JL Audio C5-525x-XO User Manual

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5.25-inch(130 mm) Coaxial Speaker System

Thank you for choosing a JL Audio Evolution™ C5 Coaxial Speaker System for your automotive sound system.

These Evolution™ Speakers have been designed and manufactured to exacting standards in order to ensure years of musical enjoyment in your vehicle. For maximum performance, we highly recommend that you have your new speakers installed by an authorized JL Audio dealer. Your authorized dealer has the training, expertise and installation equipment to ensure optimum performance from this product. Should you

decide to install the speakers yourself, please take the time to read this manual thoroughly so as to familiarize yourself with its installation requirements and setup procedures.

If you have any questions regarding the instructions in this manual or any aspect of your amplifier’s operation, please contact your authorized JL Audio dealer for assistance. If you need further assistance,

please call the JL Audio Technical Support Department at (954) 443-1100during business hours.

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Woofer Physical Dimensions

Frame Outer Diameter (A)

Grille Tray Outer Diameter (B)

Magnet Outer Diameter (C)

Frontal Tweeter Protrusion (D)

Frontal Grille Protrusion (E)

Mounting Hole Diameter (F)

Mounting Depth (G)

5.80in. / 147.3 mm

6.02in. / 152.9 mm

3.15in. / 80.0 mm

0.54in. / 13.7 mm

0.92in. / 23.5 mm

4.48in. / 113.8 mm

2.28in. / 57.9 mm

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C

 

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Crossover Network Physical Dimensions

Height (A)

4.72 in. / 119.9 mm

Width (B)

3.36 in. / 85.3 mm

Depth (C)

1.44 in. / 36.6 mm

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C5-525xSPECIFICATIONS

Woofers: Cast Alloy Frame, Patented Elevated Frame Cooling

Included Components and Parts:

(U.S. Patent #6,219,431 & #6,229,902), DMA-OptimizedMotor

• Two C5-525x5.25-inch(130 mm) Coaxial Speakers

System, Mineral-FilledPolypropylene Cone, Butyl Rubber

• Two C5-525x-XOCrossover Networks

Surround, 1-in. /25 mm Voice Coil, Kapton® Former, Low-

• Two Metal Woofer Grilles with ABS Grille Trays

Profile, Symmetrical Roll Spider, Ferrite Magnet

• Two Self-AdhesiveJL Audio Nameplates for Grilles

 

• Butyl Adhesive Putty for Woofer Grilles

Tweeters: 0.75 in. / 19 mm Silk Soft Dome

• Twelve #8 x 1.25 inch (32 mm) Sheet Metal Screws

Ferrofluid Cooling and Damping, Neodymium Magnet

• Eight Mounting Clips for Woofer Mounting

 

• Two 6.4 mm Female Crimpable Connectors

Crossover Networks: 2-waynetwork with 2nd order

• Four 4.7 mm Female Crimpable Connectors

low-passand 2nd orderhigh-passcircuit, premium Mylar®

• Two 2.8 mm Female Crimpable Connectors

capacitors, air-coreinductors,4-positionadjustable tweeter

• Twelve Crimpable Spade Connectors

output level, 3-positionmidrange presence control,

 

Polyswitch tweeter protection

 

Continuous Power Handling: 75 Watts (RMS Method)

 

Peak Music Power: 225 Watts

 

Recommended Power Range: 25-150Watts (RMS)

 

Frequency Response: 53 Hz - 25 KHz (± 3 dB)

 

Efficiency @ 1W/1m: 88.5 dB @ 1W/1m

 

Nominal Impedance: 4 ohms

 

Due to ongoing product development, all specifications are subject to change without notice.

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GETTING STARTED

• Turn off the audio system. It is also advisable to disconnect the negative (–)terminal of your vehicle’s battery whenever performing installation work.

• Before cutting, drilling or inserting any screw, check clearances on both sides of the planned mounting surface. Also check for any potential obstacles, such as window tracks and motors, wiring harnesses, etc. Check both sides of the

vehicle, many vehicles are not symmetrical!

• Always wear protective eyewear.

CROSSOVER NETWORK INSTALLATION

The crossover networks supplied with your C5 System should be installed in a dry location inside your vehicle. DO NOT INSTALL THEM INSIDE OF A DOOR! Doors often get wet on the inside, which can damage your crossover networks and could potentially damage your entire sound system. The crossovers can be screwed into a solid surface via two holes located under the protective cover of the case. To access these holes, simply squeeze the sides of the cover while gently pulling the cover away from the base. Make sure that your mounting location will not cause damage to wiring, fuel lines, brake lines or any other vital component of your vehicle. Once you have screwed the case in and made your connections, snap the protective cover back into place.

!! WARNING

It is absolutely vital that your component system is connected as shown in this manual. Failure to

connect the system as shown may result in damage to your speakers which is NOT covered under warranty.

Do not substitute different crossover networks into your C5 System. Do not use crossover networks intended for different C5 models.

TWEETER PROTECTION

The C5 crossover networks are equipped with an advanced electronic tweeter protection circuit designed to minimize the possibility of tweeter

failure. This electronic device monitors current going to the tweeter and will disconnect the tweeter from the signal when it senses overload. Should this occur while listening to the audio system, simply reduce the volume for a few seconds and the protection circuit will reset itself automatically.

CROSSOVER NETWORK ADJUSTMENT

The crossover networks have been designed to allow tonal adjustments to the upper midrange response and tweeter level. These adjustments make it possible to fine-tuneyour system to suit your listening preferences and to compensate for various speaker mounting applications.

