ACHROMIC SERIES SPEAKERS™
Quick Start Guide
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DOCUMENT VERSION
For the latest version of this Quick Start guide or for the full copy of the ACHROMIC Series
User Manual, visit www.avanteaudio.com or contact Customer Service.
Date
Document
Version
09/14/17
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Notes
Updated release.
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CONTENTS
General Information
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Limited Warranty
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Safety Instructions and Guidelines
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Package Contents
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Overview
10
Use
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Installation
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Technical Specifications
16
Optional Accessories
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GENERAL INFORMATION
INTRODUCTION
Please read and understand the instructions in this manual carefully and thoroughly before attempting
to operate this speaker. These instructions contain important safety and use information.
UNPACKING
Every speaker has been thoroughly tested and has been shipped in perfect operating condition.
Carefully check the shipping carton for damage that may have occurred during shipping. If the carton
appears to be damaged, carefully inspect speaker for damage and be sure all accessories necessary
to install and operate the speaker have arrived intact. In the event damage has been found or parts are
missing, please contact our customer support team for further instructions. Please do not return this
speaker to your dealer without first contacting customer support at the number listed below. Please do
not discard the shipping carton in the trash. Please recycle whenever possible.
CUSTOMER SUPPORT
AVANTE provides a customer support line, to provide set up help, answer any question should you
encounter problems during your set up or initial operation, and for any service related issues.
You may also visit us on the web at www.avanteaudio.com for any comments or suggestions.
AVANTE SERVICE USA - Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:30pm PST
Voice: 800-322-6337
Fax: 323-532-2941
E-mail: support@avanteaudio.com
AVANTE SERVICE EUROPE - Monday - Friday 08:30 to 17:00 CET
Voice: +31 45 546 85 30
Fax: +31 45 546 85 96
E-mail: europe@avanteaudio.com
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WARRANTY REGISTRATION
Please register your product online: www.avanteaudio.com. Online product registration is required in
order to activate the third year of the 3-year warranty. All returned service items whether under
warranty or not, must be freight pre-paid and accompany a return authorization (R.A.) number. The R.A.
number must be clearly written on the outside of the return package. A brief description of the problem
as well as the R.A. number must also be written down on a piece of paper and included in the shipping
container. If the unit is under warranty, you must provide a copy of your proof of purchase invoice and
the unit must be registered online at www.avanteaudio.com to receive year 3 of the 3-year warranty.
Items returned without a R.A. number clearly marked on the outside of the package will be refused and
returned at customer’s expense. You may obtain a R.A. number by contacting customer support.
I M P O R T A N T
N O T I C E !
THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE THIS SPEAKER. DO NOT ATTEMPT ANY REPAIRS
YOURSELF; DOING SO WILL VOID THE WARRANTY. DAMAGES RESULTING FROM MODIFICATIONS
TO THIS SPEAKER AND/OR THE DISREGARD OF SAFETY AND OPERATION INSTRUCTIONS IN THIS
USER MANUAL VOIDS THE MANUFACTURES WARRANTY AND ARE NOT SUBJECT TO ANY
WARRANTY CLAIMS AND/OR REPAIRS.
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LIMITED WARRANTY
A. ADJ Products, LLC hereby warrants, to the original purchaser, AVANTE products to be free of manufacturing defects in
material and workmanship for a prescribed period of up to 3-years (1,095 days) from the original purchase date. Product
must be registered online at www.avanteaudio.com in order to activate year 3 of the 3-year warranty period. This warranty
shall be valid only if the product is purchased within the United States of America, including possessions and territories. It is
the owner’s responsibility to establish the date and place of purchase by acceptable evidence, at the time service is sought.
B. For warranty service you must obtain a Return Authorization number (RA#) before sending back the product–please
contact ADJ Products, LLC Service Department at 800-322-6337. Send the product only to the ADJ Products, LLC factory.
All shipping charges must be pre-paid. If the requested repairs or service (including parts replacement) are within the terms
of this warranty, ADJ Products, LLC will pay return shipping charges only to a designated point within the United States. If
the entire instrument is sent, it must be shipped in its original package. No accessories should be shipped with the product.
If any accessories are shipped with the product, ADJ Products, LLC shall have no liability whatsoever for loss of or damage
to any such accessories, or for the safe return thereof.
C. This warranty is void if the serial number has been altered or removed; if the product is modified in any manner which
ADJ Products, LLC concludes, after inspection, affects the reliability of the product; if the product has been repaired or
serviced by anyone other than the ADJ Products, LLC factory unless prior written authorization was issued to purchaser by
ADJ Products, LLC; if the product is damaged because not properly maintained as set forth in the instruction manual.
