Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer

Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
Variable Tuning
Ultra-X12
Subwoofer
Please Read First
Unpacking
The lightning flash with arrowhead, 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 electrical shock to persons.
CAUTION: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the cover.
No user serviceable parts inside. Refer to qualified personnel.
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Read Instructions All the safety and operating instructions should be
read before the unit is operated.
Retain Instructions The safety and operating instructions should be
retained for future reference.
Follow Instructions All operating instructions should be followed.
Cleaning Unplug the unit from the wall outlet before cleaning. The
unit should be cleaned only as recommended by the manufacturer.
Attachments Do not use attachments not recommended by the unit
manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
Water and Moisture Do not use the unit near water–for example,
near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming pool.
Power Sources The unit should be operated only from the type of
power source indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the
type of power supplied to your home, consult your unit dealer or local
power company.
Power-Cord Protection Power-supply cords should be routed so that
they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or
against them, paying particular attention to cords where they enter a plug,
or a convenience receptacle, and the point where they exit from the unit.
Lightning For added protection for the unit during a lightning storm, or
when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it
from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system. This will
prevent damage to the unit due to lightning and power-line surges.
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Overloading Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral
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Object and Liquid Entry Never push objects of any kind into the
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Servicing Do not attempt to service the unit yourself as opening
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convenience receptacles as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
unit through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or
short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill
liquid of any kind on the unit.
or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other
hazards. Refer all servicing to Outlaw Audio.
Damage Requiring Service Unplug the unit from the wall outlet and
refer servicing to Outlaw Audio under the following conditions:
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When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged,
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If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the unit,
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If the unit has been exposed to rain or water,
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If the unit does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating
instructions, as an improper adjustment of other controls may result
in damage and will often require extensive work by Outlaw Audio to
restore the unit to its normal operation,
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If the Ultra-X12 has been dropped or damaged in any way, the unit
should be examined by Outlaw Audio.
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When the unit exhibits a distinct change in performance–this indicates
a need for service.
Save all packing materials
This product is guaranteed to satisfy all your needs for a
high performance subwoofer system. If for any reason, you
are not completely satisfied with it, please contact us at
866-OUTLAWS (688-5297) within 30 days of receipt of the
unit and you will receive a return authorization.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the appliance.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this
appliance to rain or moisture.
WARNING: Important Safeguards
The Outlaw Audio 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee
The original box and packing materials are required for all
returns. We recommend that you keep the packing (even
after 30 days) so that if you ever move, or the subwoofer
Precautions
requires service, the unit will be adequately protected.
If you decide to return the Ultra, the only cost you will be
responsible for is the original shipping charge at time of
purchase. When your subwoofer arrives, we will inspect
it to insure that it was shipped back to us in original
condition with all of the accessories. Upon satisfactory
inspection, we will issue a credit for your original purchase
price less your original outbound freight cost.
Outlaw Audio Limited Warranty
Verify The Line Voltage
Your new Subwoofer has been factory configured for 120 volt AC lines.
Connecting the Ultra-X12 to a line voltage other than that for which it
is intended can create a safety and fire hazard, and may damage the
subwoofer. If you have any questions about the voltage requirements for
your specific model, or about the line voltage in your area, contact Outlaw
Audio before plugging the unit into a wall outlet.
This warranty protects the owner of the Outlaw Model
Ultra-X12 (the PRODUCT) for three (3) years from the date
of purchase.
This warranty covers all defects in material and workmanship with the following specific exceptions. These are:
Verify AC Circuit Capacity
The high power output of your Ultra-X12 may require heavy power draw
under full load conditions; connecting it to a circuit used by other heavy
power devices, such as air conditioners, may cause circuit breakers to trip.
It is always a good idea to avoid using any audio or video equipment on
the same AC circuit as equipment with motors, such as air conditioners or
refrigerators. This will lessen the possibility of power variation and electrical
start-up noise affecting your sound system.
Extension Cords and Power Strips
We do not recommend that extension cords be used with this product
unless they are of sufficient gauge to pass the necessary current during full
load conditions. Most inexpensive extension cords are not capable of such
high-current loads. Similarly, should you use a power strip, surge protector or
any type of AC power line conditioning equipment, make certain that it is also
able to handle the high current loads this product will produce.
Handle the AC Power Cord Gently
When disconnecting the power cord from an AC outlet, always pull the
plug, never pull the cord. If you do not intend to use the subwoofer for
any considerable length of time, disconnect the plug from the AC outlet.
If the power cord is replaced, make certain that it is of similar gauge. As
with all electrical devices, do not run power cords under rugs or carpets or
place heavy objects on them. Damaged power cords should be replaced
immediately with cords meeting factory specifications.
Wiring
The carton and packing materials used in shipping your
new subwoofer were specially designed to cushion it from
the shocks and vibrations of shipping. We require that you
save the carton and packing materials in case the unit ever
needs to be shipped back to us for any reason.
Do Not Open The Cabinet
To minimize the size of the carton for storage, you may
wish to flatten it by carefully opening the top and bottom
flaps and folding the carton. Packing materials that cannot
be collapsed should be saved along with the carton in a
plastic bag.
Cables that are run inside of walls should have the appropriate markings
to indicate complaince with, and listing by the UL , CSA or other standards
required by the UL, CSA, NEC or your local building codes. Questions about
cables inside of walls should be referred to a qualified custom installer, or a
licensed electrician or low-voltage contractor.
There are no user serviceable components inside this product. Opening the
cabinet may present a shock hazard, and any modification to the product will
void your warranty. If water or any metal object, such as a paper clip, coin or
a staple, accidentally falls inside the unit, disconnect it from the AC power
source immediately, and contact Outlaw Audio for further instructions.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE
Before connecting a new component such as the Ultra-X12 to your audio
or home theater system, it is always good practice to make certain that all
components are turned off, and preferably unplugged from their AC power
source. Many modern electronics products feature automatic turn-on circuits
that may be activated during an installation, causing the potential for damage
to electronic components and/or speakers. Such damage is not covered by
product warranties and Outlaw Audio specifically disclaims responsibility for
any such damage.
Your new Ultra-X12 subwoofer is engineered using
heavy-duty materials for high reliability and weighs 66
pounds and requires that you pay special attention during
unpacking and installation. You may wish to have someone
help you remove the unit from its carton and place it in the
proper location.
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Damage caused by improper installation or
adjustment
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Damage caused by accident, unreasonable use
or neglect, or acts of God
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Damage from failure to follow instructions
contained in this Owner’s Manual
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Damage from the performance of repairs by
someone not authorized by Outlaw Audio
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Any unit on which the serial number has been
effaced, modified, or removed
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Damage occurring during shipment
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Units which have been altered or modified in
design, appearance or construction
If your product needs service, please call Outlaw Audio,
LLC. at 866-OUTLAWS (688-5297).
You will need to present proof of purchase to establish
warranty status. For warranty service, proof of purchase
or proof of warranty transfer is required. In the event
that such proof cannot be provided, non-warranty
service is available, provided that the serial number label
has not been altered in any manner.
