Electro-Voice 15BX User manual

Electro-Voice 15BX User manual
Usable Frequency Response in a Typical
Vented 4.5-Cubic-Foot Enclosure
(1 watt/1 meter; see Figure 1):
30-4,000 Hz
Sound Pressure Level (1 watV1 meter):
102 dB
Long-Term Average Power Handling
Capacity (per EIA RS-426-A 1980; see
Power Handling section):
400 watts
Nominal Impedance:
8 ohms
Voice-Coil Diameter:
63.5 mm (2.5 in.)
Thiele-Small Driver Parameters
f (free-air resonance frequency):
40 Hz
Q.. (electromagnetic Q at f):
Q,s (mechanical Q at f ):
(Qos Arms)
Q (total Qatf: (Q.. + A) *
Y,, (volume of air having same acoustic
compliance as driver suspension):
229.4 liters (8.1 ft3)
n, (half-space reference efficiency):
V, (peak displacement volume of
diaphragm: S x X__):
0.349 liters (0.0122 ft*)
S, (effective diaphragm area):
0.086 m* (132.6 in.3)
X_.. (peak linear displacement of
4.06 mm (0.16 in.)
R, (dc resistance of voice coil):
6.0 ohms +10%
Mounting Information
(see Installation section),
Mounting Hole Diameter
(eight evenly spaced holes):
7.1 mm (0.28 in.)—etter "L" drill
Bolt Circle Diameter:
370 mm (14.56 in.)
Baffle Opening Diameter
(front or rear mounting):
353 mm (13.88 in.)
Optional Mounting Accessory:
SMH-1 mounting hardware kit
Dimensions (see Figure 2),
Overall Diameter:
384 mm (15.13 in.)
Overall Depth:
178 mm (7.0 in.)
Net Weight:
9.1 kg (20 Ib)
Shipping Weight:
11.4 kg (25 Ib)
The Electro-Voice 15BX is a 15-inch speaker
designed for professional, high-level, high-qual-
ity musical instrument systems. Used full range,
the 15BX's frequency response is specifically
tallored for a traditional bass guitar sound. The
15BX incorporates voice-coil and suspension
refinements, including beryllium copper flatwire
leads, that have improved performance. Power
capacity is 400 watts per EIA R5-426-A 1980.
The Power-Handling section describes these
ratings in detail,
The construction of the 15EX features an over-
hung low-mass edge-wound voice coil on a
rugged laminated polyimide coil form, driven by
our large, 16-Ib magnetic structure. Also fea-
tured are a heavy-duty curvilinear cone and a
fatigue-resistant cone suspension. Both the coil
and magnetic structure are vented, All of this is
15-Inch Long-Throw Bass
Guitar Loudspeaker
e (Contoured response for bass
* Improved low-frequency
performance—less distortion
at low frequencies
e Ideal upgrade speaker
e 400 watts long-term power
e Edge-wound flat aluminum
wire for maximum output and
“bullet-proof” reliability
e 102-dB sensitivity
packaged around a robust, eight-spoke, diecast
aluminum frame.
The 15BX may be front- or rear-mounted with-
out an adapter. The optional SMH-1 speaker
mounting kit facilitates front mounting (see In-
stallation section).
Replacement Use in Existing Enclosures
The 15BX will often be used to replace inferior
speakers in existing enclosures. Mechanical
and electrical characteristics are such that the
superior efficiency, sound quality and reliability
of the 15BX will be realized in virtually any
sealed, vented (bass reflex) or horn-loaded
Vented Enclosures
The most extended, lowest distortion and best-
controlled bass performance is usually realized
in properly designed vented enclosures. Insuch
designs, the vent, or port, actually reproduces
the lowes! octave or so of bass response. The
vent is driven to full acoustic output by a rela-
tively small motion of the speaker cone itself,
acting through the air contained within the en-
closure. The excursion of the 15BX at these
frequencies is much reduced compared to
sealed or open-back enclosures, directly re-
ducing harmonic distortion.
