6-pair speaker selector
Our take on the Niles SS-6 by Crutchfield's Barry Montgomery
The Niles SS-6 lets you send music from a single amplifier or receiver to six 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 six 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
- 11-1/2"W x 2-1/16"H x 6-1/2"D
- warranty: 10 years
Very simple to install and use with great benefits .
Alex, Casa Grande, AZ
What's in the Box:
- Speaker selector
- Sheet of self-adhesive Room/Zone Labels
- Installation and Operation Guide
- Warranty and Registration card
Niles SS-6 Reviews
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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 pairs of speakers 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.
Removable Speaker Terminals: There are six 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 (flat)
- Power Handling: 100 watts per channel RMS at 8 ohms
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Why did you buy this?
I have an existing Niles SPS-6 and want to increase the number of speakers I can use. [ Michael Nov 29, 2017 ]
Recommendation from AV contractor. [ Randall Aug 09, 2017 ]
I went to an electronic shop and the salesman recommended this product and your website as he wasn't satisfied with the products his store carried. And they are one of the best in NYC. [ Carlos Jan 04, 2017 ]
Recommendation. [ Jeffrey Oct 08, 2016 ]
Needed a selector switch that would handle six speaker pairs. [ Philip Jan 30, 2016 ]
2 questions already asked
Sure, You can use Impedance Magnifying in-wall volume controls (up to 8) with a distribution block to safely connect multiple speaker pairs to 2 channels of amplification without having to use the speaker selector: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_190VCS100K/item.html & http://www.crutchfield.com/p_190VCSHUB8/item.html Keep in mind; this will not leave you with much wattage per speaker so, it is only recommended for background music and lower listening levels. For additional assistance and personalized recommendations, feel free to contact the Crutchfield A/V Design Group: http://www.crutchfield.com/Institutional/diy.aspx I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan Dec 16, 2016 ] Staff
The Niles HSP-6 is a good choice. I am not sure whether they can be daisy chained and if they can, they will only service 11 speakers. If your amplifier has two speaker outputs, each one can service one HPS-6 and therefore 12 speakers. If you are going to run your wires in the walls, you will need to get wire that meets code as suggested by Crutchfield. at least 16 gage wire is suggested. I would also recommend getting the Niles volume controls for each room as each room will have different volume requirements. The last factor that you need to take into account is how much resistance your old amplifier can handle because too much speaker resistance can cause the amplifier to die. If you only plan to run one or two speakers at a time this should not be a problem. You can ask the engineers at Crutchfield to see if they know how much your amplifier can handle. I hope that this helps. [ Edward Oct 28, 2015 ]
I have 6 sets of speakers, 5 inside and 1 outside and all works great. I guess as long as the amp can power all twelve speakers, for sure the two selectors will work just fine. [ Bob Oct 28, 2015 ]
Yes I have done this with older receiver it works just don't play it to loud it blew my channels out of the reciever [ DANIEL Oct 28, 2015 ]