JBL SS8, SSLCR, SS6, SS8C, SS6C, SS6DT User Manual

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PERFORMANCE

SPECIALIST

SS6, SS6C, SS8, SS8C, SSLCR, SS6DT

OWNER’S GUIDE

THANK YOU FOR CHOOSING JBL

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car or office.

We’re confident that the JBL loudspeakers you have chosen will provide every note of enjoyment that you

expected – and that when you think about purchasing additional audio equipment for your home, car or office, you will once again choose JBL.

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JBL Consumer Products

INCLUDED

SS6, SS8

One pair of speakers with grilles.

SSLCR

One loudspeaker with grille. Logo to be attached to grille depending on vertical or horizontal installation.

Template/paint shield (punch out at perforation).

Template/paint shield (punch out at perforation).

SS6C, SS8C, SS6DT

One pair of speakers with grilles.

Template/paint shield

(punch out at perforation).

Model SS6DT includes one loudspeaker,

 

since it is capable of reproducing two channels of audio.

 

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SPEAKER PLACEMENT

Proper placement of the speakers is an important step in obtaining the most realistic soundstage possible. You can use these recommendations as a guide for optimal placement. Slight variations will not diminish your listening pleasure. The front speakers should be placed the same distance from each other as they are from the listening position, at about the same height from the floor as the listeners’ ears will be, with the tweeters aimed toward the listening position at ear-level height.

Model SSLCR is suitable for the front left, center and right posi-

tions, and may also be used as a side surround or surround back speaker. It may be mounted horizontally or vertically, but make sure to position it so that the tweeters for all of the front speakers are at the same height (or differ by no more than 2 feet). You may rotate the tweeter to correctly orient the JBL logo.

In a home theater configuration, the two surround speakers should be placed slightly behind the listening position and, ideally, should face each other and be at a level higher than the listeners’ ears. If that is not possible, they may be

placed in a wall behind the listening position, facing forward. The rear wall is the required mounting position for the surround back speakers in 6.1- and 7.1-channel systems.

The surround speakers should not call attention to themselves. They should provide a diffuse, ambient sound accompanying the main program material heard in the front speakers. In Dolby® Digital and DTS® systems, aim the tweeters toward the listening position at earlevel height.

FRONT SPEAKERS (SS6, SS8, SSLCR)

400 – 600

MODELS SS6, SS8 AND SSLCR AS REAR SPEAKERS

WALL

WALL

WALL

5 – 6 ft.

WALL

MODEL SS6DT IN-CEILING

Model SS6DT has the capability of playing two channels through one loudspeaker, thanks to its dual-tweeter/dual-voice-coil construction. Since the tweeters are close together, in general

they should be aimed away from each other for best coverage.

For two-channel (stereo) applications (e.g., as a single speaker in a remote room of a distributed audio system), install the SS6DT

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speaker centrally in the ceiling for best stereo imaging, swiveling the tweeters so that one points toward the left and the other toward the right of the listening position, aimed at ear-level height.

The SS6DT may also be used to play the left and right surround channels in a 5.1-channel home theater system, in which case it

should be mounted in the ceiling slightly behind the listening position, centered from left to right and with the tweeters pointing toward the left and right of the listening position, aimed at earlevel height.

For 7.1-channel systems where it is desired to use two SS6DT speakers, one to play both the left surround and surround back

channels and the other to play both the right surround and surround back channels, mount each SS6DT speaker in the ceiling, slightly behind the listening position. Place one closer to the left side of the room and the other closer to the right side. Aim the tweeters away from each other, toward the front and rear of the room.

SPEAKER CONNECTIONS

CONNECTION TIPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wires for both speakers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

should be the same length. If

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

one speaker is placed closer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

to the amplifier than the other,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hide the excess wire behind

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speakers and electronics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

terminals have corresponding

 

LEFT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RIGHT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(+) and (–) terminals. Most

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

manufacturers of speakers and

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

electronics, including JBL, use

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

red to denote the (+) terminal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and black for the (–) terminal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LEFT

 

RIGHT

 

 

 

 

It is important to connect both

 

 

 

Front or Rear Speaker Outputs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

speakers identically: (+) on the

WIRE LENGTH

 

 

RECOMMENDED SIZE

Up to 20 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-Gauge

Up to 30 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-Gauge

Greater than 30 ft.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10-Gauge

INSTALLATION

Performance Specialist in-wall speakers are designed to be easily installed. However, if you are unsure of your ability to properly install these loudspeakers, please contact your dealer or a qualified installer.

