What is the Bose® FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family?
The Bose FreeSpace DS family is a line of high-quality loudspeakers engineered to provide three distinct levels of audio performance for a wide range of background and foreground music applications. These versatile surface-mount and flush-mount loudspeakers easily integrate into sound systems—indoors and outside—with flexible mounting hardware and optional installation accessories. Complete entire projects with a single family of Bose loudspeakers that deliver consistent high-fidelity sound, installation methods and contemporary styling.
Why did Bose make the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
The product goal was to make a loudspeaker that meets the requirements of background and foreground music, and paging applications. This one provides the audio performance, installation flexibility and contemporary styling needed for a wide range of business music installations.
The FreeSpace DS 40F flush-mount loudspeaker was also created to be the counterpart to the DS 40SE surface-mount loudspeaker.
How does the DS 40F loudspeaker fit into the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family?
The FreeSpace DS family offers models that provide three distinct levels of audio performance appropriate for different business music system applications:
- DS 16: Background music, paging
- DS 40: Background and foreground music, paging
- DS 100: Foreground music, paging
Detailed information about the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family can be found on page one of the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family comparison guide.
Is the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker a replacement for another Bose loudspeaker?
Yes. The FreeSpace DS 40F will replace the FreeSpace Model 32 and FreeSpace 102F loudspeakers. The FreeSpace DS 40F is similar to these loudspeakers in terms of performance, and is intended for the same applications.
Why is the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker better than the FreeSpace Model 32 and 102F loudspeakers?
The FreeSpace DS 40F builds upon the Bose core technology of such classic loudspeakers as the FreeSpace Model 32 and 102F by utilizing a 4.5" (114 mm) HVC (Helical Voice Coil) full-range driver. Like these classic products, the FreeSpace DS 40F delivers even frequency response without any crossover abnormalities, and provides a high level of reliability. The new DS 40F driver features design improvements that allow for better sensitivity, higher power handling and greater acoustic output. These improvements allow this loudspeaker to play louder with less distortion. In addition, it does not require active equalization and is voiced to sound similar to the other FreeSpace DS loudspeakers (DS 16, DS 100).
Beyond improvements in performance, the FreeSpace DS 40F features several significant installation improvements and provides more overall flexibility. It features all the same installation methods as the FreeSpace DS 16F and DS 100F loudspeakers. Flush-mount installation is quick and easy, thanks to the three integrated mounting anchors. The loudspeaker can be suspended from open ceilings with a pendant-mount kit accessory. In fact, the DS 40F is compatible with all the same installation accessories as the DS 100F. Its tap can be set from the front of the loudspeaker by turning a thumb wheel. And it is available in both black and white.
For what type of applications is the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker designed?
It is designed for indoor use in background and foreground music, and in speech reproduction sound systems. It is intended for applications that require easy flush-mount or pendant-mount installation. Engineered for mounting heights up to 26 feet (8 m), it is also designed for applications that require life safety compliance.
In addition, this loudspeaker's depth of 6.4" (163 mm) makes it ideal for situations in which a medium-powered, full-range loudspeaker needs to be installed in a shallow ceiling.
An 8 ohm variant is also available for applications in which only low impedance operation is required.
For what types of venues is the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker well-suited?
The FreeSpace DS 40F is well-suited for retail stores, restaurants, bars/nightclubs, houses of worship, hospitality venues, public spaces, offices, meeting rooms, hallways, entrance ways, lobbies and concourses.
Where can I install the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
It is designed for indoor installations in ceilings. It can be flush-mounted in solid or tile ceilings, and can be used in plenum (air-handling) spaces. It can also be suspended from open ceilings with an accessory pendant-mount kit. The loudspeaker is engineered for mounting heights up to 26 feet (8 m).
An optional square grille accessory is also available for installations in which a square grille complements the architecture and décor.
How do I install the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
Cut a 10.5-inch (267 mm) hole in the ceiling or ceiling tile using the included template. (Note: The hole must be slightly bigger than the actual product diameter to ensure proper fit.) The use of a tile bridge accessory is typically required for most tile ceiling applications in order to distribute the weight of the loudspeaker to the ceiling support structure. After the hole is cut, attach the input wires to the rear loudspeaker terminals. If necessary, fasten a safety cable to the seismic tab on the rear of enclosure. Put the loudspeaker in the hole and tighten the three anchors with a screwdriver by turning the three screws marked with triangular arrows on the front baffle. After the loudspeaker is secured in the ceiling, adjust the tap setting as needed, and attach the grille.
How do I install the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker using the pendant-mount kit?
The pendant-mount kit accessory is required. Insert the eye screws into the three inserts on the rear of the loudspeaker enclosure. Place the loudspeaker into the cosmetic cover and tighten the three loudspeaker anchors to secure the cover. Attach the suspension cables to the three eye screws and hang the entire assembly from the ceiling superstructure.
What comes in the box with the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
The FreeSpace DS 40F comes with a detachable round grille, an installation guide, a cutting template and a paint shield.