In the event that you wish to return your Outlaw Product
back to us, for any reason, please call to arrange for a
Return Authorization Number. This will ensure that your
problem is discussed with a service technician who will
determine if there is a quick solution to your problem.
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WARNING: Important Safeguards/Precautions
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Unpacking2
The Outlaw Audio 30-Day Satisfaction Guarantee 3
Outlaw Audio Limited Warranty
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4 Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
Features4
Accessories4
Subwoofers, Bass, and Overall System Performance 5
Ultra-X12 Rear Panel
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7 Assembling and Connecting your Subwoofer
Installing the Subwoofer Feet
Connecting to a System with a
Subwoofer Preamp Output
Connecting to a System with No Preamp Outputs
Power Connection
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10 Setting the Variable Tuning Ultra-X12
Subwoofer's Controls
Power Controls
Adjusting the Crossover Frequency
Phase Switch
Port Mode Switch
Volume Control
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14 Subwoofer Placement
The Subwoofer Switch Trick Using More than One Sub
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Outlaw Audio shall not be liable for, or in any way responsible for, any incidental or consequential damages of any
16 Maintenance and Troubleshooting
kind. Some states do not allow limitations on how long an
When You Are Away
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This warranty covers only the actual defects within the
implied warranty lasts and/or do not allow the exclusion of
Cleaning16
PRODUCT itself. IT DOES NOT cover any installation or removal incidental or consequential damages, therefore, the limitaTroubleshooting and Service Information
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costs, normal setup costs, claims based on any misrepresen- tions and exclusions stated herein may not apply to you.
Specifications16
tation by the seller, or performance variations resulting from This warranty gives you specific legal rights; and you may
installation related circumstances such as signal quality,
also have other rights which vary from state to state.
AC power or incompatibilities with speakers and/or other
Serial Number
THERE ARE NO WARRANTIES GIVEN BY OUTLAW AUDIO
system components.
Record your Ultra-X12’s serial number and date of purchase
WHICH EXTEND BEYOND THE DESCRIPTION GIVEN HEREIN.
here. The serial number is found on the back panel.
During the warranty period, Outlaw Audio will, at its
ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF FITNESS FOR PURPOSE SOLD,
option, either repair the defect, or replace the defective
MERCHANTABILITY, DESCRIPTION, QUALITY OR ANY OTHER
product, or the defective parts, or components thereof, at MATTERS ARE LIMITED TO THE TERMS OF THE EXPRESSED
Serial Number
no charge to the owner for parts and labor covered by this LIMITED WARRANTY STATED HEREIN.
warranty. If necessary repairs are not covered by this warDate of Purchase
Products are sold on the basis of specifications applicable
ranty, or if a unit is examined which is not in need of repair,
at the time of sales. Outlaw Audio shall have no obligation
you will be charged for the repairs and/or the examination,
The contents of this manual are Copyright © 2014 by Outto modify products once they have been sold.
as well as round trip shipping. If non-warranted repairs are
law Audio, LLC., and may not be duplicated or reproduced
This warranty is applicable only in North America.
needed, we will notify you of the estimated cost and ask
by any means, whether physical, electronic or otherwise
without prior written consent from Outlaw Audio, LLC.
for your authorization to perform said repairs.
For applicability in other countries, please call Outlaw
Audio,
LLC.
You must pay shipping charges incurred in getting your
Product to Outlaw. We will pay the return shipping
Outlaw Audio
charges if the repairs are covered by the warranty. Please
save the original shipping cartons as the unit MUST be
returned in the original carton and packing. (Replacement cartons are available for purchase.)
Table of Contents
Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
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Specifications are those in effect at the time of printing. Outlaw Audio, LLC. reserves the
right to change specifications or designs at any time without notice, and without obligation to modify existing units.
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Overview
Variable Tuning
Ultra-X12
Subwoofer
Features
Model Ultra-X12
Features
Accessories
Subwoofers, Bass, and Overall System Performance
Model Ultra-X12
Accessories
Typical Multi-channel System
with Satellite Speakers
Typical Two-channel System with
Traditional Bookshelf or Tower Speakers
Typical 7.1 Multi-channel
Digital System
Congratulations on the purchase of an
Outlaw Audio Variable Tuning Ultra-X12. You
now own one of the finest subwoofers available.
The Ultra-X12 subwoofer provides deep, tight,
bass extension that’s powerful enough to meet
the most demanding requirements of any movie
or musical source.
The Ultra-X12 subwoofer blends effortlessly
with both small satellite speakers and large tower
speakers alike. This seamless integration is made
possible by a flexible crossover network that may
also be bypassed for use with advanced bassmanagement systems.
Before you Begin
The Outlaw Model Ultra-X12 is a state of the art, high performance, powered subwoofer. It is built utilizing totally
complementary circuitry from input to output.
In order to receive the maximum enjoyment from your new Among the Variable Tuning Ultra-X12’s many features are:
subwoofer, please take a few minutes to read this manual.
This important information will help you make certain that ¼¼ A down firing design that virtually eliminates audible
port noise
the Ultra is properly configured for operation with the rest
¼¼ A long throw 12" driver for deep bass extension
of the equipment in your system. This brief investment
of time will provide major dividends by making certain
¼¼ A powerful 350 watt Audera™ amplifier for precise
that your subwoofer is properly connected, placed, and
driver control
optimized for the specifics of your installation.
¼¼ Signal Sense for automatic turn on/off
If you have any questions about this product, its installa¼¼ 180-degree phase control
tion or operation, please contact us via e-mail at
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customerservice@outlawaudio.com or via telephone at 866-OUTLAWS (688-5297).
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After unpacking your subwoofer please confirm that the
following accessories have been included.
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AC Power Cord
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4 Black (Metal) Carpet Spikes
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4 Black (Metal) Dimpled Discs
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Port Plug (Installed in port on bottom of subwoofer)
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Owner’s Manual
If any of these items are missing from your shipment,
please contact Outlaw Audio immediately.
Powered Subwoofer
Powered Subwoofer
Powered Subwoofer
Restores frequencies below 200Hz not
reproduced by satellite speakers
Augments or restores bottom two octaves
of sound (20Hz to 80Hz) often missing from
traditional tower or bookshelf speakers
Provides the LFE (low frequency
extension) output in a 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1
multi-channel digital system
The goal of an audio system is to recreate the source material as accurately as possible. The components needed to
perform this task are an audio source, a receiver, or processor/amplifier combination, and speakers.
