Niles Audio PHD30 User Manual

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F O R U S E W I T H P L A S M A O R O T H E R F L ATPA N E L D I S P L AY MULTI-WAY,HIGH-DEFINITION,WALL-MOUNTLOUDSPEAKERS

PHD60 PHD42 PHD30

CONGRATULATIONS!

Thank you for choosing the PHD60/42/30 High-Definition,Left/Center/Right Channel, Loudspeaker from Niles. With proper installation and operation, you should enjoy years oftrouble-freeuse.

Niles manufactures the industry’s most complete line of custom installation components and accessories for audio/video systems. To see the complete Niles product assortment, visit us on the Internet at: www.nilesaudio.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Introduction

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Features and Benefits

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Installation Considerations

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Loudspeaker Placement

5

 

 

Installing the Wall-MountBrackets

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Finishing the Installation

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Operation

13

 

 

Specifications

14

 

 

Notes

15

 

 

Limited Warranty

16

 

 

Warranty Registration Card

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INTRODUCTION

The Niles PHD60/42/30 High-Definition,Left/Center/Right Channel, Loudspeaker is expressly designed for superior sonic quality in frontleft-,center-,or frontright-channelapplications. It employs advanced technology components that extract the subtle nuances in recorded music or the thunderous action sound in a movie. The PHD60/42/30 is the perfect choice wherever quality of sound is the most important consideration.

PHD60

PHD42

PHD30

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FEATURES AND BENEFITS

THREE MODELS DESIGNED FOR USE WITH PLASMA OR OTHER FLAT-PANELDISPLAYS

The largest model, the PHD60, is designed for use with plasma or other flat-paneldisplays of60-inchesor more. The PHD42 complements42-inchand over displays, while the PHD30 works with30-inchesor larger displays. Except for differences in the transducer complement and performance, all three models feature similar technologies, For example: the PHD60 and 42 feature a3-wayloudspeaker design, while the PHD30 features a2-waydesign. All offer voice matching sound quality and exceptional detail over a wide listening area.

5-1/4-INCHTCC WOOFERS WITHCONE-FORWARD™DESIGN ANDBUTYL-RUBBERSUSPENSION

The PHD60/42/30 features newly-developedwoofer-conematerial that combinesinjection-moldedpolypropylene with talc, carbon, and ceramic (TCC) stiffening agents. As a result, the cone offers extreme stiffness and light weight for accurate, dynamic response. Ourpatent-pendingCone Forward™ design positions the woofer cone at the front of the baffle fornatural-soundingbass and clear, open midrange response. Additionally, the use of abutyl-rubbersuspension offers substantial benefits, including increased movement without mechanical limitations, and improved midrange damping for better detail and clarity.

1-1/2-INCHFLUID-COOLEDTETERON HYPERBOLICDOME MIDRANGE DRIVER

The PHD60 and PHD42 also feature a Fluid-CooledTeteronHyperbolic-DomeMidrange Driver that provides high sound pressures to reproduce critical mid frequencies with exceptional accuracy.

1-INCHFLUID-COOLEDTETERONTRI-LAMINATETWEETER

The PHD60/42/30’s Fluid-CooledTeteron Tweeter employs atri-laminatedesign consisting of an inner textile layer, which forms the dome, a high damping layer to eliminate unwanted resonances, and an outside layer of urethane to add stiffness and prevent breakup modes. The result is a transparently clear, sweet,natural-soundingtweeter, which still maintains extended frequency response.

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ADJUSTABLE, DISPERSION-CONTROLLINGMIDRANGE/ TWEETER POD ENABLES PRECISE IMAGING

The PHD60 and PDH42 each feature a unique Midrange/Tweeter pod that can be rotated and pivoted to enable precise imaging regardless of placement. The pod accommodates vertical or horizontal installations and can be set by the installer after each loudspeaker is mounted. Included are variable treble and midrange level controls for additional response contouring.

NILES’ HD HIGH-DEFINITIONVOICE MATCHING

Ensures compatibility with other Niles HD High-Definitionin-wall,on-wall,andceiling-mountmodels to accommodate a wide range of system designs.

ADVANCED BASS-REFLEXDESIGN FOR ENHANCED DYNAMIC IMPACT

The PHD60/42/30’s bass-reflexdesign enhanceslow-frequencyresponse and dynamic impact. Moreover, the rigid extruded aluminum enclosure helps deliver accurate bass response with low distortion.

LOOKS GREAT AND EASY TO INSTALL

The PHD60/42/30’s contemporary finish matches popular flat-paneldisplays, and its integrated wall mount brackets make installation quick and easy.

DOLBY® DIGITAL READY

The PHD60/42/30 is specifically designed for Home Theater Sound. They are designed to complement and provide for the accurate reproduction of Dolby Digital Encoded Sources.

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INSTALLATION CONSIDERATIONS

WALL MOUNTING

The Niles PHD60/42/30 loudspeaker is equipped with an included wall-mountbracket for quick and easy installation on a wall. Ideally, a PHD60/42/30 should be placed so that its bracket can be installed on underlying wall studs. If stud mounting is impractical,dry-wallanchors (rated for at least 40 pounds) can be used to mount the loudspeaker between studs (see INSTALLING THEWALL-MOUNTBRACKETS on page 7).

RECOMMENDED AMPLIFIER POWER

For satisfactory performance, we recommend using a home theater receiver (or amplifier) with a power rating of 10 to 250 watts for the PHD60,10 to 200 watts for the PHD42, and 10 to 150 watts for the PHD30. Most loudspeakers are not damaged by large amplifiers, but rather by small

amplifiers. If your system is playing loud music, a small amplifier will run out of power very quickly and can create damaging “clipping” distortions. A more powerful amplifier will play at the same volume without distorting. See OPERATION on page 13 for more information about amplifier clipping distortion.

