Surround sound considerations, Caring for your speakers, Troubleshooting guide – Outlaw Audio BLS-B(C) User Manual

Page 7: Specifications, Volume level

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The Outlaw Bookshelf Loudspeakers

Owner’s Manual


Volume Level

When available, match the levels of all of your speakers, including the Outlaw
Loudspeakers, as described in your receiver or processor owner’s manual. We
recommend using an SPL meter (such as Radio Shack part number 33-2050).
When using the test tones, measure from the listening chair and set the meter
to the 75 dB level. In order to accurately measure levels between channels use
“C” weighting and the “slow” setting.

Surround Sound Considerations

A great speaker has many characteristics. Most importantly, it should have a
linear response, with a large soundstage and precision imaging while at the
same time be capable of reproducing considerable dynamics without sounding
strained. If these design goals are accomplished, the speaker will be at home
both in music only and full in-home theater systems.
With the above in mind, we offer the following advice when integrating your
Outlaw Bookshelf Loudspeakers in a 5.1, 6.1 or 7.1 surround sound system.

Tweeter height should remain as close to even as possible between your
front left, center and right channel speakers. This helps maintain “timbre”
which is the characteristic of a sound that separates itself from other sounds
of the same volume level and pitch.

When a sound effect pans from one speaker to the next, you’ll want your

speakers’ timbre to match as closely as possible. This will ensure that
whatever instrument or sound effect you are hearing sounds the same,
regardless of which speaker in your system it is emanating from.

When using “direct radiating” speakers, like the Outlaw Loudspeaker’s
in the surround position, they should be placed just behind the listening
position. While timbre remains very important, these speakers should be
placed approximately 1-2 feet above the listener’s ears to create a more
diffused sound field.

Surround back channels, more commonly used in newer DD-EX ™ and
DTS-ES™ soundtracks should be placed at the same height as the sur-
round channels. If you are using a pair of speakers in the surround back
position, they should each be placed approximately 30 degrees off of the
center axis. If only a single surround back speaker is used, it should be
placed on center axis.

Today’s blockbuster movie soundtracks take advantage of a dedicated
subwoofer channel called the LFE (Low Frequency Effects). For this
reason, we advocate the used of a powered subwoofer like our LFM series
subs. Placement of the subwoofer will depend on room acoustics, so you’ll
want to consult with your subwoofer manufacturer for tips on getting the
most from your sub. The Outlaw LFM series subwoofer manuals, which
are available as a free download at, all share

an excellent primer on subwoofer placement. We invite you to use that
information to maximize your system’s performance.

Caring for your Speakers

Exceptional efforts were taken during the design and manufacture of the Outlaw
Bookshelf Loudspeakers so that they could provide you with a lifetime’s worth
of music and movie reproduction. Proper care along the way will ensure that
they always look as great as they sound.

We recommend using a lint-free cloth to clean your speaker’s cabinets. If
necessary you may moisten that cloth with plain water. Special care should
be taken to avoid getting water on the dome tweeter or woofer. Do not use any
other solvents or chemicals as damage may occur.

Troubleshooting Guide

PROBLEm: No output from the speakers

Check to ensure that your amplifier is powered on.

Check to make sure your source (CD, DVD etc.) is actively outputting a


Check to ensure speaker wires are properly connected.

PROBLEm: Amplifier shuts down at power up or during high
volume playback

Check for a shorted speaker wire connection. This is observed as speaker

wire that touches

both the positive and negative (red and black) binding

posts at the same time. This can occur at the amplifier or the speaker’s

binding posts.

Check to make sure your speaker wires are connected properly.

PROBLEm: Woofer or tweeter sounds “distorted”

Check bass and treble controls and return them to flat.

Reduce volume of playback as amplifier may be “clipping”







8 Ohms


54Hz-22kHz ±3dB


1" Custom Silk Dome designed and

manufactured with precision

Scandanavian parts


5-1/4" SEAS Driver with Diecast Magnesium

basket, treated paper cone, low-loss rubber

surround and 26mm CCAW voice coil.


10mm p-p


0dB, -2dB, -4dB starting at 400Hz where it


plateaus at 250Hz and remains flat to



+2dB, 0dB, -2dB starting at 4kHz and peaking

at 20kHz


12-1/8" x 10-15/16" (w/ grille) x 7-1/4"


16.5 lbs