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SoundWare XS Digital Cinema
Surround Sound Speaker System
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
This symbol found on the apparatus indicates hazards
arising from dangerous voltages.
This symbol found on the apparatus indicates the user
should read all safety statements found in the user manual.
This symbol found on the apparatus indicates
To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not
expose this apparatus to rain or moisture.
Read these instructions.
Keep these instructions.
Heed all warnings.
Follow all instructions.
Do not use this apparatus near water.
Clean only with dry cloth.
Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in accordance with
the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not install near any heat sources such as radiators, heat
registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that
Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or groundingtype plug. A polarized plug has two blades with one wider than the
other. A grounding-type plug has two blades and a third grounding
prong. The wide blade or the third prong is provided for your
safety. If the provided plug does not fit into your outlet, consult an
electrician for replacement of the obsolete outlet.
Protect the power cord from being walked on or pinched particularly
at plugs, convenience receptacles, and the point where they exit
from the apparatus.
Only use attachments/accessories specified by the manufacturer.
Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or when unused for
long periods of time.
Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Servicing is
required when the apparatus has been damaged in any way, such
as power-supply cord or plug is damaged, liquid has been spilled
or objects have fallen into the apparatus, the apparatus has been
exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or has
Maintain a minimum distance of 2" (50mm) around the front, rear,
and sides of the apparatus for sufficient ventilation. The ventilation
should not be impeded by covering the ventilation openings or
placing on or around the apparatus items such as newspapers,
table-cloths, curtains, etc.
No open flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be
placed on the apparatus.
16. The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing.
No objects filled with liquids, such as vases, shall be placed on
17. Either the power inlet connector on the rear of the apparatus or
the power plug at the wall must remain accessible, to be able to
disconnect power from the apparatus.
18. To completely disconnect this apparatus from the AC Mains,
disconnect the power supply cord plug from the AC receptacle.
Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories.
Dolby and the double-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
Note: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with
the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC
Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if
not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause
harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If
this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or
more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from
that to which the receiver is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Caution: Unauthorized changes or modifications to the receiver could
void the user s authority to operate the equipment.
RF exposure warning This equipment must be installed and
operated in accordance with provided instructions and the antenna(s)
used for this transmitter must be installed to provide a separation
distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be
co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or
transmitter. End-users and installers must be provided with antenna
installation instructions and transmitter operating conditions for
satisfying RF exposure compliance.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
Cet appareil numérique de classe B est conforme á la norme
NMB-003 du Canada.
This device complies with Industry Canada license-exempt RSS
standard(s). Operation is Subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device
may not cause interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference,
including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Information The radiated output
power of the Wireless Device is below the Industry Canada (IC) radio
frequency exposure limits. The Wireless Device should be used in such a
manner such that the potential for human contact during normal operation
This device has also been evaluated and shown compliant with the IC RF
Exposure limits under mobile exposure conditions. (antennas are greater
than 20cm from a person's body).
This device has been certified for use in Canada. Status of the listing in
the Industry Canada’s REL (Radio Equipment List) can be found at the
following web address:
Additional Canadian information on RF exposure also can be found
at the following web address: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smtgst.nsf/eng/sf08792.html
RLAN - Radio Local Area Network Equipment
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This equipment may only be used indoors in FR.
This equipment may only be used in one’s own premises in IT.
This equipment is for private use only in LU
Operation is not allowed within a radius of 20 km from the centre
of Ny-Ålesund in NO.
Hereby, Boston Acoustics, Inc. 300 Jubilee Drive, Peabody, MA 01960
USA, declares that thisSoundWare XS Digital Cinemais in compliance
with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive
1999/5/EC.A copy of the Declaration of Conformity (DOC) may be
Boston Acoustics, Division of D&M Europe B.V.
5653 MA Eindhoven
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Thanks for choosing Boston Acoustics and selecting the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema as your home theater speaker
system. This manual includes important information on setting up and using your new system, as well as troubleshooting
information in case you have any difficulties.
