Y-connector for speaker cable?

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  1. Danny_JP

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
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    Can you give us more info as to what you are trying to accomplish? That would probably generate more ideas.
     
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    Can you give us more info as to what you are trying to accomplish? That would probably generate more ideas.
     
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    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.

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    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.

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  7. Cornelius

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    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
     
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    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.

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    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 [​IMG]. 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?
     
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    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 [​IMG]. 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?
     
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    Yes, it is a little cumbersome, but it would work. Also, as Allan stated, you can also use a speaker selector in reverse.

    CJ
     
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    Yes, it is a little cumbersome, but it would work. Also, as Allan stated, you can also use a speaker selector in reverse.

    CJ
     
  13. Jim Rakowiecki

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    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
     
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    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
     

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