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Help with Zone 2 speaker selector and 6-ohm Speakers

I can’t seem to get a logical answer from the technology people at my home builder on what I think should be a basic question.

If I have 2 sets of 6-ohm in-ceiling Speakers to run on Zone 2, what is the best method for hooking them up?

Running in parallel would show a 3-ohm load to the receiver which is a no-go unless you like toast.

If I bought this:

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_190HPS...4.html?tp=2997


.....what would the receiver amplifier see if I was running all 4 6-ohm speakers at the same time through this? I can’t even get an answer for that! And it’s THEIR 6-ohm speakers they are installing in my new house!

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the speaker selector will "hide" the load of all the speakers connected to it. That is part of the benefit to a speaker selector box. Cheapest way to drive both sets of speakers.

what you lose is individual zone control ( if each pair is in a separate area)

what receiver are you hooking up to? are you using inboard channels to drive zone 2? do you have pre-amp out?

you may want to use an outboard amp for zone 2. Something like the Audiosource amp100vs(or class d version) or the Dayton audio APA102bt. they each have A+B speaker terminals (a built in 2 zone speaker selector)

edit": I just noticed what they are charging for that speaker selector. you can get the same functionality for a lot less, if that matters to you. for example (https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-108...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==)



good luck .

congrats on the new house

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I can’t seem to get a logical answer from the technology people at my home builder on what I think should be a basic question.

If I have 2 sets of 6-ohm in-ceiling Speakers to run on Zone 2, what is the best method for hooking them up?

Running in parallel would show a 3-ohm load to the receiver which is a no-go unless you like toast.

If I bought this:

https://www.crutchfield.com/p_190HPS...4.html?tp=2997


.....what would the receiver amplifier see if I was running all 4 6-ohm speakers at the same time through this? I can’t even get an answer for that! And it’s THEIR 6-ohm speakers they are installing in my new house!
I just bought this one.....

https://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/...AnBZw5gw00FBG0

Have no idea how good it is --but got good reviews.

Hoping to hook up soon

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the speaker selector will "hide" the load of all the speakers connected to it. That is part of the benefit to a speaker selector box. Cheapest way to drive both sets of speakers.

what you lose is individual zone control ( if each pair is in a separate area)

what receiver are you hooking up to? are you using inboard channels to drive zone 2? do you have pre-amp out?

you may want to use an outboard amp for zone 2. Something like the Audiosource amp100vs(or class d version) or the Dayton audio APA102bt. they each have A+B speaker terminals (a built in 2 zone speaker selector)

edit": I just noticed what they are charging for that speaker selector. you can get the same functionality for a lot less, if that matters to you. for example (https://www.amazon.com/Monoprice-108...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==)



good luck .

congrats on the new house

I will be using most likely a Denon 4500/6500, so I need a high-power unit so I don't fry it.

The 4 speakers would all be played together with the same source so I wouldn't care about source control.

I would have preouts but figured this would be better to utilize the Denon amps as I am using a 5-ch external amp for my 5.2 setup in Main Zone.

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I just bought this one.....

https://www.outdoorspeakerdepot.com/...AnBZw5gw00FBG0

Have no idea how good it is --but got good reviews.

Hoping to hook up soon
That wouldn't work for me as I have more watts to send through it. I hope it works for your receiver!

I would much prefer to do things the right way than cheap out and regret it later.
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in board amps assigned to zone 2 - sounds good.

4 6 ohm speakers in parallel - the speaker selector will keep the load to the amps stable , so no worries there. I doubt you'll ever send enough power to them to justify the higher cost of the "high power" rating. But if it offers you peace of mind, then its worth it.

looks like you are good to go. tell us how it sounds when it is all hooked up.

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