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  • Replacing old rheostat speaker volume control in wall and need help

    Guys,
    We just remodeled our Kitchen and I'm starting the long road of switch from ivory to white outlets, switch, etc. I have an old rheostat style volume control that is ivory. I currently have a receiver connected to an impedance matching speaker selector and it works good (after a near fire when we first moved it but that's another story). I'd like to go for a more modern volume control but I'm not sure what to replace the Rheostat style with and still use my Impedance matching speaker selector. Any help and education would be appreciated.
    -Rupp
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  • #2
    Can you control the volume from the receiver too?
    I have several speaker zones setup with two volume controls in series. In some places I use the rheostat as a local "trim", but in others it's just a set once and ignore. In all cases, I use HS (HSTouch on my phone) to adjust the volume from the amp (via BLRussound).
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    • #3
      There's also this:
      https://www.nilesaudio.com/product/s...-black-FG01653
      Mike____________________________________________________________ __________________
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      • #4
        These should work. They do not have any impedance matching circuity.

        https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=8243

        Sorry, my mistake these do have impedance matching circuitry.

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        • #5
          If your speaker selector has a bypass for the impedance matching feature you can use the Niles product in the link above.

          You don't want to have impedance matching on the selector switch and the local volume controls since it will reduce the max volume. See page 4 of the Niles volume control manual at http://resources.corebrands.com/prod...653_manual.pdf

          Speaker-selection systems give you central control, but some speaker selectors have non-defeatable impedance-protection circuits. Combining IM controls with such a selector will reduce your maximum volume substantially. To solve this problem, specify a speaker selector with a defeatable protection circuit (Niles models HPS4, HPS6, SS-4, or SS-6). Keep the protection circuit off at all times.

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          • #6
            These have no impedance matching.

            https://www.osdaudio.com/products/vo...ls/vkr120.html

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            • #7
              Originally posted by drhtmal View Post
              If your speaker selector has a bypass for the impedance matching feature you can use the Niles product in the link above.

              You don't want to have impedance matching on the selector switch and the local volume controls since it will reduce the max volume. See page 4 of the Niles volume control manual at http://resources.corebrands.com/prod...653_manual.pdf
              Pardon the interruption...will there still be volume/quality loss if the impedance matching is set to 1X on the monoprice volume controllers?
              -Wade

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cc4005 View Post

                Pardon the interruption...will there still be volume/quality loss if the impedance matching is set to 1X on the monoprice volume controllers?
                That is a very good question. I am not sure.

                I would add that the manual for the Niles volume control which is an impedance matching volume control states that you should disable (bypass) the impedance matching feature on your impedance matching speaker selector switch even though the Niles volume control has a 1x impedance setting on the volume control.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by drhtmal View Post
                  If your speaker selector has a bypass for the impedance matching feature you can use the Niles product in the link above.

                  You don't want to have impedance matching on the selector switch and the local volume controls since it will reduce the max volume. See page 4 of the Niles volume control manual at http://resources.corebrands.com/prod...653_manual.pdf
                  So I have the Niles SPS4 which has a protection button which I believe is the impedance matching. So I can either turn this protection off and use impedance matching volume controls or leave the protection mode on and use a non impedance matching volume control. Is this correct?
                  -Rupp
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