XTZ 99.38 Mk II High-End floor speaker User manual © 2011 XTZ AB , www.xtz.se Contents 99.38 Mk II Page: Introduction 3 About XTZ 3 Technical presentation 4 Preparations 6 Practice of sound / Installation and placement tips 7 Mounting and Connecting tips 9 Sound settings 10 Technical specification 12 Service & Support 13 Page: 2 Introduction Introuduction Congratulations of your purchase of the XTZ 99.38 MKII. When combined with surround audio/video electronics, you will experience sound of motion pictures or music records much deeply and naturally. Now when you watch your favourite movie or listen to your reference music CDs, you will hear and feel the sound surrounding you in the same way as originally intended by mastering engineers. Read the manual before using the product and use all possibilities carefully. If you have any problems with the installation don’t hesitate to contact our free support. About XTZ Philosophy Our reference and starting point is to create a natural sound, taking into account that acoustics always is a matter of taste. XTZ Goal Our main goal is to provide the best value for money. Our concept: - Cut down the numbers of middlemen. - Put more money on product quality and less on advertising. - Manufacture cost-effective in large volume. - Provide perfect technical solutions. Contact Website: www.xtz.se E-post: email@example.com Page: 3 Technical presentation Cabinet design The box design with a narrow baffle and curved side - is not only an aesthetically neat shape, but also offers advantages in terms of acoustics, since nonparallel walls muffles internal resonances of the cabinet. Internally the cabinet is physically separated in two parts, one for the midrange and tweeter, and one for the woofer. This makes it possible to optimize the cabinet volume for the woofer. It also lets the midrange driver to accomplish the best possible sound without being interfered from the woofer. The internal boxes have non-parallel walls. The cabinet is made in sturdy MDF board, which has good sonic qualities. The cabinet is further strengthened with bars, which in total yields a very stable construction and to break up standing waves. Both boxes are filled with a combination of mineral wool and synthetic damping material, to effectively reduce internal resonances in the box. Tweeter driver We have chosen a ribbon tweeter which provides superior transient response and a very flat frequency response. The ribbon cone is super light and only 18 microns thin. It is a sandwich construction of rosin-aluminium-rosin that has been hardened at 320 degrees Celsius. The magnet system is a 2 row high-efficient neodymium magnets in a moulded chassis of ceramic carbon steel. Fishbone shaped contactors in aluminium, yields a low connection resistance and good heat derivation. The driver has high power durability and handles frequencies up to 40000 Hz which makes it DVDAudio and SACD-ready. Woofer/midrange driver After evaluating a large number of drivers from different manufacturers we selected one from Seas, a company that has a solid reputation in the area of high quality speaker drivers. You find Seas drivers in many well-known High End speakers. For woofer/midrange we decided on a 6,5" magnesium driver from the Seas Excel series that have extreme performance. We claim that finding a better 6,5" driver on the market is a very difficult task. The surface treated magnesium cone is extremely light but still extremely stiff and effectively reduces resonances. The rubber surround makes sure that no edge resonances are present. The moulded metal basket of "high flow" type that is acoustically transparent and high precision since Page: 4 the basket is shaped exactly due to moulding. This makes sure that the basket is very stable and efficiently reduces resonances. The basket is absolutely none magnetically, which contributes to a higher efficiency of the driver. A strong magnet combined with the light cone yields a high efficiency and a good transient response. Heavy copper rings mounted above and below the T-shaped pole piece reduces nonlinear and modulation distortion and increases the overload margin. The copper plating of the top and bottom plates along with a solid copper phase plug improves the heat conduction and thus contributes to the high power durability. Gold plated terminals reduce contact resistance and serves as anti-corrosion. Large windows in the basket both above and below the spider reduces sound reflection, air flow noise and cavity resonances. Woofer driver Also for the bass register we selected a SEAS driver of aluminium and have an unbeatable relation between price/performance. The moulded metal basket of "high flow" type that is acoustically transparent and high precision since the basket is shaped exactly due to moulding. This makes sure that the basket is very stable and efficiently reduces resonances. The basket is absolutely none magnetically, which contributes to a higher efficiency of the driver. A strong magnet combined with the light cone yields a high efficiency and a good transient response. Gold plated terminal reduces contact resistance and serves as anti-corrosion. Large windows in the basket both above and below the spider reduces sound reflection, air flow noise and cavity resonances. Crossover / Binding post For the 99.38 MKII, we have developed an advanced high performance crossover filter that ensures top level sound. The filter is now placed inside the speaker cabinet to make it more users friendly. The components being used in the crossover are exclusively high quality parts to maintain the highest possible performance. For the midrange and tweeter we have chosen a -18 dB crossover that has a fast transient response and