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Niles HPS-6

High-power 6-pair speaker selector

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by Barry Montgomery
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Building a multi-room audio system? The Niles HPS-6 lets you send music from a single amplifier or receiver to six pairs of speakers throughout your home, and gives you independent on/off control of each pair. Selectable impedance-magnifying circuitry prevents damage to your receiver or amp, even when you're driving all six pairs at once.

Details:
  • handles up to 250 watts per channel
  • selectable impedance magnification safeguards your system
  • requires an amplifier or receiver capable of driving a 4-ohm load
  • accepts speaker wires up to 12 gauge or pin connectors
  • includes room/speaker labels
  • rugged all-metal chassis
  • 17"W x 2-1/16"H x 8-5/8"D
  • warranty: 10 years
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  • Speaker selector
  • Sheet of self-adhesive Room/Zone Labels
  • Installation and Operation Guide
  • Warranty and Registration card

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Features

Construction: The chassis is component-sized (17" wide) and made from durable black metal with padded feet.

Speaker Switches: Each set of speaker outputs has an on/off switch so any combination of connected speakers can be played at any given time.

Protection Switch: The impedance protection switch on the front of the unit safeguards the receiver or amplifier even when all 6 pairs of speakers are playing.

Note: You will need to activate the "Protection" switch whenever the overall system impedance might fall below 4 ohms. It is recommended to verify that the receiver or amplifier is capable of driving a 4-ohm load.

Constant Protection: This speaker selector is equipped with a manual override for the protection circuit that enables you to defeat the front panel protection switch and maintain constant impedance protection. This will safeguard your amplifier from being overdriven due to accidental or improper use.

Removable Speaker Terminals: There are six removable speaker output terminal blocks and one removable speaker input terminal block. These connectors make it easier to wire the speakers to the selector. Each terminal block can accommodate up to 12 gauge wire.

Labels: Included are 72 pre printed and 6 blank label stickers for easy identification of the front panel controls.

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz +0dB, -0dB (flat)
  • Power Handling: 250 watts per channel RMS at 8 ohms
 
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5 out of 5

Niles HPS-6

Written By MikeD, Birmingham, AL on Monday, May 07, 2012
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Used with NAD C375BEE, great pairing and great sound.
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4 out of 5

Great Machine

Written By Frank, Redwood City, CA on Tuesday, June 16, 2009
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The Crutchfield team of advisors recommended the lower powered version of this selector and I decided to go with the more expensive one due to its ability to handle more power and I am NOT disappointed. The music throughout my home has been transformed. I was able to turn the power on my Yamaha amp/receiver all the way up without distortion and without the amp shutting off automatically. Life in our home has been transformed. I give this machine a 5 on its performance. However, I am giving an overall rating of 4 because the box came without usable instructions. I have a decent IQ so I figured it out, but for the lame, this would have been a huge challenge. Once I figured it out, I was able to detach the clips in the back for each input, connect the wires to the clips and then reattach the clips to the main box. That was simple and it would have been nice if I didn't have to spend the 30 minutes figuring out a strategy. Nonetheless, I am pleased with the device and will buy another one just like it for my second home.
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5 out of 5

quick and easy

Written By Jeremy, Lafayette, LA on Sunday, February 01, 2009
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great product. quick and easy to install, it even comes with sticker labels
for any room you can image (including the Dungeon :-)
doesn't take up much room and has a very clean look to it.
I have 12 speakers hooked up to this and then to an Onkyo-8522 receiver.
Turn them all on at the same time and crank it up, this thing can handle it
with no prob.
It's expensive, but your speakers cost more than this and you wouldn't
want to destroy them, so break down and buy this...it's worth it.
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5 out of 5

Easy to hook up

Written By Douglas, Belvidere Tn on Tuesday, January 29, 2008
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I have a 1980 pioneer sx-3900 reciever that pushes out 120w+ per channel. ( back when they made stereo eqiupment) I bought a cheaper speaker selector switch a few years ago...... bad idea. I cranked it up at a party and POOF up in smoke it went. So I looked around for sometime and found this one which states it can take the Wattage and guarantees it. I am a electrician so I wired my house throughout with monster wire for my speakers. With the hook up blocks on the niles big and removeable it made it easy to hook the big wire up and get the Music flowing throughout my whole house. I recommend if you have good equipment or if you want good equipment you need to buy this one. Easy to use, easy to hook up your wires and works great.
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1 question already asked

Anyone know how to hook up a remote control for this speaker switcher? I have one in the basement and the previous owner left an IR remote controller to it, but no remote control! The IR controller has no brand or manufacturer or model number, so I assume I need to buy a new IR controller along with the remote. [ Steve  May 27, 2014 ]
1 answer
  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That unit is manual control only. You won't be able to use a remote with that speaker selector. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  May 29, 2014 ]

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