American Audio Car Speaker DLS 15 User Manual

DLS 15™  
Professional Two-Way Sound  
Reinforcement Loudspeaker  
DLS 15P™  
Powered Professional Two-Way  
Sound Reinforcement Loudspeaker  
AMERICAN AUDIO  
4295 Charter Street  
Los Angeles, Ca. 90058  
Rev. 4/05  
 
LS 15™/ LS 15P™  
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Handling Precautions  
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ELECTRICAL PRECAUTIONS  
CAUTION  
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK  
DO NOT OPEN  
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'senclosurethatmaybeofsufficientmagnitude  
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.  
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC  
SHOCK, DO NOT REMOVE THE COVER (OR BACK).  
THERE ARE NO USER SERVICEABLE PARTS  
INSIDE REFER SERVICE TO YOUR AUTHORIZED  
AMERICAN AUDIO® SERVICE TECHNICIAN.  
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS  
OBJECT AND LIQUID ENTRY - Never push objects of  
READ INSTRUCTIONS — All the safety and operating  
GROUNDING OR POLARIZATION  
instructions should be read before the product is  
operated.  
Ifthisproductisequippedwithapolarizedalternating  
current line plug (a plug having one blade wider than  
theother), itwillfitintotheoutlet onlyoneway. This  
isasafetyfeature.Ifyouareunabletoinserttheplug  
fullyintotheoutlet, tryreversingtheplug. Iftheplug  
should still fail to fit, contact your electrician to  
replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the  
safety purpose of the polarized plug.  
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.  
RETAIN INSTRUCTIONS — The safety and operating  
instructionsshouldberetainedforfuturereference.  
HEED WARNINGS — All warnings on the product and  
in the operating instructions should be adhered to.  
FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS — All operating and use  
instructions should be followed.  
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.  
CLEANING — The product should be cleaned only with  
a polishing cloth or a soft dry cloth. Never clean with  
furniture wax, benzine, insecticides or other volatile  
liquids since they may corrode the cabinet.  
If this product is equipped with  
a
three-wire  
DAMAGEREQUIRINGSERVICE - Unplugthisproduct  
from the wall outlet and refer servicing to qualified  
service personnel under the following conditions:  
groundingtypeplug,aplughavingathird(grounding)  
pin, itwillonlyfitintoagroundingtypepoweroutlet.  
Thisisasafetyfeature.Ifyouareunabletoinsertthe  
plug into the outlet, contact your electrician to  
replace your obsolete outlet. Do not defeat the  
safety purpose of the grounding type plug.  
When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged.  
If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen into  
the product.  
ATTACHMENTS  
Do not use attachments not  
recommendedbytheproductmanufacturerasthey  
may cause hazards.  
WATER AND MOISTURE — Do not use this product  
near water — for example, near a bathtub, wash  
bowl,kitchensink,orlaundrytub;inawetbasement;  
or near a swimming pool; and the like.  
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  
If the product has been exposed to rain or water.  
Iftheproductdoesnotoperatenormallybyfollowing  
theoperatinginstructions.Adjustonlythosecontrols  
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.  
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,conveniencereceptacles,andthepointwhere  
they exit from the product.  
OUTDOOR ANTENNA GROUNDING — If an outside  
antennaorcablesystemisconnectedtotheproduct,  
be sure the antenna or cable system is grounded so  
astoprovidesomeprotectionagainstvoltagesurges  
andbuilt-upstaticcharges.Article810oftheNational  
ElectricalCode,ANSI/NFPA70,providesinformation  
with regard to proper grounding of the mast and  
supporting structure, grounding of the lead-in wire  
to an antenna discharge unit, size of grounding  
conductors, location of antenna-discharge unit,  
connection to grounding electrodes, and  
requirementsforthegroundingelectrode.SeeFigure  
A.  
LIGHTNING — For added protection for this product  
duringalightningstorm,orwhenitisleftunattended  
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.  
POWER LINES An outside antenna system should  
notbelocatedinthevicinityofoverheadpowerlines  
or other electric light or power circuits, or where it  
can fall into such power lines or circuits. When  
installing an outside antenna system, extreme care  
should be taken to keep from touching such power  
lines or circuits as contact with them might be fatal.  
OVERLOADING — Do not overload wall outlets,  
extensioncords,orintegralconveniencereceptacles  
as this can result in a risk of fire or electric shock.  
If the product has been dropped or damaged in any  
way.  
When the product exhibits a distinct change in  
performance — this indicates a need for service.  