D. This is not a service contract, and this warranty does not include maintenance, cleaning or periodic check up. During the
period specified above, ADJ Products, LLC will replace defective parts at its expense with new or refurbished parts, and will
absorb all expenses for warranty service and repair labor by reason of defects in material or workmanship. The sole
responsibility of ADJ Products, LLC under this warranty shall be limited to the repair of the product, or replacement thereof,
including parts, at the sole discretion of ADJ Products, LLC. All products covered by this warranty were manufactured after
August 15, 2012, and bear identifying marks to that effect.
E. ADJ Products, LLC reserves the right to make changes in design and/or improvements upon its products without any
obligation to include these changes in any products theretofore manufactured. No warranty, whether expressed or implied,
is given or made with respect to any accessory supplied with products described above. Except to the extent prohibited by
applicable law, all implied warranties made by ADJ Products, LLC in connection with this product, including warranties of
merchantability or fitness, are limited in duration to the warranty period set forth above. And no warranties, whether
expressed or implied, including warranties of merchantability or fitness, shall apply to this product after said period has
expired. The consumer’s and/or Dealer’s sole remedy shall be such repair or replacement as is expressly provided above;
and under no circumstances shall ADJ Products, LLC be liable for any loss or damage, direct or consequential, arising out of
the use of, or inability to use, this product. This warranty is the only written warranty applicable to ADJ Products, LLC
Products and supersedes all prior warranties and written descriptions of warranty terms and conditions heretofore
published.
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SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES
This speaker has been designed for portable and permanent audio installation use in
dry locations. Use of this speaker in or near wet and/or damp environments voids all
manufacturers warranties. For proper operation, follow the guidelines described in this
manual. Only qualified and certified personnel should perform installation of this
speaker. Any modifications to any part of this speaker will void the original manufactures warranty and
increase the risk of damage and/or personal injury. To guarantee a smooth operation, it is important to
follow the guidelines in this manual. The manufacturer of this speaker will not accept responsibility for
damages resulting from the misuse and/or disregard of the information printed in this manual.
This speaker falls under PROTECTION CLASS 1. It’s essential this speaker be
grounded properly. Only qualified personnel should perform all electrical connections.
DRY LOCATIONS ONLY!
DO NOT EXPOSE SPEAKER TO RAIN AND/OR MOISTURE!
ONLY USE THE POWER CABLE DESIGNED FOR YOUR LOCATION!
CONFIRM YOUR POWER SOURCE CAN SUPPORT THE TOTAL
POWER DRAW OF YOUR COMPLETE SPEAKER SYSTEM!
TO REDUCE RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE ANY
COVER. NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
SERVICING TO QUALIFIED SERVICE PERSONNEL ONLY.
REFER
FCC STATEMENT
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
FCC RADIO FREQUENCY INTERFERENCE WARNINGS & INSTRUCTIONS
This product has been tested and found to comply with the limits as per Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
device uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
included instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee
that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this device does cause harmful interference to radio
or television reception, which can be determined by turning the device off and on, the user is encouraged to try
to correct the interference by one or more of the following methods:
Reorient or relocate the device and/or antenna.
Increase the separation between the device and the receiver.
Connect the device into an electrical outlet on a circuit different from that which the radio receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
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SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDELINES
1. This speaker is for PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY.
2. Read these INSTRUCTIONS and keep them in a safe place.
2. Heed all WARNINGS and follow all INSTRUCTIONS.
3. DO NOT use speaker near water and/or damp locations.
4. DO NOT position speaker close to any FLAMMABLE MATERIALS while operating.
5. DO NOT place any objects filled with liquid on or near the speaker such as vases or drink glasses.
6. DO NOT attempt installation and/or operation without knowledge how to do so. Consult a
professional sound equipment installer for proper and safe speaker installation.
7. DO NOT shake speaker, avoid brute force when installing and/or operating.
8. Be sure to install this speaker in an area that will allow proper ventilation. Allow approximately 6
inches (152mm) behind the speaker cabinet for proper cooling. The speaker contains an internal power
amplifier that produces heat during use.
9. DO NOT use solvents or glass cleaner to clean speaker. Clean only with a dry cloth.
10. ALWAYS disconnect speaker from main power source before performing any cleaning.
11. DO NOT block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
12. DO NOT install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
13. 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 is provided for your safety. If the provided plug does not fit
into your outlet, consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
14. Protect the power cord and audio cable from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs,
convenience receptacles, and the point where they connect to the speaker.
15. DO NOT operate speaker if the main power cord has become frayed, crimped and/or damaged.
Replace any damaged power cords with a similar power rating.
