Just a warning, I'm an audio noobs and did not install anything myself!
My old home had an [Audioplex MJ-1 distribution hub](http://www.audioplex.com/MJSeries.htm
) in the basement that made the whole house act as a single zone which I just connected an old speaker [Midiland S4-8200](http://www.anandtech.com/show/527
I connected the 'input' to the L/R output on the sub and then an apple TV to the control box of the speakers. Everything just 'worked' and we had a poor man's single zone sonos with functioning volume knobs in each room, yay
Here is a picture of the dist hub, http://i.imgur.com/Lz8qMpP.jpg
, looks like it has 'protection' set to out.
New home is similar setup of house speakers, only the speaker wires come in to media cabinet on first floor and there is no distribution hub, just every rooms wires all coming out loose.
So I took a random pair (turned out to be bedroom) and hooked it up to the Midiland again. Sound came out but I could not control the volume at the knobs. I tried other sets and similarly I could not control volume in the room at the knob, so I took them out to have a look (I did not do this at previous home so I dont know what I had there)
Most are set to 8x but the 2 knobs for the outdoor speakers were set to 1x and looked burned/melted? Here are some pics http://imgur.com/a/F1T24#0
I'm assuming this is bad..
What should I do so it doesn't melt and how do I get working volume at the knob again?
Is there a decent distribution hub I can use until I can afford a proper setup for zones, the MJ-1 said discontinued
Is there anything else I can provide to help figure this out?