TOUR SERIES
LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEMS
From Fender Pro Audio
Owner's Manual for
118s, 118sc
P/N 050751
Fender Musical Instruments
7975 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258 U.S.A.
Fender knows the importance of sound reinforcement. From the simple box-top mixer
to today's professional touring concert systems, the need to communicate, to make the
connection between the performer and the audience is foremost in Fender's mind.
Perhaps no other single piece of gear can make or break your band's sound. You see,
your sound system is more than just a combination of dials, wires and speakers. It is
an integral part of the audio chain and should be treated with special care and attention
to detail.
At Fender, we know what building quality musical instruments and sound reinforcement
equipment is all about. In fact, many of the world's best sounding electric musical
instruments and sound reinforcement equipment proudly wear the Fender name.
Whether you need a simple box top powered mixer for your Saturday afternoon jam, or
a professional full-size concert system, Fender has the sound reinforcement equipment
to meet your needs.
Wishing you years of enjoyment and a heartfelt thank you,
Bill Schultz
Bill Schultz
Chairman
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
TOUR SERIES 118s / 118sc
PROFESSIONAL SUBWOOFER
LOUDSPEAKERS
INTRODUCTION
13-Ply Baltic Birch Cabinet
Thank you for purchasing a Tour Series 118s or
118sc Professional Subwoofer from Fender® Pro
Audio. We are sure you will find it both a unique and
effective sound reinforcement product, providing
years of trouble-free service.
800W Program Power Handling
40 Hz to 400 Hz Frequency Response
Designed for the most demanding concert sound
and sound contracting requirements, the cabinet’s
internal wood bracing helps eliminate side wall
movement. This design results in low distortion, very
high power handling and very high SPL output.
Likewise, large ports on the 118s and cabinet
prevent compression at high SPL due to large exit
velocities.
98 dB Sensitivity @ 1W / 1m
One 18” (46 cm) Cast Frame Woofer with 4”
(10 cm) Voice Coil and 109 Ounce Magnet
4-pole Speakon™ Connectors and High
Current 1/4” Phone Jacks
After moisture sealing, the 118s cabinet is painted
with a environmentally friendly tough black finish for
longer life and lasting looks. The 118sc is covered in
a rugged black carpet with the addition of metal
corners and feet. The 118s is equipped with
flypoints to attach rigging hardware for flying
applications. With its trapezoidal shape, the 118s
fits well in a tight cluster with either the 2912 or 2915
enclosures. When used in this configuration, the
118s effectively reproduces the low-end
frequencies; the 2912 / 2915's are then used as
mid-high cabinets.
Reinforced for Flying Applications
(118s only)
CAUTION: Almost all speakers produce strong
magnetic fields which may interfere with the
normal operation of nearby electronic devices,
including televisions and computer video
monitors. To reduce or eliminate interference,
increase the distance between this product and
other nearby electronic devices.
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CONNECTIONS
SETUP SUGGESTIONS
The two 4-Pole Speakon™ connectors and the two
1/4" phone jacks are wired in full parallel so that any
one of the connectors may be used as an input and
the other connector as an output to another
subwoofer. This allows the multiple cabinets to be
"daisy chained", eliminating the need for several long
runs of speaker cable.
The placement of any speaker can dramatically
affect its sound. Thus, there are three primary
considerations to review when placing subwoofers.
The first is time alignment. The mid/high racks
should be as close as possible to the subwoofer so
the sound from the subwoofer reaches the audience
at the same time as the sound from the mid/high
packs. If the subwoofer is placed too far from the
mid/high packs, a slight smearing of the lower bass
frequencies may occur. While ideal placement for
this consideration would involve stacking the
mid/high pack on top of the subwoofer, this effect is
quite subtle and an obvious effect may not be heard
until the separation between the two cabinets is large
enough to cause an audible time delay.
Note: A single 118s / 118sc subwoofer represents
an 8Ω load to the amplifier. Daisy chaining two of
them in parallel will represent a 4Ω load to the
amplifier. Only amplifiers rated for 4Ω output should
be used in this configuration.
The following polarity convention should be used
when making connections to the 118s / 118sc:
Polarity
Positive (+)
Negative (-)
Phone Jack
Speakon™
Tip
Sleeve
1+ and/or 2+
1- and/or 2-
The second consideration is to try to obtain as
much bass as possible from the subwoofer. A
subwoofer hanging in free air is referred to as
operating in "full space" since the subwoofer is free
to radiate in all directions (omnidirectionally). A
speaker in the middle of the floor or up in the air with
its back against a wall is referred to as operating in
"half space". Full space operation will result in about
a 3 dB decrease in output as compared to half
space. In order to compensate for the decrease in
output using a full space configuration, the power
amplifier may need to be turned up. Placing a
speaker near a large, flat wall and on the floor
(quarter space) will boost the bass performance by
about 3 dB as compared to half space. The more
surfaces the subwoofer is placed against, the fewer
the number of subwoofer enclosures are needed to
achieve a desired SPL.
USING THE 118s/118s IN A SYSTEM
The 118s / 118sc is designed to augment the low
frequency performance of the main P.A. speakers
using bi-amplification. By reproducing very high
levels of the low bass frequencies, the 118s / 118sc
relieve the smaller main speakers from having to
supply this energy.
