Niles Audio SWA-500M User's Manual

Niles Audio SWA-500M User's Manual
I N S TA L L AT I O N G U I D E
F OR U SE WIT H N IL E S PASS IV E S UB WOOF E RS
SUBWOOFER AMPLIFIER
SWA-500M
CONGRATULATIONS!
Thank you for purchasing the Niles SWA-500M. The SWA-500M is a Class D mono amplifier
designed to power up to two passive (non-powered) subwoofers. Like all Niles products, the
SWA-500M is built to the highest standards of quality and reliability, and with proper installation
and operation, you’ll enjoy years of trouble-free use.
Niles is one of the industry’s most respected manufacturers of custom installation audio/
video components and accessories. To see the complete line of Niles products, visit us at:
www.nilesaudio.com
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
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Important Safety Instructions
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Features and Benefits
3
Cleaning
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Installation Considerations
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Connecting the SWA-500M
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Controls and Connectors
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Signal Connectors and Power Controls
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Applications
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Calibrating the SWA-500M
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Checking Phase on the Satellite Loudspeakers
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Troubleshooting Guide
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Specifications
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Limited Warranty
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Warranty Registration Card
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INTRODUCTION
Bass or low frequency effect (LFE) is a critical part of a well designed audio/video system. The
Niles SWA-500M is a highly efficient Class D amplifier designed specifically for up to two passive
(non-powered) subwoofers. When combined with high quality subwoofers, the SWA-500M will
provide excellent bass reinforcement for home theater and home audio applications. Installing
the right amplifier for your subwoofer(s) will give you that thunderous, accurate bass that makes
movies and music so enjoyable.
The SWA-500M uses the latest Class D technology. Class D amplifiers are beautifully efficient so
you’ll get a lot more power with less current. Less input current reduces power supply size and
generates less waste heat. This process allows Class D amps like the SWA-500M to produce more
power than amps of larger size. As you read this manual and become more familiar with the
SWA-500M and Class D technology, you’ll understand why Niles products are unequaled.
Figure 1. Niles SWA-500M high-power subwoofer amplifier.
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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.
CAUTION
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE
RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER.
NO USER SERVICEABLE
PARTS I N S I D E . R E F E R
SERVICING TO QUALIFIED
SERVICE PERSONNEL.
The exclamation point within an equivalent triangle is intended to alert
the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance
(servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not expose this equipment
to rain or moisture
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
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 according 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. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades
with one wider than the other. A grounding type plug has two blades and a third grounding prong. The
wide blade or the third prong are provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet,
consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plug,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.
11. Unplug this apparatus during lightening storms or when unused for long
periods of time.
12. Only use attachments and accessories specified by the manufacturer.
13. Use only with a cart, stand rack, 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.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way such as the power plug 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.
15. Do not expose this equipment to dripping or splashing and ensure that no objects filled with liquid, such as
vases or drinks, are placed on the equipment.
16. To completely disconnect this equipment from the AC mains, disconnect the power supply cord plug from
the AC receptacle.
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17. The main plug of the power supply cord shall remain readily operable.
FEATURES AND BENEFITS
MAXIMUM SUBWOOFER PERFORMANCE
The SWA-500M Class D amplifier is designed specifically for bass reinforcement for passive (nonpowered) subwoofers. The SWA-500M provides 500 Watts Continuous Output Power (<1% THD +N
into 4 ohm). Because the SWA-500M’s power output is dedicated to low frequency effects, you’ll
get the maximum performance your subwoofer(s) can provide.
SMOOTH AND ACCURATE BASS
The SWA-500M Class D amplifier will deliver strong, smooth bass with breathtaking realism. The
advanced audio circuitry and high quality components inside the SWA-500M deliver fast and
accurate power to your subwoofers. Variable low pass/variable high pass filters reduce unwanted
frequencies so your subwoofers can focus on what they do best—reproducing great low frequency
sound effects.
EFFICIENT AMPLIFICATION TECHNOLOGY
The SWA-500M’s digital amplifier circuitry and quality components ensure superior sound quality.
This high power stand-alone subwoofer amplifier will deliver more power with reduced current
demands than conventional amplifiers.
