Speaker Selectors

There are some music enthusiasts out there that love listening to music so much that just setting up a great sound or entertainment system in the living room doesn’t suffice and they want to be able to hear their music from speakers all across the rooms in their home. For the layman this would mean incredible expense because it requires setting up a sound system or at least a basic stereo system in each room, but the enthusiast is aware of another option; the option of installing a speaker selector switch.

A speaker selector switch is required if one wants to listen to music in different rooms of the house without having to move the central entertainment unit or purchasing several of them. Regardless of whether or not you need a very simple two-pair setup or something more complex like various speakers in every room of the house, the general setup of one or more speaker selector switch is simple and easy once you understand the basic concept behind it.

You’ll need a speaker selector switch if your choice of amplifier doesn’t come with an A/B switch. High end amplifiers will usually have these selector switches integrated thus allowing two sets of speakers to work with the same main unit, but most middle-of-road systems will not come with a selector switch pre-installed and in case you want more sets of speakers throughout your house you’ll need one.

There are several kinds of speaker selector switches and you need to know a few things about them so that you make the correct choice; some of them will be simple in-wall switches; they look like and are installed pretty much like any other lighting switch you already have on your wall. Installing these things should be left to professionals like a licensed electrician or an audio technician. Some variations of these in-wall switches can be controlled from a master-selector unit which can monitor and control the signal for each individual zone.

There are also dedicated speaker selector switches which are to be placed near the speakers and these as well range from simple to more complex. While the simple ones will allow switching off and on of the various pairs of speakers throughout a house, the more complex one can allow separate audio signals to be diverted to certain areas of the house, meaning that one could be listening to something in the living room while something else can be playing in the bedroom and so on.

A slight problem associated with several speaker systems linked to the same amplifier is that the standard stereo parallel wiring can bring the average ohm rating very low and this can damage the amplifiers. This is why most worth-while speaker selector switches will also come with an impedance protection system made up of transformers and other electronics meant to keep the impedance level balanced and as a result protect your equipment.

The output rating of any amplifier should be written on the back part of the unit; it will be illustrated in Ohms from 4 up so you need to make sure that the speaker selector switch that you get will work with your particular amplifier.

One other factor that needs to be taken in consideration when thinking about installing a speaker selector switch in your house is the thickness of the wiring that will be used in doing so; the more distance the sounds will have to travel the thicker the wiring will have to be in order to assure that the signal on the patio is as good as the one in your living room.

This Speaker Selectors Review is Written/Updated on Nov 17th, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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