Acoustic Research AW851 operation manual Important Information, Introduction, Setting Up

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Outdoor Lantern and
Outdoor Lantern and

Wireless Speaker

Model AW851

Installation and

Operation Manual

Important Information


Caution: To reduce the risk of electric shock, do not remove cover (or back). No user


serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualified service personnel.




The Lightning flash with arrowhead symbol, with

The exclamation point within an equilateral

an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user

triangle is intended to alert the user of the

of the presence of uninsulated dangerous voltage

presence of important operating and maintenance

within the product’s enclosure that may be of sufficient

(servicing) instructions in the literature accompanying the

magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock to persons.


For power rating and all applicable warning labels, see the bottom and the side of the transmitter and receiver/speaker.


AR’s Outdoor Lantern and Wireless Speaker System puts a new twist on your outdoor lighting: sound! The AW851 eliminates the hardest part of adding speakers to your home—running and hiding hundreds of feet of speaker wire. The AR Wireless Speaker System’s RF signal travels with ease through walls, floors, ceilings and other obstacles, delivering high-quality sound and stylish décor. With drift- and static-free reception along with outstanding range—up to 150 feet*—the possibilities for enjoying your AR Wireless Speaker System are nearly unlimited. The AR Wireless Speaker System is compatible with most audio sources, such as TVs, DVD players, VCRs, A/V receivers/ amps, stereos, computers, and portable devices (CD players, cassette players, MP3s etc.).

This manual covers various connection options and detailed operating instructions for making the AR Wireless Speaker System a valued part of your lifestyle. If, after having reviewed the instructions, you have any questions, please call toll-free 1-800-732-6866 or visit

*Range may vary according to environment.

Setting Up


Before you start installing the Outdoor Lantern and Wireless Speaker, make sure you have the following parts in your package:

(2) Wire


(1) Transmitter

(2) Mounting


(2) Caps


(1) Transmitter

(1) Mounting Crossbar

Power Adapter

(1) mini-jack to

(1) 3.5mm to

RCA adapter

RCA Cable


(1) Lantern/Wireless Speaker

Connecting the Transmitter to an Audio Source




Plug the stereo plugs on the provided Y-adapter



audio cable into the AUDIO IN jacks on the back of


audio cable





the transmitter (make sure to match the colors on




the plugs and jacks).





1 2 3


Plug the mini-plug end of the provided Y-adapter










into the headphone output of your MP3 player or CD

(back panel)




player (or audio output jack on your computer).




Warning: This product is designed to work with line level outputs or headphone outputs only. DO NOT connect it directly to speaker outputs as it will permanently damage the transmitter.

Transmitter (back panel)

3. Connect the small, round plug from the transmitter

AC power adapter to the transmitter’s DC IN jack.




120V AC

Plug the other end of the transmitter AC power


wall outlet

adapter into any standard 120V AC wall outlet.


AC Power







1 2 3









Note: This power unit is intended to be correctly oriented in a vertical or floor mount position.

Note: There is no transmitter ON/OFF switch. The transmitter is designed to be left plugged in and powered at all times. If you will not be using the AW851 for an extended period of time, unplug the transmitter AC power adapter.

Connecting to an A/V Receiver

You can also connect the transmitter to an A/V Receiver using the mini-jack to RCA adapter included.

1. Plug the stereo plugs on the provided Y-adapter audio cable into the AUDIO

IN jacks on the back of the transmitter (make sure to match the colors on the

plugs and jacks).





2. Plug the mini-plug end of the provided



Y-adapter into the mini-jack to RCA adapter.

(back panel)


A/V Receiver



Audio Output

3. Connect the stereo plugs on the mini-jack to



1 2 3





RCA adapter to the corresponding left and



Mini-jack to

audio cable


RCA adapter

right audio outputs of your A/V receiver,







amp, or other audio source.

Important Safety Instructions


Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched

1. Read these instructions.


particularly at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the


point where they exit from the apparatus.

2. Keep these instructions.



Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when

3. Heed all warnings.


unused for long periods of time.

4. Follow all instructions.


10. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing

5. Clean only with dry cloth.


is required when the apparatus has been damaged in any

6. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in



way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid

accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.



has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus,

7. Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators,



the apparatus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does

heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including



not operate normally, or has been dropped.

amplifiers) that produce heat.



Only use attachments/accessories specified by the





Mounting the Lantern/Wireless Speaker

Before you can use the Outdoor Lantern and Wireless Speaker, you must mount it to an outlet box.

WARNING: Consult a qualified electrician in case the main supply wiring needs to be checked or if you’re not certain how to install wiring. Always install wiring connections in accordance with local code, ordinances, and the National Electrical Code.

