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Stereo Monitoring System
USER MANUAL
Blue Sky International
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, New York, 11735 USA • T: +1 516 249 1399 • F +1 516 249 8870
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Stereo Monitoring System
USER MANUAL • CONTENTS
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Safety Instructions_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 3
Welcome to Blue Sky _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 4
Welcome to eXo_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 4
Important notes about eXo and this Manual_ _ _ _ Page 4
Expanded Setup Guide _ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Page 5
System Signal Connections and Level Settings _ _ Page 6
A Tour of the eXo Amplifier and Remote _ _ _ Page 7 & 8
eXo Mounting and Placement Options_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 8
Expanded Calibration Guide_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 9
Subwoofer Placement Guide _ __ __ __ __ __ __ _Page 10
Technical Information_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 11
Satellite Cabinet & Remote Dimensions _ __ __ _Page 12
Subwoofer Cabinet Dimensions _ __ __ __ __ __ _Page 13
Factory Service Instructions_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 14
General Contact Details _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 14
Recycling Information_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 15
FCC Part 15 Compliance _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Page 15
Stereo Monitoring System
USER MANUAL • SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
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READ INSTRUCTIONS - Read all safety and operating
instructions before operating this product.
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LIQUID ENTRY - Never spill any liquid of any kind on the
product.
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RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS - Retain these safety and operating
instructions for future reference.
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HEED WARNINGS - Follow all warnings on this product and
in the operating instructions.
SERVICING - Do not attempt to service this product yourself.
Opening or removing covers, including any over bottom or side
speaker drivers, may expose you to dangerous voltage or other
hazards. Refer all service to qualified service personnel.
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FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS - Follow all operating and use
instructions.
DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE - Unplug this product from the
wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified personnel under the
following conditions:
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ATTACHMENTS - Do not use attachments not recommended
by the product manufacturer as they may cause hazards.
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WATER AND MOISTURE - Do not use this product near
water - for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen
sink, or laundry tub; in a wet basement; or near a swimming
pool; and the like.
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ACCESSORIES - Do not place this product on an unstable
cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table. The product
may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and
serious damage to the product. Use only with accessories
recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the
product. Any mounting of the product should follow the
manufacturer’s instructions and should use a mounting
accessory recommended by the manufacturer.
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POWER SOURCE - This product should be operated only
from the type of power source indicated on the marking
label on the back of the product. If you are unsure of the
type of power that is supplied to your home, consult your
product dealer or local power company.
LIGHTNING- For added protection for this product during
a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused
for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet.
This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning
and power-line surges.
When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.
If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into this
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product.
If the product does not operate normally by following
the operating instructions. Adjust only controls that are
covered by the operating instructions as an improper
adjustment of other controls may result in damage and
will often require extensive work by a qualified technician
to restore the product to its normal operation.
If the product has been dropped or damaged in any way.
When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance - this indicates a need for service.
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REPLACEMENT PARTS - When replacement parts are required
be sure the service technician has used replacement parts
specified by the manufacturer or have the same characteristics
as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in
risk of fire, electric shock, or other hazard.
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SAFETY CHECK - Upon completion of any service or repairs
to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety
checks to determine that the product is in proper operating
condition.
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HEAT - This product should be situated away from heat sources
such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products that
produce heat.
OVERLOADING - Do not overload wall outlets or extension
cords as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.
User Manual - Safety Instructions • Page 3
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USER MANUAL • 1 – 3 • Welcome & Important Notes
1. Welcome to Blue Sky
2. Welcome to eXo
World-renowned for their accurate, full-range sound, Blue
Sky speaker monitoring systems are used in critical listening
applications by audio professionals in a wide variety of industry
sectors. Emmy Award-winning sound editor Eric Lalicata, Grammy
Award-winning engineer/remixer Roger Sanchez and legendary
Talking Heads keyboard/guitarist Jerry Harrison all rely on Blue Sky
speakers to check the accuracy of their work before it goes public.
And it’s the same story at film sound facility Skywalker Sound and
broadcaster ESPN, where Blue Sky speakers once again provide an
important link in the production chain.
Your new EXO system is more than a set of external speakers for
your computer. It’s a complete desktop audio reference monitoring
system from Blue Sky – the people that make the monitors used in
professional recording and production studios worldwide.
Blue Sky’s fresh approach to loudspeaker monitor design delivers
the highest possible ratio of performance to cost, in turn providing
the highest value to our customers.
In this box, you will find:
Making the subwoofer (SUB) an integral part of the monitor system
design enables the satellite speakers to be placed for the best
imaging, and the SUB to be positioned for the best bass response.