Often, in bass guitar systems, a perfectly flat
response is not as important as a controlled
response. Typical sound-reinforcement systems
are “tuned,” so the enclosure provides the fiat-
test possible response. Generally, bass-guitar
system performance is improved if the enclo-
sure Is vented or tuned for roughly the lowest
notes that will be played throughit. For standard
tuning four-string bass, a 44 Hz tuning is recom-
mended. The low “E” on a bass guitar actually
vibrates at 41.2 Hz, but a 44 Hz tuning will
FIGURE1— 15BX Frequency Response in Typical Enclosure FIGURE 5 — Fillister and Internal Hex Drive Screws for Front
(4.5 ff”), 1 Watt/1 Meter Mounting (not to scale) u
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FIGURE 2 — 15BX Dimensions
i FIGURE ®& — Connection of Two 15BX Speakers In Parallel
(net impedance is 4 ohms)
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190 mm
(7.5 in.)
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384 mm
(15.13 In.)
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FIGURE 3 — Front-Mounting Detail (not to scale)
«4——— FRONT GASKET CUT-OUT FIGURE 7 — Connection of Two 158X Speakers in Serles 2
(net impedance Is 16 ohms)
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FIGURE 8 — Connection of Four 15BX Speakers in Series/Parallel
FIGURE 4 — Rear-Mounting Detail (not to scale) (net impedance is 8 ohms)
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provide a reasonable amount of vent contribu-
tion or additional output at 41.2 Hz. Similarly, an
enclosure tuning of 34 Hz is recommended for
a system that will reproduce standard five- or
six-string signals. If a four-string bass with a
“dropped-D” is used, the recommended tuning
frequency is 40 Hz. For any of the above ex-
amples, the recommended enclosure internal
volume is between three and five cubic feet.
The larger the volume, the less equalization will
be required. An enclosure volume of four-and-
one-half cubic feet is ample for most situations,
The 15BX may be front- or rear-mounted, al-
though front mounting is preferred because of
convenience. For simple front mounting, the
convenient SMH-1 mounting accessory is rec-
ommended. Complete mounting instructions
for standard front mounting are given below. It
is important that recommended baffle openings
and mounting hole locations be followed.
Front Mounting
Front mounting requires a 353-mm (13.88-in.)
diameter cutout and a 370-mm (14.56-in.) bolt
circle. Mark the baffle opening and screw |oca-
tions on the blank panel first. Drill the screw
holes before cutting the large baffle opening. lf
1/2-20 screws are used, four screws are suffi-
cient for secure mounting of the speaker. T-
nuts are recommended for simple, secure
mounting. If T-nuts are used, the holes should
be 7.1-mm (0.281-in.) diameter (letter “L" drill).
Apply glue to the flanges of 1/4-20 long shank
T-nuts before driving into the rear of the holes.
Sealing of the front-mounted speaker is accom-
plished with the adhesive-backed foam gasket
segments that are included with your new 15BX.
Strip off the protective paper and apply the
gasket to the rear mounting surface of the
speaker rim, making certain that the holes in the
gasket line up with the mounting holes in the
speaker frame.
Length of the 1/4-20 screws should be 1/2-inch
plus the panel thickness when using T-nuts.
The screws must be fillister head or internal hex
drive machine screws to seat down in the re-
cess of the speaker frame gasket (see
Figure 3). Screws should be tightened evenly
and securely. Maximum torque possible with a
proper size screwdriver should be sufficient.
IMPORTANT! When front mounting, the
screw head must fit down into the front
gasket cutout (see Figure 3).
Rear Mounting
Rear mounting requires the same diameter
cutout and screw circle as front mounting. Other
comments regarding the use of T-nuts apply to
rear mounting as well,
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Screw length should be 3/s-inch plus panel
thickness if using T-nuts—onger for standard
hex nuts. if hex nuts are used, a second nut
should be tightened against the first nut to
prevent loosening during operation. A lock
washer and flat washer are recommended be-
tween the screw hear and frame (see Figure 4).
