AudioSource Powered Subwoofer with Built-in Stereo Crossover Speaker System User Manual

Owner’s Manual
SW 50
Powered Subwoofer with Built-in Stereo Crossover
Congratulations on your new purchase and welcome to the AudioSource family
of satisfied customers. We trust you will continue to enjoy the value and quality of
your AudioSource SW 50 for many years to come. To ensure the best performance
from your unit, please take a few moments to read this manual. Also, be sure to
retain this document for future reference.
Note: If any part of this product is damaged or missing, do not contact your AudioSource dealer. Please call
us directly at 800-435-7115.
© 1999 AudioSource, Inc.
Safety Instructions
CAUTION:
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.
DO NOT OPEN.
Warning: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this appliance to rain or moisture.
Caution: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove cover (or back); no user serviceable parts inside.
Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.
Caution: To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of plug to wide slot, fully insert.
Attention: Pour eviter les chocs electriques, introduire la lame la plus large de la fiche dans la borne
correspondante de la prise et pousser jusqu'au fond.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, 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 and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Read Instructions
All the safety and operating instructions should be read
before the appliance is operated.
Retain Instructions
The safety and operating instructions should be
adhered to.
Heed Warnings
All warnings on the appliance and in the operating
instructions should be adhered to.
Follow Instructions
not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed
on or against them, paying particular attention to cords
at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the appliance.
Cleaning
The appliance should be cleaned only as recommended
by the manufacturer.
Power Lines
An outdoor antenna should be located away from
power lines.
All operating and use instructions should be followed.
Non-Use Periods
Water and Moisture
The power cord of the appliance should be unplugged
from the outlet when left unused for a long period of time.
The appliance should not be used near water. For example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry
tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, etc.
Ventilation
The appliance should be situated so that its location or
position does not interfere with its proper ventilation.
For example, the appliance should not be situated on
a bed, sofa, rug, or similar surface that may block the
ventilation openings; or, placed in a built-in situation,
such as a bookcase or cabinet that may impede the flow
of air through the ventilation openings.
Heat
The appliance should be situated away from heat sources
such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other appliances (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Power Sources
The appliance should be connected to a power supply
only of the type described in the operating instructions
or as marked on the appliance.
Grounding or Polarization
Precautions should be taken so that the grounding or
polarization means of an appliance is not defeated.
Power Cord Protection
Power supply cords should be routed so that they are
Object and Liquid Entry
Care should be taken so that objects do not fall and liquids are not spilled into the enclosure through openings.
Damage Requiring Service
The appliance should be serviced by qualified service
personnel when: a) The power supply cord or the plug
has been damaged; b) Objects have fallen, or liquid has
been spilled into the appliance; c) The appliance has
been exposed to rain; d) The appliance does not appear
to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance; or e) The appliance has been dropped, or the
enclosure damaged.
Servicing
The user should not attempt to service the appliance
beyond that described in the operating instructions. All
other servicing should be referred to qualified service
personnel.
Product Servicing
In the event your SW 50 fails to operated properly,
please contact the dealer where you purchased the unit.
Or you may contact AudioSource directly for further
assistance.
Owner’s Manual
SW 50
Powered Subwoofer with Built-in Stereo Crossover
SW 50 Overview
The AudioSource SW 50 represents the state of the art in powered subwoofers. The highly efficient ported
enclosure houses a rugged eight-inch, reinforced driver, a fifty-watt amplifier, and a passive low frequency
crossover network. This precision matched combination ensures the SW 50 will deliver the best sound possible,
under even the most demanding conditions. The input level is variable over a wide range, allowing the SW 50
to complement a wide variety of systems. Line and hi level inputs are provided for fast and easy connection
to virtually any system. The two-way auto power function completes the generous list of features offered by
the SW 50.
A Few Words about Subwoofers
Subwoofers are designed to extend the bass response of your system beyond the limitations of most
speakers. This unit is to be used in conjunction with, not in place of, your existing left and right speakers.
The low frequency sounds reproduced by the subwoofer will radiate equally in all directions. It is not necessary to have a pair of subwoofers. A single subwoofer can dramatically enhance a stereo TV, a stereo system,
or a full fledged home theater.
The advent of digital recording has increased the amount of low frequency information found on recorded
material. Subwoofers are designed to accurately reproduce this bass. Similarly, most movies intended for
home viewing feature bass well below the musical range of traditional loudspeakers. However, this information
is vital to the impact, ambiance, and believability of a scene. A subwoofer enhances those elements in your
home theater.
Placement Guidelines
Prior to installing your new AudioSource subwoofer, please consider the following guidelines. Placing the
subwoofer near a wall or in a corner will greatly increase its bass response. As frequencies reproduced by subwoofers are long and need room to propagate, a subwoofer placed near the listening position will not sound as
full as one placed farther away.
Finally, the cabinet of your AudioSource subwoofer is designed to blend in with most decors. If you
decide to place anything directly atop your subwoofer, please use great caution, as the speaker cabinet will
vibrate and items placed on top may shake loose or fall.
Using the Controls
Part #30007
Subwoofer Amplifier
Power
Line
In
Level
The power switch has two
positions: off and auto. The auto
position is the default setting. This
keeps the amplifier in a standby
mode. Using sophisticated signal
sensing circuitry, the amplifier is
instantaneously activated when a sig+
- +
nal is detected at either of the inputs.
If no signal is detected after several
minutes, the amplifier switches back
to the standby mode. The off position
overrides this circuit, turning the subwoofer off manually. The power LED indicates the subwoofer's status.