PERSONAL BASS CONTROL
The SWA-500M’s controls are located in the front and enable you to set the desired bass level
according to your personal taste for music and movies. A bass boost selector located on the back
enables you to select a frequency to enhance the sound of the connected subwoofer(s).
FLEXIBLE INSTALLATION & MULTIPLE BASS CAPABILITY
Whether you have a large dedicated home theater, sophisticated listening room, or a simple
audio/video system, the SWA-500M can be configured for use with various audio components like
preamp processors and receivers. In addition, the SWA-500M’s internal circuitry and sub switch
feature allow you to connect up to two passive subwoofers (the recommended number by home
theater professionals) and enjoy rich bass with superior sonic quality.
QUALITY YOU CAN COUNT ON
Since 1978, Niles Audio has been a leading manufacturer of custom-installed home entertainment
products. Recognized around the world for designing and manufacturing reliable, durable,
solution-based products, Niles offers more than 500 products for whole-house distribution and
integration of audio/video systems, loudspeakers, receivers, amplifiers, automation devices,
controls, and accessories.
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CLEANING
Do not use cleaning liquids or chemicals on this product. Use a dry, soft cloth or paper towel to clean.
Do not expose this equipment to dripping or splashing and ensure that no objects filled with liquid,
such as vases or drinks, are placed on the equipment.
INSTALLATION CONSIDERATIONS
SWA-500M PLACEMENT
The SWA-500M Subwoofer amplifier is designed for home theater and home audio bass
reinforcement. Place the SWA-500M on a sturdy shelf or mount the SWA-500M in a rack using the
included rack ‘ears.’ Make sure that the location you choose can support the weight of the amp.
Like all hi-fi components, the SWA-500M should have proper ventilation, and the ventilation slots
in the amp’s cover should not be obstructed.
When rack mounting the amplifier, ensure good airflow and adequate ventilation (3.5” minimum
open space) around the unit. If you are placing the SWA-500M inside a cabinet, be sure that
the rear of the cabinet is open to fresh air for proper cooling. If you are not rack mounting this
amplifier, make sure that it is placed on a flat level surface. Never block the amplifier’s ventilation
slots or expose the amplifier to moisture or heat sources.
Figure 2. Cabinet installation
Figure 3. Enclosed cabinet installation
Make sure that there is a minimum
of 3-1/2" of free air space above
the amplifier for proper ventilation.
Allow a minimum of 3-1/2" of
depth behind unit to accommodate
cables and connectors.
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If mounting the SWA-500M inside a cabinet,
be sure the amp has proper ventilation.
Consider using the Niles FM-1R or FM-1
system cooling module.
RACK MOUNTING THE SWA-500M
1. Before installing the rack ears, remove the screws attached to the sides of the unit.
Install the included rack ears as shown in Figure 4 using a #2 Phillips screwdriver. Do
not use any other screws or damage to the amplifier may result.
2. Place the SWA-500M in desired location within rack. Support the weight of the
amplifier from the bottom and carefully install the left and right lower rack ear
screws first.
3. Once the lower screws are completely installed, you may release the bottom of the
amplifier to install the left and right upper rack ear screws last.
4. Connect the amplifier according to the type of system desired.
NOTE: SEE APPLICATIONS STARTING ON PAGE 11 FOR DETAILED WIRING CONNECTIONS FOR
YOUR APPLICATION.
Figure 4. Install the included rack ears as shown using a #2 Phillips screwdriver
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CONNECTING THE SWA-500M
CAUTION: BEFORE MAKING ANY CONNECTIONS, BE SURE TO TURN OFF ALL COMPONENTS IN THE
SYSTEM, INCLUDING LOUDSPEAKERS.
CONNECTION TO AUDIO/VIDEO SOURCES
The SWA-500M connects to audio/video sources via RCA audio cables (also called line level).
These inputs accept audio signals from a receiver or surround sound processor. For line-level
connections, only use high-quality RCA cables that feature low impedance, double shielding
and gold-plated connectors. This will help ensure the lowest possible noise and best overall
performance. (See CONTROLS AND CONNECTORS on page 7. Your authorized Niles dealer can
recommend good quality cable.)
