speaker wiring


Old 11-03-04, 10:48 AM
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speaker wiring

I have a basic question: I had my builder install ceiling speakers in 5 different rooms for a total of 10 speakers. He ran all the speaker wires to a built in entertainment center he's building in the living room. How do I connect all these speakers to a receiver? It isn't surround sound, just 5 independent sets of speakers that I want to drive from one stereo. Are there 5 channel receivers? I doubt I just twist them all together and shove them into one hole in the back of the receiver...

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Old 11-03-04, 11:32 AM
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It sounds like you have not purchased any of your audio equipment yet.

Yes, there are receivers that can serve multiple rooms and feed each room a different audio source with it's own volume control. Some are in one box and some have a separate pre-amp/ht decoder/tuner and amplifier. You get some really cool features when you spend thousands of dollars.

You can also get a "switch" box that will allow you to direct one input to multiple outputs.

In most cases you do not want to connect multiple speakers to a single output from your stereo/amp. You may damage the amplifier.
Personally I do not like controlling everything in the house from one location (unless I'm throwing a party). They can get expensive, they are slightly more difficult to set-up, and many people have difficulty using them properly and to their full potential. I preffer to have a main system in the HT room and smaller less expensive systems in each other listening area.
Old 11-03-04, 11:56 AM
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I appreciate the info: You're correct, I don't have any of the equipment yet, but I really don't like the sound of "thousands". We put speakers in the living room, study, master, bath, and kitchen, and each room has a separate volume control. They will all be hooked to a common receiver so I just need a way to drive 5 outputs from one source.

Here's another question: If I run these 5 sets of speakers to a common receiver in my entertainment center, is there anyway to also use them for internet music?
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I just did a quick search online and Niles has speaker selectors to control six pairs for $150 - $350. Getting something like that with a normal stereo would probably be the least expensive way to go

Most "all in one box" receiver/amplifiers that I have seen can only control two or three rooms and seem to start around $300. From what I've seen a unit to control five rooms is pricey.

You will need a way to get the files from your computer to your stereo. There are digital music servers componants that can play MP3 files but are a bit expensive. You can connect an Ipod to an aux. input on a stereo, or just run a wire from your computer to the aux. input.

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Phoenix Gold and SIMA have speaker selectors for less than $100.

Take a look at <a href="http://www.etronics.com">Etronics.Com</a> for good selection and prices - <a href="http://etronics.resultspage.com/display.php?p=R&srid=S11&lbc=etronics&w=selector&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww%2eetronics%2ecom%2fproduct%2easp%3fstk%5fcode%3dsimssw6&rk=12&uid=356153632&sid=2&ts=dynamic&method=and&isort=score">here's</a> a 6 Out selector (with Impedance Protection - <i>very important</a>) for less than $50. I've personally installed these and never had a problem.

Good luck!

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