What accessories are available for the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
The FreeSpace DS 40F uses all the FreeSpace DS 100F accessories. It is compatible with the following optional accessories:
- DS 40F/100F adjustable tile bridge: PC 323205-0010
- DS 40F/DS 100F tile bridge: PC 041864
- DS 40F/DS 100F rough-in pan: PC 041993
- DS 40F/DS 100F pendant-mount kit (black): PC 041862
- DS 40F/DS 100F pendant-mount kit (white): PC 041863
- Square grille (white): PC 323207-0210
- Ceramic terminal and thermal fuse kit: PC 326668-0010
Detailed information about the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family accessories can be found on page two of the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family comparison guide.
What are the connectors on the loudspeaker?
The included mounting bracket features a three-terminal barrier strip. These connectors are designed to work with 18 AWG (0.8 mm) to 14 AWG (2.0 mm) size wire only. The loudspeaker has a pre-wired connector that snaps into the bracket base to complete the wiring.
Optional accessories can provide a ceramic connector and a thermal fuse for use when required.
What are the available tap settings?
The FreeSpace DS 40F leatures an integrated transformer that allows for 70/100V operation.
- The tap settings at 70V are: 2.5W, 5W, 10W, 20W, 40W
- The tap settings at 100V are: 5W, 10W, 20W, 40W
There is also a bypass setting that allows for 8Ω operation.
How do I change the tap setting for the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
Remove the grille. Adjust the thumb wheel to the desired setting. Press and secure the grille back into place. This can be accomplished before or after loudspeaker installation.
What other loudspeakers can I use with the FreeSpace DS 40F?
It is designed to be used on the same loudspeaker line with the surface-mount FreeSpace DS 40SE loudspeaker.
The FreeSpace DS 40F also shares the same voicing, installation methods and contemporary styling as the other loudspeakers in the FreeSpace DS family (DS 16, DS 100). These shared qualities allow different DS models to be used throughout a facility to maintain a consistent sound quality and overall appearance.
What colors are available for the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
It is available in black or white, and can be painted.
What are the construction features of the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
The FreeSpace DS 40F features a polypropylene baffle, steel back can and three integrated mounting anchors. The grille is made of powder-coated steel.
What is the driver compliment for the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
The FreeSpace DS 40F features one 4.5" (114 mm) HVC (Helical Voice Coil) full-range driver.
What happens if I accidentally overdrive the loudspeaker?
This product is equipped with a protection circuit that will slightly reduce the output to a lower level when the loudspeaker is overdriven. If the protection circuit is activated, reduce the input level.
Does the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker require active equalization?
No. It can be used without equalization. However, performance can be maximized by using the recommended Bose loudspeaker equalization resident in select Bose electronics, or by using other equipment with parametric equalization. A high-pass filter at 70 Hz is required for general use if the recommended equalization is not used.
What Bose electronics can provide the loudspeaker equalization Bose recommens for the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
The loudspeaker equalization Bose recommends for all the FreeSpace DS loudspeakers can be provided by the following Bose electronics:
- FreeSpace 4400 business music system
- FreeSpace DXA 2120 digital mixer amplifier
- ControlSpace systems engineered sound processors
- Panaray system digital controller II
How is the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker – 8 ohm variant different from the standard DS 40F loudspeaker?
The FreeSpace DS 40F – 8 ohm variant is just like the standard DS 40F, but without a transformer. Since there is no transformer, the 8 ohm variant weighs only 6.3 lb (2.8 kg). Also, the 8 ohm variant simply has a two-terminal barrier strip for positive and negative connections.
How many FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker – 8 ohm variants can I put on one loudspeaker line?
No more than two FreeSpace DS 40F – 8 ohm variants should be connected in parallel to an amplifier channel. Connecting more than two loudspeakers in parallel could damage the amplifier.
What is the warranty for the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker?
Bose Professional Systems loudspeakers and electronics are designed to deliver years of superb performance in demanding applications. Detailed information about our product warranty is available on our website.
What standards does the FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker meet?
FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeakers have passed extensive testing and comply with the following specifications and uses:
- Listed to ANSI/UL 1480-2005
- Fire protective signaling use – UL Category UUMW, File Number S 3241. Control Number 42S9. Not for use with DC-supervised systems
- General-purpose use – UL Category UEAY, File Number S 5591 Control Number 3N89
- Suitable for use indoors in damp locations
- Suitable for installation using Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 wiring methods in accordance with NFPA 70, National Electric Code, 2008, Article 640
- Suitable for use with fire alarm circuit wiring methods in accordance with NFPA 70, National Electric Code, 2008, Article 760
- Suitable for use in air handling (plenum) spaces
- UL-2043, Fire Test and Visible Smoke Release for Discrete Products and their Accessories Installed in Air Handling Spaces
- NFPA 70, National Electric Code, 2008, Article 300-22 (c)
- NFPA 90-A, 2008, Installation of Air Conditioning and Ventilation Systems, Paragraph 22.214.171.124.6.5
The FreeSpace DS 40F loudspeaker and DS 40F loudspeaker - 8 Ohm have been designed to the requirements defined in the following European regulatory specification for combination systems when installed with an accessory ceramic terminal and thermal fuse:
- British Standard Code of Practice BS 5839, Part 8