10
L
R
USB THRU
BREAK
PHONES
TAPE LEVEL
MON
MAIN
PAN
MUTE
MUTE
11/12
ST RTN
FX TO MON
FX RTN
The left and right line-level outputs from a
mixer feed the inputs of two Mackie TH-15A
Powered Loudspeakers. Their respective THRU
jacks feed the inputs of another pair of Mackie
TH-15A Powered Loudspeakers.
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For microphone connections, you can daisy-chain
up to two TH-15As using the THRU jack, as shown.
Take great care to point any microphones away
from the loudspeakers. Otherwise, feedback may
occur.
PA System with two powered subwoofers
Left Main
Powered Loudspeaker
(Mackie TH-15A)
Right Main
Powered Loudspeaker
(Mackie TH-15A)
High Pass
Output
High Pass
Output
Pole Mount
Pole Mount
CFX12mkII Mixer
From Mixer
Right Output
From Mixer
Left Output
Powered Subwoofer
(Mackie SRM1801)
Powered Subwoofer
(Mackie SRM1801)
The left and right line-level outputs from a mixer feed the inputs of two powered subwoofers. The high
pass line-level outputs of the subwoofers feed the inputs of the Mackie TH-15A loudspeakers.
PA System with one powered subwoofer
Left and Right Main
Powered Loudspeakers
(Mackie TH-15A)
High Pass
Output
High Pass
Output
1
From Mixer
Left and Right
Outputs
Powered Subwoofer
(Mackie SRM1801)
2
3
4
5/6
7/8
9/10
11/12
MON
MAIN
ProFX12 Mixer
The left and right line-level outputs from a mixer feed the inputs of a powered subwoofer. The high pass
line-level outputs of the subwoofer feed the inputs of the Mackie TH-15A loudspeakers.
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Mackie TH-15A Features
REAR PANEL DESCRIPTION
CONTOUR EQ
U
9
EQ
5
OFF
ON
HIGH
12kHz
-15 +15
600
7
FREQ
100
ON
POWER
10
O
8k
OL
U
6
MID
-15 +15
U
8
LEVEL
U
3
LOW
80Hz
-15 +15
OO
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This is where you connect AC power and your
signal to the loudspeaker and make adjustments to
the frequency response of the speaker to match the
loudspeaker’s location and your room’s environment.
1. INPUT
This is a female XLR-type connector that accepts a
balanced mic or line-level signal from a mixing console
or other signal source. For small gigs, simply connect a
microphone directly and adjust the LEVEL accordingly.
2. THRU
This is a male XLR-type connector that produces
exactly the same signal that is connected to the input
jack. Use it to daisy-chain several TH-15A’s together off
the same signal source.
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4
MAX
THRU
INPUT
2
1
3. LEVEL
The LEVEL control adjusts the overall signal level at
the input to the built-in power amplifiers. It ranges from
Off ( ) to MAX (maximum gain), with unity gain at the
center position (12 o’clock).
• The TH-15A is designed to operate with a +4 dBu signal when the LEVEL control is at the U (center) position.
• The TH-15A can accept up to a +20 dBu signal by turning down the LEVEL control accordingly. Turning the LEVEL past unity will provide enough gain to connect a microphone directly.
• NEVER connect the output of an amplifier directly to the input of the TH-15A. This could damage the active input circuitry of the loudspeaker.
4. OL Indicator
8. LOW EQ
The OL (overload) indicator lights when the
amplifiers in the TH-15A are near the clipping point. It
is okay if the OL indicator blinks occasionally, because
this means that the transient peaks are just reaching
the maximum output of the amplifiers and you are
getting the most from your TH-15As.
This control gives you up to 15 dB of boost or cut
below 80 Hz and it is also flat at the center position
(U). This frequency range represents the punch in bass
drums, bass guitar, fat synth patches, and some really
serious male singers.
If the OL indicator is blinking frequently or lighting
continuously, turn down the LEVEL control [3] on
the TH15A or turn down the signal at it source (e.g.,
the mixing console) until the OL indicator blinks
occasionally or not at all.
9. EQ ON/OFF Switch
This switch allows you to bypass the EQ section.
When the switch is out (OFF), the EQ section is
bypassed and the EQ knobs have no effect on the signal.
When the switch is pushed in (ON), the EQ controls can
be used to tailor the frequency response of the TH-15A.
5. HIGH EQ
This control gives you up to 15 dB boost or cut above
12 kHz. The circuit is flat (no boost or cut) at the
center position (U). Use it to add sizzle to cymbals,
and an overall sense of transparency or edge to the
keyboards, vocals, guitar, and bacon frying. Turn it down
a little to reduce sibilance, or to remove high frequency
hiss.
