Mackie MR5mk2 Recording Equipment User Manual

Mackie MR5mk2 Recording Equipment User Manual
MR5mk2
High Resolution Powered Studio Monitor
OWNER’S MANUAL
MR5mk2
Important Safety Instructions
18. This apparatus has been equipped with a rocker-style AC mains power
switch. This switch is located on the rear panel and should remain
readily accessible to the user.
1. Read these instructions. 2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
19. The MAINS plug or an appliance coupler is used as the disconnect
device, so the disconnect device shall remain readily operable.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the
manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers,
stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. 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.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at
plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the
apparatus.
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
12. Use only with a 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.
PORTABLE CART
WARNING
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required
when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as powersupply 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.
15. This apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing, and no
object filled with liquids, such as vases or beer glasses, shall be placed
on the apparatus.
16. Do not overload wall outlets and extension cords as this can result in a
risk of fire or electric shock.
17. This apparatus has been designed with Class-I construction and must
be connected to a mains socket outlet with a protective earthing connection (the third grounding prong).
CAUTION
AVIS
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK. DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK)
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL
ATTENTION: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE, NE PAS ENLEVER LE COUVERCLE.
AUCUN ENTRETIEN DE PIECES INTERIEURES PAR L'USAGER.
CONFIER L'ENTRETIEN AU PERSONNEL QUALIFIE.
AVIS: POUR EVITER LES RISQUES D'INCENDIE OU D'ELECTROCUTION, N'EXPOSEZ PAS CET ARTICLE
A LA PLUIE OU A L'HUMIDITE
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.
Le symbole éclair avec point de flèche à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral
est utilisé pour alerter l'utilisateur de la présence à l'intérieur du coffret de
"voltage dangereux" non isolé d'ampleur suffisante pour constituer un risque
d'éléctrocution.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the
user of the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing)
instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
Le point d'exclamation à l'intérieur d'un triangle équilatéral est employé
pour alerter les utilisateurs de la présence d'instructions importantes pour le
fonctionnement et l'entretien (service) dans le livret d'instruction
accompagnant l'appareil.
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20.NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
CAUTION: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly
approved by LOUD Technologies Inc. could void the user's authority to
operate the equipment under FCC rules.
21. This apparatus does not exceed the Class A/Class B (whichever is
applicable) limits for radio noise emissions from digital apparatus as
set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
ATTENTION — Le présent appareil numérique n’émet pas de bruits
radioélectriques dépassant las limites applicables aux appareils
numériques de class A/de class B (selon le cas) prescrites dans le
réglement sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté par les ministere des
communications du Canada.
22. Exposure to extremely high noise levels may cause permanent hearing
loss. Individuals vary considerably in susceptibility to noise-induced
hearing loss, but nearly everyone will lose some hearing if exposed to
sufficiently intense noise for a period of time. The U.S. Government’s
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specified
the permissible noise level exposures shown in the following chart.
According to OSHA, any exposure in excess of these permissible limits
could result in some hearing loss. To ensure against potentially dangerous exposure to high sound pressure levels, it is recommended that all
persons exposed to equipment capable of producing high sound pressure levels use hearing protectors while the equipment is in operation.