Relieving the satellite speakers of the requirement to reproduce the
low frequencies means that uncompromised, sealed-box designs
can combine with sophisticated bass management to provide a
seamless transition between SATs and SUB.
Your EXO system consists of a subwoofer (which also contains the
amplifiers and bass management circuitry), Left and Right satellite
speakers, and a remote control.
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EXO subwoofer
EXO satellite speakers
EXO remote control
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Warranty card
Owner’s manual
Setup sheet
It all adds up to accurate, full range sound.
www.abluesky.com
3. Important Notes about eXo
and this manual
WARNING: Turn off power when connecting or disconnecting the
remote / pre-amp from the back of the subwoofer (SUB).
EARPHONES / HEADPHONE LEVEL WARNING: Permanent
hearing loss may occur if earphones or headphones are used at
high volume.
THE OWNERS MANUAL
Please read this owner’s manual carefully and contact Blue Sky
International if you have any comments or questions. Contact
information can be found on page 14 or you can visit:
www.abluesky.com
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USER MANUAL • 4 • Expanded Setup Guide
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If you haven’t already done so, carefully remove all items
from the packaging and confirm that everything that is
listed on page 4 is included. [Welcome to eXo].
eXo is compatible with XLR, TRS, RCA and 3.5mm stereo
plug input connections and can be used simultaneously.
You will need a total of two (2) XLR, TRS or RCA
inputs cables, or one 3.5mm stereo cable, for a stereo
monitoring configuration (input cables not supplied). For
more information on connecting your system, please see
page 6 [System Signal Connection and Level Settings].
The first step in the installation process is to position the
active subwoofer (SUB). Although you have great flexibility
with regard to where the active SUB can be placed,
a good starting point is centered between the left and
right satellite speakers. This could be under a console
/ desk, behind the console / desk, etc. For an expanded
SUB placement guide, please see page 10 [Subwoofer
Placement Guide].
Once the SUB is in position, confirm the power is off, then
connect the remote DIN plug into the SUB plug labeled
“PREAMP”. Next connect the two input cables from the
left and right analog outputs from the mixing console,
digital workstation or other source, to the left and right
inputs on the eXo remote control / pre-amp.
For more
information on connecting your system, please see page
6 [System Signal Connection and Level Settings].
Placing the eXo SATs: The recommended position for the
SATs is based on an ITU standard and sets the speakers
at 60 degrees from the listener, forming an equilateral
triangle (a triangle with equal sides) - See Figure 1.
Fortunately, this setup eliminates most of the math and
is easily simplified to the following guidelines: If you want
to sit 1 meter (39.37 inches) from the speakers, place the
speakers 1 meter apart. If you want to sit 2 ft from the
speakers, place the speakers 2 ft apart. Etc. The monitors
can be positioned on a console, desk, or mounted using
wall mount brackets, etc. For more information see page
8 [eXo SAT mounting and placement options].
Connect the speaker wire from the left high-level outputs
on the back of the SUB, to the inputs on the left SAT.
Now do the same for the right channel, connecting the
right output to the right SAT. Please make sure that you
connect positive to positive and negative to negative, so
that both SATs are in-phase, and also confirm that the
connections are not shorted between positive and negative
terminals. Lastly, please plug in the power cord to the
IEC connector on the back of the SUB (International /
non North American version only). Prior to proceeding,
confirm that the system is wired correctly, as shown on
page 6 [System Signal Connection and Level Settings].
At this point the Blue Sky monitoring system is correctly
configured, and ready for the final steps in the installation.
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Prior to plugging the system into the wall outlet, and
powering up the system, do a final quick check of all
connections and level settings and turn down the gain, to
the minimum setting.
If everything is correct, plug the power cord into the
wall outlet. Do not turn on the power switches, yet!
Some mixers and out-board equipment such as D-to-A
converters and equalizers generate loud rail-to-rail pops
when they initially turn-on. Depending on the gain setting
of the monitoring system, these pops could damage
the monitors. To avoid this, always turn on equipment
in the following sequence: All sources and mixer first,
and then the eXo monitoring system, or set the GAIN
to the minimum setting / fully counterclockwise, until
everything is powered on.
At this point the Blue Sky monitoring system is fully
operational, and ready for use. Begin by playing familiar
pieces of music which can assist you in fine-tuning the
exact positioning of both the SATs and SUB, along with
optimizing the system gain and level of the SUB (a good
starting point is the middle circle on the SUB knob). It is
important to remember that the positioning of the SUB
will impact the its output level. You may find it necessary
to adjust the level of the SUB depending on its location.