In the era of digital, multi-channel sound, many listeners
have chosen to use frequency-limited “satellite” speakers
for the front, center and surround channels. By limiting their frequency range, these speakers may be made
smaller, to more easily fit into a wide range of spaces.
Even in two-channel systems with traditional bookshelf or
tower speakers, the bottom two octaves of sound (20 Hz to
80 Hz) are frequently rolled off or not reproduced at all. Here,
too, a specialized speaker/amplifier combination is required
to deliver the full spectrum of sound from a system.
Regardless of which of these situations create the need,
a subwoofer is absolutely essential for accurate audio reproduction of both movies and music. A properly designed
subwoofer, such as the Outlaw Ultra-X12, can provide a visceral impact that most speakers are not able to provide on
Finally, many multi-channel digital soundtracks contain a their own. No matter what type of speakers comprise the
special audio channel devoted specifically to extreme low rest of your system, or what your favorite movie or music
frequency extension. This signal is the “.1” in 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 is, the Ultra completes the sonic presentation by providing
the impact that only a subwoofer can deliver.
systems and is sometimes referred to as the LFE channel.
However, by eliminating the capability to reproduce bass
frequencies, a separate speaker that is custom designed to
deal with signals below 200Hz is required. That speaker,
along with its accompanying, built-in amplifier, is a
powered subwoofer.
Detachable power cord
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Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
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Ultra-X12 Rear Panel
Overview
Model Ultra-X12
Rear Panel
A
B
C
D
E
F
INTERNAL
OFF
PORT
MODE
MAX OUTPUT
ON
MAX EXTENSION
POWER
PHASE
0°
VOLUME
X-OVER
FREQUENCY
(HZ)
G
SUB IN
INTERNAL
X-OVER
Assembling and
Connecting your
Subwoofer
H
SUB IN
EXTERNAL
X-OVER
MAX
60
R
120
POWER
I
HIGH LEVEL INPUTS
FROM AMPLIFIER
(INTERNAL X-OVER)
MODEL Ultra-X12
To get the maximum performance from
THRU
LEFT
RIGHT
J
RIGHT
K
your new subwoofer it must be connected
and positioned properly within the room and
configured to match your speakers. To connect
the subwoofer you will need either a single audio
interconnect cable (in the case of systems with a
subwoofer output), dual RCA interconnects (for
a system with L/R pre-outs but no subwoofer
output), or additional speaker wire.
Before proceeding with the integration of
the Ultra-X12 into your system, please observe the
precautions and suggestions listed below.
PASS-THRU TO
LOUDSPEAKERS
POWERED SUBWOOFER
LEFT
CAUTION
FOR CONTINUED
PROTECTION AGAINST
RISK OF FIRE, REPLACE
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
FUSE AND RATING
ON
OFF
L
MASTER POWER
M
CAUTION
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
Use only with a 250v fuse
Employer uniquement avec
un fusible de 250v
C. PHASE Switch
Switches the phase of the subwoofer with respect to
the main speakers.
D. VOLUME Control
Use this knob to control the output level of the Ultra.
AC
FUSE
120V - 60HZ
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1. Carefully turn
the Ultra-X12
upside down.
3. Screw a spiked foot
into the threaded hole
in each corner of the
subwoofer cabinet.
4. Carefully turn the
Ultra-X12 upright.
If desired, place the optional
protective discs under each
spiked foot to protect the
floor surface.
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250V
K. PASS-THRU TO LOUDSPEAKERS
sor, or other source device to one or both of these jacks
When the speaker level inputs are used, connect the
when using the Ultra's Internal X-Over Frequency Control. If using an external crossover, such as one from your
main speakers to these terminals.
receiver, please use the SUB IN External X-Over Jack.
L. MASTER POWER Switch
G. SUB IN EXTERNAL X-OVER Jack
Use this switch to turn the AC power to the Ultra-X12
Connect the subwoofer output of your receiver,
subwoofer on or off. If the unit will not be used for an
processor, or other source device to this jack when
extended period of time, we recommend setting this
using an External X-Over Frequency Control, such as a
switch to OFF to prevent accidental activation.
receiver's crossover. If using the Ultra's Internal cross- M. Power Cord Jack
over, please use the SUB IN Internal X-Over Jack.
Connect the supplied AC power cord here, and then
H. THRU Jack
Use this jack to daisy chain to an additional subwoofer.
I. POWER INDICATOR LED
Glows green when the Ultra is on and red when power
is applied, but the unit is in the standby mode.
E. INTERNAL X-OVER FREQUENCY Control
Use this control to adjust the crossover frequency
when using the SUB IN Internal X-Over Jack ,or the Left J. HIGH LEVEL INPUTS FROM AMPLIFIER (INTERNAL
and Right High Level Inputs.
X-OVER)
When your receiver does not have line level outputs
F. SUB IN INTERNAL X-OVER Jacks
available for a subwoofer connection, connect the main
(Left and Right Line Level Inputs)
left and right speaker outputs of the receiver here.
Connect the subwoofer output of your receiver, proces6
2. Thread provided rods
into the spiked feet.
180°
MIN
B. Port Switch
Toggles the Ultra between “Max Output” and “Max
Extension” mode.
Installing the Ultra-X12 Feet
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AUTO
A. AUTO Power Switch
Setting this switch to ‘ON’ or ‘OFF’ powers the UltraX12 on and off. Setting the switch to ‘AUTO’ enables
the Ultra’s signal sense mode, turning the unit on
automatically when an audio signal is present.
Installing the Subwoofer Feet
connect the plug end to an un-switched AC wall outlet. Should the power cord need replacement, make
certain it is replaced with a cord having the identical
power rating.
N. Fuse Housing
Contains a 5 x 20mm 5A slow blow fuse that protects
the subwoofer. In the event that it must be replaced,
be certain that a fuse with the same rating is used.
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Before you Begin
Do not plug the power cord into the subwoofer until
all other connections are made.
Always refer to your receiver or processor’s instructions for specific procedures, warnings and options.
Do not attempt to operate the Ultra-X12 unless the
feet have been properly installed. This may restrict
driver movement and will cause damage to the
subwoofer that is not covered by the warranty.
When using the subwoofer on surfaces such as wood
floors and certain tight weave rugs, be sure to use
the supplied dimpled discs to prevent damage to the
floor's surface. You are responsible for determining
when use of these discs is required.
Make sure to insert all plugs and connectors securely.
Improper connections can result in noise, poor performance, or damage to the equipment.
Do not bundle the subwoofer cable or speaker wire with
the power cord. This may adversely affect the sound
quality and introduce unwanted hum into your system.
Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
Proper installation of the supplied feet/carpet spikes is
necessary for ALL Variable Tuning subwoofer setups.
These spikes provide the floor clearance required for
optimal performance and safety. Failure to use the feet
provided will result in damage not covered under the
Outlaw Audio Warranty.
