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Easy installation and clean sound
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.