This is OK, and is anticipated. For more information, see
page 6 [System Signal Connection and Level Settings].
For a more exacting setup, using test signals and a SPL
meter, please see Page 9 [Expanded Calibration Guide].
Just remember - Use your ears, they are the best audio
tool you have and you will be amazed how accurate the
setup can be if you use familiar audio material during the
setup of the system.
Congratulations! You have now completed the set up of
one of the world’s finest studio monitoring systems. If
you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
us directly with your questions. (516) 249-1399 (9:00am
to 5:30pm EST) or e-mail: support@abluesky.com
User Manual • Expanded Setup Guide • Page 5
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USER MANUAL • 5 • System Signal Connections and Level Settings
Below are some basic outlines of ways someone may interface
eXo with their audio system. These may or may not apply to your
specific application, but they should be able to show the basic
concept for most applications. Please note that all inputs can be
used simultaneously.
CABLE WIRING SPECIFICATIONS
Most users of the eXo system will be using ready made
cables, however if you need to wire your own cables,
follow the wiring specifications below.
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XLR / TRS ‘COMBO’ INPUTS (ELECTRONICALLY BALANCED)
Figure 2: Shows the XLR inputs being fed from the output
of a standard pro audio mixer. The eXo XLR / TRS inputs
can handle up to +30dBu of signal level at the input, when
the input gain switch is set to the -12dB position, and are
compatible with most, if not all professional gear.
INPUT GAIN SWITCHES (XLR / TRS INPUTS ONLY)
Certain professional audio devices have
a great deal of electrical output and gain
(up to +24dBu or more) and under certain
conditions it may not be advantageous to
reduce the output gain from your source
(such as with a D to A converter). Under these conditions
we recommend that you switch the input switches to the
-12dB setting. However, if you are not running the signal
into the XLR / TRS inputs at a high level and you are
interested in more gain from the monitoring system or
you want to match the voltage sensitivity of our other
products, then set the switches to the 0dB position.
RCA AND 3.5mm STEREO INPUTS
Figure 2: The RCA and 3.5mm inputs on eXo are
compatible with a myriad of consumer and computer
audio gear, such as mixers, CD players, Hi-Fi pre-amps,
mp3 players etc.
3.5mm HEADPHONE / EARPHONE OUTPUT
Located on the front of the eXo remote / preamp
is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The impedance of
the headphones should be 16 ohms or above.
When headphones are connected to this jack, the output
to the eXo Stereo Monitoring System is muted. Warning:
Permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones or
headphones are used at high volume.
SPEAKER LEVEL OUTPUTS AND INPUTS
This drawing shows the proper way to
insert bare wire into the binding posts
which are on the subwoofer outputs and
SAT inputs. When inserting bare wire, please make sure
that there are no strands protruding out that may create
a short-circuit. These binding posts are compatible with
wire gauges up to approximately 10 gauge.
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REMOTE / PREAMP AND SAT CONNECTIONS
Figure 3, shows the basic connections of the included
system components. Please note: Turn off power when
connecting or disconnecting the remote / pre-amp from
the back of the subwoofer.
SYSTEM GAIN AND SUBWOOFER LEVEL
Shown in the drawing below are some basic guidelines for
setting both the system gain and subwoofer level.
System Gain (GAIN): You will notice that the normal gain
/ level setting for headphones is lower, when compared
to typical setting when using the eXo stereo monitoring
system. In order to avoid unpleasant and possibly
dangerous headphone playback levels, always turn down
the system gain when going to or from headphones.
Warning: Permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones
or headphones are used at high volume.
NORMAL VOLUME WHEN
PLAYING BACK A CD
REF=85dB
NORMAL VOLUME WHEN
USING HEADPHONES
SETTING IF SUB IN CORNER
STARTING POINT
FOR SUB VOLUME
SETTING IF SUB IN
MORE OPEN SPACE
Subwoofer Level (SUB): There are several marks around
the SUB level knob, which show some general guidelines
for setting SUB level. Because all rooms / studios are
unique, your actual SUB level setting may vary.
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USER MANUAL • 6 • A tour of the eXo amplifier and Remote
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SPEAKER OUTPUTS - These are high quality binding
posts that are compatible with both bare speaker wire
and other speaker connectors (such as spades and signle
banana plugs). Please always maintain proper phase
and be careful to avoid short-circuits between output
terminals.
REMOTE / PREAMP INPUT: Turn off power when
connecting or disconnecting the remote / pre-amp from
the back of the subwoofer.