Ear plugs or protectors in the ear canals or over the ears must be worn
when operating the equipment in order to prevent permanent hearing
loss if exposure is in excess of the limits set forth here:
Duration,
per day in
hours
8
6
4
3
2
1.5
1
Sound Level
dBA, Slow
Response
90
92
95
97
100
102
105
0.5
110
0.25 or less 115
Typical Example
Duo in small club
Subway Train
Very loud classical music
The Ballard Mallard screaming at
desTROYer about deadlines
Loudest parts at a rock concert
WARNING — To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
Contents
• High-resolution, powered studio reference monitor
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS................................................2
• Ultra-low distortion 5.25" woofer
INTRODUCTION................................................................................4
• Long voice coil winding length allows high output with controlled low frequency performance
• Optimally sized inverted dust cap stiffens cone for smooth response
• Hyperbolic curved cone profile reduces severe cone resonances
• High-output 1" silk dome tweeter
• Neodymium magnet minimizes distortion and handles fast transients in dynamic source material
• Ferro-fluid cooling protects against power compression
• Acoustic absorption backing material provides smooth, reflection-free performance
• Precision Class A/B amplification with Active protection circuits: 55W for LF / 30W for HF
• Optimally sized custom waveguide provides seamless
transition of HF and LF
• Minimum-diffraction molded baffle imparts superior
stereo imaging and depth
• Adjustable HF and LF acoustic controls offer sonic
tailoring to your mixing space
• Flexible inputs include XLR, TRS and RCA connections
• Magnetic shielding allows safe placement near computers and video monitors
QUICK START............................................................................5
REAR PANEL DESCRIPTION ..............................................................6
1. SIGNAL INPUTS.................................................................6
2. INPUT LEVEL.....................................................................6
3. HIGH FREQUENCY FILTER..................................................6
4. LOW FREQ FILTER.............................................................7
5. POWER SWITCH...............................................................7
6. MAINS INPUT AND FUSE...................................................7
7. BASS REFLEX PORT...........................................................7
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MR5mk2 Features
FRONT PANEL DESCRIPTION.............................................................7
8. POWER INDICATOR..........................................................7
PROTECTION CIRCUITS.....................................................................8
OVEREXCURSION PROTECTION............................................8
THERMAL PROTECTION.........................................................8
INTEGRATED MAGNETIC SHIELDING......................................8
INPUT SIGNAL WIRING.........................................................8
CARE AND CLEANING.......................................................................8
APPENDIX A: SERVICE INFO.............................................................9
TROUBLESHOOTING..............................................................9
REPAIR................................................................................10
APPENDIX B: CONNECTORS............................................................11
APPENDIX C: TECHNICAL INFORMATION........................................12
MR5MK2 SPECIFICATIONS.....................................................12
MR5MK2 BLOCK DIAGRAM...................................................13
MR5MK2 LIMITED WARRANTY......................................................15
• Precisely tuned to work interchangeably with other
MRmk2 monitors
Don’t forget to visit our website at www.mackie.com
for more information about this and other Mackie products.
Correct disposal of this product. This symbol indicates that this product should not be disposed of with your household waste, according to the WEEE Directive (2002/96/EC) and your national law. This product
should be handed over to an authorized collection site for recycling waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). Improper handling of this type of waste could have a possible negative impact on the environment and
human health due to potentially hazardous substances that are generally associated with EEE. At the same time, your cooperation in the correct disposal of this product will contribute to the effective usage of natural
resources. For more information about where you can drop off your waste equipment for recycling, please contact your local city office, waste authority, or your household waste disposal service.
Part No. SW0893 Rev. B 05/11
©2011 LOUD Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Introduction
The MR5mk2 Mackie Reference Monitor is the perfect
solution for those ready to step up to a truly professional
monitoring system. The completely re-voiced MR5mk2
features all-new high-end drivers and provides unmatched frequency response performance in its category. The MR5mk2’s precision Class A/B
amplification (55W LF / 30W HF) offers class-leading
power, tons of connection options and simple acoustic
controls for room correction. Plus, an optimally sized
custom waveguide and minimum-diffraction molded
baffle work in concert to provide superior stereo imaging and depth. With unbelievable power, performance and clarity, the MR5mk2 stands alone in its class.
Investments in Excellence...
The MR5mk2s were designed by our expert loudspeaker and transducer engineering teams at
Mackie and EAW. These compact studio monitors can be
used in a variety of applications, including small project
studios, surround sound editing, home theater playback,
and desktop audio workstations (DAWs).
High-frequency and low-frequency switches are
provided on the rear panel to adjust the sound of the
monitors to the characteristics of the room. Three types
of input connectors are provided (XLR, 1/4-inch, and
RCA), to interface with virtually any application you
may have.
The result? The MR5mk2 Studio Monitors are extremely
accurate and versatile, with unique controls that allow
you to fine-tune the sound to match your individual environment precisely. You’re gonna love these!
What are they? The Advantages...
The MR5mk2 Studio Monitors are two-way, bi-amplified, active monitors employing a bass reflex
(ported) design for an extended low-frequency response. There are many benefits to integrating an
active crossover, power amplifiers, and drivers into a
single cabinet, and we’ve taken full advantage of these
benefits in the design of the MR5mk2.
• The crossover point is designed so that the high- and
low-frequency drivers are fed only the frequencies
they are best able to reproduce.
• The amplifiers are designed to provide maximum
acoustic output from the speakers, yet minimize
the danger of speaker damage due to overdriving.
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• In addition, the amplifiers’ gain and frequency responses are individually hand-trimmed to compensate for typical manufacturing tolerances
between the drivers and produce a smooth frequency response from 50 Hz to 20 kHz.
