SUBWOOFER ADJUSTMENT & USE
SUBWOOFER INITIAL CONTROL SETTINGS
-Ę Set the LOW PASS FREQUENCY Control to its center position.
-Ę Set the LEVEL Control fully counterclockwise to MIN. You-ôll reset this controlafter you make other adjustments.
ADJUSTING THE SUBWOOFER CONTROLS
-Ę Play a program on your system. For the following adjustments, use the D\
olby ProLogic Normal surround mode and select a movie that has a Dolby Surrou\
soundtrack with a lot of music, or play a music CD. Adjust the receiver\
control for a comfortable sound level from the system speakers.
-Ę Increase the Subwoofer-ôs LEVEL Control setting clockwise, so that you hear the deep bass. Adjust the control for a natural, musical balance that has p\
deep bass sound when it is actually present in the music.
-Ę Listen carefully to bass voices and, if needed, adjust the LOW PASS FREQUENCY Control so that they sound natural. Setting the frequency too\
high will make deep voices sound excessively -úchesty-Ě or resonant \
give the upper bass in music a -úone-note-Ě quality. Setting the frequency too
low will make deep voices sound -úthin-Ě and will give music a lack \
-Ę Make fine adjustments until the program has satisfying and natural sound\
quality on both bass voices and music.
THE HC5 speaker set comes with a wall mounting system specifically desi\
your HC5 satellites. The mounting system includes four each mounting rod\
attached plate, rubber compression washers. and angle wedges. The system\
NOT include hardware to attach the wall mount brackets to the mounting surfa\
When installed properly, the mounting system will allow the listener to focus the satel-
lites on the chosen listening location or sweet spot.
Take the satellite in hand and view the rear panel. You will note that the top and bot-
tom caps are protruding. The bottom cap has a formed hole that passes th\
Press one of the compression washers into the opening, being sure to all\
ow the edge
mold on the washer to overlap slightly on both sides of the cap. Place t\
he free end of
on mounting rod into the washer from the bottom, rotate the satellite an\
d push the rod
slowly. Be sure not to dislodge the washer from its location. Continue to push\
rod enters the insert on the inside of the top cap. You can now rotate the satellite hor-
izontally on the rod to access the mounting plate and complete the brack\
Once the plate is attached to the mounting surface, the satellites can b\
e easily rotat-
ed to the desired orientation. The compression washer will assist in hol\
ding the satel-
lite in the desired position. If you require a vertical adjustment a wed\
ge insert is pro-
vided and is designed to be placed between the plate and mounting surfac\
SUBWOOFER POWER INDICATOR LED DOES NOT LIGHT
-Ę Check that the Subwoofer-ôs POWER Switch is in the AUTO ON position.
-Ę If the POWER Switch is in the AUTO ON position, check the AC outlet the Subwoofer is plugged into to be sure that it is live. You can use a tester or
plug-in a lamp to check it.
-Ę If the AC outlet is live, either the power cord or Subwoofer has a probl\
em. Unplug the power cord from the AC outlet and check the fuse by unscrewin\
center piece from the holder. If it is blown, replace the fuse only with a fuse of
the same type and rating. If this doesn-ôt help, take the Subwoofer to your
dealer for service -ď THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.
NO SOUND FROM THE FRONT SPEAKERS.
-Ę Be sure the Receiver and Subwoofer POWER Switches are in the On position\
-Ę Check the Receiver-ôs Volume Control Setting - if it is all the way down, there won-ôt be any sound.
-Ę Check that the Receiver-ôs Input Selector is set to an active source of audio signals and that a Tape Monitor Loop is not engaged.
-Ę Be sure that the Receiver-ôs Speaker Selector switch is turned on to the terminals [A or B, 1or 2] that you have your Front speakers connected to\
. If the
Receiver has a headphone jack, you can use headphones to check the Recei\
-Ę Check the wires and connections from the Receiver-ôs Front Speaker Output terminals to the Subwoofer-ôs SPEAKER-IN terminals.
-Ę Try removing the Subwoofer from the system, leaving your Front speakers connected to the Receiver. If there still is no sound, take the Receiver to your
dealer for service.
NO SOUND FROM THE SUBWOOFER
-Ę First, be sure there is sound from the Front speakers and that the Recei\
ver is working correctly as outlined above.
-Ę Check the Subwoofer-ôs LEVEL Control. If it is all the way counter clockwise, there may be no sound.
-Ę The Subwoofer only reproduces deep bass sound. If the program has no d\
eep bass, the Subwoofer will not make any sound. Play a program with plenty\
bass, such as jazz or rock music, or an action movie.
