Powering and Connecting the AR AWS5B3 Portable Wireless Speaker
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).
AC Power Adapters:
- Insert the small, round plug from the speaker AC power adapter into the DC IN jack on the bottom of the speaker.
- Plug the other end of the speaker AC power adapter into any standard 120V AC wall outlet.
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.
- Remove the battery compartment cover on the bottom of the speaker.
- Insert six (6) AA batteries (not included) into the speaker following the polarity (”+” and “-”) as diagrammed inside the battery compartment.
- 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.
Using Bluetooth Wireless
Pairing: Any Bluetooth-enabled device with A2DP SOURCE that you wish to stream audio to your speaker system must first be paired to the speaker. The process is simple, and in most cases the pairing process needs to be done only once. To pair your Bluetooth-enabled device with the speaker:
- Make sure your device’s Bluetooth is turned on. See the wireless and/or network settings menu on your device to check.
- If the speaker isn't already on, press and hold the On-Off / RF-BT button for four seconds to turn it on. You will hear a beep and the indicator light on the front of the speaker will start flashing blue.
- Press and hold the Scan-RF / Pair-BT button for four seconds to enter pairing mode. You will hear a beep and the indicator on the front of the speaker will start blinking faster.
- Open the Bluetooth settings menu on your device. Select “AR SPEAKER” from the list of devices available (you might have to scan for devices). If your device asks for a password, enter “0000”.
- A confirmation screen will appear on your device once the speaker and the device are successfully paired. The blue indicator turns solid blue to indicate successful connection. The speaker is now ready for you to stream audio from your device.
- Start playing something on the device. You can control the speaker volume on the speaker itself, using the Vol +/– buttons on the back of the speaker, or on your device, using its volume controls.
Note: If you notice the sound from the speaker is distorted, turn down your device’s volume. Note: These power units should be plugged in so that they stay vertical or lie fl at.
Streaming Audio With Bluetooth: Once you've paired and connected your device with the speaker, you can control music playback from the palm of your hand. Select your music, stop it, change songs and playlists, all right from your device’s screen.
- To adjust volume: Press the Vol +/– buttons on the back of the speaker.
- To disconnect from the speaker: Either turn Bluetooth off on your device or choose “Disconnect” from the list of options in your device’s Bluetooth settings.
- To reconnect with the speaker: Just turn the speaker on and wait a few seconds for the speaker to find and connect to your device. If the speaker still hasn't found your device (which may happen if, for instance, another device has been connected after yours) make sure the speaker isn't connected to another device currently. Then select the AWS5B3 from the list of Bluetooth connections available in your device’s Bluetooth menu to connect to it.
Using 900MHz Wireless
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 speaker AC power adapter rated 12V DC 200 mA.
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 AWS5B3 for an extended period of time, unplug the transmitter AC power adapter.
Connecting to an Audio Source:
Connecting to an A/V Receiver:
- 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).
- Plug the mini-plug end of the provided Y-adapter into a mini-jack to RCA adapter (not included).
- 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.
Connecting to a Portable Audio Device:
- Plug the stereo plugs on the provided Y-adapter audio cable into the AUDIO IN jacks on the back of the transmitter.
- Plug the mini-plug end of the provided Y-adapter into the headphone output of your MP3 player or other portable audio device.
Streaming Audio with 900MHz Wireless Transmitter:
- Make sure the 900MHz transmitter is on and that there’s something playing on your audio source. Turn your audio source up to at least 3/4 full volume.
- If the speaker isn't already on, press and hold the On-Off / RF-BT button for four seconds to turn it on.
- If the indicator light on the front of the speaker is blue (flashing or solid), press the On-Off / RF-BT button once to switch to 900MHz wireless mode. The indicator light starts flashing green, which means the speaker is trying to link with the 900MHz wireless transmitter. The indicator light turns solid green when the speaker is tuned to the 900MHz wireless transmitter—you should hear sound coming from the speaker now. Note: If the speaker is not linked to the 900MHz transmitter, or if the transmitter isn't connected properly, the indicator light will continue to blink.
- Adjust the volume on the speaker as desired. To switch back to Bluetooth wireless mode, press the On-Off / RF-BT button. The speaker’s indicator light turns blue.
- If you're using a single speaker with this transmitter, keep the L/M/R switch on the bottom of the speaker in the “M” position (for mono). If you're using more than one speaker with this transmitter, set the speakers to the “L” (left) or “R” (right) positions according to their orientation to the listener.
- The speaker automatically retunes if it loses the transmitter’s signal. You can also press the Scan-RF / Pair-BT button on the back of the speaker to retune the speaker at any time.
- The transmitter turns off automatically if there is no audio signal present for a prolonged period.
- Interference in the form of static and/or distortion can sometimes be heard. If this occurs, confirm the transmitter/speaker adjustments and indicators.
Using the Auxiliary Audio Input
Making a Direct Connection:
- Connect one end of the provided 3.5mm audio in cable to the AUDIO IN jack on the bottom of the speaker.
- Connect the other end of the cable to the headphone output on your MP3 player or other portable audio device.
- If the speaker isn't already on, press and hold the On-Off / RF-BT button to turn it on. Note: The indicator light on the front of the speaker does not change to show that you're using the direct connect audio input. It stays the color of the wireless mode it’s in (Bluetooth or 900MHz) even while you use the direct connection.
- To switch back to the speaker’s wireless connection, disconnect the 3.5mm cable from the AUDIO IN jack on the bottom of the speaker.
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 speaker.
Note: The 3.5mm audio direct connection suspends any Bluetooth or 900MHz wireless streaming audio you're listening to. The speaker plays only the direct connect audio when you have something connected to the AUDIO IN jack on the speaker.
Turning the Speaker Off
- Press and hold the On-Off / RF-BT button on the back of the speaker to turn the speaker off.
- Confirm that the speaker is off by verifying that the indicator light on the speaker’s front panel is no longer illuminated.