• The connecting wires between the amplifier outputs
and the drivers are kept to an absolute minimum,
so the damping factor of the amplifier isn’t compromised by the resistance of long speaker
cables.
• The acoustic sum of the outputs from the two
drivers are optimized electronically, as well as
physically, so the amplitude response is unity and
the phase difference is minimal.
In short, all the complex interconnected components
in the system are designed to work in harmony with
each other to produce the best possible sound.
All-New Transducers...
The MR5mk2s feature a 5.25-inch high-precision, low-distortion woofer and a 1-inch neodymium silk
dome tweeter.
The high-frequency driver is mounted on a molded
baffle/waveguide, which reduces diffraction and results
in wide, controlled dispersion of high-frequency sounds.
This widens the “sweet spot” and improves the time
domain characteristics of the system.
Precision Power Amplifiers...
The low-frequency amplifier produces up to 55 watts
continuous before clipping, while the high-frequency
amplifier produces up to 30 watts continuous. Both amplifiers are Class A/B with power MOSFET outputs
and active protection circuits.
Cabinet Design...
The cabinet is made of MDF with a textured matteblack finish. Internal bracing increases the strength and
rigidity of the box. An open-cell adiabatic foam material
fills the inside of the box to absorb internal reflections
and dampen standing waves.
We realize that you can’t wait to hook up your new
Mackie MR5mk2 Studio Monitors and try them out. Nevertheless, please take the time to read this page
NOW, and the rest can wait until you’re good and ready.
1. Turn the INPUT LEVEL [2] control on the back of the
cabinet down (fully counterclockwise) before turning
on the monitor for the first time.
2. Set the power switch [5] on the back panel off. This will
prevent you from accidentally connecting a hot signal
source to the monitor and getting a rude surprise.
3. Leave the High Freq [3] and Low Freq [4] Filter
switches at their Normal positions.
4. Connect the line-level monitor signal from your mixer,
preamp, or other signal source to the INPUT [1] jack on
the MR5mk2 Studio Monitor (1⁄4-inch PHONE, XLR, or
RCA).
5. Connect the supplied AC power cord to the IEC socket
[6] on the back of the monitor. Plug the other end into
an AC outlet properly configured with the voltage corresponding to the markings next to the IEC socket.
6. Start your signal source (tape deck, CD, DAW, or
whatever), but leave the master volume control on your
mixer or preamp down.
7. Turn on the power switch [5] on the MR5mk2. The
power LED [8] on the front panel will illuminate.
8. Slowly turn up the INPUT LEVEL [2] control on the
back of the monitor to its fully clockwise position
(MAX).
9. Adjust the master volume on your mixer or preamp to
a comfortably loud listening level. If the MR5mk2 gets
loud really fast, turn down the INPUT LEVEL control to
its center position (12 o’clock) to provide more volume
control on your mixer or preamp.
Enjoy the silky smooth highs and authoritative, commanding lows of the MR5mk2. Then read the rest of
this manual.
An Extremely Important Note on
MR5mk2 Bass Response and Your
Control Room.
Your new MR5mk2s achieve their best bass
­response in a room that’s optimized for bass
­reproduction. A lot of factors can conspire to
thwart the MR5mk2s’ extended low frequency – including
room shape, room volume and ­acoustical treatment.
This is not a cop-out or an apology. It’s plain old
physics in action. Luckily we’ve armed you with some
compensating controls that you can use to optimize the
frequency response of the speakers in your particular
room. Consider the following:
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Quick Start
Low-Frequency Response
When you put your MR5mk2s in a corner or up against
walls, their bass characteristics change. The apparent
loudness of the low frequencies increases when the
monitors are placed close to a wall, and even more so
when they are placed in a corner.
If you have placed the monitors away from the walls
and corners and you would like to hear a little more
bass, try setting the LOW FREQ FILTER [4] switch to
the +2 dB position to provide a gentle boost to the low
frequencies (below 100 Hz). If it’s still not enough bass,
try the +4 dB position to provide a little more bass boost.
High-Frequency Response
The MR5mk2s are designed to provide a smooth
frequency response throughout the mid and high range.
Nevertheless, you may decide that you need a little more
or a little less high frequencies in your monitors while
you are mixing. The HIGH FREQ FILTER [3] switch
provides a gentle boost or cut in the frequencies above
5 kHz. Remember that boosting the high frequencies in
the monitors can result in a duller mix, while reducing
the high frequencies can result in a brighter overall mix.