16. Only use attachment/accessories specified by the manufacturer and listed in this guide.
17. Unplug the speaker during lightning storms and/or when unused for long periods of time.
18. DO NOT disassemble speaker, there are NO user serviceable parts inside. Refer all servicing to
qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the speaker has been damaged in any way,
such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled and/or objects have fallen into
the speaker, the speaker has been exposed to rain and/or moisture, does not operate normally, or has
been dropped.
19. Power Sources: This product should be connected to a power supply only of the type described in
these operating instructions, or as marked on the unit.
20. Internal/External Voltage Selectors: Internal or external voltage selector switches, if any, should
only be reset and reequipped with a proper plug for alternative voltage by a qualified service
technician. Do not attempt to alter this yourself.
21. Water and Moisture: This product should be kept away from direct contact with liquids. The speaker
shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing and that no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall
be placed on the speaker.
22. Protective earthing terminal: The speaker should be connected to a mains socket outlet with a
protective earthing connection.
23. DO NOT install this equipment in a confined or "boxed-in" space such as a bookcase or similar unit,
and maintain good ventilation conditions. The ventilation should not be impeded by covering the
ventilation openings with items such as newspaper, tablecloths, curtains, etc.
24. When moving or not using the appliance, secure the power cord (e.g., wrap it with a cable tie). Be
careful not to damage the power cord. Before using it again, make sure the power cord has not been
damaged. If the power cord has been damaged at all, bring the unit and cord to a qualified service
technician for repair or replacement as specified by the manufacturer.
25. Use the original packaging and materials to transport the speaker in for service.
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PACKAGE CONTENTS
A10 | A12 | A15
Speaker
Power Cable
Quick Start Guide
A15S | A18S
Subwoofer
Threaded 1 ⅜ (M20) Speaker Pole
Power Cable
Quick Start Guide
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OVERVIEW - A10 | A12 | A15
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OVERVIEW - A10 | A12 | A15
1. LCD Display - DSP Parameters and Status
2. DSP Edit Encoder / Button
3. CH1 / CH2 Level
4. CH1 XLR/1/4” Combo Jack Input
5. CH2 Mini Jack (3.5mm) Line Input
6. CH2 RCA Line Input
7. MIX XLR Output
8. CH1 Line/Mic Switch
9. Power Switch
10. Power Cord Input
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OVERVIEW - A15S | A18S
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OVERVIEW - A15S | A18S
1. LCD Display - DSP Parameters and Status
2. Input1 and Input2 XLR/1/4” Combo Jacks
3. Output1 and Output2 XLR Jacks
4. DSP Edit Encoder / Button
5. Power Switch
6. Power Cord Input
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USE
The Achromic Series comprises three full-range loudspeaker options, the 10-inch A10, 12-inch A12, and
15-inch A15. All three models feature a Bi-Amped, high efficiency fan cooled Class A/B switching power
amp for the highs, and a Class D power amp for the low end. Each cabinet was carefully designed with
components specifically chosen to provide high SPL levels while ensuring smooth coverage across all
frequencies in a lightweight package ranging from the A10 at 25 lbs. (11.3 kg) up to the A18S at 73 lbs. (33.1 kg).
Power Ranges from 1000 Watts for the A10 to 1200 Watts for the A12/A15. Designed to work for you,
the full-range speakers feature a 35mm pole socket with two position options – zero or a 7.5-degree
downward tilt for stand mounting but can also be flown via the built-in M10 fly points, wall mounted or
used a main or floor monitor.
To provide enhanced bass response and extended low frequency coverage, the Achromic Series also
includes two active DSP Controlled sub options with configurable output directivity. The cardioid output
option allows you to better focus your low end in a ground stack configuration for tight clean bass. The
A15S offers a 15-inch woofer with a 3-inch voice coil, while the A18S is fitted with an 18-inch woofer with
a 3-inch voice coil. Both feature an integrated powerful Class D amplifier that delivers an impressive 1600-Watts.
Every model in the Achromic Series features an advanced easy to use Digital Signal Processor
accessible via an LCD screen on the rear panel of the speaker. The built-in DSP allows you custom
optimization to configure the speaker specifically for your needs: Music Type /Room/ mounting
option/EQ/ and System configurations.
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INSTALLATION
The Achromic Series speakers provide versatile installation options as illustrated below.
The A10, A12, and A15 speakers can be pole mounted on a standard speaker stand (not included), or
pole mounted on top of the A15S or A18S sub woofers using the included sub speaker poles.
Additionaly, the A10, A12, and A15 speakers can be permanently installed using optional M10 Eye Bolts.
