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ASW600

ASW650

Owner’s Manual

and Warranty

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Contents

English

 

Limited Warranty...........

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Owner’s Manual............

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Français

 

Garantie limitée.............

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Manuel d’utilisation .......

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Beschränkte

 

Garantie .....................

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Manual de

 

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Manual do utilizador....

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English

Limited Warranty

Dear customer,

Welcome to B&W.

This product has been designed and manufactured to the highest quality standards. However, if something does go wrong with this product, B&W Loudspeakers and its national distributors warrant free of charge labour (exclusion may apply) and replacement parts in any country served by an official B&W distributor.

This limited warranty is valid for a period of five years from the date of purchase or two years for electronics including amplified loudspeakers.

Terms and Conditions

1The warranty is limited to the repair of the equipment. Neither transportation, nor any other costs, nor any risk for removal, transportation and installation of products is covered by this warranty.

2This warranty is only valid for the original owner. It is not transferable.

3This warranty will not be applicable in cases other than defects in materials and/or workmanship at the time of purchase and will not be applicable:

afor damages caused by incorrect installation, connection or packing,

bfor damages caused by any use other than correct use described in the user manual, negligence, modifications, or use of parts that are not made or authorised by B&W,

cfor damages caused by faulty or unsuitable ancillary equipment,

dfor damages caused by accidents, lightning, water, fire heat, war, public disturbances or any other cause beyond the reasonable control of B&W and its appointed distributors,

efor products whose serial number has been altered, deleted, removed or made illegible,

fif repairs or modifications have been executed by an unauthorised person.

4This guarantee complements any national/regional law obligations of dealers or national distributors and does not affect your statutory rights as a customer.

How to claim repairs under warranty

Should service be required, please follow the following procedure:

1If the equipment is being used in the country of purchase, you should contact the B&W authorised dealer from whom the equipment was purchased.

2If the equipment is being used outside the country of purchase, you should contact B&W national distributor in the country of residence who will advise

where the equipment can be serviced. You can call B&W in the UK or visit our web site to get the contact details of your local distributor.

To validate your warranty, you will need to produce this warranty booklet completed and stamped by your dealer on the date of purchase. Alternatively, you will need the original sales invoice or other proof of ownership and date of purchase.

Owner’s manual

IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

Caution:

To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove the back panel. No userserviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified personnel.

Explanation of Graphical

Symbols:

The lightning flash within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert you to the presence of uninsulated "dangerous voltage" within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute an electric shock to persons.

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

WARNINGS:

1Read Instructions – All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the appliance is operated.

2Retain Instructions – The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference.

3Heed Warnings – All warnings on the appliance and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.

4Follow Instructions – All operating and use instructions should be followed.

5Power Sources – This product should be operated only from the type of power source indicated by the marking situated on the rear panel. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your product dealer or local power company.

6Grounding or Polarisation – The appliance is not required to be

grounded. Ensure the plug is fully inserted into the wall outlet or extension cord receptacle to prevent blade or pin exposure. Versions of the product marked for use with 110V – 120V power supplies are equipped with a power cord fitted with a polarised alternating line plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other). This plug will fit onto the power outlet only one way. This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarised plug. When using an extension power-supplycord or apower-supplycord other than that supplied with the appliance, it should be fitted with the appropriatemoulded-onplugs and carry safety approval appropriate to the country of use.

7Power Cord Protection – Power-supplycords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed on or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles and the point where they exit from the appliance.

8Overloading – Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords or integral convenience receptacles, as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.

9Ventilation – The amplifier panel at the rear of the product forms part of the cooling mechanism and must not be obscured by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. Ensure the heat sink fins are aligned vertically to ensure proper cooling. The product should not be placed in a built-ininstallation, such as a rack, bookcase or cabinet unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturer’s instructions have been adhered to.

10Heat – The product should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

11Wall or Ceiling Mounting – The product should be mounted to a wall or ceiling only as recommended by the manufacturer.

12Water and Moisture – Do not use this product near water – for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool and the like.

13Object and Liquid Entry – Never push objects of any kind into this product through openings, as they may touch dangerous voltage points or short out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product. Do not place any object containing liquid on top of the product.

