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I would like to install a switch in the middle of a run of 14 gauge speaker wire (passive) so that I can shut off the sound to one specific speaker (center). My receiver (RX-V663) does not have the ability to do this.

Anyone seen such a switch, would prefer something as small as possible.
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What's the purpose?

Can't you use banana plugs or something at the receiver, and just unplug the speaker from there?
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1) Snip one of the two copper strands going to the speaker where you want to install the switch.

2) Install one of these where you made the cut.

Undo step 2 when you want to turn the speaker off.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...74&R=202894274

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Purpose is to mute the commentators for sports while keeping all surround arena sounds.

Receiver is installed in a closet and the back is inaccessible.


@Suntan your wirenut comment belongs in the "general home theater" forum.
This is the "dedicated theater design and construction" where exposed wires and cheap shortcuts are banned
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There are plenty of speaker wall control options available. If you don't want the variable dial control, you could always use an A-B switch but only Hook up A and leave B empty which would mimic off.

http://www.smarthome.com/_/Speakers_....aspx?Ns=Price
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Oh sorry, I forgot to say I am not looking for a wall switch. Just looking for a small toggle that I can basically mount semi-hidden inside the TV cabinet near the center speaker.
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Just use Suntan's idea with a small toggle switch then. You can pick them up at Radio Shack or similar.

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Or an A/B speaker selector, with nothing hooked to "B"...

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Just use Suntan's idea with a small toggle switch then. You can pick them up at Radio Shack or similar.


Yup. That's all you need then. I used the same exact switch under the driver side footwell to toggle my bmw twin turbo ecu map from boost mode to 'valet' mode.

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Or an A/B speaker selector, with nothing hooked to "B"...

Great idea!
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Looks like the toggle would work the best, think there would be much signal loss?

How would you wire one of these to a single speaker, it looks like there are 3 posts, would I need one switch for each wire or just one. If just one would it matter which wire I attached it to? (ex. red, black)
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Looks like the toggle would work the best, think there would be much signal loss?

How would you wire one of these to a single speaker, it looks like there are 3 posts, would I need one switch for each wire or just one. If just one would it matter which wire I attached it to? (ex. red, black)

Just one switch. Pick either the red or black wire and stay consistant. Just connect both of the wires (1 from the amp and 1 to the speaker) to two adjacent poles on the switch. That means either use the middle and the left outside pole, or the middle and right outside pole.
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I ended up using this switch
http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...rodsPerPage=60
just used some double sided foam tape to hold it out of sight up in a corner of the TV stand. Works awesome.

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