Infinity BETA-HCS Owners manual

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Infinity BETA-HCS Owners manual

B E T A

H C S

BETA HCS

Owner’s Guide

(230V)

CAUTION

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK

DO NOT OPEN

CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, do not remove the grounding plug on the power cord, or use any plug or extension cord that does not have a grounding plug provided.

Make certain that the

AC outlet is properly grounded. Do not use an adapter plug with this product.

The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated “dangerous voltage” within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance (servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the appliance.

Declaration of Conformity

 

 

 

 

 

Declaration of Conformity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We, Harman Consumer International

 

We, Harman Consumer International

2, route de Tours

 

 

2, route de Tours

72500 Chateau-du-Loir

 

 

72500 Chateau-du-Loir

France

 

 

France

 

 

 

 

declare in own responsibility that the products described in

 

declare in own responsibility that the product described in

 

 

 

 

this owner’s manual are in compliance with technical stan-

 

this owner’s manual is in compliance with technical stan-

 

 

 

 

dards:

 

dards:

 

 

 

 

EN 61000-6-3:2001

 

EN 55013:2001

 

 

 

 

EN 61000-6-1:2001

 

EN 55020:2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EN 61000-3-2:2000

 

 

 

 

EN 61000-3-3:1995+A1:2001

 

 

 

 

EN 60065:2002

 

Robin Marshall

 

 

 

Robin Marshall

Harman Consumer International

 

Harman Consumer International

Chateau-du-Loir, France 6/03

 

Chateau-du-Loir, France 6/03

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

read first! Important Safety Precautions!

1.Read Instructions. All the safety and operating instructions should be read before the product is operated.

2.Retain Instructions. The safety and operating instructions should be retained for future reference.

3.Heed Warnings. All warnings on the product and in the operating instructions should be adhered to.

4.Follow Instructions. All operating and use instructions should be followed.

5.Water and Moisture. The product should not be used near water – for example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement, or near a swimming pool, and the like.

6.Accessories. Do not place this product on an unstable cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table.The product may fall, causing serious injury to a child or adult, and serious damage to the product. Use only with a cart, stand, tripod, bracket, or table recommended by the manufacturer, or sold with the product.

Any mounting of the product should follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and should use a mounting accessory recommended by the manufacturer.

7.Wall or Ceiling Mounting. The product should be mounted on a wall or ceiling only when and as recommended by the manufacturer.

8.Ventilation. Slots and openings in the cabinet are provided for ventilation and to ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it from overheating, and these openings must not be blocked or covered.

The openings should never be blocked by placing the product on a bed, sofa, rug, or other similar surface. This product should not be placed in a built-in installation such as a bookcase or rack unless proper ventilation is provided or the manufacturer’s instructions have been adhered to.

9.Heat. The product should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other products that produce heat. If placed near an amplifier, check with the manufacturer for applicability.

10.Power Sources. This product should be operated only from the type of power source indicated on the marking label. If you are not sure of the type of power supply to your home, consult your product dealer

or local power company. For products intended to operate from battery power, or other sources, refer to the operating instructions.

11.Grounding or Polarization. This product may be equipped with a polarized alternating-current line plug (a plug having one blade wider than the other).This

plug will fit into the power outlet only one way.This is a safety feature. If you are unable to insert the plug fully into the outlet, try reversing the plug. If the plug should still fail to fit, contact your electrician to replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized plug.

12.Power-Cord Protection. Power-supply cords should be routed so that they are not likely to be walked on or pinched by items placed upon or against them, paying particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit from the product.

13.Cleaning. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners. Use a damp cloth for cleaning.

14.Nonuse Periods. The power cord of the product should be unplugged from the outlet when left unused for long periods of time.

15.Lightning. For added protection for this product during a lightning storm, or when it is left unattended and unused for long periods of time, unplug it from the wall outlet and disconnect the antenna or cable system.This will prevent damage to the product due to lightning and power-line surges.

16.Overloading. Do not overload wall outlets, extension cords, or integral convenience receptacles, as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.

