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Corporation

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© 2004 Niles Audio Corporation. All rights reserved. Because Niles constantly strives to improve the quality of its products, Niles reserves the right to change product specifications without notice. Niles and the Niles logo are registered trademarks of Niles Audio Corporation. Printed in China 1/04 DS00356ACN

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

TVC-1

TABLETOP STEREO VOLUME CONTROL

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®

T A B L E T O P S T E R E OV O L U M EC O N T R O L

TVC-1

Tabletop Stereo

Volume Control

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Introduction

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The TVC-1is a tabletop volume control for speakers. It con-

nects between the speaker-leveloutput of an amplifier, speak-

 

 

Features and

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er selector, etc. and a pair of speakers.

A perfect application for the TVC-1is adjusting the volume of

Benefits

 

 

 

remotely located speakers. The TVC-1adjusts the volume of

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speakers connected to it by attenuating the amplifier signal.

Considerations

 

Niles volume controls use autoformers instead of L-padsfor

 

the volume controlling element. This assures minimal internal

 

 

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power dissipation with virtually no power wasted as heat.

 

Operation

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Specifications 10

 

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Balancing Speaker

The volume control

“master” volume for all speaker pairs connected.

The volume level of the speakers may vary from room to room. This is caused by several factors. Two lesser factors are the size of the speaker and its efficiency. The largest factor is the physical size of the room.

The best way to balance speaker volume is to equip each of the speaker pairs in your system with a Niles volume control. The controls allow you to adjust the volume of each speaker pair individually. If all the speaker pairs in your system are equipped with Niles volume controls, you can leave the amplifier or receiver volume set at one position and use the Niles controls exclusively.

SPECIFICATIONS

Audio Power Handling 100 Watts/channel continuous music power

Mounting

Table-topcomponent

Wiring Requirements Individual runs of2-conductorspeaker wire. Connectors accommodate wire sizes14-22gauge (16 gauge recommended)

Overall Dimensions 8-1/2"wide x 2" high x7-1/4"deep

Weight 2-1/4lbs.

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Installation Considerations

Calculating the Impedance Magnification Setting

Use the following instructions to select the correct switch setting for the number and type of speakers in your system.

CAUTION! EVERY SPEAKER PAIR IN THE SYSTEM MUST BE CONNECTED TO AN IMPEDANCE-MAGNIFYINGVOLUME CONTROL AND SET TO THE SAME MAGNIFICATION.

1.Count the number of pairs of speakers you are connecting to the system.

2.Set the Speaker Pairs switch on the rear panel of the TVC-1to match the number of pairs of speakers (1, 2, 3/4, 5/6).

TVC-1Power Handling

The TVC-1is designed for use with a receiver or amplifier having a maximum power output of 100 watts per channel at 8 ohms. Damage caused by the use of ahigher-powerreceiver or amplifier will void the warranty. Consult your Niles dealer, or receiver/amplifier manufacturer, if you are uncertain about the power rating of your receiver or amplifier.

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7.Insert the smooth side of the connector plug into the smooth side of the socket. Don’t force the scalloped side of the connector plug into the smooth side of the socket. See Figure 2.

The inputs of the TVC-1are the connector terminals labeled “AMPLIFIER”. The outputs are the connector terminals labeled “SPEAKERS”. Be sure not to reverse these connections or theTVC-1will not function properly.

8.Locate the pre-printedRoom Labels. Affix the appropriate label to the recessed area next to the knob on theTVC-1.

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Figure 2

Connecting the

Wires

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“TECH TIP”

 

 

Wire size is expressed

 

by it’s AWG

 

(American

 

Wire Gauge)

the wires

number. The lower

 

the AWG number,

they are

the larger the wire,

 

i.e., 12 AWG wire

 

is physically larger

. Tightly

than 14 AWG.

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5. Use a small flathead screwdriver or your thumbnail to raise

 

the locking tabs, exposing the holes on the removable con-

 

nector plug.

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Recessed

 

area for

 

custom

TVC-1 TABLETOP VOLUME CONTROL

room labels.

 

Attractive

 

low-profile

 

design.

 

12 position volume control provides greater attenuation than conventional 10 position designs.

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AMPLIFIER

SPEAKER

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SPEAKER PAIRS

Removable screwless connectors

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6.Insert each wire into the appropriate hole on the removable connector plug, and snap the locking tab down.

NOTE: To help you avoid improper installation, the connector plug is keyed.

Receiver

TUNER 94.9

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Wiring Diagram

 

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AMPLIFIER

SPEAKER

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SPEAKER PAIRS

Speaker Pair

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Type of Speaker Wire

For most applications, we recommend you use 16 or 18 gauge, stranded copper speaker wire for the TVC-1connections. For wiring runs longer than 80 feet, 14 gauge wire is recommended. Using speaker wire larger than 14 gauge for theTVC-1connections is notrecommended—thewire may not fit into the connectors. Never usesolid-core,aluminum, or “Romex” type wire with theTVC-1.When running speaker wires inside walls, most states and municipalities in the U.S. specify that you must use a special type of speaker wire . Usually, the requirement is that the wire has a specific “CL” fire rating, such as“CL-2”or“CL-3”.Consult your Niles dealer, building contractor, or local building and inspection department if unsure about which type of wire is best for your application.

Avoiding Interference

Speaker wires can act as an “antenna” for electrical noise. Locating speaker wires too close to a light dimmer or switch may cause a “buzzing” or "popping" sound to be heard through the speakers. If you must locate the TVC-1wiring near electrical devices, route the speaker wires several feet away from the electrical wiring.

TOOLS

REQUIRED

• Wire Stripper

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Operation

1.Make sure the amplifier or receiver power is OFF and set the volume to minimum.

2.Set the TVC-1volume to maximum (fully clockwise).

3.If you are using a Niles speaker selection system, locate the on/off button which corresponds to the speaker pair you wish to play. Set it to the ON position.

4.Turn on the amplifier or receiver and select a source, such as the tuner or CD player.

5.Slowly turn up the amplifier or receiver volume and set it to a comfortable (not maximum) listening level. Be careful not to overdrive or “clip” your amplifier. If the sound becomes muddy or distorted, you have reached the limit of your amplifier's volume capability and should quickly reduce the volume to avoid damaging your speakers.

6.Using the knob on the front of the TVC-1,adjust the volume of the speakers to the desired listening level.

7.You can turn off the speakers by turning the knob on the TVC-1fullycounter-clockwise,or by pressing the on/off button on your speaker selector.

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Features and Benefits

The TVC-1offers a number of improvements over other tabletop volume controls:

Power handling: 100 watts per channel RMS; 200 watts peak

Selectable impedance magnification for 1, 2, 3/4, 5/6 pairs of speakers

Individual room on/off selector switches

12-stepcontrols; 54dB maximum attenuation

Separate left and right ground paths for compatibility with all amplifiers

Removable screwless connectors accommodate up to 14 gauge wire

Rugged all metal chassis construction

Nonskid feet won’t scratch furniture and ensure unit stability during operation

72 adhesive-backedroom identification labels

Warranty: Ten-yearlimited

Dimensions: 8 1/2" wide x 2" high x 7 1/4" deep

Shipping weight: 2 1/4 lbs

TECH

SUPPORT

HOTLINE

If you have questions regarding the operation of the Niles TVC-1,contact your local Niles dealer or Niles Customer Service at1-800-289-4434.

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