Paradigm OM-605, IN-WALL SUBWOOFERS User Manual

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IN-WALL SUBWOOFERS
Thank you for choosing award-winning Paradigm® Reference in-wall subwoofer systems and congratulations! You are about
to experience the stunning difference these state-of-the-art high-end subwoofers will make in your music and home theater system.
®
Reference subwoofers will provide you with stunning
high-end sound and unparalleled listening pleasure for years to come. To achieve all of the exceptional sound that these subwoofers are
capable of providing requires care in installation and operation. Please take the time to read this manual as well as the manual that came with your Paradigm
®
subwoofer amplifier and follow all instructions. If you
have further questions, contact your Authorized Paradigm
®
Reference
Dealer or visit the Q&A page in the Tech Support section of our website at www.paradigm.com.
Paradigm Electronics Inc. In Canada: 205 Annagem Blvd., Mississauga, ON L5T 2V1• In the U.S.: MPO Box 2410, Niagara Falls, NY 14302
IMPORTANT: Subwoofers covered by this manual are designed for use with a Paradigm
®
Subwoofer Amplifier only. Use with any other brand of amplifier can cause permanent damage and will void the Paradigm warranty.
OWNERS MANUAL OM-605
THE ULTIMATE IN HIGH-END SOUND FOR MUSIC AND HOME THEATER
RECYCLING AND REUSE GUIDELINES FOR EUROPE
In accordance with the European Union WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive effective August 13, 2005, we would like to notify you that this product may contain regulated materials which, upon disposal, according to the WEEE directive, require special reuse and recycling processing. For this reason ParadigmElectronics Inc. (manufacturers of Paradigm
®
speakers and Anthem®electronics) has arranged with our distributors in European Union member nations to collect and recycle this product at no cost to you. To find your local distributor please contact the dealer from whom you purchased this product or go to our website at www.paradigm.com.
Please note that the product only falls under the WEEE directive. When disposing of packaging and other shipping material we encourage you to recycle through the normal channels.
DIRECTIVES EUROPEENNES SUR LE RECYCLAGE ET LE TRAITEMENT DES DECHETS
Dans le respect de la directive WEEE (Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment) mise en place par les institutions Européennes à compter du 13 Août 2005, nous souhaitons vous informer que ce produit peut contenir des matières devant faire l’objet d’une procédure de recyclage ou de traitement approprié des déchets. Dans cette optique, Paradigm Electronics Inc (fabricant des enceintes Paradigm
MD
et des électroniques AnthemMD) avec ses Distributeurs agréés dans l’Union Européenne, ont mis en place une procédure de collecte et de retraitement gratuite. Pour en savoir davantage sur cette procédure veuillez contacter votre revendeur, ou notre Distributeur dans votre pays (vous en obtiendrez les coordonnées sur simple demande ou en consultant notre site Internet www.paradigm.com).
Notez que seul le produit fini est concerné par cette directive et ses obligations. S’agissant de son emballage et de ses accessoires de transport nous vous recommandons de les recycler selon les procédures mises en place par votre commune ou votre département.
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TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO AMPLIFIER OR SUBWOOFER AND ENSURE OPTIMAL SOUND, THE 3-POSITION “EQ” SWITCH ON THE REAR PANEL OF THE AMPLIFIER MUST BE CORRECTLY CONFIGURED FOR USE WITH YOUR SETUP (See Fig. 2). Additional details on page 5.
USING THE X-300 AMPLIFIER:
IMPORTANT OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS: READ BEFORE OPERATING SUBWOOFER
TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO AMPLIFIER OR SUBWOOFER, FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS THAT RELATE TO YOUR SETUP BELOW. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS WILL RESULT IN PERMANENT DAMAGE TO AMPLIFIER AND SUBWOOFER. SUCH DAMAGE IS NOT COVERED UNDER THE PARADIGM WARRANTY.
TO PREVENT DAMAGE TO AMPLIFIER OR SUBWOOFER, THE IMPEDANCE MATCHING SWITCH ON YOUR SUBWOOFER’S BAFFLE MUST BE POSITIONED FOR USE WITH THE DESIGNATED AMPLIFIER (See Fig. 1).
