SpeakerCraft AIM7 DT Speaker User Manual

SpeakerCraft AIM7 DT Speaker User Manual
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AIM7 DT Owner’s Manual
AIM7 DT Three
High Frequency Drivers:
Dual 1" Resin coated Silk Dome
Dual 1" Aluminum Dome
Low Frequency Driver:
7" Polypropylene Cone Woofer
with Dual Voice Coil and
Rubber Surround
7" Aluminum Cone Woofer
with Dual Voice Coil and
Rubber Surround
Frequency Adjustments:
Front mounted treble/bass
switch allows the treble/bass
to be set at one of 3 posistions: -3db, flat, +3db
91dB 1w/1m
91dB 1w/1m
Frequency Response:
55Hz - 20kHz
55Hz - 20kHz
Power Recommendations:
5-60 Watts (undistorted)
5-60 Watts (undistorted)
Diameter x Depth:
913⁄16" x 41⁄4"
913⁄16" x 43⁄4"
Cut-Out Diameter:
System Description:
Two tweeters mounted onto a
dual voice coil woofer
Two tweeters mounted onto a
dual voice coil woofer
In our attempt to constantly improve our products, features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
SpeakerCraft offers a variety of accessories to make your installation of these speakers and other SpeakerCraft products easy, economical,
and professional. Contact your authorized SpeakerCraft Dealer for more information.
Should you have any questions regarding this, or any other SpeakerCraft product, please call our toll-free Service Hotline at
1-800-448-0976. We are available to assist you every weekday, except holidays, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. PST.
940 Columbia Ave., Riverside CA 92507-4492
(800) 448-0976 Fax (951) 787-8747
Single Stereo Speakers
AIM7 DT One / AIM7 DT Three
Before installing your speaker, you should consider the placement carefully, taking into account the location of
electrical, plumbing and other fixtures. Contact your dealer for assistance if you are not sure of the best location in your particular room environment.
Ceiling Placement: When placing your speaker into the ceiling, it should ideally be located above the primary listening area. The DT is intended to be used as a single stereo speaker in small listening environments,
walk-in closets, laundry rooms, bath rooms etc. In a large area, it may be necessary to place additional speakers throughout the room to get the optimal effect.
New Construction - Unfinished Ceilings
A New Construction Bracket, SpeakerCraft part number BKT90611 (available from your dealer), may be
installed prior to drywall application across joists (up to 24" on-center) where a speaker will be located.
Insulation material should be in place prior to installing drywall. After the hole is cut and the drywall is
installed, the speaker can then be easily installed following the instructions for mounting under “Finished
Ceilings” below.
Finished Ceilings
Prior to the actual installation of the speaker, it will be necessary to run cables to the speaker location. See
your dealer for more information on cable installation. After the cable has been properly installed, you are
ready to mount the speaker. Following the simple steps listed below will result in a professional looking installation:
1. Determine the best area to mount your speaker. This area of the ceiling should be free of obstructions such
as electrical conduit, HVAC ducts, or water lines. This can best be determined by noting the placement of
fixtures and gaining access to an attic or crawl space for further analysis of the location of such obstacles.
2. Find the joists nearest the desired speaker mounting location. We highly recommend using a good studfinder tool for this procedure. If you are lining up the speaker to some other object or molding in the
room, make sure you consider the size of the baffle flange which extends beyond the mounting hole.
3. Mark the hole. A punch out template for setting the hole is provided in the box. Position the template in
the desired position and pencil an outline on the ceiling.
4. Cutting the hole. CAUTION: This is the most important part
of the entire installation. If you are not certain whether any
obstructions exist behind the desired mounting area, you
should start by cutting a small hole in the center of your
penciled mounting hole with a drywall saw, cutting at a 45º
angle towards the inside of the hole. (See Diagram 1)
Cutting the small hole at this angle will make drywall repair
much easier, using the piece cut out. Once you have determined that there aren’t any obstructions in your desired
mounting location, start cutting the finished hole at a 90º
angle to the ceiling’s surface.
Diagram 1
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5. Add insulation. If the area in the ceiling is not already insulated, add an adequate
amount insulation material to loosely cover the back of the speaker. If the insulation
material used is faced with foil or paper, position the foil or paper away from the
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Diagram 2
The unique integral four foot mounting system incorporated into your AIM DT speaker
allows for a quick installation by following these easy steps.
1. Remove the grille. It may be necessary to push one or two of the mounting screws,
and its attached foot, towards the baffle and against the inside surface of the grille
to force the grille out of its retaining groove.
