American Audio Speaker XSP Series User Manual

XSP Series  
Powered Professional Two-Way  
Sound reinforcement Loudspeaker  
AmericAn Audio  
6122 S. Eastern Ave.  
Los Angeles, Ca. 90040  
5/09  
 
SP Series  
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Handling  
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.  
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.  
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  
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.  
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.  
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.  
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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Safety Precautions  
XSP Series loudspeaker 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.  
be sure to tighten the pole mount screw when using a pole stand.  
• Make sure your speaker stand has proper footing. Use sand bags when needed.  
• 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 speaker.  
• 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  
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SP Series  
XSP-8P:  
Main Features  
built-in Heavy Duty Carrying Handle  
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• Seperate Microphone Volume Controls  
• XLR and RCA balanced Inputs  
• Electronic Crossover  
• 100 Watt Built-In Bi-Amplifier  
• Heavy Duty Nylon Fiber Cabinet  
built in XLR Mic and Line Level Inputs  
• Attached heavy Duty Rubber Feet  
built-in Pole Mount  
• 1/4” and XLR Line Outputs  
bass, Treble, Level and Volume Controls  
built in XLR & 1/4” Mic and Line Level Inputs  
built In RCA Inputs  
• Three built-in Rigging Points  
• Heavy Duty Nylon Fiber Cabinet  
built in XLR Mic and Line Level Inputs  
• Attached heavy Duty Rubber Feet  
built-in Pole Mount  
XSP-10P, 12P, & 15P:  
• 200 Watt Built-In Bi-Amplifier (XSP-10P)  
• 300 Watt Built-In Bi-Amplifier (XSP-12P)  
• 400 Watt Built-In Bi-Amplifier (XSP-15P)  
• Neodymium Woofers (12P & 15P)  
• Clip and Power LEDs  
• Three built-in Rigging Points  
SP Series  
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Registration  
The XSP Series speakers 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. number 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 con-  
tainer. 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 package 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______________________________  
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SP Series  
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Controls and Features  
5
6
1
2
7
MASTER  
3
THROUGH  
4
6
8
3
1. HIgH FReqUenCy tRanSdUCeR – This unit is used to reproduce the high frequency  
response.  
2. WooFeR – The high-powered woofer is used to reproduce the midrange and low frequen-  
cies.  
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  
XSP Series and are used to support another speaker when they are stacked together.  
6. RIggIng PoIntS – The XSP Series speaker has three 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 17.  
7. tRanSPoRt Handle The XSP Series speakers come with built-in heavy-duty transporta-  
tion handle. Use this handle for secure and easy transportation.  
8. Pole MoUnt loCkIng bolt This pin is used to secure the speaker in place when mount-  
ing the speaker in a pole mount configuration. Always be sure to tighten down on the locking  
bolt to prevent the speaker from shifting during use.  
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SP Series  
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Controls and Features  
Rear of XSP-8a  
1
2
LINE IN  
LINE OUT  
MIC  
LEVEL  
3
4
5
10  
110V  
220V  
6
7
INPUT  
8
9
200 WATTS  
1. balanCed XlR lIne InPUt This connection is designed to accept a balanced line input  
signal from a mixer or other line level device with a balanced output jack. Use a balanced  
cable when the signal cable length exceeds 15 feet, this will reduce excessive signal loss. be  
sure to connect only line level input devices such as mixers and tape machines to this jack.  
2. MIC XlR InPUt - Plug a mic directly into this port for public address usage and let your  
voice be heard. (No phantom power)  
3. MICRoPHone/lIne InPUt VolUMe This knob is used to increase or decrease the vol-  
ume ouput on your XSP-8P.  
4. PoWeR IndICatoR led - LED lights up to indicate the speaker is on.  
5. ClIP led - If this LED is lit it means your signal is clipping. To stop the signal from clipping  
lower the volume to the point where the LED is blinking along with the bass beat.  
6. aC Voltage SeleCtoR - This switch is used to change the operating voltage. Operat-  
ing voltage can be toggled between 115v or 230v/50~60Hz. be sure the selector is set to  
the proper voltage for your area before attempting to operate the unit. Always be sure  
main power is shut off before change the position of the Voltage Selector Switch.  
7. MaIn PoWeR SWItCH – This is the main power ON/OFF button. A green LED directly above  
the power switch will glow indicating power is ON. before main power is applied, be sure you  
have made all connections to the speaker. Remember to avoid damaging pops to the speak-  
ers, the mixer is turned on first and turned off last. Always turn down the INPUT VOLUME (3)  
before switching off the speaker. never turn off the speaker when there is a running sig-  
nal!  