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.  
REPLACEMENT PARTS -- When replacement parts  
arerequired,besuretheservicetechnicianhasused  
replacement parts specified by the manufacturer or  
have the same characteristics as the original part.  
Unauthorizedsubstitutionsmayresultinfire,electric  
shock, or other hazards.  
SAFETY CHECK - Upon completion of any service or  
repairs to this product, ask the service technician to  
performsafetycheckstodeterminethattheproduct  
is in proper operating condition.  
WALL OR CEILING MOUNTING — The product should  
not be mounted to a wall or ceiling.  
HEAT The product should be situated away from heat  
sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or  
other products (including amplifiers) that produce  
heat.  
CART — A product and cart combination should be  
moved with care. Quick stops, excessive force, and  
uneven surfaces may cause the product and cart  
combination to overturn.  
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.  
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.  
ANTENNA  
LEAD IN  
WIRE  
GROUND  
CLAMP  
ANTENNA  
DISCHARGE UNIT  
(NEC SECTION 810-20)  
LOCATION – The appliance should be installed in a  
stable location.  
NONUSE PERIODS – The power cord of the appliance  
should be unplugged from the outlet when left un-  
used for a long period of time.  
ELECTRIC  
SERVICE  
EQUIPMENT  
GROUNDING CONDUCTORS  
(NEC SECTION 810-21)  
GROUND CLAMPS  
POWER SERVICE GROUNDING  
ELECTRODE SYSTEM  
(NEC ART 250, PART H)  
Fig. A  
NEC — NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CODE  
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LS 15™/ LS 15P™  
Safety Precautions  
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• The DLS 15™ and the DLS 15P™ loudspeakers can easily reproduce sound pressure levels  
(SPL) sufficient enough to cause sever and permanent hearing damage. A great degree of care  
should be taken to protect your ears to prolong exposure to SPL in excess of 85dB.  
• For adult use only - Keep out of the reach of children.  
• Be sure all power is turned off before making speaker connections  
• Do not remove the speaker cover or grill under any conditions  
• Always use a power cord that meets the manufactures exact power specifications  
• Disconnect from main power before making any type of connection  
To reduce the risk of electrical shock or fire, do not expose this unit rain or moisture  
• This speaker is intended for indoor use only, use of this product outdoors voids all warranties.  
• Always mount this speaker in safe and stable matter.  
• 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 mixer.  
• Heat -The speaker should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators, heat registers,  
stoves, or other mixers (including amplifiers) that produce heat  
• Be sure to save the packing carton in the event the unit needs to be returned for service  
• Read all documentation before attempting to operate your new mixer. Please save all your docu-  
mentation for future reference  
• Do not spill water or other liquids in to or on to your speaker  
• Be sure that the local power outlet matches that of the required voltage for your speaker.  
• Do not attempt to operate this speaker if the power cord has been frayed or broken. Please route  
your power cord out of the way of foot traffic  
• Always have the gain controls set to their lowest level during initial power-up to prevent  
speaker damage  
• Servicing - The user should not attempt to service the speaker beyond that described in this  
manual. All other servicing should be referred to qualified service personnel. The speaker should  
only be serviced by qualified personal when;  
A. Objects have fallen, or liquid has been spilled into the speaker  
B. The speaker has been exposed to rain or water  
C. The speaker does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a change in performance  
D. The terminal/cross-over plate has been damaged  
LS 15™/ LS 15P™  
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DLS 15™ Speaker System:  
Main Features  
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DLS 15P™ Speaker System:  
• Heavy Duty Polypropylene Cabinet  
• Dual 1/4” Phono Jack Connections  
• Dual Speakon Type Connections  
• Built-in Rigging Points  
• Heavy Duty Polypropylene Cabinet  
• Built in XLR & 1/4” Mic and Line Level Inputs  
• XLR and RCA Balanced Inputs  
• Built-in Rigging Points  
• LED Peak Indicator  
• 1/4” and XLR Line Outputs  
• Built-in Pole Mount Socket  
• Built-in Pole Mount Socket  
• High Output Two-Way System  
• In and Out Jacks for Parallel Connections  
• 225 Watts RMS - 900 Watts Peak Power  
• Built-in Heavy Duty Carrying Handle  
• Attached heavy Duty Rubber Feet  
• Bass and Treble Tone Controls  
• Clip and Power LEDs  
• 300 Watts RMS - 1000 Watts Peak Power  
• Built-in Heavy Duty Carrying Handle  
• Attached heavy Duty Rubber Feet  
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LS 15™/ LS 15P™™  
Registration  
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The DLS 15™ and the DLS 15P™ carry a one year (365 days) limited warranty. Please fill out the  
enclosed warranty card to validate your purchase. All returned service items whether under warranty  
or not, must be freight pre-paid and accompany a return authorization (R.A.) number. The R.A. num-  
ber must be clearly written on the outside of the return package. A brief description of the problem as  
well as the R.A. number must also be written down on a piece of paper and included in the shipping  
container. If the unit is under warranty, you must provide a copy of your proof of purchase invoice.  
