What's new

Y-connector for speaker cable? (1 Viewer)

Danny_JP

Grip
Joined
May 12, 2004
Messages
23
Does such a thing exist? Im looking to connect two different recievers to the same set of speakers (4 sattelite, Subwoofer and center) and I need some kind of a switchbox or just 6 Y-connectors for speaker cable. Ive been looking around forever and cant find anything. Any help would be great.
 

Danny_JP

Grip
Joined
May 12, 2004
Messages
23
Does such a thing exist? Im looking to connect two different recievers to the same set of speakers (4 sattelite, Subwoofer and center) and I need some kind of a switchbox or just 6 Y-connectors for speaker cable. Ive been looking around forever and cant find anything. Any help would be great.
 

Allan Jayne

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Nov 1, 1998
Messages
2,405
You should not use Y-connectors or make three way splices to share speakers between two amps. Amp damage could occur even if one of the amps is turned off.

See if Radio Shack has speaker selector switches. At least they used to many years ago. You could connect these switches backwards to connect two amps to one speaker.

You could use an audio switch box, carefully soldering RCA plugs to the ends of the speaker cables (carefully to minimize melting the insulation and causing shorts due to the increased heat needed to solder 12 gauge wire.) A few inches of 14 or 16 gauge wire, if needed to reach into the center prong of the RCA plug won't hurt.

Video hints:
http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
 

Allan Jayne

Senior HTF Member
Joined
Nov 1, 1998
Messages
2,405
You should not use Y-connectors or make three way splices to share speakers between two amps. Amp damage could occur even if one of the amps is turned off.

See if Radio Shack has speaker selector switches. At least they used to many years ago. You could connect these switches backwards to connect two amps to one speaker.

You could use an audio switch box, carefully soldering RCA plugs to the ends of the speaker cables (carefully to minimize melting the insulation and causing shorts due to the increased heat needed to solder 12 gauge wire.) A few inches of 14 or 16 gauge wire, if needed to reach into the center prong of the RCA plug won't hurt.

Video hints:
http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
 

Cornelius

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Feb 24, 2004
Messages
117
There are a/b switches, though most are made for pairs of speakers, not 6 of them. Take a look at www.nilesaudio.com and you should be able to find something similar to what you are looking for.

CJ
 

Cornelius

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Feb 24, 2004
Messages
117
There are a/b switches, though most are made for pairs of speakers, not 6 of them. Take a look at www.nilesaudio.com and you should be able to find something similar to what you are looking for.

CJ
 

Danny_JP

Grip
Joined
May 12, 2004
Messages
23
Well, basically, one of my recievers does not have a digital input/output but its also a 5 disk DVD/CD player as well as being a reciever. I wanted to connect a second reciever to my system, one that had digital connections (cause I need em). All the products I can find are "x speaker systems to one reciever" kind of stuff. Nothing going the other way.

I think I found something that works on that site you gave me cornelius. Thank you :). Its the first time ive seen anything like it. It connects two amplifiers/recievers to one pair of speakers. Now, I have 6 speakers, but theoretically I could use 3 of these connectors right? One for the front sattelite speakers, one for the surround, and one for the center and Subwoofer... Would that work?
 

Danny_JP

Grip
Joined
May 12, 2004
Messages
23
Well, basically, one of my recievers does not have a digital input/output but its also a 5 disk DVD/CD player as well as being a reciever. I wanted to connect a second reciever to my system, one that had digital connections (cause I need em). All the products I can find are "x speaker systems to one reciever" kind of stuff. Nothing going the other way.

I think I found something that works on that site you gave me cornelius. Thank you :). Its the first time ive seen anything like it. It connects two amplifiers/recievers to one pair of speakers. Now, I have 6 speakers, but theoretically I could use 3 of these connectors right? One for the front sattelite speakers, one for the surround, and one for the center and Subwoofer... Would that work?
 

Cornelius

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Feb 24, 2004
Messages
117
Yes, it is a little cumbersome, but it would work. Also, as Allan stated, you can also use a speaker selector in reverse.

CJ
 

Cornelius

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Feb 24, 2004
Messages
117
Yes, it is a little cumbersome, but it would work. Also, as Allan stated, you can also use a speaker selector in reverse.

CJ
 

Jim Rakowiecki

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Sep 2, 2003
Messages
162
Does the reciver with the disc player in it have audio outs? Perhaps it would be easier to hook it up that way.
Honestly you'd probably be better off buying another DVD changer rather than trying to make this work.
I just checked Crutchfield's web site and the Niles pieces are around $100.00 each and Parts Express offers a similar item for about $80.00 each. I think for that kind of money you would be much better off getting a new dvd changer which can be had for about $150.00 rather than trying to make your existing unit work in your system.
JMO
 

Jim Rakowiecki

Stunt Coordinator
Joined
Sep 2, 2003
Messages
162
Does the reciver with the disc player in it have audio outs? Perhaps it would be easier to hook it up that way.
Honestly you'd probably be better off buying another DVD changer rather than trying to make this work.
I just checked Crutchfield's web site and the Niles pieces are around $100.00 each and Parts Express offers a similar item for about $80.00 each. I think for that kind of money you would be much better off getting a new dvd changer which can be had for about $150.00 rather than trying to make your existing unit work in your system.
JMO
 

Users who are viewing this thread

Forum Sponsors

Forum statistics

Threads
348,709
Messages
4,854,378
Members
142,364
Latest member
Alain A.
Recent bookmarks
0
Top