Owner`s manual | Atlantic Technology HomeTheater Loudspeaker System Speaker System User Manual

Owner’s Manual
Covers Compact Theater Two LR Front Channel Speakers,
C Center Channel Speaker and SR Surround Speakers
System Two
High Performance Compact
Home Theater Loudspeaker System
343 Vanderbilt Avenue Norwood, MA 02062 (781) 762-6300 www.atlantictechnology.com
System Two
Dipoles are undoubtedly the best and most practical way to create
such an involving soundfield at home. It’s therefore important to
use the Compact SR Two surround speakers only for surround
purposes in home theater applications.
High Performance Home Theater
Loudspeaker System
Connecting Your System
Thank you for choosing Atlantic Technology’s Compact Theater
Series home theater products. We have specifically designed this
series of loudspeakers to offer exceptional performance and value.
A great deal of time and effort has been spent ensuring that your
new system will accurately reproduce both movies and music.
Additionally, Compact Theater System Two has been optimized
for use with all surround formats including Dolby Surround®,
Dolby Pro-Logic®, Dolby Digital 5.1® and DTS®. Finally, your
new speaker system is precision crafted to give you years of
enjoyable, trouble free service.
We recommend that you connect your Compact Theater System
Two with high quality dual conductor stranded wire of 18 gauge
or larger, for lengths up to 25 feet. (Remember, the lower the
gauge number, the larger the wire). Use 16 gauge dual conductor
or larger for longer runs of wire. Contact your audio/video dealer
for specific cable recommendations and further information for
special circumstances.
Warning: To prevent risk of electrical shock or damage to your
equipment, always switch off the amplifier or receiver when making
connections to the speakers.
Please take a few moments to read this manual thoroughly. It
includes many helpful tips on connecting and placing your home
theater speaker components. This manual will help you set up all
the Compact Theater System Two components, except the
subwoofer. Compact Theater Series Subwoofers are covered in
detail in separate manuals.
Since Compact Theater System Two speakers use industry standard
“five way binding posts” you can connect them by using a variety
of readily available audio connectors such as spade lugs, banana
plugs (single or double types), “pin” connectors, or you can:
Compact Theater Two LR
Front Channel Speaker
2. Twist the stranded wire together, keeping the two ends
The Compact Theater Two LR Front Channel Speakers are twoway systems intended only for use with a quality subwoofer. Each
speaker contains a precision 5-1/4" Polymer composite woofer
and a precision crafted 1" Mylar tweeter, using a powerful
neodymium magnet, in an acoustically designed cabinet.
Additionally, each LR contains a 5-1/4” ABR (Auxiliary Bass
Radiator) for increased output and more powerful bass response.
Compact Theater Two LR speakers are magnetically shielded so
they may be placed right next to a TV set without concern.
3. Place the appropriate wire through the appropriate
postholes in the connectors. These holes are revealed
when you loosen the connector capscrew.
Compact Theater Two C
Center Channel Speaker
The Compact Theater Two C Center Channel Speaker contains
the same driver configuration as the LR. The Compact Theater
Two C is designed for use in home theater systems which
employs a dedicated center channel speaker. The Theater Two C
center speaker is designed to be used in a horizontal position, as
opposed to the vertical positioning intended for the Compact
Theater Two LR. It too is magnetically shielded so it may be
placed directly adjacent to your TV set with no adverse effects.
The Two C includes a unique tilting base and a three position HF
level control which add to its flexibility and performance.
Compact Theater Two SR Surround
The Compact Theater Two SR Surround Speaker is intended for
use in audio/video sound systems which includes dedicated
surround channels. Each speaker has a unique Dipole driver
arrangement in order to produce a broad and diffuse sound field.
Please note that the object of the surround speakers in a home
theater is to reproduce all those “environmental” sounds from
the soundtrack that are used as cues to tell you “where you are.”
1. Remove 1/2" of insulation from each wire end.
4. Screw down the capscrew tightly, but do not overtighten.
5. It’s a good idea to check the tightness of these connections
within 24 hours of making the initial installation and then
every few months, as they can loosen over time.
We recommend that you check your local electrical codes to make
sure that you are not using an improper connector.
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
conductor of each pair is identified by either color, printing on
the insulation, ridges on the insulation, or a thread intertwined
with one set of 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 two terminals as this might
damage your amplifier.
