First Post Pre-Wired Room question

Discussion in 'Beginners, General Questions' started by Dan.B, Jan 26, 2006.

  1. Dan.B

    Dan.B Auditioning

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    Hello all,

    I have been lurking and searching old posts, but I can't find a solution for a pre-wired room. I will have 5 HTD HD-80 in ceiling speakers, an HTD center channel and a HTD sub. I have a Yamaha HTR-5840 that will power all of this. I understand how all of the wires would connect to the receiver, but the builder told me of a wire next to a light switch that would control volume. There is no plate where the wire would be, so do I take his word and cut a hole? There is a plate for all of the wires behind the TV.

    I am not sure how the wires connect to the volume control plate. Do they daisy chain from the volume control knob to the plate by the receiver? The room was pre-wired for everything, I just need to know how the volume control connects between the speakers and receivers.

    Thanks,

    Dan
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Welcome to the forum Dan.

    Using a physical ‘knob’ to control volume used to be a fairly popular feature of custom installations. But modifications would be necessary in order for this to work with the receivers with which I am familiar (don’t know about your Yamaha).

    But before I went to this trouble, I ask myself if this feature was either necessary or even desirable, given that it is so easy to control volume with a remote control.
     
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    I would nix that feature. Out dated for sure. Nobody does it like that these days and many that used to, have changed.
     
  4. Dan.B

    Dan.B Auditioning

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    I want to thank you both for your replies.

    Dan
     
  5. joseph westcott

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    Unless you already have the speakers in the ceiling, I would strongly suggest a different speaker solution.

    The ceiling is the worst place a speaker could be placed, except maybe outside.
     
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    Dan.B Auditioning

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    The wire was preinstalled to the ceiling locations, (new construction). I have those ugly plastic caps hiding even uglier holes. I am getting inceiling speakers that have the positional tweeter, but I realize that I am still losing quality. Just trying to make the best of the stuation. Besides, my wife does not want to see any speakers. She hates the idea of a small center channel above the TV and the subwoofer in the corner, so I had to compromise.

    Dan
     

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