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Thank you for buying this Pioneer product. Please read
through these operating instructions so you will know how to
operate your model properly. After you have finished reading
the instructions, put them away in a safe place for future
Before you start
· The nominal impedance of this speaker system is 6
Connect the speaker system to an amplifier with a load
impedance ranging from 4
to 16 (a model with "4 ­
" displayed on the speaker output terminals).
· Do not touch the speaker cones as they are easily
In order to prevent damage to the speaker system resulting
from input overload, please observe the following
· Do not supply power to the speaker system in excess of
the maximum permissible input.
· When connecting or disconnecting anything in your AV
system, make sure the amplifier is switched off.
· When using a graphic equalizer to emphasize loud
sounds in the high-frequency range, do not use
excessive amplifier volume.
· Do not try to force a low-powered amplifier to produce
loud volumes of sound (the amplifier's harmonic
distortion will be increased, and you may damage the
Caution: installation
· Do not place the speaker on an unstable surface. It
could present a hazard if it falls, as well as damaging the
· Switch off and unplug your AV equipment and consult
the instructions when connecting up components. Make
sure you use the correct connecting cables.
· Do not put a TV or other AV equipment on top of this
speaker. It could present a hazard if it falls, as well as
damaging the equipment.
Caution: in use
· Do not use the speaker to output distorted sound for
long periods of times. This can result in a fire hazard.
· Do not sit or stand on the speaker, or let children play on
the speaker.
· Do not put large or heavy objects on top of the speaker.
· Do not install your speakers overhead on the ceiling or
wall. If improperly attached, the speaker grille can fall
and cause damage or personal injury.
· Do not attach these speakers to the wall or ceiling. They
may fall off and cause injury.
WARNING: Handling the cord on this product or
cords associated with accessories sold with the
product will expose you to chemicals listed on
proposition 65 known to the State of California and
other governmental entities to cause cancer and
birth defect or other reproductive harm.
Wash hands after handling
Features of the "Pure Malt" speaker
The cabinet for this speaker system is white oak recycled
from barrels used for aging malt whiskey. These whiskey
barrels were made from oak trees over one-hundred years old
and have been used for over fifty years for aging whiskey. By
adopting this dense, hard wood for our speaker cabinets,
unwanted reverberations are suppressed, and the barrel
material's natural musical characteristics allow the wood to
display its richly expressive sound.
Unique characteristics of this barrel material may include
nail marks and whiskey stains in the wood, with the result
that each product possesses unique individuality. We hope
you enjoy the pleasure of owning these speakers with their
singular appearance.
Since the oak material used in these speakers is a natural
material, they respond sensitively to temperature and
humidity changes in the environments where they are used.
Using them in conditions of excessive or insufficient
humidity may not only cause adverse influence on sound, but
also cause deformation or discoloration of the cabinet due to
shrinkage. For optimum results and a lifetime of usage,
please following the precautions noted below.
Usage precautions
· Conditions considered unpleasant by humans are
detrimental to speakers as well. Providing a comfortable
environment for the speakers will assist them in
demonstrating their best performance. Please maintain
the usage environment as follows:
Temperature: 15 °C to 25 °C
Relative Humidity: 35 % to 65 % (winter)
40 % to 70 % (summer)
· In areas of high humidity, use a dehumidifier, and in
areas of excessive dryness, use a humidifier to adjust
the room's humidity level.
· Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, and do not install in
areas nearby heating appliances.
· When using room air-conditioners or stoves to rapidly
cool or heat room spaces, take precautions to avoid
excessive dehumidification.
· Avoid locations near windows or in other locations
where speakers may be exposed to the influence of
outdoor air, since condensation may result.
Speaker systems are delicately influenced by the conditions
of the listening room where they are used. As a result, you
should take care to provid optimum conditions for your
listening environment.
This speaker system is a so-called "bookshelf" type. This
means that, for example, if the speaker system is placed
directly on the floor, bass sounds will be reverberated from
the floor surface, overemphasizing the low-range sounds and
impairing the overall sound quality. To prevent this, the use of
speaker stands is recommended to separate the speakers
from the floor. In general, good results will be produced if you
install the speakers so that the high-range speakers
(tweeters) are at about the same level as the listener's ears.

