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Owners Manual Sub 600
Contents
Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
SAFETY
Important Safety Instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
BEFORE OPERATION
About this operating manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Unpacking. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Controls and connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
OPERATION
Connecting the subwoofer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Switching the subwoofer on/off. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Adjusting the volume (GAIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Selecting the subwoofer cut-off frequency
(SUB Lowpass). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting the phase (PHASE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Setting the satellite cut-off frequency
(SAT Highpass) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Positioning the subwoofer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
OPTIMIZING SETTINGS/TROUBLESHOOTING
General tips . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Volume (GAIN) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Cut-off frequencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION/WARRANTY
Care and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
Technical specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
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Introduction
English
Introduction
Dear Music Lover,
Thank you for your decision to acquire Dynaudio loudspeakers.
Every Dynaudio model features the advanced Dynaudio loudspeaker technology,
resulting in music reproduction at a very high level, making many familiar recordings a
new listening experience altogether. This advanced technology results from many years
of intense research and development, the highest quality standards in production, and
Dynaudio's enduring passion for musical truth.
Dynaudio is one of very few companies who can realize such loudspeaker concepts
through it's own in-house development and production facilities. These facilities are so
advanced and the quality control is so strict that Dynaudio is TS16949 certified.
Each loudspeaker is constructed by Dynaudio's master craftsmen in Denmark to these
high standards of quality. To realize the highest sound quality from the loudspeakers,
some areas should be addressed, as will be explored on the following pages. By
considering the tips and suggestions, you will achieve the maximum performance and
enjoyment of the loudspeaker and it's advanced musical capabilities for a long time to
come.
We wish you many years of enjoyment experiencing music,
Dynaudio
English
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SAFETY
SAFETY
Important Safety Instructions
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Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the
manufacturer's instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves,
or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A
polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the other. A grounding type
plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The wide blade or the third
prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your
outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used use caution
when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long
periods of time.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when
the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or
plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the
apparatus, the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not
operate normally, or has been dropped.
Dynaudio Sub 600
Important Safety Instructions
15. WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, this apparatus should
not be exposed to rain or moisture and objects filled with liquids, such as
vases, should not be placed on this apparatus.
16. To completely disconnect this equipment from the mains, disconnect the
power supply cord plug from the receptacle. The mains plug of the power
supply cord shall remain readily operable.
WARNING
Risk of Electric Shock. Do Not Open.
 To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the rear panel and do not expose
the apparatus to rain or moisture. No user serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to
qualified personnel.
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BEFORE OPERATION
About this operating manual
BEFORE OPERATION
Used signs and symbols
In this operating manual following signs and symbols are used.
Safety signs
General safety sign
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 product.
Dangerous voltage
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 electric shock to persons.
Signal words
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NOTICE
Indicates in combination with a safety sign a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will
result in damage to equipment.
CAUTION
Indicates in combination with a safety sign a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury or damage to equipment.
WARNING
Indicates in combination with a safety sign a potentially hazardous situation which, if not
avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
DANGER
Indicates in combination with a safety sign a hazardous situation which, if not avoided, will
result in death or serious injury.
Dynaudio Sub 600
About this operating manual
Text markings
Note
Additional information is provided, which is important to fully understand the
Sub 600 and how to operate it.

The arrow will identify steps to be performed. Please follow the instructions carefully.
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2.
3.
Multiple steps that should be performed consecutively are numbered. Please follow
these instructions carefully.
italics
The result of a step is printed in italics. This may help you verify the success of a step.
bold
Controls are printed in bold type face.
How this operating manual is structured
This operating manual is divided in three main chapters, in which you can find all the
information needed to operate the Dynaudio Sub 600 successfully:
• Before operation: Learn all about unpacking and connecting the subwoofer. The
controls and connections on the rear panel are also described here.
• Operation: In this chapter you will learn how to operate the subwoofer in general and
how to position it properly for optimum performance.
• Optimizing settings/Troubleshooting: Here detailed explanations can be found
how to optimize the settings in order to achieve the maximum sound quality.
You will find this chapter titles on top of each page for your quick navigation.
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BEFORE OPERATION
Unpacking
To find the suitable position for the Sub 600 in your listening room, please read the
chapter “Positioning the subwoofer” on page 20.
To unpack the subwoofer
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1. Unpack the subwoofer on a clean, even and soft area; floor carpeting is very suitable.
2. The packaging should be opened from the top. Remove all accessories that come
packed with the subwoofer. Do not remove the top part of the protective material.
3. With the protective material still in place but with accessories removed, carefully tilt
the packaging on its side and tilt again to turn it upside-down. Ensure that no part of
the top-cover is obstructing the opening at the top.