For your convenience we have provided “dimpled discs”
that may be used when the Ultra is placed on non-carpet
floors, such as wood, tile, certain rugs and linoleum surfaces to prevent damage to the floor or floor covering.
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1. Carefully turn the subwoofer upside down.
Use a blanket or other material to prevent scratching the
top surface of the subwoofer.
2. Thread the provided rods into the spiked feet.
Make sure the rods are threaded all the way in.
3. Screw a spike foot into the threaded hole in each
corner of the subwoofer cabinet.
Tighten the spike by hand until no threads are showing and
the base of the foot is flush with the bottom of the cabinet.
4. After all four carpet spikes have been installed,
turn the Ultra over so that it is upright.
We recommend that this be done by two people due to
the weight of the unit, and to make certain that the floor
surface is not damaged while the unit is being turned back
to the upright position.
If the Ultra is being placed on a surface that may be
damaged by the carpet spikes, place one of the supplied
black, dimpled discs under each foot.
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Connecting to a System with a Subwoofer Preamp Output
Ultra-X12 Low-level Inputs
Connection from Receiver or Pre/Pro with
Internal Subwoofer Crossover
INTERNAL
POWER
OFF
PORT
MODE
MAX OUTPUT
PHASE
0°
VOLUME
X-OVER
FREQUENCY
(HZ)
MAX EXTENSION
MAX
60
POWER
Connection from a Receiver without
Preamp Outputs
INTERNAL
OFF
PORT
MODE
MAX OUTPUT
ON
MAX EXTENSION
POWER
Preamp/Processor
R
120
Connection from Receiver or Pre/Pro without
a Subwoofer Preamp Output, but with
Standard Left/Right Preamp Outputs
SUB IN
180°
MIN
Connection from Receiver or Pre/Pro
without Subwoofer Crossover
EXTERNAL
X-OVER
L
AUTO
ON
SUB IN
INTERNAL
X-OVER
Connecting to a System with No Preamp Outputs
PHASE
0°
VOLUME
SUB IN
INTERNAL
X-OVER
SUB IN
EXTERNAL
X-OVER
L
AUTO
180°
THRU
MIN
MAX
60
R
120
POWER
Receiver
HIGH LEVEL INPUTS
FROM AMPLIFIER
(INTERNAL X-OVER)
X-OVER
FREQUENCY
(HZ)
THRU
LEFT
LEFT
Ultra-X12 Rear Panel
MODEL Ultra-X12
LEFT
RIGHT
RIGHT
SUB IN
SUB IN
INTERNAL
X-OVER
LEFT
PASS-THRU TO
LOUDSPEAKERS
POWERED SUBWOOFER
PASS-THRU TO
LOUDSPEAKERS
POWERED SUBWOOFER
RIGHT
RIGHT
Power Amplifier and Receiver
MODEL Ultra-X12
HIGH LEVEL INPUTS
FROM AMPLIFIER
(INTERNAL X-OVER)
HIGH LEVEL INPUTS
FROM AMPLIFIER
(INTERNAL X-OVER)
LEFT
EXTERNAL
X-OVER
RIGHT
CAUTION
FOR CONTINUED
PROTECTION AGAINST
RISK OF FIRE, REPLACE
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
FUSE AND RATING
L
CAUTION
FOR CONTINUED
PROTECTION AGAINST
RISK OF FIRE, REPLACE
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
FUSE AND RATING
R
OFF
THRU
ON
MASTER POWER
Power Amplifier and Ultra-X12 Rear Panel
ON
PASS-THRU TO
LOUDSPEAKERS
OFF
MASTER POWER
CAUTION
Additional Powered
Subwoofer(s)
(not supplied)
Speaker Polarity
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
LEFT
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
Use only with a 250v fuse
Employer uniquement avec
un fusible de 250v
RIGHT
Make sure to observe correct polarity by connecting the same half of the speaker
cable to the red (+) and black (–) terminals between the amplifier and Ultra-X12.
CAUTION
AC
FUSE
120V - 60HZ
5A
T 5A L
250V
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
Source
Use only with a 250v fuse
Employer uniquement avec
un fusible de 250v
AC
FUSE
120V - 60HZ
5A
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250V
Positive terminal
post is colored red
and labeled with the
plus sign (+)
Ultra-X12
Negative terminal
post is colored black
and labeled with the
minus sign (–)
If a low-level subwoofer output is available, use one of the
¼¼ To connect the Ultra-X12 to a Receiver or Processor ¼¼ To connect the Ultra-X12 to a Receiver or Processor
SUB IN jacks on the rear panel of the Ultra-X12 to connect
with a Subwoofer/LFE preamp output and an interwith a Subwoofer/LFE preamp output, but without
to your Preamp/Processor or Receiver. Any audio device that
nal crossover:
an internal crossover:
decodes Dolby Digital or DTS soundtracks will have this type 1. Make sure all system components are off and the
1. Make sure all system components are off and the
of jack. Depending on the particular brand or model, this RCA
processor or receiver and Ultra-X12 are unplugged
processor or receiver and Ultra-X12 are unplugged
jack may be labeled “Sub,” “Subwoofer,” or “LFE Out.”
from their AC power source.
from their AC power source.
The choice of which SUB IN jack depends on whether you
2. Connect a subwoofer cable from the Subwoofer/LFE 2. Connect a subwoofer cable from the Subwoofer/
want to use the Ultra’s internal crossover, or an external
output on the receiver or processor to either of the
LFE output on the receiver or processor to the SUB
crossover, such as the one in your Preamp/Processor or
SUB IN INTERNAL X-OVER jacks on the rear panel of
IN EXTERNAL X-OVER jack on the rear panel of the
other bass management system, to process the subwoofthe Ultra-X12.
Ultra-X12.
er’s audio input.
You can use either the Left or Right SUB IN INTERNAL
3. Proceed to the “Power Connection” section on
The information in this section contains some of the
X-OVER jack.
page 10.
more common subwoofer connections. If your receiver or
3. To connect two subwoofers to a receiver or procesprocessor does not have this type of output you will need
sor with a single subwoofer output, use the Ultra’s
to follow the “Connecting to a System with No Preamp
THRU jack to daisy chain to the next subwoofer.
Outputs” instructions on the next page.
Alternatively, you can use a Y-adapter to connect two
subwoofers to a single Subwoofer/LFE output.
CAUTION: Before you make any connections to the
Ultra-X12, please make sure to turn off all system
components and unplug the processor or receiver and the Ultra
from their AC power source.
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4. Proceed to the “Power Connection” section on
page 10.
Left Front
Speaker
Right Front
Speaker
¼¼ To connect the Ultra-X12 to a Receiver or Processor
If no low-level subwoofer output is available, you will need ¼¼ To connect the Ultra-X12 subwoofer using high
without a Subwoofer/LFE preamp output, but with to run speaker wires from your main amplifier or receiver
level inputs:
standard Left and Right preamp outputs:
to the subwoofer amplifier. Make sure to use the same type 1. Make sure all system components are off and the
of speaker wire as your other speaker connections.