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Note: Pioneer refuses any responsibility for damage
or accidents resulting from improper installation.
· Each speaker weighs 3.7 kg. Select a location for
installation with stable surface, providing sufficient
distance between the speaker system and nearby walls
as shown in the accompanying illustration.
The emphasis produced by the bass speakers (woofers)
can be adjusted to some degree by varying the distance
between the speaker system and the wall behind it.
Adjust the distance between speakers and side walls to
eliminate any subject difference between right and left
· The most natural stereo experience will be produced
when right and left speakers are equidistant from the
listening position. Speaker cables should also be the
same lengths for right and left speakers.
· When placed beside a television set, right and left
speakers should be installed so far as possible in the
same plane as the television screen.
· In order to produce optimum breadth of sound when
used in conjunction with a television, install the
television in the center between the two speakers, and
set the speakers at distances from the television such
that the angle between the speakers and listener is
about 50° to 60°.
· In rooms with hard surfaced floors and walls, sound
may be reflected off the floor and walls, creating echoes
or harmonics. In such cases, it is recommended to
adjust the sound characteristics through the use of wall
hangings, curtains, or drapes, or by placing a carpet on
the floor. Placing curtains all the way to the corners of a
room may help prevent speakers from producing
muffled sound. Likewise, if the wall opposite the
speakers (behind the listening position) is a hard wall,
placing a thick curtain on the wall may produce good
results by helping prevent the generation of standing
Applying non skid pads
The use of non skid pads is recommended depending on the
installation location. Apply the pads to the four corners of the
side of the speaker which will be on the bottom. Note that
depending on the location, the pads may not provide fully
sufficient traction to prevent slipping, so care should be
taken not to install the speakers in conditions where they
may be prone to slide.
Installing and removing the grille net
The front panel grille net may be removed if desired. The
following instructions are provided for removal and
replacement of the grille net:
Holding the lower edge of the grill net with both
hands, pull gently forward, away from the speaker.
The lower side of the grille net will detach from the speaker
Pull the top side of the grille net away from the
The grille net will detach from the speaker body.
To replace the grille net on the speaker, align the
holes on the corners of the grille net with the pegs on
the four corners of the speaker and press in slowly.
Connecting to an amplifier
This speaker system features banana-plug connections.
Turn off the power at the amplifier.
Connect each supplied speaker cable to one set of
the amplifier's speaker output terminals and the speaker
system's input terminals.
The red terminal is the positive
, and the black terminal is
. Connect the wire with the white line to the
terminal, and the wire without the white line to the
1 Trim a small bit of insulation from the tip of the cable,
exposing the wire cores; twist the cores before inserting into
the terminal.
Non skid pads
50 cm
20 cm
50° to 60°

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2 Loosen the terminal screw cover, insert the wire core into
the hole and retighten the cover.
· After connecting the terminals, lightly tug on the end of
the cable to confirm that the connections are tight.
Loose connections may result in distorted or interrupted
· Do not allow wire cores to protrude from the terminals
and touch each other. Allowing the positive
wires to touch may result in overloading of
the speaker circuits, causing the speakers to be
damaged or stop operating.
· When the speaker systems are connected to the
amplifier, if one of the speaker systems' terminals is
connected in reverse (positive
to negative
terminals), stereo phase will be reversed, preventing
proper stereo effect from being produced.
These speaker terminals carry
voltage. To prevent the risk of electric shock when
connecting or disconnecting the speaker cables,
disconnect the power cord before touching any
uninsulated parts.
Cleaning the speaker cabinet
With normal use, wiping with a dry cloth should be sufficient
to keep the cabinet clean. If necessary, clean with a cloth
dipped in a neutral cleanser diluted five or six times with
water, and wrung out well. Do not use furniture wax or
Never use thinners, benzine, insecticide sprays or other
chemicals on or near this unit since these will corrode the
Frequency response and harmonic distortion
100 kHz
10 k
1 k
2nd harmonic
3rd harmonic
Frequency response/Harmonic distortion
Wire with white line
Connect to amplifier's
output terminal.