Additional Tidbits of Wisdom
• Never listen to loud music for prolonged periods. Please
see the Safety Instructions on page 2 for information on
hearing protection.
• When you shut down your equipment, turn off the
MR5mk2 studio monitors first to prevent thumps and
other noises generated by any upstream equipment from
coming out the speakers. When powering up, turn on the
monitors last.
• Save the shipping box! You may need it someday.
• Save your sales receipt in a safe place. It’s your warranty!
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Rear Panel Description
This is where the signal is connected to the monitor
and adjustments are made to the frequency response
of the speakers to match the monitor’s location and the
room’s environment.
2. INPUT LEVEL
1. SIGNAL INPUTS
• The MR5mk2 is designed to operate with a +4 dBu signal when the input level control is in the max position.
In other words, wide open.
• Refer to the Quick Start section on page 5 for the level-setting procedure.
There are three types of input connectors: XLR, 1/4-inch, and RCA. Since all three of them are connected together electrically, do not connect more
than one signal at a time to the input jacks.
• The XLR connector and 1/4-inch TRS (tip-ring-sleeve)
connector accept a balanced signal while the RCA connector accepts an unbalanced signal. A balanced
signal provides better noise rejection and is the preferred method, especially if using a cable longer than
20 feet (6 meters).
• The 1/4-inch TRS jack may also accept an unbalanced
signal from a 1/4-inch TS (tip-sleeve) plug.
The connectors are wired as follows (per the AES/IEC standard):
XLR
TRS
RCA
Hot (+)
Cold (–)
Shield (Ground)
Pin 2
Pin 3
Pin 1
Tip
Tip
Ring
—
WARNING:
Shield Shield
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE — NE PAS OUVRIR
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE. DO NOT REMOVE COVER. NO USER SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
SERIAL NUMBER
For more information on these connectors, see Appendix B on page 11.
REVISION
The MR5mk2 expects a line-level signal at its input.
Use this control to adjust the sensitivity of the input
section according to the signal strength at its input.
3. HIGH FREQUENCY FILTER
This switch tailors the overall high-frequency response by ±2 dB at 5 kHz and above. Leave this switch
in the “0 (NORMAL)” position unless:
• You want to subtly brighten or darken the sound of the
speakers.
• Perhaps you have hearing loss caused by too many
nights in front of a double Marshall stack.
• You just like to mix on the bright side or dull side.
If the mixes consistently sound dull or dark when
you listen elsewhere, this usually indicates that the monitors are too bright, relative to your normal hearing.
A bit less high-frequency energy usually fixes this, and
the mix may be forced in this direction by reducing the
high-frequency output of the monitors by using the –2 dB
position of the switch.
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES FOR
THE U.S. AND ICES-003, FOR CANADA. OPERATION IS SUBJECT
TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS: (1) THIS DEVICE MAY
NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND (2) THIS DEVICE
MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED, INCLUDING
INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION.
INPUT
TRS
(BALANCED)
SETTINGS
XLR
RCA
(BALANCED)
(UNBALANCED)
1
3
4
HIGH FREQ
FILTER
INPUT
–2dB
+2dB
0
(NORMAL)
LOW FREQ
FILTER
OFF
MAX
2
LEVEL
+2dB +4dB
0
(NORMAL)
ON
6
CAUTION: REPLACE WITH THE SAME FUSE AND RATING.
DISCONNECT SUPPLY CORD BEFORE CHANGING FUSE.
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It’s a real rush to mix really loud. But remember that
the resulting mix only sounds good when you play it at
least that loud. However strange it may sound, mixes
made at lower levels sound even better when played
loud, perhaps even a bit bigger than life.
Get that sound level meter out. Decide what level to
mix at and use the meter to help keep mixing at that
level. Your ears will thank you, and your mixes will be
better for it.
4. LOW FREQUENCY FILTER
This switch tailors the overall low-frequency response
by +2 dB or +4 dB at 100 Hz.
• For most applications, use the “0 (NORMAL)” setting.
This takes the equalization circuit out of the signal path.
• If a little extra low-frequency output is necessary, use
the +2 dB setting.
• If even more low-frequency output is necessary, use the
+4 dB setting. Remember how things work in reverse,
so boosting the deep bass content on playback may
actually decrease it in the final mix.