L
Off Auto
R
Power
Hi Level
In
CAUTION
RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE.
NE PAS OUVRIR.
Hi Level
Out
Right
F
Left
1A 250V
RISK OF FIRE
REPLACE FUSE
AS MARKED
USE
120 VAC
80 Watts
60 Hz
Level
Since your subwoofer is designed to work in conjunction with other speakers, we have provided a level
control will allow you to balance the output of your unit with the rest of your system. Once set, the level
control should not require further adjustment. Begin with the level control at the minimum position. Slowly
increase the level until the subwoofer's output is equal to that of your other speakers.
Note: Output level is relative and can be different from location to location. Always return to the normal listening
location to evaluate any setting changes.
Connecting the SW 50
General Information
The diagrams on the following pages show three of the most common types of subwoofer connections. This
information will guide you through the connection process.
First, a few words regarding the functioning of your powered subwoofer: All signals into your powered
subwoofer will first pass through the crossover. The portion of the signal below the current crossover frequency setting will be reproduced by the subwoofer. The unprocessed signal will be passed to the hi level
outputs. If you have a choice of connection options, remember that it may be easier to run long distances
with speaker wire than with line connectors.
Hi Level In
These inputs are designed to accept an amplified signal from the speaker outputs of a receiver, power
amp or other device not equipped with line level outputs.
Hi Level Out
The original amplified signal from your source is present at these outputs for connection to the existing
left and right speakers.
Line In
These RCA jacks are designed to accept a line level signal from a receiver, pre-amp, surround sound
decoder or similar device. When using a single line level output from another unit, a Y connector should be
used to send the signal to both the left and right inputs. (Using the tape loop of a receiver or preamp is not
recommended. Tape jacks typically send a constant level, regardless of the volume setting, unlike preamp
outputs. This will affect the balance between the subwoofer and the rest of the system.)
Connecting the SW 50 (continued)
Receiver
CD
INPUT
TUNER
INPUT
PHONO
INPUT
LEFT
TAPE LOOP
LEFT
RIGHT
RIGHT
+
Right Speaker
Part #30007
Subwoofer Amplifier
Line
In
–
Left Speaker
Level
L
Off Auto
R
Power
Hi Level
In
CAUTION
RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE.
NE PAS OUVRIR.
Hi Level
Out
-
-
F
Right
Left
+
+
1A 250V
RISK OF FIRE
REPLACE FUSE
AS MARKED
USE
120 VAC
80 Watts
60 Hz
+
-
-
+
Hi Level Connections
Here the signal is already amplified as it leaves the receiver/amplifier. The speaker terminals of this unit
are connected to the hi level inputs of the SW 50. The left and right speakers receive the original amplified
signal from the SW 50 hi level outputs.
Connecting the SW 50 (continued)
Receiver
CD
INPUT
TUNER
INPUT
PHONO
INPUT
TAPE LOOP
SUB
OUT
PREAMP
OUTPUT
POWER AMP
INPUT
LEFT
LEFT
RIGHT
RIGHT
+
Right Speaker
Part #30007
Subwoofer Amplifier
Line
In
–
Left Speaker
Level
L
Off Auto
R
Power
Hi Level
In
CAUTION
RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE.
NE PAS OUVRIR.
Hi Level
Out
-
-
F
Right
Left
+
+
1A 250V
RISK OF FIRE
REPLACE FUSE
AS MARKED
USE
120 VAC
80 Watts
60 Hz
+
-
-
+
Dedicated Subwoofer Connections
Many surround sound decoders, home theater processors and audio/video receivers are equipped with a
dedicated subwoofer line output. In this case, the signal is already processed and does not need to return to
the system or other speakers. Connect this line output to the line inputs of the SW 50. A Y connector should
be used to feed this single output to both the left and the right line inputs.
Connecting the SW 50 (continued)
Television
OUTPUT
VARIABLE
OUTPUT
FIXED
INPUT
VIDEO
LEFT
RIGHT
Part #30007
Subwoofer Amplifier
Line
In
Level
L
Off Auto
R
Power
Hi Level
In
CAUTION
RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE.
NE PAS OUVRIR.
Hi Level
Out
-
-
F
Right
Left
+
+
1A 250V
RISK OF FIRE
REPLACE FUSE
AS MARKED
USE
120 VAC
80 Watts
60 Hz
Television Enhancement
Many newer television sets are equipped with variable stereo outputs. The signal available at these
outputs varies with the television volume. In this situation, these variable audio outputs can be connected
directly to the SW 50 line inputs to enhance the bass response of the television's built-in speakers.
Enjoy your new purchase. This manual provides detailed diagrams and
instructions for setting up your equipment. Our commitment to your
satisfaction doesn't end there. We also offer friendly assistance. Toll-free.
1-800-HELP-115
SW 50 Specifications
Amplifier Power Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Watts
Frequency Response . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Hz to 250 Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . >90 dB
Driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8" Reinforced
Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Power (Auto, Off)
Input Level Control
Inputs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hi Level (Speaker )In
Line (RCA) In
Outputs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hi Level (Speaker) Out
Dimensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15" H x 11.5" W x 15" D
Weight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 lbs.
Designs and specifications are subject to change without notice.
9300 North Decatur
Portland, Or 97203
Tel. 503.286.9300
Fax 503.978.3302
AUDIOSOURCE@PHOENIXGOLD.COM
www.audiosource.net
Printed in Canada