Finally, check the polarity of your front speakers by listening to
some music. If the sound seems hollow, unusually spread out, or
has weak bass, recheck your connections for proper polarity and
reverse any out of phase connections, if necessary. Usually one
speaker wired out of phase is the culprit.
Center channel should be
within 2' of front speaker
tweeter height
Left surround
18" above
ear level
Right surround
Ear level
Surround speakers
should be directly to the
sides of listening position
Placement and Operation
Speaker and room interactions have a huge impact on the sound
of the system. Moving the speakers just a little can make a
dramatic difference in what you hear. The compact design of
System Two’s components provides you with maximum
placement flexibility while creating a large, seamless, acoustically
accurate soundfield for your home theater. The best placement of
the speakers will vary from room to room. Start out by using the
following placement guidelines and the diagram above. But also
feel free to experiment. In fact, it may be beneficial to hook up
the speakers with some extra wire and to simply drape the wire
across the floor, experimenting with several placement options
before installing the speakers permanently. This will allow you the
opportunity to move the speakers around easily so you can find
the best sonic and visual locations. Such experimentation can be
especially beneficial for the surround speakers.
Note: Some surround sound decoders and receivers offer a choice of
“Normal / Small” or “Wide-band / Large” modes for the center channel.
The Compact Two C is designed to be used in the “Normal / Small”
mode. Additionally, most discrete digital home theater systems allow you
to select between “Small” and “Large” speakers throughout the system.
Since the Compact Theater System Two has been designed to work only
with a subwoofer, please set all the speaker positions to “Small.”
Speaker Placement
The primary goal of a home theater is not to transport you into
your local movie theater. It’s to transport you into the movie
itself, into the midst of the action occurring on the screen. For
best results in a home theater system, place your Compact
Theater Two LR speakers to either side of the television
approximately 2 to 4 feet away from the screen, if possible. The
three front channel speakers (Compact Theater Two LRs and C)
are magnetically shielded so they will not interfere with your
television picture. The left front and right front speakers should
be far enough apart that you get a good stereo image, but not so
far apart that the sound seems to come directly from the speakers,
distracting you from the picture. You may chose to “toe” the LR
speakers in, aiming them at the prime listening position. This can
be particularly useful if the front LR speakers are fairly far apart.
The Compact Two C center channel should be placed directly
above or below your television. It is important that the speaker is
centered on, and as close as possible to the screen, not off to the
side. You can tilt the center speaker up or down on its adjustable
base to optimize its response. The Compact Two C includes a
three position High Frequency level control, which should be
adjusted to get the most natural sound after the speaker is placed
in its final location. Also note that most movies are recorded with
the middle and high frequency sounds “turned up” in the center
channel to ensure that everyone in a commercial movie theater
hears the dialogue. When played at home these same soundtracks
can sound excessively “bright” and “forward”. Adjusting the HF
control of the Center Two can help reduce this unwanted effect.
Surround Effects
The Compact Two SR’s size and shape allows greater flexibility in
placement than most conventional surround loudspeakers. Due
to their advanced Dipole design it’s preferable to locate the SR
Surround speakers directly to the sides of the prime listening
position, at least 18 inches above ear level when seated, to 18
inches below the ceiling. These special speakers have a “sound
null” directly in front of their face and they produce a broad
sound field to the left and right of their enclosure. The result is
that they “wash” the side walls of your room with a nonlocalizable surround field while you sit right in the sonic null.
Note: The C T SR’s are marked with a “pointing hand” on the back
that indicates which side of the speaker should face the front of the
room. Please be sure to locate the speakers properly and to turn one
over so that they are both facing in the correct direction. If you wish to
wall mount the speakers there are “keyhole” mounting brackets
included in the box that may be mounted to the pre drilled slots on
the speakers back, after you determine which slot will be at the top of
each speaker. See below for further important mounting information.
The grille may be removed and reversed if you desire, by carefully
gripping it along the edge and pulling from the cabinet. Re-insert
by reversing the above. However, it can be somewhat difficult
and time consuming to remove and replace the grille, so unless it
is very important to you we recommend leaving it as is.
The C T SR is available with either a black oak laminate or matte
white exterior. An optional kit is available to mount the C T SR
recessed in a standard wall. The speaker will only protrude a small
amount and will therefore be easier to integrate into your
surroundings. Please contact your dealer for further information.
