Atlantic Technology AW-424 Speaker System User Manual

Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System
Instruction Manual
System AW-424
Table of Contents
AW-424 Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System
Table of Contents
2 Unpacking the Speakers
3 Descriptions
Model AW-424 Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System
Mounting Your Speakers
Connecting Your Speakers
Painting Your Speakers
Care of Your Speakers
Model AW-424
Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System
Thank you for choosing Atlantic Technology products. Your new speaker
components are precision-crafted to give you years of enjoyable, troublefree service. This manual covers the Atlantic Technology AW-424 speaker
IMPORTANT: Although it may seem like asking for driving directions,
please take a few moments to read all of this booklet. It has many
helpful tips and ideas on properly setting up and using your system.
We promise that if you take the time to read and follow these tips
you’ll get better system performance and more enjoyment.
Unpacking the Speakers
Use care when unpacking the speakers. Remember to keep the original
boxes and packing material, in the unlikely event the speakers need servicing, or if you move.
For Future Reference
Record the serial number and date of purchase for each speaker here. The serial number
is found on the speaker terminal panel on the back of the enclosure.
Serial Number
Date of Purchase
The contents of this manual are Copyright © 2005 by Atlantic Technology International,
Corp., and may not be duplicated or reproduced by any means, whether physical, electronic
or otherwise without prior written consent from Atlantic Technology International, Corp.
Atlantic Technology and the Atlantic Technology logo are registered trademarks of Atlantic
Technology International, Corp.
Specifications are those in effect at the time of printing.Atlantic Technology International,
Corp. reserves the right to change specifications or designs at any time without notice
without obligation to modify existing units.
Instruction Manual
Figure 1
Model AW-424 Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System
Congratulations on your purchase of the Atlantic Technology AW-424
indoor/outdoor speaker system. Utilizing tough, environmentally-resistant
materials and state-of-the-art acoustic design, the AW-424 lets you take
Atlantic’s famous sound outdoors.
The advanced design of these speakers deliver detailed, articulate sound, for
a dramatic listening experience. Each speaker contains two GLH (Graphite Loaded Homopolymer) 4 ½-inch (115mm) woofers, and an advanced
1” (25mm) ferrofluid-cooled, damped soft dome tweeter with a powerful
neodymium magnet structure. The drivers are mounted in an acoustically
inert, heavily-reinforced enclosure made from mineral-filled polypropylene.
This is a far more neutral, less “ringy” material than is typically used with
conventional outdoor speakers, and it contributes to the AW-424’s amazingly musical sound.
All the component parts of the AW-424 have been designed for durability under harsh conditions: UV and impact resistant cabinets, aluminum
powder-coated grilles and mounting brackets, and gold-plated speaker
Speaker Placement
Placement has a significant impact on the sound of your system. Please take
a few minutes to experiment with different speaker locations to assure that
you obtain pleasing sound and adequate coverage of your primary listening
area before you commit to running speaker wire and permanently attaching the mounting brackets.
The speakers should be far enough apart (6 to 10 feet, 2-3 meters is usually
best) that you get a good stereo “image” when they are playing, but not so far
apart that the sound seems to come only from each individual speaker.
Wall- or corner-mounting will tend to increase the speaker’s apparent bass
output compared to a free-standing speaker, so take this into consideration
when choosing a mounting location.
Although the AW-424 speakers are constructed of the highest quality
materials, common sense should be observed when using them. Placement under the eaves reduces the speaker’s exposure to direct sunlight and
precipitation, which tends to increase the speaker’s life and minimize any
potential weather-related wear and tear. (See figure 2)
Figure 2
AW-424 Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System
Mounting Your Speakers
Use the supplied mounting brackets to mount the speakers vertically or horizontally on exteriors house walls, deck corner posts, or other secure surface.
The bracket has holes to facilitate a variety of mounting hardware.
Always consult a knowledgeable installer regarding the best hardware
to use on your mounting surface.
To mount the speaker, loosen the knobs and remove the bracket from the
speaker. If you are running speaker wires, you may route the wires through
the large hole in the middle of the bracket; the bracket will then cover the
wire hole in the wall.
Mount the bracket in its desired location.
Reattach the knobs to the speaker and tighten them partially down. Slide the
speaker/knob assembly into the mounting channels in the bracket until the
speaker “seats” in the final position. Adjust the speaker to the desired angle
and tighten the knobs to secure the speaker in place. (See below)
You may also use mounting brackets made by other companies, if you
choose. The ¼-20 threaded inserts for the knob posts are the exact same
thread used by many manufacturers for their various mounting devices.