5. POWER SWITCH
Switch up to turn the MR5mk2 on. Make sure the
level control is down before you turn it on. When the
power switch is turned on and the MR5mk2 is plugged
into an AC outlet, the power LED on the front of the
monitor lights up to let you know the MR5mk2 is ready
to go.
Press the bottom of this switch to put the speaker
into standby mode. It will not function, but the
circuits are still live. To remove AC power, either turn
off the AC supply, or unplug the power cord from the
speaker and the AC supply.
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Conversely, if the mixes are consistently too bright,
then adding some additional high-frequency energy in
the monitors satisfies your ears, and the resultant mix
has less HF content.
6. MAINS INPUT AND FUSE
Connect the power cord to this IEC socket securely,
and plug the other end into a live AC outlet. Make sure
the AC outlet has the correct voltage indicated next to
the IEC socket.
The fuse is located behind the fuse cover, at the bottom of the IEC socket. See the “Troubleshooting” section on page 9 for information about replacing the
fuse.
7. BASS REFLEX PORT
A bass reflex system uses the radiation from the rear
of the woofer cone to extend the low-frequency response
of the speaker. The size of the port is carefully designed
with respect to the volume of the cabinet and the
characteristics of the woofer to produce low-frequency
extension.
Front Panel Description
8. Power Indicator
The power indicator lights up when the power
switch [5] on the back of the MR5mk2 is turned on
and AC power is available at the mains input [6].
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Protection Circuits
There are several protection mechanisms designed
into the MR5mk2 to safeguard the loudspeakers and
amplifiers from inadvertent damage.
CAUTION: The protection circuits are designed to prevent damage to the loudspeakers under reasonable and sensible
conditions. Should you choose to ignore the warning
signs (i.e., excessive distortion), you can still damage
the speakers in the MR5mk2 by overdriving them. Such
damage is beyond the scope of the warranty.
Overexcursion Protection
A 12 dB/octave high-pass filter at 50 Hz just prior to
the low-frequency amplifier prevents very low frequencies from being amplified. Excessive
low-frequency energy below 50 Hz can damage the
woofer by causing it to “bottom out,” also known as
overexcursion, which is equivalent to a mechanical form
of clipping.
Thermal Protection
All amplifiers produce heat. The MR5mk2 is designed
to be efficient both electrically and thermally.
• If for some reason the heatsink gets too hot, a thermal
switch activates and turns off the amplifier. This
protection operates independently for the low-frequency and high-frequency amplifiers. Therefore,
it is possible for only the low frequency or high
frequency amplifier to shut down while the other
remains on.
• When the heatsink cools down to a safe temperature,
the thermal switch resets and normal operation resumes.
• If the heatsink temperature again gets too hot, the shutdown process repeats. Should this happen, make
sure that airflow to the rear of the cabinet is not restricted.
Integrated Magnetic Shielding
The MR5mk2 contains drivers with large magnetic
structures. The drivers’ magnets are shielded to help
prevent the magnetic field from radiating out into the
environment and playing havoc with computer monitors
or TV screens. Unshielded speakers can cause distortion in both the shape and color of the picture
if placed too close to a CRT (cathode ray tube). If you
have a particularly sensitive computer monitor or TV
screen, it may be necessary to move the speakers a few
inches away.
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Input Signal Wiring
You should use high-quality, shielded cable to connect
the signal source to the signal input jack [1] on the
MR5mk2.
• For balanced signals, foil shielded cables, such as
Belden 8451, 8761, or 9501 are commonly used for
studio wiring.
• Microphone cables work well for the XLR input.
• The better the shield, the better the immunity from
externally induced noise (like EMI and RFI). Route the
cable away from AC power cords and outlets. These are
common sources for hum in an audio signal. Wall warts
and line lumps are especially insidious hum inducers!
Quality cables may be purchased from Mackie dealers.
• In certain home theater applications, it may be necessary
to connect the speaker outputs from a stereo receiver to
the inputs of the MR5mk2, if the receiver doesn’t have
preamp outputs or other line-level output connections.
CAUTION: Do not attempt to connect a
speaker output directly to the input of the
MR5mk2! Speaker levels are much higher
than line levels and can damage the input circuitry in
the MR5mk2.
However, it is possible to insert a speaker-level to
line-level signal attenuator between the receiver’s
speaker output and the MR5mk2’s input. The local
Mackie dealer should be able to assist, or you can build
your own.
