6.1ch Home Theater Speaker Package
SURROUND BACK SPEAKER
Thank you for purchasing an Onkyo home theater
speaker package. Please read this manual thoroughly
before using your new speakers. Following the
instructions in this manual will enable you to obtain
optimum performance and listening enjoyment from
your speaker package.
Please retain this manual for future reference.
Important Safety Instructions ........... 2
Package Contents.............................. 3
Getting to know Your Speaker
Package ...................................... 4
Installing & Using
Connecting the Speakers................... 4
About Home Theater ........................ 5
Power Cord Precautions.................... 6
Operating Precautions....................... 6
Troubleshooting ................................ 7
Important Safety Instructions
1. Read these instructions.
2. Keep these instructions.
3. Heed all warnings.
4. Follow all instructions.
5. Do not use this apparatus near water.
6. Clean only with dry cloth.
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in
accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
8. Do not install near any heat sources such as radia-
tors, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two
blades with one wider than the other. A grounding
type plug has two blades and a third grounding
prong. The wide blade or the third prong are pro-
vided for your safety. If the provided plug does not
fit into your outlet, consult an electrician for
replacement of the obsolete outlet.
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or
pinched particularly at plugs, convenience recepta-
cles, and the point where they exit from the appara-
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the
12. Use only with the cart, stand,
tripod, bracket, or table spec-
ified by the manufacturer, or
When a cart is used, use cau-
tion when moving the cart/
avoid injury from tip-over.
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or
when unused for long periods of time.
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel.
Servicing is required when the apparatus has been
damaged in any way, such as power-supply cord or
plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects
have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has
been exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate
normally, or has been dropped.
15. Damage Requiring Service
Unplug the apparatus from the wall outlet and refer
servicing to qualified service personnel under the
A. When the power-supply cord or plug is damaged,
B. If liquid has been spilled, or objects have fallen
into the apparatus,
C. If the apparatus has been exposed to rain or
D. If the apparatus does not operate normally by
following the operating instructions. Adjust only
those controls 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 apparatus to its normal operation,
E. If the apparatus has been dropped or damaged in
any way, and
F. When the apparatus exhibits a distinct change in
performance this indicates a need for service.
16. Object and Liquid Entry
Never push objects of any kind into the apparatus
through openings as they may touch dangerous volt-
age points or short-out parts that could result in a
fire or electric shock.
The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or
splashing and no objects filled with liquids, such as
vases shall be placed on the apparatus.
Don't put candles or other burning objects on top of
Always consider the environmental issues and fol-
low local regulations when disposing of batteries.
18. If you install the apparatus in a built-in installation,
such as a bookcase or rack, ensure that there is ade-
Leave 20 cm (8") of free space at the top and sides
and 10 cm (4") at the rear. The rear edge of the shelf
or board above the apparatus shall be set 10 cm (4")
away from the rear panel or wall, creating a flue-like
gap for warm air to escape.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF FIRE OR ELECTRIC
SHOCK, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPARATUS
TO RAIN OR MOISTURE.
TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK). NO
USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE. REFER
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's enclosure that may be of sufficient
magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to
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.
RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK
DO NOT OPEN
RISQUE DE CHOC ELECTRIQUE
PORTABLE CART WARNING
1. AC Fuse
The fuse is located inside the chassis and is not userser-
viceable. If power does not come on, contact your Onkyo
authorized service station.
From time to time you should wipe off the front and rear
panels and the cabinet with a soft cloth. For heavier dirt,
dampen a soft cloth in a weak solution of mild detergent
and water, wring it out dry, and wipe off the dirt. Follow-
ing this, dry immediately with a clean cloth. Do not use
rough material, thinners, alcohol or other chemical sol-
vents or cloths since these may damage the finish or
remove the panel lettering.
Use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust from hard-to-reach
BEFORE PLUGGING IN THE UNIT FOR THE
FIRST TIME, READ THE FOLLOWING SECTION
The voltage of the available power supply differs
according to country or region. Be sure that the power
supply voltage of the area where this unit will be used
meets the required voltage (e.g., AC 120 V, 60 Hz) writ-
ten on the rear panel.
Auto standby function does not fully shutdown the
SKW-520. If you do not intend to use the SKW-520,
remove the power cord from the AC outlet.
For Canadian models
For models having a power cord with a polarized plug:
CAUTION: TO PREVENT ELECTRIC SHOCK,
MATCH WIDE BLADE OF PLUG TO WIDE SLOT,
Modèle pour les Canadien
Sur les modèles dont la fiche est polarisee:
ATTENTION: POUR ÉVITER LES CHOCS ÉLEC-
TRIQUES, INTRODUIRE LA LAME LA PLUS
LARGE DE LA FICHE DANS LA BORNE CORRE-
SPONDANTE DE LA PRISE ET POUSSER
Make sure your box contains all of the items below. If
anything is missing, contact the nearest Onkyo dealer.