FUSE HOLDER (120 V / North American Version): To
replace fuse, first disconnect the power cord from the
outlet, then depress cap with your thumb and turn 1/8
turn counterclockwise. The cap will then pop out. Replace
with same rating and type listed on the back panel. For
120V applications use a 5 x 20mm, T 2 Amp 250V (time
delay).
POWER SWITCH - Controls the power to all the three
amplifiers and all internal electronics.
POWER CORD (120 V / North American Version): This
cord is permanently attached to the backplate / internal
electronics and should not be replaced or modified in
anyway. If the cord becomes damaged, please contact
Blue Sky International. Contact information can be found
on page 14 or you can visit: www.abluesky.com
EXPORT VERSION ADDENDUM (230 V / Rest Of World):
Features an IEC 320 Receptacle, with detachable power
cord and integral fuse holder. Replace fuse with same
rating and type listed on the back panel. 230V applications
use a 5 x 20mm, T 1 Amp 250V (time delay).
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REMOTE / PREAMP FIXED CABLE - This cable is
permanently connected to the remote and connects to the
back of the subwoofer. Turn off power when connecting
or disconnecting the remote / pre-amp from the back of
the subwoofer.
LEFT INPUT GAIN SWITCH (XLR / TRS INPUTS ONLY):
Attenuates the balanced inputs by -12dB allowing up to
+30dBu at the input. For more information see page 6
[System Signal Connection and Level Settings].
LEFT XLR / TRS ‘COMBO’ INPUT (ELECTRONICALLY
BALANCED): This LEFT XLR / TRS input should be
connected to the Left output of your console or digital
workstation. This input is electronically balanced. Do
not connect more than one source to this input. Refer to
page 6 for more information [System Signal Connection
and Level Setting]
LEFT and RIGHT RCA IN - These are unbalanced RCA type
inputs that are designed to work with -10 dBV sources,
such as consumer sound cards, CD players, some mixers,
etc. Refer to page 6 for more information [System Signal
Connection and Level Setting].
RIGHT XLR / TRS ‘COMBO’ INPUT (ELECTRONICALLY
BALANCED): This RIGHT XLR / TRS input should be
connected to the Right output of your console or digital
workstation. This input is electronically balanced. Do
not connect more than one source to this input. Refer to
page 6 for more information [System Signal Connection
and Level Setting]
RIGHT INPUT GAIN SWITCH (XLR / TRS INPUTS ONLY):
Attenuates the balanced inputs by -12dB allowing up to
+30dBu at the input. For more information see page 6
[System Signal Connection and Level Settings].
continued on page 8
User Manual • A Tour of the eXo Amplifier and Remote • Page 7
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USER MANUAL • 6 & 7 • A Tour of the eXo Remote (continued) • eXo Mounting and Placement Options
6. Tour of the eXo Remote
(continued)
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3.5mm STEREO INPUT - This unbalanced input is
designed to work with sources such as consumer sound
cards, CD players, mp3 players, etc. It has 6dB more gain
when compared to the RCA inputs. Refer to page 6 for
more information [System Signal Connection and Level
Setting].
2.1 SYSTEM GAIN (GAIN) - This knob controls the overall
system gain. The subwoofer gain knob [item 4 detailed
below], tracks this setting.
POWER INDICATOR LED - This LED, when lit, indicates
that the unit remote is connected to a powered eXo
Subwoofer.
SUBWOOFER GAIN (SUB) - This knob controls the relative
SUB level as compared to the overall system output.
This setting tracks the overall system level. For more
information on setting SUB level, please refer to page 5
[Quick Setup] and page 9 [Expanded Calibration Guide].
3.5mm STEREO HEADPHONE / EARPHONE OUTPUT
- This output is designed to connect to headphones or
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Please note that all inputs can be used simultaneously.
earphones. When connected, the output of the eXo
Stereo Monitoring System is muted. Please turn down
the system GAIN (item 2 in this list), when switching
between headphones / earphones and the eXo Stereo
Monitoring System.
Warning: Permanent hearing loss may occur if earphones
or headphones are used at high volume.
7. eXo Mounting and
Placement Options
Figure 4: Angled Cabinet
Most users of eXo will be using the system around or near
a computer workstation. The design of the eXo SAT takes
this into account and makes it easy to place the speakers
on a typical desk, so as to have them pointed at the user’s
ears. The angle of cabinet also reduces reflections off of
the desk, improving imaging and overall performance.