Screws should be tightened evenly, but not
excessively, Maximum torque possible with a
proper size screwdriver should be sufficient. Do
not use adhesive-back gasket segments for
rear mounting.
Custom Enclosures
If a cabinet is to be constructed from scratch,
3/4-inch solid and jointed or marine plywood Is
recommended. After construction, be certain
interior is completely free of metal filings, wood
chips, etc.
Electrical Connections
Use no. 18 or larger stranded wire to connect
the two terminals on the loudspeaker to the
amplifier output.
Frequency response was measured with the
15BX in a 4.5-cubic-foot vented enclosure,
tuned to 40 Hz, placed in ananechoic (echoless)
environment at 1 meter on axis with a 1-watt
sweplsine-wave input. The frequency-response
curve is shown in Figure 1.
In musical-instrument systems, unlike sound-
reinforcement systems, it is advisable to use
speakers that are rated for at least as much
power as your amplifier output rating.
To our knowledge, Electro-Voice was the first
U.S. manufacturer to develop and publish a
power test closely related lo real-life conditions.
Specifically, the 15BX is designed to withstand
the power test described in ElA RS-426-A 1980.
The ElA test spectrum is applied for eighthours.
This shaped sigral is sent to a power amplifier
with the continuous power set at 400 watts into
the 6.9 ohms ElA equivalent impedance (52.5
volts true rms). Amplifier clipping sets instanta-
neous peaks at 6 dB above the continuous
power, or 1,600 watts peak (105.1 volts peak).
This procedure provides a rigorous test of both
thermal and mechanical failure modes.
Electro-Voice products are guaranteed against
malfunction due to defects in materials or work-
manship for à specified period, as noted in the
individual product-line statement(s) below, orin
the individual product data sheet or owners
manual, beginning with the date of original
purchase. If such malfunction occurs during the
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specified period, the product will be repaired or
replaced (at our option) without charge. The
product will be returned to the customer pre-
paid. Exclusions and Limitations: The Limited
“ Warranty does not apply to: (a) exterior finish or
appearance; (b) certain specificitems described
in the individual product-line statement(s) be-
low, or in the individual product data sheet or
owner's manual; (¢) malfunction resulting from
use or operation of the product other than as
specified in the product data sheet or owner's
manual; (d) malfunction resulting from misuse
or abuse of the product; or (e) malfunction
occurring at any time after repairs have been
made to the product by anyone other than
Electro-Voice or any of its authorized service
representatives.Obtaining Warranty Service:
To obtain warranty service, a customer must
deliver the product, prepaid, to Electro-Voice or
any of its authorized service representatives
together with proof of purchase of the product in
the form of a bill of sale or receipted invoice, A
listof authorized service representativesis avail-
able from Electro-Voice at 600 Cecil Street,
Buchanan, MI 49107 (616/695-6831 or 800/
234-6831). Incidental and Consequential
Damages Excluded: Product repairorreplace-
ment and return to the customer are the only
remedies provided to the customer. Electro-
Voice shall not be liable for any incidental or
consequential damages including, without limi-
tation, injury to persons or property or loss of
use. Some states do not allow the exclusion or
limitation of incidental or consequential dam-
ages so the above limitation or exclusion may
not apply to you. Other Rights: This warranty
gives you specific legal rights, and you may also
have other rights which vary from state to state.
Electro-Voice Speakers and Speaker Sys-
tems are guaranteed against malfunction due
to defects in materials or workmanship for a
period of five (5) years from the date of original
purchase. The Limited Warranty does notapply
to burned voice coils or malfunctions such as
cone and/or coil damage resulting fromimprop-
erly designed enclosures. Electro-Voice active
electronics associated with the speaker sys-
tems are guaranteed for three (3) years fromthe
date of original purchase. Additional details are
included in the Uniform Limited Warranty state-
Service and repair address for this product:
Electro-Voice, Inc., 600 Cecil Street, Buchanan,
Michigan 49107 (616/695-6831 or 800/234-
Specifications subject to change without
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