The alphabet displayed at the end of the product name
found in catalogs and on package represents the color of
the system. Though the color varies, the specifications
and operations are the same.
· Front speakers
· Speaker cable for front
speakers 15 ft. (4.5 m)
· Center speaker
· Speaker cable for center
speaker 10 ft. (3 m)
· Surround speakers (SKM-520S/SKB-520)
· Speaker cables for surround speakers 30 ft. (9 m)
· Subwoofer (SKW-520)
· RCA cable for sub-
Attaching and detaching the speaker grilles
Front and Center spakers have detachable grilles. Use the
following method to attach or detach the grilles.
1. While holding the bottom edge of the speaker grille with
your both hands, pull it gently toward you to remove the
bottom of the grille.
2. In the same way, gently pull the upper edge of the speaker
grille toward you to remove it from the main unit.
3. To replace the grill, push the projections at the corners into
the grille plug holes on the speaker cabinet.
Getting to know Your
A STANDBY/ON indicator
Subwoofer in standby mode
Green: Subwoofer on
With the Auto Standby function, the SKW-520
automatically turns on when an input signal is
detected in Standby mode. When there's no input
signal for a while, the SKW-520 automatically
enters Standby mode.
B OUTPUT LEVEL control
This control is used to adjust the volume of the sub-
C LINE INPUT
This RCA input should be connected to the sub-
woofer pre out on your AV receiver, amp, or other
receiver with supplied RCA cable.
If you are also using the HT-R520:
Connect this input to the subwoofer pre out of the
The Auto Standby function turns the subwoofer on when
the input signal exceeds a certain level. If the Auto
Standby function does not work reliably, try slightly
increasing or decreasing the subwoofer output level on
your receiver or amp.
Read the following before connecting your speakers:
·Turn off your amp before making any connections.
·Pay close attention to speaker
wiring polarity. Connect positive
(+) terminals to only positive (+)
terminals, and negative () termi-
nals to only negative () termi-
nals. If the speakers are wired
incorrectly, the sound will be out
of phase and will sound unnatural.
· Be careful not to short the positive and negative wires.
Doing so may damage your amp.
Example, adding the HT-R520:
To AC outlet
Connecting the Speaker Cables
1 Use the supplied cables to connect each
speaker's input terminals to the corre-
sponding speaker output terminals on
your AV receiver.
Match the color of each cable to the correspond-
ing speaker terminal.
To make a connection, while
pressing the terminal lever,
insert the wire into the hole, and
then release the lever.
Make sure that the terminals are
gripping the bare wires, not the insulation.
Connecting the Subwoofer
1 Using the supplied RCA cable, connect
the subwoofer's LINE INPUT to your AV
receiver's SUBWOOFER PRE OUT.
120W 1 A MAX.
Class 2 Wiring
About Home Theater
The Home Theater means that you can enjoy surround sound with a real sense of movement in your own home--just
like being in a movie theater or concert hall.
Enjoying Home Theater
Front left and right speakers
These output the overall sound. Their role in a home theater is to provide a solid anchor for the
sound image. They should be positioned facing the listener at about ear level, and equidistant
from the TV. Angle them inward so as to create a triangle, with the listener at the apex.
This speaker enhances the front left and right speak-
ers, making sound movements distinct and providing
a full sound image. In movies it's used mainly for dia-
Position it close to your TV facing forward at about ear
level, or at the same height as the front left and right
Put it somewhere where it won't slide around or fall.
The subwoofer handles the bass
sounds of the LFE (Low-Fre-
quency Effects) channel. The vol-
ume and quality of the bass output
from your subwoofer will depend
on its position, the shape of your
listening room, and your listening
position. In general, a good bass
sound can be obtained by install-
ing the subwoofer in a front cor-
ner, or at one-third the width of the
wall, as shown.
Surround left and right speakers
These speakers are used for precise sound positioning
and to add realistic ambience. Position them at the
sides of the listener, or slightly behind, about 23 feet
(60100 cm) above ear level. Ideally they should be
equidistant from the listener.
Wall-mounting the surround speakers
If the surround speakers are to be wall-mounted, make
sure that the walls are strong enough to support the
speaker's weight. The weight that mounting screws can
support varies greatly depending on the wall material
and the position of the reinforcing ribs embedded in the
Use long screws with a head diameter of 1/4 inch
(6.3 mm) or less and a shank diameter of 1/8 inch
(3.5 mm) or less. (We recommend that you consult a
home installation professional.)
Surround back speaker
This speaker further enhances the real-
ism of surround sound and improves
sound localization behind the listener.
Position it behind the listener about 2
3 feet (60100 cm) above ear level.
Make sure that the listening position is
within the range of the speaker.