14Cleaning – Unplug the product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Refer to

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the cleaning instructions in the section of the manual titled "Aftercare".

15Attachments – Do not use attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer, as they may cause hazards.

16Accessories – 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 a cart, stand, tripod, bracket or table 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.

17Moving the appliance – A product and cart combination should be moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force and uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart combination to overturn. 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.

18Non-usePeriods – The power cord of the appliance should be unplugged from the outlet when left unused for a long period of time.

19Servicing – Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.

20Damage Requiring Service – Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified personnel under the following conditions:

a When the power-supplycord or plug has been damaged.

b If liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the appliance.

c If the product has been exposed to rain or water.

d If the product does not operate normally by following the operating instructions. Adjust only those 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.

e If the product has been dropped, or damaged in any way.

f When the product exhibits a distinct change in performance – this indicates a need for service.

21Replacement 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. Unauthorised substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.

22Mains fuses are located inside the amplifier and replacement should be entrusted to an authorised B&W agent. Replacement fuse types are shown in the specification.

23Safety 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.

24Magnetic 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 viseo 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.

Introduction

Thank you for purchasing this B&W Active Subwoofer.

Since its foundation in 1966, the continuing philosophy of B&W has been the quest for perfect sound reproduction. Inspired by the company’s founder, the late John Bowers, this quest has entailed not only high investment in audio technology and innovation but also an abiding appreciation of music and the demands of film sound to ensure that the technology is put to maximum effect.

This subwoofer has been designed for Home Theatre installations and to augment the bass performance of ‘full range’ speakers in 2-channelaudio use. Adding the subwoofer to your system not only extends the bass to lower frequencies, it improves the midrange clarity by reducing thelow-frequencydemands on your existing speakers.

Please read through this manual fully before using the subwoofer. All sound installations require some planning and experimentation if you are to get the best out of the products used and this manual will guide you in this process.

As the subwoofer is connected to the electricity power supply, it is important that you familiarise yourself with the safety instructions and heed all warnings.

Keep this manual in a safe place for future reference.

B&W loudspeakers are distributed to over 60 countries worldwide and we maintain an international network of carefully chosen and dedicated distributors. If you have a problem, which your dealer cannot resolve, our distributors will be more than willing to assist you.

Unpacking (figure 1)

The easiest way to unpack the subwoofer and avoid damage is as follows:

Open the carton flaps right back and invert the carton and contents.

Lift the carton away from the product.

We recommend that you retain the packaging for future use.

In addition to this manual, the carton should contain:

1 Subwoofer

4 screw-inrubber feet

4 screw-inspike feet with lock nuts

1 International warranty document

A tour of the subwoofer (figure 2)

1Heat sink

2Speaker level connectors

3Line level sockets

4EQ (equalisation) switch

5LOW-PASSFILTER frequency control

6PHASE switch

7LOW-PASSFILTER defeat switch

8MODE On/Auto switch

9On/Standby indicator light

10VOLUME control

11Power cord

12POWER On/Off switch

What the subwoofer does

Application: Home Theatre

The primary function of the subwoofer is to reproduce signals from the Low Frequency Effects (LFE) channel. In addition, the processor may be configured to divert the low bass portion of some or all of the other channels and add it to the LFE information by configuring those speakers to 'small' in the processor set-upprocedure.

Application: 2-channelaudio

The subwoofer is used to extend the bass response beyond that provided by the satellite speakers. In most cases, best results are obtained if the satellite speakers are run full range as normal directly from the power amplifier. The subwoofer lowpass filter is then set so that its output rises as that of the satellite speakers falls naturally. However, if the satellite speakers are very small, the system output level may be limited by overloading their bass drivers. If this is the case, better results may be obtained by using the high-passfilters in the subwoofer to limit the bass energy fed to the satellite speakers.

Positioning the subwoofer

Because the subwoofer produces only lowfrequency sounds, positioning is less critical in some respects compared to full-rangespeakers. Directional information is much less precise and you have more choice where to place the speakers to good effect. This said, best results are obtained if the subwoofer is placed between the left and right speakers or in the vicinity of one of them. If you use two subwoofers, it is best to put one near the left and one near the right speaker.

Placing the subwoofer behind the listeners, even in surround sound installations,

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