17.Object and Liquid Entry. Never push objects of any kind into this product through openings, as they

may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric shock. Never spill liquid of any kind on the product.

18.Damage Requiring Service. Unplug this product from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified service personnel under the following conditions: a. The power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged; or

b. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been spilled into, the product; or

c. The product has been exposed to rain or water; or d. The product does not operate normally when following the operating instructions. Adjust only those controls that are covered by the operating instructions, as an improper adjustment of other controls may result in damage and will often require

extensive work by a qualified technician to restore the product to its normal operation; or

e. The product has been dropped, or the enclosure damaged; or

f. The product does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked change in performance.

19.Attachments. Do not use attachments not recommended by the product manufacturer, as they may cause hazards.

20.Replacement Parts. When replacement parts are required, be sure the service technician has used replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or that have the same characteristics as the original part. Unauthorized substitutions may result in fire, electric shock or other hazards.

21.Safety Check. Upon completion of any service or repairs to this product, ask the service technician to perform safety checks to determine that the product is in proper operating condition.

22.Servicing. Do not attempt to service this product yourself, as opening or removing covers may expose you to dangerous voltage or other hazards. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.

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Table of Contents

2

Important Safety Precautions

4

Introduction

4

Technology

4

Unpacking the System

4Planning Your System

5Placement

5Wall-Mounting the Satellites

6Center and Satellite Speaker Connections

7Subwoofer Controls

8Subwoofer Connections

9Operation

9Maintenance and Service

10Specifications

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INTRODUCTION

To start enjoying your new Beta HCS, read and then follow all instructions listed in this guide, as well as those found in the owner’s manuals of associated components in your audio system. Save all instructions for future reference.

Technology

Beta HCS loudspeakers incorporate several innovative technologies that, when implemented by our exceptionally talented engineers after hours upon hours of subjective listening evaluations, result in a loudspeaker that realistically and accurately reproduces the signal source with minimal distortion and coloration.

For decades, loudspeaker engineers have known that the ideal transducer should be stiff, yet light, and have high internal damping (damping is a material’s ability to absorb energy).

Infinity’s C.M.M.D. transducer is a significant advance in transducer technology. Ceramic, a class of material new to loudspeakers, offers better performance than other materials.

Ceramic is stiffer than metals and lighter than plastics and typical composite materials; it also offers improved damping.

These ceramic-based transducers take us a giant step closer to the ever-elusive “ideal transducer.”

In woofer and midrange applications, it offers accurate pistonic operation over the entire frequency range of the driver, completely eliminating coloration due to cone breakup and dramatically reducing distortion. And when ceramic-metal-matrix transducers are exposed to moisture, sunlight or extreme temperatures, their performance does not deteriorate.

The transducers in Beta HCS satellite and center channel speakers incorporate full magnetic shielding to allow use in close proximity to tv receivers and video monitors.

Unpacking the System

Carefully unpack the system. If you suspect damage from transit, report it immediately to your dealer and/or delivery service. Keep the shipping carton and packing materials for future use. Open the package and verify the following contents:

(1) Powered Sub

(4) Satellite Speakers

PLANNING YOUR SYSTEM

Before deciding where to best place your speakers, survey your room and study Figures 1 and 2.

Subwoofer

Left

 

 

 

Right

Front

 

 

 

Front

Channel

Center

Channel

 

 

Channel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Couch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left

 

 

 

 

Right

Surround

 

 

 

 

Surround

Channel

 

 

 

 

Channel

Figure 1. In this overhead view of a typical installation, satellite speakers are used to reproduce sound for the front and surround channels. The center channel reproduces sound and dialogue. The powered subwoofer provides bass for effects and music.

Subwoofer

Right

 

Front

 

Channel

 

Center

 

Channel

 

Right

Left

Surround

Channel

Front

 

Channel

 

 

Couch

 

Left

 

Surround

 

Channel

Figure 2.This figure shows an alternative layout which may be more suitable for some rooms.

(1) Center

(20) Rubber Feet

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