Bowers & Wilkins ASW 10CM User Manual

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Owner’s manual

Important Safety Instructions

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 dry cloth.

7.Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance 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-typeplug. 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 plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the apparatus.

11.Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.

12.Use only with the cart, stand, tripod, 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.

13.Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.

14.Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such as power-supplycord 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 apparatus to dripping or splashing and ensure that no objects filled with liquids, such as vases, are placed on the apparatus.

16.To completely disconnect this apparatus from the AC Mains, disconnect the power supply cord plug from the AC receptacle.

17.The mains plug of the power supply cord shall remain readily operable.

18.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. Unauthorised substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.

19.Check that there are no cables under the carpet that may be damaged by the spike feet. Do not walk the product on the spike feet as this may cause them to become detached from the cabinet and cause damage. Take care not to impale yourself with the spike feet.

20.For continued protection against fire hazard, use fuses only of the correct type and rating. Mains fuses are located inside the appliance as well as on its back panel. Replacement of the internal fuse should be entrusted to an authorised operative. User-replaceablefuse types are shown in the specification.

21.Isolation of the appliance from the power supply is by means of removal of the power cord from the rear of the appliance or removal of the power cord from the wall power outlet. Either the wall outlet or the rear of the appliance must remain freely accessible at all times while the apparatus is in use.

22.This product should be operated only from the type of power source indicated by the marking adjacent to the power cord entry. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your product dealer or local power company.

23.Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords or integral convenience receptacles, as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.

24.Magnetic fields – The product creates a stray static magnetic field. Do not place any object that may be damaged by this magnetic field (eg cathode ray tube televisions or computer monitors, audio and video tapes and swipe cards) within 0.5m (2 feet) of the appliance. The appliance may cause distortion of cathode ray tube images beyond this distance. LCD and Plasma screens are not affected.

25.Mounting – Do not place this product on an unstable stand, tripod, bracket or table. The product may fall causing serious injury and serious damage. Any mounting of the product should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

AVIS: RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE – NE PAS OUVRIR

The presence of this symbol on the product warns the user that there is a risk of dangerous electrical shock if the product is opened beyond the point at which the symbol appears. There are no user serviceable parts inside. Leave servicing to qualified personnel.

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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.

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the product.

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.

Do not expose the device to rain, use it near water or in damp or wet conditions, or place containers on it containing liquids which might spill into any openings.

When setting up the device, make sure that the AC outlet you are using is easily accessible. If some trouble or malfunction occurs, immediately turn off the power switch and disconnect the plug from the outlet. Even when the power switch is turned off, electricity is still flowing to the product at the minimum level. When you are not using the device for a long time, make sure to unplug the power cord from the wall AC outlet.

Introduction

Dear customer,

Thank you for choosing Bowers & Wilkins. Please read this manual fully before unpacking and installing the product. It will help you to optimise its performance. B&W maintains a network of dedicated distributors in over 60 countries who will be able to help you should you have any problems your dealer cannot resolve.

Environmental Information

All B&W products are designed to comply with international directives on the

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) in electrical and electronic equipment and the disposal of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). These symbols indicate compliance and that the products must be appropriately recycled or processed in accordance with these directives. Consult your local waste disposal authority for guidance.

Carton Contents

Check in the carton for:

1 Mains cable

1 Accessory pack containing:

4 M6 spike feet

4 M6 rubber feet

4 Lock nuts (10mm across flats)

Installation

The subwoofer has been designed both for Home Theatre installations and to augment the bass performance of ‘full range’ speakers in 2-channelaudio systems. All audio installations require some

thought in installation if they are to reach their full performance potential and this manual will guide you through the process.

The subwoofer requires connection to the mains power supply, so it is important that you familiarise yourself with the safety instructions and heed all the warnings. Keep this manual in a safe place for future reference.

The Subwoofer Connection and Control

Panel (Figure 1)

1.Status indicator.

2.On, Auto, Stand-byswitch.

3.Line-levelinput volume.

4.Speaker level input volume.

5.Low-passfilter frequency.

6.Low-passfilter selection switch.

7.Bass extension switch.

8.Equalisation switch.

9.Phase reverse switch.

10.12V trigger input.

11.Line level input sockets (left and right).

12.Speaker level input binding posts (left and right).

13.Mains input.

14.External fuse holder.

Subwoofer Applications

The primary function of a subwoofer is to reproduce signals from an audio-visualprocessor Low Frequency Effects (LFE) channel. In addition, the processor may be configured to divert the low bass portion from some or all of the other channels and add it to the LFE information. This is usually done by selecting “small” loudspeakers in the processorset-upprocedure.

In 2-channelaudio applications a subwoofer is used to extend the bass response lower than that provided by the satellite speakers. The subwooferlow-passfilter should be set so that the subwoofer takes over as the output of the satellite speakers falls.