LOUDSPEAKER WIRE
To connect the SWA-500M to your subwoofers(s), use an insulated 2-conductor loudspeaker wire
(see CONTROLS AND CONNECTORS on page 7). The SWA-500M gold-plated, 5-way binding posts
will accept bare wire, banana plugs, and spade-type plugs. We recommend using a minimum of
16-gauge wire. For wiring runs longer than 40 feet, we recommend 14-gauge wire. The SWA500M’s 5-way binding posts will accommodate up to 12-gauge wire directly. Larger sizes can be
accommodated via pin connectors. To maximize performance, consider purchasing special highquality speaker cables. Consult your Niles dealer to find the right cables for your system.
Be sure to observe correct polarity when connecting your loudspeakers. Positive (+) goes to the
RED post and negative (–) goes to the BLACK post. If the polarity of one connection is accidentally
reversed, your bass output will be very weak and imaging will sound smeared.
Figure 5. Connecting loudspeaker to SWA-500M
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RUNNING WIRES IN WALLS OR CEILINGS
When running wire inside walls or ceilings, use special jacketed cable (CL-2 or CL-3) to protect
the wire and to meet local electrical and fire codes. In some areas, conduit is also required. For a
trouble-free installation, low-voltage wire such as loudspeaker wire must be run in accordance with
the National Electrical Code and any applicable provisions of the local building code. If you are unsure
of the correct installation techniques, wire jacket, or type of conduit to use, consult a professional
audio/video installer, building contractor, or the local building and inspection department.
CONTROLS AND CONNECTORS
The SWA-500M’s easy operation controls are located on the unit’s front panel, as shown in
Figure 6. The controls function as follows:
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1
3
4
5
7
8
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Figure 6. Front Panel control on the SWA-500M
1. (Master) POWER Switch: Use this control to power the SWA-500M On or Off.
2. MUSIC/MOVIE LEVEL and SETUP Controls: Because bass levels will differ depending
on whether you are watching a movie or listening to music, the SWA-500M includes
MUSIC/MOVIE LEVEL and SETUP Controls. While listening to music, push the SETUP
switch to MUSIC and adjust the MUSIC LEVEL control to set your desired bass level.
Similarly, while listening to a movie, push the SETUP switch to MOVIE and adjust the
MOVIE LEVEL control to set the desired bass level. Each level control includes an LED
indicator to identify which one is currently active as triggered by your home theater
sound processor or receiver. Also see CALIBRATING THE SWA-500M on page 15.
3. LOW PASS Frequency Control: Use this control to set the subwoofer’s low-pass
crossover frequency from 40 to 120 Hz. For more details, see CALIBRATING THE
SWA-500M on page 15.
4. PHASE Control: Use this control to set the subwoofer’s phase response from 0 to 180°.
See CALIBRATING THE SWA-500M on page 15.
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5. HIGH PASS Frequency adjustment with ON/OFF switch: This feature allows you to run
R/L loudspeaker wires (RCA line level wires) from an amp/receiver/processor into the
SWA-500M and then back to the main audio amplifier to the R/L loudspeakers. When
the HIGH PASS Frequency switch is engaged, you can then control the frequencies
to those R/L speakers via the front control knob. Use the HIGH PASS control to set
the high-pass crossover frequency from 60 to 160 Hz (according to your loudspeaker
manufacturer’s recommendation) to drive a satellite loudspeaker system amplifier
from the line-level AUDIO OUT jacks. To activate the filtered signals, set the ON/OFF
switch to ON.
6. The MODE indicator (on the far left) shows which power mode is active, as set by the
(Auto) POWER switch: Green is ON; Red is STANDBY.
7. High Pass Frequency Adjustment On/Off Switch.
8. Music/Movie Mode Setup Mode.
SIGNAL CONNECTORS AND POWER CONTROLS
The SWA-500M’s signal connectors and power controls are located on the unit’s rear panel, as
shown in Figure 7. The controls function as follows:
NOTE: SEE APPLICATIONS STARTING ON PAGE 11 FOR DETAILED WIRING CONNECTIONS FOR
YOUR APPLICATION.