a minimum of phase shifting. The connectors are gold-plated and of bi-wiring type so that you can connect to the amplifier with three cables (tri-wiring), or connect to three amplifiers (tri-amping) for further improving of the sound. Page: 5 Preparations Unpacking Carefully unpack the speaker, and pay attention so you don't break anything. If possible, save the carton box for future transportations. If there should be damage on the loudspeaker, please contact your retailer. Accessories User manual For each loudspeaker: Bass reflex plug (2 pcs) Loops for level adjustment (5 pcs) Page: 6 Practice of sound / Installation and placement tips This chapter contains common information on This is general rules, so there are exceptions of some rules. loudspeaker placement and installation. In which room do you No matter how good the equipment is, in the wrong achieve the best sound? listening environment it will inevitably sound bad. There are some basic rules concerning a proper loudspeaker installation: Furnishings / Sound quality Carpets, curtains and soft furniture absorb midrange and high frequency sound, and this is preferable. Big empty area, on the contrary, reflects it and produces hard reflections that may lead to blurry dialogue. Apart from colouring the sound, also the perspective of the sound will deteriorate. More furnishings attenuate unwanted resonances and act as diffusers, which can improve the sound dramatically. Amplification of bass A loudspeaker that is placed near a wall, ceiling or frequencies floor will amplify lower frequencies in a sometimes not desirable way (since it may lead to an indistinct sound recreation). This amplification becomes even more obvious if the loudspeaker is placed near a corner. Thus, for a sound as clear as possible, the loudspeaker should be placed at least 30 cm (about 12 inch) away from the wall. Some constructions are made to be placed close to a wall. Room dimension Quadratic rooms or rooms where the length is exactly twice as long as the width should be avoided. Since they may create unwanted resonance. Placement of the loudspeakers How you place the speakers in relation to the audience is important to get a good soundstage. Front speakers To get the best result, the front speakers should be placed symmetrical in front of the listener. The distance between the front speakers should be around 80% of the distance to the listener. In other words, the recommended angle between the front speakers should be 45°. Angle the loudspeakers Either you can angle the speakers toward the listener, or let them stand in a straight-forward position. Some speakers sound better when they are angled inward, but it can also be caused by reflections from side walls. If they are angled reduces glare and reflections from the walls and thereby enhances the stereo image. Page: 7 Correct height If the loudspeakers are small they should be placed on a stand or tilted so the sound will level with the ears. Cables Try to keep the cables as short as possible. By its electrical parameters, a long conductor will have a bigger influence on the sound than a short one. It may also work as an antenna and thus receive various signals that may become a constant noise in an active subwoofer. Make sure that all connections are clean and not oxidized. All connections should be mechanically stable, both power, signal and loudspeaker cables. Signal cables should be separated from other cables. Finally Please remember that good sound is a matter of taste, so you have to experiment to obtain your favourite one. We wish you best of luck! Page: 8 Mounting and Connecting tips Mounting alternatives Connect using correct phase Normally the XTZ 99.38 MKII is placed standing by a wall. The wall behind and besides the loudspeaker have influence both on the bass level and the bass characteristics, so please be patient and try different distances to the rear and side walls. the Always connect using the correct phase, from the If you by accident connect the other way, +-pole on the amplifier to the +-pole on the there is no risk of damage. However, the sound will not be correct, especially in the loudspeaker and corresponding for minus (-). lower frequencies. Overload At high load during extensive time periods, there is All loudspeakers have a limited patience always the risk of overloading the driver and for high power, so be careful not to play extremely loud and not to increase treble amplifier. or bass settings too much. By increasing the bass or treble from 0 to max you will increase the power by about 16 times. The initial playing time It takes about 50 to 100 hour of initial playing time, for the driver to sound optimal. During this time, the speaker may be used normally. Overload When the active input is used, there is no passive OBS! Damage on the speaker caused by filtering of the woofer. incorrectly connected filter is NOT If bi- or tri-amping is used, the metal connection covered by the warranty. Be therefore careful when you plug in must be removed between the terminals. speakers. Page: 9 Sound settings Room Tuning By using the supplied bass plugs in the bass reflex Mechanical adjustment gates, you can alter the lower boundary frequency of the boundary on the XTZ 99.38 MKII. frequency The level can be adjusted in 6 different levels in the bass range. This setting also depends on the size and shape of the room, and also on your own taste, so please has patience when trying out your preferred setting. Also the treble level may be adjusted, which allows you to perfectly alter the sonic to fit the room, equipment and your own taste. The speaker is parted in two bass reflex chambers, one for the midrange / woofer driver and one for the woofer. The uppermost