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post #1 of 3 Old 01-07-2001, 08:06 AM - Thread Starter
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Â*Â*Â*Â*Â*Â*I posted this question on some other sites, but got no replies. Maybe there are some people here that would be able to help me.
Â*Â*Â*Â*Â*Â*My receiver does not have a B speaker output for the mains. I would like to buy a selector switch that would allow me to switch a second or third set of speakers. i.e. living room, bedroom, outdoor.
Â*Â*Â*Â*Â*Â*I'm told that there is some degradation of sound when a selector is used. Assuming this is true, AND it is a noticible difference, I would like to find a switch that bypasses its own internal electronics when using only the main speakers. I can tolerate some degradation when using the additional speakers because when using the multiple sets, I will just be using the speakers for background msic. When using just the mains, it will be for my home theater and I want everything I can get out of my system. If it matters, and some literature seems to indicate it does, my main living room speakers are 4 ohm and my others are 8 ohm. Hoping someone can refer me to some switches that will accommodate these parameters. Thanks
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-07-2001, 02:58 PM
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Adcom makes several high quality speaker switches. I know of no double blind testing of speaker switches which has shown that they degrade the sound. The Adcom switches
show a constant impedence to your amplifier,
as I understand their circuitry. I've used
them in different settings, once with 6 pairs of speakers with no problems.
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Maybe you should scrap the speaker selector box idea and get another amp to run the second and third areas. This way you could connect it to the multi-zone or rec. out of your receiver (or preamp) and watch a movie in one room and listen to a cd (for example) outside.

I have found that this is the best way to run a system as there are no good speaker selector boxes on the market under $500. You can, however, get a decent 60x2 or 50x2 amp to run the other rooms for $250-$500.

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