• Incredibly small speakers provide big, high performance sound
• Dolby Digital decoding and Boston’s Digitally Optimized Virtual Surround for theater-like surround sound
• Dedicated music and movie playback settings – Sound is optimized for your content
• Included wall brackets can be positioned any almost any angle
• Bluetooth enabled for music streaming (no docking needed, keep your smartphone with you)
• BassTrac® circuitry for deep, powerful bass
• Control Pod learns your existing TV remote control
• Unique SoundWare shape and ultra-compact size allow for maximum placement flexibility
• Durable high-gloss finish for a modern look
• Satellite speakers feature 1/2-inch tweeter and 2-1/2-inch woofer
• Easy-guide wire channels for fast hook-up
• Front-firing subwoofer features 8-inch woofer
• Two AUX inputs for connection to iPod or other sources
Total System Power:
39Hz to 20kHz
21/2” (64mm) woofers
1/2” (13mm) tweeters
8” (203mm) woofer
4kHz Satellite, 180Hz Subwoofer
supports Bluetooth v2.1 + EDR, A2DP v1.2
Dimensions: (H x W x D)
45⁄16 x 41/2 x 33/4” (108 x 113 x 94mm)
915⁄16 x 91/2 x 113⁄8 (251 x 240 x 288mm)
1 lb (.5kg)
11 lbs (5kg)
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Control Pod(Video) How to Setup Subwoofer in Home Theater
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IR Sensor – Receives remote commands to control the system.
Input Mode – Lights in various colors to indicate which playing mode is operating.
Music/Movies– Lights in various colors to indicate operating status.
Power/Remote – Lights in various colors to indicate power status.
Standby Button – Switches the system from standby to active.
Input Button – Selects which input source is playing.
Mute Button – Lets you temporarily mute system.
Music/Movie Button – Selects the style of sound you want to hear. Music mode is for music
and Movie mode is for movies and television.
Blutooth Pairing Button – Use this button to pair with a Bluetooth source device.
Learn Button – Activates remote control learning mode.
Volume Up Button – Lets you adjust the volume of the system.
Volume Down Button – Lets you adjust the volume of the system.
Control Pod Input – Connects the Control Pod here.
AUX 1 (RCA Jacks) – Receives analog audio inputs through the included Audio Connection Cable 24.
AUX 2 (3.5mm Miniplug) – Receives analog audio inputs through a 3.5mm miniplug cable (not included).
Optical Digital In – The preferred input for the system using the supplied Optical cable 21.
Subwoofer Volume – Adjust volume of subwoofer for best balance with the satellites.
Speaker Terminals – Connect the satellites to the output speaker terminals on the subwoofer.
Power ON/OFF Switch – Turns the system on or off. Normally it is on all the time.
Power Input – Connect the power supply 23 here.
Optical Digital Cable – Best choice for connecting your TV to the system.
Speaker Wire (2) – For connecting satellites to subwoofer.
Power Cord – Plug it into the wall and connect it to the power input 20.
Stereo Audio Cable – Analog cable for connecting to the TV, or other source.
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Place Your System
Decide on the location and position of the system before making any connections.
Place the speakers to the left and right of the television. For best performance, place each speaker no farther than 4 ft (1.2m)
from side of the television.
On table, cabinet, or shelf
The SoundWare speaker can be wall mounted using the supplied hardware or simply placed on a shelf. If it is being placed
on a shelf you can simply attach the adhesive-backed rubber feet and connect the speaker wires.
Attaching the Pivoting Ball Mount
If you plan to use the mounting brackets you must attach the pivoting ball mount to
the speaker. Use the four supplied flat-head machine screws as shown in the illustration.
Mounting the Wall Bracket
Brackets for mounting the speakers on a flat wall or in a corner are supplied. One thing
that is not supplied is hardware to attach the bracket to the wall. Why? Because there are so
many different kinds of surfaces on which the speakers could be mounted. It could be basic drywall
which may or may not have a stud behind it. It could be a wood panel or even a concrete foundation
wall. There is no one type of fastener that we could supply that would work in all the possible situations. So taking into account the surface the speaker is being mounted on, acquire the appropriate type of fasteners. You’ll need
four for each speaker. If you’re not sure what type of fastener to use, take the mounting bracket to a friendly hardware store, tell
them about the wall you’re mounting the speaker on, and ask them to recommend an appropriate fastener. Keep in mind the
weight of the speaker.
