C500iw
C600iw
C800iw
C900iw
owner's manual
analog and digital systems
table of contents
introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
cautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
about this manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2
installation precautions and tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
general mounting suggestions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3
prewiring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
preparing the wall or ceiling cutout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
installation preparation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
final installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
custom painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5
specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
warranty information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
declaration of conformity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7
introduction
Thank you for purchasing an a/d/s/ in-wall speaker system. Please read the following instructions
carefully. Following these instructions will ensure that your system will deliver the best possible
performance.
cautions
To reduce risk of injury because of an accident, be careful when working on a ladder or other high places.
about this manual
In-wall speakers can be used with many different receivers/televisions or amplifiers. They are designed to
be powered by an amplifier with a minimum of 20 watts of power.
features
tweeter
The C-series in-wall tweeters incorporate a 1" soft dome, and Ferrofluid™ voice coil damping.
tweeter protection
A solid state device reduces power to the tweeter when the loudspeaker is operated at unsafe power
levels. It resets automatically when power is reduced to a safe level. Note: the tweeter protector provides
a significant level of protection. However, it does not guarantee that the tweeter cannot be damaged.
Always be careful when operating the speakers at a high volume level.
woofer
The polypropylene woofer employs a barium ferrite magnet structure for well damped, extended bass and
high efficiency.
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video shielding
a/d/s/ C-series in-wall speakers are now video-shielded, making them the perfect candidates for a highquality home-theater system without having to use more intrusive bookshelf speakers.
pre-wire connector
Two-piece speaker wire terminals are provided to facilitate simple, painless pre-wiring and installation. Just plug
and play.
installation precautions and tips
Please read these instructions completely for the best enjoyment of your Custom Series speakers.
When you cut into the wall to install the speaker, do not cut through the facing or insulation that
may be behind the wall. This facing is a moisture barrier. Use duct tape or wide vinyl tape to seal
any cuts.
Keep debris and loose material away from the installation location. Do not allow debris to get in
the openings of the woofer basket. Debris and loose material can cause buzzing or rattling, and can
damage the woofer cone. Install plastic or fiberglass screening above the speaker to keep debris
away. Handle the speaker carefully.
Do not let anything touch the speaker cone or dome. Do not clean the speaker with paint thinner
or any solvents.
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Consider the services of a professional custom installer. If you have any doubts about your own
abilities, it is better not to risk damaging your walls or ceilings, electrical wiring, ventilation ducts
or plumbing.
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Work with good quality, correct tools. This will save you time and assure superior results.
•
When using speakers outdoors, locations should be sheltered from direct sunlight, rain or snow.
Direct exposure will shorten product life.
•
Combined impedance for speakers connected to each channel must be at least 4 ohms. This is the
minimum impedance tolerated by most amplifiers. Check with your dealer before wiring multiple
speaker pairs.
general mounting suggestions
Avoid placing the speaker within two feet (0.6 meters) of a corner. The acoustic reflections from surfaces
near the speakers can detract from the sound quality. Do not place the speaker behind heavy fabrics; if
you cannot see through a fabric, you cannot hear through it.
The in-wall speakers are designed for "infinite baffle" operation. The area behind the speaker installation
should be at least one-half cubic foot in volume to ensure proper performance. If the area is too small it
will limit bass response and cause a peak in the mid-bass range.
The panel on which the speaker is mounted must be rigid. There must not be any air leaks between the
area behind the speaker and the listening area.
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prewiring
•
Check local building and electrical codes for compliance of the speaker wire.
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Use stranded wire of at least 16 gauge; for runs over 100 feet, it is preferable to use 14 gauge wire.
•
Use only insulated staples or nylon tie straps to secure wiring within the wall to avoid shorts.
•
Do not stretch the wire as it is being routed. This could create future (and costly) problems.
•
Leave about 2-3 feet of free wire at both ends. Cutting excess wire is better than splicing.
•
Always "home run" wires: run a continuous wire from each speaker directly to the source location.
Do not connect speakers together any other way for easier diagnosis of faulty wire or speaker problems.
•
Wire speakers in phase with the same polarity. Attach positive (+/red) and negative (-/black) terminals
consistently.
•
Combined impedance for speakers connected to each channel should be at least 4 ohms. This is the
minimum impedance tolerated by most amplifiers. Check with your dealer before wiring.
preparing the wall or ceiling cutout
Confirm there is at least 1" between the final cutout and nearby studs or joints for positioning mounting
hardware. Temporarily fasten the stiff paper template (supplied) to the wall with thumbtacks. Carefully
trace around the perimeter with a pencil. Before making the final cutout of the entire hole, first make a
small 4-inch"test" cutout in the center of your penciled outline. Reach your hand inside to verify that
studs are outside the outline. This is an important step, since stud finders are not infallible.
To cut the actual hole, first score wallboard with a sharp knife; then use a keyhole saw to complete the
cut. Remove remaining debris from the edges. Hold the speaker up to the cutout to make sure it inserts
easily without forcing.
At this point, it is a good idea to secure the speaker wire to a stud near the cutout so its own weight will
not tug on the terminals of the speaker after it is connected. This will also prevent you from "losing" the
wire in the ceiling. Before attaching the wire, make sure the speaker wire runs through, not around, the
metal mounting bracket.
installation preparation
Use the supplied template to outline the mounting hole. Cut the mounting hole and remove any debris
from the area. Take the necessary steps to keep debris from falling into the back of the speaker.
Route the wires from the amplifier to the speaker installation location. Strip about 1/2" of the insulation
from the wire conductors. Twist the wire strands of the conductors into neat bundles. Insert the wires into
the provided 2-pin plug and tighten the set screws to secure the wires. Connect the speaker plug to the
matching 2-pin jack on the crossover board just before final mounting.
final installation
The speaker is held in place with six mounting clamps that are part of the assembly. When shipped from
the factory the clamps are pivoted so they will fit into the mounting hole. When the mounting hole clamp
screws are turned, the clamps pivot outward and are then drawn downward until they press against the
back of the mounting surface.