4. The outer packaging can now be lifted away from the subwoofer itself. Remove the
protective material that now is on top. Through the bag you can now see the
underside of the subwoofer.
5. Open the bag and remove such from around the base of the subwoofer.
6. Again, carefully tilt the subwoofer on its side and again to turn it onto its feet. Note that
the top part of the protective material will now come off easily so ensure that the
subwoofer does not drop or slide away in the process.
Check that the contents are complete
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• Subwoofer: The factory-set power requirements (refer to label on rear of subwoofer)
should correspond for the region where the subwoofer was purchased. Refer also to
chapter “Important Safety Instructions” on page 2.
• Front baffle grille
• AC mains lead. The supplied lead should be suitable for the region where the
subwoofer was purchased.
• Owners Manual
Dynaudio Sub 600
Unpacking
Grille
The subwoofer can be operated without the grille. However, it is recommended that the
grille is mounted during normal use to help prevent accidental damage or dirt settling on
the cone of the loudspeaker. With subwoofers, the influence of the grille on the sound is
virtually negligible.
To remove the grille:
 Gently pull the grille at all corners.
To fit the grille:
 Line up the studs with the corresponding front baffle holes.
 Gently push the grille in at all corners.
Note: Be careful when mounting the grille not to touch the cone of the loudspeaker itself.
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BEFORE OPERATION
Controls and connections
➋
POWER
➊
PHASE
ON AUTO
0° 180°
Min
SAT Highpass
➍
➊ POWER
GAIN
Max
➌
SUB Lowpass
➎
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
50 Hz
150 Hz
Subwoofer auto power mode:
• ON = Auto mode disabled (subwoofer is switched on permanently, when main
power switch is set to ON).
• AUTO = Auto mode enabeld (when main power switch is set to ON and a music
signal is detected, the internal amplifier is activated automatically).
➋ GAIN
Subwoofer volume level.
SAT/SUB Input
➌ PHASE
SAT Output
Phase setting: phase can be set to 0° or 180°.
LEFT
➍ SAT Highpass
➏
Allows cutting off low frequencies of the signal provided at the SAT Output:
• Flat = signal is not processed
• 60 = cut-off frequency at 60 Hz
• 80 = cut-off frequency at 80 Hz
RIGHT
LFE / Slave IN
➐
SUB I/O
➑
LFE
OUT
To Slave
➎ SUB Lowpass
Subwoofer lowpass frequency: continuously variable from 50 to 150 Hz.
Slave
➏ SAT/SUB Input, SAT Output
100-120V/220-240V
~ 50/60Hz 3.15A
ON
➒
➓
OFF
• SAT/SUB Input: Input for full bandwidth signal from processor/receiver. This
signal will be processed according to the SAT Highpass setting and provided at
the SAT Output connection for satellite speakers to be connected.
• SAT Output: Output for satellite speakers to be connected. This signal is
processed according to the SAT Highpass setting.
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Controls and connections
➐ SUB I/O, To Slave
➋
POWER
➊
GAIN
0° 180°
Min
SAT Highpass
➍
PHASE
ON AUTO
Max
➌
SUB Lowpass
➎
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
50 Hz
SAT/SUB Input
150 Hz
SAT Output
LEFT
➏
• LFE/Slave IN: input for LFE signal from processor/receiver. Note that the signal
must be a true LFE signal or already have been filtered by the processor/receiver,
as SUB Lowpass does not have an effect in combination with the LFE input.
• OUT: output to next subwoofer if installed.
➑ LFE/Slave
Subwoofer operation mode LFE or Slave:
• LFE: setting if just one subwoofer is used or for first subwoofer if system consists
of multiple subwoofers. Note that the SUB Lowpass control does not have an
effect when the LFE Mode is selected.
• Slave: setting for second and all following subwoofers. Note that the SUB
Lowpass, PHASE and GAIN controls do not have an effect when the Slave
Mode is selected.
➒ ON/OFF 1
Main power switch (to switch the subwoofer manually on and off).
RIGHT
LFE / Slave IN
➐
SUB I/O
➑
LFE
LED: shows operation mode:
• red = subwoofer switched on and in mute mode
• green = subwoofer is activated
OUT
To Slave
➓ AC IN
Slave
Main power input.
100-120V/220-240V
~ 50/60Hz 3.15A
ON
➒
➓
OFF
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OPERATION
Connecting the subwoofer
OPERATION
NOTICE
Damage of device due to improper connection
 Set the mains power switch to OFF before connecting the Sub 600.
 Only switch the subwoofer on (mains power switch to ON) after all connections and set
up steps have been properly completed.
Note: The Dynaudio Sub 600 can be controlled by any source provided with a LFE or
preamplifier output. In the operating manual the expression “processor/receiver”
will be used for all these sources.