Connecting the Speakers (22)
Use the supplied speaker wire 22 to connect the speakers to the subwoofer. If you need longer wire – for example if you are
running wires through the wall – use 18 gauge wire as it will simplify connection to the speaker terminals. All the speakers
in a system must be hooked up with the same polarity or “in phase.” The terminals on the SoundWare speakers and subwoofer
are color coded to identify the “+” (red) and “–” (black) connections.
SoundWare XS Digital Cinema
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Connecting the Speakers (Continued)
Push down on the top of the terminal to open the hole for the wire. Insert the
wire and release the terminal to secure it. Be sure there are no loose strands of
wire. Note: there is a channel in the back of the speaker for the wire (for wires
up to 16 gauge), to keep it neat and out of sight.
Mounting the Speakers
Once you have the bracket mounted and the speaker connected the rest is easy.
Put the rounded end of the speaker mount in the bracket
and slide it down to lock it in place.
Optional – Insert and tighten the screw to secure everything.
Snap the cover over the bracket.
The SoundWare speakers pivot on their mounts. Vertically they can go from
facing straight out to being tilted down 40 degrees. When the flat wall mounting
bracket is used they can pivot side to side 20 degrees. (Note: Corner mounting
will not allow the speaker to pivot side-to-side.) Loosen the pivot set screw
on the front of the pivoting ball mount, pivot the speaker into position and
retighten the screw.
Place the subwoofer on the floor near the
Be careful to avoid obstructing the grille,
where the sound comes out. Also, avoid
placing the subwoofer in a position where
curtains or blankets obstruct airflow
around the rear panel.
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Placing the Control Pod
Option 1(For Best Results)
Optical digital cable (included).
Note: The optical cable is a glass fiber;
be careful to avoid kinking the cable.
SoundWare XS Digital Cinema
Next you need to connect the subwoofer to
Connect your system
The Control Pod includes status lights and also the sensor for the remote
control. Place the Control Pod above or below your television. If you wish,
use the included double-sided tape to make the placement more secure.
Make sure you can see the Control Pod clearly from your listening
position. Plug the Control Pod into the back of the subwoofer. 13
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1 Optical digital cable
Stereo audio cable (included).
1. Connect the subwoofer power cord to the subwoofer.
Plug into an AC power outlet.
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2. Turn ON the rear panel power switch on the subwoofer. 19
Power/Remote Light 4
Green: Power on.
Note: The lights only illuminate temporarily to show a mode
or function change.
SoundWare XS Digital Cinema
How do I watch TV?
Select an input
Use the supplied remote Input Button 6 to choose an input. Each time the button is pressed, the input
changes in sequence from Optical Digital Input to analog audio Aux 1 input to analog audio Aux 2 input to
Bluetooth input, back to optical digital. The color of the Input Mode Light indicates which input is selected.
Input Mode Light 2
Green: Optical Digital Input is selected.
Orange: RCA Analog Input is selected.
Red: 3.5mm Analog Input is selected.
Blue: Bluetooth Input is selected.
IR Sensor – Receives remote commands
to control the system.
Input Mode – Lights in various colors to
indicate which playing mode is operating.
Music/Movies– Lights in various colors
to indicate operating status.
Power/Remote – Lights in various colors
to indicate power status.
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Adjust the Volume
Use the supplied remote volume up and down buttons to adjust the volume. Use the mute button to mute the audio.
To cancel audio muting, push the mute, volume up, or volume down buttons.
Power/Remote Mode Light 4
Green Blinking: Mute mode is on.
Music / Movie selection
Use the music/movie button to choose the style of sound you want to hear. Movie mode is like a movie theater or surround
sound system and has a wide, spacious sound. We recommend Movie Mode for both TV and movie playback. For enhanced
playback of music, the Music mode is like a traditional stereo music system, optimized for pure audio accuracy. Either mode
can be used for any type of input or audio. The system will remember whatever mode was last chosen for each input. This is
convenient, because you can use Movie Mode for the digital audio input (television) and music mode for Bluetooth (music
from a portable device).