1. Make sure all system components are off and the
processor or receiver and Ultra-X12 are unplugged
processor or receiver and Ultra-X12 are unplugged
from their AC power source.
Be sure to connect the speaker wires to the appropriate
from their AC power source.
binding posts on the back of the Ultra, making certain that 2. Using the same type of speaker wire for your other
2. Connect a Y-adapter cable (not included) to the Left
Preamp output on the receiver or processor
3. Connect a subwoofer cable from one of the two
Y-adapter jacks to the Left SUB IN INTERNAL X-OVER
jack on the rear panel of the Ultra-X12.
4. If you are using a separate power amplifier,
connect a second audio cable from the remaining
Y-adapter jacks to the Left Input of the amplifier.
5. Repeat steps 2-4 for the Right Preamp output, SUB
IN INTERNAL X-OVER, and amplifier input jacks.
6. Proceed to the “Power Connection” section on
page 10.
the polarity (– and +) on the receiver or amplifier matches the
polarity on the binding posts of the subwoofer amplifier. In most
cases this means connecting the red terminal on the receiver or
amplifier to the red terminal on the Ultra, but always check the
markings on the rear panel to insure “+ to +” and “– to –”
connections. Also, make sure that the negative outputs on your
main amp are true ground; otherwise you would short the output
of your main amp. Call or email tech support if the negative
outputs on your main amplifier do not have true ground.
speaker connections, connect the left and right
channel speaker outputs from your receiver or
amplifier to the Ultra’s HIGH LEVEL INPUTS.
In cases where there are both “A” and “B” terminals on the
amplifier or receiver, the “A” terminals should be used. Disconnect any wires presently connected to these terminals.
3. Using the same type of speaker wire for your other
speaker connections, connect the left and right
front speakers to the PASS-THRU TO LOUDSPEAKERS output terminals on the back of the Ultra-X12.
Make sure to observe correct polarity between the subwoofer
and speaker connections. Also, be sure to prevent any positive
and negative strands of speaker wire from crossing.
4. Proceed to the “Power Connection” section on
page 10.
Outlaw Audio
Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
9
MODEL Ultra-X12
PASS-THRU TO
LOUDSPEAKERS
POWERED SUBWOOFER
Ultra-X12 Power Connection
CAUTION
FOR CONTINUED
PROTECTION AGAINST
RISK OF FIRE, REPLACE
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
FUSE AND RATING
ON
OFF
MASTER POWER
Power Controls
Overview
Power Connection
RIGHT
LEFT
Setting the
Variable Tuning
Ultra-X12
Subwoofer's
Controls
LEFT
LEFT
Turning the Ultra-X12
on and off manually
POWER
OFF
MASTER POWER
switch should be
set to ON
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
AC
FUSE
120V - 60HZ
5A
T 5A L
AC Wall Outlet
Once all connections have been made, connect the supplied
power cord to the AC Input on the rear panel of the Ultra-X12
Subwoofer and an un-switched AC outlet, then reconnect
your receiver or processor to the AC power source.
CAUTION: Due to the power requirements of the
Ultra-X12 Subwoofer, it must not be connected to the
accessory outlets on a receiver or processor. If a power-strip or
surge protector is used, make certain that it is rated to accommodate the Ultra’s power requirements.
The Ultra-X12 Subwoofer uses an external fuse to protect the
amplifier from damage. In the event that a fuse replacement
is required, be certain that a fuse of the original rating (5 x
20mm 5A slow blow fuse) is used. If the fuse continues to fail,
your unit may have sustained internal component failure. In
this event, please contact Outlaw for assistance.
WARNING: Always turn the subwoofer off and unplug the
power cord from the AC Power before replacing the fuse.
Proceed to the “Setting the Variable Tuning Ultra-X12
Subwoofer's Controls” section to learn about the Ultra’s
controls and how they operate.
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Now that you have made all the
OFF
OFF
250V
External Fuse Housing
Turning the subwoofer on
POWER
POWER
OFF
OFF
AUTO
AUTO
AUTO
necessary connections
between theAUTO
Ultra-X12
ON
ON
ON
and your receiver or processor, it’s time toONpower
up your subwoofer and adjust its controls and
settings in order to properly integrate it with
your speakers and room configuration.
In the section titled “Subwoofer
POWER
Placement,” located on
page 14, we will POWER
OFF
OFF
focus on determining
the
best
location
for
the
AUTO
AUTO
subwoofer. After moving
ON your Ultra, you might
ON
need to adjust the subwoofer’s controls to take
advantage of its new room position.
Before you Begin
¼¼
Always refer to your receiver or processor’s instructions for specific procedures, warnings, and options.
¼¼
Do not attempt to operate the Ultra-X12 unless the
feet have been properly installed. This may restrict
driver movement and will cause damage to the
subwoofer that is not covered by the warranty.
¼¼
POWER
POWER
When making adjustments to the volume controls of
your subwoofer and system speakers, we recommend
using an SPL meter such as the Radio Shack model
(part number 33-2050). When using the test tones,
measure from the listening position and set the
meter’s range (if applicable) to 80dB. You will then
be able to calibrate your speakers to 75dB and your
subwoofer to 85dB. In order to accurately measure
levels between channels use “C” weighting and the
“slow” setting.
OFF
OFF
ON
ON
AUTO
ON
Set POWER
switch to AUTO
Frequency Response of
ON Front Speakers
Typical
This graph shows the
frequency response of a
typical set of front speakers to
be 50Hz to 20kHz.
Use only with a 250v fuse
Employer uniquement avec
un fusible de 250v
POWER
AC
POWER
FUSE
120V - 60HZ
5A
OFF
T 5A L
OFF
250V
AUTO
AUTO
AUTO
AUTO
OFF
Turning subwoofer on with signal sense
Use only with a 250v fuse
Employer uniquement avec
un fusible de 250v
POWER
POWER
OFF
ON
MASTER POWER
Understanding Frequency Response and
Crossover
Frequency
POWER
OFF
MASTER POWER
AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE. NE PAS OUVRIR.
