Ultra Series
Soundbar/ On-wall LCR Speakers
OWNER’S MANUAL
Introduction
Congratulations on your purchase of an RBH Ultra Series speaker! Your speaker is the result
of many years of research and development dedicated to producing high quality products
for home audio systems.
This manual contains features, setup recommendations and specifications for the RBH
Ultra Series speakers. We recommend you thoroughly read through the material contained
in this manual before connecting your soundbar speaker. This will ensure you have a good
understanding of how to setup your speakers for optimum performance and allow for years
of listening enjoyment.
Ultra Series Soundbar On-wall / LCR Speakers
Innovative and proprietary inverted aluminum cone 4-inch woofers and aluminum dome
tweeters with textured phase plugs come together to deliver the finest audio performance
in the thinnest profile on the RBH Ultra Series Ultra-3 on-wall soundbar/LCR and the Ultra-1
on-wall surround speakers.
Ultra-3 On-wall Soundbar/LCR Speaker: It’s fast to mount. And…it can be
custom-sized to match TV widths of 47- to 76-inches which fit most popular sizes.
Ultra-1 On-wall/Surround Speakers
Break-in Period
Allow 10-15 hours of listening time to adequately break-in your RBH Ultra Series speaker.
As the speaker breaks-in, the driver suspension will loosen. The result of break-in will be an
increase in low frequency response, improved definition, and increased clarity and detail.
Care and Cleaning
The unique grille for the Ultra Series has been designed to be as lightweight and acoustically
transparent as possible and is held in place by magnets embedded in the frame of the cabinet.
If the grille requires cleaning, carefully lift the grille from the speaker and lightly vacuum
any dust if necessary using a soft brush attachment. The cabinet has a durable finish that
should only require dry dusting or cleaning with a dry cloth. Avoid the use of abrasive or
solvent-based cleaners and harsh detergents.
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Features
Fast to mount. The Ultra-3 can be custom-sized to widths of 47- to 76-inches to fit most popular
sized on-wall TVs. Both the Ultra-1 and Ultra-3 have a contemporary design, magnetic-mounted
black fabric grille, and are only 1-5/8 inches deep. The enclosure features internal bracing
and sealed separate internal chambers for each channel to produce the finest quality and
performance. Innovative and proprietary inverted aluminum cone 4-inch woofers and 1-inch
aluminum dome tweeters with textured phase plugs make big sound from the thin cabinet
possible. Our ez-wire terminals and fast mounting, including direct screw-through mount
holes (hidden until needed), make the Ultra Series speakers easy and quick to install. The
Ultra Series speakers provide effortless, quick, and brilliant sound.
Attaching Speaker Wires
The Ultra Series speakers use spring-loaded speaker wire
terminals to firmly hold either a pin connector or bare speaker
wire. To obtain the best connection, it is important to slightly
tug on the wires after they have been secured in the terminals.
Since the Ultra-3 soundbar speaker contains the LEFT, RIGHT
and CENTER channels, connect each one of these channels
from your amplifier. Using 16-gauge or larger speaker wire,
connect the RED “positive” (+) terminal of the LEFT speaker
connector to the RED “positive” (+) terminal of your amplifier’s
LEFT channel. Connect the BLACK “negative” (-) terminal
of the left speaker connector to the BLACK “negative” (-)
terminal of your amplifier’s left channel. Repeat for the right
and center channels.
WARNING: Make sure that no bare wires from any of the
connections touch each other or any other terminals as this
could cause a short and damage your equipment.
1. Remove the last 4 inches of the speaker wire jacket at
the end of each cable to allow easier pull-through and
connection flexibility of the + and – individual wires.
2. Use a wire stripper to remove about 3/8-inch of insulation
from the end of each + and – wires.
3. Twist the ends of each conductor to secure loose strands.
4. Connect the positive (+) wire to the red terminal on the
front of the speaker by pressing down on the red positive
(+) terminal’s tab, inserting the end of the positive
conductor, and releasing the tab.
5. Repeat this procedure to connect the negative (-)
conductor to the black negative (-) terminal.
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On-wall Installation
To mount your Ultra Series speakers on a wall, determine a suitable location and complete all
wiring to the speaker location before mounting the speaker to the wall. Be sure to check for
wiring and drywall screw locations behind planned pilot hole locations. Do not ceiling-mount.
There are two mounting methods:
1. To mount using the embedded keyhole mounting brackets:
a. Use the included template and choose a mount position for the speaker (horizontal
or vertical). Tape the template to wall, making sure it is level (when horizontally
mounting) or plumb (when vertically mounting) and positioned correctly, centered
with the TV. Mark on the wall the pilot hole locations through the template and
then remove the template. Leave a minimum of one inch (25 mm) space between the
speaker cabinet edge and the TV edge. Keep in mind that, when mounted, the speaker
will “lock” into position 5/16-inch lower than where the pilot holes are drilled.
b. Pre-drill 1/8-inch pilot holes in the marked locations from step a above. If drilling
into a wall stud (ideal), it is recommended to use #10 mounting screws (included).