1
2
3
4
5
6
8
9
7
Figure 7. Back Panel Control on the SWA-500M
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10
11
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1. 12V POWER TRIGGER: The SWA-500M can be turned on or off using the power switch
on the back panel or it can turn on or off automatically via the 12V Power Trigger. For
external power triggering, use a mini (3.5 mm) plug to connect the IN jack to a power
on/off trigger signal from a home theater sound processor or receiver. The back-panel
switch overrides this function and must be in the on position for the 12V power trigger
to work. The input accepts (AC or DC) control signals with power ranging from 3 Volts
to 30 Volts. Tip is positive. Power off is 0 Volts DC (or AC). You can use the OUT jack
to pass the POWER TRIGGER signal to another SWA-500M amplifier or other triggeractivated device, such as motorized speakers or rear effects speaker’s dipole/bipole
mode. Voltage will be present on the output jack whenever the amplifier is active. This
is indicated by the green LED on the front panel.
NOTE: FOR A HOME THEATER RECEIVER NOT EQUIPPED WITH A POWER TRIGGER OUTPUT,
CONSIDER USING A NILES 12-VOLT POWER SUPPLY AS A TRIGGER SIGNAL THAT IS ACTIVATED VIA
A SWITCHED AC OUTLET ON THE RECEIVER. SEE FIGURE 7 FOR CONNECTION DETAILS.
2. (Auto) POWER Switch: Use the ALWAYS ON mode to leave the SWA-500M always on. Use
the MUSIC/VOLTAGE SENSE mode to automatically power on the SWA-500M when an
audio signal or trigger voltage is present. When either signal is absent for 15 minutes, the
SWA-500M will enter the standby mode.
NOTE: THE ALWAYS ON AND MUSIC/VOLTAGE SENSE SETTINGS ARE ONLY ACTIVE AFTER (MASTER)
POWER IS SET TO ON.
3. MOVIE MODE TRIGGER: For external movie/music mode triggering, use a mini (3.5 mm)
plug to connect the IN jack to a movie trigger signal from a home theater surround
processor or receiver. The 3 to 30 Volts (AC or DC) signal will set the SWA-500M to
movie mode, while a 0 Volts (AC or DC) signal will keep it in the music mode. Again, tip is
positive. Use the OUT jack to pass the movie trigger signal to another
SWA-500M amplifier.
NOTE: IF THE SETUP SWITCH (SEE FIGURE 6 ON PAGE 7) ON THE FRONT PANEL IS SET TO MUSIC,
A 3 TO 30 VOLTS (AC OR DC) TRIGGER SIGNAL WILL CHANGE OPERATION OVER TO THE MOVIE
MODE. IF THE SETUP SWITCH IS ALREADY SET TO MOVIE, A TRIGGER SIGNAL HAS NO EFFECT,
SINCE THE MODE IS ALREADY SET TO MOVIE.
4. SPEAKER switch: Use this switch to select the number of subwoofers (1 or 2) that
are connected to the amplifier. Be sure that it is set to the correct position before
turning on the amplifier or damage to the amplifier may result. If only one subwoofer is
connected and the switch is set to the “Two sub” position, then no sound will be output
from the amp.
5. BASS BOOST selector: Use this rotary switch during setup to select a frequency to
enhance the sound of the subwoofer(s) connected. It should be set to the “-3dB down
frequency” of the subwoofer.
6. AUDIO IN jacks: Use these gold-plated line-level RCA input jacks to connect line-level
stereo or LFE audio signals from a home theater receiver or processor. The LFE (Low
Frequency Effects) input is unfiltered by the SWA-500M.
7. AUDIO OUT jacks: Use these gold-plated line-level RCA output jacks to connect line-level
stereo and LFE audio signals to drive another SWA-500M amplifier. The LFE output is
unfiltered, but the L/R output signals are routed through the variable (60 to 160 Hz)
HIGH-PASS filter, and the response will be contoured according to filter settings.
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8. Loudspeaker IN Binding Posts: As an alternative to the AUDIO IN jacks, use the
loudspeaker-level, gold-plated, five-way binding posts to connect loudspeaker-level,
stereo audio signals from a home theater receiver or whole-home audio system. Use
this connection only if your home theater receiver does not have a subwoofer, LFE or
pre-amp output.
NOTE: DO NOT USE THESE CONNECTIONS WHEN USING THE LINE-LEVEL INPUTS.
