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OSD Audio SSVC2 Dual Source 2-Zone Speaker Selector with Volume Control
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- Controls 2 Zones / 2 Pairs of Speakers
- Dual Source Input: choose between two music sources for each zone.
- Impedance matching volume control for each zone output (impedance matching allows a single amplifier to safely power several pairs of speakers)
- Removable input/output connectors which accept 14 gauge speaker wire
- Shipping: This item does not ship outside the U.S
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You can also run two receivers into the unit, and separately control whether each pair is driven by receiver A or receiver B. The back speaker connectors are in three strips that plug in and out for ease of installation, especially in a rack. You can run the wires to the front of the rack, install the wires, and then reach around the unit and plug them in. The only possible drawback is if you have huge speaker cable, as I doubt 12 or larger will work. This unit is designed for an 8 ohm receiver output and 8 ohm speakers, unlike cheaper units that will drop the impedence to 4 ohms which will not drive many speakers. You can spend twice as much on one of those high end audio brands, or spend less and get a lot more features. A great deal for the money.
I would not buy from this company again, too much hassle.
1. I needed a way to split output for indoors (A) and outdoors (B) that also protected from impedance mismatches. It worked well for this, including the ability to have different sound levels indoors and outdoors. I did no notice a significant degradation of audio quality.
2. I bought this for impedance protection because I was worried that my expensive system could be damaged by accidentally over driving with impedance mismatch. It works. My $2400 amp is fine.
3. I agree with one disgruntled reviewer; it is extremely difficult to insert even 14 gauge wires in the back. This is a nonstarter for audiophiles who almost use the thickest, low impedance speaker wires they can afford. I only had to attach 4 pairs. The ones going outside were 16 gauge, so no problem. The indoor speaker wires were 12 gauge and I had to solder a workaround. The 12 gauge are short runs and I don't drive the system much, so it's working for now.
I replaced this with a different zone splitter that accepts larger speaker wires. But my sister thinks it's great. If you only have 14 gauge wires or thinner, then this product works quite well. It's a 4/5 stars for non-audiophile users with thin speaker wires. It's a 2/5 for audiophile users. The connectors alone tell you that this was not designed for them.
1. Instructions were pretty scant. I had to go online to figure some things out, especially as I have a pair of NHT high-end 6-ohm speakers I had to try and figure out how to install.
2. I had to open the case and change the jumpers. I only found out about this through forums, which is not a good solution. For an option like this, there should be clear documentation, at least on the web site.
3. Once I did get things working, the sound quality was definitely degraded. I was not happy about that.
4. I like how the product is made of metal instead of plastic; it seemed reasonably well constructed.
5. Attaching speaker wires in the back -- even with banana "pin" plugs -- is ridiculously close together. All the wires end up jammed together into very small openings that are adjacent to one another. I cannot even begin to think of how and why the company designed these this way -- it's VERY poor and difficult to use. There's almost no way you could attached bare wires of any better-quality gauge (14 or thicker) -- you would have to get (as I did) the smallest pins you could find, attaching them to each wire, and then cramming them together into the spaces. You can see this in the photo of the product. Can you imagine getting wires into each of those connections? Awful!!
Bottom line, I cannot recommend this product, which is very disappointing because I really was hoping it would work.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
wasnt good., wasnt bad. They do what they say they do. No power cord to them, doesnt boost at all. Not bad, not greatPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Well worth the money - It's a great way to split your receiver into multiple channelsPublished 18 months ago by Bini Windbrook
The bottom line: I wish I had spent the extra $$ on the niles. My receiver would probably still work. Read morePublished on August 13, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This works really well. I was a little skeptical after reading about a couple folks having troubles but ordered anyway and was very happy with the purchase. Read morePublished on May 23, 2011 by Stephen Marsh
We signed up for Pandora music streaming, and I wanted music throughout the house, including the garage. Read morePublished on December 11, 2010 by Montana
Works as advertised. Perhaps a slight loss of fidelity. I have it hooked up to some outdoor speakers and the volume control isnt that sensitive i.e. Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by jez99