Insert the speaker/mounting bezel assembly into the mounting hole. Hold the speaker in place in the
mounting hole and evenly tighten the four mounting screws to draw the mounting brackets against the
backside of the mounting surface. Gradually tighten the screws, moving from one to another, until the
speaker is firmly clamped in place.
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custom painting
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Paint the speaker frame and grill before mounting to the wall; paint grill and frame separately.
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Before painting, mask the recessed area of the speaker to completely protect the speaker drivers.
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After painting the grill, gently blow through its perforated holes to prevent paint clogging.
operation
checking the system
Listen carefully to each speaker. If you hear buzzing or rattling noises, remove the speaker and check for
a speaker wire or other objects touching the speaker assembly. When you are satisfied with the
installation press the grills into place.
tweeter protector
If a speaker sounds "dull", or "lacks "brilliance", you may have activated the tweeter protector. If high
power operation causes the tweeter to stop playing, turn down the volume control until normal sound
resumes.
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specifications
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Mounting hole
6 1/4" x 9 5/8"
7 3/8" x 10 3/4"
8 3/4” x 12 13/16" 7 3/8" x 16 3/8"
Depth from front of wall
2 5/8"
3 1/8"
3 3/8"
Overall dimensions
7 1/2” x 11”
8 3/4" x 12 1/8"
10 1/16" x 14 1/8" 8 11/16" x17 5/8"
Power range (RMS watts) 10-75
10-75
10-100
10-100
Impedance
8 ohms
8 ohms
8 ohms
8 ohms
Frequency response (Hz)
54-20k
42-20k
36-20k
54-20k
Sensitivity 1W/1M (dB)
87dB
88dB
92dB
90dB
Woofer
5 1/4"
6 1/2"
8"
2 x 5 1/4"
Tweeter
1" dome
1" dome
1" dome
1" dome
Crossover frequency (Hz) 2.6k
2.4k
2.4k
2.6k
Crossover slope (dB/oct)
12
12
12
12
(Specifications subject to change without notice)
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C900iw
3 1/8"
warranty information
LIMITED FIVE YEAR CONSUMER WARRANTY FOR PRODUCT INSTALLED BY AN AUTHORIZED
LICENSED DEALER
Directed Electronics, Inc. promises to the original purchaser, to replace this product should it prove to be
defective in workmanship or material under normal use, for a period of five years from the date of
purchase from the dealer as indicated by the date code marking of the product PROVIDED the product
was sold by an authorized Directed dealer. During this five year period, there will be no charge for this
replacement PROVIDED the unit is returned to Directed, shipping pre-paid. This warranty is nontransferable and does not apply to any unit that has been modified or used in a manner contrary to its
intended purpose, and does not cover damage to the unit caused by installation or removal of the unit.
This warranty is void if the product has been damaged by accident or unreasonable use, neglect, improper
service or other causes not arising out of defects in material or construction. Units which are found to be
damaged by abuse resulting in thermally damaged voice coils are not covered by this warranty but may
be replaced at the absolute/sole discretion of Directed. ALL WARRANTIES INCLUDING BUT NOT
LIMITED TO EXPRESS WARRANTY, IMPLIED WARRANTY, WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY,
FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE , AND WARRANTY OF NON-INFRINGEMENT OF
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ARE EXPRESSLY EXCLUDED AND DISCLAIMED TO THE MAXIMUM
EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, AND DIRECTED NEITHER ASSUMES NOR AUTHORIZES ANY PERSON
TO ASSUME FOR IT ANY LIABILITY IN CONNECTION WITH THE SALE OF THE PRODUCT. DIRECTED
HAS ABSOLUTELY NO LIABILITY FOR ANY AND ALL ACTS OF THIRD PARTIES INCLUDING ITS
AUTHORIZED DEALERS OR INSTALLERS. Unit must be returned to Directed, postage pre-paid, with bill
of sale or other dated proof of purchase bearing the following information: consumer.s name, telephone
number, and address, authorized dealer.s name and address, and product description. Note: This warranty
does not cover labor costs for the removal and reinstallation of the unit. IN ORDER FOR THIS
WARRANTY TO BE VALID, YOUR UNIT MUST BE SHIPPED WITH PROOF OF SALE BY AN
AUTHORIZED DIRECTED DEALER. Some states do not allow the limitation on how long an implied
warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you. LIMITATION OF DAMAGES AND
LIABILITY: CONSUMER.S REMEDY IS LIMITED TO REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT OF THE UNIT, AND IN
NO EVENT SHALL DIRECTED.S LIABILITY EXCEED THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE UNIT. IN ANY
EVENT, DIRECTED SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,
ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, LOST
PROFITS, LOST SAVINGS, OR, TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY APPLICABLE LAW, DAMAGES
RESULTING FROM DEATH OR INJURY ARISING OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE
INSTALLATION, USE, IMPROPER USE, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE PRODUCT, EVEN IF THE PARTY
HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. Some states do not allow the
exclusion of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to
you. BY PURCHASING THIS PRODUCT, THE CONSUMER AGREES AND CONSENTS THAT ALL
DISPUTES BETWEEN THE CONSUMER AND DIRECTED SHALL BE RESOLVED IN
ACCORDANCE WITH CALIFORNIA LAWS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA.
declaration of conformity
manufacturer name:
manufacturer address:
Directed Electronics Inc.
One Viper Way
Vista, California 92081
declares, that the product:
product name:
C500iw
C600iw
C800iw
C900iw
conforms to the following standards:
EN55013
EN55020
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