6. MID EQ
This is a midrange EQ control that provides 15 dB
of boost or cut centered at any frequency between 100
Hz and 8 kHz. The MID EQ circuit is flat (no boost or
cut) at the center position (U). This frequency range
includes most vocals (male at the lower end of the
range and female at the upper end of the range), and
the fundamentals and harmonics for many instruments.
10. POWER Switch
Use this switch to turn the TH-15A loudspeaker on
and off. The indicating LED above the POWER switch
lights when the POWER switch is on and AC power
is available at the linecord socket. A second power
indicator is located on the front of the cabinet.
11. Line Cord Socket and Fuse
Connect the detachable line cord to this IEC socket
securely, and plug the other end into your AC outlet.
Make sure the AC power is matched to the AC power
indicated on the rear panel (under the IEC socket).
The fuse is located behind the fuse cover, at the
bottom of the IEC socket. See the “Troubleshooting”
section on page 11 for information about replacing the
fuse.
7. MID FREQ
This knob ranges from 100 Hz to 8 kHz and
determines the center frequency for the MID EQ filter.
This allows you to zero in on the precise narrow band of
frequencies you want to have affected by the MID EQ.
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Protection Circuits
There are several protection mechanisms designed
into the TH-15A to safeguard the loudspeakers and
amplifiers from inadvertent damage.
CAUTION: The protection circuits are
designed to protect the loudspeakers under
reasonable and sensible conditions. Should
you choose to ignore the warning signs
(i.e., frequent OL LED indications, excessive distortion),
you can still damage the speakers in the TH-15A by
overdriving them past the point of amplifier clipping. Such
damage is beyond the scope of the warranty.
Overexcursion Protection
A 12 dB/octave high-pass filter at 40 Hz just prior
to the low-frequency amplifier prevents very low
frequencies from being amplified. Excessive lowfrequency energy below 40 Hz can damage the woofer by
causing it to “bottom out,” also known as overexcursion,
which is equivalent to a mechanical form of clipping.
Thermal Protection
All amplifiers produce heat. The TH-15A is designed
to be efficient both electrically and thermally.
The amplifier module is mounted on a large
heatsink, which is cooled by convection where cool air
is drawn over the rear panel, carrying the heat away.
In order for this convection cooling to work efficiently,
it is important to provide adequate airspace behind
the loudspeaker. When you position the TH-15A, we
recommend leaving at least six inches of air space
behind it.
• If for some reason the internal temperature gets too hot, a built-in thermal switch activates and turns off the amplifier. This protection operates independently for the low-frequency and high-frequency amplifiers. Therefore, it is possible for only the low frequency or high frequency amplifier to shut down while the other remains on.
• When the amplifier cools down to a safe temperature, the thermal switch resets and normal operation resumes.
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• If the internal temperature again gets too hot, the shutdown process repeats. Should this happen, make sure that airflow to the rear of the cabinet is not restricted. If the ambient air temperature is very warm, try pointing a small fan toward the rear panel to increase the airflow through the fins.
Driver Protection
Each driver has its own compression circuit, which
helps protect them from damaging transient peaks. The
compressors are designed to be transparent and are not
noticeable under normal operating conditions.
Input Signal Wiring
You should use high-quality, shielded cable to
connect the signal source to the INPUT jack on the TH-15A.
• High quality microphone cables work well.
• Foil shielded cables are commonly used for audio wiring.
•
The better the shield, the better the immunity from externally induced noise (like EMI and RFI). Route the cable away from AC power cords and outlets. These are common sources for hum in an audio signal. You can purchase quality cables from your Mackie dealer.
Placement
The TH-15A loudspeaker is designed to sit on the
floor or stage. It can be pole-mounted via the built-in
socket on the bottom of the cabinet. Be sure the pole is
capable of supporting the weight of the TH-15A.
WARNING: The cabinet has no rigging
points and is not suitable for rigging.
NEVER attempt to suspend the TH-15A by
its handles.
As with any powered components, protect them from
moisture. If you are setting them up outdoors, make
sure they are under cover if you expect rain.
Appendix A: Service Information
If you think your Mackie product has a problem,
please check out the following troubleshooting tips and
do your best to confirm the problem. Visit the Support
section of our website (www.mackie.com) to get some
ideas or contact our technical support heroes. You may
find the answer to the problem without having to send
your Mackie product away.
If two fuses blow in a row, then something is very wrong.
Try a different outlet in a totally different location. If fuses
continue to blow, see the “Repair” section on the next page
to find out what to do.
Troubleshooting
No Sound
No Power
•
•
•
•
•
•
Our favorite question: Is it plugged in?
Make sure the line cord is securely seated in the line cord socket and plugged all the way into the AC outlet.
Make sure the AC outlet is live (check with a tester or lamp).
Is the POWER switch in the ON position?
Are the power LEDs on the front and rear panel illuminated? If not, make sure the AC outlet is live. If so, refer to “No Sound” below.