Installing/Changing the Lantern Light Bulb

The Outdoor Lantern and Wireless Speaker takes a candelabra-base bulb (40W max; bulb not included). The bottom of this Outdoor Lantern and Wireless Speaker is open for easy access to the socket. For best results, use a clear (non-frosted) 40W bulb. To install or change the lantern’s bulb:

Bottom of the Lantern


1. Find the light socket located on the bottom of



the lantern.



Care and Maintenance

Product Information

• Always use a soft cloth to clean the speaker and

transmitter. Never use any product containing alcohol or

Keep your sales receipt to obtain warranty parts and

other solvents as they may damage the surface.

• Use caution when plugging the power transformer in an

service and for proof of purchase. Attach it here and

AC outlet to avoid the risk of electric shock.

record the serial and model numbers in case you need

• To clean the lantern/speaker: Shut off main power supply.

them. These numbers are located on the product.

Wipe with damp cloth or use window cleaner. Do not use

Model No.: ______________________________________

abrasive cleaners.

• Bulb replacement: Replace with MAX 40W type B or

Purchase Date: __________________________________

Listed 13W Self-Ballasted Compact Fluorescent Lamp

Dealer/Address/Phone: ___________________________

(candelabra-based bulb).


Warning: Do not use bulb-base adapters with this product.


This product must be used with candelabra-based bulbs only.



Some metal parts in the fixture may have sharp edges. To prevent cuts and scrapes, wear gloves when handling the parts.

Account for small parts and destroy packing material, as these may be hazardous to children.

Use flashlight or alternate light source to light work area during installation.

Assistance may be required to support fixture during installation.

This apparatus must be installed in accordance with all applicable installation rules.

This device must be connected to a mains socket outlet or outlet box with a grounded and protected connection.

To prevent injury, this apparatus must be securely attached to the wall in accordance with the installation instructions.


Connect fixture to supply wires rated for at least 90°C (194°F).

Do not use fixture on dimming circuits.

Unit must be mounted higher than 60”.


To prevent injury, this apparatus must be securely attached to the wall in accordance with the installation instructions.


Ground Operation Manual wire


Make sure power is off for the outlet box at the main


circuit breaker.


Remove the old fixture from the outlet box. Carefully


disconnect its wiring.


Mount the crossbar to the outlet box using the mounting


screws included in this package.

4. Unscrew the center screw on the crossbar and align the


two side screws so that they are level with each other. Then


tighten the center screw.


Find the copper ground wire coming from the wireless


speaker. Twist it together with the ground wire coming from


the outlet box.


If the outlet box doesn’t have a ground wire, attach the


ground wire to the mounting crossbar as shown here.

6. Strip 3/4” of insulation from the wire ends coming from


the speaker. Use pliers to twist the speaker’s stripped ends

2. Insert the bulb and screw it into the socket.

Important: Handle and dispose of fluorescent

bulbs per manufacturer’s directions.

Light socket

Tour of the Speaker System



Right Panel Speaker Controls


Speaker On/Off button turns the speaker on and off


Auto Scan

Auto Scan button rescans for the transmitter’s signal



Volume Up and Down buttons adjust the volume level

Recommended Installation Location

Install your outdoor lantern and wireless speaker under eaves that extend at least 1 meter (3ft 11in) from your house and are at least

3 meters (9ft 10in) off the ground. Then make sure the bottom of the outdoor lantern and wireless speaker is at least 1.8 meters (5ft 6in) off the ground.

The outdoor lantern and wireless speaker must be mounted to a wall made of wood or concrete.

3ft 11in

(1 meter)

2ft 6in

(.75 meter)

9ft 10in (3 meters)

5ft 6in (1.8 meter)


together with the wires coming from the outlet box—make


sure you match black wire to black and white wire to white.


Then snip the ends.


Attach the wire connectors to the joined ends. If you’d like,


you can tie the connectors and ends together with electrical



8. Place the wireless speaker onto the two side screws on the


crossbar. Secure the speaker onto the wall with the two caps


included in this package.


Use silicon caulking to seal the top and sides between


the speaker and the wall. Leave the bottom open so that


moisture can drain.


L/Mono/R switch determines if the speaker plays sound in mono



as a stand-alone speaker, or plays the left or right track in a


stereo pair with an additional AW851

L Mono R

Light On/Off switch turns the lantern on and off



Front Panel


Power/Linked indicator (not shown) blinks when the speaker is


first powered on; it turns solid blue when the speaker is tuned to


the transmitter

Right Side, Back


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Acoustic Research AW851 operation manual Important Information, Introduction, Setting Up, Tour of the Speaker System