You may obtain a R.A. number by contacting customer support at (800) 322-6337. All packages  
returned to the service department not displaying a R.A. number on the outside of the shipping pack-  
age will be returned to the shipper unopened.  
The serial and model number for this unit is located on the rear panel Please write down the num-  
bers here and retain them for future reference.  
Model No.________________________________  
Serial No.________________________________  
Date Purchased___________________________  
Dealer Name______________________________  
LS 15™/ LS 15P™  
Available Accessories  
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APX-B - Speaker Carry Case - A rugged gig bag with  
rollers, an adjustable pull out handle, and a heavy duty  
zipper. Designed to protect your speaker from damage  
and the environment during transportation and stor-  
age.  
Z-APX/B 7 Z-APX/H - Speaker Rigging Hardware -  
American Audio® carries an assortment of rigging hard-  
ware specially designed to work with the DLS 15™ and  
the DLS 15P.The Z-APX/B is a heavy-duty bolt and  
may be used to secure the speaker to a cable or chain.  
The Z-APX/H is a heavy-duty eyebolt and is used to  
suspend or secure the speaker using safety cables.  
SPS-1B - Speaker Stands - American Audio® carries two types of speak-  
er stands that may be used to raise the speakers during use. The SPS-1B  
is a sturdy aluminum tri-pod and includes a mounting socket bracket for  
added security. The SPS-1B can raise the speaker to a maximum height  
of six feet and has a maximum weight capacity of 80 pounds. SPS-1B;  
weight = 6lbs, pipe diameter - 1 3/8”  
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Controls and Features  
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1. HIGH FREQUENCY TRANSDUCER – This unit is used to reproduce the high frequency  
response.  
2. 15” WOOFER – The high-powered 15” woofer is used to reproduce the midrange and low  
frequencies.  
3. RUBBER FOOT – The speaker includes heavy-duty rubber feet on the bottom of the unit.  
These feet are used to secure a speaker to another when stacking. They are also used to  
secure the speaker to the ground to prevent it from shifting during heavy bass reproduction.  
4. POLE MOUNT SOCKET – This socket is designed to fit a standard speaker pole mount or tri-  
pod such as the American Audio® SPS-1B speaker stand.  
5. STACKING NOTCHES – These notches are designed to line up with the rubber feet of another  
DLS 15P™ and are used to support another speaker when they are stacked together.  
6. RIGGING POINTS – The DLS 15™ and the DLS 15P™ each include four rigging points. These  
points are to be used to “fly” or suspend the speaker in the air by some means. Be sure to  
follow the “flying” outlines on page 15.  
7. TRANSPORT HANDLE – The DLS 15™ and the DLS 15P™ with built-in heavy-duty transpor-  
tation handle. Be sure to carry the speaker by the handle for secure and easy transportation.  
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Controls and Features  
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Rear Panel (DLS 15™ Only):  
8. SPEAKON CONNECTIONS – The speaker includes a pair of Speakon type connections. You  
may use both connections at once to loop speakers. These Be sure to use either the Speakon  
type input connector or the 1/4” Phono input connector, never use more than one input con-  
nection at once. The Speakon connectors have a pin 1+ (hot) and 1- (ground) configuration,  
pins 2+ and 2- are not used. For more wiring information regarding the Speakon connectors  
see page 17.  
9. 1/4” PHONO JACKS – The speaker includes a pair of standard 1/4” phono jacks. These jacks  
are used for signal input and output. These jacks comes with a special locking clip that must  
be pressed in to release the input plug, this features secures the input plug during heavy bass  
response. The 1/4” jack has a tip positive and sleeve negative configuration.  
10.POLE MOUNT LOCKING PIN – This pin is used to secure the speaker in place when mounting  
the speaker in a pole mount configuration. Always be sure to tighten down on the locking pin  
to prevent the speaker from shifting during use.  
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