Wall Mount Options (not shown)
The single 1/4” X 20 insert on the back of the eXo SAT is
compatible with BT Technologies BT-33 Brackets (www.
btech-usa.com) and is also compatible with OmniMount’s
type 10 Series of wall / ceiling brackets (www.omnimount.
com). For more details on this mounting insert please
see page 12 [Satellite Cabinet Dimensions].
Figure 4
Please Note: Mounting a studio monitor, such as the eXo
SAT, should be done by qualified persons in accordance
with all applicable local safety and construction standards.
Also be certain to follow the instructions provided by the
manufacturer of the mounting brackets.
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USER MANUAL • 8 • Expanded Calibration Guide
Instructions for electroacoustic calibration of a 2.1 audio system
using a SPL meter and Blue Sky’s test files.
Step 3
Mute everything and make sure the 1kHz tone is OFF .
Before starting this procedure you will need to download
BlueSkyTestFiles.zip (an 15 MB zip file) by going to:
www.abluesky.com
Step 4
Now that the system has been electrically calibrated turn ON the eXo Stereo Monitoring System.
Step 5 Assign the 500-2.5kHz pink noise signal to the left
channel or right channel only. Make sure there is nothing
coming from the right channel (or any other channels).
Because this signal is bandwidth limited, you don’t have
to worry about turning the subwoofer (SUB) off. There
are two methods of setting the levels.
Once downloaded, either burn the test files to a CD or import them
into your DAW and follow the instructions below.
ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ITEMS
1. 2.1 Monitoring System
2. SPL Meter - such as those sold by (RadioShack)
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BlueSkyTestFiles.zip Includes 4 files:
1000Hz SINEWAVE -20dBFS.wav – a 1kHz file recorded
at -20dBFS for electrical calibration
40-80Hz PINK NOISE -20dBFS.wav – a 40Hz to 80Hz
bandwidth limited pink-noise file recorded at -20dBFS
500-2.5kHz PINK NOISE -20dBFS.wav – a 500Hz to
2.5Hz bandwidth limited pink-noise file recorded at
20dBFS
Pink Noise full bw -20dBFS.wav – a full-bandwidth pinknoise file recorded at - 20dBFS
These test files are all mono files. Please make sure you hard
assign them to the left and then the right, not both channels at the
same time. If you are using a CD player use only one channel of
the CD player.
Theory
The purpose of calibration is to adjust the overall electroacoustics
system gain so that 0dBVU of electrical signal level equals a
certain acoustic level at the listening position. Since most recording
media is now digital, the reference electrical signal level is usually
–20dBFS with 20dB of headroom. The reference SPL level however
can vary based on the delivery media and speaker type.
Please note that the bandwidth limited signals that have been
provided, limit many of the room interaction affects often associated
with measuring SPL and broadband pink noise.
A. If you have a master monitor level control, you can set
the sat gain control at reference and then adjust the eXo
GAIN control for 85 dBc. Then mark the monitor level as
your reference position.
B. The other method is to set eXo master GAIN control to
the position you want as a reference level and then use
your own volume controls to set 85 dBc. If you use this
method you should mark the knob position with a grease
pencil so you can always go back to reference level if the
knob gets moved. For either method:
SPL should be measured at the mix position, with the SPL
meter at arms length, with the microphone at seated ear
height, angled at approximately 45 degrees, and pointed
at the center point between the left and right speakers.
Once the left channel is set to 85dBc, repeat this step for
the right channel
Step 6
Feed 40-80Hz pink noise signal to the left channel
only. Adjust the subwoofer level control (SUB) until the
subwoofer measures 85dBc (slow) at the mix position.
The meter will bounce around a little, so you will need to
do a mental average (I tend to filter out the peaks in my mind,
so I don’t set the SUB too hot). The right channel should
measure about the same and no additional adjustments
need to be made.
Step 7
You can play the full-bandwidth pink noise, assigning it
to the left and then the right channel (not at the same
time). You should measure about 85dBc. It may be a
little higher, because below 30Hz the room may have a
little extra gain. No adjustments should be made with Full
Bandwidth pink noise, unless you have an RTA (real time
analyzer).
All test signals are recorded at –20dBFS including the 1 kHz sine
wave tone. The sine wave tone is used to set the electrical output
level throughout the signal path, right up to the point you get to the
speakers, while the various pink noise signals are used for acoustic
measurements and calibration.
The following procedure assumes you are calibrating the system
to 85dBc SPL.
