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Simple single source whole house audio question (wired parallel or ??)

post #1 of 5
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I have a simple setup, six or eight speakers wired to a pair of binding posts (L/R). Each pair of speakers has an impedance matching volume knob and that's it. No CAT5, no source selection, etc... just all speaker wire.

My questions is - I'm assuming these volume knobs are all just wired in parallel? The tap is not in an ideal location and I want to relocate them to my HT rack down stairs and I can easily jump off a volume control down there. Re-routing the original set would be a pain, so I thought I would just add second set.
post #2 of 5
They should be in parallel, and if there's only one set of binding posts for all of them (tied together), hopefully the volume controls are impedance-matching. You can tap into that anywhere, just make sure you keep the impedance correct for the amp...

Use an ohmmeter to check the nominal resistance (impedance) and make sure it's in a decent range...

Jeff
post #3 of 5
I think that should work in theory, but seems kind of...ghetto.

No way to run a 4 conductor cable from the current home-run location, to the basement location?

Will you ever want more than 1 source playing at the same time?

When I moved my home-run location, I upgraded to a multi-source setup.
post #4 of 5
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I figured so. I really only use it to provide background music in the kitchen and deck, the other two zones I don't really use. I don't need multiple sources since I just just airplay and play selections from my phone/ipad. For my family and rec rooms I use zones off my Denon 4311 .. this whole house system is just background music (kitchen, deck, dinning room and formal living).
post #5 of 5
Obviously, tap into the run before the IMVC.
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