UltraTM Series In-Wall Speaker Installation Manual

UltraTM Series In-Wall Speaker Installation Manual
9) Troubleshooting
Should your speakers not work properly, check the following:
No sound from speakers:
• Most stereo receivers have an A/B speaker selector switch. Make certain that this switch
is in the proper position.
• Mute feature is activated.
One speaker is playing while the other is not:
• Check the balance control on the receiver. Make sure it is centered.
• Loose connection at either the receiver or the speaker. Double check connections.
• Bad speaker cable. Replace suspect speaker wire.
Receiver cuts on and off:
• This could be caused by a short circuit between the positive and negative leads. Check
the connections at the back of the receiver, and then at the speaker. Make sure that no
strands of wire from one connector are touching the other connector.
10) Caring For Your In-Wall Speakers
The two most common ways that in-wall speakers are permanently damaged:
1) Not enough power at higher volumes.
2) Too much power at higher volumes.
Contrary to conventional wisdom, far more speakers are damaged as a result of underpowering, than by overpowering. When a receiver runs out of power, it still tries to reproduce the musical
signal by “clipping” the waveform. At loud volumes, this clipping introduces gross amounts of distortion to the speaker, eventually destroying it. If the sound from your in-wall speakers starts to sound
distorted, turn down the volume.
Having plenty of reserve power will help your speakers reproduce dynamic contrasts and quick
transients of music much more effectively. But you do have to exercise good judgement; too much
power will also permanently damage a speaker. Again, if you hear distortion, turn the volume down.
UltraTM Series
In-Wall Speaker
Installation Manual
Five Year
Limited Warranty
Dayton products are warranted for the period of
five years. This warranty is limited to manufacturer
defects, either in materials or workmanship.
Dayton Audio is not responsible for
any consequential or inconsequential
damage to any other unit or component
or the cost for installation or extraction
of any component of the audio system.
© 2007 Dayton Audio
Dayton Audio
PO Box 52
Springboro, Ohio 45066
1" hole and rotate the wire in a complete circle to check for obstructions. If the
wire hits a stud on either side, reposition your template to the left or right and re-do
the light pencil outline. Keep the pilot hole within the template outline.
If the walls are made of drywall, simply cut the marked area with your utility
knife. If your home has plaster walls, then you will need to drill pilot holes at the
four corners of the template outline, and cut the speaker opening using a keyhole
Check the speaker opening by placing one of the speakers into the hole. The
speaker should fit loosely into the hole.
Repeat these steps for the other speaker.
Congratulations on the purchase of your Dayton Audio UltraTM Series In-Wall Speaker System.
These speakers were manufactured with high quality components and engineered to deliver superior
sound performance.
Like many of the products sold by Dayton Audio Co., these in-wall speakers were designed for ease
of installation, with the “do-it-yourselfer” in mind.
Please read through the instructions completely before you begin your installation.
1) Parts Inventory
Your In-Wall kit should include the following:
• 1 pair of Dayton Audio In-Wall Speakers with Grills
• 2 metal retrofit brackets
• 1 package of hardware
• 1 pair of cardboard mounting/paint masking templates
2) Installation Tools
The Dayton Audio In-Walls can be installed with the following simple
tools which you supply:
• Pencil
• Masking tape
• Drill & drill bits
• Utility knife
• Keyhole saw*
• #2 Phillips screwdriver
• Wire cutters & wire strippers
• Small level**
• Stud finder**
* Recommended for use if installing in plaster walls.
** Optional tools to make the installation easier.
3) Speaker Location
To achieve the best performance from your Dayton Audio
speakers, it is important to carefully select the location for
Your in-wall speakers should be installed 5 to 8 feet apart
to ensure proper stereo imaging. If possible, mount each
speaker the same distance from the corners on a common
wall. Keep the speakers at least 2 feet away from the corners
of the room to avoid overemphasized bass reproduction.
The speakers should be located so that the tweeter height
is at the same level, or slightly above the listener’s ear. You must now decide whether the primary
listening will be done standing or in a seated position. Remember, for the best stereo imaging, the
listening position should be directly in-between the speakers with the tweeters at ear level.
4) Speaker Installation
Once you have selected the location for your speakers, you are now ready
to install them.
CAUTION: Be certain that there are no electrical wires, water pipes,
or heating ducts in the planned installation area before you start drilling
or cutting into the wall. If there is an electrical outlet nearby, turn off the
circuit breaker to avoid possible injury.
The in-wall speakers are designed to be mounted to the wall area between
the studs. Once you have selected your location, the next step is to be sure
you are between the studs. By tapping on the wall, you will hear a hollow sound when between two
studs and a sharper, more solid sound when right on top of, or close to a stud.
An easier, more accurate method for finding the location of wall studs is to use a stud finder.
Once you have established that your chosen location is between two studs and that there are no
obstructions in the wall, tape your speaker template to the wall and lightly trace around the inside
opening with a pencil. To ensure that your speaker template is straight, you may want to use a level
before you mark the wall.
Drill a 1" hole in the center of the template outline. Next, using a piece of stiff wire (a coat hanger
works well), bend it 8" from the end at a 90° angle. Insert the bent part of the coat hanger into the
5) Speaker Wire
Don’t compromise sound quality by using thin, inexpensive speaker wire. We
recommend using a high quality oxygen free copper wire. For runs of 10 to 50
feet, choose a 16 gauge wire. A 14 gauge wire should be used for runs greater
than 50 feet.
6) Speaker Hook Up
Before hooking up the speaker wires, now would be a good time to attach the
mounting brackets to your in-wall speakers. Using six of the black Phillips head
screws, attach the mounting bracket to the back of the speaker loosely. These
screws will not be tightened down until the speaker is inserted into the wall.
When hooking up the wires to the speakers, be sure to observe proper polarity. Make certain you
connect the positive lead from the receiver to the red terminal on the speaker and the negative lead
from the receiver to the black terminal on the speaker. This is very important because improper polarity will cause unwanted frequency response aberrations. Split the two conductors of the speaker
wire apart about 2-4 inches so that they form a “Y”. Using wire strippers, remove about 1/2" of insulation from each wire. Twist the strands of wire tightly before inserting them into the spring loaded
When hooking up the speaker wires to the stereo receiver, be sure the positive lead again goes
to the red output terminal and the negative lead goes to the black output terminal.
7) Final Installation
To install the speakers into the wall, first put the bottom of the mounting bracket into the cutout
so that the bracket is behind the wall. Push the top of the mounting bracket in the hole so that the
upper part of the bracket is inside the wall. Next, position the mounting bracket so that it sits in the
center of the cutout. Before tightening the screws, use a level to align the mounting bracket. Tighten the screws evenly in a clockwise pattern until the mounting bracket is secure. Install the speaker
and baffle into the mounting bracket. Replace the grills and your installation is complete.
Painting Speakers
If speaker frame is to painted, either before or after installation, use the "Paint Masking Template"
to cover the woofer/tweeter assembly to prevent damage to them. Do not try to paint the frame
and grill assembly together. The grill should always be painted separately. Do not put such a
heavy coat of paint on the grill that the perforations are blocked.
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