Music/Movie Mode Light 3
Green: Playing in Movie Mode.
Orange: Playing in Music Mode.
Adjusting the subwoofer sound level
Use the volume knob on the rear of the subwoofer to adjust its sound output level.
In most rooms, setting between 10 and 2 o’clock will sound good. Once set,
you typically won’t need to adjust this control.
Programming your TV Remote
Your system can learn to respond to your own television’s remote control, or the remote for a cable box or DVR. However,
please note that the learning process works best with the original television remote. Also the supplied remote will continue to
work even after your system learns a new remote command.
A Press and hold Learn button on the supplied remote for 3 seconds until the Power/Remote Mode light 4 light flashes orange.
B Press Volume Up button on the supplied remote until Power/Remote Mode light 4 turns solid orange.
C Hold your television remote 1 ft (30cm) pointing at the front of the Control Pod, Press Volume Up button on your television
remote 4 times with a brief pause (about 1 - 2 seconds) until Power/Remote Mode light 4 flashes green.
Repeat Steps A to C to set up Volume Down, MUTE, Input, Music/Movie buttons, and Standby.
Attention cable/satellite users: If you have trouble programming, with a cable/satellite universal remote, you may have
better results to initiate programming using your original television remote. After completing programming with your original
television remote you can begin using your cable/satellite remote to control your system.
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Use the Bluetooth wireless input to receive music or any audio from a compatible Bluetooth device, such as a smartphone or
computer. The device must be capable of transmitting audio with the Bluetooth A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile).
Pairing the system to a Compatible Bluetooth Device
Use the Input Button on the supplied remote to select the Bluetooth input, indicated by the Input Mode 2 light being blue. If no
device has been previously paired, the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema will automatically enter the pairing mode, and the Input
Mode light will blink blue.
Set the Bluetooth device to pairing or discovery mode (check device’s user manual for instructions). On your Bluetooth device,
SoundWare XS Digital Cinema will be listed as “XS Digital Cinema.” If your device requests a pairing code, enter the number 0 0 0 0.
Once paired, the Input Mode light will be solid blue for several seconds.
Your system can be paired to more than one device (although only one such device can play music via Bluetooth at a time).
To pair additional devices, first use the Input Button to select the Bluetooth input. Then press and hold Bluetooth Pair button
for 3 seconds. Pairing mode will be started as above, indicated by a blinking blue light.
Using Your Compatible Bluetooth Device with the system
After at least one device has been paired to the system, it will automatically search for available paired devices when you
choose the Bluetooth input (indicated by a slow flashing blue light). Typically a smartphone or computer will need to be
in a music-playing mode (like the iPod or iTunes mode) before your system will link and play the music. Once linked to one
Bluetooth source, your system will stay linked to that device until the device is turned off, moved out of range, or Bluetooth is
disabled on the device. If you want to change to another Bluetooth source device, you will need to stop the Bluetooth link (by
changing to a non-Bluetooth input on your system AND disabling Bluetooth on the connected device). Then you can select
the Bluetooth input on system again, and link to the second device.
Note: If the system loses its connection with a source Bluetooth device while in Bluetooth mode, the system will try to reconnect for 5 minutes, indicated by a slow flashing blue light. Typically this will allow a smartphone user to move out of range
and then return, and have your system re-link and continue to play music.
The typical receiving range for Bluetooth is 40 ft. (12 meters) or less. This depends on the source Bluetooth device, as well as
other devices that share the same broadcast frequencies such as Wi-Fi and microwave ovens.
Troubleshooting the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema
System does not power on.
• Is the power cord plugged into a live wall outlet?
• Is the power cord properly connected to the subwoofer?
• Is the rear panel power switch in the “on” position?
Note: The control Pod lights are normally off. Press Volume up to illuminate the lights and confirm the system is on.
No sound from the system.
• Is the system connected to an audio source that is playing audio through its output?