Step 1 TURN OFF THE MONITORING SYSTEM (until step 4)
Step 2 Remove all eq and dynamics from the signal path and
set all controls to zero / unity gain. Play the 1kHz Sine
Wave, hard assign it to the left channel only, and adjust
the output fader so the output meter reads -20dBFS. If
you are using an analog console, set the output level to 0
VU. Then hard pan the signal to the right channel output
and repeat for the right channel. Once calibrated do not
move the output faders.
Step 8 You are finished and the calibration process has been
completed – enjoy!
User Manual • Expanded Calibration Guide • Page 9
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USER MANUAL • 9 • Subwoofer Placement Guide
The low frequency response and efficiency of a subwoofer are heavily
influenced by the acoustics of the playback environment. More
specifically, the response is influenced by the room’s dimensional
ratios, types of construction and location of the subwoofer within
that environment. You can significantly improve the subwoofer’s inroom response and efficiency by experimenting with various room
placements until you find an optimum location.
When placing the subwoofer there are several general guidelines
that should be kept in mind. These include:
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Every acoustic space is unique and experimentation is an
important key in finding the best possible location in your
particular environment.
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A subwoofer becomes more acoustically efficient (has
greater output) as you move it closer to a room surface
(e.g. wall or floor).
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A subwoofer will give maximum output and maximum
acoustic excitement when it is located in a corner.
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Under certain acoustic conditions corner locations
are optimum; in others they can excite multiple “room
modes”, producing “muddy” or “boomy” sound.
that the subwoofers response is similar to when the
positions were reversed. If it is, then leave the subwoofer
in that location. If not, continue to experiment with the
subwoofer location until the most accurate and best
response has been achieved.
Method 2
Subwoofer placement using a real time analyzer – Such as those
made by Gold Line™ or The Audio Toolbox™ by TerraSonde™.
connect the subwoofer to your pink noise generator. Turn
on your pink noise generator and make sure that the level
of the subwoofer has been raised high enough so that low
frequencies are not masked by the background noise in
the room. Now set the analyzer to 1/12 octave resolution
(or whichever setting provides the highest resolution on
your particular analyzer), real time mode and begin to
take measurements around the room. If the analyzer you
are using has the ability to do real time averaging, then
use this function to better analyze the spectral response.
The following methods have been found to work successfully under
most conditions:
The first method described below doesn’t require any special test
equipment. It does require a pair of good ears and familiar broadspectrum music material – recordings with lots of energy across a
wide frequency range (from low to high). The recordings should be
highly dynamic and be of relatively high quality.
The second subwoofer placement method requires using a real
time analyzer – such as those made by Gold Line™ or The Audio
Toolbox(TM) by TerraSonde(TM). Although many home audio
enthusiasts may not have access to this equipment, if you are
having a sound system or home theatre system professionally
installed, this information may be useful to the installer.
Method 1
Place the subwoofer at the main listening position and
connect and make sure it is properly connected to your
receiver. Turn on the CD or music source and make sure
that the level of the subwoofer has been raised high
enough so that low frequencies are not masked by the
background noise in the room. Once you have roughly
balanced the level, between the subwoofer and main
speakers, move around the room and pay careful attention
to where the spectral response is smoothest and has the
greatest low frequency extension, pay special attention to
the corners and along the walls. Also, make sure to pay
attention to where the system has its’ greatest impact and
definition. You are not just listening for the most boom,
but rather where the bass is most accurate and natural
sounding. Remember, because the subwoofer is basically
omni-directional, the best spot for the subwoofer can be
next to, or even behind, the main monitoring area.
Place the subwoofer at the main listening position and
As you walk around the room, be sure to pay careful
attention to where the spectral response is smoothest
and has the greatest low frequency extension, pay special
attention to the corners and along the walls. Remember,
because the subwoofer is basically omni-directional,
the best spot for the subwoofer can be next to, or even
behind, the main monitoring area.
After analysing the data and finding the spot where the
subwoofer has the best response in the room, place the
subwoofer in that location. Now, take some additional
measurements from the listening position and confirm
that the subwoofers response is similar to when the
positions were reversed. If it is, then leave the subwoofer
in that location. If not, continue to experiment with the
subwoofer location until the smoothest and best response
has been achieved.
Additional Notes
It has been found that a subwoofers’ in-room response can
sometimes be improved by facing the drivers toward a wall. Again,
experimentation is the key to finding the best possible location.
After finding the spot where the subwoofer has the
best response in the room, place the subwoofer in that
location. Now, listen from the main position and confirm
Page 10 • User Manual • Subwoofer Placement Guide
Properly designed subwoofers generate tremendous
energy, so they may vibrate objects close to them. If
you hear buzzing or vibrating objects, make sure to
try and dampen those objects. Rattling, buzzing and
other sympathetic resonances can make the subwoofer
localizable and therefore should be avoided. Using a sine
wave generator can be helpful in locating these acoustic
anomalies.
