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PHOENIX GOLD VMT-100 WHITE 100/50 Watt Impedance-Matching Stereo Volume Control in White (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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  • Holds screen 0.68 (17mm) from the wall
  • Screen extends up to 5.88 (149mm) from the wall allowing for hassle free cable routing
  • Full motion tilt allows for +17.5 /-5
  • Screen adapter simply hooks onto wall plate for quick and easy installation
  • Up to 8 (203mm) of horizontal adjustment

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Phoenix Gold
  • Model Number: PHOENIX GOLD VMT-100

Product Description

1x 2x 4x or 8x impedance matching settings for series wiring12-position knob with 39dB of attenuationRemovable speaker connector accepts up to 12-gauge wireIncludes Decora wall plate

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 3 x 5 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00009W3IN
  • Item model number: PHOENIX GOLD VMT-100
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: May 14, 2003

Customer Reviews

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If you are using multiple zones for an all room audio system like mine, you need to have strong hardware help you control the volume. The Phoenix Gold pieces are top-notch. If you are putting the knob into existing walls, make sure you take the controler with you to select the "old construction" power box which are the self-closing type. The controler is kind of deep and some in-wall boxes are kind of short in depth. Make sure you get the deep box. Hooking up the speaker leads is a snap and the overall sound quality that comes out is great.
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Not a bad volume control; however, if you're using 16 guage wire or thicker, note that the connectors are not the easiest to work with.
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Ok this thing works but man it took me forever to get it installed - my wall box just could barely fit this thing. Also, before you connect all the speaker wires, disconnect the plugs and screw in the wires that way. They snap in and out, making it MUCH easier. Make sure they are tight also, because when you fit everything into the wall box you will need all the space you can get..and you do not want a wire to slip out after you get everything screwed down (because then you have to go back in..lol). Also the outside face plate is smaller than I thought it would be, it looks ok since I do not have any other plates next to it but if I had a standard light switch or something it might look funny. I also had to super glue the turn nob because it would easily fall off. But it works, and it was cheap - so I gave it 3 stars.
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The wire install is not the easiest if you are using a lower guage wire. It was difficult to keep the wires in when placing back in the wall.
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The tips below were suggested by a professional electrician and worked very well to give me a good looking installation.

As other reviewers mention, it is difficult to fit the wiring into a standard (even a deep type) old work wall box. I found it easy to cut off the rear two-thirds of the box with a hack saw, and use only the front portion as a frame. I also needed to file down the box reinforcement ribs to accommodate the height of the VMT-100.

One reviewer commented on the problem of the box cover plate not fitting flush to the wall over the VMT-100 mounting strap. I successfully compensated for this by [CAREFULLY-DON'T OVERDO] gouging out about 1/8 inch depth of the drywall behind the box tabs, so as to recess the front face of the box in the wall. Another helpful technique was to use a nipper tool to clip away the ears on the mounting strap and to narrow its neck portions, which makes the strap fit more flush against the junction box.
Regarding the difficulty of working 16-gauge wire into the connectors, I also found that stranded wire did not hold well, but that by first soldering the ends of each wire, the connections to the volume control became much more reliable.
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By MD on September 1, 2007
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This control works well and has a good feel to the volume control. There are small, smooth clicks at each setting. I found some others which have a harder feel and rougher feel when adjusting the volume. Price was great as well.
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I installed this volume control in a fully 8-ohm speaker configuration, so I did not have to use the impedance matching jumpers. The general construction seemed a bit cheap to me, including the wire connectors and the front mounting plate, which for some reason is actually made up of two different plates plus the decora-style wall plate. When I turned on the amp and tried to use the control, it worked for about 10-20 minutes at 50% volume level on my amp before the amplifier protection circuitry tripped. This happened 3-4 times. I checked the connections and everything was OK. When I removed and bypassed this control (just using the amplifier volume control), everything worked fine. So there was definitely something wrong with the control. Also, I should note that the plastic face plate does not match standard Decora-style wall plates - it almost fits, but not quite. So you can't use your existing Decora wall plate. I'm returning this for a higher quality version, such as the Niles controls.
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I bought some of these volume controls for several in-ceiling speakers that are being installed in a home under construction.

Due to the size of the controller, and the wires going to and from it, I found it best to use a deep box (or a box with no back).

I had no real problem installing these. The lack of directions was frustrating at first, but it quickly became apparent that the bracket is necessary since the faceplate is larger than a standard box.

They work well, and with the several color choices Phoenix has provided, (white, ivory or bone) they easily fix into most decors.
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