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Metra ethereal VC700

Stereo volume control with impedance magnification

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Overview

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Metra's VC700 offers versatile in-wall volume adjustment for any indoor room of your home. With adjustable impedance magnification — up to 8X the speakers' ohm rating — you can use a single amplifier to drive multiple pairs of speakers without worrying about dropping below your amp's minimum requirements. The VC700 gives you reliable performance at a reasonable price for rooms with in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. With three different color wall plates included, you can easily match it to your decor. 

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Metra ethereal VC700 Stereo volume control with impedance magnification

The VC700 includes white-, ivory-, and bone-colored wall plates to match your decor.

Metra's VC700 offers versatile in-wall volume adjustment for any indoor room of your home. With adjustable impedance magnification — up to 8X the speakers' ohm rating — you can use a single amplifier to drive multiple pairs of speakers without worrying about dropping below your amp's minimum requirements. The VC700 gives you reliable performance at a reasonable price for rooms with in-wall or in-ceiling speakers. With three different color wall plates included, you can easily match it to your decor. 

Wire multiple speakers to the same amplifier channel

Wiring the VC700 is pretty straightforward. Connect your amplifier's left and right speaker outputs to the inputs on the back of the volume control. Then run separate wires from the VC700's outputs to a pair of recessed speakers. Be sure to use in-wall rated speaker wire during your installation. If you are wiring several volume controls to the same amplifier channels, consider using use Russound's EZB-8 connecting block to make plugging in multiple sets of wires more manageable. 

Product Highlights:

  • connect multiple pairs of speakers to your receiver or amplifier (requires 1 volume control per speaker pair)
  • installs in your wall with a standard single-gang electrical box (not included)
  • power handling: 63 watts RMS per channel (126 watts total)
  • selectable impedance settings at 2X, 4X, and 8X the speakers' nominal impedance
  • terminal connectors accommodate up to 12-gauge wire
  • includes white-, ivory-, and bone-colored wall plates
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • In-Wall volume control
  • 2 Speaker wire terminal blocks (installed)
  • White knob (installed)
  • White decorative insert (installed)
  • White decorative wall-plate
  • Ivory knob
  • Ivory decorative wall-plate
  • Ivory decorative insert
  • Bone knob
  • Bone decorative insert
  • Bone decorative wall-plate
  • 2 White screws
  • 2 Ivory screws
  • 2 Bone screws
  • 2 Eletrical box screws
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Features

In-Wall Volume Control: Metra's Ethereal VC700 is an impedance-matching, stereo volume control that connects between the speaker-level output of an amplifier, speaker selector, or distribution hub and a pair of speakers; providing control of speaker volume in a remote location along the wall.

63-Watts Per Channel: The Metra Ethereal in-wall volume control is rated at 63 watts per channel for connection between your amplifier or receiver and speakers.

Impedance Matching: The Ethereal VC700 features built-in impedance matching, which enable more pairs of speakers to be connected to an amplifier than the amplifier could normally accommodate. 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 slider-switch on the back side on the volume control lets you set the impedance factor to 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x (this will need to be done prior to final installation of in-wall volume control).

Note: The volume control also has a non-impedance matching option (1x) to accommodate a single pair of speakers for optimum fidelity.

Rotary Knob: Volume is controlled by a smooth turning, 11-step rotary knob which clicks with each turn for precise volume adjustment.

Single-Gang Box Installation: The Ethereal in-wall volume control occupies a single-gang of an electrical box. Installation of the in-wall volume control is easily accomplished during new construction (at "Rough-in" before the drywall is installed) or as a retrofit to older construction ("Trim-out" after the drywall is installed and painted).

White, Bone, or Ivory Colors: Choose between white, bone, or ivory rotary knobs, decorative inserts, and decorative wall-plates. The white knob and white decorative insert are pre-installed.

Stereo Terminal Block w/ Screw-Down Terminals: The Ethereal VC700 features two removable terminals blocks with screw-down terminals to attach the speaker wire from a pair of speakers and amplifier. The screw-down terminals will accommodate 16, 14, or 12 gauge in-wall speaker wire.

Note: Be sure not to reverse the amplifier or speaker connections, because damage to the amplifier could result.

Dimensions:

  • Overall: 2.8125" (w) x 4.5625" (h) x 3.625"
  • Volume Control Module: 1.625" (w) x 4.125" (h) x 3.25"
  • Decorative Cover Plate: 2.8125" (w) x 4.5625" (h) x 0.25"

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Recommended by my AV consultant but also more cost effective than the other Metra ethereal product with slide. This will fit in fine in my dining room [ Mark  Aug 18, 2017 ]
One of Crutchfield's advisors (Ann) recommended it for my application and the price was right. Ann's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=55 [ WILLIAM E  May 20, 2016 ]

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If the speaker has 2 pairs of binding posts, then you can use two amp channels to double the power being sent to that speaker. Which means this volume control could be used to control the volume of that speaker. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Jun 01, 2018 ]  Staff
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