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Connecting Your Speakers
We recommend that you connect your speakers using high quality dual
conductor stranded wire of 16 gauge or heavier, for lengths up to 25 feet
(8m). Remember, the lower the gauge number, the heavier the wire. Use
heavier gauge wire for longer runs. Please contact your audio/video dealer
or installer for specific cable recommendations and further information
regarding special circumstances. The terminals themselves are designed
to allow the use of very heavy speaker wire or connectors.
WARNING: To prevent risk of electrical shock or damage to your
equipment, always switch off the amplifier or receiver when making
any system connections.
You can connect your speakers by using a variety of audio connectors such
as banana plugs, pin connectors, spade lugs, etc., or you can:
1. Remove ½-inch (13mm) of insulation from each wire end.
2. Twist the stranded wire together, keeping the two ends
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 conductors of each pair will typically be identified
by color, printing on the outer jacket, ridges on the outer jacket, or a thread
intertwined with the wire strands. By convention, the marked wire is connected to the red (+) terminal.
WARNING: Before turning on the amplifier, be certain that no stray
wire strands are touching across any terminals as this might damage
your amplifier.
Finally, check the polarity of your front Left/Right speakers by listening to
some stereo music with good bass content. If the sound seems “hollow,”
unusually spread out, or seems to have weak bass, recheck your connections
for proper polarity and correct any out of phase connections by reversing
the connections to one speaker only, if necessary.
3. Push down on the connector post and place the appropriate
wire through the postholes in the connectors.
Be sure to connect red (+) on the speaker to
red (+) on the amplifier and black (–) on the
speaker to black (–) on the amplifier.
AW-424 Indoor/Outdoor Speaker System
Painting Your Speakers
Care of Your Speakers
If desired, you can paint the exterior of the speaker enclosure and grille to
better match the speaker’s surroundings.
Clean your cabinets using a soft, lint-free cloth. If you wish, you can slightly
moisten the cloth with plain water. Do not use any other cleaning agents
or chemicals.
You will need:
• A fast-drying spray paint specifically formulated for plastic
(such as Krylon ® Fusion)
• A paper clip or curved-tip awl
• Masking tape and heavy paper or cardboard for masking
• A clean, dry cloth
To prepare for painting:
• Remove the bracket.
• Use the paper clip or awl to remove the grille. Gently pull
the grille at each corner until it can be removed by hand.
• Cut the paper or cardboard to the size of the baffle (the
surface that contains the speaker elements) and the terminal
area on the rear panel. Mask these areas off.
• Wrap masking tape around the threaded posts of the
• Use a small piece of masking tape to cover the threaded
• Use the clean, dry cloth to wipe any dust or dirt off the
Painting the cabinet and knobs:
• Apply two thin coats of plastic-compatible paint, following
the paint manufacturer’s directions. Be careful not to fill the
threaded inserts with excessive paint.
• Paint only the upper surface of the knobs. Do not
contaminate the treaded posts with paint.
• Let dry thoroughly, then carefully remove the masks and
tape from the cabinet.
Painting the grilles and bracket:
• Apply one coat of paint, being careful not to “fill in” the
holes in the metal grille with paint, as this will seriously
degrade the sound.
• If necessary, you may apply a second coat to the bracket.
IMPORTANT: SAVE YOUR BOXES! If you can do so, save the cartons, packing pieces, and plastic bags that came with your speakers.
They will be useful in case you move or have to ship your loudspeakers for any reason. In any case, save all packing materials until you are
certain that the systems have suffered no damage in shipment. If you
find such damage, either visible or internal, contact your dealer immediately.
Instruction Manual
2-way with Sealed Indoor/Outdoor Speaker
Drivers Woofer
(2) 4 ½” (115mm) GLH
(1) 1” (25mm) soft dome
Frequency Response
70Hz – 20kHz ±3dB
Nominal Impedance
8 ohms
Crossover Frequency
3.5kHz, 3rd order
Recommended Amplifier Power 10 – 150 Watts RMS
Dimensions w/grille (W x H x D)
6.875 x 12.5 x 6.5” 175 x 320 x 166mm
Weight (ea)
12lbs; 5.5kg
IMPORTANT NOTE: The power recommendation for these speaker systems assumes that you
will not operate your amplifier/receiver in a way that produces distortion. Even rugged speakers like ours can be damaged by an amplifier driven into audible distortion. The harsh amplifier
distortion (“clipping”) that occurs in this situation will eventually cause damage to the speaker
system. This type of damage may be cumulative and can build up over time, as the amplifier is
driven into overload again and again. Such damage is easily identifiable through examination
of the damaged speaker’s voice coil and is not covered by the warranty.
Specifications are those in effect at the time of printing. As part of our ongoing program of
continuous product improvement, Atlantic Technology reserves the right to change specifications or appearance at any time without notice.
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