9. Loudspeaker OUT Binding Posts: As an alternative to the AUDIO OUT jacks, use the
loudspeaker-level, gold-plated, five-way binding posts to connect loudspeaker-level,
stereo audio signals to drive your front L/R satellite loudspeakers. These signals are
routed through a fixed, 100 Hz (6 dB per octave) high-pass filter and the response will
be contoured accordingly.
NOTE: THERE WILL ONLY BE A SIGNAL ON THESE CONNECTIONS IF THE LOUDSPEAKER IN
BINDING POSTS ARE USED.
10. Subwoofer A and B Binding Posts: Use these to connect one or two subwoofers. Be
sure that the Speaker Switch (see #4) is set correctly before turning on the amplifier
or damage could result.
11. Detachable IEC Power Cord. If needed, replace the fuse with same type as follows.
12. Main power switch.
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APPLICATIONS
The SWA-500M subwoofer amplifier is very flexible and can be configured for use in various
applications with associated external audio components, as shown in Figures 8 through 11.
For other SWA-500M applications, consult your local Niles dealer for help in configuring your home
theater system.
SWA-500M IN A TYPICAL HOME THEATER INSTALLATION
Set LOW PASS to closely
Adjust PHASE to
Set switch to ON and adjust FREQUENCY
match HIGH PASS
integrate subwoofer
to match low frequency cutoff of your
FREQUENCY control
sound with system
satellite loudspeakers
NOTE: Control does not
Alternate configuration:
function when using LFE input
Set switch to OFF to send full range
audio to L/R AUDIO OUT jacks
Position SET UP switch
to the mode you wish to
adjust MUSIC OR MOVIE
and adjust level controls
per instructions
LFE Output
Home
Theater
Receiver
LFE
Optional
SWA-500M Back
1st Subwoofer
2nd Subwoofer (Optional)
Figure 8. Line-level connection
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SWA-500M AND LINE-LEVEL CONNECTION
Set LOW PASS to closely
Adjust PHASE to
match HIGH PASS
integrate subwoofer
FREQUENCY control
sound with system
NOTE: Control does not
function when using LFE input
Set switch to ON and adjust FREQUENCY
to match low frequency cutoff of your
satellite loudspeakers
Alternate configuration:
Set switch to OFF to send full range
audio to L/R AUDIO OUT jacks
Position SET UP switch
to the mode you wish to
adjust MUSIC OR MOVIE
and adjust level controls
per instructions
Optional
Home
Theater
Receiver
Left & Right Line-Level Output
L R
SWA-500M Back
1st Subwoofer
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Figure 9. Line-level connection
2nd Subwoofer
(Optional)
SWA-500M AND LOUDSPEAKER LEVEL CONNECTION
TO SATELLITE LOUDSPEAKERS
Set LOW PASS to
about 100Hz
Adjust PHASE to
integrate subwoofer
sound with system
Controls not used
Position SET UP switch
to the mode you wish to
adjust MUSIC OR MOVIE
and adjust level controls
per instructions
Optional
Home
Theater
Receiver
L R
Left & Right
loudspeaker Outputs
L R
SWA-500M Back
Left Loudspeaker
Right Loudspeaker
1st Subwoofer
2nd Subwoofer
(Optional)
Figure 10. Connecting satellite loudspeakers
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SWA-500M AND SATELLITE LOUDSPEAKER SYSTEM
WITH EXTERNAL POWER AND MODE TRIGGERS
Optional
Home
Theater
Receiver
Trigger Output
SWA-500M Back
Second SWA-500M (Optional)
Figure 11. Trigger connection
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CONNECTING THE SWA-500M
Connect the SWA-500M according to your application (see APPLICATIONS on page 11). Use highquality RCA cables for all line-level connections (see CONTROLS AND CONNECTORS on page 7).
For applications with loudspeaker-level connections, perform the following steps:
1. At each SWA-500M loudspeaker-level connection, separate the loudspeaker wire so
that at least 2” of each conductor are free. Strip away 1/4 inch of insulation from each
loudspeaker wire. Using correct polarity, connect the appropriate conductor to each
five-way binding post.