Use only with a 250v fuse
Employer uniquement avec
un fusible de 250v
AUTO
ON
ON
POWER
RISK OF FIRE, REPLACE
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
FUSE AND RATING
OFF
CAUTION
CAUTION
Adjusting the Crossover Frequency
Turning the
Ultra-X12
CAUTION
FOR CONTINUED
on andPROTECTION
off
automatically
AGAINST
CAUTION
FOR CONTINUED
PROTECTION AGAINST
RISK OF FIRE, REPLACE
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
FUSE AND RATING
MASTER POWER
switch should be
set to ON
RIGHT
RIGHT
AUTO
POWER
POWER
ON
Set POWER
switch to ON
AC
FUSE
120V - 60HZ
5A
T 5A L
POWER
AUTO
0
-5
-15
POWER
ON
50Hz
Turn Receiver or
processor on, choose
Ultra turns on when it
source material and
senses an incoming signal
begin playback
and POWER INDICATOR
LED glows green
POWER
INDICATOR LED
glows green
+5
-10
250V
OFF
ON
POWER
+10
Subwoofer
+10
20kHz
Main Speakers
60Hz
+5
Turning the subwoofer off
POWER
POWER
OFF
OFF
Turning subwoofer off with signal sense
POWER
POWER
OFF OFF
AUTOAUTO
AUTO
AUTO
ON
ON
Set POWER
switch to OFF
POWER
POWER
OFF OFF
AUTOAUTO
POWER
ON
ON ON
ON
OFF
AUTO
POWER
ON
End source
playback or
turn the receiver
or processor off
POWER
INDICATOR LED
glows red
Before powering on the Ultra-X12, ensure that all the
audio and AC power connections made to the subwoofer
are secure, and that the other components in your system
are turned off. Next, locate the MASTER POWER switch on
the rear panel of the Ultra-X12 and set it to ON. This switch
supplies AC current to the subwoofer. The POWER INDICATOR LED will glow red.
Normally, you can leave this switch set to ON. If the unit
will not be used for an extended period of time, we
recommend setting this switch off to prevent accidental activation.
¼¼ To turn the Ultra-X12 on and off manually:
1. To turn the subwoofer on, set the Ultra’s POWER
toggle switch on the rear panel to ON.
The POWER INDICATOR LED will glow green.
2. To turn the subwoofer off, set the Ultra’s POWER
toggle switch on the rear panel to OFF.
The POWER INDICATOR LED will glow red.
Outlaw Audio
Subwoofer
Crossover Frequency
POWER
POWER
Ultra turns off when it no
longer senses an incoming
signal and POWER
INDICATOR LED glows red
¼¼ To turn the Ultra-X12 on and off automatically
using signal sense:
1. Set the Ultra’s POWER toggle switch on the rear
panel to AUTO.
The POWER INDICATOR LED will glow red.
2. Turn your receiver or processor on and begin
playback of source material.
The subwoofer will automatically turn on when the Ultra’s
signal sense mode detects an audio signal at either of the
SUB IN jacks or HIGH LEVEL INPUTS terminals. The POWER
INDICATOR LED will glow green.
3. Turn your receiver or processor off or end playback
of source material.
After a few minutes without an audio signal present, the
subwoofer will automatically turn off and the POWER
INDICATOR LED will glow red.
Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
The subwoofer crossover
frequency is where the main
speakers and subwoofer
frequency responses overlap
enough to produce a
seamless blend between the
two, in this case about 60Hz.
Tolerance in dB
PASS-THRU TO
LOUDSPEAKERS
PASS-THRU TO
LOUDSPEAKERS
POWERED SUBWOOFER
Tolerance in dB
MODEL Ultra-X12
0
-5
-10
-15
50Hz
By adjusting the crossover frequency between the Ultra
and the rest of your system, you can perfectly match your
main speakers to the subwoofer. Depending on how you
connected the subwoofer to your audio system, the crossover
frequency is set by using the INTERNAL X-OVER FREQUENCY
control on the rear panel of the Ultra, or by using the subwoofer crossover controls of your receiver or processor.
20kHz
10Hz above the lowest frequency your main speakers can
produce cleanly. This can usually be found on the speaker’s
specifications sheet or from the manufacturer’s website.
Typically, a speaker’s frequency response is shown as a
range from lowest to highest frequency measured in
Hertz (Hz) followed by the tolerance expressed as a range
measured in decibels (dB). For example, if your speakers’
frequency response was rated as 50Hz – 20kHz, ±3dB, set
the crossover to approximately 60Hz.
If your receiver or processor does not have internal crossover controls, and it is connected to the subwoofer using
the SUB IN INTERNAL X-OVER jack or the HIGH LEVEL INPUTS
FROM AMPLIFIER terminals, then follow the instructions in Experiment with the Ultra’s crossover frequency and Vol“Setting the Ultra-X12 Crossover control” on page 12.
ume control (see ”Setting the Volume Level” on page 13) to
If your receiver or processor has internal crossover controls, fine-tune your subwoofer so that there is a seamless blend
between the Ultra and the main speakers’ output. Let your
and it is connected to the subwoofer using the SUB IN
ears be your guide.
EXTERNAL X-OVER jack, proceed to “Setting the Crossover
with your Receiver or Processor” on the next page.
Please note that the Ultra’s internal frequency settings
Whether you use your receiver or processor’s crossover cononly control the subwoofer’s crossover point, leaving the
trol or the Ultra’s, we recommend using the speaker/submain speakers unchanged. If your receiver or processor has its own
woofer crossover setting recommended by the manufaccrossover settings, it is better to use them as they control both the
turer of your speakers. If this information is not available,
crossover point of the subwoofer and your speakers.
we suggest that you set the crossover to approximately
11
N
Adjusting the Crossover Frequency (cont’d)
Setting the Ultra-X12 Crossover control
Determine
the speaker
manufacturer’s
recommended
subwoofer
crossover
frequency
Phase Switch
Setting the crossover with your
receiver or processor
Determine
the speaker
manufacturer’s
recommended
subwoofer
crossover
frequency
Determine
the lowest
frequency
your speaker
can cleanly
reproduce
Setting the Phase switch
Determine
the lowest
frequency
your speaker
can cleanly
reproduce
PHASE
PHASE
0° 0°
Port Mode Switch
Volume Control
Setting the Port Mode switch
Setting the Volume level
PORT PORT
MODEMODE
MAX OUTPUT
MAX OUTPUT
PHASE
PHASE
0° 0°
PORT PORT
MODEMODE
MAX OUTPUT
MAX OUTPUT
Using an SPL meter to match
speaker levels with the Ultra-X12
VOLUME
VOLUME control
180°
180°
Set the subwoofer crossover frequency
INTERNAL
X-OVER
FREQUENCY
PHASE (HZ)
VOLUME
0°
Set the subwoofer crossover frequency
INTERNAL
L/R
X-OVER
SUB
IN
SUB INFront
SUB
IN
Center
FREQUENCY
INTERNAL
(HZ)
X-OVER
L
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:
:
:
SUB IN
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

80Hz
80Hz
100Hz
120Hz
Using program material with bass content in the crossover
frequency region, set the PHASE control to the positon that
yields the bass-heavier sound
Make sure both
ports are open
Sound Pressure Level
(SPL) Meter
MIN
MAX
Make sure to
block one of the
ports with the
supplied Port Plug
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speaker manufacturer’s
recommended subwoofer
crossover frequency
POWER
HIGH LEVEL INPUTS
FROM
Set theAMPLIFIER
INTERNAL X-OVER
(INTERNAL
FREQUENCY X-OVER)
control 10Hz
above your speaker’s
lowest frequency
LEFT
L Ultra-X12
¼¼ To set the crossover frequency with the Ultra-X12’s
PASS-THRU
INTERNAL X-OVER FREQUENCY
control : TO
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LOUDSPEAKERS
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LEFT
RIGHT
Before you set the crossover frequency control using the
Ultra-X12, make sure your receiver or processor is connected to the Ultra-X12’s SUB IN INTERNAL X-OVER jacks or
HIGH LEVEL INPUTS FROM AMPLIFIER terminals.