gate is for the midrange/woofer while the two lowermost gates are for the woofer. The figure below illustrates three basic settings. Deep bass With one bass plugs in lower of the two lower gates you have the deepest possible bass, which may be suitable for smaller rooms. This is under the condition that the bass level is set at mode 2 (+3dB). "Quick" bass Without bass reflex plugs in the gates, you have a "quick" bass which is especially suitable for large rooms where the lower frequencies often are amplified by the room. Neutral bass With two plugs in two gates you have a flat frequency response. This is under the condition that the bass level is set at mode 1 (0dB). This schematic picture (which does not shown actual measured curves) elucidates the different sonic characteristics of the bass frequencies. Page: 10 Basic setting for neutral bass reproduction. Since the acoustics is determined by a wide range Bass level set at mode 1 (0dB) of external factors there exists no single neutral Treble level set at mode 1 (0dB) setting that will work properly for all cases. External factors that have influence on the sound include the room, the placing, output levels etc. One basic neutral setting for an average room of 20m2 is: Two bass plugs in two of the two lowermost gates and one plug in the gate for midrange. Level adjustment in the Level adjustment in the treble range: treble, middle and bass range. Mode 1/ 0dB In this mode the sound is neutral with a flat frequency response. In the treble range the level is adjustable in four different modes using the supplied loop connector. Level of the treble range. Mode 2/ +3dB In this mode the treble level is increase by 3dB. Mode 3/ -2dB In this mode the treble level is decreased by 2dB. Mode 4/ -4dB In this mode the treble level is decreased by 4dB. Level adjustment in the bass range: In the bass range the level is adjustable in two different modes using the supplied loop connector. Mode 1/ 0dB In this mode the sound is neutral with a flat Level of the bass range. frequency response. Mode 2/ +3dB In this mode the bass level is increase by 3dB Usage of the active connection for the woofer. If you want to use the active filter, you have to disconnect both jumpers. See the picture to the right for guidance. This is for connection of active operation of the woofer. On advantage of active crossovers is that you can compensate for room influences. XTZ Sub Amp 1 is for example perfect for this operation. With usage of the active connection, it has to be an active filter connected before the input is used due to the passive filter no longer is used at this input. Page: 11 Technical specification Construction type 3-way with separates boxes for woofer and Woofer/midrange. Bass reflex cabinet that may be set as a closed box, and a total of two distinct bass modes (Room Tuning). The treble and bass levels are adjustable in different stages. Dimensions 220 x 1070 x 400 mm (Width x Height x Deep) Weight 29 kg /pcs Magnetically shielded No Impedance 4-8 ohm Binding post Gold plated bi-wiring / Banana plug / Pole screw Efficiency 90 dB Power 650 W Short term IEC 268-5 (with front cover) 250 W Long term IEC 268-5 Tweeter driver Ribbon tweeter, SACD/DVD-Audio-ready, Sandwich ribbon cone in aluminium, neodymium magnets, chassis made in ceramic carbon steel. Woofer/midrange driver 6,5" SEAS Excel, Magnesium driver, moulded "high flow" driver basket, powerful magnet. Weight 1900 gram. Woofer 10” Aluminium cone, aluminium frame, High flow basket. Total weight 4kg. Active input Direct input to the 10” woofer. Separate amplifier In this connection there is no filter connected. has to be used. Connections and settings Gold plated bi-wiring. Bass reflex, can be set to closed box (Room Tuning). The bass can be set to eight distinct modes using the supplied bass plugs. The treble level is adjustable in 4 different modes. The bass level is adjustable in 2 different modes. Page: 12 Service & support "Do-It-Yourself"service. We apply "do-it-yourself" service on all XTZ To aid service, XTZ products are constructed and produced using common products. Exception for electronic devices. technology, so that basically most people If you by yourself are able to find out what part of are able to "unscrew" the loudspeaker using common tools. the loudspeaker is defective, you are fully allowed to unmount that part (which would normally be a driver, a filter or the amplifier) and send it back to us for exchange. However, if you are not certain about how to do it, please contact us before taking the loudspeaker apart. We can also help you finding the fault. You can of course always choose to return the whole loudspeaker; therefore you should save the original package. If something is broken. If you cause additional defects by yourself when unmounting the defective part, the warranty still applies if it is obvious that the part had a manufacturing defect. In other cases however, the warranty does not apply if you cause other defects on the loudspeaker. ALWAYS pack the product / part very Where to send the For service we refer to your retailer. carefully. product for a warranty repair? For questions regarding service, contact us by Unfortunately damages during email: firstname.lastname@example.org transportation are very common. If the package is weak, the transporting company does not compensate damages. Web page: www.xtz.se Support Please contact our free of charge support if you need installation advice, or if any problem occurs during the installation. Contact us by e-mail email@example.com and include your phone number if you wish verbal help, and we will call you back. Page: 13 Always enclose a copy of the receipt and a description of the defect.