If there is no stud where a pilot hole is located, drill a 1/4-inch pilot hole through
the drywall, then install a wall anchor (included) into the pilot hole. Insert a #10
mounting screw into either the pilot hole or the wall anchor, leaving the inside edge
of the screw at least 1/8-inch from the wall or anchor.
c. Feed speaker wires through the terminal port from the back of the speaker. Gently
center the rear “+” keyhole bracket over the screw heads then push towards the wall
slightly and then down to lock the speaker into position.
d. Attach each wire to the appropriate spring-terminal binding post.
e. Test for speaker function and attach the magnetically-held grille.
#10 screw (x2) and anchor (x4)
for keyhole mounting. Anchor can
also be used for through-cabinet
mounting with #8 coarse thread
bugle head black drywall screw
#8 x 2½-inch bugle head black
coarse drywall screw (x4) for
through cabinet direct to
wall mounting.
See next page for placement of keyholes and pilot holes on the Ultra-3 speaker.
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Terminal Port
.66” (16.7mm)
Back diagram for the Ultra-3 soundbar showing the keyhole brackets, pilot holes and terminal port.
Pilot Hole Location
Keyhole Bracket
1.59”(40.5mm)
5.37”
(136.5mm)
Pilot Hole Location
.66”(16.7mm)
Pilot Hole Location
5.37”
(136.5mm)
Pilot Hole Location
.71”(18mm)
1.49”(36.8mm)
.71” (.18mm)
Distance Between Keyhole Brackets
Center to Center 36.73” (933mm)
Distance Between Pilot Holes
Center to Center 43.33” (1100.6mm)
76.0" ±0.125" (1930.4mm ± 3.17mm)
On-wall Installation (continued)
On-wall Installation (continued)
1.40”
(35.5mm)
0.65”(16.5mm)
7.59”(192.5mm)
8.98”(228mm)
5.37”(136.5mm)
1.12”(28.5mm)
.49”(12.5mm)
2.28”
(58mm)
16.69”(170mm)
0.00591”
(.15mm)
.081”(20.5mm)
15.16”(385mm)
4.33”(110mm)
3.37”(86mm)
Back diagram for the Ultra-1 on-wall speaker showing the keyhole brackets, pilot holes and terminal port.
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On-wall Installation (continued)
Pilot Hole Location
Pilot Hole Location
Keyhole Bracket
Pilot Hole Location
Pilot Hole Location
Terminal Port
Back diagram for the Ultra-1 on-wall speaker showing the keyhole brackets, pilot holes and terminal port.
2. To use the “screw-through ez-mount” method, (allows for tighter fit to edge of TV):
a. Using a finger or the eraser-end of a pencil, locate the covered screw-through locations
and depress slightly so they can be located, (see drawing below).
b. Insert 2½-inch black drywall or cabinet screws (included) into the center of depressed
locations.
c. Align the speaker as desired. Use a level to be sure the speaker is level or plumb,
or align the speaker with the edge of the TV. Then slightly start each screw to mark
the locations on the wall, then reverse the screws to allow removal of the speaker
but leave the screws in the cabinet’s pilot holes.
d. Drill a ¼-inch diameter hole through the screw-marked locations on the wall, then
insert the drywall anchors (included). If the screw-marked location happens to be
a wood stud, no pilot hole is needed since a wall anchor will not be used in that
location.
e. Feed the speaker wires through the terminal port from the back of the speaker and
pull through the front of the terminal port, then re-mount the speaker by securing
the screws into the drywall anchors or stud(s).
f. Attach each wire to the appropriate spring-terminal binding post.
g. Test the speaker function and attach the magnetically-held grille.
Screw-through Location
Screw-through Location
Screw-through Location
Screw-through Location
Terminal Port
#10 screw (x2) and anchor (x4)
for keyhole mounting. Anchor can
also be used for through-cabinet
mounting with #8 coarse thread
bugle head black drywall screw
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#8 x 2½-inch bugle head black
coarse drywall screw (x4) for
through cabinet direct to
wall mounting.
Room Setup Suggestions
In order to obtain the best possible sound from your speaker system, it is important to
determine where the Ultra Series speakers will sound best in your listening room. Room
reflections from the floor, ceiling and side walls influence the balance, imaging and overall
sonic quality at the listening position. Experiment with speaker placement to determine
which location offers the best overall sound. Of course, this will be dictated by the TV
placement for sound-bar use. As a general guide, use the room layout diagram and the
following descriptions when setting up a home theater system. Some speakers shown in
the diagram below may not be applicable to your particular system.
