Atlantic 4.5 C Speaker

Atlantic 4.5 C Speaker
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Instruction
Manual
System 250
High Performance Loudspeaker System
Models
251 LR
253 C
254 SR
Models 251 LR, 253 C, and 254 SR
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System 250
High Performance Loudspeaker System
Welcome to Atlantic Technology’s world of excellence in sound reproduction. Your new
speaker system is precision crafted to give you years of enjoyable, trouble free service.
This manual covers the Atlantic Technology System 250 series of speakers for
home theater. It will show you how to incorporate the following System 250 components into your present system, as well as how to set up a complete system. The Model
262 PBM Subwoofer is covered in a separate manual.
The Model 251 LR Front Channel Speakers are two-way systems for use with a
quality subwoofer, such as the Atlantic Technology Powered Bass Modules. Each speaker
contains two 4" polypropylene, long-throw woofers, and a 3/4" ferrofluid cooled tweeter
in an acoustically inert MDF cabinet.
The Model 253 C Timbre Adjusting Center Channel Speaker contains two high
power 4" polypropylene woofers and a 3/4" ferrofluid cooled tweeter. It is designed for
use in home theater systems that use a Dolby Pro Logic decoder.
The Model 254 SR On-Wall/In-Wall Surround Speaker is intended for use in
audio/video sound systems with a Dolby Pro Logic receiver (or a Dolby Pro Logic
decoder and a surround amplifier). Each speaker has one 4" polypropylene woofer, as
well as two 3-1/2" polypropylene mid-tweeters that are angled and phased to produce
ambience without localization for movie surround sound tracks.
Although the speakers in the Atlantic Technology System 250 are acoustically and
cosmetically matched to each other, they may also be used with a wide variety of other
speaker systems.
Note: The 254 SR is not intended for use as a regular right and left front channel stereo
speaker or satellite. Its spatial performance characteristics are not designed for this purpose.
In the Atlantic Technology 250 Series of components, the Model 251 LR fills this role.
Connection
We recommend that you connect your new System 250 speaker components using high
quality stranded wire of 18 gauge or larger for lengths up to 25 feet. Use 16 gauge or
larger for longer runs of wire. Contact your local audio/video specialist for more specific
information.
Warning: To prevent risk of electrical shock or damage to your equipment, always switch off
the amplifier or receiver when making connections to the speaker.
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Models 251 LR, 253 C, and 254 SR
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Figure 1:
Speaker Wiring
Terminals
You can connect your System 250 speakers by using
spade lugs or “banana” connectors, or by removing 1/2"
of insulation from each wire end, twisting the strands of
wire together, placing the wire through one of the post
holes and screwing down the nut tightly.
It is important to observe polarity while making speaker
connections: red (+) terminals on the amplifier to red (+)
on the speaker, black (-) on the amplifier to black (-) on
the speaker. Look carefully at the wires you are using and note that one of the wires in
each pair is marked by either a different color, printing, ridges, or a thread intertwined
with the wire strands. Conventionally, the marked wire is connected to the red (+)
terminal.
Figure 2:
Typical wiring
diagram for
speakers in a
home theater.
Whether your are connecting a complete System 250, or adding one speaker component to your present system, the wiring should look like the diagram in Figure 2. Before
turning on the amplifier, be certain that no stray wire strands are touching across the
two terminals as this might damage your amplifier.
Finally, check the polarity of your front speakers by listening to some music. If the
sound seems hollow, spread out and has weak bass, recheck your connections for proper
polarity and reverse the connections if necessary.
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Models 251 LR, 253 C, and 254 SR
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Placement
The design of the System 250 provides you with maximum flexibility when creating a
large, seamless, acoustically accurate soundfield for your home theater or music system.
The best placement of the various components will vary from system to system. Use the
following placement guidelines and Figure 3 as a starting point. Feel free to experiment.
Home Theater
For a home theater system, place your Model 251 LR speakers on either side of the
television. All of the System 250 speakers (except the Model 262 PBM Powered Bass
Module) are magnetically shielded so that they will not interfere with your television
picture. The left front and right front speakers should be far enough apart that you get a
good stereo image, but not so far apart that the sound seems to come directly from the
speakers, distracting you from the picture. If you are using a center channel speaker, a
wider separation of the left and right front speakers is usually possible.
The Model 253 C should be placed directly on or under your television. Place the
speaker base so that the foot cutouts are facing forward. Then, set the speaker on its
base and tilt the speaker so that it points directly at the listener.
The 254 SR’s size and shape allows greater flexibility in placement than most conventional surround loudspeakers. Due to their spatial characteristics, it is possible to place
the speakers virtually anywhere, but usually the best location is nearly straight out to
the sides of the primary listening area, either at ear level or 1-2 feet above.
Figure 3:
Typical arrangement for speakers
in a home theater.
For best results,
place the surround
speakers within the
shaded areas.
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Models 251 LR, 253 C, and 254 SR
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Music Only System (Model 251 LR only)
If you are setting up a music only system, begin with these general guidelines:
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The distance between your speakers should be about one-half their distance from
your favorite listening position.
