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SERIES
S2VS3HS3VS5HS5V
QUICK START GUIDE
1. IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Please read the following safety instructions before setting up your
system. Keep the instructions for further reference. Please heed the
warnings and follow the instructions.
Caution
Risk of electrical shock
Do not open
Risque de shock electrique
Ne pas ouvrier
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE BACK COVER OR ANY OTHER PART.
NO USER-SERVICABLE PARTS INSIDE.
DO NOT EXPOSE THIS EQUIPMENT TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.
Caution: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not open the
loudspeaker. There are no user-serviceable parts inside. Refer
servicing to qualified service personnel.
This product, as well as all attached extension cords, must be
terminated with an earth ground three-conductor AC mains
power cord like the one supplied with the product. To prevent
shock hazard, all three components must always be used.
Never replace any fuse with a value or type other than those
specified. Never bypass any fuse.
Ensure that the specified voltage matches the voltage of the power
supply you use. If this is not the case do not connect the
loudspeakers to a power source! Please contact your local dealer
or national distributor.
Always switch off your entire system before connecting or
disconnecting any cables, or when cleaning any components.
To completely disconnect from AC mains, unplug the power
supply from the power socket. The monitor should be installed
near the mains connection and it should be easy to access the
socket and disconnect the device if necessary.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched
particularly at plugs, sockets, and the point where it exits
from the apparatus.
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1. IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused
for long periods of time. Always keep electrical equipment out
of the reach of children.
Do not expose this product to rain or moisture, never wet the
inside with any liquid and never pour or spill liquids directly
onto this unit. Please do not put any objects filled with liquids
[e.g. vases, etc.] onto the speaker.
Use only with stands, tripods or brackets specified by the
manufacturer, or sold with the apparatus. When moving
the loudspeakers on a trolley, avoid injuries; take care and do
not over-balance the trolley.
The speakers must be positioned on a solid surface or a stand.
Always use fully checked cables. Defective cables can harm
your speakers. They are a common source for any kind of noise,
hum, crackling etc.
Never use flammable or combustible chemicals for cleaning
audio components.
Install in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Never expose this product to extremely high or low temperatures.
Never operate this product in an explosive atmosphere.
High SPLs may damage your hearing! Please do not get close
to the loudspeakers when using them at high volumes.
Please note that the diaphragms emit a magnetic field.
Please keep magnetically sensitive items at least 0.5 m away
from the speaker.
Assure free airflow behind the speakers to maintain sufficient
cooling by keeping a distance of at least 100 mm [4″] to the wall.
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1. IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
No naked flame sources, such as lit candles, should be placed
on the speaker.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Use a dry cloth for cleaning.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, hot air
vents, stoves, or other equipment [including amplifiers] that
produces heat.
Do not disconnect the earth wire in an earthed plug. An earthed
plug has live and neutral prongs, plus a third prong for grounding
purposes which is included for your safety. If the provided plug
does not fit into your socket, consult an electrician to have your
socket replaced.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
S2V, S3H and S3V only: When using the wall or ceiling mount option, only mount this product onto dry and non-conducting wood/
plaster panel walls. To prevent injury, this loudspeaker must be
securely attached to the wall in accordance with the installation
instructions of each separate mounting accessory.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is
required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, for
example if the power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid
has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, or if
the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not
operate normally, or has been dropped.
2. MANUAL
This is the S Series Quick Start Guide, which is designed purely to get
you up and running with your new ADAM Audio monitors as quickly as
possible. For the full users' manual, visit:
www.adam-audio.com/s-series/manual
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3. CONNECTIONS
Despite all the power and flexibility the S Series monitors have to offer,
setting them up is very straightforward. The only choice you have to make
is whether to drive them digitally or with a traditional analog signal. This
selection is made via the rear-panel OLED display and its adjacent
dual-function push-button/rotary encoder, which allow access to the
S Series DSP settings.
In addition to a standard IEC mains connector, the simple S Series rear
panel features traditional AES XLR analog inputs and AES3 digital Input
and Thru connectors [the latter are for multi-channel arrays where
multiple speakers are being driven using the same signal]. There's also
a USB jack to facilitate internal software upgrades and the use of
computer-based remote setting software, and a blank panel covering an
Options slot that will hold two RJ45 connectors for future expansion options.
