Atlantic Technology 162 PBM Speaker User Manual

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Instruction
Manual
Model 162 PBM High
Performance Subwoofer
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Model 162 PBM High Performance Subwoofer
Figure 1:
Amplifier panel
and controls
for 162 PBM
Subwoofer
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IEC AC power socket with
external fuse holder
Switchable 120/240 voltage
Phase switch
Continuous low pass filter
Woofer output level control
RCA line level inputs
and outputs
High level (speaker) inputs
and outputs
Auto-standby with dualcolor LED power indicator
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.
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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Features
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Power output rated at 75 watts
Coupled with our highly efficient driver, this subwoofer is capable of surprising
performance.
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Working frequency range from 20Hz to 150Hz
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Continuously adjustable low-pass filter from 60Hz to 125Hz
The slope of the low-pass filter is -24 dB/octave. This allows for flexible integration
with most any brand or type of speaker on the market.
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Line level inputs and outputs with RCA connectors
The model 162 PBM features stereo inputs and outputs for convenient hookup,
and to provide easy “daisy-chaining” to another subwoofer, if desired.
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High-level (Speaker Level) inputs and outputs with spring-type connectors
These provide convenient hookup to a sound source that does not have line-level
outputs for a subwoofer.
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Phase-invert switch (+/-180 degrees)
Allows matching with systems whose output are phase inverted, and to
compensate for unusual room acoustics.
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Woofer output level control
Matches a wide range of source levels.
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Auto-standby function with dual-color power indicator
The 10 minute turn-off delay features a green/yellow LED for power on and
standby status indication.
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IEC AC power socket, with detachable power cord
You can easily replace this cord with one of another length, plug style, etc.
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120/240V AC input externally switchable, with external fuse holder
You can use it virtually anywhere and not worry about the wrong voltage.
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Design and construction meets all UL/CSA and European safety requirements
The model 162 PBM meets all safety codes for no-worry custom installations.
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Model 162 PBM High Performance Subwoofer
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Atlantic Technology
Model 162 PBM High
Performance Subwoofer
Introduction
Congratulations on choosing an Atlantic Technology Powered Subwoofer. Our
subwoofers feature proprietary amplifiers and special high excursion woofers. The
sealed acoustic suspension cabinet configuration provides extended, tight, deep bass in
a compact, room-friendly design.
Connection
Atlantic Technology Powered Subwoofers are simple to hook up, offering several
connection methods for maximum flexibility. Study the system diagrams starting on
page 5. Once you have found the example which most closely matches your system,
hook up your subwoofer(s) as shown in that diagram.
Low-Level Connection
For best performance, we suggest using the low-level (RCA style jacks) subwoofer line
out or preamp outputs if your receiver/amplifier has them. Simply connect your
subwoofer with high quality shielded cables as shown in the diagrams.
High-Level Connection
Alternately, you may use the high-level (speaker) inputs. Make sure to match the type
and gauge speaker wire used to connect your main speakers. Be certain that no stray
wire strands are touching across the two terminals as this might damage your amplifier
when you turn it on.
We recommend that you connect your subwoofer using high quality wire of 16 gauge
or larger for lengths up to 25 feet. There are many manufacturers who specialize in
speaker wire and interconnects suitable for your new system. We recommend that you
consult your local audio/video specialist for more specific information.
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.
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Example 1:
Subwoofer Line
Out/Low Level In
Receiver/Amplifier
This is the most
commonly used
system connection
for systems with
Dolby Pro Logic
receivers.
Sub Woofer Out
LO-LEVEL
INPUT
LO-LEVEL
INPUT
IN
THRU
IN
L/MONO
L/MONO
HI-LEVEL
INPUT
HI-LEVEL
INPUT
THRU
RIGHT
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.
Option 1
Optional Second Sub Woofer
Option 2
Option 3
Receiver/Amplifier
Receiver/Amplifier
THRU
RIGHT
Single Sub Woofer
Example 2:
Preamp Line
Out/Low Level In
THRU
Receiver/Amplifier
Y-adapters
L
Pre Out
L
Main In
Pre Out
R
L
Main In
Pre Out
R
LO-LEVEL
INPUT
LO-LEVEL
INPUT
IN
THRU
L/MONO
THRU
RIGHT
THRU
IN
THRU
L/MONO
HI-LEVEL
INPUT
THRU
RIGHT
Sub Woofer
Connect
Separate
LO-LEVEL
INPUT
IN
L/MONO
HI-LEVEL
INPUT
Pre-Main
Main In
R
HI-LEVEL
INPUT
THRU
RIGHT
Sub Woofer
Sub Woofer
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Example 3:
Speaker Out/
High Level In
Left Front Speaker
This is the most
common method
for connecting a
subwoofer to a
system without a
dedicated subwoofer line out or
Preamp outputs.