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Connecting the subwoofer
Subwoofer inputs
SUB I/O
LFE/Slave In
SAT/SUB Input
The Dynaudio Sub 600 provides two different signal inputs:
SUB I/O - LFE/Slave In
+
SUB
Lowpass
MODE
LFE
SAT
Highpass
+
This input allows the LFE (Low Frequency Effect) channel to be connected, which is used
in Home Cinema systems to reproduce low frequency effects.
The signal is:
• reproduced by the subwoofer
• routed to the SUB I/O - LFE/To Slave output for a second subwoofer to be
connected.
The SUB Lowpass control has no impact on this input.
SAT/SUB Input
Slave
This input allows the connection of the full bandwidth signal from the processor/receiver
(preamplifier out).
The signal is:
• reproduced by the subwoofer,
• routed to the SAT Output terminals. Low frequencies are cut-off according to the SAT
Highpass setting,
• routed to the SUB I/O - LFE/To Slave output for a second subwoofer to be
connected. High frequencies are cut-off according to the SUB Lowpass setting.
GAIN
PHASE
+
See figure left for correlations between input, output and settings.
SUB I/O
To Slave
SAT Output
Note: All Sub 600 inputs and outputs are low level terminals. Thus, neither a power
amplifier output must be connected to the subwoofer nor passive loudspeakers
can be driven by the subwoofer directly!
Subwoofer
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OPERATION
Connecting a single subwoofer
POWER
GAIN
PHASE
ON AUTO
0° 180°
Min
SAT Highpass
Max
SUB Lowpass
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
Front Out/
Pre Out
➊ ➋
LFE/SUB Out
50 Hz
SAT/SUB Input
150 Hz
SAT Output
LEFT
RIGHT
LFE / Slave IN
SUB I/O
LFE
OUT
To Slave
➊ To connect the SAT/SUB input:
 From the preamplifier output of your processor/receiver, PC or mediaplayer (often
marked as Pre Out or Front Out) connect a stereo RCA cable to the subwoofer SAT/
SUB Input.
This signal should not be already processed by the processor/receiver. Please pay
attention to the settings of your processor/receiver.
➋ To connect the LFE channel:
 From the processor or receiver’s low-level (not a speaker output) subwoofer output
(often marked as “subwoofer out”, “Sub out” or “LFE”), connect a mono RCA-to-RCA
cable to the subwoofer input SUB I/O - LFE/Slave IN.
This signal should not be already processed by the processor/receiver. Please pay
attention to the settings of your processor/receiver.
Slave
 Set the MODE switch to LFE.
Note: You also can use both connection types. Both signals will be combined in the
Sub 600 and routed accordingly. This allows the Sub 600 to reproduce both the
LFE channel information as well as the bass range of the connected satellite
speakers
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Connecting the subwoofer
Multiple subwoofer connections
POWER
GAIN
ON AUTO
Min
SAT Highpass
PHASE
POWER
0° 180°
ON AUTO
Max
SUB Lowpass
LFE/SUB
Out
Front Out/
Pre Out
SAT/SUB Input
SAT Highpass
SUB Lowpass
50 Hz
SAT Output
SAT/SUB Input
LEFT
RIGHT
RIGHT
OUT
SUB I/O
LFE
Max
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
150 Hz
LEFT
LFE / Slave IN
The Dynaudio Sub 600 can be used stand-alone or together with multiple subwoofer
units. Using multiple units may be helpful if the listening room is quite large or has difficult
acoustic conditions (e.g. room-modes, see also “Positioning the subwoofer” on page 20
for further information).
When using two or more subwoofers, the first one (designated “Master”) controls the
following subs (designated “Slave”) via a subwoofer cable.
PHASE
0° 180°
Min
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
50 Hz
GAIN
Sub 1
(Master)
SAT Output
LFE / Slave IN
To Slave
Slave
150 Hz
SUB I/O
LFE
OUT
To Slave
Slave
Sub 2
(Slave)
Sub...
(Slave)
To connect multiple subwoofers:
1. Connect the first subwoofer with the processor/receiver as described before.
2. Set MODE switch of first subwoofer to LFE.
3. From the OUT - To Slave output of the first subwoofer connect a mono RCA-to-RCA
cable to the SUB I/O - LFE/Slave IN input of the following subwoofer. This now
becomes the slave.
4. Set the MODE switch of the second subwoofer to Slave.
 Further subwoofers can be connected in the same way. Set the MODE switch of all
following subwoofers to Slave respectively.
Note: In order to avoid interference and noise, we recommend you use quality, well
shielded cables.
When using multiple subwoofers in a Master-Slave setup, it is recommended that
the subwoofers are all the same model.