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
A10
A12
A15
A15S
A18S
70Hz-20kHz
60Hz-20kHz
45Hz-20kHz
35Hz-160Hz
35Hz-150Hz
90° x 60°
90° x 60°
90° x 60°
Omni-Direction
Cardioid
Omni-Direction
Cardioid
Output
(Peak SPL @1M)
121dB
123dB
124dB
126dB
127dB
Amplifier Power
250W Class D
(LF) +50W Class
AB (HF) RMS
1200 W
Dynamic
350W Class D
(LF) + 50W
Class AB (HF)
RMS 1200 W
Dynamic
350W Class D
(LF) + 50W
Class AB (HF)
RMS 1200 W
Dynamic
500W RMS
Class D, 1200W
Dynamic
500W RMS
Class D,
1200W
Dynamic
400 Watts
400 Watts
400 Watts
600 Watts
600 Watts
DSP Features
LCD Screen with
EQ and Multiple
Presets
LCD Screen with
EQ and Multiple
Presets
LCD Screen with
EQ and Multiple
Presets
LCD Screen with
EQ and Multiple
Presets
LCD Screen with
EQ and Multiple
Presets
Driver
Information
10” Woofer
w/2” Voice Coil.
1” HF
Compression
Driver
12” Woofer
w/2.5” Voice
Coil. 1.35” HF
Compression
Driver
15” Woofer
w/2.5” Voice
Coil. 1.35” HF
Compression
Driver
15” Woofer w/3”
Voice Coil
18” Woofer w/3”
Voice Coil
Input /Output
Connectors
Balanced
female XLR/ ¼”
combo jack, 2 x
RCA (Phono).
Balanced Male
XLR Output
Balanced
female XLR /¼”
combo jack, 2 x
RCA (Phono).
Balanced Male
XLR Output
Balanced
female XLR/ ¼”
combo jack, 2 x
RCA (Phono).
Balanced Male
XLR Output
2 x Balanced
female XLR/ ¼”
combo jacks, 2
x XLR male
balanced
outputs
2 x Balanced
female XLR/ ¼”
combo jacks, 2
x XLR male
balanced
outputs
Enclosure
H-PP Molded
H-PP Molded
H-PP Molded
18mm Plywood
18mm Plywood
Grill
1.2 mm Steel
1.2 mm Steel
1.2 mm Steel
1.2 mm Steel
1.2 mm Steel
1 Top
1 Top, 1 Side
1 Top, 1 Side
2 Side
2 Side
Fly Points (M10)
2 Top 1 Back
2 Top 1 Back
2 Top 1 Back
Pole Mounting
Dual Position
0° , 7.5°
Dual Position
0° , 7.5°
Dual Position
0° , 7.5°
Ground Stack
Ground Stack
Power Input
115V / 230V
~50/60
Switchable
115V / 230V
~50/60
Switchable
115V / 230V
~50/60
Switchable
115V / 230V
~50/60
Switchable
115V / 230V
~50/60
Switchable
Net Dimensions
Height
Width
Depth
20.9” (530 mm)
12.2” (310 mm)
11.8” (299 mm)
24.7” (628 mm)
14.4” (365 mm)
13.9” (354 mm)
28.7” (728 mm)
16.7” (425 mm)
16.3” (414 mm)
24.1” (612 mm)
16.9” (430 mm)
23.9” (607 mm)
26.1” (662 mm)
20.1” (510 mm)
25.5” (647 mm)
Net Weight
25 lbs (11.3 kg)
35 lbs (15.9 kg)
42 lbs (19.1 kg)
57 lbs (25.9 kg)
73 lbs (33.1 kg)
Frequency Range
(-10db)
Nominal
Coverage
Current
Consumption
Handles
cETLus
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OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES
ORDER CODE
ITEM
AVACK4
ACHROMIC A15S / A18S CASTER SET (4)
A10 COVER
ACHROMIC A10 BLACK PADDED SLIP ON COVER
A12 COVER
ACHROMIC A12 BLACK PADDED SLIP ON COVER
A15 COVER
ACHROMIC A15 BLACK PADDED SLIP ON COVER
A15S COVER
ACHROMIC A15S BLACK PADDED SLIP ON COVER
A15SC COVER
ACHROMIC A15S w/CASTERS BLACK PADDED SLIP ON COVER
A18S COVER
ACHROMIC A18S BLACK PADDED SLIP ON COVER
A18SC COVER
ACHROMIC A18S w/CASTERS BLACK PADDED SLIP ON COVER
A10-TOTE
ACHROMIC A10 TOTE BAG
A12-TOTE
ACHROMIC A12 TOTE BAG
A15-TOTE
ACHROMIC A15 TOTE BAG
Z-M10-58
M10 EYE BOLT - Single
Z-M10-58-3
M10 EYE BOLTS - 3-Pack
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