Amplifier

Input

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ADJUSTABLE MIDRANGE PRESENCE

Your C5 crossover networks provide a unique midrange presence control, located under the cover. The midrange presence is selectable via a set of pins and allows for three settings. These settings affect the amplitude of the upper midrange response of the C5 component woofer. We recommend that you begin your listening in the “REF” (Reference) and adjust up or down as needed to compensate for mounting location, orientation or personal taste.

ADJUSTABLE TWEETER LEVEL

C5 crossover networks also provide four levels of tweeter adjustability designed to compensate for different mounting locations, vehicle interiors and personal taste. These levels are selectable via a set of pins located under the clear cover of each crossover case. We recommend that you begin listening in the “REF” (Reference) position. To find the optimum tonal balance in your installation, experiment with alternate tweeter level settings by moving the pins. It is safe to switch jumpers while the system is playing.

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SPEAKER PLACEMENT CONSIDERATIONS

In most cases, your speakers will be placed into factory speaker locations. If you have some speaker mounting flexibility, keep the following in mind:Lower mounting locations, such as the lower front corner of a door or a kick-panelprovide the greatest path length distances for the sound emitted by the speakers. For this reason, they are generally more desirable than higher mounting locations. Higher mounting locations will usually result in extremenear-sidesoundstage bias which compromises the stereo listening experience.

!! WARNING

Double check the clearance for both speakers before proceeding. Many cars are different from one side to the other!

SPEAKER INSTALLATION

The speaker should be installed in one of the following ways depending on location:

Factory Location: Run speaker wire to the desired mounting locations. If you are running wires into a door, use existing factory wiring boots whenever possible. If you are drilling new holes, file their edges and install rubber grommets into each hole. Wires should then be covered with a protective, flexible PVC sleeve and then run through the door jamb. Make sure that the wires will clear door hinges and other structures in the door. If you are unsure about any part of this process, please contact your

JL Audio dealer for installation help.

Your new speakers have been designed to install, without modifications, into most vehicles that accept a 5.25-inch(130 mm) speaker. Most factory 5.25-inchspeakers use four mounting screws which will line up with the mounting holes on your woofers.

It is absolutely vital that the speaker frame fits into the mounting hole cleanly. This must be checked prior to tightening the screws. Do not force the frame into a hole that is too small. Do not tighten the speaker onto an uneven surface. This will damage your speakers. The speaker should also fit so that air does not leak around the mounting flange. Air leaks will cause a severe degradation in sound quality. Seal any air leaks with an automotive-gradesealant material.

Connect the speaker wires to both sets of terminals on each speaker, observing correct polarity and making sure that the tweeter and woofer wires correspond to the correct terminals on both the speaker and the crossover.

Secure the speaker and grille tray (if desired) to the panel by evenly tightening by hand mounting screws. Use the supplied mounting clips and the the provided #8 x 1.25 inch (32 mm) mounting screws unless the factory holes already feature threaded inserts.

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Diagram D: Factory Location Woofer Installation

!! WARNING

Optional

Hand-tightenthe screws evenly in acriss-cross

 

 

pattern to avoid bending the speaker frame or

 

stripping the mounting clips.

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Custom Location: Run speaker wire to the desired mounting locations. If you are running wires into a door, use existing factory wiring boots whenever possible. If you are drilling new holes, file their edges and install rubber grommets into each hole. Wires should then be covered with a protective, flexible PVC sleeve and then run through the door jamb. Make sure that the wires will clear door hinges and other structures in the door. If you

are unsure about any part of this process, please contact your JL Audio dealer for installation help.

Double check the clearance for both speakers before proceeding.

Select an even surface. Tightening a speaker onto an uneven surface can damage it. Use the supplied template to mark the desired mounting location.

Mark the center and the outline of the mounting hole as well as the mounting screw positions. Before drilling or cutting on your interior panels, use a utility knife to cut any fabric, vinyl or leather from hole locations. These materials can easily be snagged by a drill or a saw, causing damage to the panel and possible bodily injury. Drill four 1/8-inch(3 mm) holes for the speaker’s mounting

screws at the positions you have marked. Also drill a pilot hole in the center of the speaker mounting hole at this time. Then, using a saber saw, make the circular cut out for the speaker. File any rough edges. Insert the mounting clips with the flat side towards the speaker as shown in the Diagram E. It is absolutely vital that the speaker frame

fits into the mounting hole cleanly. This must be checked prior to tightening the screws. Do not tighten the speaker onto an uneven surface! This will damage your speakers. The speaker should also fit so that no air leaks around the mounting flange. Air leaks will cause a severe degradation in sound quality. Seal any air leaks with silicone, rope caulk or similar sealant material.

Connect the speaker wires to both sets of terminals on each speaker, observing correct polarity and making sure that the tweeter and woofer wires correspond to the correct terminals on both the speaker and the crossover.

Secure the speaker and grille tray to the panel by evenly tightening by hand the provided #8 x 1.25 inch (32 mm) mounting screws.

Break off small pieces of the supplied butyl adhesive putty and place them on the inside of each grille

tray. This adhesive will hold the grille mesh insert in place firmly and prevent rattling. Insert the grille mesh insert into the grille tray, squeezing gently around its edge until it seats firmly into the tray.

Finally, attach the self-adhesiveJL Audio logo badge to the grille mesh insert.

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Diagram E: Custom Location Woofer Installation

!! WARNING

Hand-tightenthe screws evenly in acriss-crosspattern to avoid bending the speaker frame or stripping the mounting clips.

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NOTES

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