If you wish to use multiple subwoofers with full individual control, set the Input
switch for all to the “Master” position. From the Amplifier, processor or receiver’s
subwoofer output, use a Y-connector.
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OPERATION
Connecting loudspeakers
POWER
GAIN
PHASE
ON AUTO
0° 180°
Min
Front Out/
Pre Out
LFE/SUB Out
SAT Highpass
Max
SUB Lowpass
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
50 Hz
SAT/SUB Input
150 Hz
SAT Output
In Home Cinema systems the bass management - meaning the distribution of the low
frequencies to the subwoofer and the speakers - is handled by the settings of the
processor/receiver. If your equipment does not provide bass management, or if you want
to use the Sub 600 together with a common stereo, the low frequency adjustment of the
connected speakers can be managed by the Sub 600. This not only improves the sound
by matching subwoofer and speakers, but also by freeing the power amplifier and
connected speakers from the effects of sound-compromising bass reproduction. Also
refer to the further explanations in the chapter “Connecting the subwoofer” on page 10.
LEFT
To connect speakers:
RIGHT
LFE / Slave IN
SUB I/O
LFE
OUT
To Slave
Slave
1. Connect the subwoofer with the processor/receiver as explained in “Connecting a
single subwoofer” on page 12.
2. From the Subwoofer SAT Output connect a RCA cable to the Main In of the power
amplifier you use for your speakers.
Note: Stereos do not have a LFE channel. In this case just connect the front outputs of
the processor/receiver (Front Out/Pre Out) with the subwoofer.
The signals connected to the SAT/SUB Input are provided at the OUT - To Slave
output for connecting another subwoofer. See page 13 to learn more about
connecting multiple subwoofers.
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Switching the subwoofer on/off
Switching the subwoofer on/off
100-120V/220-240V
~ 50/60Hz 3.15A
ON
Once you have ensured yourself that all necessary connections have been made, the
subwoofer and the connected components can be switched on.
 Switch the subwoofer ON with the main POWER switch on the rear panel.
The status LED on the rear of the subwoofer will light up red.
OFF
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Power mode
POWER
GAIN
PHASE
ON AUTO
0° 180°
Min
Max
After switching on the Sub 600 the Power mode should be selected:
• ON: The amplifier is constantly on.
• AUTO: The Auto Power mode is enabled.
Auto Power mode
• When a music signal is detected, the internal amplifier is activated automatically.
The status LED on the rear of the subwoofer will light up green.
As long as a signal is available on the subwoofer’s input, it will remain switched on.
• After 15 to 20 minutes of not sensing any input signal, the subwoofer will switch itself
to mute mode automatically.
The status LED on the rear of the subwoofer will light up red.
Note: To switch the subwoofer completely off, set the main power switch to the OFF
position.
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OPERATION
Adjusting the volume (GAIN)
CAUTION
High Sound Levels
 To avoid auditory defects do not listen to high sound levels
over a longer period of time.
POWER
GAIN
PHASE
ON AUTO
0° 180°
Min
The correct volume setting is an important aspect in achieving a well balanced speaker
combination. Please also refer to “Specific tips” on page 28 for further information or ask
your local Dynaudio dealer for assistance.
 Adjust the GAIN control, until correct setting is reached.
Max
Note: You can not adjust the volume, when subwoofer is in slave mode. In this case the
volume is controlled by the setting of the master subwoofer.
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Selecting the subwoofer cut-off frequency (SUB Lowpass)
Selecting the subwoofer cut-off frequency
(SUB Lowpass)
SAT Highpass
SUB Lowpass
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
50 Hz
The SUB Lowpass control allows the frequency range of the subwoofer to be defined.
Above the selected frequency the sound level decreases rapidly. The correct setting of
this cut-off frequency is important for a well balanced combination of subwoofer and
speakers.
150 Hz
To select the cut-off frequency:
 Set the SUB Lowpass control to the desired frequency between 50 and 150 Hz.
Note: In most audio-video-systems the subwoofer cut-off frequency is already set in the
bass management of your processor/receiver. Please refer to the operating
manual of your processor/receiver for further information. If possible, switch off
any settings. If your processor/receiver does not allow to switch off the bass
management, set it to the desired frequency and set SUB Lowpass to its
maximum value (turn to the very right, 150 Hz).
 Please also heed the instructions given in the operating manual of your loudspeakers,
and refer to “Cut-off frequencies” on page 25 for further information.
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OPERATION
Setting the phase (PHASE)
With the phase settings you can adjust the timing relationship between the subwoofer and
main speakers. If either subwoofer or main speaker are slightly delayed in response in
relation to the other, it can result in decreased bass output in the frequency response area
where they overlap each other.
