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Niles SSVC-4 Speaker Selector, Black
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
My house is pre-wired for 10 zones and all of the wires run to one cabinet in the family room. I did not know much about how to set these up, so I called the pros for an estimate. I have three decent receivers I was willing to donate to the cause - whatever they could get to work. So, I got a quote back for $4,300. They said they could not use my receivers and I had to buy a new 6 channel receiver and a new four channel receiver. They also wanted $200 for each volume control knob installed (x10) (the locations were already roughed in). So, I did some research and found these Niles products. I bought a 6 speaker and 4 speaker selector and combined with my old receivers (if you do this, make sure you can drop the receiver to 4ohm), I have the whole house rocking for $450. Not bad.

The sound quality has been great, and I hear no buzzing, clipping, or artifacts. I saw someone complain about the hole size for the wires. I have heavy gage in-wall wire and had no problem. Hooking up speaker wires is a breeze. Each zone has a connector that popped out of the back. You insert 4 wires into each connector, screw them down with a small flat head, and then the connector pops in the back like a cartridge. No bending over the back of the box inserting wires.

The features are also simple to use. Each speaker set has an on/off button and the speaker selectors have 12 volume clicks. It is very fast to set the zones and volumes you want. The selectors also come with pre-printed labels with every home location conceivable. So when I look at both boxes, everything is clean and organized. The knobs are high quality and the housing is heavy duty. Looks pro all the way.

I can't recommend these enough for someone wants to set up a multi-zone system and make use of existing equipment. And they are made in the USA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very pleased with this simple and elegant solution. If you don't need a fancy multi-room audio solution with individual volume controls and multiple source select in each room, the Niles SSVC4 may be just what you're looking for. Nice look, and the knobs have a solid feel to them. It allows you to control the volume and turn on or off the speakers in four rooms (there's also a six room model). We have a small house, so it's not inconvenient to walk into the living room to make adjustments in speaker volume. I wired it up to to the second zone amplifier on my Denon receiver to drive speakers in the kitchen, dining room, deck, and basement. The speaker wires connect to a plug with screw-posts that in turn is plugged into the device, which simplifies installation in tight spots. With the individual volume controls I can adjust different relative levels in each room from one location. The one thing to be careful about is that Niles does not recommend using this device with amplifiers rated over 100 Watts, so if you need to drive multiple speakers at high volume with a powerful amplifier, you need to look elsewhere. Comes with pre-printed stick-on labels for a wide range of rooms, including "Dungeon," which gave me a laugh. I like the simplicity of only having to run speaker wires to each location. If you think you might be annoyed having to walk over to this device to adjust the volume in individual rooms, this might not be the right solution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 28, 2011
simple, works as advertised. You may want to add an amp in front of this as splitting two 110W channels into four doesn't leave a ton of power.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 14, 2013
I recently set up a Sonos system in my house and planned to by multiple Connect:Amps to power the different zones to the tune of $499 each. I read about this little baby and decided instead of buying 3 Sonos, I'd buy one and control the volume in my zones through this. It works like a charm. Impedance control means that speakers have full power and there is no risk of damaging anything. The labels that come with this are great, and set up takes maybe 30 min total. Awesome product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
The Niles speaker selector is easy to hook up, easy to use, and
also provides impedance protection for the amplifier.
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on August 7, 2014
Bought this for a technophobe friend whose home audio system, with speakers in his living room, kitchen, and out on the deck was an absolute disaster. The only audio from his kitchen speakers came from his TV, for example. Got rid of everything but his amp, disc player, and Sirius Radio, ran the sound from the amp to the the Niles Selector, and he's happy as can be. (Full disclosure: I separated the TV completely and connected a good sound bar with wireless sub to it. He loves that, too.)
The separate volume controls and the pre-printed labels for each control are great. There were cheaper models available, but Niles quality assured me that this device would work well--and it does.
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on June 2, 2013
I already owned a Niles Speaker selector that I had for at least 15 years. I recently upgraded my sound system and realized I needed a speaker selector with volume controls so I upgraded that too. It was somewhat pricey but worth every dime. So all I can say is if you need it get it you won't be sorry. I just finished listening to my system in my backyard and it delivers excellent sound.
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on July 7, 2014
I am using this in a commercial application. It provides the ability to independently control up to 4 sets of speakers in different parts the building. It does not require electricity, it simply runs off a speaker output from the amp / tuner and splits into into the different zones. All speakers run off the same source (there is only 1 L/R input).
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on May 29, 2013
I use this unit with sound fed from two AudioSource AMP-100 Stereo Power Amplifiers which in turn is fed from "Zone 2" receiver outputs.

This unit does everything I want it to do, and that is send sound to different rooms of my house. I bought this to replace my cheap0 radio shack switcher when I upgraded receivers.
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on August 30, 2014
This is simply AWESOME! A bit pricey, but a better solution than having a bulky outdoor volume control box. My Polk Atrium speakers sound great! I was worried I would not have enough sound, but no worries now. The combination of outdoor and indoor speakers is perfect.
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