Wire without white line
Connect to amplifier's
speaker output
Magnetic shielding
This speaker system is magnetically shielded. However,
depending on the installation location, color distortion may
occur if the speaker system is installed extremely close to the
screen of a television set.
If this happens, turn off the television, then turn it on again
after 15 min to 30 min. If the problem persists, place the
speaker system away from the television set.
Enclosure .......................................... Bass-reflex bookshelf type
(magnetically shielded)
Configuration ...................................................................... 2-way
Woofer ...................................................... 10 cm (4 inch) cone
Mid-range/tweeter ................................. 2 cm (3/4 inch) dome
Nominal impedance ............................................................ 6
Frequency response ...................................... 50 Hz to 40 000 Hz
Sensitivity ............................................................................ 84 dB
Maximum input power ..................................................... 100 W
Crossover frequency ....................................................... 3.5 kHz
Exterior dimensions
.................................. 154 (W) mm x 246 (H) mm x 213 (D) mm
6 1/16 (W) in. x 9 11/16 (H) in. x 8 3/8 (D) in.
Weight ................................................................. 3.7 kg (8.2 lbs.)
Supplied accessories
Speaker cable (2.5 m)
× 1
Non skid pads
× 1 set
Operating Instructions
· Specifications and design subject to possible
modification without notice, due to improvements.
If you want to dispose this product, do not mix it with
general household waste. There is a separate collection
system for used electronic products in accordance with
legislation that requires proper treatment, recovery and
Private households in the 25 member states of the EU, in
Switzerland and Norway may return their used electronic
products free of charge to designated collection facilities or to a
retailer (if you purchase a similar new one).
For countries not mentioned above, please contact your local
authorities for the correct method of disposal.
By doing so you will ensure that your disposed product
undergoes the necessary treatment, recovery and recycling and
thus prevent potential negative effects on the environment and
human health.
For Europe

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Published by Pioneer Corporation.
Copyright © 2006 Pioneer Corporation.
All rights reserved.
Selecting fine audio equipment such as the unit
you've just purchased is only the start of your
musical enjoyment. Now it's time to consider how
you can maximize the fun and excitement your
equipment offers. This manufacturer and the
Electronic Industries Association's Consumer
Electronics Group want you to get the most out of
your equipment by playing it at a safe level. One that
lets the sound come through loud and clear without
annoying blaring or distortion-and, most importantly,
without affecting your sensitive hearing.
Sound can be deceiving. Over time your hearing
"comfort level" adapts to higher volumes of sound.
So what sounds "normal" can actually be loud and
harmful to your hearing. Guard against this by
setting your equipment at a safe level BEFORE your
hearing adapts.
To establish a safe level:
· Start your volume control at a low setting.
· Slowly increase the sound until you can hear it
comfortably and clearly, and without distortion.
Once you have established a comfortable sound
· Set the dial and leave it there.
Taking a minute to do this now will help to prevent
hearing damage or loss in the future. After all, we
want you listening for a lifetime.
We Want You Listening For A Lifetime
Used wisely, your new sound equipment will
provide a lifetime of fun and enjoyment. Since
hearing damage from loud noise is often
undetectable until it is too late, this manufacturer
and the Electronic Industries Association's
Consumer Electronics Group recommend you avoid
prolonged exposure to excessive noise. This list of
sound levels is included for your protection.
Level Example
Quiet library, soft whispers
Living room, refrigerator, bedroom away from traffic
Light traffic, normal conversation, quiet office
Air conditioner at 20 feet, sewing machine
Vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, noisy restaurant
Average city traffic, garbage disposals, alarm clock
at two feet.
Subway, motorcycle, truck traffic, lawn mower
Garbage truck, chain saw, pneumatic drill
Rock band concert in front of speakers,
Gunshot blast, jet plane
Rocket launching pad
Information courtesy of the Deafness Research Foundation.