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Russound WALTX-2

Weatherproof stereo volume control with impedance magnification

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by Marshall Chase
Russound

You've got great speakers outside, but running back and forth to adjust the volume gets old fast. Enter the Russound WALTX-2 weatherproof stereo volume control. It's perfect for outdoor applications. This rugged, corrosion-resistant unit is built to withstand the elements season after season, giving you easy control over your music. You'll love the convenience!

This WALTX-2 also offers impedance matching, which means you can safely make it a part of a multi-zone audio system incorporating up to eight pairs of speakers. For installation of multiple speaker pairs each pair must be connected to an impedance matching volume control.

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Highlights:

  • waterproof construction
  • impedance-magnifying design
  • power handling: 42 watts per channel
  • adjustable impedance magnification (1x, 2x, 4x, and 8x)
    • 4 ohm amp: up to 16 pairs of 8 ohm speakers or 8 pairs of 4 ohm speakers
    • 8 ohm amp: up to 8 pairs of 8 ohm speakers or 4 pairs of 4 ohm speakers
  • 11-step control, 48dB maximum attenuation
  • accommodates up to 12-gauge wire
  • 3-7/8"W x 5-1/16"H x 3-1/2"D (with included enclosure)
  • warranty: 10 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Weatherproof volume control mounted to a gray PVC plastic faceplate
  • Gray PVC plastic enclosure
  • 4 Faceplate screws (M3 x 12mm)
  • Instruction Manual

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Features

Overview: The Russound WALTx-2 Weatherproof Volume Control is designed to provide volume control for outdoor speakers, or speakers in wet locations. The WALTx-2 provides superior protection against moisture from rain, splash, or humidity. It connects between the speaker outputs of an amplifier and a pair of speakers.

Mounting Options: The WALTx-2 can be mounted on an exterior wall or hard, flat surface, as well as directly mounted to a section of 3/4" PVC conduit.

Ultra-Match Technology: The WALTx-2's Ultra-Match technology allows you to easily match the load of multiple speakers to the amplifier impedance without the need for a speaker selector or other impedance-matching equipment. It provides impedance matching for up to 16 pairs of speakers per system.

Performance: This in-wall volume control is designed to handle up to 42 watts RMS and 126 watts peak power per channel. The built-in precision autoformers produce high-fidelity sound with excellent frequency response (20Hz - 20kHz, +1.0/-0.5 dB at rated power). It provides maximum power transfer from the amplifier to the speakers without heat buildup.

Volume Knob: The WALTx-2 has a simple clean design with a simple knob and outdoor wall plate. The knob has 11 steps of volume, plus an off position. The volume control provides a total of 48 dB attenuation.

Connections: The volume control has two 4-pole screw terminal blocks, one for the input from the amplifier, and one for the output to a pair of speakers. The terminals allow you to connect up to 12-gauge speaker wire. The terminals can be unplugged from the volume control for easier wiring.

Speaker Wire Recommendations: For most applications, stranded 16-gauge speaker wire is recommended. For runs of over 100 feet, 14-gauge is recommended, while 12-gauge is recommended for runs of up to 200 feet.

Jumper Settings: Each WALTx-2 has two sets of five jumper pins (five for the left channel, and five for the right) on the back of the volume control. The jumpers can be set to 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x, depending upon the number of speaker pairs being connected in the system. The jumper sleeves should be configured the same for all speaker pairs in the system before connecting the speakers.

Amplifier Power Ratings: The amplifier should provide a minimum of 20 watts per channel RMS for each pair of speakers connected.

Speaker Impedance: The WALTx-2 is designed for speakers with impedances of 4, 6, or 8 ohms.

EZB Connecting Blocks: When connecting multiple pairs of speakers to the system, you will need a Russound EZB-1SC (item # 543EZB1SC) connecting block. The EZB-1SC can connect up to four volume controls to the amplifier's output. An EZB-2SC (543EZB2SC) is needed to expand the EZB1SC to another four volume controls.

 
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