Stereo Monitoring System
USER MANUAL • 10 • Technical Information
This next section outlines the components, specifications and
performance data that make this product such a uniquely high
value.
In order to continually improve all of its products, Blue Sky reserves
the right to change these specifications without notice.
eXo Specifications
General Specifications
XLR / TRS Combo
60k Ohms balanced 200k Ohms balanced RCA input:
30k Ohms unbalanced
3.5mm (front panel input)
15k Ohms unbalanced
Satellite
Input gain = +0dBu
Input gain = -12 dBu
Common Mode Rejection Ratio
40 dB typical @ 60Hz (balanced inputs only)
Maximum Input Level
+18 dBu XLR / TRS/ RCA Input gain = +0dBu
+30 dBu XLR / TRS Input gain = -12dBu
+12 dBu 3.5mm / Mini-Jack (front panel input)
Voltage Sensitivity
200mV = 90 dB SPL @ 1m XLR/TRS (input gain = 0dBu)
200mV = 90 dB SPL @ 1m RCA
200mV = 96 dB SPL @ 1m 3.5mm (front panel input)
Note: 200mV = -11.75 dBu = -14 dBV
Amplifier power output Note: All power output measurements
made with the speaker protection circuits disabled. Long term
power output is limited by the speaker protection circuitry.
Short term power output 1 channel driven:
42 watts x 1 @ <.1% THD into 4 ohms @ 1 kHz
Short term power output 2 channels driven :
35 watts x 2 @ <.1% THD into 4 ohms @ 1 kHz
Subwoofer power output:
90 watts x 1 @ <1% THD into 4 ohms @ 50 HZ
3.5mm headphone output:
4 mW x 2 @ <.2% THD into 16 ohms @ 1 kHz
Mains voltages:
115V / 60Hz (North American Version)
230V / 50Hz (Export)
Voltage is set at the factory
Maximum power consumption:
240 watts
Fuse Type and Rating:
115V = 5 x 20mm, T 2 Amp 250V (Time Delay).
230V = 5 x 20mm, T 1 Amp 250V (Time Delay)
• The single 1/4” X 20 insert on the back of the eXo SAT
is compatible with BT Technologies BT-33 Brackets (www.btechusa.com) and is also compatible with OmniMount’s type 10 Series
of wall / ceiling brackets (www.omnimount.com). For more details
on this mounting insert please see page 12 [Satellite Cabinet
Dimensions]
• Dimensions:
8” H X 5” D x 5” W
20.3 cm X 12.7 cm x 12.7 cm
• Weight 3 lbs. / 1.36 kg
• 3” cast frame woofer, hemispherical anodized
aluminium cone, Neodymium motor structure
• 1” fabric Neodymium tweeter
• Fully Video Shielded
• Satellite Low frequency crossover 140 Hz
• Tweeter Crossover Frequency
2200 Hz
• Nominal SAT impedance 4 Ohms
The following specifications are measured using the eXo Amplifier
• Frequency Response Satellite
+/- 2.0dB 200 to 10 kHz
+/- 3.0dB 140 to 20 kHz
8” Sealed Box Subwoofer
• 8” woofer, vented motor, paper cone with foam surround
• Fully video shielded,
• Isolation feet are included
• Inserts for optional attachment of spiked feet
• Dimensions:
(subwoofer only)
12” H x 12” W x 13” D
30.5 cm x 30.5 cm x 33 cm
(subwoofer with isolation feet)
13.8” H x 12” W x 13” D
33 cm x 30.5 cm x 33 cm
• Weight 25 lbs. / 11.4kg
• Frequency Response Subwoofer
Anechoic Response:
35 to 140Hz +/-6dB
Typical In-Room Response:
20 to 200Hz (1500 Cubic Feet)
User Manual • Technical Information • Page 11
Stereo Monitoring System
USER MANUAL • 11 • Satellite Cabinet & Remote Dimensions
4.75 "
12.07 cm
4.43 "
11.24 cm
5.00 "
12.70 cm
7.00 "
17.78 cm
7.87 "
20.00 cm
2.00 "
5.08 cm
1/4" x 20" threaded insert
2.38 "
6.03 cm
4.70
11.94 cm
3.50
8.89 cm
4.50
11.43 cm
4.315
10.960 cm
2.00
5.08 cm
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Stereo Monitoring System
USER MANUAL • 12 • Subwoofer Cabinet Dimensions
12.50
31.75 cm
12.000
30.480 cm
11.250
28.575 cm
12.000
30.480 cm
13.560
34.442 cm
9.000
22.860 cm
1.500
3.810 cm
8.750
22.225 cm
1.250
3.175 cm
User Manual • Subwoofer Cabinet Dimensions • Page 13
Stereo Monitoring System
USER MANUAL • 13 & 14 • Factory Service Instructions • General Contact Details
13. Factory Service
Instructions
14. General Contact Details
Service for the U.S. versions of Blue Sky products is available
only from our authorized distributor, Group One Ltd., located in
Farmingdale, New York. (Service for Blue Sky products outside the
United States can be obtained through local dealers or distributors.)
