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I N S T A L L A T I O N & O P E R A T I O N G U I D E

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M O D E L

BG525

B A C KG R O U N D

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B L E N D I N GH I G HF I D E L I T Y A N DA R C H I T E C T U R E®

Congratulations!

Thank you for choosing a Blueprint Series® In-WallLoudspeaker from Niles. With proper installation and operation, you'll enjoy years oftrouble-freeuse.

Niles manufactures the industry's most complete line of custom installation components and accessories for audio/video systems. For a free full-linecatalog write:Niles, Catalog Request, P.O. Box 160818, Miami, Florida 33116-0818

TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

2

 

 

INSTALLATION CONSIDERATIONS

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SPEAKER PLACEMENT

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INSTALLATION FUNDAMENTALS

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INSTALLATION OF BRACKETS, FRAMES AND GRILLES IN NEW CONSTRUCTION

13

 

 

INSTALLATION OF BRACKETS, FRAMES AND GRILLES IN EXISTING WALLS

15

 

INSTALLATION OF THE SPEAKER AND GRILLE IN NEW OR EXISTING CONSTRUCTION 16

 

 

OPERATION

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SPECIFICATIONS

18

 

 

LIMITED WARRANTY

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WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD

20

 

 

 

 

Introduction

The BG Background group of Blueprint Series® Loudspeakers offers a product expressly designed for quality background music reproduction. This speaker is perfect for hallways, laundry rooms, entryways or other areas where critical listening is unlikely and cost is a major influence in the purchase decision.

A complete, installed pair of BG-525In-WallLoudspeakers consists of three components:

1.BG-525Speaker

2.525 Bracket Kit

3.525 Frame/Grille Kit

Features and Benefits

PointSourceFull-RangeDriver

The PointSource driver of the BG-525is constructed with a woven fiber cone supported by a treated foam surround. This gives the driver rigidity for fast transients. The frequency response curve of the PointSource driver has been carefully shaped for Background Music reproduction. It has a rich sound much more suitable for low volume listening than traditional speakers. The single driver configuration gives effective coverage over a wide area allowing great latitude in terms of speaker placement.

X-Matrix Reinforced Baffle

The X-Matrixbaffle design uses specially molded ribs to add rigidity to the baffle assembly. The end result is better bass and improved midrange detail.

Absolutely Flush to the Wall Appearance

The unique mounting system of the BG loudspeakers powerfully clamps the frame to the bracket, sandwiching the wall material between them. Because the clamping action is totally uniform around the frame, there are no shadows or gaps between the wall and the frame. Additionally, the Niles mounting system is carefully optimized to stiffen the surrounding drywall and prevent it from resonating. You hear only the music, not the drywall.

Easy Retrofit Installation in your Existing Home

Designed for ease of installation, the Niles mounting system makes retrofit installations simple and fast. A supplied template assures fast and accurate hole cutting. The bracket slips behind the drywall and the screws secure the frame to the bracket,

Benefits and Features

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Benefits and Features

sandwiching the drywall between them. The speaker baffle attaches to the frame, and the grille mounts over the speaker.

Three Stage Installation System for Remodels or New Construction

You install only the parts you need for a particular stage of construction. When the framing and wiring are finished, you install the bracket. After the drywall is up, but before the painter begins to paint, you install theframe and provide the rustproof aluminumgrilles to the painter so that they can be painted to match the surroundings. Only when construction is completely finished do you put the valuablespeaker in the wall. You don’t have to mask or prep the speaker for painting, and worries about theft during the final phases of construction are never an issue!

Eight Ohm Impedance

The speakers are designed to be placed in multi-roomsystems with many pairs of speakers. The eight ohm impedance is a very easy electrical load for most amplifiers. This allows many pairs of BG speakers to be wired to a single amplifier using a Niles speaker selection system.

Low Diffraction, Paintable Aluminum Grilles

BG speakers are available with aluminum grilles. The painted aluminum grille has hundreds of precisely sized perforations, creating an acoustically transparent grille.

