My Alto Black speakers are clipping red more and more. Had speakers approximately 6 months. Used 10-12 times.

Speaker Performance Diminishing - worried that something is wrong with (1) Alto Black 12. Can someone please comment back further, and I can explain?
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  • I think this is a normal because it's protect your speaker and the volume at mixer or at Black 12 is turn to max. Try to turn volume it down and see it still clip the sound or not.
    You can read in a manual paper come with Black 12.
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  • I have turned the volume down on both mixer and speaker quite a bit. The exact same speaker in my other output has no trouble, but this one seems to be more sensitive. For instance, the other night I had it at Max, it started to clip early on and I had to turn it down to -6, and it was still doing it periodically. I am just wanting to care for these best as possible as they were $$$, but am worried that maybe my mixer is outdated for these speakers and I need to upgrade to something more efficient with more power.
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  • It may be this speaker got a problem. But can you try with one speaker only(either Right or Left) and the same mixer you has again?
    Try to pin point a problem first then you can contact Alto service to get a replace so they can't tell you doing this doing that. I hope somebody at Alto support read this question.
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  • Thanks for the input, and I have tried that and encounter the same results. It is weird but I feel like there is something wrong with this speaker. I hope someone from Alto can read this, and get in touch soon.

    If anything, I would like to possibly look to get it fixed or replaced as I purchased these in February and they are still under warranty.
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  • Hello All,

    As I posted in Viet's question, with the Black Series speakers, we recommend turning your Input at Max level for optimal performance. Adjust your master gain on your mixer accordingly. MAX corresponds to 0 dB. For line-level sound sources 0 dB is the intended normal position for the volume control. The gain structure of Black series has been optimized to provide the best signal-to-noise and dynamic range when connected to a signal source with XLR or 1/4" TRS outputs with the volume control set to this position. Example line-level signal sources include audio mixers, DJ mixers, or rack mounted signal processors such as compressors and EQ's.

    Is the input still 0 dBu when I switch the MIC/LEVEL button to MIC?

    With the volume control knob set to MAX (or 0 dB), when you set the MIC/LINE selector to MIC, the input level becomes +40 dB. Setting this switch to MIC will add 40 dB to any of the values. This is useful when connecting a dynamic microphone directly to INPUT 1.

    Where should I set the speaker volume controls?

    The Black series loudspeakers have been optimized for clear, undistorted sound at any volume level. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the advanced capabilities of these speakers:

    The volume control is an attenuator
    * In most cases you will set the control to MAX (0 dB) and control your overall volume from your audio mixer.
    * If desired, you can attenuate the speakers, but the circuitry has been designed to have low noise and high dynamic range at the MAX position.

    When connected to an audio mixer or other pro-audio gear (usually from 1/4" XLR stereo outputs):
    * Run the volume control at the full clock-wise or MAX (0 dB) position.
    * Set the LINE/MIC switch to LINE.

    When connected to a mobile phone or consumer AV equipment (usually from 1/8" or RCA stereo outputs):
    * Turn the volume knob to the < mark shown on Input 1. If your speaker does not have the < mark.
    * Set the LINE/MIC switch to MIC. Note, the LINE/MIC switch applies only to INPUT 1.

    If you need any further assistance with your speakers, simply log onto www.altoproaudio.com/support to contact Alto Pro Technical Support.
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