• Is the system set to the correct input source?
• Is the system receiving power and turned on?
• Turn up the volume of the system.
• Turn up the volume of the television or cable box the system is connected to.
• Check Mute status – is the status indicator blinking green?
• For digital TVs or other digital sources, make sure the output format is set to “Dolby Digital.” (See the source product’s
• For digital sources, make sure the optical cable is not kinked or broken. (This stops the digital light signal)
Bass not loud enough.
• Turn up the subwoofer Volume control.
• Place the subwoofer closer to a wall or corner in the room.
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• Some televisions and cable boxes have a mode that limits the bass. Check that product’s audio set-up menu and set
the audio mode to “wide” rather than “normal” or “narrow.”
The system won’t learn my remote control commands.
• Carefully follow the programming instructions (page 8).
• Hold the remote steady and 12 inches (30cm) from the front of the Control Pod.
• Press and release the remote control buttons s l o w l y !
• Check the remote control’s batteries.
Note: The system learns almost all IR commands, but some IR protocols cannot be programmed.
Volume of my television speakers gets louder than my SoundWare XS Digital Cinema over time.
• When the remote control volume button is held down your television may change volume levels faster than the system.
• If possible, use the television’s set up menu to mute the television’s own speakers.
Bluetooth input will not pair with a source Bluetooth device.
• Make sure the SoundWare XS Digital Cinema is in Bluetooth pairing mode. (See instructions on the previous page.)
• Make sure your Bluetooth source device is in Bluetooth pairing mode. (See instructions for that product.)
• Make sure your Bluetooth source device supports A2DP (Advanced Audio Distribution Profile). Note that some products
with Bluetooth only work with Bluetooth keyboards or headsets but may not have A2DP.
• Make sure your Bluetooth source is within 10ft (3m) during the pairing process.
• Turn the Bluetooth device off and on (complete power off and reboot) and try to pair again.
Bluetooth input will not play a Bluetooth source that has already been paired.
• Make sure the system is not linked to a different Bluetooth source device.
• Make sure your desired Bluetooth source device is playing music or some audio source.
• Note that some programs and apps may not support Bluetooth audio broadcast out of your source device. (If you are
unsure, consult the instructions for the program or app.)
• Move possible sources of interference, particularly those operating at 2.4 GHz (Wi-Fi, microwave ovens, cordless
Boston Acoustics warrants to the original purchaser of our SoundWare XS Digital System that it will be free of defects in materials and workmanship in its mechanical parts for a period of 5 years from the date of purchase. The warranty period for the
electrical components of the system is 1 year.
Your responsibilities are to install and use them according to the instructions supplied, to provide safe and secure transportation
to an authorized Boston Acoustics service representative, and to present proof of purchase in the form of your sales slip when
Excluded from this warranty is damage that results from abuse, misuse, improper installation, accidents, shipping, or repairs/
modifications by anyone other than an authorized Boston Acoustics service representative.
This warranty is limited to the Boston Acoustics product and does not cover damage to any associated equipment.
This warranty does not cover the cost of removal or reinstallation. This warranty is void if the serial number has been removed
or defaced. This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to state.
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If Service Seems Necessary
First, contact the dealer from whom you purchased the product. If that is not possible, send an email to: email@example.com
or write to:
Boston Acoustics, Inc.
100 Corporate Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07490 USA
First, contact the dealer from whom you purchased the product. If that is not possible, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All Other Countries
Contact the dealer from whom you purchased the product or contact your local distributor.
For more information, please visit bostonacoustics.com/support
This symbol found on the product indicates that the product must not be disposed of with household
waste. Instead, it may be placed in a separate collection facility for electronic waste or returned to a retailer
when purchasing similar product. The producer paid to recycle this product. Doing this contributes to reuse
and recycling, minimizes adverse effects on the environment and human health and avoids any fines for
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Boston, Boston Acoustics, the Boston Acoustics logo, and B/A ellipse symbol are registered trademarks of Boston Acoustics, Inc.
Specifications are subject to change without notice. Dolby is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories. iPod and iTunes
are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. Bluetooth is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
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