Boston Acoustics Bravo 20

Boston Acoustics Bravo 20
Owner’s Manual
Bravo 20
High performance Multi-purpose Speaker
Connecting the Boston Bravo to Your Amplifier or Receiver
Frequency Range (±3dB): 80Hz to 20kHz
Recommended Amplifier Power:
15–125 watts
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
1. Connect the speaker terminals to the amplifier speaker outputs.
2. Make sure the speaker cable is correctly routed through the mounting bracket.
(see Mounting Options)
3. When making all connections, be sure to connect + to + (red) and – to – (black).
4. If using the Bravo 20 with a subwoofer, set the receiver’s bass management to SMALL in the speaker setup menu. This will
divert very low frequencies away from the center channel to the main speakers and/or subwoofer.
Sensitivity 85dB [SPL/2.8v at 1m]: 89dB
41⁄2” (115mm) copolymer
1” (25mm) VR® aluminum dome with AMD
Crossover Frequency
speaker terminal
Dimensions: (H x W x D)
with corner fillers
141⁄4 x 61⁄2 x 51⁄4” (362 x 166 x 134mm)
without corner fillers
141⁄4 x 61⁄2 x 41⁄4” (362 x 166 x 108mm)
5 lbs (2.25kg)
White or black, textured ABS
with matching metal grille
amplifier or receiver
Thank you for choosing Boston Acoustics. The Boston Bravo® 20 is a multi-purpose, high performance compact loudspeaker.
The Bravo 20, which uses Boston’s patented one-inch aluminum dome VR® tweeter with AMD and a 41⁄2-inch woofer, can be
combined with its supplied mounting bracket or rear stand to be mounted or placed virtually anywhere in any room.
How to Connect Your Speakers
Correctly wiring your speakers is important for achieving the best sound quality. Wiring should take just a few minutes, but it’s
important to do it carefully, since incorrect wiring (such as reversed connections) can result in a poor soundstage and poor bass.
We recommend 18-gauge wire or thicker for runs up to 15 feet (4.5m), and 16-gauge wire or thicker for longer runs. Separate
the first few inches of the wire conductors. Strip off 1⁄2-inch (12mm) of insulation from the ends of each speaker wire to expose
the two conductors and tightly twist the wire strands.
WARNING: To prevent electrical shock hazard, always switch off the amplifier or receiver when making connections to the speaker.
Using the Bravo 20 on a Flat Surface
The Bravo 20 can be used on a flat surface, such as a table, shelf or the floor. For horizontal placement that angles up at 45º,
both corner fillers must be used and the bracket must be removed. For untilted horizontal placement, the rear stand must be
used with the mounting bracket attached (see “Mount the Speaker to the Bracket” and the “Rear Stand Installation Instructions”
found on page 6. For vertical applications mount the four supplied rubber feet to the bottom of the speaker. Attach two of
the supplied self-adhesive rubber feet so that its edge contacts the back edge of the cabinet. Apply two more self-adhesive
rubber feet to the recesses at the front of the cabinet.
corner fillers facing in
filler cap removed
rubber feet
IMPORTANT: Typically, one side of the wire is smooth.
Connect this side to the – (black) connection. The other side
has a rib or stripe. Connect this to the + (red) connection.
Using the spring terminal posts: The spring terminal
posts permit easy connection to banana plugs, spade lugs,
and bare wire. Push the the top of the terminal down by
approximately 1⁄4-inch, exposing the hole. Insert the wire in
the hole and release the terminal.
Vertical Placement
Horizontal Placement–Angled Up
Mounting the Bravo 20
Corner Fillers
Identify the Bracket
In its packing material, the Bravo 20’s
mounting bracket is fitted into the back
of the speaker. Remove the tape that is
temporarily holding the bracket to the
speaker, and then pull the bracket away
from the back of the speaker. Determine
how the Bravo 20 is to be mounted to the
wall or ceiling. It can be mounted either
horizontally or vertically, either on an open
section of wall, or where two or three room
surfaces meet. Refer to the illustration here to
determine what screw holes on the Bravo 20
bracket should be used for your application.
mounting holes (4)
2 per side
If the Bravo 20 is being mounted in a corner, then one or both of the supplied
corner fillers may be inserted into the slots on the back of the speaker. These
accessories will enhance the appearance of the installation by making it appear
that the back of Bravo 20 extends into the corner.
flat mounting holes (4)
2 per side
NOTE: Up to 16-gauge speaker wire will fit between the fillers and the corner.
single gang
electric outlet
mounting holes (2)
1 per side
single gang electrical
box mounting holes
speaker cable run
holes (2)
on top and bottom
NOTE: The large rectangular hole in the
middle of the bracket will fit a single gang
electrical outlet to route the speaker wire
through a conduit.
corner filler (2)
Ceiling Clearance
If the Bravo 20 is to be mounted so that the
top or the side of the speaker will meet a flush
surface, either a wall (horizontally) or the ceiling
(vertically), then measure the exact distance
as shown here from that surface to the top or side
of the bracket.
or wall
5⁄8 inches (16mm)
33⁄8 inches (86mm)
Mount the Bracket to the Wall
Decide where to mount bracket.
IMPORTANT: See “Ceiling Clearance” on page 6.
Determine what mounting holes in the bracket will be used.
Mount the Speaker to the Bracket
Mark the holes on the wall or ceiling using bracket as a template.