TOOLS NEEDED

Pencil

Measuring tape

Carpenter’s level

speaker to (+) on the amplifier and (–) on the speaker to (–) on the amplifier. Wiring “out of phase” results in thin sound, weak bass and a poor stereo image.

With the advent of multichannel surround sound systems, connecting all of the speakers in your system with the correct polarity remains equally important in order to preserve the proper ambience and directionality of the program material.

Phillips #2 screwdriver

Utility knife

Awl

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EXISTING CONSTRUCTION

SS6, SS8, SSLCR

Level

Template

Remove the grille from the speaker frame by pulling on the paper tab. If the tab is missing, to avoid scratching the grille or baffle you may unfold a paper clip, insert the straight end through one of the holes in the grille, and gently pull up.

Determine the correct speaker location.

Note: Remove the inner template, which is the paint shield, at the perforation. Use the outer template when cutting the drywall. Although the SSLCR may be oriented either horizontally or vertically, the installation procedure is the same.

 

≥1/2"

≥1/2"

Note: Always allow at least one-half inch between a wall stud and the speaker cutout, or the locking tabs will not be able to swivel into place.

Cut the drywall.

Screw down each of the four

(six for SSLCR) Phillips-head screws. The locking tabs will swivel into place and secure the unit to the rear surface of the drywall.

Connect the speaker wires to the speaker.

JBL Performance Specialist speakers feature unique swivel mounts for the tweeters that enable you to aim the very directional high frequencies toward the listening position, at ear-level height. Before installing the speaker grille, gently press on the outer edge of the tweeter mount to adjust the position of the tweeter. The tweeter will not swivel more than 15 degrees in any direction; do not attempt to force it to move further. You may also rotate the tweeter to orient the JBL logo as desired.

Place the frame assembly in the wall.

Replace the metal grille. For the SSLCR only, attach the JBL logo to the grille to correspond to vertical or horizontal installation.

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EXISTING CONSTRUCTION

SS6C, SS6DT, SS8C

Remove the grille from the speaker frame by pulling on the paper tab. If the tab is missing, to avoid scratching the grille or baffle you may unfold a paper clip, insert the straight end through one of the holes in the grille, and gently pull up.

1/2"

1/2"

1/2"

Determine the correct speaker location. Note: Remove the inner template, which is the paint shield, at the perforation. Use the outer template when cutting the drywall.

Cut the drywall. Note: Always allow at least one-half inch between a wall stud and the speaker cutout or the locking tabs will not be able to swivel into place.

Connect the speaker wires to the speaker.

The SS6C and SS8C speakers feature unique swivel mounts for the tweeters that enable you to aim the very directional high frequencies toward the listening position, at ear-level height. Before installing the speaker grille, gently press on the outer edge of the tweeter mount to adjust the position of the tweeter. The tweeter will not swivel more than 15 degrees in any direction; do not attempt to force it to move further. You may also rotate the tweeter to correctly orient the JBL logo as desired.

Place the frame assembly in the wall.

Replace the metal grille.

Screw down each of the three Phillips-head screws. The locking tabs will swivel into place and secure the unit to the rear surface of the drywall.

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NEW CONSTRUCTION

You will need to purchase the correct rough-in frame kit for your model:

SPEAKER MODEL

ROUGH-IN FRAME KIT

SS6

RIF6

SS8

RIF8

SSLCR

RIF55

SS6C, SS6DT

RIF6C (pair pack)/RIF6CS (single pack)

SS8C

RIF8C

Detailed installation instructions are supplied with the rough-in kit.

