How to setup your directional speakers

19.03.2020 / By directional audio
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Setting Up Directional Sound Bars

Here are some general tips to aid in evaluating our directional sound bars. Many of these will be obvious to you, however the same questions and comments keep popping up.


  • Power: There is a power supply connected to the amplifier box.
  • Audio Input: There are either one or two inputs. The mini-jack is unbalanced and will work with both mono and stereo sources. If present (usually on Dakota Audio speakers), the green plug-in terminal strip is balanced, transformer isolated.
  • Mounting: The array should be mounted horizontally. Typically, they are mounted horizontally above or below a screen.

Setting up Dome speakers

When you install and position your sound dome, it is imperative that the speaker enclosure is pointed away from the listener’s head, as shown below.
Setting up Dome speakers

The listening area of the 32″ Single Localizer is not directly under the centre of the dome but rather about 10″ towards the front. Mini and Wide Dispersion Localizer models have listening areas under the centre of the dome.

Troubleshooting tips for dome speakers:

No audio but LED is on:

  • Be sure power button is pressed in
  • Be sure mic and speaker wires are not swapped
  • Plug audio cable into alternate known source
  • Unable to adjust volume: Pot is intentionally off (set in software)

LED is off: Check outlet power

LED flashes: Check outlet power and power switch is in (USB power only)

LED flashes green and red:

Green indicates presence of audio
Red indicates the presence of some power
LED may show red and green with only USB power but without speaker power

Setting Up Audio Spotlight Speakers

  • Plug included power supply into system, and into wall source
  • Attach audio source
    1. Standard line-level audio: Use mini jack or RCA, depending on model
    2. microSD: Insert microSD card into slot (ogg and wav compatible)
  • Built-in demo: No connection necessary
  • Press power switch to power-on system, wait for startup message to finish.
  • Start audio track (external audio)
  • For demo track: press “play” icon button on IR remote
  • If present, microSD content will play automatically

Setting Up Audio Spotlight Speakers


About the Author

James Hunter is a business technology graduate with 15 years experience in running full service audio visual businesses. His company Status Audio Visual also incorporates Directional Audio, the experts in directional sound.

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