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post #1 of 6 Old 03-29-2008, 09:42 AM - Thread Starter
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I am finishing my basement and plan to have 4 pairs of Polk RC80i's in various rooms..My plan is to have 3 seperate in-wall volume controls (1 per pair for each of 2 seperate pairs and then have 2 pairs off of the same control). I dont know a whole lot about this but really want to install the system myself. I figure I can save on installation labor which will allocate more money from my budget to better equipment....

I guess my questions are:
Can you effictively run multiple pairs off of one volume control? (looking at the Niles VCS100R and the Channel Vision CV-300W) thoughts on these? Do the volume controls evenly dispurse the power to the speakers?

Would my best option be to have an 8-channel amplifier to run all of these speakers? was considering the this too much amp?

My plan was to use a basic receiver/tuner. This application will only be for music (totally seperate system for my theater)....

I am wiring mid next week so any thoughts, suggestions, recomendations would be very very much appreciated!
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How bout a speaker selector to help split up the load and that should take care of most of your problems.
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I would recommend going to a distribution amplifier with multiple channels. A personal favorite is the SI-1230 from niles for great reliability and good sound.

I would put a volume control in each room/area, one per pair of speakers.
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A distribution amp is optimal, but if on a budget a 2 channel receiver with a speaker selection switch like the Niles HPS-4 will do the job. I see these on eBay for $50.

If you go with a selection switch config, the receiver needs to have a decent amount of power since you are sharing it in up to 4 places simultaneously.

I agree with individual volume control for each pair of speakers, unless you wanted to get into IR Distribution... which can be a pain.

Good luck with your installation.
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There's nothing like 4 pairs of speakers cranked all at once!
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Even if you are running 2 ch amp you should be able to 4 sets of speakers. According to theory you should be able wire the 1 + 2 set in series and the 3 + 4 set in parallel. This would allow your AVR or amp so see the same ohms and not overload it.

Reguardless, if you have ample wattage is another story....


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