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4-Channel Speaker Selector
Distribute your music to every room in your home with this 4-Channel Speaker Selector from Monoprice!
This 4-channel speaker selector allows you to distribute your audio signals to up to four different speaker "zones". An optional impedance protection circuit ensures that impedance seen by your amplifier remains constant, no matter how many speakers are in use. This switch can support up to 70 watts per channel with the protection circuit enabled or up to 140 watts per channel without the protection circuit in place.
- User's Manual (Jan 3, 2013)
Questions and Answers
I have seen this style of speaker switcher used in this application, not this exact model but basically it is just a multiple output switcher, so I do not see why it would not work on all passive speaker selector switchers.
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TS - Rene P: Hi Cary! Thank you for contacting Monoprice. My name is Rene P. One moment please while I review your question. How are you doing today Cary?
Cary: I'm well, how are you?
Cary: I'm confused because the front of the selector says to engage when using one pair of loudspeakers, but the manual says that when protection is engaged, the amplifier will see at least five ohms. Does engaging the button on the front disengage circuit protection?
TS - Rene P: The protection of on the switch is recommended if you want to limit the speaker selector to 70w. With it disengaged you would get 140w. When you have the button pushed in the protection is on.
Cary: so then the statement on the front is wrong? I actually want the button engaged when using more than one pair of speakers?
TS - Rene P: It is to protect the speaker should you speaker not support more than 70watts. When you splitting a signal it will weaken the output of that signal.
Cary: oh ok. So engaging the circuit protections limits power to each speaker AND it increases resistance as seen by the amplifier?
TS - Rene P: Correct, this way have less of a chance damaging a speaker pair connected to the selector.
Cary: so it is nothing more than an on/off switch for an internal resistor?
TS - Rene P: Basically yes.
Cary: So it should really always be engaged to protect the amplifier if more than one set of speakers is turned on, and to protect the speakers if only one pair is used?
TS - Rene P: Right that would be the way I would suggest.
Cary: Excellent. Thank you very much for your help!
PROS: Good quality at great price.
CONS: Confusing instructions on circuit protection. Hopefully my tech support discussion below will help other folks out.
Monoprice shipping is hilarious. In my case, overnight was a considerably better choice for both price and time.
PROS: Pretty easy setup (if you consider disconnecting and reconnecting all the speaker wires easy) and doesn't require a separate power source.
CONS: One volume control serves all. It would be nice if each speaker pair had a volume control. Otherwise, it's a 10.
PROS: easy to connect to.
Rated as a 10 and although I haven't had it long or used it much yet, seems to work fine.
PROS: The value for the cost is very good. It is solid and heavy so I think it's well made. It looks nice, not cheap or sloppy.
CONS: Nothing thus far...
PROS: Works well. Great price.
CONS: How does the protection switch work?
PROS: Sturdy Unit
Easy Set Up
Nice Stickers to label speaker selections
I would recommend it for anyone needing more speaker sets than your amps have connections for..
An upgrade would be to put volume control on the switches. Mine are volume controlled on my walls but would be nice to do it at the source.
9 months ago
PROS: Easy switching between speaker channels in a home theater room, easy connections, no AC power required (passive box) and it will support 12 AWG speaker wire connections.
CONS: None so far.
8 months ago