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Controls and Features  
8. MaIn PoWeR Inlet This connector is used to supply main power to the unit via the in-  
cluded detachable power cord. The power connection uses an I.E.C. type connector, use  
only a power cord that matches this type of connection. be sure to only connect this unit to  
a power outlet that matches the printed power label on the unit. Never use a power when the  
ground prong has been removed or broken off. The ground prong is used to reduce the risk  
of electrical shock in case of an electrical short. This cord is designed to fit in one direction  
only. Do not attempt to force a cord if it does not fit, be sure the cord is being inserted prop-  
erly.  
9. FUSe HoldeR – This housing stores the 2 amp GMA protective fuse. Always replace with  
the exact same type fuse, unless otherwise instructed, by an authorized American Audio®  
service technician. Replacing with any other type of fuse than that of the recommended fuse  
will void your unit warranty.  
10. XlR lIne oUtPUt Using a XLR cable, use this port to daisy chain from your XSP-8P to  
another XSP-8P or other powered speaker.  
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XSP-10a - Controls and Features  
Rear of XSP-10a  
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10  
11  
12  
13  
14  
15  
16  
17  
1. MIC XlR InPUt - Plug a mic directly into this port for public address usage and let your  
voice be heard. (No phantom power)  
2. MICRoPHone InPUt VolUMe This knob is used to increase or decrease the volume  
ouput on your XSP-10P.  
3. 1/4” MIC InPUt Plug a mic directly into this port.  
4. lIne leVel InPUt VolUMe This knob is used to regulate the output signal of the line level  
source connected to the Line Level Inputs (5 & 7).  
5. balanCed RCa lIne InPUt This connection is designed to accept a balanced line input  
signal from a mixer or other line level device with a balanced output jack. Use a balanced  
cable when the signal cable length exceeds 15 feet, this will reduce excessive signal loss. be  
sure to connect only line level input devices such as mixers and tape machines to this jack.  
6. oUtPUt VolUMe This knob is used to regulate the output signal being sent to another  
XSP-8A or other powered speaker.  
7. balanCed XlR lIne InPUt This connection is designed to accept a balanced line input  
signal from a mixer or other line level device with a balanced output jack. Use a balanced  
cable when the signal cable length exceeds 15 feet, this will reduce excessive signal loss.  
8. tReble ContRol This knob is used to regulate the amount treble applied to the output  
signal. The maximum amount of treble gain is +12db and the maximum amount of treble  
decrease is -12db. Turning the knob in a counter-clockwise direction will decrease the  
amount of treble applied to a channel signal, turning the knob in a clockwise direction will  
increase the amount of treble applied to a channel signal.  
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Controls and Features  
9. 1/4” lIne oUtPUt JaCk This jack is used to send the incoming line level signal from  
either of the Line Level Inputs Jacks to another XSP-10P or other powered speaker.  
10. baSS ContRol This knob is used to regulate the amount bass applied to the output  
signal. The maximum amount of bass gain is +12db and the maximum amount of bass  
decrease is -12db. Turning the knob in a counter-clockwise direction will decrease the  
amount of bass applied to a channel signal, turning the knob in a clockwise direction will  
increase the amount of bass applied to a channel signal.  
11. XlR lIne oUtPUt Using a XLR cable, use this port to daisy chain from your XSP-10P to  
another XSP-10P or other powered speaker.  
12. PoWeR IndICatoR led - LED lights up to indicate the speaker is on.  
13. ClIP led - If this LED is lit it means your signal is clipping. To stop the signal from clipping  
lower the volume to the point where the LED is blinking along with the bass beat.  
14. aC Voltage SeleCtoR - This switch is used to change the operating voltage. Operat-  
ing voltage can be toggled between 115v or 230v/50~60Hz. be sure the selector is set to  
the proper voltage for your area before attempting to operate the unit. Always be sure  
main power is shut off before change the position of the Voltage Selector Switch.  
15.MaIn PoWeR Inlet This connector is used to supply main power to the unit via the in-  
cluded detachable power cord. The power connection uses an I.E.C. type connector, use  
only a power cord that matches this type of connection. be sure to only connect this unit to  
a power outlet that matches the printed power label on the unit. Never use a power when the  
ground prong has been removed or broken off. The ground prong is used to reduce the risk  
of electrical shock in case of an electrical short. This cord is designed to fit in one direction  
only. Do not attempt to force a cord if it does not fit, be sure the cord is being inserted prop-  
erly.  
16.FUSe HoldeR – This housing stores the 3.15 amp GMA protective fuse. Always replace  
with the exact same type fuse, unless otherwise instructed, by an authorized American  
Audio® service technician. Replacing with any other type of fuse than that of the recom-  
mended fuse will void your unit warranty.  
17. MaIn PoWeR SWItCH – This is the main power ON/OFF button. A green LED directly above  
the power switch will glow indicating power is ON. before main power is applied, be sure you  
have made all connections to the speaker. Remember to avoid damaging pops to the speak-  
ers, the mixer is turned on first and turned off last. Always turn down the INPUT VOLUME (3)  
before switching off the speaker. never turn off the speaker when there is a running sig-  
nal!  
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