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Category: Speakers

Type: Installation and operation manual

Model: Acoustic Research AWS6 , Acoustic Research AWS5

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Introduction

AR’s Wireless Speaker System 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, fl oors, ceilings and other obstacles, delivering high-
quality sound virtually anywhere inside the house or out. 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 
www.araccessories.com.

*Range may vary according to environment.

Important Information

RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK.

DO NOT OPEN.

CAUTION

Caution:

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

serviceable parts inside. Refer servicing to qualifi ed service personnel.

Product Information

Keep your sales receipt to obtain warranty parts and service and for proof of purchase. Attach it here and record the 
serial and model numbers in case you need them. These num bers are located on the product. 
Model No.: _____________________________________________________________________________________________
Purchase Date: _________________________________________________________________________________________  
Dealer/Address/Phone: __________________________________________________________________________________

Important Safety Instructions

1.   Read these instructions.
2.  Keep these instructions.
3.  Heed all warnings.
4.  Follow all instructions.
5.  Clean only with dry cloth.
6.  Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
7.   Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifi ers) that 

produce heat.

8.  Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly at plugs, con ve nience re cep ta cles, and the point where 

they exit from the apparatus.

9.  Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for long periods of time.
10. Refer all servicing to qualifi ed service personnel. Servicing is required when the apparatus has been dam aged in any 

way, such as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the 
ap pa ra tus has been exposed to rain or moisture, does not op er ate normally, or has been dropped.

Care and Maintenance

• Always use a soft cloth to clean the speaker and transmitter. Never use any product containing alcohol or other solvents 

as they may damage the surface.

• Use caution when plugging the power transformers in an AC outlet to avoid the risk of electric shock.
• If the speaker are used outside on a deck or patio, make sure you take them indoors in the event of a rainstorm to 

prevent possible damage.

• Do not operate or store the system in extreme temperatures (below 32ºF/0ºC and above 122ºF/50ºC).

L

M

R

DC

IN

Tour of the Speaker System

Transmitter AC/DC 12V
200mA adapter 

Speaker AC/DC 9V
1200mA adapter

3.5mm to RCA cable

Speaker

Front Panel

POWER/LINKED

 indicator (not shown) blinks 

when the speaker is fi rst powered on; it turns solid 
blue when the speaker is tuned to the transmitter

Rear Panel

Bass Boost

 button turns the speaker’s bass 

enhancement on and off

Power

 button turns the speaker on and off

Auto Scan

 button rescans for the transmitter’s 

signal

Volume +/–

 buttons adjust the volume level

Bottom Panel

L/M/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 AWS5

DC IN

 receives the small round end of one of the 

included 9V 1200mA AC power adapters; remove the 
protective cover to insert the adapter

Battery Compartment Cover

 (not shown) 

remove to install 6 AA batteries

Carrying 
handle

Transmitter

SIGNAL

 indicator lights green when the audio is 

present and the transmitter is broadcasting

POWER

 indicator lights when the transmitter is on

CHANNEL 1 2 3

 lets you fi nd the best transmission 

frequency for your environment

DC IN

 jack receives the small round end of the 

included 12V 200mA AC power adapter

AUDIO IN (R / L)

 connects to your sound source 

using one of the connection options shown here

Included Accessories

Note: These power units should be 
plugged in so that they stay vertical 
or lie fl at.

Back panel

Connecting the Speaker System

Powering the Transmitter

Connect the small, round plug from the transmitter AC 
power adapter to the transmitter’s DC IN jack. Plug the 
other end of the transmitter AC power adapter into any 
standard 120V AC wall outlet.

Note:

 Be sure to use the AC power adapter rated 12V DC 

200 mA (it has the smaller diameter plug).

Transmitter (back panel)

120V AC

wall outlet

AC Power

Adapter

DC IN

CHANNEL

1 2 3

R  AUDIO  L

IN

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 AWS5 for an extended period of time, 
unplug the transmitter AC power adapter.

Connecting to an Audio Source

Connecting to an MP3 player, CD player, or computer

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 headphone output of your MP3 player or CD player 
(or audio output jack on your computer). 

AC Power Adapters

1.   Insert the small, round plug from the speaker AC 

power adapter into the DC IN jack on the bottom of 
the speaker.

2.  Plug the other end of the speaker AC power adapter 

into any standard 120V AC wall outlet. 

AC power
adapter

120V AC

wall outlet

DC IN

CHANNEL

1 2 3

R  AUDIO  L

IN

Note:

 Be sure to use the speaker AC power adapter rated 9V DC 1200 mA.

Warning:

 This product is water-resistant, not waterproof. Avoid prolonged exposure to wet 

environments, such as rain, mist, dew, etc. In other words, you can take it out, just don’t leave it out.
To avoid electrical shock, use this product with caution near water sources if powered with the 
AC adapter. Never submerge in water. 

AA Batteries

1.  Remove the battery compartment cover on the bottom of the speaker.
2.  Insert six (6) AA batteries (not included) into the speaker following the polarity (”+” and “-”) 

as diagrammed inside the battery compartment.

3.  Replace the battery compartment cover on the bottom of the speaker.

Note:

 Place the rubber cap in the speaker power input jack when using batteries.

DO NOT

 mix batteries with different chemistry types (for example, a zinc battery with an alkaline 

battery). 

DO NOT

 mix new and used batteries. 

DO NOT 

leave batteries installed in the product when 

not in use for long periods. Always remove old, weak or worn-out batteries promptly and recycle or 
dispose of them in accordance with local and national regulations.

Powering the Speaker

There are two options to power your wireless speaker: using the included AC power adapter or 
using 6 AA batteries (not included). 

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.

Connecting to an A/V Receiver

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 

a mini-jack to RCA adapter (not included).

DC IN

CHANNEL

1 2 3

R  AUDIO  L

IN

SIGNAL

POWER

Top panel

A

Audio

source

DC IN

CHANNEL

1 2 3

R  AUDIO  L

IN

Transmitter 

(back panel)

Y-adapter

audio cable

A

A/V Receiver

Audio Output

DC IN

CHANNEL

1 2 3

R  AUDIO  L

IN

Transmitter 

(back panel)

Mini-jack to RCA 

adapter (not included)

Y-adapter

audio cable

3.  Connect the stereo plugs on the mini-jack to RCA adapter to the corresponding left and right 

audio outputs of your A/V receiver, amp, or other audio source.

Model AWS5
Installation and Operation Manual

Wireless 
Indoor/Outdoor 
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