If the power LEDs are not illuminated, and you are certain that the AC outlet is live, it is possible the fuse has blown.
To remove and replace the fuse:
1. Disconnect the power cord from the IEC socket.
2. Remove the fuse drawer by prying it open with a small screwdriver. It will slide all the way out.
4. Replace the fuse drawer by pushing it all the way back into the IEC socket.
• Are the power LEDs on the front and rear panel illuminated?
• Is the LEVEL control turned up?
•
Is the signal source turned up? Make sure the signal level from the mixing console (or whatever device immediately precedes the loudspeaker) is high enough to produce sound.
•
If it’s a stereo pair, try switching them around. For example, if a left speaker is presumed dead, switch the left and right cords at the speakers. If the problem switches sides, it’s not the TH-15A. It could be a bad cable, or no signal from the mixer.
Bad Sound
• Is the input connector plugged completely into the IN jack?
•
Is something connected to the THRU jack? Try unplugging it. If the sound improves, whatever was plugged into the THRU jack may have affected the signal.
• Is it loud and distorted? Reduce the signal level at the mixer.
• If possible, listen to the signal source with headphones plugged into the preamp stage. If it sounds bad there, it’s not the loudspeaker.
FUSE
3. Remove the fuse and replace it with an equivalent-type fuse.
115 VAC unit: 6.3 amp slo-blo (T6.3AL/250 V)
230 VAC unit: 3.15 amp slo-blo (T3.15AL/250 V)
•
Too much bass or not enough bass? Move around the room and see if the bass response changes. It’s possible your listening position coincides with a room mode where the low frequencies either become exaggerated or nulled. If so, try moving the loudspeakers to a different position, or moving your listening position.
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Noise/Hum
•
Check the signal cable between the mixer and the loudspeaker. Make sure all connections are secure. These problems usually produce crackling noises or hum.
•
If you are using two or more TH-15A powered loudspeakers, try plugging them all into the same AC outlet panel or outlet strip. The purpose for this is to connect them all to the same earth ground point and reduce the possibility of creating a ground loop.
Appendix B: Connections
XLR Connectors
XLR connectors are used to make balanced input
and through connections to the TH-15A. They are wired
as follows, according to standards specified by the AES
(Audio Engineering Society).
HOT
• If connecting an unbalanced output to the TH-15A balanced input, make sure the shield is connected to the unbalanced ground and to pin 1 of the XLR.
COLD
SHIELD
COLD 3
HOT
Repair
1
3
For warranty service, refer to the warranty
information on page 15.
Non-warranty service for Mackie products is
available at a factory-authorized service center. To
locate your nearest service center, call our Tech
Support department at 1-800-898-3211, Monday-Friday,
during normal business hours, Pacific Time, to explain
the problem. Tech Support will tell you where the
nearest factory-authorized service center is located in
your area.
2
SHIELD
1
3
1
2
SHIELD
COLD
2
HOT
XLR Balanced Wiring
Pin 1 = Shield
Pin 2 = Hot (+)
Pin 3 = Cold (–)
Need help with your new loudspeaker?
• Visit www.mackie.com and click Support to find: FAQs, manuals, addendums, and other documents.
• Email us at: [email protected]
• Telephone 1-800-898-3211 to speak with one of our splendid technical support chaps (Monday
through Friday, normal business hours, PST).
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Appendix C: TH-15A Specifications
Acoustic Performance
Equalization
Frequency Range (–10 dB): 40 Hz – 20 kHz
Frequency Response (–3 dB): 50 Hz – 18.5 kHz
Horizontal Coverage Angle:
90º
Vertical Coverage Angle:
60º
Maximum SPL Long-Term: Maximum SPL Peak:
118 dB SPL @ 1m
121 dB SPL @ 1m
Input/Output
Low Frequency EQ: Mid Frequency EQ:
±15 dB @ 80 Hz, shelving
±15 dB, bandpass, sweepable from100 Hz to 8 kHz
High Frequency EQ: ±15 dB @ 12 kHz, shelving
Direct/EQ Switch:
Bypasses EQ section
Protection Features
Input Type: Female XLR Balanced /
Unbalanced
Over-excursion Protection:
Second-order sub-sonic filter
Input Impedance: 20 k balanced bridging;
10 k unbalanced
Thermal Protection:
Independent amplifier shutdown, auto reset
Loop-through:
Male XLR Balanced /
Unbalanced
(parallel with input)
Driver Protection:
Independent HF and LF compressors
Level Control:
Rotating knob
AC Power Requirements
0 dB at center
Sensitivity:
+4 dBu for full output
(Level Control @ Center)
US: 100 – 120 VAC, 50 – 60 Hz 320 watts
–36 dBu for full output
(Level Control @ Max)
EU, CN: 200 – 240 VAC, 50 – 60 Hz 320 watts
AC Connector: 3-pin IEC 250 VAC, 20 A male
Transducers
Low Frequency: 15 in / 381 mm with steel frame, paper cone woofer
High Frequency: Horn-loaded 1 in / 25 mm exit compression driver
Construction Features
Basic Design:
Asymmetrical Trapezoidal
Material:
Polypropylene
Finish:
Textured
Handles:
One on each side, one on top