NOTE: Always use AES/EBU-compatible, shielded twisted-pair cables
for digital audio connections.
OLED display
Dual-function
push-button/rotary
encoder
XLR analog input
AES 3 In
AES 3 Out
USB jack
Blank panel
covering an
Options slot for
future expansion
IEC mains connector
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4. GETTING STARTED
Before using your new speakers, you should let them settle at the
ambient temperature of your listening environment by leaving them in
position for an hour or so after unpacking them. We recommend that
the S Series speakers are driven on a solid, stable surface for best results.
Please also be aware that before optimum performance can be
attained, it always takes some hours of continuous usage to 'break in'
factory-fresh reference monitors.
With the speakers connected to your audio source but turned off, and
with the audio input to the monitors turned all the way down, the
amplifiers should be connected to AC mains power via the supplied
standard IEC cable. The switched-mode power amplifiers in the S Series
loudspeakers can handle mains electricity from anywhere in the world,
with a voltage and frequency range of 100 – 240 volts AC, 50/60 Hz, so
you can plug the monitors in without having to worry about mains
transformers or overheating. Then simply turn on the loudspeakers,
start your playback audio, and gradually increase the output level of
your audio source. You should now start to hear sound through your
S Series speakers.
5. LOUDSPEAKER PLACEMENT
Assuming your room has been acoustically treated to a reasonable
degree to remove the worst effects of unwanted reflections and room
modes, much of loudspeaker placement is common sense, but there
are a few basic points that should be followed:
→Ensure that all your speakers are level with one another in the vertical
plane [except subwoofers, for which placement is much less critical],
and that the tweeters are roughly level with your ears. If a speaker
needs to be placed higher or lower due to spatial constraints, it should
be angled accordingly, but tilts of 15 degrees or more should be
avoided [see diagram]. Angles that result in reflections from your
mixing console or other significant studio furniture should also
be avoided.
→Make sure that nothing partially or totally obscures your monitors.
You should have a clear line of sight to them; this will also guarantee
that nothing comes between them and your ears.
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→Place each of your monitors at least 400 mm [16 inches] from the nearest
wall to minimize back reflections, which can adversely affect your chances
of accurately monitoring low-frequency information. If at all possible,
avoid placing loudspeakers near room corners for the same reason:
with two reflective surfaces in close proximity, the chances of unwanted
reflections affecting your low-frequency audio are even greater.
→For stereo audio production, your ears should be placed as near as
possible to one corner of an equilateral triangle, with the two speakers
at the other corners [see below].
→Precise idealized placements of speakers for surround audio production
depend on the number of channels [and therefore speakers] you are
using, and whether your audio is being produced for musical or film use.
The International Telecommunication Union recommendations on ideal
loudspeaker placement for a variety of audio formats and applications can
be found in detail at their web site, www.itu.int. However, as general
guidance and in common with stereo placement, a symmetrical listening
position is recommended, with all speakers a] situated at least 400 mm
[16 inches] from the nearest wall to minimize back reflections, and b]
pointing as much as possible toward the listener‘s ears.
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6. S SERIES DSP FUNCTIONS
All models of the S Series come with the UNR (Uniform Natural
Response) factory EQ setting, which allows you to start working right
away. To learn more about tailoring your speakers to your individual
room's acoustics with the onboard DSP, please go to
www.adam-audio.com/s-series/manual, where you will find a full
explanation of how to use the DSP module.
How to drive the S Series digitally via its AES3 connections
[daisy-chaining]
Left Channel
Right Channel
AES3 out
AES3 in
AES3 in
AES L
AES R
XLR
AES3 out
Source
ADAM AUDIO GMBH
BERLIN, GERMANY
T +49 30-863 00 97-0
F +49 30-863 00 97-7
INFO@ADAM-AUDIO.COM
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SUPPORT
If you have any problems that cannot be
solved by reading this Quick Start Guide
or the full manual, please contact your
local dealer or ADAM Audio Support via:
support@adam-audio.de
Our team will be happy to help.
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