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The front of the speakers should point straight at you.
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The distance from each speaker to its three closest room surfaces should be different.
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In most rooms, you should not place your speakers in the corners.
Next, be creative! Try placing your speakers along the long wall instead of the short one.
Toe the speakers in or point them straight ahead. Pull them away from the wall or push
them close. Don’t be timid. You will find that moving your speakers, even a few inches,
can greatly change their sound.
Timbre Adjustments (Model 253 C only)
The home theater experience is best enjoyed when sounds remain consistent in tonal
balance when panned across the soundstage. For that reason, the Atlantic Technology
System 250 was designed with acoustically matching drivers.
To help achieve this goal when using front speakers from another manufacturer, we
have provided two controls (Figure 4) on the rear of the 253 C enabling you to adjust its
tonal characteristics to emulate those of your front left and right speakers.
Figure 4:
Timbre adjustment
control knobs on
back panel of
253 C Center
Channel Speaker.
Begin the adjustment procedure by turning both control knobs to the “251” position.
This approximates the Atlantic Technology 251 LR speakers. Next, use your Dolby Pro
Logic receiver/decoder’s “test” mode to generate “hiss” from each speaker and adjust
the 253’s controls for the closest match.
Although a perfect match is not usually possible, fine tuning the controls while watching
high quality movies will generally yield excellent results. If most of your listening is Dolby
Stereo movies, you may wish to adjust both controls to compensate for the natural
brightness of many movie soundtracks. You may use the Cinema EQ position as a guide.
Note: Some Dolby Pro Logic decoders and receivers offer a choice of “normal” or “wide-band”
modes for the center channel. The Model 253 C was designed to be used in the “normal” mode.
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Models 251 LR, 253 C, and 254 SR
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Mounting
The 251 LR and the 254 SR speakers can be mounted in a variety of ways:
On speaker stands. Atlantic Technology 156 ST speaker stands provide an ideal height
(29" above the floor) and fit for most rooms. They are available in black or white.
On the wall. For greatest flexibility, use Atlantic Technology 157 WB wall brackets
with their pivoting ball-and-socket joint.
To flush mount your speakers, we have provided metal key-hole brackets. Simply place
the bracket over the oval recess on the rear of the speaker and fasten it using the
enclosed #6 x 1" screws. Pilot holes are provided for both brackets.
For safety, please use suitably secured wall anchors (such as molly-bolts), or screws
driven into wall studs.
On a bookshelf. Adhesive rubber feet are included.
In the wall. The Atlantic Technology 254 INRF in-wall kit includes all the necessary
hardware and trim. (254 SR only)
Listening Levels and Power Handling
The power recommendation for these speaker components assumes that you will not
operate your amplifier/receiver in a way that produces distortion. Even rugged speakers
like System 250 can be damaged by a moderately powered system driven beyond its
intended capacity. The harsh amplifier clipping that occurs in this situation will cause
damage to the speaker system that is not covered by the warranty.
The System 250 will play very loudly when provided with enough power to do so.
Again, consult your dealer or Atlantic Technology for additional information.
Care of your Speakers
Clean your speaker cabinets using a soft cloth moistened with a mild, non-abrasive
glass cleaner being careful not to wet the individual drivers or the edges of the cabinet.
After carefully removing the grilles from the speakers, clean them with a quick pass
from a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment. This should remove any dust
accumulation.
Avoid placing your speakers in direct sunlight that may, over time, fade the finish.
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System 250 Specifications
Description
251 LR
253 C
254 SR
Type
Sealed-box, 2-way
Sealed-box, 2-way,
Adjustable Timbre
Sealed-box, spatially-enhanced
surround speaker
Drivers
(2) 4" polypropylene
(1) 0.75" dome tweeter
(2) 4" polypropylene
(1) 0.75" dome tweeter
(2) 3.5" polypropylene
(1) 4" polypropylene
Frequency
Response (±3dB)
50Hz – 20kHz
80Hz – 20kHz
50Hz – 12.5kHz
Nominal
Impedance
8Ω
8Ω
8Ω
Sensitivity
90dB
90dB
90dB
Recommended
Amplifier Power
10 – 150W
10 – 150W
10 – 150W
Size (W x H x D)
6.0 x 13.0 x 8.5in
152 x 330 x 216mm
15.0 x 6.75 x 7.75in (including base)
380 x 152–170 x 197mm
9.5 x 10.5 x 6.4in
241 x 267 x 163mm
Weight (each)
9.11lbs; 4.1kg
10.0lbs; 4.5kg
8.4lbs; 3.82kg
Specifications are those in effect at the time of printing. Atlantic Technology reserves the right to change
specifications or designs at any time without notice.
Dolby Stereo and Dolby Pro Logic are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
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For Future Reference
Record your speaker(s) serial number(s) and date of purchase here:
Model Number
Serial Number
Date of Purchase
Model Number
Serial Number
Date of Purchase
Model Number
Serial Number
Date of Purchase
The serial number is found on the back of the speaker near the connecting terminals.
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343 Vanderbilt Avenue
Norwood, MA 02062
(617) 762-6300
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