Infrared Sensor Mount

The speaker baffle has a locator designed for the Niles MS-1MicroSensor,™ a miniature infrared sensor. TheMS-1installs discreetly behind the aluminum grille and therefore minimizes wall clutter in your home. When you want to control your equipment, you simply point your remote control at the speaker from up to 15 feet away.

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Figure 1

New Construction Wings

Bracket

Frame

Speaker Baffle

IR Knockout

Grille

Considerations Installation

Installation Considerations

Recommended Amplifier Power

For satisfactory performance, we recommend an amplifier with a power rating of five to fifty watts for the BG-525.Curiously, most speakers are not damaged by large amplifiers but by small amplifiers. If your system is playing loudly, a small amplifier will run out of power very quickly. When an amplifier runs out of power it creates damaging “clipping” distortion. A large amplifier will play at the same volume without distorting. See the section on operating the speakers for more information about clipping distortion.

Incorporating a Local Volume Control

In a multi-roomsystem there is one indispensible control for trueconvenience—alocal volume control. It allows you to adjust the volume of the speakers without leaving the room.

Plan to wire the system so that each pair of speakers has its own volume control built into the wall (think of a volume control as a dimmer switch for sound).

Niles makes a wide range of high performance indoor and outdoor volume controls. They are available in Standard or Decora® style cover plates (just like your

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Considerations Installation

light switches and dimmers). Volume controls are connected in line with the speaker, so you must connect the wire from the amplifier to the volume control and then from the volume control to the speaker.

Speaker Wire

Use 2-conductorspeaker wire when connecting BG speakers to your receiver or amplifier. For most applications, we recommend you use 16 or 18 gauge wire. For wiring runs longer than 80 feet we recommend 14 gauge wire. The spring loaded terminals of the BG speakers will accommodate up to 14 gauge wire directly. Larger sizes can be accommodated via pin connectors.

trol all of the functions of your system from the room with the remote pair of speakers. Niles makes a number of IR sensors which install in the wall, in the ceiling, in cabinetry, on tabletops, or even behind the grille of your Niles BG speakers.

An IR sensor requires that a dedicated 2-conductorshielded wire (West Penn D291 or equivalent) run from each sensor location to the main equipment location. This wire is normally run beside the speaker wire at the same time. Typically, the sensor is placed in a location that faces your listening position. Most remote controls will have an effective line of sight range of 18 to 30 feet with any Niles sen-

TECH TIP

Wire size is expressed by its AWG (American Wire Gauge) number. The lower the number, the larger the wire, i.e. twelve AWG is physically larger than fourteen AWG.

When you run wire inside walls, special jacketing (CL-2orCL-3)is required to both protect the wire and for fire prevention. In some areas conduit is required. For atrouble-freeinstallation, low voltage wire, such as speaker wire, must be run in accordance with the National Electrical Code and any applicable provisions of the local building code. If you are unsure of the correct installation techniques, wire jacket or type of conduit to use, consult a professional audio/video installer, your building contractor, or the local building and inspection department.

Incorporating a Remote Control

If you are planning to use a stereo system with a hand held IR remote control, consider the advantages of installing a Niles IR Repeater system. You are able to con-

sor placed in a wall, ceiling, on a cabinet or tabletop. However, when you place a Niles MS-1MicroSensor behind the perforated aluminum grille of a speaker the effective range is reduced to 9 to 15 feet.

Insulating the Wall Cavity

For best performance from your speakers fill the wall cavity behind the speaker with fiberglass insulation (e.g. R-19unbatted insulation). Try to keep the same amount of insulation for each speaker, particularly in the same room, for consistent bass response.

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Speaker Placement

The Boundary Effect

Corners can affect the bass response of the speaker powerfully! This is called the boundary effect. You will emphasize particular bass frequencies and cancel out other bass frequencies when you place speakers close to the wall/ceiling boundary or a corner wall boundary. This can make the speaker sound excessively boomy and inaccurate to some listeners, while to others it just seems like more bass sound. A good rule of thumb is if you always listen to your current pair of speakers with the bass turned up, you’ll enjoy corner placement. If you keep your tone controls at neutral, try to keep the speakers at least one or two feet from the boundaries of the room.