The phase relationship between subwoofer and satellite speakers is very dependent on
relative distance, construction and working principles of the main speakers. The figure on
the left shows a case whereby phase of the subwoofer and main speakers are incorrect
in the critical overlap area, thus significantly reducing acoustic output in the listening room
in that area.
Level
Combined frequency response
Subwoofer
Main speakers
Frequency
To find the correct phase setting:
POWER
GAIN
PHASE
ON AUTO
0° 180°
Min
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Max
1. Play a bass-rich track which also covers the overlap area.
2. Toggle the PHASE switch between 0° and 180°.
Choose the setting for which you experience the most bass.
Note: You can not set the phase if the subwoofer is in slave mode. In this case the
phase is controlled by the setting of the master subwoofer.
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Setting the satellite cut-off frequency (SAT Highpass)
Setting the satellite cut-off frequency
(SAT Highpass)
Depending on the bass capabilities of the speakers, the frequency range of subwoofer
and speakers can overlap between 50 Hz and 150 Hz. A bump or a gap in the frequency
response and thus a lower sound quality will be experienced if the system is not matched
properly. In addition, small speakers and low powered amplifiers will particularly be
affected by the low frequency signals, which again has an negative effect on the sound
quality. Therefore it makes sense to limit the bass range of the connected speakers
(called “satellites” in this case) by a highpass filter. The Dynaudio Sub 600 provides three
settings to achieve this:
• Flat = no limitation
• 60 Hz = frequencies below 60 Hz are cut-off
• 80 Hz = frequencies below 80 Hz are cut-off
To set the cut-off frequency:
SAT Highpass
SUB Lowpass
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
50 Hz
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150 Hz
 Switch SAT Highpass control to needed position.
Note: In most audio-video-systems the satellite cut-off frequency is already set in the
bass management of your processor/receiver. Please see the operating manual of
your processor/receiver for further information. You can decide whether you use
the processor/receiver or the subwoofer for setting the cut-off frequency. Just take
care, not to set it twice by setting either of them to Flat.
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OPERATION
Positioning the subwoofer
Although it is often said that the location of a subwoofer in a listening room is not critical
(as the human ear can not locate direction at very low frequencies), we recommend that
you choose its position carefully. Thus the subwoofer can integrate seamlessly with the
other speakers in the system and interact correctly with the room acoustics.
All of the following should be taken as rough guidelines; bass response in general is very
dependent on the acoustics of the listening environment. Finding the best position often
involves a lot of trial-and-error experimentation. Always trust your ears, even if the
position of the subwoofer seemingly goes against the guidelines. Contradictory as it may
seem, good integration of subwoofers has been achieved when one isn’t aware that a
subwoofer is present at all in the system, yet performance involves fast, deep and solid
bass without sounding stressed, even at loud levels.
Choose adequate music material
When experimenting to find the optimal location, use a couple of music tracks with
repetitive bass across a large spectrum. The tracks should be sufficiently different from
each other and each should cover a wide bass-range. Musical instruments, such as a
double-bass, bass guitar, church organ, etc. cover a wide spectrum in the bass region and
are therefore very suitable. Using non-music (such as action movies) material to position
and adjust the subwoofer with, may lead to spectacular results with such material but
almost always it will result in overblown and excessive bass when playing music with the
same setting.
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Impact of room-modes
1/4
1/2
3/4
1/4
Listening Room
1/2
3/4
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Every listening environment will have specific “room-modes”, whereby in some specific
locations in the room and at particular frequencies, the bass may be too much or too lean.
This effect will be stronger in square and “shoe-box” shaped rooms. With a single
subwoofer, the better position for the subwoofer relative to the listening position will be the
one where bass is perceived to be neither too much nor too lean at any given frequency.
 Avoid placing the subwoofer at 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 of either the length or width of the room
as at these locations the room-modes are likely to be strongest (the dashed lines in the
figure)
Note: Always position subwoofers at least 1 mtr/3 ft away from a CRT television as the
magnetic field emanating from the subwoofer may otherwise distort the picture. If
you see discoloration on the television screen, try moving the subwoofer and other
speakers close by away from the television.
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Positioning possibilities
Moving the subwoofer closer to walls and corners in particular will generally increase the
amount of bass. Although the extra amount of bass can be compensated for by reducing
the volume level of the subwoofer relative to the rest of the system, this can result in
uneven bass response at the listening position. You can try starting with placement in a
corner and experiment by gradually moving it out of the corner or further away from the
wall. Try to locate the position which yields the best compromise between position, volume
and even bass response. Note that every time that you reposition the subwoofer (even if
it’s over a short distance) you may need to adjust the level and phase settings again.