Ni
Before you set the crossover frequency using your receiver
or processor, make sure it is connected to the Ultra-X12’s
SUB IN EXTERNAL X-OVER jack. Then refer to your receiver
or processor’s instructions for adjusting the subwoofer
crossover frequency.
Depending upon the phase of your speakers, including the
subwoofer, in relation to the listening position, the bass
response may be smoother if you reverse the phase of the
Ultra. Try both positions of the phase switch to determine
which way sounds more bass-heavy.
TO
¼PASS-THRU
¼ To set the crossover
frequency with your receiver
LOUDSPEAKERS
The bass-heavier position is the setting where the output
of the Ultra and the main speakers are most in phase. Use
program materials with bass in the crossover region such
as music containing bass drums, double basses, bass guitar,
etc., to determine the correct setting.
Set your receiver or processor’s subwoofer
crossover to the frequency recommended by the
manufacturer of your speaker.
OR
LEFT frequency your main speakers
LEFT
RIGHT
RIGHT
1. Determine the lowest
can reproduce, by following the steps outlined on
1. Determine the lowest frequency your main speakers
page 11, under "Adjusting the Crossover Frequency.
can reproduce, by following the steps outlined on
page 11, under "Adjusting the Crossover Frequency.
2. Set the Ultra’s INTERNAL X-OVER FREQUENCY control 10Hz above your speaker’s lowest frequency.
2. Set the Ultra’s INTERNAL X-OVER FREQUENCY conAdjust the control lower if you hear voices coming from the
trol 10Hz above your speaker’s lowest frequency.
subwoofer.
If you hear
distortion coming from any of your speaker’s,
CAUTION
CAUTION
FOR CONTINUED
FOR CONTINUED
raise
that
speaker’s
crossover point. Adjust the crossover for
PROTECTION AGAINST
PROTECTION AGAINST
RISK OF FIRE, REPLACE
RISK
OF FIRE,
REPLACE
the
center,
front
left, and front right to a lower setting, if
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
youFUSE
hearAND
voices
coming from the subwoofer.
FUSE AND RATING
RATING
ON
OFF
MAX OUTPUT Mode
MAX EXTENSION Mode
Set the PORT MODE switch to
MAX OUTPUT to increase the
Ultra-X12’s SPL.
Set the PORT MODE switch to
MAX EXTENSION to produce
deeper bass from the Ultra-X12.
RIGHT
or processor’s crossover control :
Set the Ultra’s INTERNAL X-OVER FREQUENCY
control to the frequency recommended by the
manufacturer of your speaker.
OR
12
Use an SPL meter to
accurately measure the
difference in sound levels from
each speaker in your system.
L
180°
X
PHASE control
Speaker Crossover Menu
EXTERNALSurround
INTERNAL
EXTERNAL
L/R
X-OVER FrontX-OVER
X-OVER
Height L/R
MAX EXTENSION
MAX EXTENSION
180°
180°
Start with the Ultra-X12’s VOLUME
MAX EXTENSION
MAX EXTENSION control set to the 12 o’clock position
while using your receiver or processor’s
test-tones to match the levels of your
speakers with the subwoofer.
ON
OFF
Depending on your bass preference, your Variable Tuning
Ultra-X12 subwoofer has two available “tuning” modes.
When the PORT MODE switch is set to MAX OUTPUT, your
subwoofer will provide the greatest level of overall bass
in regards to SPL (sound pressure level). Setting the PORT
MODE switch to MAX EXTENSION produces the deepest
bass (low frequency) levels from your subwoofer.
Use the VOLUME control on the rear panel of the subwoofer
to match the output of the Ultra-X12 with the rest of your
speakers. While it’s possible to “rough in” the channel levels by ear, you’ll get much better results by using a sound
pressure level (SPL) meter. You can use either a dedicated
meter like those sold under the RadioShack and Galaxy
brands, or if you have a smartphone, use an SPL meter app.
When using the MAX EXTENSION mode, make sure to
tightly insert the provided Port Plug into one of the ports
located on the bottom of the subwoofer. In MAX EXTENSION mode, both ports must remain open.
Search the iPhone App Store or Android Play Store for “SPL
meter.” Most are available for free or at low cost. The SPL
meter app does not need to be calibrated for this adjustment—only the comparitive dB level between channels
matters, not the absolute dB level of each channel.
CAUTION: Do not leave both ports open when the PORT
MODE switch is in the MAX EXTENSION position as your
subwoofer's performance will be compromised. If neither of the
ports are blocked with the supplied Port Plug, the PORT MODE
switch must remain in MAX OUTPUT mode. Failure to adhere to
these requirements can lead to poor performance and damage to
your subwoofer.
Outlaw Audio
Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
Setting the VOLUME knob to the 12 o’clock position should
provide enough gain to properly match the sub level to
your speakers.
¼¼ To measure and set the speaker channel levels:
1. Sitting in your favorite listening seat, turn on the SPL
meter (or start the SPL meter app on your phone).
Hold the device at ear level facing the front of the room.
2. Set the range (if necessary) to 80dB.
3. Refer to your receiver or processor’s instructions to
activate the test-tone signal.
In most cases, you will want to set your receiver or processor to -20dBFS; with necessary gain adjustments, this
should correlate to approximately 75dB for your speakers.
Adjust speaker channel levels to match.
4. For the Ultra, set the SPL meter to C-Weighting
Slow and the level to 85dB.
The dB level is not critical–but 85dB is the level most commonly used in home theater sub calibrations.
Note that the Radio Shack SPL meter is down about 12 dB
at 16 Hz, 7 dB at 20 Hz, and 4 dB at 25 Hz. Add these
numbers to the readout to compensate for these errors if necessary.
13
Overview
Subwoofer
Placement
The Subwoofer Switch Trick
Finding the best location
for your subwoofer
Using More than One Sub
Notes On Subwoofer Placement
Finding the best location
for your subwoofer
Using two or four subwoofers
Connecting and Placing Multiple Subs
Connecting two or four subwoofers
Level Calibration of Multiple Subs
Using an SPL meter to match
speaker levels or multiple subs
The subwoofers can either be placed in the corners of
the room, for boosted output, or in the middle of the
walls, for smoother response.