POSITIONING THE IMPEDANCE MATCHING SWITCH:
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Important Operating Instructions: Read Before Operating Subwoofer . . 3
Subwoofer Assembly Parts List . . . . 4
Impedance Matching Switch
(Pictorial) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
3-Position “EQ” Switch (Pictorial). . . 4
Your New Subwoofer . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Configuring the Amplifier
for use with Your Subwoofer . . . . . . 5
The Listening Room . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Guidelines for Deciding
on S ubwoofer Placement . . . . . . . . . 6
Subwoofer Placement . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Color-Match Painting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Installation into a Wall
Without a Backbox (Pictorial) . . . . . . 8
Installation into a Paradigm
®
Backbox (Pictorial). . . . . 10
Installation into a Wall
Without a Backbox . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Limited Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
• 1 subwoofer
• 1 mounting template
• 1 MDF mounting frame
• 8 mounting screws
• 4 gasket tape strips
• 2 port gaskets (5/8˝ drywall installation only)
• 1 paint mask
• 1 wire tie
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SUBWOOFER ASSEMBLY PARTS LIST
(each subwoofer)
IMPEDANCE MATCHING SWITCH
(all models)
A
Fig. 1
+
X-850X-300
or
3-POSITION “EQ” SWITCH
(X-300 Amplifier only)
Fig. 2
All PCS subs with/without backbox
& RVC-12SQ without backbox
RVC-12CF with/without backbox
RVC-12SQ with backbox
1
2 3
All PCS subs with/without backbox
& RVC-12SQ without backbox
RVC-12CF with/without backbox
RVC-12SQ with backbox
1
2 3
+
Required, not included
• 1 Paradigm®X-300 Amplifier (for use with 1 Paradigm®Reference RVC subwoofer) or 1 Paradigm®X-850 Amplifier (for use with 1 or 2 Paradigm®Reference RVC subwoofers)
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Break-In
Allow your Paradigm
®
Reference subwoofer system to operate for several hours before you listen critically.
Cleaning
Clean subwoofer housing with a soft, damp cloth. Do not use a strong or abrasive cleaner or get any part of the subwoofer wet.
If you wish to paint your subwoofer you must do so before installing it. See the section on ”Color Match Painting” later in this manual for full details.
Optional Paradigm
®
Backbox
Paradigm
®
Reference in-wall subwoofers can also be installed into an optional Paradigm®Backbox
(sold
separately).
If you decide to use a backbox, follow the instructions for placement and installation included with the backbox. NOTE: If you install your subwoofer into a Paradigm®Backbox, you will not require the MDF mounting frame that came with your subwoofer.
YOUR NEW SUBWOOFER
Setting 1: Use this setting with one RVC-12SQ subwoofer without a backbox Setting 2: Use this setting with one RVC-12CF subwoofer with or without a backbox Setting 3: Use this setting with one RVC-12SQ subwoofer with a backbox NOTE: These settings are also displayed on your amplifier’s back panel.
WARNING: The following procedures are imperative for correct system setup. Failure to follow the instructions that apply to your setup will result in permanent damage to amplifier and subwoofer. Such damage is
NOT
covered under the Paradigm warranty.
1. The Impedance Matching Switch on Your Subwoofer’s Baffle:
To prevent damage to amplifier or subwoofer, the Impedance Matching Switch on your subwoofer’s baffle must be correctly positioned (Fig. 1).
2. Using the Paradigm
®
X-300 Amplifier with Your Subwoofer:
To prevent damage to amplifier or subwoofer and ensure optimal sound, the 3-Position “EQ” Switch on the X-300 amplifier’s rear panel must be correctly configured for use with or without
a Paradigm®Backbox.
Toggle to the setting that matches your setup (Fig. 2):
3. Using the Paradigm
®
X-850 Amplifier with Your Subwoofer:
Your X-850 amplifier comes with a Setup CD that allows you to configure your Paradigm
®
Reference
subwoofer system for optimal sound.PC requirements for running this CD are Windows XP or Vista and
one USB port. Install the software and perform the setup before connecting your amplifier to the subwoofer. For complete instructions on installing the software, refer to the Owners Manual that
came with your X-850 amplifier.
CONFIGURING THE AMPLIFIER FOR USE WITH YOUR SUBWOOFER
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Paradigm®Reference in-wall subwoofers are suitable for use in a wide variety of listening environments. Note however, that room construction, dimensions and furnishings all play a part in the quality of sound you ultimately achieve. Try to follow these guidelines:
a) Strong, rigid walls are preferred for best bass balance. For even better results we recommend adding additional
bracing and acoustic damping material to the cavity prior to installation. See section on ”Installation Into A Wall Without A Backbox” later in this manual for more details.
b) It is important to note that just as the amount of soft furnishings has a decided impact on mid and high
frequencies, those frequencies below 150 Hz are dramatically affected by the room itself—its size, shape, as well as the physical boundaries of the room.