Corner placement
This placement yields maximum boost of bass level but potentially uneven distribution of
bass in the room (room-modes), particularly if the room is square or shoe-box shaped.
 From the listening position, check if the bass is even across the entire bass spectrum.
If not, move the subwoofer out of the corner. Try moving it along either wall.
Next to wall, away from corner
This position still provides considerable boost but less than the corner placement as
above. Room-modes can also still be considerable but less so than with corner
placement.
 From the listening position, check if the bass is even across the entire bass spectrum.
If not, move the subwoofer away or towards your listening position until the most even
response has been obtained.
 Avoid placing the subwoofer exactly half-way or at a quarter of the wall’s length.
Free standing, away from wall and corner
This position will give least boost compared to wall or corner placement, but in general
offers the best flexibility at achieving most even bass distribution at the listening position.
 Avoid placing the subwoofer exactly half-way or at a quarter’s length of either sidewall.
 Particularly in smaller square or “shoe-box” shaped rooms the free standing position
is recommended.
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Using multiple subwoofers
By using carefully positioned multiple subwoofers it is possible to even out the different
room-modes and thus create a more coherent overall bass response in the room. It is
worth experimenting with different locations around the room for the additional
subwoofers, even using the rear of the room. As adding subwoofers will not increase the
effect of room-modes, even adding a subwoofer without much care or thought to
positioning is likely to help even out room-modes.
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OPTIMIZING SETTINGS/TROUBLESHOOTING
Check it out
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General tips
Try different subwoofer positions and settings, before you finally choose a setup.
Note down settings
When looking for the best subwoofer position in the room, note down the ideal setting you
found for a position. When moving the subwoofer between two positions you will be able
to set the subwoofer to the same configuration as found before.
Vary the listening music
When experimenting to find the optimal settings, use a couple of music tracks with
repetitive bass across a large spectrum. The tracks should be sufficiently different from
each other and each should cover a wide bass-range. Musical instruments, such as a
double-bass, bass guitar, church organ, etc. covering a wide spectrum in the bass region
and above, are very suitable as these depend on accurately balanced subwoofers and
main speakers.
Verify changes
Although in general it is best to make adjustments in the sequence outlined below, note
that changing one setting may influence another. For example, finding the right setting for
phase may result in having to decrease gain, even if this was set correctly before. It is
recommended that you double-check the previous settings before moving on to the next
one. Obtaining the best integration of the subwoofers generally involves a considerable
amount of repeated fine-tuning.
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Volume (GAIN)
Volume (GAIN)
POWER
GAIN
PHASE
ON AUTO
0° 180°
Min
Max
With the GAIN control you can adjust the relative volume level of the subwoofer to the
main speakers of the system:
 Play the same track a couple of times, adjusting the level so that the instrument sounds
homogenous across its range.
If you find that at certain specific bass tones the response is either too loud (bloated
sound) or soft (thin sound), it may be that you have to experiment further with the location
of the subwoofer and/or the cross-over settings.
 Refer to the sections “Positioning the subwoofer” on page 20 and “Cut-off frequencies”
on page 25 for further information.
Note: When using multiple subwoofers, ensure that the settings for cut-off frequency,
phase and LF extension are identical. Use the LFE and Slave mode options to
ensure that all subwoofers operate on the same settings (refer to chapter “Multiple
subwoofer connections” on page 13).
Different acoustic loadings can be found within a listening room. Thus, balancing
out modes may require different power levels.
Cut-off frequencies
Matching the frequency responses of subwoofer and speakers has an important impact
on the overall sound quality, when integrating a subwoofer into a audio-video-system. In
general a large, floor-standing speaker still has significant output in the deeper bass
range, whereas a very small speaker will not be able to reproduce deep bass at all. In the
first case a bump in the overlapping area will cause a louder or even bloated sound while
in the second case an acoustic hole will be experienced.
The following figures visualize the possible results (please note that all curves are for
illustration purposes and do not show exact filter characteristics).
Level
60
50 Hz
80 Hz
100
150 Hz
100
Flat
50
100
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Frequency/Hz
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Cross-over frequencies set correctly
Subwoofer and main speakers are perfectly matched, when the combined frequency
response is smooth without bumps and gaps. A neutral sound will be the result.
Level
Combined frequency response
Subwoofer
Main speakers
Frequency
Level
Combined frequency response
Subwoofer
Main speakers
Subwoofer too low, main speakers too high
A gap in the frequency response occurs, if the cut-off frequency of the subwoofer is set
too low and of the main speakers too high (or if the main speakers are not able to
reproduce low frequencies accordingly). In this acoustic hole you will miss some signal
information and experience a thin bass sound.
