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Altec Lansing ADA890 User Manual

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User Guide
The lightning flash with arrowhead, 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 persons.
Read Instructions — All the safety and operating instructions should be read
before the appliance is operated.
Retain Instructions — The operating instructions should be retained for future
Heed Warning — All warnings on the appliance and in the operating instructions
should be adhered to.
Follow Instructions — All operating and use instructions should be followed.
Water and Moisture — The appliance should not be used near water – for
example, near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a wet basement,
or near a swimming pool, etc.
Outdoor Use — Warning: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not
expose this appliance to rain or moisture.
Location — The appliance should be installed in a stable location.
Ventilation — The appliance should be situated so that its location or position does
not interfere with its proper ventilation. For example, the appliance should not be
situated on a bed, sofa, rug, or similar surface that may block the ventilation
openings; or placed in a built-in installation, such as a closed bookcase or cabinet
that may impede the flow of air through the ventilation openings.
Heat — The appliance should be situated away from heat sources such as radiators,
heat registers, stoves, or other appliances (including amplifiers) that produce heat.
Power Sources — The appliance should be connected to a power supply only of
the type described in the operating instructions or as marked on the appliance.The
unit should be installed close to the AC power outlet so that the power plug can be
readily removed from the outlet in the event of a hazardous problem.
© 2000 Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc. Milford, PA 18337
THX and the THX logo are trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
"Dolby" and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Confidential Unpublished Works. © 1992-1997 Dolby Laboratories, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
Altec Lansing
Amplified Speaker System


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. Pay
particular attention to cords at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where
they exit from the appliance.
Grounding or Polarization — The precautions that should be taken so that the
grounding or polarization means of an appliance is not defeated.
Cleaning — The appliance 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.
Non-Use Periods — The power cord of the appliance should be unplugged from
the outlet when left unused for a long period of time.
Object and Liquid Entry — Care should be taken so that objects do not fall and
liquids are not spilled into the enclosure through openings.
Damage Requiring Service — The appliance should be serviced by qualified
service personnel when:
Servicing — The user should not attempt to service the appliance. Servicing should
be referred to qualified service personnel or returned to the dealer or call the Altec
Lansing service line for assistance.
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.
The power-supply cord or the plug has been damaged.
Objects have fallen, or liquid has been spilled into the appliance.
The appliance has been exposed to rain.
The appliance does not appear to operate normally or exhibits a marked
change in performance.
The appliance has been dropped or the enclosure damaged.


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  • Page 1: Safety Instructions

    Altec Lansing service line for assistance. © 2000 Altec Lansing Technologies, Inc. Milford, PA 18337 THX and the THX logo are trademarks of Lucasfilm Ltd. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
  • Page 2: Connecting The Power Cord

    NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO RAIN OR MOISTURE. authority to operate the equipment under FCC Rules. Introduction The ADA890 is a technologically advanced, THX ® -Certified multimedia amplified speaker system featuring Dolby Digital and Pro Logic surround sound and stereo reproduction.
  • Page 3: Setup

    Figure 1 to make the 5-piece connections. The ADA890 can be used with Gaming Systems such as the Sony PlayStation and with Sega Dreamcast with the analog input as shown in Figure 2. Playback with this method will result in simulated Dolby ®...
  • Page 4 3) Adapter Cable 4) Lime — To Front Input on Subwoofer 5) Yellow — Gaming System video (no connection to ADA890) Near Field Stereo/Surround Sound Operation (See Figures 3 and 4) If it is desired to convert to a 3-speaker system, follow the instructions and the pictorial view below.
  • Page 5 Placement of Speakers (See Figures 5 and 6) All stereo information is heard from the satellite and surround speakers. The subwoofer contains no stereo information and its sound is non-directional. As a result, the subwoofer does not necessarily have to be placed in any particular relationship to the satellites. Placing the subwoofer on the floor close to a wall or corner of a room provides maximum bass efficiency.
  • Page 6 DIAGNOSTIC SWITCH. (See Figure 2 for switch location) In the event it is necessary to troubleshoot the ADA890 to make sure all speakers are operating properly, press this switch. All speakers will revert to a flat (default) response regardless of previous settings.
  • Page 7: Specifications

    Remote Control Operation (See Figure 9) The remote control can perform most of the manual operations. For best performance aim the front part of the control towards the infrared detector shown in Figure 6. The functions of the control are listed below. Figure 9 POWER.
  • Page 8 Connect S/PDIF cable to DVD card and make sure all software drivers for computer are DVD playback card set to proper output. Signal cable is disconnected from sound card Connect analog signal cable from sound card (not DVD card) to ADA890 analog input Right (Control) speaker is disconnected Connect right (Control) speaker Computer not sending out signal Press the Diagnostic button on the rear of the ADA890 subwoofer.

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