powering speakers throughout house

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  1. Chad Heffner

    Chad Heffner Auditioning

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    I have a Denon 1802 powering my current HT system but I want to add speakers through out my house. A pair of speakers in 6 rooms. I already wired to each area using 16 gauge speaker wire. I bought a Phoenix Gold 6 zone speaker selector and hooked it up to Channel B, then I tried playing 3 pairs plus the speakers on channel A. I really didn't think it would work that great but didn't expect to smell burning electrical! Should have known better! Amateur! How can I make this work? Another Amp?
    Any help for this rookie would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. John Titan

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    Hey Chad,

    I have it set up like this, the recievers left and right channel go into the connecting blocks (EZB-1+EZB-2 made by russound). A wire (16-4)is ran from the connecting block to each of the 8 volume controls (ALTX-2D also made by russound) from there a wire is run to each speaker. Allowing you to control the volume in each zone (or room). I know you already have the speaker selector but with this set-up you'll be able to control the volume in each room. The volume controls & connecting blocks cost about 40$ a piece.

    I've had it hooked up like this for about a year. The receiver seems to handle it fine. I have a small fan in the closet with the receiver to help control the heat. I never really put it up to loud it's more for back-round music. Another thing I did was run cat-5 with all the speaker wire because Some time in the future I plan to upgrade. I have 2 pictures of the closet showing the connections + a picture of the speaker and v-control in my dining room in the HT gallery. I have since added a cd player and neated it up.(in the picture its very messy looking) If you have any questions let me know

    john
     
  3. Chad Heffner

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    Thanks John! Volume control would be a big bonus! I'll give it a try. What is cat-5?
     
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    cat5 is network cable. It is used to link computers together, or in your application, as a control for keypads.
     
  5. John Titan

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    The v-controls I suggested don't use cat-5. I ran it with the speaker wire just in case I needed it for future use. I got a lot of the text I used on this post from another post I had. I guess I should have edited better.


    Good luck
     

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