NOTE: OBSERVE CORRECT POLARITY: POSITIVE (+) GOES TO THE RED POST AND NEGATIVE (–)
TO THE BLACK POST. IF YOU ARE UNSURE OF WIRE POLARITY, SEE THE SECTION, CHECKING
PHASE ON SATELLITE LOUDSPEAKERS, ON PAGE 17.
2. Connect the other end of the loudspeaker wires to the home theater receiver/amplifier
and satellite loudspeakers in the same way.
3. Turn on the home theater receiver and calibrate all loudspeakers in the system
according to the receiver (or surround processor) manufacturer’s instructions.
CALIBRATING THE SWA-500M
After installing the amplifier and making all the connections, set up the SWA-500M by performing
the following steps. Performing these steps will maximize the SWA-500M’s performance (see
CONTROLS AND CONNECTORS page 7 for information on control operation).
1. On the rear panel, set the (Master) POWER switch to ON. On the front panel, set the
POWER switch to ON. Depending on your application, set the rear-mounted (Auto)
POWER switch to ALWAYS ON or MUSIC/VOLTAGE SENSE.
2. On the front panel, set the following controls (and switches) to their initial positions:
• HIGH PASS FREQUENCY control = 120 Hz (or value recommended by satellite
loudspeaker manufacturer)
• PHASE control = 0º
• HIGH PASS FREQUENCY control = 140 Hz (or value recommended by satellite
loudspeaker manufacturer)
• HIGH PASS ON/OFF switch = ON
• LEVEL SETUP switch = MUSIC
• MUSIC LEVEL control = 5
• MOVIE LEVEL control = 5
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3. While playing a favorite music track, adjust your system’s volume control to a
comfortable level and listen to the bass level at your favorite listening position (e.g.,
couch). Next, move the LEVEL SETUP switch to MOVIE and play a favorite movie
chapter, preferably a movie with a good amount of low frequency information. Listen
to the bass level, and if desired, adjust the MOVIE LEVEL control to change the movie
bass level to taste.
4. Move the LEVEL SETUP switch back to MUSIC and play the music track again.
If desired, adjust the MUSIC LEVEL control to taste.
5. Continue listening to your favorite music and movie sources using the appropriate
setting for LEVEL SETUP. If you want a more solid-sounding bass (with less
overtones), try moving the LOW PASS FREQUENCY control toward the lower
frequencies. Experiment with different frequency settings until you find one that
sounds best. If needed, readjust the MOVIE LEVEL and MUSIC LEVEL controls
(see steps 3 and 4 above).
6. Continue listening to your favorite music and movie sources using the appropriate
setting for LEVEL SETUP. Try experimenting with the PHASE control until you find its
optimum setting. Depending on the subwoofer’s placement, the bass should sound
more pronounced when the phase has been optimized.
7. Once all of these steps have been followed, you may use the rear-mounted control for
BASS BOOST if you have not been able to achieve satisfactory bass performance. Set
this switch the highest setting first (50Hz) and adjust the levels for Music and Movie
modes. If further adjustment is needed, select the next lowest frequency for BASS
BOOST and repeat adjustments until satisfied.
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CHECKING PHASE ON THE SATELLITE LOUDSPEAKERS
Loudspeaker wire has two conductors. On applications with satellite loudspeakers, one conductor
is attached to a component’s negative (–) terminal, while the other is attached to a component’s
positive (+) terminal. Usually, the wire is marked for your convenience, but the marking can be
done in the following different ways:
• Stripe on one wire
• Ribbed area you can feel on one conductor
• Different colors of metal wire on each conductor
• Fabric strand or string wound into one of the conductors
Of course, there are some wires that appear completely identical. So be careful, or you might make
a connection mistake. If you do, one satellite loudspeaker will be playing “out-of-phase” with the
other loudspeaker. A pair of out-of-phase loudspeakers works against each other, and the sound
of the two playing together will be lacking in bass and sound “phasey.” If you suspect the sound is
not right, and you cannot see any markings on the wire, try this simple test:
1. Stand halfway between the satellite loudspeakers
2. Play some music with the amplifier or receiver set to Mono
3. Listen to the richness of the bass and the loudness of the sound
4. Turn off the amplifier and reverse the connections on one (Left or Right) of the
SWA-500M Loudspeaker OUT binding post pairs
5. Repeat the listening test with the same volume control setting. When the sound has
a richer bass and is slightly louder, the satellite loudspeakers are working together or
“in-phase”
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TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE
If you experience a problem operating the SWA-500M, consult this guide first. The most common
problems relate to hook up or improper control settings. Try to isolate the problem and check the
control settings to determine the fault and make the necessary changes. If the problem persists,
or you have additional questions, contact your local Niles dealer or Niles Technical Support at
1-800-289-4434, 305-238-4373 or [email protected]
PROBLEM:
No sound
Solutions
Short circuit or loose wire at the speaker or amplifier terminals. Check that the connections are
secure and that there are no loose strands of wire crossing from the positive to the negative
terminals at the back of the amplifier and/or the speaker.
