Atlantic Technology IWTS-155 Speaker User Manual

In-Wall THX Ultra2 Theater System Speakers
Instruction Manual
IWTS-155 LCR Speakers
Safety Precautions
IWTS-155 LCR In-Wall THX Ultra2 Theater System Speakers
Table of Contents
2 Model IWTS-155 LCR
3 Important Considerations Before Installation
Recommended Wire Sizes
Location Considerations
Room Acoustics
Stereo Music Listening
Home Theater Systems
Removing and Installing the Grille
Cutting the Opening
Installing the Mounting Frame
Painting the Speaker Assembly
Speaker Connection and Assembly
Installing the Speaker Enclosure Into the Frame
HF (High Frequency) Level Control
Boundary Compensation Control
Directional Vector Control™
IR Knockout
Model IWTS-155 LCR
In Wall THX Ultra2 Theater System
3 Speaker Placement
5 Mounting the IWTS-155 Speakers
5 Installation of the IWTS-155 in New Construction
with Optional Back Box
5 Installation of the IWTS-155 in Existing Construction
without Optional Back Box
7 Front Panel Controls
7 Specifications
Thank you for purchasing Atlantic Technology products. Our speaker systems have been designed to deliver exceptional sound and value. We hope
you like what you hear from them, and are happy with your decision to
buy them.
Please take a few moments to read these instructions. They’re intended not
only to tell you how to mount the speakers, but how to get the best performance from them.
What’s THX?
THX is a series of standards and technologies originally developed by
LucasFilm Ltd. (of Star Wars fame) and now an entity unto itself. These
technologies and standards are intended to ensure that what you hear and
see on your A/V system, as closely as possible, matches what the director/
artist/engineer heard and saw during the final mixing of the source material. THX standards are intended to enhance every type of viewing and
listening experience including the latest discrete multi-channel digital formats. Please note however that, although there is proprietary THX electronic
processing, THX is not a surround format.
THX Ultra2 standards are based on a 3000 cubic foot room (L x W x H =
cu. ft.). This does not mean Ultra2 certified components must be used in
rooms this exact size. The room sizes simply provide a frame of reference,
as the standards specify that the system must deliver certain performance
minimums (volume, frequency response, etc.) in the specified space. For
more information, see the THX website at
For Future Reference
Record your serial numbers and date of purchase here:
Model Number
Serial Number
Date of Purchase
The serial number is found on the back panel.
Copyright © 2009 Atlantic Technology International.
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.
Speaker Placement
Instruction Manual
Important Considerations Before
Recommended Wire Sizes
The longer the wire run, the heavier the wire should be. Use the following
recommendations as a guide for your installation. And if you’re in doubt,
remember that it never hurts to get the next heavier grade of wire. Also note
that lower gauge numbers equal heavier wire sizes.
Wire Run Wire Gauge:
<15 ft. 16 ga.
15 to 30 ft. 14 ga.
>30 to 50 ft. 12 ga.
Location Considerations
A major determinant of any speaker’s sound quality is its location in the
room. With in-wall speakers there are fewer placement options than with
free-standing speakers, so giving some thought to location can really pay
off. Our In-Wall Theater Systems have been designed to minimize the detrimental effects wall mounting can have on sound, so they sound better
than conventional in-wall speakers.
Room Acoustics
Hard surfaces create lots of sound reflections in the room while soft surfaces
tend to absorb sound. Note the speakers’ location in terms of proximity to
glass and other highly sound reflective or absorptive surfaces. A simple set
of curtains or an area rug can make a major difference in sound quality and
intelligibility by reducing excessive reflections.
Speaker Placement
For all the following situations, it’s recommended that you first place small
box speakers in the proposed locations, just to get a good idea of how
that location will sound. In-wall speakers are tough to move once they’re
For all the following placement instructions, it’s important to bear in mind
that for aesthetic considerations, many people prefer to mount their in-wall
speakers well above seated ear level, as doing so minimizes the speakers’
visual intrusion on the room.
The IWTS-155 LCR uses Atlantic's renowned 1" soft-dome Low Resonance Tweeter (LRT™). Because of its low crossover point, this remarkable
tweeter allows the IWTS-155 LCR to deliver much wider midrange dispersion than conventional in-wall speakers for greater placement flexibility,
without the severe acoustic and mechanical drawbacks of the so-called
"pivoting tweeter."
Stereo Music Listening
For stereo music reproduction, place the speakers at approximately ear
level when seated, with both speakers on the same wall facing the prime
listening location. A separation of approximately 6 to 8 feet between the
left and right speakers is usually good. Ideally, the distance between the
two speakers will be close to the same as the distance from the speakers to
the listening position.