PAINTING THE SPEAKER FRAME AND GRILLE

Performance Specialist loudspeakers can be painted to match any décor. If you wish to change their color, the satin

finish on the grille and frame will function as a primer coat. Before painting, install the paint shield (in the assembly kit) securely into the recess in the baffle. This will protect the speaker compo-

nents and baffle from paint residue. Use a high-quality spray paint, and apply a thin coat of color.

Be certain the grille perforations remain free of paint. Filling them with paint will diminish the sound quality.

Note: Gently remove the acoustical foam blanket from the grille before painting. Reattach the blanket after the paint has dried.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If there is no sound from any of the speakers:

Check that receiver/amplifier is on and a source is playing.

Check all wires and connections between receiver/amplifier and speakers. Make sure all wires are connected. Make sure none of the speaker wires are frayed, cut, punctured or touching each other.

Review proper operation of your receiver/amplifier.

If there is no sound coming from one speaker:

Check the “Balance” control on your receiver/amplifier.

Check all wires and connections between receiver/amplifier and speakers. Make sure all wires are connected. Make sure none of the speaker wires

are frayed, cut, punctured or touching each other. In multichannel applications, make sure that your receiver or processor has been configured to enable all channels that you are using.

If there is low (or no) bass output:

Make sure the connections to the left and right “Speaker

Inputs” have the correct polarity (+ and –).

Consider adding a powered subwoofer to your system.

In Dolby Digital or DTSmodes, make sure your receiver/processor is correctly configured. When using a subwoofer, make sure the subwoofer output of the receiver/processor has been enabled. If no subwoofer is being used, make sure the

left and right front and rear speakers have been config-

ured as “LARGE.” See your receiver/processor’s owner’s manual for futher information on correct speaker configuration in Dolby Digital, DTS and other surround sound modes.

If the system plays at low volumes but shuts off as volume is increased:

Check all wires and connections between receiver/amplifier and speakers. Make sure all wires are connected. Make sure none of the speaker wires are frayed, cut, punctured or touching each other.

If more than one pair of main speakers is being used, check the minimum-impedance requirements of your receiver/amplifier.

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SPECIFICATIONS

SS6

SS8

SSLCR

SS6C

SS6DT

SS8C

Frequency Response

Frequency Response

Frequency Response

Frequency Response

Frequency Response

Frequency Response

38Hz – 20kHz (–10dB)

30Hz – 20kHz (–10dB)

40Hz – 20kHz (–10dB)

40Hz – 20kHz (–10dB)

40Hz – 20kHz (–10dB)

32Hz – 20kHz (–10dB)

Recommended Maximum

Recommended Maximum

Recommended Maximum

Recommended Maximum

Recommended Maximum

Recommended Maximum

Amplifier Power

Amplifier Power

Amplifier Power

Amplifier Power

Amplifier Power

Amplifier Power

100 watts

120 watts

120 watts

100 watts

120 watts (60 WPC)

120 watts

Impedance

Impedance

Impedance

Impedance

Impedance

Impedance

8 ohms nominal

8 ohms nominal

8 ohms nominal

8 ohms nominal

8 ohms nominal per input

8 ohms nominal

Sensitivity

Sensitivity

Sensitivity

Sensitivity

Sensitivity

Sensitivity

88dB (2.83V/1m)

90dB (2.83V/1m)

88dB (2.83V/1m)

88dB (2.83V/1m)

89dB (2.83V/1m)

90dB (2.83V/1m)

Crossover Frequency

Crossover Frequency

Crossover Frequency

Crossover Frequency

Both channels driven

Crossover Frequency

2,800Hz

2,000Hz

2,600Hz

2,400Hz

Crossover Frequency

2,200Hz

Woofer

Woofer

Woofer

6-1/2" Polymer-coated

8" Polymer-coated

Dual 5" polymer-coated

aluminum cone w/rubber

aluminum cone w/rubber

aluminum cone w/rubber

surround

surround

surround

Tweeter

Tweeter

Tweeter

1" Pure-titanium dome,

1" Pure-titanium dome,

1" Pure-titanium dome,

w/Elliptical Oblate

w/Elliptical Oblate

w/Elliptical Oblate

Spheroidal(EOS) wave-

Spheroidal(EOS) wave-

Spheroidal(EOS) wave-

guide, and swivel mount

guide, and swivel mount

guide, and swivel mount

Plate Size (W x H)