Note: Most of the time surround speakers are re-creating the
ambient sounds taking place in the movie scene. Throughout almost
all of a movie or TV program you should not be directly aware of
the surround speakers presence. So don’t be concerned if, most of
the time, you aren’t hearing the surround speakers directly. Try to avoid
the trap of turning the surrounds up so that you hear them all the
time.The result will be a much less believable surround sound
experience. Remember that the signal they receive is overwhelmingly
those subtle sounds intended to make you believe you’re in the action
taking place on the screen.
The Compact Theater System Two LR and SR speakers can be
mounted in a variety of ways:
On speaker stands Atlantic Technology’s optional speaker
stands provide an ideal height (29" above the floor) for most
rooms. They are available in black or white. Speaker stands from
other manufacturers may be used, but should be of approximately
the same height (29" to the base of the speaker). Threaded
inserts on the backs of the speakers allow for secure mounting on
stands designed for these types of connections.
On the wall To mount your speakers on a wall, we have
supplied metal keyhole brackets for the back of the LR and SR
speakers. Be sure to use a strong screw whose head and shaft will
fit within the keyhole opening and slot. Also be sure to drive the
screw well into a stud or use an appropriate mounting device
(such as a molly-bolt) that is capable of holding the weight of the
speaker. Never simply drive a nail or screw into sheet rock or
other wall materials. Always follow the above guidelines for safe
speaker mounting.
Listening Levels and Power Handling
The power recommendation for these speakers assumes that you
will not operate your amplifier/receiver in a way that produces
high levels of distortion. A moderately powered amplifier driven
beyond its intended capacity can and will damage even rugged
speakers like the Compact Theater Two system. This type of
damage is easily identifiable through examination of the speaker’s
voice coil and is not covered by the warranty.
Do not use a vacuum, as the combination of hard vacuum
attachments and suction are likely to cause damage to the drivers.
Avoid placing your speakers in direct sunlight or near a source of
heat that may, over time, damage the finish.
Important: Save Your Boxes! If you can do so, save the cartons,
packing materials, 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
for the proper return procedure.
Frequency Response (±3dB)
Nominal Impedance
Recommended Amplifier Power
Magnetic Shielding
Size (W x H x D)
Weight (ea., unpacked)
Frequency Response (±3dB)
Nominal Impedance
Recommended Amplifier Power
Magnetic Shielding
Size with Base (W x H x D)
Weight (without base, unpacked)
Frequency Response (±3dB)
Nominal Impedance
Recommended Amplifier Power
Magnetic Shielding
Size (W x H x D)
Weight (ea., unpacked)
System Two LR Front Channel Speaker
2-way with ABR
5-1/4” Polymer woofer
5-1/4” Polymer ABR
1” Mylar tweeter
55Hz – 20kHz
10 – 150 Watts
6” x 16-1/4” x 7”; 152.4mm x 412.7mm x 177.8
11.25lbs; 5.11kg
System Two C Center Channel Speaker
2-way with ABR
5-1/4” Polymer woofer
5-1/4” Polymer ABR
1” Mylar tweeter
55Hz – 20kHz
10 – 150 Watts
16-1/4” x 6-1/4” x 7”; 412.7mm x 158.7mm x 177.8mm
11.25lbs; 5.11kg
System Two SR Surround Speaker
Sealed-box, dipole surround speaker
4” Polymer woofer
1/2” Mylar Tweeter
80Hz – 20kHz
10 – 150 Watts
9-1/2” x 10-1/2” x 6-3/8”: 241mm x 267mm x 163mm
8.1lbs; 3.63kg
The Compact Theater Two system will play very loudly when
provided with enough clean power to do so. Again, consult your
dealer or Atlantic Technology for additional information.
Specifications are those in effect at the time of printing. Atlantic Technology reserves the right to change
specifications or appearance at any time without notice.
Care and Feeding of Your Speakers
For Future Reference
Clean your speaker cabinets using a soft cloth moistened with a
mild, non-abrasive glass cleaner being careful not to wet the
edges of the cabinet. Also, be careful not to get any cleaning
fluids on the drivers, cones, or domes. It may be best to dampen
the cloth with the cleaner and then wipe the speakers. Brush the
grilles with a clean soft brush or a lint free cloth to clean them.
Record your system serial number and date of purchase here:
Dolby Digital, AC-3, 5.1, Dolby Stereo and Dolby Pro Logic are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories
Licensing Corporation. DTS is a registered trademark of DTS Technology.
Serial Number
Date of Purchase
The serial number is found on the back of the center channel
speaker near the connecting terminals.
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