Right Front Speaker
Receiver/Amplifier
Main Speakers
Left
Right
LO-LEVEL
INPUT
IN
THRU
L/MONO
HI-LEVEL
INPUT
THRU
RIGHT
Sub Woofer
It is 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 is marked by either a different color, printing, ridges, or a thread intertwined with
the wire strands. By convention, the marked wire is connected to the red (+) terminal.
Voltage Selection
Figure 2:
The fuse is
located next
to the IEC
AC socket
Insert
screwdriver
tip here
The Atlantic Technology subwoofers operate with either 120 or 240 volts AC 50-60 Hz.
Please make sure that the voltage selector switch shows the correct voltage for your
area before plugging the unit in. The voltage can be
easily changed by moving the switch to the correct
voltage in your area and installing the proper fuse and
power cord. To change the fuse, remove the power
cord, insert a screwdriver tip into the notch in the side
of the fuseholder, and pry the fuse out. Replace with
the correct value fuse as marked next to the fuseholder,
and push back into place.
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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. The AC cord should be plugged into its own wall outlet or into a quality power
strip. Avoid using the outlets that are provided on the rear panel of other components.
The subwoofer may require more current than these outlets can provide and performance may suffer. Once the subwoofer is hooked up and the power cord is plugged into
an AC outlet, leave it plugged in. Automatic on/off circuitry will activate the subwoofer in the presence of an audio signal. After 8-10 minutes with no signal detected,
the amplifier will go into standby mode. There is no need to unplug the subwoofer or
use a switched outlet.
Placement and Adjustment
This subwoofer’s compact size allows easy placement for optimum performance. As a
general rule, corner placement gives the loudest bass output, but may tend to emphasize one particular frequency. Moving the subwoofer away from the wall results in
flatter frequency response, but will reduce the output somewhat. Experiment with
several different positions to find the best one for your room.
Figure 3:
Typical arrangement for a single
subwoofer in a
home theater.
Start here
Less Bass
More Bass
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Note: Do not place the unit near a heater or forced air outlet, as this may impair the ability of
the internal amplifier to dissipate heat. It may also harm the finish.
When you’re setting things up for the first time, you will need to adjust the bass level
control to keep the bass volume the same for various subwoofer positions. The only way
that you can make sure that you’re not being impressed by more bass, instead of
smoother bass, is to keep the volume the same for all subwoofer positions.
Begin with the low pass control set to 80, adjusting a little at a time to give the
smoothest transition between the subwoofer and the main speakers as, for example, a
bass guitar or cello is played up and down the scale. Try both positions of the phase
invert switch, as unusual room acoustics may be present at the crossover frequency.
Again, some experimentation will be needed to find the best setting.
Once the controls have been adjusted so that the sound is balanced between the
subwoofer and the main speakers, you can leave them alone. Minor differences in the
source material can be compensated for with the volume and tone controls on your
audio or audio/video electronic components.
Fine Tuning
Atlantic Technology subwoofers integrate easily with virtually all other brands of
loudspeaker. The adjustable low pass filter and versatile hookup options make it a snap.
With proper placement in your room, this subwoofer will supply a solid foundation to
any audio or A/V system.
For best results, we suggest that you “tweak” the controls and cabinet position slightly
over a period of time (1-2 weeks), as you become accustomed to the sound, and have
the opportunity to hear a variety of music and/or movies. Remember that a small
adjustment may have a large overall effect.
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Subwoofer Troubleshooting Guide
Once your subwoofer has been 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.
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.
OUTPUT LEVEL CONTROL set too low.
Move the subwoofer closer to a wall or corner.
Turn control up somewhat.
Weak bass: vague Input source connected to HI LEVEL inputs is wired
stereo image
out of phase.
Check speaker wire connections and reconnect in proper
phase.
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Specifications
Bass Driver
8" high efficiency treated cone
Output Power
75W
Frequency Response (LPF at max.)
30Hz – 270Hz, ±6dB
Low Pass Filter (continuously variable) 60Hz – 125Hz, 24dB/octave
Inputs
High Level (speaker)
Low Level (line)
Left and right high level speaker
Left and right low level RCA
Throughputs
High Level (speaker)
Low Level (line)
Left and right high level speaker, unity gain
Left and right low level RCA, unity gain
Input Level
continuously variable input gain control
Input Impedance
High Level (speaker)
Low Level (line)
1.2kΩ
10kΩ
Dimensions (W X H X D)
10 x 14.4 x 12.4in
255 x 365 x 315mm
Weight
22.75lbs
10.34kg
Power Consumption (standby mode)
18W
Power Requirements
110/240VAC
50/60Hz
200W max.
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.
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.
Dolby Stereo and Dolby Pro Logic are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
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