Subwoofer Positioning and Installation

The ear poorly perceives the source location of low frequency sound so the position of subwoofers in the listening room is generally less critical compared to full-rangespeakers. However, best results are usually obtained if the subwoofer is placed between the left and right speakers or in the vicinity of one of them. If two subwoofers are used, it is best to put one near the left and one near the right speaker. Placing a subwoofer behind the listening position, even in multichannel surround sound installations, generally results in inferior imaging, but may be an acceptable compromise if domestic considerations dictate.

As with all speakers, the proximity of room boundaries affects the sound of a subwoofer. Bass volume increases as more surfaces come into close proximity with the speaker. Unlike full-rangespeakers, however, the overall system balance can be corrected by

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adjusting the volume level of the subwoofer. The more boost gained from the room, the lower the volume can be set and the less hard the subwoofer has to work; but there is a down side. Subwoofers positioned near corners often generate more low-frequencyroom resonances, making the bass more uneven with frequency. There is no substitute for experiment as all rooms behave differently, so the subwoofer should be tried in a variety of positions before a final decision is made. A piece of music with a bass line ascending or descending the musical scale is useful for assessing the smoothness of the bass response. Listen for exaggerated or quiet notes.

If the subwoofer is to be used in a confined space (e.g. built into furniture), the space must be ventilated to allow sufficient air to circulate and cool the unit. Ask your dealer for advice.

The subwoofer is intended to be floor mounted only. It is important to ensure the subwoofer stands firmly on the floor using the spike feet supplied whenever possible. The spike feet are designed to pierce carpet and rest on the floor surface. Initially, screw the lock nuts onto the spikes enough to leave the nuts floating just above the carpet when the spikes are resting on the floor beneath. Screw the spikes fully into the threaded inserts in the base of the cabinet. If the cabinet rocks when placed on the floor, unscrew the two spikes that do not touch the floor until the cabinet rests firmly without rocking. Finally, lock the nuts against the cabinet. It may be more convenient to fit and adjust the spike feet after speaker positioning has been optimised.

If there is no carpet and you wish to avoid scratching the floor surface, use either a protective metal disc (a coin perhaps) between the spike and the floor or use the supplied rubber feet. Fit the rubber feet by screwing one into each of the holes in the underside of the cabinet.

The grille fitted to the front of the subwoofer may be removed if desired. Take care however not to touch the moving parts of the drive unit as damage may result.

Using Multiple Subwoofers

Using multiple subwoofers in a single installation can improve performance in the following ways:

Maintain stereo separation to the lowest frequencies.

Smooth out the effects of low frequency room resonances.

Enable a higher maximum sound output.

In the case of two subwoofers used in a

2-channelaudio system, stereo separation will only be improved if each channel has its own subwoofer located close to the appropriate satellite speaker.

Electrical Connections

Disconnect all audio system equipment from the mains until the signal connections have been made and checked. This avoids the risk of damage whilst connections are made or broken. The subwoofer can

accept both line level signals via the RCA Phono sockets (Item 11 in Figure 1) and speaker level signals via the binding posts (Item 12 in Figure 1). Use the following guide to select the appropriate connection method for your installation:

Application: Home Theatre

Subwoofer connected to AV Processor with separate power amplifiers: Figure 2

Subwoofer connected to AV Processor with integrated power amplifiers:

using line-levelinputs: Figure 3

using speaker level inputs: Figure 4

Note: The subwoofer is always better connected via its line level inputs in home theatre applications.

Application: 2-channelaudio

Subwoofer connected to Integrated Amplifier:

using line-levelinputs: Figure 5

using speaker level inputs: Figure 6

Two Subwoofers connected to Integrated Amplifier:

using line-levelinputs: Figure 7

using speaker level inputs: Figure 8 Subwoofer connected to Pre/Power Amplifier:

using line-levelinput: Figure 9

using speaker level inputs: Figure 10

Two Subwoofers connected to Pre/Power Amplifier:

using line-levelinputs: Figure 11

using speaker level inputs: Figure 12

Before Auditioning

Before auditioning your new subwoofer installation and fine-tuningit, double check the connections. Make sure in particular that:

1.The phasing is correct. If the speaker level inputs are used, ensure that the positive terminals on the subwoofer (marked + and coloured red) are connected to the positive output terminals on the amplifier and that the negative terminals on the subwoofer (marked – and coloured black) are connected to the negative output terminals on the amplifier. Incorrect connection can result a confused sound with poor bass.

2.Left to right channels are not confused. Left/right confusion can result for example in orchestral elements appearing in the wrong place in the stereo image, or Home Theatre sound effects not matching the action on screen.

Switching On and Off

Subwoofers are best switched on after any other item and switched off first. The On/Auto/Standby switch (Item 2 in Figure 1) and Status Indicator (Item 1 in Figure 1) operate as follows:

On: With the switch to On, the subwoofer will remain fully active and the indicator will glow green.

