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Russound AB-2.2

Tabletop A/B selector

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The Russound AB-2.2 table-top "A/B" selector comes in handy for two different types of custom audio installations. Use it to safely switch between two different powered audio systems you connect to one pair of in-wall speakers. Or, send music from a single audio system to one of two pairs of connected speakers. Hum along to your favorite music in the kitchen while you cook, then switch to your patio speakers while you enjoy an outdoor meal.

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Highlights:

  • table-top speaker or amplifier selector
  • handles up to 150 watts per channel
  • accepts up to 14 gauge speaker wire
  • 5-9/16"W x 2-1/4"H x 3-11/16"D
  • warranty: 10 years
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  • Dual source selector switch
  • Instruction Manual

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Features

Overview: The Russound AB-2.2 is a dual-source selector switch that allows a single pair of speakers to be driven by either of two amplifiers, or to allow a single amplifier to drive either of two pairs of speakers. It is a tabletop unit with a push-on, push-off button to switch between the dual amplifier or speaker pairs.

Connections: The AB-2.2 has three removable, color-coded, screwless snap connectors which accept up to 14-gauge wire. These connectors have wire locking levers which snap the speaker wire into place.

Specifications: The AB-2.2 is designed for use with amplifiers with a power output of up to 150 watts RMS per channel.

 
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4 out of 5

Russound AB-2.2 performs well

Written By KrisN, Washington,IL on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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This product is well built and looks good.I used it to use one pair of speakers with two receivers. So far I have had no issues with deterioration of sound quality or any other sort of problems.The small terminals make it a little difficult to install wires but you just have to strip them to the proper length and be sure there are no stray strands protruding because the terminals are very close together. I'm only giving it 4 stars because I think for the money, it is a little expensive for a simple passive devise like this.
Pros:
Smooth switching with just a single button.
Cons:
Small wire terminals.Expensive.
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5 out of 5

Well Designed and Versatile

Written By Jim, Morgantown, PA on Thursday, December 15, 2011
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I installed an Onkyo 7.1 home theather AV receiver in a lower level. Tech support at Polk and Crutchfield gave me advice on how to combine four Polk bookshelf speakers I already owned with a Polk center speaker and sub-woofer for a 5.1 system. The set-up sounds great. However I was left with a most beloved NAD Power Envelope Amp, an NAD Pre-Amp Receiver, and two Polk SDA 2A Stero/Dimensional Array speakers.

For a year I listened to the two SDA's powered by zone two of the Onkyo in an upper level living area. During this time the NAD power amp & pre-amp sat unused and unappreciated.

Enter the Russound AB-2.2. This versatile switch (can be used as a switch for two sets of speakers from one source OR to power one set of speakers from two diferent sources) allowed me to maintain the inputs from the home theater (Sat TV/music, BluRay with internet apps like Pandora, CD, etc) and to reconnect my NAD equipment as a second source in my upper level area. Don't get me wrong......I'm not an audio snob... (the Onkyo TX-SR608 is an amazing piece of equipment for the bucks), but I still love the powerful, clean sound the NAD amp kicks out on the SDA's. So now I have the best of both worlds. Thanks again to some great American companies (Crutchfield, Polk, and Russound) for their support and products). Additionally, Onkyo USA has exceptional tech support! Happy Holidays....
Pros:
Well designed and well built
Cons:
Nothing
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4 out of 5

Works fine BUT!

Written By Sandy, Connecticut on Tuesday, November 01, 2011
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Pros: It allows me to share a pair of tower speakers with two receivers.....a HT Receiver (5.1 setup, 100W/channel) and a Stereo Receiver (2.1 setup, 100W/channel)). A rare but useful product for people who do not wanna listen to music in a HT setup. Build quality acceptable. No need to hide this from plain sight. You can put this on the main cabinet along with your other black boxes. This is why I went with Russound AB-2.2 and not Niles DPS-1. In the picture the Niles DPS-1 looked a bit crude. Overall the product works fine, no issues on that end.

Cons: The speaker inputs are really tiny and it was quite a battle to connect my 14 gauge wires. I recommend using wires which are at least 18 gauge. I didnt wanna purchase another set of wires just to connect this, hence I went with what I had.

The speaker clips are really tiny as well and are extreeemely difficult to work with. Normally, with clips you have to press the clip down and the wire slides in. Here its just the opposite. You have to use your nails (yes thats the only way!!...because they are so tiny) and pull them up (with all your strength) to slide the wire in. Thats why my fingers are hurting even after two days. Ouch!! Hence a 4 star rating.
Pros:
It allows me to share a pair of tower speakers with two receivers.....a HT Receiver (5.1 setup) and a Stereo Receiver (2.1 setup). A rare but useful product for people who do not wanna listen to music in a HT setup.
Cons:
The speaker inputs are really tiny and it was quite a battle to connect my 14 gauge wires. The wire clips are very difficult to work with.
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