Placement for Varying Listening Positions

If you want the freedom to sit anywhere in a room facing any direction, and/or find that you prefer the “all around you” sound of some car stereos to a conventional “sound stage” facing you, consider the speaker placement techniques professional installers use in restaurants and bars. They place speakers in an array around the listening area, so that the music is always surrounding you, regardless of the direction you face.

The rule of thumb is to add one pair of speakers for every 100 to 200 square feet of listening area. Curiously, this is not so that you can play the music louder, but so that you can play it softer! When you have only one pair of speakers in a large room you will notice that when the sound is perfect in one part of the room, it is too loud near the speakers. By placing more than one pair in the room you will avoid these “hot spots” of loud

sound and you will create still more sonic ambiance while maintaining clarity and a rich sound everywhere.

You can make listener position still less critical by using mono rather than stereo. This can be difficult to achieve with normal stereo amplifiers. However, Niles manufactures Systems Integration Amplifiers which enable one room to be wired in stereo while other rooms are wired in mono. Consult your local Niles dealer for more information.

In smaller rooms or rooms that are infrequently used, you typically can’t justify the expense of more than two speakers. Try to bracket the room with the two speakers. Diagonal placement is a very effective way to stretch the coverage pattern of two speakers. You can also compromise between direct sound (for detail and clarity) and reflected sound (the ambient or “all around you” effect). By trying to place the speakers so that they create as much reflected sound as possible, you emphasize the ambient effect. They can be up high in the wall or even down low at power outlet height, in the ceiling, near corners, or directed at reflective objects and walls. The more reflected sound there is in the room the stronger the ambient effect at low volumes. You should use moderation, however, otherwise the compromise becomes too one sided and at high volumes the sound will be blurred and less distinct.

Placement for Rear Home Theater Applications

In a home theater, the goal is to reproduce the experience of a great movie theater in our homes. The biggest difference between the two is the rear or surround speaker array in a commercial theater. Here, it is not uncommon to see twenty or thirty speakers around the audience.

Placement Speaker

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Placement Speaker

This huge array of speakers assures that you will feel completely surrounded by the ambient soundtrack of the movie. Film makers try to use the “surround” soundtrack to envelope you in the environment on screen. They will place background music, rain sounds, traffic noise, etc. on the “surround” soundtrack. In a home with a single pair of speakers it is easy for the jungle sounds to sound like they are “in the middle of your head” just like headphones!

A single pair of BG Loudspeakers, properly placed, can create a very convincing simulation of an array of speakers. If you place them near a hard reflecting surface you can make one pair of speakers sound like several. Create as many reflections as possible by mounting the speaker up high in the wall so that the ceiling will act as a powerful reflector. If you place the speakers near a corner, wash the sound down a wall from a ceiling location, or mount the speakers as far away as you can from the listening area, more reflections will occur. However, all of these placement techniques require that you work your surround sound amplifier channels harder. If the surround sound system you are using has a small five or ten watt amplifier for the rear speakers, stay within five to eight feet of the listening location. If you are using a 25 to 50 watt amplifier you can mount the speakers 10 to 15 feet away from the listening location and still achieve reasonably high volume levels.

Of course, the best way to emulate the sound of multiple speakers is to use multiple speakers. In large or unusually shaped rooms this might be the only way to achieve a good effect. If you like to listen to music surround modes which emulate concert hall acoustics, more than two surround speakers will prove extraordinarily effective. With Niles BG loudspeakers it is easy to add another pair without affecting the decor of the room. However, you will need to use a much more powerful amplifier than that which is built into a typical surround sound receiver or amplifier. Niles makes a number of Systems Integration Amplifiers with proprietary features that make them uniquely suited to enhance a good surround sound system. Consult your Niles dealer for more information.

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Installation

Fundamentals

Running the Speaker Wire in New Construction

If you have doubts about whether you are capable of installing a Niles Blueprint Series speaker in your walls, consult a Niles dealer or professional installer. They have special tools, techniques, and experience to make the impossible possible. The installer can provide you with an estimate before any work is done.