Short circuit or a break in the speaker wire. Disconnect the speaker wire at both ends, separate the
2 conductors at both ends and test with a meter for a short circuit. If there is no short, connect the
two conductors at one end and test with a meter for continuity.
Speaker is not working. Connect the speaker to a channel that plays another speaker.
Audio cable to input is bad. Connect another cable that is known to be good.
Audio cable to the main inputs is bad. Connect another cable that is known to be good.
PROBLEM:
Hum or buzz sound from the loudspeakers
Solutions
Hum or buzz may be caused by a ground loop between two of the other components in the system.
To test for another ground loop, try reversing the AC plugs of each of the components in the system.
PROBLEM:
Amplifier will not turn on
Solutions
Check for faulty cables, faulty source material, an ungrounded phono system or a
defective component.
AC power cord must be plugged into a working outlet.
Master power switch must be on.
PROBLEM:
Bass sound is weak and the stereo image is “phasey” or “blurry”
Solutions
The loudspeakers are wired out of phase. Reverse the connections at the back of one speaker.
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SPECIFICATIONS
Continuous Output Power
<1% THD +N into 4 ohms: 500 watts
S/N ratio > 90dB
Volume Max and Input Shield Grounded
<2.0 mV
Variable Low Pass Filter
12 dB per octave -3dB @ 40Hz minimum
position -3dB @ 120Hz maximum position
Fixed Low Pass Filter
6dB per octave -3dB @ 125Hz
Variable High Pass Filter
12 dB per octave selectable switch
Auto Turn on sensitivity 3.0mV 50 Hz input
Input Sensitivity Rated Power
High Level Input Sensitivity Rate Power
>3 volts of input
Delay off time
15-20 minutes
Power requirements
120/230 switchable internal
AC Cord IEC Removable
Two prong
High Pot Test
[email protected], 60Hz, 2 sec.
Variable Line Level Output High Pass
12dB/Octave
• 3dB @ 60Hz – Knob full counter clockwise
• 3dB @160Hz – Knob full clockwise
250 mV of input
NILES AUDIO CORPORATION – 1-800-BUY-HIFI
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LIMITED WARRANTY
NILES AUDIO CORPORATION (“NILES”) WARRANTS ITS LOUDSPEAKER PRODUCTS TO THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER TO
BE FREE OF MANUFACTURING DEFECTS IN MATERIAL AND WORKMANSHIP FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS FROM
DATE OF PURCHASE.
THIS WARRANTY IS SUBJECT TO THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS AND LIMITATIONS. THE WARRANTY
IS VOID AND INAPPLICABLE IF NILES DEEMS THAT THE PRODUCT HAS BEEN USED OR HANDLED OTHER THAN IN
ACCORDANCE WITH THE INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO
DAMAGE CAUSED BY ACCIDENT, MISHANDLING, IMPROPER INSTALLATION, ABUSE, NEGLIGENCE, OR NORMAL
WEAR AND TEAR, OR ANY DEFECT CAUSED BY REPAIR TO THE PRODUCT BY ANYONE OTHER THAN NILES OR AN
AUTHORIZED NILES DEALER.
TO OBTAIN WARRANTY SERVICE, TAKE THE UNIT TO THE NEAREST AUTHORIZED NILES DEALER, WHO WILL
TEST THE PRODUCT AND IF NECESSARY, FORWARD IT TO NILES FOR SERVICE. IF THERE ARE NO AUTHORIZED
NILES DEALERS IN YOUR AREA, YOU MUST WRITE TO NILES AND INCLUDE YOUR NAME, ADDRESS, MODEL AND
SERIAL NUMBER OF YOUR UNIT, ALONG WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE PROBLEM. A FACTORY RETURN
AUTHORIZATION NUMBER WILL BE SENT TO YOU. DO NOT RETURN ANY UNIT WITHOUT FIRST RECEIVING WRITTEN
AUTHORIZATION AND SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS FROM NILES.
