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4-pair speaker selector
Our take on the Niles SS-4 by Crutchfield's Barry Montgomery
The Niles SS-4 lets you send music from a single amplifier or receiver to four pairs of speakers throughout your home. Push-button controls let you turn each pair of speakers on and off independently. Selectable impedance-magnifying circuitry prevents damage to your receiver or amp, letting it safely drive all four pairs at once.Details:
- handles up to 100 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 14 gauge or pin connectors
- includes room/speaker labels
- rugged all-metal chassis
- 8-9/16"W x 2-1/16"H x 6-1/2"D
- warranty: 10 years
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Construction: The chassis is 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 4 pairs of speakers playing (4 pairs of 8-ohm speakers will present a 4.5-ohm load to the receiver or amplifier).
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.
Removable Speaker Terminals: There are four removable speaker output terminal blocks and one removable speaker input terminal block, each of which can accept 14 to 22-gauge wire (16-gauge recommended). This makes it easier to wire the speaker selector into your system.
Labels: Included are 72 pre-printed and 6 blank label stickers for easy identification of the front panel controls.
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz +0dB,-0dB (flat)
- Power Handling: 100 watts per channel RMS at 8 ohms
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Why did you buy this?
Nice design and good price. [ CHRIS May 22, 2017 ]
Hunter was a treasure of information making me understand what I needed to do. I have an old audio receiver but had no idea how to split signal amongst numerous speakers. When I am in the market for a new audio receiver crutch field will be first on my list. Thanks Hunter for all the help. [ B May 22, 2017 ]
Ziggy [ Joseph May 08, 2017 ]
with the help of Cory [ Dino Apr 27, 2017 ]
already have on like it [ JAMES J Apr 26, 2017 ]
hopefully will solve speaker jack problem... [ kenda Apr 22, 2017 ]
it was on sale- [ marc Feb 14, 2017 ]
need to run two pair of speakers [ P Jan 30, 2017 ]
Need a quality speaker selector that will distribute sound to multiple locations. [ Douglas Jan 20, 2017 ]
advice from a professional sound system installer [ Gerald Jan 14, 2017 ]
I picked this item because Kevin (Sales advisor) was great [ DC Dec 30, 2016 ]
I've owned Nile Model SPS-6 for more than 10 years to assist with speaker control from my receiver, it's has provided excellent service and performance. [ Devon Dec 08, 2016 ]
Used Niles many times, more expensive than others, but no failures... ever. [ BRIAN G Dec 07, 2015 ]
3 questions already asked
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings/connections on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer, or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny May 15, 2017 ] Staff
7 answers We have an Onkyo TX-SR608 receiver where the first five channels are being used for our surround sound system. We're adding this speaker selector on the 6th and 7th channels so we can send music to other locations in our home. Will we be able to access different audio through the surround sound vs. the speakers using this selector? In other words, can we get two different audios at once? [ Jackie Mar 15, 2014 ]
Thank you! [ Jackie Mar 17, 2014 ]
Thank you very much! [ Jackie Mar 17, 2014 ]
I am not audio professional but I believe you will need to use zone 2 to send a different audio (from the main - Zone 1) to your other locations. The SS -4 does a fine job of selecting the rooms you want the second zone input to go to. Check with Crutchfield; their support is the best. enjoy and good luck Vince [ VINCENT Mar 17, 2014 ]
Yes you can. Just push the buttons for individual audios, or use them all at once. At least that is how it works for me. Great product! [ ARLENE Mar 17, 2014 ]
I have a 3 zone denon amp/receiver AVR-3312CI. It is designed to play different source audio in each zone, if you like, at the same time. I've integrated the niles speaker selector system, to control the volume and on off at the point of the speaker, (outside away from the receiver). I have a lake home as well and have only a two zone amp/receiver, same points just not as flexible. The point I think isn't how many channel surround you have, it is whether you have more than a simple one zone amplifier. [ GREG Mar 16, 2014 ]
Aloha from Hawaii Jackie, Let me explain more about your system so that you are able to hook it up properly and enjoy it to the fullest! #1: In order to enjoy multiple room listening with your Onkyo you will want to wire the SS4 to the "Zone 2" Speaker Terminals on the very bottom right hand corner of your Onkyo Receiver. (Channels 6 & 7 are strictly used for your Main Surround Sound Zone.) #2: Yes, you will be able to access different audio sources from any speakers that are wired to the SS4 as long as you follow my instructions listed previously. #3: To hear audio from the SS4 use your Onkyo remote and at the top you will see a button labeled "Zone 2" make sure to turn that on. Hope this helps. Thank you for inquiring about the SS4! Ian [ IAN Mar 16, 2014 ]
In a word, yes. that is why I purchased it, and it works. Great. [ KIM K Mar 16, 2014 ]
2 answers The details on this product say it should be used with a receiver capable of driving a 4 ohm load. Such receivers seem to be hard to find or very expensive. Does anyone have experience using this unit with a standard 8 ohm receiver (i.e. a Yamaha or Sony)? Thanks. [ andrew s Feb 24, 2014 ]
I have this unit hooked up to a old school cd player with about 6 speakers hooked to it. To me ohm's don't really matter. I have a set of high dollar outdoor Polk Audio speakers, a set of mid range speakers that came with the head unit and a set of older outdoor speakers that were at the house that I bought. Not a problem with any of them. No loss of sound or quality. This unit is the way to go to be able to switch from your outdoor speakers to your indoor or my case the speakers in my garage.. [ MATTHEW Mar 04, 2014 ]
I am using this with the Yamaha RX-V775WA 7.2 channel receiver & it works flawlessly! [ SANFORD Feb 24, 2014 ]