Scheduling and Preparation

Plan to schedule the speaker wiring after the electrical wiring is finished. That way you can avoid wire routes which could potentially induce hum over the speaker wire. The basic rules are:

Never run speaker wire through the same hole as an electrical cable.

Never run speaker wire into the same J-boxas electrical cable.

Avoid running the speaker wire beside the electrical cable. Keep it at least three or four feet distant from any electrical

Figure 2

Side-by-sidewiring is unavoidable in particular spots in every house, just move the speaker wire route away as soon as possible. If construction forces a side by side run for more than ten feet, install metal conduit or shielded speaker wire. Lowvoltage wires such as doorbells, intercoms, telephone, security, or television cannot cause interference or hum on your speaker wires, so you can safely run all of them at the same time, through the same holes,side-by-side.

Before you drill any holes, mount the speaker brackets in the desired speaker locations and mount P-ringsor open backedJ-boxeswhere thein-wallvolume controls and stereo equipment will be.

Safety First!

Wear gloves, safety goggles and head protection when drilling. Avoid nails, they ruin bits and they can create injury. Pay particular care when using “hole-hogs”and other powerful electric drills; the torque of the drill when suddenly stopped by a nail can break the wrist of a strong man.

Drilling

Use a bit that is large enough for the wires you plan to run. An auger bit is the preferred bit for rough-inwiring. It will actuthrough the wood, so that not you, does most of the will be drilling a lot of holes,

important.

the holes in the center of the have to notch the stud or drill closer than one inch from the stud, protect the wire with a

Figure 2).

holes in ceiling joists, drill of the joists and try to locate the end of the joist. DO through a “gluelam” or any beam without the direction

contractor.

Fundamentals Installation

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Fundamentals Installation

Try to line the holes up perfectly, because it makes pulling the wire much easier. A good technique is to snap a chalk line across the face of the studs or against the bottom of the ceiling joists. Then work backward so that you can always see the holes you have already drilled. Paying careful attention to this will save you a lot of time later on!

Pulling the Cable

Pull the cable in sections (from the stereo to the volume control, from the volume control to the speaker). Start with the longest sections and use left over wire to complete the short sections. If you plan to pull many rooms at the same time through a central route, walk off the distance to each destination, add a generous fudge factor for turns and other obstacles, then cut off each section so that you have a bundle of wires you can pull at once.

Whenever you run the wire further than four and one half feet from a hole in a stud or joist (open attic space, going up walls, etc.), fasten the wire to the joists or studs using cable clamps or appropriately sized wire staples. The wire should not have large sags in it, nor should it be too tight. Try to protect the wire from being stepped on in attics or other unfinished crawl spaces. There are guard strips, raceways and conduits which can be used to protect the cable. Consult the local building code for special requirements in your area.

Concealing Speaker Wire in Existing Walls

This is actually a fairly simple task if you restrict your choice of speaker locations and wire routes to the interior walls or ceilings of your home. Interior walls in almost all North American residences are hollow, so that it is easy to flush mount speakers into them and route new speaker

cable around the house. What you see when you look at the painted wall board, plaster, or paneling is only the skin of the wall. Behind the skin is the skeleton; two-by-fourwood or metal “studs” running vertically from the floor to the ceiling in walls andtwo-by-sixor larger “joists” running horizontally in the ceilings and floors. In between the studs and the joists is the space for the wiring and plumbing of your home.

Exterior walls are different. They must insulate the house from the heat and cold outside, so they are stuffed with insulation. The national building code requires that the hollow wall space in exterior walls be broken by a horizontal stud placed between the vertical studs. This “fire blocking” makes it very difficult to retrofit long lengths of wire. In some areas of the country the exterior walls are constructed of solid masonry, and have no hollow space for speakers or wires.

Start by examining all the possible routes you might take to run the speaker wire from the speaker to the volume control and back to the stereo. Use a stud sensor or other device to locate the internal structure of the wall. You want to avoid all studs or joists. A typical route would be: from the speaker location up the inside of the wall to a new hole drilled into the top “plate” (horizontal two-by-four at the top of the inside of the wall), into the attic crawl space, then down to the volume control location through another top plate, back up to the attic, across the attic, and finally down another plate to the wall behind the stereo system itself(See Figure 3). The other very common route is through the bottom plate of the wall into an unfinished basement or crawl space.

