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

MusicAnywhere!Kit

IN-CEILING

Niles Audio Corporation

12331 SW 130th Street Miami Florida 33186

TEL: (305) 238-4373FAX: (305)238-0185

www.nilesaudio.com

©1999 All Rights Reserved. Niles Audio Corporation. Because Niles strives to continuously improve its products, Niles reserves the right to change product specifications without notice. Niles, the Niles logo and Blending High Fidelity and Architectureare registered trademarks of Niles Audio Corporation Music Anywhere! Decora is a registered trademark of Leviton Manufacturing Company. Lexan is a registered trademark of General Electric Company, Inc. 10/98 DS00226B

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®

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

The Music Anywhere! In-CeilingKit is designed to provide years oftrouble-freeoperation. For your protection, please

read through these instructions and the enclosed manuals thoroughly before proceeding with your installation. Keep all enclosed manuals for future reference.

Carefully observe and comply with all warnings,

cautions and operating instructions described in all enclosed manuals.

WARNING!

To prevent possible injury, the following basic safety precautions should be observed in the installation and use of your Music Anywhere! In-CeilingKit.

1.Read through all enclosed manuals — Before attempting any installation, read through all manuals thoroughly and keep them for future reference.

2.Avoid contact with all high-voltageelectrical wiring and equipment!

3.Keep the Volume Control and any exposed wiring away from water and moisture

Never install electronic products near water, i.e., near a bathtub, sink, washing machine, in a wet basement, near a swimming pool, hot tub, or anywhere else the product may be directly exposed to water or moisture.

4.Check your local building and electrical codes — There may be specific requirements regarding running low-voltage in your area.

Tools Needed

• pencil

• drywall saw

standard screwdriver

phillips screwdriver

wire strippers

drill (and assorted bits)

• wire coat hanger

• level (optional)

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2

Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3

Positioning your Speakers for the Best Sound Quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3

Finding the Right Spot to Install the Wall-MountVolume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3

Safety Check . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

4

Cutting the Hole . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5

Installing the Mounting Bracket . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5

Running the Speaker Cable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

5

Connecting the Speaker Cable to the Wall-MountVolume Control . . . . . . . . . . . .

6

Installing the Wall-MountVolume Control in your Wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7

Mounting the In-CeilingSpeakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

7

Connecting the Speaker Cable to your Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

8

Adding On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

8

Connecting Additional Speakers and Volume Controls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

8

Protecting your Amplifier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

8

System Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

9

Normal Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

9

Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

INTRODUCTION

The Music Anywhere! In-CeilingKit enables you to enjoy your favorite music in the kitchen, in the bedroom, or in the den — anywhere you desire terrific sound.

Kit Contents

Check that your Music Anywhere! In-CeilingKit contains the following:

One Pair of In-CeilingSpeakers

Volume Control

Speaker Cable (100 ft.)

Mounting Bracket

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In-Ceiling

Wall-Mount

Speakers

Volume Control

Mounting

Speaker Cable

Bracket

(100 ft.)

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INSTALLATION

The following is an overview of the installation of the Music Anywhere! In-CeilingKit. In some cases you should refer to the specific product manuals for additional information.

Positioning your Speakers for the Best Sound Quality

Decide on an appropriate installation location for your In-CeilingSpeakers. They may be installed in any standard ceiling of at least

a 3/8” thickness. Best results are achieved by installing the In-CeilingSpeakers an equal distance from the main listening position whenever possible.

!DO NOT MOUNT THE SPEAKERS AT THIS TIME

Finding the Right Spot to Install the Wall-MountVolume Control

Decide on a location for the Wall-MountVolume Control that is convenient for you and where you believe the Speaker Cable will easily reach.

!The Wall-MountVolume Control should be installed indoors, in an interior wall relatively close to the area where the speakers will be mounted. TheVCS-2D-IMVolume Control included with the Music Anywhere!In-CeilingKit is not waterproof and is not suitable for installation outdoors without a NilesWDC-100weatherproof cover.

(See Page 10)

!Be sure to measure the approximate distance from your equipment to the Wall-MountVolume Control location, and from theWall-MountVolume Control to the first and second Speaker locations. This will ensure that you have enough wire to complete the installation. The Music Anywhere!In-CeilingKit includes 100 ft. of4-con-ductor Speaker Cable. (See Figure 1)

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INSTALLATION

In-Ceiling

Speakers

Safety Check

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! If you have doubts about

When you’ve found loca-

whether you are capable

tions that appear to be free

of installing a Niles Music

of obstructions, drill a small

Anywhere! In-WallKit into

1/8” pilot hole just barely

your system, consult a

through the drywall in each

Niles dealer or profession-

location.

al installer. They have spe-

(See Figure 2)

cial tools, techniques, and

 

experience to make the

! Be careful. If you feel any

impossible possible. The

extra resistance as you

installer can provide you

are drilling. STOP!

with an estimate before

 

work is started.