IF THE ABOVE CONDITIONS ARE MET, THE PURCHASER’S SOLE REMEDY SHALL BE TO RETURN THE PRODUCT TO
NILES, IN WHICH CASE NILES WILL REPAIR OR REPLACE, AT ITS SOLE OPTION, THE DEFECTIVE PRODUCT WITHOUT
CHARGE FOR PARTS OR LABOR. NILES WILL RETURN A UNIT REPAIRED OR REPLACED UNDER WARRANTY BY
SHIPPING SAME BY ITS USUAL SHIPPING METHOD FROM THE FACTORY (ONLY) AT ITS EXPENSE WITHIN THE
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, EITHER
EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH
RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT.
REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE CONSUMER/
PURCHASER. NILES SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES EXCEPT TO
THE EXTENT PROVIDED (OR PROHIBITED) BY APPLICABLE LAW.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES,
SO THE ABOVE LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND
YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
FOR THE NAME OF YOUR NEAREST AUTHORIZED NILES DEALER CONTACT:
NILES AUDIO CORPORATION, P.O. BOX 160818, MIAMI, FLORIDA 33116-0818.
Please fill in your product information and retain for your records.
Model______________________ Serial No.___________________ Purchase Date_______
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DETACH HERE AND RETURN TO: NILES AUDIO CORPORATION WARRANTY REGISTRATION DEPT. P.O. BOX 160818 MIAMI, FLORIDA 33116-0818
WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD
Model Purchased _________________________________________________________
Serial Number ___________________________________________________________
Date Purchased (month/day/year) _____________________________________________
Dealer Name and Location __________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________________
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❍ Miss
❍ Mr.
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Name__________________________________________________________________
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Please take a moment to fill out our warranty registration card. The information helps us to get to
know you better and develop the products you want.
Age:
❍ Under 25
❍ 25-34
❍ 35-44
❍ 45-54
❍ 55 & over
Income:
❍ Under $44,999
❍ $45,000-$59,999
❍ $60,000-$74,999
❍ $75,000-$99,999
❍ $99,999-$150,000
❍ $150,000-$99,999
❍ $99,999-$200,000
❍ Over $200,000
Occupation:
❍ Arts/Entertainment
❍ Business Owner
❍ Engineer
❍ Finance/Accounting
❍ General Office
❍ Management
❍ Professional
❍ Sales/Marketing
❍ Student
❍ Tradesperson
Musical tastes:
(Please check
all that apply)
❍ Alternative
❍ Classical
❍ Country
❍ Jazz
❍ New Age
❍ Popular
❍ R&B
❍ Rock
❍ Other _____________
How did you hear
about Niles?
❍ Architect/Developer
❍ Custom Installer
❍ Direct Mail
❍ Friend/Family
❍ In-Store Display
❍ Interior Designer
❍ Magazine Ad
❍ Mail-Order Catalog
❍ Newspaper Ad
❍ Product Brochure
❍ Product Review
❍ Retail Salesperson
❍ Internet
❍ Other
What magazines
do you read?
1. ________________
Do you . . . ?
❍ Own a House. If yes,
how many square feet?
2. ________________
3. ________________
❍ Own a Town House/
Who will install
the product?
❍ Custom Installer
❍ Electrician
❍ Friend
❍ Myself
❍ Rent an Apartment
❍ Rent a House
Which factor(s) influenced
the purchase of your Niles
product? (Please check
all that apply)
❍ Ease of Use
❍ Price/Value
❍ Product Features
❍ Quality/Durability
❍ Reputation
❍ Style/Appearance
❍ Warranty
Condominium/Co-op
Are you interested in
receiving literature on
other Niles products?
❍ Yes
❍ No
Are there products/
capabilities that you would
like to see introduced?
BLENDING HIGH FIDELITY AND ARCHITECTURE®
Niles Audio Corporation
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