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Speaker

Volume

Location

Control

 

 

 

Location

Stereo

Figure 3 Location

Identify where all of your electrical, phone, and TV wiring is likely to be and plan to route around it all. You can accidentally induce 60 Hz hum on your speakers if you run your speaker wire right beside electrical wire for more than a few feet. Try to keep speaker wire running parallel to power cables at least 3 feet away. To find exactly where an electrical cable is routed, try inspecting the inside of the wall by turning off the breaker for a particular power outlet or switch, removing the

cover plate and switch or receptacle, and shining a penlight into the wall. If you have access to an attic or basement space you can quickly see which part of the wall space the wire is free of obstructions (See Figure 4).

When you don’t have access above or below the wall, try to estimate the existing wire and pipe locations from the positions of electrical outlets and plumbed fixtures on both sides of the wall. Take a look at the outside of your house too, sometimes

Fundamentals Installation

Unobstructed space for speaker wiring

Figure 4

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Fundamentals Installation

conduit, vents or drain pipe will be visible that give useful information. Choose the route with the fewest potential obstacles.

If your house is built on a slab or you are wiring between two finished floors, look for baseboards which could be removed and replaced with the wire behind them. Doorjambs can be removed and often have enough space for speaker wire all the way around the door (See Figure 5).

Sometimes, an under-the-carpetrun is possible (there are special flat speaker wires made forunder-the-rugwire runs). As a last resort, heating and air conditioning vents can be used as wire raceways for plenum rated wire (check your local building codes, some municipalities require conduit).

Figure 5

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Figure 6

Fundamentals Installation

In traditional wood stud/drywall construction you can cut the hole for the speaker and utilize the large hole to auger holes across, up or down the wall for as far as your drill bit will take you. If you have matching paint and take reasonable care in patching you can cut a hatch in the drywall at each stud, run your wire, and patch and touch-upthe wall(See Figure 6).

When you are dealing with the unknown because of the structure of your home, or with difficult to patch wall materials like plaster, lath and plaster, faux finishes, wallpaper etc., be patient. A careful study of the potential problems before you start the job will pay off.

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Construction New in Grilles and Frames Brackets, of Installation

Installation of

Brackets, Frames

and Grilles in New

Construction

Stage One: Before Drywall is Hung Insulating the Wall Cavity.

If feasible, fill the wall cavity with insulation at this point.

Attach the wings to the bracket by snapping them into the sides of the bracket. The wings can be shortened by breaking them along the scored lines if their length will interfere with a corner or eaves. You can mount the bracket horizontally or vertically (See Figure 8).

Figure 8

Screw one side of the assembled bracket with wings to the stud using one of the supplied screws. Level the bracket. Screw the other side of the bracket to the stud. Two screws on each side makes for a very secure installation. Attach the wire to the bracket at the indicated wire tie points

(See Figure 9).

Stage Two: Before Paint

Screw the frame to the installed bracket using the supplied screws. Do not overtighten the screws. This will distort the frame and the grille will not fit (this is not permanent, just loosen the screws and the grille will pop in) (See Figure 10).

Painting the Aluminum Grilles

The grille is important to the sound of the BG loudspeakers. Do not fill the holes of the grille with paint. The grille is construct-

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Figure 9

Figure 10

of aluminum with a perfectly even powder coat overall. This powder coat is

ideal primer.

Remove the grilles before painting. If you are spray paint, use two thin coats without primer. If you are using a compressor and spray gun, use the finest, most diffuse setting. Practice first on some paper if you no experience painting with spray paint.

you are using an applicator or brush, and can of paint, thin the paint first. You do want to have to poke hundreds of

in your beautifully painted grilles.