Frequency
Combined frequency response
Subwoofer
Main speakers
Subwoofer too high, main speakers too low
Level
In the other case you will experience unnatural and bloated bass sound, if the overlapping
area is too large. The combined frequency response shows a bump, as the sound
pressure levels in this area are increased.
Frequency
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Cut-off frequencies
Control possibilities
SAT Highpass
SUB Lowpass
Flat 60 Hz 80 Hz
50 Hz
150 Hz
The Dynaudio Sub 600 provides two controls to match the frequency response of the
subwoofer and the main speakers perfectly:
• SUB Lowpass: The upper cut-off frequency of the subwoofer, which can be
continuously adjusted between 50 and 150 Hz. Above the selected cut-off frequency
the sound pressure level decreases rapidly.
• SAT Highpass: The lower cut-off frequency of the main speakers; 60 Hz, 80 Hz or
Flat (neutral) can be selected. Below the selected cut-off frequency the sound
pressure level decreases rapidly.
Note: The settings for the cross-over frequencies just have an impact on the signal at
the SAT/SUB Input! The LFE channel is just used to reproduce very low frequent
effect signals. Consequently signals at the SUB I/O - LFE/Slave In are not limited
in their frequency response.
General tips
 SUB Lowpass = 80 Hz
The cut-off frequency should be selected as low as possible. Then the subwoofer
works without being recognized as a single signal source. Very often a cut-off
frequency of 80 Hz has been experienced as an ideal value.
 Reduce weak amplifiers and small speakers from bass load
By limiting the reproduction of low frequency at the SAT Output, amplifiers and
speakers connected to this output are freed from reproducing the heavy bass load,
which negatively impacts the sound quality. This will improve the overall sound of your
audio system.
 Play a music track that has a significant amount of bass over a large bass region. An
instrument such as a double-bass or bass-guitar is very suitable. Listen carefully to the
bass-line played by the instrument. As it goes up and down in the bass range, the
overall bass volume should remain the same – be it with very deep or higher bass
notes.
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Specific tips
Many processors/receivers provide extensive bass management capabilities to set the
cut-off frequencies for both subwoofer and speakers. If using the bass management of the
processor/receiver, set the controls of the Sub 600 as followed:
• SUB Lowpass = 150 Hz (at the very right)
• SAT Highpass = Flat
CAUTION
Damage of Small Satellite Speakers
Selecting the correct frequency depends to a large extend on the main speakers.
Sometimes main speakers are specifically intended to work with a subwoofer. In such
cases, the main speakers can get damaged by a full-range amplifier signal.
 If in doubt, check the instruction manual for the main speakers for any restrictions.
The table below offers some setting tips for different speaker and amplifier combinations.
This should only be taken as rough guidelines, as the best setup can just be found by
experimenting.
Speaker/amplifier
Large speaker,
powerful amplifier
Large speaker,
weaker amplifier
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Recommended first setting
SUB Lowpass
SAT Highpass
If you experience
this problem
after first setting...
50 Hz
Flat
bass too bloated
Decrease volume (GAIN),
SAT Highpass = 60 Hz
bass too weak
Increase volume (GAIN),
Increase SUB Lowpass step wise
bass too bloated
Decrease volume (GAIN),
SAT Highpass = 80 Hz
bass too weak
Increase volume (GAIN),
Increase SUB Lowpass step wise
50 Hz
60 Hz
...try this
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Speaker/amplifier
Medium sized speaker,
powerful amplifier
Medium sized speaker,
weaker amplifier
Small speaker,
powerful amplifier
Small speaker,
weaker amplifier
Very small speaker
(Mini-satellites)
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Recommended first setting
SUB Lowpass
SAT Highpass
If you experience
this problem
after first setting...
60 Hz
Flat
bass too bloated
Decrease volume (GAIN),
SAT Highpass = 60 Hz, 80 Hz
bass too weak
Increase volume (GAIN),
Increase SUB Lowpass step wise
bass too bloated
Decrease volume (GAIN),
SAT Highpass = 60 Hz, 80 Hz
bass too weak
Increase volume (GAIN),
Increase SUB Lowpass step wise
bass too bloated
Decrease volume (GAIN),
SAT Highpass = 80 Hz
bass too weak
Increase volume (GAIN),
Increase SUB Lowpass step wise
bass too bloated
Decrease volume (GAIN),
Decrease SUB Lowpass step wise
bass too weak
Increase volume (GAIN),
Increase SUB Lowpass step wise
bass too bloated
Decrease volume (GAIN),
Decrease SUB Lowpass step wise
bass too weak
Increase volume (GAIN),
Increase SUB Lowpass step wise
60 Hz
80 Hz
80 Hz
100 Hz
60 Hz
60 Hz
80 Hz
80 Hz
...try this
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Troubleshooting
There may be various reasons why the subwoofer doesn’t function properly in a system
without it being faulty. The checklist below will help solve problems you may encounter.