The Ultra-3 soundbar speaker is designed to be used as a LCR (Left–Center–Right) speaker
with flat-panel TVs such as plasma and LCD TV monitors. This will usually dictate placing
the Ultra-3 below or above the TV.
The Ultra-1 on-wall speaker is designed to be used as a surround speaker or as a left or
right main speakers positioned vertically on either side of the TV.
The Ultra Series speakers sound best when mounted to a wall. Another mounting option
for the Ultra-3 is mounting to the TV itself using our SB-39 universal brackets (available
separately) to accommodate articulating TV mounting brackets.
Surround Speakers
The surround speakers may be placed either above, behind or to the sides of the listening
position. The listening position should be centered between the surround speakers for best
performance.
Subwoofer
SOUNDBAR
Placement of the subwoofer
will largely determine quality, quantity, and extension
of the ba ss f requenc ies
w ithin your listening
room. Bass frequencies are
reinforced by close room
boundar ies. Pl ac ing the
subwoofer in a corner will
make the subwoofer sound
louder and boost the very
lowest frequencies. Placing
the subwoofer away from
walls will provide the least
reinforcement, making the
bass sound subjec t ively
thinner than if the woofer were close to a wall. Good results can usually be obtained
by placing a subwoofer along a wall 1-3 feet from a corner. Experiment with subwoofer
placement and the sub-amplifier controls to achieve the proper bass balance.
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Specifications
Model
Ultra-3
Ultra-1
Speaker Type:
On-wall/LCR Soundbar Speaker
On-wall/Surround Speaker
Frequency Response:
100Hz-20kHz ±3dB
100Hz-20kHz ±3dB
Sensitivity
84db (2.38V @ 1M)
84db (2.38V @ 1M)
Recommended Power: 20-120 Watts
20-120 Watts
Woofer:
(6) 4” (102mm) Proprietary Inverted
Aluminum Cone Woofers
(2) 4” (102mm) Proprietary Inverted
Aluminum Cone Woofers
Tweeter:
(3) 1” (25mm) Aluminum Diaphragm
Neodymium Magnet Tweeter with
Textured Phase Plug
(1) 1” (25mm) Aluminum Diaphragm
Neodymium Magnet Tweeter with
Textured Phase Plug
Crossover Frequency:
3,000 Hz
3,000 Hz
Crossover Slope:
12dB/Octave
12dB/Octave
Impedance:
8 Ohms x3
8 Ohms
Finish/Color:
MDF/Matte Texture Black with
High-gloss End Accent Caps
MDF/Matte Texture Black with
High-gloss End Accent Caps
Grille Color:
Black Fabric
Black Fabric
Dimensions:
76” to 47” (1930mm to 1194mm) W
6-11/16” (170mm) H
1-5/8” (41mm) D
6-11/16” (170mm) W
18” (457mm) H
1-5/8” (41mm) D
Weight:
9.5 lbs. (4.30 kg) 47” Wide
12.5 lbs. (5.74 kg) 63” Wide
16.8 lbs. (7.62 kg) 76” Wide
3.85 lbs. (1.75 kg)
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Troubleshooting
Situation:
Probable Cause:
Solution:
No sound from speakers.
Speaker wire not connected.
Make sure wire is connected
at both the speaker and the
amplifier observing proper
polarity.
Speaker selector on amplifier
is not on.
Activate proper selector on
amplifier.
Balance control on receiver
or pre-amp is not centered.
Place balance control in the
center.
Speaker wire not securely
connected.
Check all connections at
amplifier and speakers.
Speakers are wired out
of phase.
Check entire system for proper
polarity and make adjustments
as necessary.
No sound from
one speaker.
Very little bass
and/or imaging.
Warranty
Your RBH Sound Ultra Series speakers are covered by a limited warranty against defects
in materials and workmanship for a period of 5 years from the original date of purchase.*
This warranty is provided by the authorized RBH Sound dealer where the speaker was
purchased. Warranty repair will be performed only when your purchase receipt is presented
as proof of ownership and date of purchase. Defective parts will be repaired or replaced
without charge by your dealer’s store or the location designated by RBH Sound authorized
to service RBH Sound products. Charges for unauthorized service and transportation cost
are not reimbursable under this warranty. This warranty becomes void if the product has
been damaged by alteration, misuse or neglect. RBH Sound assumes no liability for property
damage or any other incidental or consequential damage whatsoever which may result from
the failure of this product. Any and all warranties of merchantability and fitness implied
by law are limited to the duration of this express warranty. Some states do not allow
limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitations may not apply
to you. Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential
damages, so the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you.
* The Ultra Series speakers are not intended for outdoor use. If used outdoors, it is at owner’s discretion
and this warranty is void.
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