Plate Size (W x H)

Plate Size (W x H)

8-1/2" x 11"

10-1/8" x 13-1/8"

15-3/8" x 7-1/2"

(216mm x 279mm)

(257mm x 333mm)

(391mm x 191mm)

Mounting Cutout Size

Mounting Cutout Size

Mounting Cutout Size

(W x H)

(W x H)

(W x H)

7-1/8" x 9-11/16"

8-7/8" x 11-13/16"

13-7/8" x 6-3/16"

(181mm x 246mm)

(225mm x 300mm)

(352mm x 157mm)

Mounting Depth

Mounting Depth

Mounting Depth

3-7/8" (98mm)

4" (102mm)

3-7/8" (98mm)

Weight per Speaker

Weight per Speaker

Weight per Speaker

4.7 lb (2.1kg)

5.5 lb (2.5kg)

5.7 lb (2.6kg)

JBL and Harman International are registered trademarks, and Performance Series, Pro Sound Comes Home, Elliptical

Oblate Spheroidal and Straight-Line Signal Path are trademarks, of Harman International Industries, Incorporated.

Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.

DTS is a registered trademark of DTS, Inc.

The maximum recommended amplifier power rating will ensure proper system headroom to allow for occasional peaks. We do not recommend sustained operation at these maximum power levels.

All features and specifications are subject to change without notice.

Woofer

2,900Hz

Woofer

6-1/2" Polymer-coated

Woofer

8" Polymer-coated

aluminum cone w/rubber

6-1/2" Polymer-coated

aluminum cone

surround

aluminum cone w/rubber

w/rubber surround

Tweeter

surround

Tweeter

1" Pure-titanium dome,

Tweeter

1" Pure-titanium dome,

w/swivel mount

Dual 3/4" pure-titanium

w/swivel mount

Plate Size (Diameter)

dome, w/swivel mount

Plate Size (Diameter)

9-3/16" (233mm)

Plate Size (Diameter)

10-7/8" (276mm)

Mounting Cutout Size

9-3/16" (233mm)

Mounting Cutout Size

(Diameter)

Mounting Cutout Size

(Diameter)

7-7/8" (200mm)

(Diameter)

9-1/2" (241mm)

Mounting Depth

7-7/8" (200mm)

Mounting Depth

4-1/4" (108mm)

Mounting Depth

4-1/4" (108mm)

Weight per Speaker

4-1/4" (108mm)

Weight per Speaker

4.2 lb (1.9kg)

Weight per Speaker

4.6 lb (2.1kg)

 

4.2 lb (1.9kg)

 

Declaration of Conformity

We, Harman Consumer Group International

2, route de Tours

72500 Château du Loir France

declare in own responsibility that the products described in this owner’s manual are in compliance with technical standards:

EN 61000-6-3:2001

EN 61000-6-1:2001 Laurent

Harman Consumer Group International

Château du Loir, France 3/06

OWNER’S GUIDE

PRODUCT LINE:

PERFORMANCESPECIALIST

MODELS:

SS6, SS6C, SS8, SS8C, SSLCR, SS6DT

DESIGN GOAL: Combine the superior performance of traditional JBL loudspeakers with the convenience of in-wall installation.

TWEETER TYPE: Pure-titanium dome with Elliptical Oblate Spheroidal(EOS) waveguide, and swivel mount

WOOFER TYPE: Polymer-coated aluminum cone with rubber surround

CROSSOVER NETWORK: Straight-Line Signal Path(SSP)

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCE: Studio Monitor

PRO SOUND

COMES HOME

JBL, Incorporated

250 Crossways Park Drive, Woodbury, NY 11797

8500 Balboa Boulevard, Northridge, CA 91329

516.255.4JBL (4525) (USA only) www.jbl.com

NOTE: For new-construction applications, be sure to purchase the correct rough-in frame kit.

© 2006 Harman International Industries, Incorporated. All rights reserved.

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