Before consulting your Dynaudio dealer, check this list first.
Check this first:
 Check if all signal cables are connected properly.
 Check settings in bass management menu of the connected processor/receiver.
 Carefully and gradually increase the subwoofer volume level on the processor/
receiver.
 Carefully and gradually increase the subwoofer volume level on the subwoofer GAIN
control.
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Troubleshooting
Problem
Cause
Solution
The subwoofer switches itself off
although music is being played.
There is hardly any low-frequency signal available. This can
happen if the music or movie itself does not contain very low
frequencies (e.g. long dialogues).
 The subwoofer will switch on automatically as soon
as low frequent signals are detected.
The subwoofer will not switch on at all.
• AC mains cable has become disconnected
(LED does not lit).
• Mains switch on the rear is switched to OFF
(LED does not lit).
The subwoofer will not switch on
automatically.
• No signal is present on either of the subwoofer’s inputs
(LED lights red).
Make sure to switch the system off first before
making any changes!
 Reconnect mains cable.
 Switch mains back on.
 Check if all signal cables are connected properly.
Make sure to switch the system off first before
making any changes!
 Check if all signal cables are connected properly.
 Check if the subwoofer output on the source is
engaged.
Subwoofer is switched on but no sound
from the subwoofer.
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• No signal is present on either of the subwoofer’s inputs.
• In the processor or receiver’s bass-management set-up,
subwoofer has been disabled.
• Subwoofer volume level has been turned down all the way
on the processor/receiver.
• Subwoofer volume level has been turned down all the way
with the subwoofer’s control.
Make sure to switch the system off first before
making any changes!
 Check if all signal cables are connected properly.
 Check settings in Bass Management menu of the
connected amplifier or receiver.
 Carefully and gradually increase the subwoofer
volume level on the amplifier or receiver.
 Carefully and gradually increase the subwoofer
volume level on the subwoofer GAIN control.
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION/WARRANTY
Care and Maintenance
Components of the highest quality are used in your Sub 600. This assures years of trouble
free operation. Following precautions should still be made though.
Cleaning the cabinet
NOTICE
Damage of drive units
Touching the drive units may damage them.
 Do not touch the drive units by hand when cleaning the cabinet.
To clean the cabinet:
 Use a moistened cloth or a mild detergent. Do not use aggressive cleaning solutions.
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Care and Maintenance
Changing the fuse
WARNING
Risk of Fire
 For continued protection against risk of fire, replace only with same type fuse and
rating.
100-120V/220-240V
~ 50/60Hz 3.15A
ON
OFF
FUSE T3.15A L 250V
The fuse is placed on the rear of the subwoofer below the mains power input. It can be
changed without removing the amplifier module.
To change the fuse:
1. Switch off the mains power switch and unplug the power cable.
2. Pull out the fuse holder
3. Replace fuse with same type and rating
4. Push fuse holder back firmly until it is locked in its position.
Recycling used products
This product is subjected to the European Union Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment directive (WEEE), 2002/96/EC.
This product must not be disposed of as unsorted municipal waste but must be collected
separately and disposed according to your national regulations.
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TECHNICAL INFORMATION/WARRANTY
Warranty
The warranty only covers faults or defects in material and production. Damage caused as
a result of abuse, misuse or defective associated electronics is not covered by the
warranty.
All warranty claims must be accompanied by a copy of the original purchase invoice and
warranties are only valid in the country or market of original origin and distribution. Should
warranty service be required, it must be arranged for in the country of purchase by an
authorized Dynaudio dealer.
For additional information about the Dynaudio warranty conditions please visit the
Dynaudio website www.dynaudio.com.
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Technical specifications
Technical specifications
Parameter
System
Bass principle
Frequency response
Low frequency limit (-3 dB)
High frequency limit
• SUB input
• LFE input
Input
Input impedance
Phase adjustment
Satellite highpass output crossover frequencies
Crossover slope
Subwoofer lowpass crossover frequencies
Amplifier power
Power consumption
• standby
• max.
Dimensions, external
(W x H x D, incl. feet and grille)
Weight
Mains voltage
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Sub 600
Active subwoofer
Closed box
18 – 250 Hz (± 3 dB)
18 Hz
50 – 250 Hz
150 Hz
RCA
10 kOhm
0°, 180°
Flat, 60 Hz, 80 Hz
2nd order butterworth
50 Hz to 150 Hz
300 W, 4 Ohm
< 0.5 W
325 W
350 x 420 x 370 mm
13.78" x 16.54" x 14.57"
21 kg
100 – 240 V, 50/60 Hz
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