-Ę If everything else checks OK, take the Subwoofer to your dealer for service - THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. SPECIFICATIONS
Driver Compliment: Dual 3" with
Frequency Response: 100Hz-20KHz ¬Ī3dB
Sensitivity: 91dB, 2.83V/1 meter
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Recommended Amplifier Power: 15 to 100 Watts
Finish: Anodized Aluminum
Dimensions (HxWxD): 3
1/2" x 8" x 3 3/8"
Satellites Compliment: 3" Woofer with
Frequency Response: 100Hz-20kHz ¬Ī3dB
Sensitivity: 89dB, 2.83V/1 meter
Nominal Impedance: 8 ohms
Recommended Amplifier Power: 15 to 100 Watts
Finish: Anodized Aluminum
Dimensions (HxWxD): 5" x 3
1/2" x 3 3/8"
Subwoofer 8-Ě long throw woofer in a down firing,tuned port enclosure design
Frequency Response: 35Hz to 180Hz
Amplification Power Output: 100 Watts RMS into 4 Ohms
Total Harmonic Distortion: 10% @ 100 Watts output
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >98 dB
Variable crossover: 40-180Hz
Special Features: 2 pairs 5-way gold binding posts for high level input
2 pairs 5-way gold binding posts for high level output
1 pair RCA input for low level input and one pair for output
Finish: Vinyl laminate with aluminum accent
Dimensions (HxWxD): 17" X 10
1/4" X 15 3/4"
Weight: 26.8 lbs (12.2Kg)
IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Please read these instructions thoroughly before attempting to operate y\
Surround System. Be sure to save this manual for future reference. Als\
o save your bill
of sale, as it may be required for warranty service.
CLEANING - Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for
ATTACHMENTS - Do not use attachments not recommended by AR as they may
WATER and MOISTURE - Do not use the AR Surround System near water - for
example: near a bath tub, wash bowl, kitchen sink, or laundry tub; in a \
near a swimming pool, or similar locations.
ACCESSORIES - Do not place the AR Surround System on an unstable cart, stand,
tripod, bracket or table. The product may fall, causing serious injury t\
o a child or
adult,and serious damage to the product. Use only with cart, stand, trip\
od, bracket or
table recommended by AR or sold with the AR Surround System. Any
mounting of the speakers should follow AR-ôs instructions and should use a
mounting accessory recommended by AR.
OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY - Never push objects of any kind into this product
through openings as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out\
could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kin\
d on the AR Surround
SERVICING - Do not attempt to service the AR Surround System yourself. Opening or
removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. R\
servicing to qualified AR service personnel.
DAMAGE REQUIRING SERVICE - Refer servicing to qualifiedservice personnel under
the following conditions: A. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into the product.
B. If the product has been exposed to rain or water.
C. When the product exhibits a distinct change in a performance
REPLACEMENT PARTS - When replacement parts are required, be sure the service
technician has used replacement parts specified by AR or those having th\
characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire,
electric shock, or other hazards. NOTE:See section on -úHow to Obtain Service-Ě.
SAFETY CHECK - Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the
service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the produc\
t is in proper
WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING - The AR Surround Sound System has 1/4 x 20
inserts for mounting to walls and should be mounted to a wall or ceiling\
recommended by AR.
HEAT - The AR Surround System should be situated away from heat sources such \
radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products (including amplifi\
HC5S and HC5B SURROUND SYSTEM
Contents of Carton: 4 each 2-way Matching Satellites , Shielded
1 each 2-way Center Channel, Shielded
1 each Subwoofer
CENTER AND SATELLITE SPEAKERS Your five surround speakers consist of 4
matching Satellites and a Center Channel Speaker. The Satellites are the smaller set
while the Center Channel has a horizontal orientation.
SUBWOOFER Your Subwoofer delivers powerful, deep bass sound output for a
natural, life-like sonic experience. Please follow the directions in th\
is manual to
achieve the best performance from your system.
HOW TO PLACE YOUR SYSTEM COMPONENTS Locate the Center Channel on top
of or under the television or monitor. One of the Satellite Speakers should be located
on either side of the television.
Your Subwoofer must sit on the floor, in a corner to work properly. The floor and
corner are actually a part of the Subwoofer-ôs design.
Place your Subwoofer in the corner nearest your system-ôs electronic
components to keep wire or cable runs short.
CONNECTING THE SURROUND SPEAKERS Your Receiver will have clearly marked
terminals for connecting the Satellite and Center Channel Speakers. The \
type of connection is spring loaded. Press down on the tab and insert the stripped wire
tips into the opening.
IMPORTANT: Always connect the red (+) terminal on the Receiver to the red (+)\
terminal on the corresponding Speaker i.e. Front Left. Connect the corre\
(-) terminal on the Receiver to the black (-) terminal on the same S\
peaker. Continue until
all of the speakers have been connected in this manner.
SUBWOOFER CONTROLS & CONNECTIONS
POWER CORD Plug the power cord into an AC wall outlet or other AC outlet
capable of supplying at least 400 Watts.