Home Theater Placement
IWTS-155 LCR In-Wall THX Ultra2 Theater System Speakers
Home Theater Systems
Front Speaker Array should be
placed as close to ear level as
Optional Dipole/Bipole
Speakers should be
placed directly to the
sides of the seating area
and approximately
1-2 feet (.3-.6 meter)
above the listener’s ear
Optional Direct Radiator Speakers
should be placed slightly behind the
listening position, above ear level.
Optional Surround Back Speakers
should be placed approximately 1-2
feet (.3-.6 meter) above the listener’s
ear level. Dipole or direct radiators
may be used here.
Today’s home theater systems require you to place six or
more speakers in your room. For the most convincing
theater effects, speaker placement must be very carefully
thought out. This is especially true with in-wall speakers,
since their installation is permanent!
Left/Center/Right Locations The tweeter in the front three
speakers should be at or just above ear height when seated,
just as with stereo speakers. Try to keep the vertical position of the three front speakers within 18 inches of each
other, as this will maintain smooth, believable left-centerright pans.
The spacing of the left-right speakers can be a little wider
than with 2-channel stereo speakers, since in a theater system, the center channel speaker reproduces the on-screen
effects and anchors the center image. Left-right spacing of
about 8 to10 feet usually works well.
Note: The IWTS-155 LCR is not magnetically
shielded. If you are using it with an old-styled CRTtype television, be sure the speakers are located at
least 12 inches away from the picture tube to prevent
video interference.
Surround Speakers In order to achieve optimum performance we strongly recommend Atlantic Technology Dipole
or TriVector™ surround speakers. If you are using our dedicated surround speakers please follow the placement recommendations included in their installation instructions.
Non-Dipole Surrounds The most realistic surround effects
occur when the listener can’t localize the actual location of
the surround speaker. If you decide to use the In-Wall Theater System speakers as surround speakers, mount them
above the listeners’ ears, slightly behind the listening area
either on the side or rear walls.
Instruction Manual
Mounting the IWTS-155 Speakers
IMPORTANT: If the IN-BOX-155 is not used in New Construction situations, it's recommended that the wall cavity be treated with acoustic
filler and that all extraneous wires, etc. in the wall cavity are securely
"buttoned down" so there is no unwanted vibration or rattling after
the speaker is installed. Try to make the wall cavity as airtight as possible by sealing all the stud-to drywall seams with a flexible silicon
caulk or similar substance.
NOTE: We always recommend a professional be involved in the
installation of the IWTS-155 LCR, if at all possible.
The IWTS-155 LCR can be easily mounted in most any standard wall material, from ½ to 1½ inches thick. Use the grille/frame assembly GFR-155,
sold separately. The GFR's rotating wall clamps firmly fix it to the wall
surface after the proper cutout has been made. An important precautions
to take before mounting:
Keep the sides of the actual mounting hole at least ½ inch away from
beams or studs to ensure that the clamps have adequate room to rotate.
A stud or other obstruction that’s too close will stop them from properly
doing their job.
Installation of the IWTS-155 in New
Construction with Optional Back Box
For new construction, we highly recommend that you use the optional
Back Box IN-BOX-155. The Back
Box provides the correct acoustic
environment for the 155 LCR and
ensures its THX-level performance.
The rotator clamps (sometimes
called "dog legs") will easily grab
the combined thickness of 5/8"
sheetrock and the 3/8" back box's
front panel. The sheetrock must be
adhered to the front panel of the
back box very solidly and positively.
Use very liberal amounts of a high-quality construction adhesive, such as
Liquid Nails, to ensure a secure, vibration-free bond.
It is also recommended that you create an ‘enclosure’ by installing cross studs between the existing vertical studs. Space these
cross studs approximately 30-36” apart. That will enclose the proper
amount of air volume needed for the 155 to achieve its optimal performance. Again, take care to seal these cross studs to the sheetrock.
Installation of the IWTS-155 in Existing
Removing and Installing the Grille
Remove the grille from the speaker using an awl or the point of a drywall
screw in a grille opening near one of the grille corners. Slowly pry the grille
out, being careful not to damage the speaker’s frame or its finish.
Please see the installation instructions that come with the IN-BOX-155 for
more details.
Installation of the IWTS-155 in New
Construction without Optional Back Box
There may be new construction
situations where the Back Box
IN-BOX-155 is either not desired
or not feasible. For those situations, Atlantic Technology offers
an optional Rough-in Frame Kit
IN-NC-155 to ease installation in
new construction. Instructions for
its use are included with this kit.
Ask your Atlantic dealer for more
To re-install the grille later, press it carefully into the appropriate opening in
the frame assembly. Since it’s designed to fit snugly, please take your time
and use care when installing the grille.
Cutting the Opening
After determining the best location for the speaker as outlined above, use
the enclosed template to cut the proper size hole.