LOUDSPEAKER WIRE

Use 2-conductorloudspeaker wire when connecting loudspeakers to your receiver or amplifier. For most applications, we recommend using 16or18-gaugewire. For wiring runs longer than 80 feet, we recommend14-gaugewire. Thespring-loadedterminals of the PHD60/42/30 will accommodate up to12-gaugewire directly. Larger sizes can be accommodated via

pin connectors.

When running wire inside walls or ceilings, always use (CL-2orCL-3)rated cable. In some areas, conduit is also required. For atrouble-freeinstallation,low-voltagewire such as loudspeaker 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, building contractor, or the local building and inspection department.

TECH TIP

Wire size is expressed by its AWG (American Wire Gauge) number – the lower the number, the larger the wire. For example, 12 AWG is physically larger than 14 AWG.

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LOUDSPEAKER PLACEMENT

The Niles PHD60/42/30 loudspeaker is designed for use in front left-,center-,or front rightchannel applications. Any model can bewall-mountedusing its includedwall-mountbracket. Forrear-channelapplications, we recommend using a Niles HD FX or CM6HDfx loudspeaker.

PLACING PHD60/42/30’S AS THE FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT LOUDSPEAKERS

In a home theater, the intelligibility of dialog and action reproduced by the front speakers is paramount! The position of the loudspeakers plays a very important role in how clear the sound is and how a stereo image is created.

The PHD60/42/30’s are designed specifically for use with plasma or flat-paneldisplays in a home theater system. The placement process is quick and easy:

At the proposed site, make sure the sound will not be blocked or reflected off furniture or other objects. The listener should have a direct line of sight with the front of each loudspeaker. The ideal listening position (e.g., favorite chair or couch) should be centered with the middle of plasma or flat-paneldisplay

Place the speakers with the ports on the bottom on either side of display, as shown in Figure 1 (also see INSTALLING THEWALL-MOUNTBRACKETS on page 7). In applications where there is a center channel, you may choose to space the left and right main speakers farther apart for a “bigger than life” sound with Dolby® encoded movies and TV shows.

Aim midrange and tweeter towards listener

Critical

 

Listening

Plasma TV

Position

 

Aim midrange and tweeter towards listener

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Figure 1. Recommended PHD60 loudspeaker placement for front left and right channels is shown here. Placement of the PHD42/30 is similar.

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PLACING PHD60/42/30’S AS THE FRONT LEFT AND RIGHT LOUDSPEAKERS (CONTINUED)

As for placement height, place front left and right speakers vertically on either side of the display, so that their tweeters are not more than 24 inches above or below the center-channelloudspeaker’s tweeter (seeFigure 2 below).

PLACING A PHD60/42/30 AS THE CENTER-CHANNELLOUDSPEAKER

The center-channelloudspeaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It handles all of the critical dialog and is vitally important in creating the illusion of sounds emanating directly from the picture. Here are some tips for obtaining optimumcenter-channelperformance:

Not Greater

than 24"

Not Greater

than 24"

Figure 2.

Recommended PHD60 loudspeaker placement for the center channel is shown here. Placement of the PHD42/30 is similar.

In a typical installation, place the PHD60/42/30 horizontally, directly above or below the plasma or flat-paneldisplay. Make sure the loudspeaker is not placed too high or low relative to the left and right speakers, as shown inFigure 2.

For installations where a perforated projection

screen will be used, place the PHD60/42/30 with grille removed, either horizontally or vertically, behind the screen at ear level, as shown in Figure 3.

Figure 3. Recommended PHD60center-channelplacement with grille removed behind a perforated projection screen is shown here. Placement of the PHD42/30 is similar.

Perforated Screen

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INSTALLING THE WALL-MOUNTBRACKETS

TOOLS AND PARTS

We recommend using the following tools and parts to install the PHD60/42/30 wall-mountbrackets:

Electric drill and drill bits

Philips screwdrivers or driver bit set

Stud finder

Eight wood screws with (optional) dry-wallanchors rated for at least 40 pounds

Pencil

Level

Protective eyewear

PRECAUTIONS

Before starting the installation, please observe the following precautions:

Turn off all system power before making any connections.

Always wear protective eyewear when using tools.

Make sure hands are clean before installation.

Wear gloves when working with fiberglass insulation.

INSTALLATION

1.At each proposed site, use a stud finder to locate studs (which should be on 16-inchcenters) for possible use in the installation. If the studs do not line up with a desired placement location, the PHD60/42/30wall-mountbracket can still be mounted on a dry wall with appropriatedry-wallscrews and anchors.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT USE PLASTIC EXPANSION OR THREADED WALL ANCHORS FOR DRY WALL INSTALLATION. CONSULT YOUR LOCAL NILES DEALER OR HOME HARDWARE STORE FOR RECOMMENDATIONS FOR YOUR HOME THEATER APPLICATION.

 

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INSTALLATION (CONTINUED)

2.For each loudspeaker, orient and tape the enclosed mounting template to the wall at the desired placement location, as shown in Figure 4. Use a level to verify tilt is zero. Be sure to account for any moldings that may interfere with the loudspeaker cabinet upon installation.

Bracket Template

Figure 4. The PHD mounting template is shown in horizontal and vertical positions (with TOP side up).

3.Follow the directions included on the template. Drill four small mounting holes at the designated locations noted on the template. If you also plan to run loudspeaker wire in the wall, you’ll need to create a cutout for it within the noted wire boundary (see Figure 4). When drilling is complete, remove each mounting template.

4.Use the stamped (TOP) label to orient each mounting bracket and run loudspeaker wire through its opening for later connection. Fasten each bracket to the wall with appropriate mounting hardware.

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