Construction New in Grilles and Frames Brackets, of Installation

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Walls Existing in Grilles and Frames Brackets, of Installation

Installation

 

Figure 12

Figure 11

from a hole about an the center of your proposed

(See Figure 11).

movement is obstructed by a fill the hole (s) with spackle compound and try

.

the final location of

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the drywall section can be replaced cleanly if there is an unseen obstruction behind the wall. BE VERY CAREFUL NOT TO SAW THROUGH EXISTING WIRES, PIPES, OR STRUCTURE. IF YOU FEEL ANY EXTRA RESISTANCE AS YOU ARE CUTTING, STOP.

4.If you are cutting into lath and plaster walls, use masking tape to outline your penciled marks, drill the four corners with a 1/4” bit and use a razor to score the plaster down to the lath beneath. Then use a chisel to remove all of the plaster within the taped outline. Finally, insert a metal cutting blade into a sabre saw and very slowly and carefully saw the lath. Sawing the lath can easily vibrate plaster off the wall. If you have the patience, use a pair of tin snips to slowly nip away at the lath instead. There is no risk with this method, it is just time consuming.

5.Fill the wall cavity with insulation at this point. Remember to use equal amounts of insulation for each speaker.

6.Slip the mounting bracket through the hole and pull it toward you so that its front edge slides into the hole and stops in place.

7.Attach the frame to the bracket by screwing the frame to the bracket using the supplied screws. Do not overtighten the screws, this will distort the frame and the grilles will not fit (this is not permanent, just loosen the screws and the grille will pop in). The screws should pull the frame and bracket together (sandwiching the drywall) so that the frame is absolutely flush with the wall surface. There should be no gaps between the wall and the frame (See Figure 12).

Installation of the Speaker and Grille in New or Existing Construction

Setting the Acoustic Fine Tuning

Setting the switch located on the rear of the loudspeaker to the “NORMAL” or “PRESENCE” position changes the overall tonal character of the sound.

The speaker is shipped in the “NORMAL” position. This is most appropriate for rooms with typical reflective painted or wallpapered walls and ceilings, and normal amounts of furniture and drapes. You might prefer the “PRESENCE” position if you are placing the speaker in a very large, or very absorbent room (lots of drapes and upholstered furniture or textured fabric wallpaper).

Installing a Niles MS-1MicroSensor

There is a 1/2" round molded "IR Sensor Knockout" on the face of the speaker baffle. To prevent damage to the crossover network you must remove the knockout from the rear of the speaker. Do not attempt to remove the knockout with the speaker face up. Lay the speaker face down on a clean carpet or rug. Put the tip of a screwdriver into the center of the round "knockout" and sharply tap the screwdriver handle as necessary. Install the MS-1using its mounting hex nut so that it is tightly secured to the speaker. Connect all wires and continue your installation.

Construction Existing or New in Grille and Speaker the of Installation

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the of Installation

Construction Existing

Installing the Speaker

If the grille is already installed, remove it by using a bent paper clip or the tip of a corkscrew and pulling it away from the frame (See Figure 13).

1. Separate the speaker wire so that at least two inches of each conductor are free.

a stripe on one wire, a ribbed area of one conductor you can only feel, different colors of metal wire on each conductor, or there might be a fabric strand or string wound into one of the conductors. Of course, there are some wires which appear completely identical. Be careful, or you might make a mistake.

2. Strip one half inch of insulation

 

If you make a mistake, one speaker

 

 

be playing “out-of-phase”

 

 

with the other speaker. An

 

 

out-of-phasepair of speak-

 

 

ers

work

against each

 

 

other and the sound of the

 

 

two

speakers

playing

 

 

together will be lacking in

 

Figure 13

bass

and

be

“phasey”

 

sounding. If you suspect the

 

 

 

 

is not right and you cannot

 

 

markings on the wire, try this

 

 

way between the two speakers.

5. Place the speaker baffle in

 

music with the amplifier or

secure it with the

 

 

Mono.

 

 

 

screws. If you find that the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

smoothly fit the frame,

 

richness of the bass and the

mounting screws that hold

 

sound.

 

 

bracket.

 

amplifier and reverse the

 

 

6. Carefully fit the grille

 

on one amplifier channel

that it is barely in place.