Drill the holes using the appropriate drill bit size to accommodate the mounting hardware that you plan to use (ie, 1⁄2-inch
diameter to clear the toggle bolts for hollow surfaces or small enough to allow self-tapping screws in a solid surface).
Remove the speaker’s grille by grasping the back of the
cabinet in one hand, while gently pulling the grille away
with the other hand.
Mount the bracket flat or into a corner as shown below. We recommend the use of four fasteners wherever possible. Consult
a knowledgeable installer regarding the proper hardware to use on your wall.
Align the openings in the back of the speaker with the two
posts protruding from the bracket as shown below.
Strip the speaker wires ends, and feed the speaker wire through the appropriate bracket opening.
Gently remove any slack in the speaker wire as you push
the speaker firmly onto the bracket.
Connect the wire to the speaker’s terminals, taking care to maintain speaker polarity. (See “How to Connect Your Speakers” on
page 2). Both the Bravo 20 and its bracket are symmetrical, so the speaker can be mounted with either its woofer or tweeter
on top. In general, bass performance will be enhanced with the woofer as close to as many room surfaces as possible.
Attach the speaker to the bracket by inserting the
supplied screws through the holes in the front of the
speaker and into the bracket as shown below (do not
over-tighten the screws).
Replace the grille on the speaker.
NOTE: The Bravo 20 is not securely attached to its bracket
unless the screws are used.
feed wire
through top
or bottom
use up to
16 AWG
speaker wire
Flat Mount Example
Corner Mount Example
Rotating the Logo for Horizontal Mounting or Placement
Rear Stand Installation Instructions
The logo plate on the Bravo 20’s grille can be rotated 90° in either
direction to enhance the speaker’s appearance when mounting
or placing it in a horizontal position. To rotate the logo:
The Boston Bravo 20 can be used horizontally on an untilted flat
surface, such as a table, shelf or the top of a rear projection TV using
the included rear bracket stand.
web in slot
First mount the speaker to the bracket (see above).
Next, place the speaker in the location that you intend to use it
in (ie, correct grille/logo and tweeter/woofer orientation). Hold
the stand in an upright position as indicated (note that the stand
angles away from the bracket). Line up the stand with the lower slot
in the bracket so that the 2 middle “fingers” are on either side of the
web that bisects the slot. Slightly angle the stand away from the
bracket and push the stand fingers up into the slot so that the 4 inner “fingers” are placed inside the slot and the 2 outer “thumbs” are
placed outside the slot. Gently push the stand up into the bracket
slot until the “fingers” and “thumbs” snap into place.
Attach the rubber feet to the stand and cabinet
(detailed on page 4).
4 inner "fingers"
2 outer "thumbs"
Push stand
into bracket
slot until
“fingers” and
“thumbs” click
into place
Remove the grille and turn it over.
Locate the logo’s spring loaded post protruding through the
bottom inside portion of the grille.
Place your thumb against the post and press firmly until the logo
pops forward.
Rotate the logo to the desired position and release pressure on
the post allowing it to snap back into the seated position.
Listening Levels and Power Handling
Stick a rubber foot to both
pads on the stand and to both
lower corners of the cabinet
(do not apply to grille)
The listed power recommendations in the Specifications section assume you will operate your system in a way that will not
produce distortion. Even these rugged speakers can be damaged by a modest amplifier if it produces distortion. If you hear a
harsh, gritty noise, turn down the volume. Prolonged or repeated operation of your speaker with a distorted signal from the
amplifier can cause damage that is not covered by the warranty.
Limited Warranty
Mounting Possibilities of the Bravo 20
We designed the Bravo 20 to be mounted or placed in a wide variety of configurations. Shown below are seven of the most
common possibilities for you to consider.
Boston Acoustics warrants to the original purchaser of our passive loudspeakers that they will be free of defects in materials
and workmanship for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase. Your responsibilities are to install and use them according
to the instructions supplied, to provide safe and secure transportation to an authorized Boston Acoustics service representative,
and to present proof of purchase in the form of your sales slip when requesting service. Excluded from this warranty is damage that results from abuse, misuse, improper installation, accidents, shipping, or repairs/modifications by anyone other than
an authorized Boston Acoustics service representative. This warranty is limited to the Boston Acoustics product and does not
cover damage to any associated equipment. This warranty does not cover the cost of removal or reinstallation. This warranty
is void if the serial number has been removed or defaced. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have
other rights, which vary from state to state.
If Service Seems Necessary
United States
First, contact the dealer from whom
you purchased the product. If that is
not possible, send an email to: [email protected]
or write to:
Boston Acoustics, Inc.
100 Corporate Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07490 USA
First, contact the dealer from whom
you purchased the product. If that is
not possible, send an email to: [email protected]
or write to:
D&M Canada
5-505 Apple Creek Blvd
Markham, ON L3R 5B1
All Other Countries
Contact the dealer from whom you purchased the product or contact your local distributor.
For more information, please visit
300 Jubilee Drive, Peabody, MA 01960 USA
© 2011 Boston Acoustics, Inc. Boston, Boston Acoustics, B/A ellipse symbol, VR, BassTrac, and MagnaGuard
are registered of Boston Acoustics, Inc. Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic are registered trademarks
of Dolby Laboratories. Specifications are subject to change without notice. 142-004081-0
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