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VX SERIES
Professional loudspeakers
Quick Start Guide
Introduction
Designed, engineered and built in the United Kingdom, the VX Series from Tannoy comprises a range of passive loudspeakers for demanding
professional and commercial sound applications. Within the VX Series, system designers can choose from a variety of sizes, power levels and
coverage patterns to suit particular requirements.
This Quick Start Guide presents only the essential information required to properly unpack, connect and (when applicable) configure for bi-amp
operations. Please consult the full VX Series User Manual for additional information on cable types, equalization, power handling, rigging and
safety procedures, and warranty coverage. The VX Series User Manual is available at www.tannoypro.com.
Important Safety Instructions
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage " within the
product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
1. Read these instructions.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is
2. Keep these instructions
intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
3. Heed all warnings.
literature accompanying the product.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with a dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers that produce heat.
9. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
10.Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table
specified by the manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When a cart is used, use caution when moving the cart/apparatus combination to avoid injury from tip-over.
11.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing
is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any
way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid
has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the
apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not
operate normally, or has been dropped.
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an
equilateral triangle, is intended to alert the user to the
presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage " within the
product's enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude
to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is
intended to alert the user to the presence of important
operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the
literature accompanying the product.
SAFETY WARNING
Do not remove any covers, loosen any fixings or allow items to enter
any aperture.
SAFETY WARNING
Objects filled with liquids should not be placed on this apparatus.
AVERTISSEMENT DE SECURITE
Ne retirez pas les couvercles, ne desserrez pas les fixations et ne
laissez aucune pièce s’introduire dans les ouvertures.
AVERTISSEMENT DE SECURITE
Ne placez pas d’objets contenant du liquide à proximité de l’appareil.
Unpacking
Crossovers
Each Tannoy VX Series loudspeaker is carefully tested and inspected
prior to shipment. After unpacking, please check for any exterior
physical damage, and save the carton and any relevant packaging
materials in case the loudspeaker again requires packing and
shipping. In the event that damage has been sustained in transit
notify your dealer and the shipping carrier immediately.
VX Series loudspeakers are supplied as standard for passive
operation via the internal crossover network. If higher peak outputs
and additional low frequency output is required, then the VX Series
can be used in conjunction with the Tannoy SC1 digital controller.
Each input on the network enabled VNET SC1 has gain control and
4 bands of parametric EQ with bands 1 and 4 offering settings for LF
and HF shelving response. The unique routing engine will allow any
input to be sent to any output. Various filter types are available on
all outputs which can be configured as 2-, 3- or 4-way crossovers.
All output channels feature an independent speaker alignment delay
(200 ms per channel) and a 4-band parametric EQ for speaker
management. Four high performance limiters are also available.
Connectors / Cabling
On VX Series loudspeakers, connector types available vary by
model, as detailed below:
VX 5.2, VX 6, VX 8
Inputs on 1 x speakON 4-pole, 1x binding post pair. Binding posts
are connected in parallel to speakON 1+ and 1-. Not bi-amp capable.
VX 8M
Inputs on 2 paralleled speakON 4 pole connectors. Not bi-amp capable.
VX 8.2, VX 12
Inputs on 2 x speakON 4-pole and 2 x barrier strip terminals. Both
barrier strip terminal pairs are connected in parallel to speakON poles
1+ and 1-. Not bi-amp capable.
VX 12HP, VX 12Q, VX 12.2Q, VX 15HP, VX 15Q
Inputs on 2 x speakON 4-pole and 2x barrier strip terminal pair. Both
barrier strip terminal pairs are connected in parallel to speakON poles
1+ and 1- when configured for full-range operation. Bi-amp configuration
may be implemented using speakON connectors only. (See additional
information following.)
Binding post terminals are capable of accepting cables with a conductor of
up to 6 mm sq CSA (AWG 10). Red is positive and black is negative.
Barrier strips accept wire up to 4 mm sq CSA (AWG 12). Barrier strip
polarity is as indicated.
The speakON connectors will accept wire up to 4 mm sq CSA (AWG 12)
with an outside diameter of up to 15 mm and a current rating of 30 A.
When so equipped, the pins of the two speakON sockets identified input/
output on the rear of the input panel are paralleled within the enclosure.
Tannoy have adopted the conventional wiring standard for the VX Series
product: pin 1+ is positive pin 1- is negative. For a worldwide list of Neutrik
distributors see www.neutrik.com.
Bi-Amp Operation
Rigging and Safety Procedures
The VX 12HP, VX 12Q, VX 12.2Q, VX 15HP, VX 15Q only may be
internally reconfigured for bi-amp operation to supply greater system
headroom. Reconfiguration is as follows:
Tannoy Professional loudspeakers should be installed only by fully
qualified installers using dedicated Tannoy hardware, in accordance
with all the required safety codes and standards that are applied
at the place of installation.
First, remove the rear termination panel. It is secured with 2.5 mm
hex drive screws.
In passive (default) mode, the internal wiring is as shown in Fig. 1,
with the full-range signal routed through the internal crossover and
divided into separate LF and HF signals using a 4-pole connector.
Fig. 1.
WARNING: As the legal requirements for flying/suspending/hanging/
rigging loudspeakers change from country to country, please consult
your local safety standards office before installing any product. We
also recommend that you thoroughly check any laws and bylaws
prior to installation. For more detailed information on rigging hardware
and safety procedures, please consult the full VX Series and VXP
Series Hardware Manual available at www.tannoypro.com.
For bi-amp operation, reconfigure the internal wiring as shown in
Fig 2. The two-wire connector leading to the crossover is disconnected.
The four-wire connector from the speakers now bypasses the crossover
and instead connects directly to the speakON inputs, replacing the
connector that previously led to the crossover.
Fig. 2.
For bi-amp operation, the speakON connectors coming from the
amplifier(s) must be wired as follows:
Amplifier
LF +
LF –
HF +
HF –
Note that the barrier strip terminals are wired for passive full-range
operation only.
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