Care and Cleaning
Mackie Reference Studio Monitors will provide many
years of reliable service if you follow these guidelines.
• Avoid exposing the monitors to moisture.
• Avoid exposure to extreme cold (below freezing temperatures).
• Use a dry cloth to clean the cabinets. Only do this when
the power is turned off.
If you think your Mackie product has a problem,
please check out the following troubleshooting tips and
do your best to confirm the problem. Visit the Support
section of our website (www.mackie.com/support)
where you will find lots of useful information such as
FAQs, and documentation. You may find the answer
to the problem without having to send your Mackie product away.
Troubleshooting
No Power
• Our favorite question: Is it plugged in?
• Make sure the power cord is securely seated in the IEC
socket [6] and plugged all the way into the AC outlet.
• Make sure the AC outlet is live (check with a tester or
lamp).
• Is the power [5] switch on the rear panel in the ON
position?
• Is the power indicator [8] on the front panel illuminated? If not, make sure the AC outlet is live. If so, refer to “No Sound” below.
• If the power indicator is not illuminated, and you are
certain that the AC outlet is live, it is possible the fuse
has blown.
To remove and replace the fuse:
1. Disconnect the power cord from the IEC socket.
2. Remove the fuse drawer by prying it open with a
small screwdriver. It will slide all the way out.
FUSE
3. Remove the fuse and replace it with an equivalent-type fuse.
115 VAC unit: 1.6 amp slo-blo (T 1.6 AL/250V)
230 VAC unit: 800 milliamp slo-blo (T 800 mAL/250V)
4. Replace the fuse drawer by pushing it all the way
back into the IEC socket.
If two fuses blow in a row, then something is very wrong.
See the “Repair” section on the next page to find out
how to proceed.
No Sound
• Is the power indicator [8] on the front panel illuminated? If not, refer to “No Power” above.
• Is the input level [2] control turned up?
• Is the signal source turned up? Make sure the signal level
from the mixing console (or whatever device
immediately precedes the studio monitor) is high
enough to produce sound.
• If it’s a stereo pair, try switching them around. For
example, if a left output is presumed dead, switch the
left and right cords at the monitor end. If the problem
switches sides, it’s not the monitor. It could be a bad
cable, or no signal from the mixer.
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Appendix A: Service Information
Bad Sound
• Is the input connector plugged completely into the jack?
If using a 1⁄4" plug, make sure it is plugged all the way in.
• Is it loud and distorted? Reduce the signal level at the
mixer.
• If possible, listen to the signal source with headphones
plugged into the preamp stage. If it sounds bad there,
it’s not the monitor.
• Too much bass or not enough bass? Move around the
room and see if the bass response changes. It’s possible
your listening position coincides with a room mode
where the low frequencies either become exaggerated
or nulled. If so, try moving the monitors to a different
position, or moving your listening position.
Noise/Hum/Buzz
• Check the signal cable between the mixer and the
monitor. Make sure all connections are secure. These
problems usually produce crackling noises, hum, or buzz.
• If connecting an unbalanced output to the MR5mk2
balanced input, make sure the shield is connected to the
unbalanced ground of the source and to pins 1 and 3 of
the XLR.
• If a CATV cable is connected to the system, try disconnecting it. If the hum goes away, call your cable
carrier to check for proper grounding of the cable.
• Make sure the signal cable is not routed near AC cables,
power transformers, or other EMI sources (including
wall warts and line lumps!). These sources usually
produce hum.
• Is there a light dimmer or other triac-based device on
the same AC circuit as the monitor? Dimmers cause
buzzing noises. Use an AC line filter or plug the monitor
into a different AC circuit.
• Excessive hiss is an indication of an incorrect gain setting somewhere before the speaker.
• If possible, listen to the signal source with headphones
plugged in. If it sounds noisy there, it’s not the monitor.
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MR5mk2
Repair
For warranty service, please refer to the warranty
information on page 15.
Non-warranty service for Mackie products is available at a factory-authorized service center. To locate your nearest service center, visit www.mackie.com, click “Support” and select “Locate a
Service Center.”
If you do not have access to our website, please call
our Tech Support department at 1-800-898-3211 (normal
business hours, Pacific Time), to explain the problem.
They will tell you where the nearest factory-authorized
service center is located in your area.
Service for Mackie products living outside the United
States can be obtained through local dealers or distributors.
Need help with your new MR5mk2?