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Auto: With the switch set to Auto, the subwoofer will initially become fully active and the indicator will glow green. After about 5 minutes without an input signal, the subwoofer will automatically enter “sleep” mode. The indicator will glow red. When an input signal is detected, the subwoofer will automatically become active and the indicator will glow green. The subwoofer will return to sleep after about 5 minutes with no input signal.

Audio-visualprocessors incorporating an “automatic” set up procedure may be “confused” by subwoofers with an autoswitch-on/sleepfunction. A potentially damaging fault condition can arise. Subwoofers are best left switched on and fully active during set up if such a processor is used.

Standby: With the switch set to Standby the subwoofer will become active when 12V is applied to the Trigger Input (Item 10 in Figure 1). Zero volts at the input will return the subwoofer to sleep. The indicator will glow green when the subwoofer is active and red when the subwoofer is in sleep.

Setting The Subwoofer Controls

There are 7 controls to consider:

The VOLUME (LINE) control (Item 3 in Figure 1)

The VOLUME (SPEAKER) control (Item 4 in Figure 1)

The LOW-PASSFREQ (frequency) control (Item 5 in Figure 1)

The LOW-PASSFILTER switch (Item 6 in Figure 1)Note: This applies only to the LINE input. The filter is always in circuit with the SPEAKER LEVEL input.

The BASS Extension switch (Item 7 in Figure 1)

The EQ (equalisation) switch (Item 8 in Figure 1)

The PHASE switch (Item 9 in Figure 1)

The appropriate settings depend on the equipment used with the subwoofer and the modes of connection. If using more than one subwoofer, ensure the controls on each one are set the same.

Note: The VOLUME (LINE) and VOLUME (SPEAKER) controls only operate on their respective line and volume inputs. An unused volume control is best set to Min.

Home Theatre Settings

Set the VOLUME (LINE or SPEAKER) control initially to the 9 o’clock position.

Set the LOW-PASSFILTER switch to OUT.

Set the EQ switch initially to position A.

Set the PHASE switch initially to 0°.

Set the LOW-PASSFREQ (frequency) control to 140 if the speaker level inputs are used. The setting is irrelevant if the line level inputs are used.

See the “Fine Tuning” section for more.

The subwoofer is not a THX® licensed component, but may be used with a THX® controller if desired. If a THX® controller is used, ensure that the subwoofer

function is enabled. This incorporates all the filtering and level setting required for the subwoofer in all modes. For level calibration, the internal test noise and channel level controls in the THX® controller should be used. In all cases the levels should be set to obtain 75dB SPL(C-weighted)at the listening position from the controller’s internal noise test signal.

With other processors, configure the front and surround speakers to “large” or “small” as appropriate before setting the levels. Use the internal noise test signal and volume controls of the processor to set the levels of all the speakers. Only change the VOLUME control on the subwoofer if there is not enough range in the processor to achieve the correct levels. Inexpensive sound level meters are readily available from electronics stores and can be used to calibrate the levels. Refer to your processor manual for further details on how to set the levels.

2-channelAudio Settings

Set the VOLUME (LINE or SPEAKER) control initially to the 9 o’clock position.

Set the LOW-PASSFILTER switch to IN.

Set the EQ switch initially to position A.

Set the PHASE switch initially to 0°.

Set the LOW-PASSFREQ control to match the-6dBlow frequencycut-offfrequency of the satellite speakers. Note: Both-3dBand-6dBfigures can be found in the specification of each B&W speaker model. If the satellite speaker manufacturer quotes only a-3dBfrequency, the optimum setting for theLOW-PASSFREQ control should be between 0.6 and 0.9 times that figure. The more gradual the low frequencyroll-offof the satellite speakers, the lower the frequency should be set.

See the Fine Tuning section for more.

Fine-tuning

Home Theatre

In home theatre systems, the subwoofer (LFE) signal is a separate channel rather than an extension of the signal to the satellite speakers. The LOW-PASSFILTER is switched out (or set to maximum), because the processor provides all the filtering for any speakers set to “small”. However, the position of the PHASE switch must still be assessed. Normally the phase will be set to 0°, but if the subwoofer is positioned at a distance significantly different from the other speakers, or the power amplifier driving the other speakers happens to invert the signal, the 180° position may be preferable. Listen with the switch in both positions and choose the one that gives the fullest sound. If there is little difference, leave the switch at 0°.

Surround sound processors normally have a calibrated noise signal that can be used to set the relative levels of all the speakers, making the task somewhat more straightforward than for 2 channel audio. However, do not be afraid to alter the settings to your personal preference. It is all too easy to get carried away with the capabilities of the subwoofer, especially with some special low-frequencyeffects. Often a more realistic

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