 

 

 

 

 

corner, go around the

grille in a little bit each time. You should

listening test with the same

be gentle, the aluminum grille can be easi-

setting of the volume control. When the

ly bent out of shape. The speaker will have

sound has a richer bass and is slightly

an absolutely flush appearance when it is

louder the speakers are working together

fully in place.

or “in-phase”.

Speaker Phase

Speaker wire has two conductors. One conductor is attached to the negative (-)terminals and one conductor is attached to the positive (+) terminals of both your speaker and your amplifier. Usually, the wire is marked for your convenience. There are different ways wires are marked:

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Operation

Specifications

Listening at Higher Volumes

It requires more power to achieve a reasonable volume of sound in a large room than it does in a small room. It is possible (even if you are not a teenager) to turn the volume so high that the amplifier runs out of power. This creates “clipping” distortion.

Clipping distortion makes treble sound very harsh and unmusical. When you hear harsh sounding treble from any good speaker, turn the volume down immediately! Those harsh sounds are masking some much more powerful ultra-high-fre-quency sound spikes which will quickly damage any fine loudspeaker. You are much less likely to damage a speaker with a large amplifier because it will be very loud indeed before it produces any clipping distortion.

Cleaning

You can clean the speaker with a dampened soft cloth or paper towel. If the speaker is mounted high up on a wall or ceiling, use a broom to gently brush it off.

Model BG-525

Driver Complement

5 1/4” woven fiber full-rangePointSourceTM driver

Design Principle

Infinite baffle for large and varying air volumes

Recommended Amplifier Power Five to Fifty watts per channel

Nominal Impedance

8 Ohms

Frequency Response

100 Hz to 12,000 Hz, plus or minus 5 dB (on axis)

Sensitivity

89 decibels for 2.83 volts of Pink Noise, measured at 1 meter on axis

Overall Exterior Frame Dimensions 7 1/8” x 9 7/8”

Depth Behind Wall

1 7/8” (Assumes 1/2” drywall)

Wall Cut-Out Dimensions 6 1/4” x 9”

Wiring Requirements

We recommend 16 to 18 gauge for up to 80 feet, 14 gauge for up to two hundred feet. Connectors accommodate 14 to 22 gauge wire.

Specifications

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Warranty Limited

Limited Warranty

Niles Audio Corporation ("NILES") warrants its loudspeaker products to the original purchaser to be free of manufacturing defects in material and workmanship for a period of five years from date of purchase.

This Warranty is subject to the following additional conditions and limitations. The Warranty is void and inapplicable if NILES deems that the product has been used or handled other than in accordance with the instructions provided by the manufacturer, including but not limited to damage caused by accident, mishandling, improper installation, abuse, negligence, or normal wear and tear, or any defect caused by repair to the product by anyone other than NILES or an authorized NILES dealer.

To obtain warranty service, take the unit to the nearest authorized NILES dealer, who will test the product and if necessary, forward it to NILES for service. If there are no authorized NILES dealers in your area, you must write to NILES and include your name, address, model and serial number of your unit, along with a brief description of the problem. A factory Return Authorization Number will be sent to you. DO NOT RETURN ANY UNIT WITHOUT FIRST RECEIVING WRITTEN AUTHORIZATION AND SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS FROM NILES.

If the above conditions are met, the purchaser's sole remedy shall be to return the product to NILES, in which case NILES will repair or replace, at its sole option, the defective product without charge for parts or labor. NILES will return a unit repaired or replaced under warranty by shipping same by its usual shipping method from the factory (only) at its expense within the United States of America. THERE ARE NO OTHER WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO THE PRODUCT.

REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT AS PROVIDED UNDER THIS WARRANTY IS THE EXCLUSIVE REMEDY OF THE CONSUMER/PURCHASER. NILES SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES EXCEPT TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED (OR PROHIBITED) BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Some states do not allow the exclusion or limitation of incidental or consequential damages, so the above limitation may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

For the name of your nearest authorized NILES dealer contact:

NILES AUDIO CORPORATION

P.O. BOX 160818, Miami, Florida 33116-0818.

Please fill in your product information and retain for your records.

Model__________________________________________________________________________________

Serial No._________________________________________________________________________________

Purchase Date_____________________________________________________________________________

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