Power Amplifiers
Grille:
Perforated metal with weather-resistant coating
Low Frequency Power Amplifier
Display LEDs
Rated Power:
150 watts, 8 ohm load
300 watts peak
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
> –94 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted,
Front:
Power ON
Rear:
Power ON, OL (overload)
Operating Temperature:
0˚ – 40˚C
32˚ – 104˚F
referenced to 138 watts into 8 ohms
Design:
BTL Class D
High Frequency Power Amplifier
Rated Power:
50 watts, 4 ohm load
100 watts peak
Signal-to-Noise Ratio:
Physical Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions
Height: 27.6 in / 702 mm
Width: 16.8 in / 427 mm
> –97 dB, 20 Hz to 20 kHz, unweighted,
Depth: 15.5 in / 394 mm
referenced to 50 watts into 4 ohms
Weight: 36 lb / 16.3 kg
Design:
Class AB
Mounting Methods:
Electronic Crossover
Crossover Type: 24 dB/octave
Crossover Frequency: 3 kHz
Pole-mountable via the built-in socket on the bottom of the cabinet. Be sure the pole is capable of supporting the weight of the TH-15A.
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TH-15A Dimensions
16.4 in /
417 mm
27.6 in /
702 mm
26.2 in /
666 mm
8.8 in /
222 mm
WEIGHT
36 lb
16.3 kg
5.9 in /
151 mm
24.9 in /
633 mm
16.8 in /
427 mm
15.5 in /
394 mm
TH-15A Frequency Response
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Thermal
Monitoring
Loudspeaker
Processing
12K
100-8K
HI
80
MID
LO
Analog to
Digital
Converter
Level
Control
LOUD Technologies Inc. is always striving to improve our products
by incorporating new and improved materials, components, and
manufacturing methods. Therefore, we reserve the right to change
these specifications at any time without notice.
OL LED
3-Band Contour EQ
Loudspeaker
Processing
Limiter
Limiter
Mute
Digital to
Analog
Converter
Amp
LF
HF
Mute
Digital to
Analog
Converter
Amp
TH-15A Block Diagram
Loop
Out
XLR
©2011 LOUD Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Input
XLR
“Mackie,” and the “Running Man” are registered trademarks of LOUD
Technologies Inc. All other brand names mentioned are trademarks
or registered trademarks of their respective holders, and are hereby
acknowledged.
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Mackie Limited Warranty
Please keep your sales receipt in a safe place.
This Limited Product Warranty (“Product Warranty”) is provided by LOUD Technologies Inc. (“LOUD”)
and is applicable to products purchased in the United States or Canada through a LOUD-authorized
reseller or dealer. The Product Warranty will not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser of
the product (hereinafter, “Customer,” “you” or “your”).
For products purchased outside the U.S. or Canada, please visit www.mackie.com/warranty to find
contact information for your local distributor, and information on any warranty coverage provided by the
distributor in your local market.
LOUD warrants to Customer that the product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship
under normal use during the Warranty Period. If the product fails to conform to the warranty then LOUD
or its authorized service representative will at its option, either repair or replace any such nonconforming
product, provided that Customer gives notice of the noncompliance within the Warranty Period to the
Company at: www.mackie.com/support or by calling LOUD technical support at 1.800.898.3211 (tollfree in the U.S. and Canada) during normal business hours Pacific Time, excluding weekends or LOUD
holidays. Please retain the original dated sales receipt as evidence of the date of purchase. You will need it
to obtain any warranty service.
For full terms and conditions, as well as the specific duration of the Warranty for this product, please visit
www.mackie.com/warranty.
The Product Warranty, together with your invoice or receipt, and the terms and conditions located
at www.mackie.com/warranty constitutes the entire agreement, and supersedes any and all prior
agreements between LOUD and Customer related to the subject matter hereof. No amendment,
modification or waiver of any of the provisions of this Product Warranty will be valid unless set forth in a
written instrument signed by the party to be bound thereby.
Correct Disposal of this product: This symbol indicates that this product should not be disposed of with your household waste, according to the WEEE
Directive (2002/96/EC) and your national law. This product should be handed over to an authorized collection site for recycling waste electrical and
electronic equipment (EEE). Improper handling of this type of waste could have a possible negative impact on the environment and human health due
to potentially hazardous substances that are generally associated with EEE. At the same time, your cooperation in the correct disposal of this product will
contribute to the effective usage of natural resources. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please
contact your local city office, waste authority, or your household waste disposal service.
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