• Visit www.mackie.com and click Support to find:
FAQs, manuals, and addendums.
• Email us at: [email protected]
• Telephone 1-800-898-3211 to speak with one of our splendid technical support representatives, (normal business hours, PST).
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MR5mk2
XLR Connectors
1/4" TS Phone Plugs and Jacks
XLR connectors are used to make balanced connections to the MR5mk2. They are wired as follows,
according to standards specified by the AES (Audio
Engineering Society).
“TS” stands for Tip-Sleeve, the two connections available on a mono 1/4" phone jack or plug. They are
used for unbalanced signals. It is okay to connect an
unbalanced 1/4" phone plug into the 1/4" TRS phone
jack on the MR5mk2.
XLR
Hot (+)Pin 2
Cold (–)Pin 3
Shield (Ground)Pin 1
1/4" TS Unbalanced Wiring:
Hot (+) Tip
Shield (Ground) Sleeve
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Appendix B: Connectors
2
SHIELD
HOT
SLEEVE
TIP
1
SHIELD
TIP
TIP
1
3
COLD
SLEEVE
SLEEVE
COLD 3
HOT
1
3
2
Unbalanced 1/4" Connectors
SHIELD
COLD
2
HOT
Balanced XLR Connectors
1/4" TRS Phone Plugs and
Jacks
“TRS” stands for Tip-Ring-Sleeve, the three
connections available on a stereo 1/4" or balanced
phone jack or plug. TRS jacks and plugs are used to
make balanced connections to the MR5mk2.
1/4" TRS Balanced Wiring:
Hot (+) Tip
Cold (–) Ring
Shield (Ground) Sleeve
RCA Plugs and Jacks
RCA-type plugs (also known as phono plugs) and
jacks are often used in home stereo and video equipment and in many other applications. They are unbalanced and electrically equivalent to a 1/4" TS
phone plug.
RCA Unbalanced Wiring:
Hot (+) Tip
Shield (Ground) Sleeve
SLEEVE
RING SLEEVE
SLEEVE RING TIP
TIP SLEEVE
TIP
RCA Unbalanced Connectors
TIP
RING
TIP
SLEEVE
Balanced 1/4" Connectors
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MR5mk2
Appendix C: Technical Information
MR5mk2 Specifications
Acoustic Performance
AC Power Requirements
Free Field Frequency Response:
50 Hz – 20 kHz
US: Europe: Korea: Japan: Sound Pressure Level @ 1 meter, +4 dBu into Balanced Input: 104 dB SPL @ 1m
Maximum SPL Per Pair: 116 dB SPL @ 1m
Transducers
Low Frequency: 5.25 in / 133 mm hyperbolic curved cone woofer
High Frequency: Neodymium magnet driven 1 in / 25 mm silk dome tweeter
120 VAC, 60 Hz
240 VAC, 50 Hz
220 VAC, 60 Hz
100 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Note: The MR5mk2 does not support multiple voltage configurations. Make sure the voltage rating for your particular
model (as indicated on the rear panel near the IEC socket) corresponds with your local AC mains voltage.
AC Connector: 3-pin IEC 250 VAC, 16 A male
Fuse:
115 VAC: T 1.6AL/250 V
230 VAC: T 800 mAL/250 V
Power Consumption:
75 watts with music, loud mix
10 watts quiescent (idle)
Amplifiers
Low Frequency Power: 55 watts, 4 Ω load,
110 watts peak
High Frequency Power: 30 watts, 8 Ω load,
60 watts peak
Type: Monolithic IC, Class AB with DMOS power stage
Electronic Crossover
Physical Dimensions and Weight
Enclosure: 0.625 in / 15 mm thick MDF with
0.625 in / 15 mm MDF front panel
Damping: Adiabatic batting
Dimensions:
Height: Width: Depth: Weight: 11.5 in / 292 mm
7.8 in / 197 mm
10.6 in / 269 mm
14.3 lb / 6.5 kg
Crossover Type: 24 dB/octave
Crossover Frequency: 3 kHz
Sensitivity: +4 dBu at 300 Hz for full output
Input Impedance: 20 kΩ, balanced bridging;
10 kΩ unbalanced
Disclaimer
Low Frequency EQ: +2 dB/+4 dB @ 100 Hz, shelving
LOUD Technologies is always striving to improve our products
by incorporating new and improved materials, components and
manufacturing methods. Therefore, we reserve the right to
change these specifications at any time without notice.
