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Niles WVC100K

Weatherproof stereo volume control with impedance magnification

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by Marshall Chase
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When you install a separate volume control for your outdoor speakers, you won't have to run indoors every time you want to change the level of your music. The weatherproof WVC100K boasts a rugged, corrosion-resistant design that's built to withstand the elements season after season.

This in-wall control also offers impedance matching, which means you can safely make it a part of a multi-room speaker system incorporating up to 6 pairs of speakers. You won't have to install a speaker selector or any other type of protection device.

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Highlights:

  • power handling: 100 watts per channel
  • 12-step control, 48 dB maximum attenuation
  • selectable impedance magnification (2X, 4X, and 8X)
  • pop-free switching between all steps
  • includes knob, faceplate, stainless steel hardware, and wall gasket
  • removable screwless connectors accommodate up to 16-gauge wire
  • requires single-gang electrical box
  • 1-1/2"W x 4"H x 3-5/8"D
  • warranty: 10 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • WVC100K rotary volume control
  • 4 Decora wall plates (white/light almond/bone/black)
  • 4 Decora inserts (white/light almond/bone/black)
  • 4 Knobs (white/light almond/bone/black)
  • 1 Rubber gasket
  • 2 Device screws (length=1")
  • 8 Faceplate screws (2 per color/6 installed on wall plates)
  • Installation & Operation Guide
  • Limited Warranty Card

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Features
Installation Considerations
Specifications
Dimensions

Features

Overview: The WVC100K is a waterproof stereo speaker volume control that connects between the speaker-level output of an amplifier, speaker selector, or a Niles distribution hub and a pair of speakers. Premium-quality parts and construction ensure high-fidelity sound with flat frequency response and 100 watts continuous power handling.

Four Colors: The WVC100K installs in-wall in an outside location in a standard single-gang junction box (J-box). The package includes a Decora faceplate, insert, and knob in each of four colors: white, light almond, bone, and black.

Selectable Impedance Magnifying Circuit: A universal impedance magnifying circuit enables the WVC100K to act as both stereo and an impedance magnifying volume control. You can magnify the speakers' impedance by a factor of two, four, or eight, allowing you to connect up to eight pair of speakers to a single amplifier or receiver. A sliding switch on the front on the volume control lets you set the impedance factor to 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x.

12-Step Control: The rotary design gives 12-step control, and a total of more than 48dB maximum attenuation. The high-quality construction assures you get pop-free switching between all steps.

Autoformers: Precision autoformers provide superior sonic performance, exceeding the audio quality of non-impedance magnifying volume controls.

Removable Screwless Speaker Connectors: Two piece, screwless speaker connectors make installation quick and secure. Each connector can accept up to 16-gauge wire.

Isolated Grounds: Isolated left and right-channel grounds ensure safety with any amplifier.

Impedance Compatibility: The WVC100K can be used with 4-, 6-, or 8-ohm speaker systems.

Installation Considerations

Outdoor Wall Mount Application: The WVC100K volume control is designed for environmental wall-mount installation. It comes with a waterproof rubber gasket to protect the volume control's internal circuits from moisture.

Speaker Wire: The WVC100K will accept stranded copper wire up to 16-gauge. Larger (lower gauge) wire is not recommended, as it will not fit into the connectors. Solid-core, aluminum, or "Romex" wire is not recommended. Most states require in-wall speaker wire to have a specific "CL" fire rating.

Required Tools: To install the WVC100K, you will need a Phillips screwdriver and wire stripper.

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Audio Power Handling: 100 watts/channel RMS; 200 watts/channel peak music power
  • Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz (+/-1.5 dB)
  • Impedance: compatible with 4-, 6-, and 8-ohm speaker systems

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • Volume Control: W=1.541", H=4.067", D=3.43"
  • Wall Plate: W=2.99", H=4.765", D=0.311" (Cutout Diameter: 0.693")
 
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5 out of 5

Volume control

Written By Niles WBC 100k, White plains ny on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
 
Works well
Pros:
Weather proof
Cons:
Kobe Clicks as you turn up or down. I would like it to be smooth
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4 out of 5

Best looking outdoor controls

Written By Aaron, Felton, PA on Monday, May 06, 2013
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Great volume control. Impedance matching makes installing multiple sets of outdoor speakers easy. Nice looking knobs and plates versus the standard grey PVC controls. Make sure you use a deep single gang box to accommodate the wire and control.
Pros:
Looks good, Impedance controls,
Cons:
Needs a lot of space in the box, will not accept 14 gauge only 16 gauge or less
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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