The extra care you take in correctly positioning your subwoofers will result in greater listening enjoyment. Follow the guidelines for placement below to achieve optimal sound in your room.
THE LISTENING ROOM
When considering subwoofer placement directly into a wall, keep the following in mind:
DO NOT install subwoofer in lath or plaster—over time, the bass vibrations will cause material to crack;
DO NOT install subwoofer in cavities that contain ductwork;
DO NOT locate subwoofer close to wall-mounted fixtures that may vibrate (remember to check the other
side of the wall too!);
DO NOT install subwoofer in a cavity that already contains an in-wall speaker;
• If installing subwoofer in a wall with metal studs, make sure the studs are securely fastened so that they do
not vibrate or rattle;
• Some acoustic bleed-through in the adjacent room is unavoidable. See section on “Installation Into A Wall
Without a Backbox” later in this manual for suggestions to reduce bleed-through.
(Guidelines and suggestions for the actual installation process can be found later in this manual.)
GUIDELINES FOR DECIDING ON SUBWOOFER PLACEMENT
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Fig. 3a
Two subwoofers close to floor in corners of room
Bass is less and less directional as it goes down in frequency. For best sonic integration, placing your subwoofer in the wall at the front or rear of the room and close to a corner usually provides the best bass performance and sonic integration. If this location is not possible, keeping in mind the guidelines provided earlier
, you may place your subwoofer anywhere in the wall without affecting the stereo image of your front speakers or the soundstage of your multi-channel speaker system.
Figs. 3a and 3b below highlight how bass output is generally affected by in-wall placement. When seated in the typical listening area of your room, placing the subwoofers in the various positions will typically result in bass performance as follows:
Fig. 3a: Corner placement close to the floor provides the best balance of output and accuracy. Fig. 3b: Placement anywhere along the wall close to the floor but outside the "shaded" area will provide
slightly reduced output, though still acceptable accuracy.
The Advantages of Using Two Subwoofers
We highly recommend using two Paradigm
®
Reference in-wall subwoofers in your music and home theater system. Using two subwoofers allows you to randomize the standing waves within your listening room so that bass is distributed in a more uniform manner. Using two subwoofers can also ensure even lower distortion, especially at high output levels.
If desired, for further optimized bass performance and even greater output, you can install an additional pair of Paradigm
®
Reference in-wall subwoofers. Figure 4 provides recommended placement for four subwoofers.
Broken lines in figures below represent alternate placement for two subwoofers.
SUBWOOFER PLACEMENT
Fig. 3b
Two subwoofers close to floor in middle of walls
Fig. 4
Recommended placement for four subwoofers in a wall
Fig. 5c
Fig. 5a
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Your new subwoofer has a textured finish in neutral white to blend into any area. It may also be painted to match any décor. If you plan to paint your subwoofer, to avoid “painting it to the wall”, we recommend that you paint it before installation.
Please note:
• Do not paint the surface behind the grille
• Do not heat-cure your newly painted subwoofer
• Avoid painting the subwoofer’s rear surface—protect it by masking the surface
(paint mask included)
To Paint, Follow These Steps:
1) Remove the metal grille and position the paint mask
(included)
in its place;
2) In a well-ventilated area, apply several light coats of paint, letting the subwoofer housing dry completely
between coats. Follow the paint manufacturer’s directions;
3) When painting grille, be careful n ot to plug holes with paint and re-attach after paint has dried. It is
easier to spray the grille than to use a brush. Remove grille before painting
.
COLOR-MATCH PAINTING
(optional)
Connect subwoofer as outlined in the Owners Manual included with your Paradigm®subwoofer amplifier.
INSTALLATION INTO A WALL WITHOUT A BACKBOX
Positioning block should be at bottom, facing you as you tip frame into wall.
Fig. 5b
Peel tape back.
NOTE: Gasket tape strips must overlap at each corner for a complete seal.
Fig. 5d
Fig. 5e
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INSTALLATION INTO A WALL WITHOUT A BACKBOX
(continued)
Fig. 5g
Fig. 5f
IMPORTANT! DO NOT remove port covers.
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