In order to split frequencies and send certain
frequencies to one type of speaker and other
frequencies to another type, a line-level electronic
crossover, such as a Fender PCN-2 or PCN-4, is
required.
The third consideration is convenience and the
visual aspect of the speaker array. For temporary
installations, the subwoofer can be used as a
support for a mid/high pack mounted directly on top
of the subwoofer. In permanent installations, the
118s/118sc, for example, can be placed under a
stage or table.
Two different configurations are shown on pages 5
and 6, demonstrating how easy it is to add a
subwoofer to a system. Figure 3, on page 7, shows
a more extensive configuration for those set-ups
requiring additional power.
For each particular situation, a compromise among
these three factors should yield the best solution
possible.
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CROSSOVER SUGGESTIONS
The output level of the subwoofer(s) should be
matched by ear to the output level of the full range
cabinets by adjusting the level control at the
crossover (if it has one) or at the power amplifiers.
Normally, the output of the full range cabinets is
subjectively higher than that of the subwoofers so a
balance can be achieved by turning down the
mid/high frequency signal at or before the power
amplifiers.
After the speaker system has been placed, the
crossover point needs to be set for maximum
benefit. While the 18" driver in the 118s/118sc is
fully capable of accurately reproducing frequencies
above 400 Hz, setting the crossover point this high
makes time alignment very difficult and the large 18"
woofer will start to "beam". Beaming occurs when
lower frequencies are emitted in an approximately
omnidirectional pattern while higher frequencies are
emitted more on-axis. For the 118s/118sc, this
occurs above the crossover points of 400 Hz. If the
crossover point is set too high and the subwoofer is
placed far from the mid/high packs, bass
frequencies will sound like they are being produced
in two different locations. Most listeners cannot
locate the origin of frequencies below 150 Hz.
Setting the crossover point too low (below 80 Hz)
will not take full advantage of the subwoofer
because it places too high of a demand on the
mid/high packs. For these reasons, a crossover
point of ranging between 80 and 200 Hz is
recommended depending upon the placement of
the speakers.
FIGURE 1
2912(c)
POWERED MIXER
MAIN
OUT
MAIN
AMP IN
MON.
AMP IN
MAIN
OUT
FULL
RANGE
INPUT
MONITOR
OUT
FENDER
TRIPOD STAND
INPUT
PCN-2
ELECTRONIC
CROSSOVER
HIGH
OUT
LOW
OUT
118s(c)
5
FIGURE 2
UNPOWERED MIXER
MONITOR
OUT
PCN-2
ELECTRONIC
CROSSOVER
MAIN
OUT
INPUT
HIGH LOW
OUT OUT
SPA-13000 A IN B IN
A OUT B OUT
FULL
RANGE
INPUT
FULL
RANGE
INPUT
2912(c)
2912(c)
IN
M-500
MONITOR
AMPLIFIER OUT
OUT
SPL 1285 MK-II
MONITOR
SPEAKER
SPL 1285 MK-II
MONITOR
SPEAKER
118s(c)
6
FIGURE 3
2915(c)
2915(c)
2915(c)
2915(c)
SUBWOOFERS
118s(c)
118s(c)
SPA-13000 A Out B Out
UNPOWERED MIXER
MONITOR
OUT
(Dual mono
operation)
MAIN
OUT
SPA-13000 A Out B Out
IN
M-500
MONITOR
AMPLIFIER OUT
OUT
(Dual mono
operation)
INPUT
PCN-2
ELECTRONIC
CROSSOVER
SPL 1285 MK-II
MONITOR
SPEAKER
SPL 1285 MK-II
MONITOR
SPEAKER
7
IN
IN
LOW HIGH
OUT OUT
SPECIFICATIONS
PART NUMBER
071-1310-000 118s
071-1310-100 118sc
MAXIMUM dB SPL
OUTPUT LONG TERM
124 dB
DRIVER
18" (46 cm) cast frame woofer
4" (10 cm) voice coil
109 ounce (3.1 kg) magnet
CABINET
3/4" 13-ply Baltic birch
Black paint (118s)
Black carpet (118sc)
FREQUENCY
RESPONSE
Axial +/- 3 dB:
LF Limit +/- 3 dB:
42 Hz to 400 Hz
42 Hz
AXIAL
SENSITIVITY
SPL @ 1W/1m:
1/2 Space Efficiency:
98 dB
2.25 %
POWER
HANDLING
E.I.A. RS 426-A Noise: 400W, for 8 hours
Program:
800W
Peak:
1600W
Nominal Impedance:
8Ω
DIMENSIONS
Weight
Height
Width (front)
Width (rear)
Depth
85 lbs.
28.5"
24.6"
8.8"
24.1"
(37 kg)
(72.4 cm)
(62.4 cm)
(22.2 cm)
(61.3 cm)
WARNING: The length of the useful life of this cabinet will depend in substantial part upon how this cabinet
is treated in use. The user of this cabinet must periodically have this cabinet inspected to ensure that
continued use has not weakened the cabinet's structure, including the various joints which are fastened with
glue and/or screws. Because this cabinet is in some instances, suspended from heights in use and could
cause serious injuries or fatalities if it falls, this determination is important and must be attended to by the user.
For questions concerning flying your 118's, please refer to the "Flying with Fender RigSafe™" booklet (P/N
049646) or contact ATM FlyWare at (310) 834-5914.
A PRODUCT OF:
FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORP.
CORONA, CA 91720 USA
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