POWER SWITCH Turns the AC supply completely OFF or sets the Subwoofer to AUTO
ON operation. In AUTO ON, the Subwoofer is in standby mode until it det\
ects an audio
signal input, then the Subwoofer turns on automatically. A few minutes after audio
input signals cease, the Subwoofer automatically returns to standby mode\
POWER INDICATOR LED This LED is unlit when the AC power switch is OFF. It
glows red when the Subwoofer is in standby mode ad green when the Subwoo\
FUSE 250V 2A This fuse protects against internal and external faults. If the POWER
switch is ON and the power indicator LED is unlit, unplug the power cord\
from the AC
and the back of the amplifier, then pry up the rectangular fuse holder and check the
fuse. IMPORTANT If the fuse is blown, replace it only with a fuse of the same type a\
L , R SPEAKER OUT & IN - See Connection Option 1 These terminals are for making
connections using speaker wire. If you use this option, do not use Opti\
LINE IN & LINE OUT - See Connection Option 2 These are for connections using audio
cables. If you use this option, do not use Option 1.
LOW PASS FREQUENCY CONTROL Adjusts the upper frequency limit for audio sig-
nals going to the Subwoofer amplifier. This control helps you adjust the system-ôs tonal
LEVEL CONTROL Balances the loudness of the Subwoofer relative to the Front
speakers and compensates for room effects on the Subwoofer-ôs output. PHASE SWITCH
The Phase Switch
controls the phase of the Subwoofer-ôs
output relative to the front speakers. Listen
carefully to the sound quality while
playing a CD with low bass. Select the
position of the switch that produces the
fullest deep bass without boominess. You
may need to readjust the Level and Low
Pass Frequency controls after setting the
CONNECTING YOU SUBWOOFER
IMPORTANT: When you make connections.
make sure that the power switches of all
components, including the Subwoofer, are
AUDIO CABLES If you are connecting the
Subwoofer into a system made up of
separate components (preamp & power
amps), you will need audio cables long
enough to reach the Subwoofer from the
preamplifier and the power amplifier.
SPEAKER WIRE Typical speaker wire has a pair of separate conductors with
insulating jackets that are molded together. We recommend that you use 16-gauge
speaker wire for hooking your Receiver to your Front speakers. To make
connections to the Subwoofer in parallel with the Front speakers easier, the
speaker wire connecting the Receiver to the Subwoofer can be smaller (h\
number), since the Subwoofer does not draw large amounts of power throu\
POLARITY All speakers in a system must be connected with the same polarity.
Speaker wire is marked for polarity so that you can identify which wire \
in the pair is
which. Polarity is shown by a color strip on the insulation, by ridges \
molded into the
insulation, or by the colors of the wires - one copper and one silver.
Strip the insulation from speaker wire ends to reveal the bare conductor\
connecting to Receiver, Subwoofer or Speaker terminals.
IMPORTANT Always connect the red + terminal on the Receiver to the red +
terminal on the Subwoofer, and the black - terminal on the Receiver to the black -
terminal on the Subwoofer. The same is true for hooking the Receiver outputs to the
Front speakers: red + to red +, and black- to black-.
IMPORTANT USE OPTION 1 OR OPTION 2, NOT BOTH
OPTION 1 -ď CONNECTION WITH SPEAKER WIRE
Connect speaker wires from the Receiver-ôs front left and right speaker outputs to the
Subwoofer-ôs Speaker Level-In connections. Connect left channel to left input and r\
channel to right input. You have the option of connecting your main speakers to the
speaker B outputs on your Receiver, if it is so equipped or you also have the option of
connecting your main speakers using the connections on the Subwoofer. This will pass
the audio signal to your main speakers, except the low bass which will b\
e produced by
your Subwoofer. To use this connection option, connect your main speakers to the right
and left outputs on the Subwoofer (see illustration 1). Be sure you ta\
ke care to main-
tain proper signal polarity, red to red and black to black.
OPTION 2 -ď CONNECTION WITH AUDIO CABLE
Connect a pair of audio cables from the preamp-ôs output jacks to the subwoofer-ôs LINE
IN jacks. Connect left channel to left to left and right channel to righ\
t. Connect a pair
of audio cables from the subwoofer-ôs LINE OUT jacks to the power amplifier-ôs input
jacks. Connect left channel to left and right channel to right.
If your preamp receiver or processor has a subwoofer or mono output jack\
controlled by the master volume control, use a single audio cable to con\
output to the subwoofer-ôs Line-In jack. No audio cables from the subwoofer-ôs Line-
Out jacks are needed in this set-up.
+TO RED TERMINAL
(color stripe ridges
-TO BLACK TERMINAL
(plain or silver)
LEVEL L NE LEVEL
LINE IN LINE OUT\U
SPEAKE\b LEVEL IN
SPEAKE\b LEVEL OUT
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Home Theater Surround System Diagram
SUBWOOFER POWER AMPLIFIER