2. Attach the speaker cable (observing the proper polarity with your amplifier, + to +
and - to -). Either channel may be attached to either terminal set, however, be sure
that polarity (+ and -) is correct on each channel or the performance of the speaker
will be seriously affected, as one channel will cancel out the other. (See Diagram 2)
Diagram 3
3. Make sure the mounting feet are turned inward to clear the opening, and insert the
speaker into the ceiling. Position the speaker into the hole. Note: The flange of the
speaker is designed to flex and conform to any small imperfections in the ceiling’s
surface. Tighten the four screws on the front of the baffle only enough to make
the flange become snug against the ceiling. As you tighten the screws, the feet will
automatically flip into an outward position thereby clamping the drywall between
the feet and the flange. (See Diagram 3)
CAUTION: Over tightening may warp the baffle, crack the ceiling, cause the flange
to distort, and make the grille difficult to install.
4. Push the grille firmly into the slot in the speaker baffle.
Diagram 4
Do NOT adjust by pushing
on the WavePlane
1. Adjusting the AIM7 DT Mechanism
The woofer can be pivoted to best direct the sound towards the listener. The woofer easily rotates and pivots to almost any position desired. Simply apply pressure with fingertips to the outer surface of the PivotBall and move the
speaker to the desired position (See Diagram 4).
2. Adjusting the Pivoting Tweeters
Once the woofer is positioned, further refinement can be made by pointing the tweeter towards the listener. Gently pivot the tweeter to point it in the desired direction (See Diagram 5).
The output of the woofer and tweeter on the AIM7 DT Three can be adjusted to suit
any environment. In general, we recommend leaving all of the adjustments at the flat
(0dB) setting. To determine which settings will be appropriate for your speakers, you
may need to experiment until the desired sound is achieved. Use the chart to determine the result of the setting you select.
Selecting a Setting on AIM7 DT Three
To select a setting, simply use a finger to move the switches mounted on the inner side
of the speaker to the desired setting (See Diagram 6).
Adjust direction by pushing the edges
Diagram 5
Pivot the Tweeter by gently
pushing on the sides
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Frequency Settings
When selected, the settings will have the following result:
Diagram 6
-3dB: Reduces the loudness of the selected frequency
(bass & treble)
0dB: The selected frequency (bass & treble)
remains at neutral level
+3dB: Increases the loudness of the selected frequency
(bass & treble)
If you plan to paint your speaker, we recommend that it be done
prior to installation. If you plan to paint your speaker sometime in the
future, it is best to remove it by simply reversing the steps for “Speaker
Installation” listed above. If it is necessary to paint the speaker while
it is still in the ceiling, the paint mask provided in the carton must be
installed in place of the grille while the flange is being painted with
the ceiling. The grille can also be painted, however, great care should
be taken not to clog the holes as this will greatly reduce the sound
quality of the speaker. SpeakerCraft recommends only light spray painting using 5 parts thinning agent to 1 part paint. Do not paint the
grille while it is attached to the speaker.
SpeakerCraft Inc. warrants to the original retail purchaser only that this SpeakerCraft product will be free from defects in materials and
workmanship, provided the speaker was purchased from a SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer.
Defective products must be shipped, together with proof of purchase, prepaid insured to the SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer from whom
they were purchased, or to the SpeakerCraft factory at the address listed on this installation instruction manual. Freight collect shipments
will be refused. It is preferable to ship this product in the original shipping container to lessen the chance of transit damage. In any case,
the risk or loss or damage in transit is to be borne by the purchaser. If, upon examination at the Factory or SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer,
it is determined that the unit was defective in materials or workmanship at any time during this warranty period, SpeakerCraft or the
SpeakerCraft Authorized Dealer will, at its option, repair or replace this product at no additional charge, except as set forth below. If this
model is no longer available and can not be repaired effectively, SpeakerCraft, at its sole option may replace the unit with a current model
of equal or greater value. In some cases where a new model is substituted, a modification to the mounting surface may be required. If
mounting surface modification is required, SpeakerCraft assumes no responsibility or liability for such modification. All replaced parts and
product become the property of SpeakerCraft Inc. Products replaced or repaired under this warranty will be returned to the original retail
purchaser, within a reasonable time, freight prepaid.
This Warranty does not include service or parts to repair damage caused by accident, disaster, misuse, abuse, negligence, inadequate packing or shipping procedures, commercial use, voltage inputs in excess of the rated maximum of the unit, or service, repair or modification
of the product which has not been authorized or approved by SpeakerCraft. This Warranty also excludes normal cosmetic deterioration
caused by environmental conditions. This Warranty will be void if the Serial Number on the product has been removed, tampered with or
This Warranty is in lieu of all other expressed warranties. If the product is defective in materials or workmanship as warranted above, the
purchaser’s sole remedy shall be repair or replacement as provided above. In no event will SpeakerCraft be liable for any incidental or consequential damages arising out of the use or inability to use the product, even if SpeakerCraft Inc. or a SpeakerCraft Inc. Authorized Dealer
has been advised of the possibility of such damages, or for any claim by any other party. Some states do not allow
the exclusion or limitation of consequential damages, so the above limitation and exclusion may not apply.
All implied warranties on the product are limited to the duration of this expressed Warranty. Some states do not allow
limitation on the length of an implied warranty. If the original retail purchaser resides in such a state, this limitation
does not apply.
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