Cut a piece of coat hanger

 

and bend the wire to create

Once you have found a con-

two right angles opposite of

venient location for the Wall-

each other about six inches

Mount Volume Control and

long. Poke the six inch end

decided on an installation

of the “Z-shaped”wire into

location for the In-Wall

the pilot hole and rotate in a

Speakers, locate nearby

circle while probing the

studs in the wall with a stud

inside of the wall for

sensor or by hand knocking.

obstructions.

Figure 2

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If the wire’s movement is obstructed by a pipe, cable or wall stud, fill the hole with spackle or other patching compound, sand, paint and try another location.

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INSTALLATION

Cutting the Hole

Once you have decided upon an ideal installation location for the WallMounted Volume Control, hold the Mounting Bracket up to the wall surface. Level the Mounting Bracket and mark the wall by tracing the inside perimeter of the Mounting Bracket with a pencil. Repeat the same procedure for the In-CeilingSpeakers using the supplied template to trace a9-1/4”diameter hole for each InCeiling Speaker.

(See Figure 3)

If you are cutting a painted or wallpapered ceiling, use a razor-knifeto cleanly cut the wallpaper. Then use a drywall saw to cut the drywall. (SeeFigure 4)

!Be very careful not to saw through existing wires, pipes or structure.

Installing the

Mounting Bracket

Place the Mounting Bracket against the hole.

(See Figure 5)

Bend the tabs at a 90° angle and insert into the hole. (See Figure 6)

When the bracket is secure, bend the tabs back against the inside of the drywall and insert the screws so that they penetrate the tabs, clamping the bracket to the drywall. (See Figure 7)

Running the

Speaker Cable

Conceal the Speaker Cable between the stereo equipment and the Wall-MountVolume Control, and between theWall-MountVolume Control and the Speakers.

!Be sure to measure the approximate distance from your equipment to the Wall-MountVolume Control location, and from theWall-MountVolume Control to the first and second Speaker locations to ensure that you have enough wire to complete the installation.

(See Figure 8)

Figure 6

5

Figure 3

Figure 4

Figure 5

Figure 7

INSTALLATION

Connecting the Speaker Cable to the Volume Control

!Connecting the Volume Control backwards could damage your amplifier. Make sure to connect the Speaker Cable coming from your amplifier to the INPUT of the Volume Control (labeled AMPLIFIER), and the OUTPUT of the Volume Control (labeled SPEAKERS) to the In-CeilingSpeakers.

Strip the wire jacket back 2" to expose the four colored

conductors and remove 1/4" of insulation from the end of each conductor. Twist the end of each conductor so the ends are not frayed. Make sure that no more than 1/4" of bare wire is exposed.

!Exposing too much wire could cause the wires to touch and create a “short” which could damage

your equipment.

Connect the exposed ends of each of the Speaker Cable’s conductors to the removable connectors pack-

aged with the Wall-MountVolume Control. (See “Connect the wires” at the bottom of page 7.)

If you are going to connect more than two pairs of speakers to the amplifier, the Volume Control’s “Impedance Magnifying” jumpers must be reset.

(See Figure 10, Page 8 of this manual)

Refer to the Installation section on page 8 of the VCS-2D-IMVolume Control manual included with your Music Anywhere!In-Ceiling

Figure 8

green

 

see Inset

 

 

 

 

 

 

white

 

 

 

 

 

red and black

 

 

 

 

(unused)

 

 

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Inset

Right Speaker |{zy,

 

 

white

 

 

 

red

green

 

 

 

black

 

to “speaker”

 

 

red

black

 

 

connection on

 

 

 

 

 

! Carefully make a 12" incision in the wire jacket to

volume control

 

expose all four colored conductors (be careful

 

 

not to damage the colored conductors inside!).

 

Cut only the red and black wires at the top of the incision and strip approx. 3/8" of insulation from the ends of!each conductor. Connect the red and black wires to the speaker as shown above.

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INSTALLATION

Installing the Wall-MountVolume Control in your Wall

Carefully feed the Speaker Cable back into the wall and secure the Wall-MountVolume Control to the bracket using the supplied screws. Then install the Decora® faceplate using the supplied faceplate screws. (SeeFigure 9)

Mounting the

In-CeilingSpeakers

Remove the grille from the In-CeilingSpeaker by bending the last quarter inch of a small paper clip into an “L” shape and inserting it into one of the holes at the edge of the grille.Figure 8 illustrates how to connect the Speaker Cable to theIn-CeilingSpeakers.

!Be sure to observe proper polarity when connecting the Speaker Cable to the In-CeilingSpeakers.

Connect the wires:

!Red = Right Positive (+) Black = Right Negative (-)White = Left Positive (+) Green = Left Negative(-)

Once the Speaker Cable is connected to the In-Ceiling

Speaker, conceal the excess wire inside the ceiling cavity.

To install the in-CeilingSpeakers, first rotate the clamps inward so that they sit flush against the side of the speaker. Insert the InCeiling Speaker into the cutout and tighten the clamps by turning the screws clockwise with a drill or by hand.

!DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN THE SCREWS. Overtightening the screws may break the clamps or make the grille difficult

to install.

Carefully install the grille into the speaker. The grilles fit tightly to prevent them from coming loose over time. Some effort and

care may be required when installing them.