If your monitor needs service, follow these instructions:
For sales and other enquiries, please contact Blue Sky at:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Review the manual and ensure that you have followed all
setup and operating instructions.
Call (516) 249-1399 9:00am to 5:30pm EST and ask for
Customer Service. Explain the problem and request an
RA (Return Authorization) number. It is important to have
your product serial number available when you call. You
must have an RA number before you can obtain service.
Pack the product in its original packing material and
box. Please do not return the manual or power cord, if
detachable (international / non North American version
only). If you don’t have the original packing material
and/or box, please let Customer Service know when you
call for the RA number. Blue Sky is not responsible for
any damage that occurs due to non-factory packaging.
Include a legible note stating your name, shipping address
(no P.O. boxes), daytime phone number, RA number, and a
detailed description of the problem, including how it can
be duplicated
Write the RA number on the top of the carton.
Ship the product to the address below. We recommend
United Parcel Service (UPS). Please insure the product
regardless of shipping method.
tel:
fax:
email:
Blue Sky International
70 Sea Lane
Farmingdale, NY 11735
USA
516 249 1399
516 249 8870
support@abluesky.com
To discover the very latest information check out our website at:
www.abluesky.com
Blue Sky International
ATTN: SERVICE DEPT / RA#
70 Sea Lane
Farmingdale, NY 11735
USA
7.
Turnaround time is three to five business days depending
on the problem. When calling for RA numbers, please
ask Customer Service what the turnaround time is. The
serviced product will be sent back to you via the same
shipping method as received (i.e. if you ship your monitor
UPS Ground it will be returned UPS Ground, UPS Red
will be returned UPS Red etc...). This only applies to
products serviced under the warranty.
Page 14 • User Manual • Factory Service Instructions • General Contact Details
Stereo Monitoring System
USER MANUAL • 15 & 16 • Recycling Information • FCC Part 15 Compliance
15. Recycling Information
Blue Sky products are designed to last many years. However, if it
turns out that your Blue Sky product is damaged beyond repair,
please take care that it is properly recycled in an authorized
recycling facility and in accordance with all local environmental
legislation.
Dismantling of Blue sky products should be done by qualified
individuals only. End users should not attempt to dismantle any
Blue Sky product!
Note the following aspects about recycling some of the main
components of our eXo Stereo Monitoring System:
Packing material: Cardboard and plastic can be recycled or burned
in a waste disposal oven.
Studio Monitor / Speaker Drivers: These items contain several
different materials so they should be dismantled for recycling.
The eXo SAT baffle and Remote Baffle: These items are made of
plastic which is well suited to recycling.
Amplifier Plate and Remote Case: These items made of aluminium
and can be recycled when all components have been removed.
Amplifier and Other Electronic Components: These items can be
recycled according to your local electronic equipment recycling
standards. Do not burn any of the amplifier components.
Cables and Connectors: These items can be reused in a suitable
application or recycled according to your local electronic equipment
recycling standards.
16. FCC Part 15 Compliance
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is
subject to the following two conditions:
This device may not cause harmful interference, and
This device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesirable
operation.
Note: This equipment complies with the limits of part 15 of the FCC
rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy
and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions,
may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However,
there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation.
If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning equipment
on and off, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference
by one or more of the following measures:
Reoriented or relocate to receiving antenna
Increase the separation between equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different
from that to which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician
for help.
Cabinets: MDF cabinets can be burned in a controlled high
temperature waste disposal oven.
Modifications not expressly approved by the manufacturer could
void the users authority to operate equipment under FCC rules.
User Manual • Recycling Information • FCC Part 15 Compliance • Page 15
Blue Sky International
70 Sea Lane, Farmingdale, New York, 11735 USA • T: +1 516 249 1399 • F +1 516 249 8870
www.abluesky.com
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