14 1⁄4” x 7 1⁄8”
WARNING: Exercise extreme care before making any wall cuts to
ensure that you will not cut through any wires, pipes, or other items
that may be in the wall. You may sometimes, but not always, be able
to determine the approximate location of wires and pipes by looking
at the locations of nearby outlets and plumbing. But their location or
absence is never an assurance that there is not something within the
wall cavity.
IWTS-155 LCR In-Wall THX Ultra2 Theater System Speakers
Installing the Mounting Frame
The clamping mechanism allows
the wall material to range from
½ to 1½ inches (13 to 38 mm) in
thickness. There must be a minimum depth behind the wall face
of 3 5⁄8” (92 mm). As noted above,
be sure to keep the edges of the
cutout at least ½ inch (13 mm)
away from any stud or obstruction, as the rotating clamps will
not operate properly if you don’t.
Insert the frame into the cutout
and using a level or square carefully align it so it is level. Tighten
the mounting screws, which will
cause the attached clamps to rotate and position themselves properly
behind the wall.
Continue to tighten until the frame is snug in the wall. You want the bezel
to conform to the wallboard, and the frame not to rattle from the speaker’s
vibration, but be very careful not to overtighten the screws.
Speaker Connection and Assembly
Strip about ½” (13 mm) of insulation from the connecting wires. Connect
them to the appropriate push terminal, being careful to observe polarity
(positive to the red terminal, negative to the black terminal).
Installing the Speaker Enclosure into the Frame
Painting the Speaker Assembly
The white plastic frame and the
metal grille may be left as is, or
painted to match your décor. You
can paint the frame before or after
it is installed in the wall. Spray
painting (using slightly thinned
paint) is the best method to use for
painting the grille. Before painting
the grille, carefully peel off the cloth
scrim. After painting the grille, use
air pressure to “blow out” any grille
holes that are filled in with paint.
Once the paint is dry, re-apply the scrim to the inside of the grille.
Once the frame is mounted in the wall, the speaker simply fits into the
frame. Note that there is a gasket around the edge of the MDF baffle. This
gasket ensures an airtight fit between the baffle and the frame. Therefore,
the baffle may fit tightly in the frame. This is normal.
Use the included screws to attach the baffle to the mounting frame, but be
very careful not to overtighten the screws.
Front Panel Controls
Instruction Manual
Front Panel Controls
The IWTS-155 has two controls
that help optimize the speaker’s performance regardless
of mounting location or room
HF (High Frequency) Level Control
This control adjusts the relative level of high frequency output to compensate for varying room acoustics or placement
behind a screen.
“+” is for absorptive, acoustically “dead” rooms (or when
the speaker is behind a movie screen). Use this position to
increase the HF level and restore the proper sparkle and liveliness to
the sound.
“0” is for rooms of average absorptive characteristics.
“-“ should be used in rooms that are highly reflective, with hard floors
and exposed windows.
The setting of the HF control is mostly a matter of personal taste, so try it
in all three positions and see which one is preferred.
Boundary Compensation Control
Large room boundaries, such as floors, walls, and ceilings,
reinforce sound by acting essentially as acoustic “mirrors.”
When the speaker is mounted too close to the corner or a
wall/ceiling intersection, this sonic “reinforcement” often
results in an unnatural heaviness or coloration of the
Woofer (2) 5 ¼” (135mm) GLH*
Tweeter 1" (25mm) soft dome LRT™
Frequency Response 58Hz – 20kHz ±3dB
Nominal Impedance
6 Ohms
Crossover Frequency
2.1kHz, 3rd order
Recommended Power
10 – 150 Watts RMS
Dimensions (grill frame) (W x H x D)
15 ½ x 8 ½ x 3 ¾"
395 x 216 x 97mm
Cutout Dimensions
(W x H)
14 ¼ x 7 1⁄8”
362 x 181mm
Net Weight
8lbs; 3.6kg each
*Graphite Loaded Homopolymer
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.
THX and THX Ultra2 are trademarks of THX Inc. Manufactured under license from THX Ltd. THX
is a trademark of THX Ltd. which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All rights reserved.
If it’s necessary to mount the speaker closer than 12 inches to the ceiling or
corner, you may find that by switching the Boundary Compensation control
“on,” the speaker sounds better. We recommend that you try the control in
both positions and see if it helps in your particular installation.
IR Knockout
There’s an IR “knockout” plug in the upper right corner
of the front baffle. If you are using a multi-room control system, you can install a standard IR receiver in the
knockout hole.
Should you have any questions or problems please feel free to contact us at
781-762-6300 or through our web site,
343 Vanderbilt Avenue Norwood, MA 02062 (781) 762-6300