Figure 9

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ADDING ON

Connecting the Speaker Cable to your Equipment

If your receiver or amplifier has both “Speakers A” and “Speakers B” connections on the rear of the chassis, connect the Cable connected to the Speakers to “A”. Be sure to observe proper polarity when connecting the Speaker Cable to your equipment.

Connect the wires:

Red = Right Positive (+)

Black = Right Negative (-)

White = Left Positive (+)

Green = Left Negative (-)

Connecting

Additional Speakers

and Volume Controls

In order to listen to several speaker pairs at the same time, each run of Speaker Cable (and their respective Wall-MountVolume Controls and Speakers) must be connected to your amplifier. This is easily accomplished by using standard wire nuts and connecting the other speaker pairs to your amplifier in the following manner:

a) Simply cut a short “pigtail” (approximately 12”) of 4-conductorSpeaker

 

Cable and remove 2” of the

 

feeds by twisting the wires

 

outer sheath from both

 

together and securing them

 

ends. Strip 3/8” of the col-

 

with a wire nut of the

 

ored insulation from each of

 

appropriate size.

 

the four conductors at one

 

Protecting Your

 

end, and connect this end to

 

 

your stereo amplifier’s out-

 

Amplifier

 

put terminals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Wall-MountVolume

 

Connect the wires

 

Controls included in the

 

Red = Right Positive (+)

 

Music Anywhere! Kits

 

Black = Right Negative (-)

 

incorporate an “Impedance

 

White = Left Positive (+)

 

Magnifying” feature to

 

Green = Left Negative (-)

 

protect your amplifier.

 

b) Strip 3/4" of insulation

 

To set the “Magnification

 

from both the end of the

 

Factor”, simply straddle the

 

“pigtail” and from the end

 

small black “jumper” over

 

of each of the incoming

 

the appropriately marked

 

Speaker Cable’s conductors.

 

“jumper pins” for the correct

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

magnification setting based

 

c) Connect each of the

 

on the number of speaker

 

“pigtail’s” conductors to its

 

pairs in your system.

 

corresponding color on the

 

(see Figure 10)

 

incoming Speaker Cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 10

 

 

MAGNIFICATION

 

MAGNIFICATION

 

 

 

FACTOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

FACTOR

Right

 

 

 

 

 

16x

16x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8x

8x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4x

4x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jumper

 

 

 

 

 

2x

2x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

JP1 (LEFT)

 

 

 

 

(RIGHT) JP2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETTING THE MAGNIFICATION FACTOR

 

1 – 2 speakers pairs

 

set jumper on ..................... 2X

 

3 – 4 speakers pairs

 

set jumper on ..................... 4X

 

5 – 8 speakers pairs

 

set jumper on ..................... 8X

 

9 – 16 speakers pairs

 

set jumper on ................... 16X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SYSTEM OPERATION

!Every Wall-MountVolume Control in the system must be set to the same “Impedance Magnification” factor.

!Do not mix other models of Niles (or any other manufacturer’s) volume controls with Niles VCS-2D-IMWall-MountVolume Controls in this type of system configuration.

Normal Operation

Start by presetting the volume control on your amplifier at a reasonable level. The amplifier volume control is now the Master Volume for all of your speakers. Each room Volume Control enables you to reduce the volume of that room without affecting anyone else.

To control the volume of your In-CeilingSpeakers, simply turn theWall-MountVolume Control clockwise to increase the volume, and counterclockwise to decrease the volume.

When the Volume Control is all the way down, the

speaker system is complete-

ly off. When the Volume Control is set all the way up, the speakers will play at the amplifier’s preset volume setting.

!Use caution when listening to your In-CeilingSpeakers at high volume levels. Turning up your amplifier’s volume too far may cause the amplifier to run out of power which can create “clipping” distortion, which may potentially damage your amplifier, volume control, and speakers.

!Typically, an amplifier reaches its maximum capabilities when playing a CD at a 12 o’clock setting. If you increase the amplifier’s volume control beyond that point, the amplifier will begin to distort. This “clipping” distortion will quickly damage the tweeters of any speaker (regardless of its power rating — power ratings refer to undistorted sound).

!If the treble sounds harsh and unpleasant when you are standing near your InCeiling Speakers, reduce the amplifiers volume to a safe, undistorted level.

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ACCESSORIES

Double-Gang

Mounting Kit

Used for applications where the mounting of two Decora® stylelow-voltagecontrols next to one another is desired. This kit includes adouble-gangDecora-stylefaceplate,double-gangmounting bracket, and all the necessary hardware.

Double-GangMounting Kit

Stock# FG00783

WDC-100and

WDC-200

Weatherized Device

Covers

These paintable outdoor covers are designed to enable you to install either single-gang(WDC-100),ordouble-gang(WDC-200)control devices outdoors and keep them protected from the elements. Both models are constructed of durable Lexan® plastic and feature Neoprene sealing gaskets and stainless steel mounting screws.

WDC-100

Stock# FG00289

WDC-200

Stock# FG00290

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