Placement of your Ultra-X12 subwoofer is a
critical component in maximizing its performance.
The subwoofer’s specific location in a room
influences its “perceived” frequency response,
sound pressure level (SPL), and overall accuracy.
Since each listening room differs in virtually every
aspect, the ideal location will also vary.
This section will describe how to find
the best location for your subwoofer and how
increasing the number of subwoofers can
overcome a bad listening space.
A Y-adapter can be
used to connect two
subwoofers to a single
subwoofer output jack on
your receiver or processor
Avoid having the
listening position be in
the center of the room
Peaks and Nulls
INTERNAL
PHASE
OFF
PORT
MODE
MAX OUTPUT
ON
MAX EXTENSION
180°
POWER
Audio waves from the subwoofer can
bounce off the walls of your room,
interfering with the new waves coming
from the Ultra creating areas where the
bass can be multiplied or canceled out.
0°
VOLUME
X-OVER
FREQUENCY
(HZ)
SUB IN
INTERNAL
X-OVER
Use an SPL meter to
accurately measure the
difference in sound levels from
each speaker in your system.
SUB IN
EXTERNAL
X-OVER
L
AUTO
MIN
MAX
60
R
120
POWER
THRU
Smartphone
SPL Meter App
HIGH LEVEL INPUTS
FROM AMPLIFIER
(INTERNAL X-OVER)
SUB IN
EXTERNAL
X-OVER
LEFT
RIGHT
Subwoofer Switch Trick
MODEL Ultra-X12
Place the Ultra in the listening position,
play your receiver or processor’s test
tone through the subwoofer, and find
the location in the room that has the
best bass response.
Sound Pressure Level
(SPL) Meter
POWERED SUBWOOFER
THRU
If you have a
smartphone, you
can download an
SPL meter app.
PASS-THRU TO can
Additional subwoofers
LOUDSPEAKERS
be daisy chained from the
Ultra-X12’s THRU jack
LEFT
RIGHT
CAUTION
FOR CONTINUED
PROTECTION AGAINST
RISK OF FIRE, REPLACE
ONLY WITH SAME TYPE
FUSE AND RATING
Before you Begin
Bass energy sets up “standing waves” in most every room.
These standing waves can cause areas with too much
bass, areas with too little bass, and areas in between. Try
The placement, crossover frequency and volume level
to avoid creating a listening position that falls directly
of your subwoofer are all interdependent. Changing one
First, place the subwoofer as close to your favorite listening between the front and back walls. The interference due
parameter will affect the others. If you move your Ultraposition as possible. This should be directly in front of your to the collision between bass waves bouncing off the rear
X12 to a different location after following some of the
wall and new waves emanating from the Ultra can create
suggestions in this section, you may find that you will need couch or easy chair, right in the room’s “sweet spot.” You
an unnatural “build up” in the low frequencies where the
may even place the subwoofer on the chair or couch, but
to readjust the subwoofer’s volume control.
remember that the Ultra subwoofer is heavy, and the Out- bass sounds “bloated.”
laws are not responsible for any damage to your furniture. In other situations you might encounter a “null,” caused by
two low frequency waves canceling each other out. When
Second, activate your receiver or processor’s test tones
this happens you will find that your favorite listening posi(see “Setting the Volume Level” on the previous page), or
tion is bass shy. In this type of placement situation, bass
use a test disc to play pink noise through the subwoofer.
While the test tone is playing, move around your room and response will suffer greatly regardless of how powerful
find the spots where you hear the best bass response. This the subwoofer is. The best way to solve this problem is
might be the center of the room, a corner, or along a wall. to change the location of the seating position so that the
distance to the front of the room is different than that to
Finally, turn off the test tone and move the subwoofer to
the back of the room.
the location where you heard the best bass response. If
that location is unacceptable or impractical, repeat the procedure until you find the spot that is the best compromise
between bass performance and aesthetic considerations.
Research has found that using two or four matching subwoofers results in much smoother bass response across a large
seating area. If you want to make the bass sound good for
several listeners (and not just you), this is worth exploring. You
can place the subwoofers in the corners of the room. This will
boost perceived output, but may compromise smoother bass
response. Placing the subwoofers in the middle of the walls
would be more desirable for smoother bass response. While
you might assume additional subwoofers are for added SPL,
the greatest benefit will actually be smoother bass response.
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Variable Tuning Ultra-X12 Subwoofer
An easy way to determine the best location for your new
subwoofer is use the “Subwoofer Switch Trick.” This process
puts the subwoofer where you normally sit and lets you
play the role of the subwoofer.
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Room shape, the cubic volume of the room, furniture, floor
coverings and even wall and ceiling material all play a roll in
bass performance. These factors create peaks and dips in the
amplitude level of low frequencies at different points in the
room. That said, two properly positioned subwoofers will
distribute the bass throughout the room with greater accuracy
than a single sub. For this reason, many professional acousticians and installers recommend more than one subwoofer. The
final result is that you will create a much larger “sweet spot”
where the bass is powerful, but more importantly, smooth and
consistent. If near perfect bass response is your goal, consider
using two or more Ultra-X12 Subwoofers.
To connect more than one subwoofer to your receiver or
processor you can use a Y-adapter. Insert the single male
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end of the adapter to the subwoofer output of your receiver
or processor. On the opposite end of the Y-adapter you will
now have two separate subwoofer outputs, one for each
sub. Be sure to use a Y-adapter that is of equal or better
quality than the subwoofer cables you intend to use.
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Alternatively, you can use the THRU jack on the rear panel
of the Ultra-X-12 to daisy chain one or more subwoofers.
If setting the subwoofers in the corners or middle of the
walls as shown above does not produce the best results,
you can use the same procedure used for determining the
placement of the first subwoofer on the previous page.
However, the second sub should be placed in the seating
area outside of the “sweet spot” where good bass response
is also required.
Walk around the room until you find the area where the
bass sounds the best, just as described in the process for
locating a single sub. This spot will almost always be different than the one that was best for the primary sub.
When calibrating the final levels of each subwoofer,
you may want to reduce their output to compensate for
the added 3 or 4 dB of gain created by using multiple
subwoofers.
When locating and calibrating the level of each additional
subwoofer be sure to turn off the other sub(s). This will
help you to determine ideal placement without being mislead by
the response of the first sub.
If you sense a loss of bass output after properly locating and calibrating the additional subwoofers, the likely
problem is that one or more of units are out of phase with
each other. If this occurs, try flipping the phase switch on
the back of each of the subs until the bass returns.
For more information regarding setting the phase control
and volume level of the additional subwoofer(s), please
refer to “Setting the Phase Switch,” on page 12, and “Setting the Volume Level,” on page 13.
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