High Frequency EQ: ±2 dB @ 5 kHz, shelving
Equalization
7.8" / 197 mm
MR5mk2
WEIGHT
14.3 lb /
6.5 kg
11.3" /
287 mm
10.6" /
269 mm
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MR5mk2
RCA
UNBALANCED
LINE INPUT
XLR
BALANCED
LINE INPUT
HI-FREQUENCY
POWER AMPLIFIER
HIGH FREQ
1
CROSSOVER
+2 dB
0
–2 dB
2
3
INPUT LEVEL
+HI VDC
HI-FREQ
HI-FREQUENCY
DRIVER
TWEETER
LO-FREQ
1/4"
UNBALANCED
LINE INPUT
–HI VDC
OVEREXCURSION
PROTECT
34 Hz
DARK SIDE
OF THE MOON
LO-FREQUENCY
POWER AMPLIFIER
LOW FREQ
+HI VDC
+4 dB
+2 dB
0
LO-FREQUENCY
DRIVER
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MR5mk2 Block Diagram
WOOFER
–HI VDC
FUSE
POWER
POWER
LED
+
HI VDC
–
TOROIDAL POWER
TRANSFORMER
+
LO VDC
–
The following are trademarks or registered trademarks of LOUD Technologies Inc.: The Mackie logo,
MR Series and the Running Man.
This manual also contains names and marks of other
companies which belong to those respective companies,
and are hereby acknowledged.
©2011 LOUD Technologies Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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MR5mk2
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE — NE PAS OUVRIR
WARNING: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR
MOISTURE. DO NOT REMOVE COVER. NO USER SERVICEABLE
PARTS INSIDE. REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
SERIAL NUMBER
THIS DEVICE COMPLIES WITH PART 15 OF THE FCC RULES FOR
THE U.S. AND ICES-003, FOR CANADA. OPERATION IS SUBJECT
TO THE FOLLOWING TWO CONDITIONS: (1) THIS DEVICE MAY
NOT CAUSE HARMFUL INTERFERENCE, AND (2) THIS DEVICE
MUST ACCEPT ANY INTERFERENCE RECEIVED, INCLUDING
INTERFERENCE THAT MAY CAUSE UNDESIRED OPERATION.
REVISION
INPUT
RCA
(UNBALANCED)
SETTINGS
XLR
(BALANCED)
HIGH FREQ
FILTER
INPUT
TRS
(BALANCED)
–2dB
+2dB
0
(NORMAL)
LOW FREQ
FILTER
OFF
MAX
LEVEL
+2dB +4dB
0
(NORMAL)
ON
CAUTION: REPLACE WITH THE SAME FUSE AND RATING.
DISCONNECT SUPPLY CORD BEFORE CHANGING FUSE.
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MR5mk2
Please keep your sales receipt in a safe place.
This Limited Product Warranty (“Product Warranty”) is provided by LOUD Technologies Inc. (“LOUD”)
and is applicable to products purchased in the United States or Canada through a LOUD-authorized
reseller or dealer. The Product Warranty will not extend to anyone other than the original purchaser of
the product (hereinafter, “Customer,” “you” or “your”).
For products purchased outside the U.S. or Canada, please visit www.mackie.com/warranty to find
contact information for your local distributor, and information on any warranty coverage provided by the
distributor in your local market.
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Mackie Limited Warranty
LOUD warrants to Customer that the product will be free from defects in materials and workmanship
under normal use during the Warranty Period. If the product fails to conform to the warranty then LOUD
or its authorized service representative will at its option, either repair or replace any such nonconforming
product, provided that Customer gives notice of the noncompliance within the Warranty Period to the
Company at: www.mackie.com/support or by calling LOUD technical support at 1.800.898.3211 (tollfree in the U.S. and Canada) during normal business hours Pacific Time, excluding weekends or LOUD
holidays. Please retain the original dated sales receipt as evidence of the date of purchase. You will need it
to obtain any warranty service.
For full terms and conditions, as well as the specific duration of the Warranty for this product, please visit
www.mackie.com/warranty.
The Product Warranty, together with your invoice or receipt, and the terms and conditions located
at www.mackie.com/warranty constitutes the entire agreement, and supersedes any and all prior
agreements between LOUD and Customer related to the subject matter hereof. No amendment,
modification or waiver of any of the provisions of this Product Warranty will be valid unless set forth in a
written instrument signed by the party to be bound thereby.
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