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OVC305R Outdoor Volume Control Resistor Based Weatherproof Housing Rotary Style

Product code: OSD-OVC305R

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Features & Specifications

This super sturdy, easy to install outdoor volume control can be used for one pair (two speakers). A pure resonance resistor-based volume control, it can handle up to 300 watts of optimal sound with minimal bass roll-off. The control board is prewired and the wires are clearly labeled, making installation easy, and this product can take the rigors of outdoor environments. You can use these along with one of our speaker selectors for a whole-house audio system at an affordable price.
Attention: This is not a impedance-matching type volume control

Specifications

Unique Feature

This pure resonance resistor based volume control can handle up to 300 watts of optimal sound with minimal bass roll-off. You can use these along with one of our speaker selectors for a whole-house audio system at an affordable price. The speaker wire inserts use lock clips and are detachable allowing you to connect with ease to your speakers.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

By Thomas from Florida on March 5, 2012
If the white stickers ripped of the wires, how can you tell the input wires to the volume control? Is this possible without opening up the control box? I can see one pair of the white/black wires says input but I do not want to assume the other white/black pair is the other input.

Thank you
By Customer Service - Q&A on March 6, 2012

Answer:
Hi Thomas,
Please remove the faceplate of the unit by unscrewing the four screws and then remove the knob (it slides off). There is a rubber nut you must unscrew (we find it helpful to use a pair of needle-nose pliers for this). Take off the faceplate and press the wires in one by one to determine which set is on top. The top wires are the outputs. The bottom wires are the inputs. I will email you a picture of the OVC305R with the white labels so you can see which are positive and negative.
CL/MA

By Peter from Us on July 10, 2012
Is the lowest step 'off' on these or is it -36 thus leaving the speakers on? Description says 12 steps, brochure says 11 steps.
By Customer Service - Q&A on July 11, 2012

Answer:
Hi Peter,

Thank you for pointing that out. The correct spec should be 11-step at 36 dB attenuation. At the bottom setting (all the way counter clockwise), the volume control is completely disconnected (off). The design of the resistor-based is “Break before Make” so there is no connection between clicks. On the upside, the resistor-based volume control has a broader frequency response and typically better sound quality; however, it does not do impedance matching.

TL
/MA

By Peter from US on July 10, 2012
The specs on the web page say:
-54dB, 12 step attenuation
Resistor Based

but the Product spec sheet says:
-36, 11 Step
for the OVC305R

Which is correct and does the lowest step turn the sound off?
By Customer Service - Q&A on July 11, 2012

Answer:
Hi Peter,

Hi Peter:

Thank you for pointing that out. The correct spec should be 11-step at 36 dB attenuation. At the bottom setting (all the way counter clockwise), the volume control is completely disconnected (off). The design of the resistor-based is “Break before Make” so there is no connection between clicks. On the upside, the resistor-based volume control has a broader frequency response and typically better sound quality; however, it does not do impedance matching.

TL/MA

By kidromel from Los Angeles, California on July 25, 2012
Hello I have a 1 pair of 8ohm OSD speakers running off of the "B" channel of my AV receiver which is rated 100+100 stereo at 8 ohms. I purchased a low cost volume control that was described as 100w and it ran fine as long as did not go past a certain level (34) and it would run for hours with out incident. However when I attempted to take it a little above that level (36), my receiver would activate "PROTECT". Note, I troubleshooted by bypassing the volume control to ensure it was not a line issue and I could run it past level 36 without tripping the protect mode. So either I have VC that is not 100+100 but 50+50 or I will need to get a higher powered VC. Can you please advise on the power specs and since I will be only running 1 pair of 8ohm speakers, what should the impedance be set at? If the VC IS underrated or I misunderstood the power specs, I will most likely turn my existing VC into a paper wait and purchase an OSD305R.
By Customer Service - Q&A on July 25, 2012

Answer:
Hi Kidromel,
If your speakers are over 100 watts peak you should go with the OVC305R, which is more heavy duty that the 100 watt OVC205 R
CL

Product Reviews

OVC305R Outdoor Volume Control Resistor Based Weatherproof Housing Rotary Style
$39.95
5 Stars based on 20 Review(s)
Jim
Milbank SD
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

One of the best controls.
September 28, 2016
Very good control. Handles way more power than transformer type control. Sturdy outdoor box. These are the best I've found so far.
Pros:
High power handling. Tabs on outside of box for easy installation. Connections clearly marked.

BVDBILL
NE FLA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Value!
December 24, 2013
Great value when compared to other "brand name" volume controls. Good connections and quality component.

Keith
Sacramento, CA
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

So far so good
September 17, 2013
Solid feel and easy to wire. Using large diameter Sigg wire meant I had to stripped the casing completely inside the box due to the limited space. Label your wires well and you wont have a problem. I used a speaker selector box and then controlled each speaker set with one of these. That way I could adjust the volume in each area of the yard independently.
Cons:
The directions for taking the face plate off are not clear. You need to remove the rubber coated nut along with the four screws.

Glen Pickering
Lehigh Acres, FL
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Very good controller
August 22, 2013
I needed a controller for 2 outdoor speakers under a lanai in Florida. This controller works perfectly!
Pros:
Esthetically pleasing, smooth and very functional.
Cons:
Does not completely disconnect speakers from Stereo.

Elsa
Bothell, WA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great value
July 7, 2013
My contractor recommended this volume control. He connected it quickly and both outdoor speakers work. Since he installed the volume control on the house siding, he had to cut a slanted shim out of a remnant piece of siding I had. That way, the volume control was installed flat and not slanted against the siding of the house.

Sean
Montgomery, NY
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

User friendly
June 19, 2013
I found my volume control to be absolutely the most user friendly that I could have imagined. The installation was so easy, the marking on the wires made it fool proof and simple to hook up. It works great too.

dmac
bakersfield, ca
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

perfect!
June 17, 2013
Better product at half the price of what I had before.
Pros:
easy ti install
Cons:
none

Fieldman
Houston
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Quality and Warranty
September 26, 2012
Great product. at a good price. Better design, quality, and value than anything else found online or locally. Used with one pair extension speakers. Set up very easy except wires stripped only 1/4 inch. Difficult to re-strip without damaging wires. Will definitely shop with OSD again for similar needs.
Pros:
Quality Construction, Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use
Best Uses:
Replacement, Upgrade

Mitcom audio
Walnut Creek
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Never loose control of your audio...
September 2, 2012
Purchased my first unit to control the listening levels from the outside. It worked so well that I added more speakers and an amp plus a second unit for another area.
Pros:
User Friendly, Low Power Consumption, Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
Best Uses:
Control And Adjust Volume

Doggie
Desert Hot Springs, CA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

excellent product
August 5, 2012
I was very impressed by the high quality of this product considering its low price. It was easy to install and worked perfectly. I highly recommend this product.
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction

Crank it Up
Toms River, NJ
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great product and easy to wire
August 4, 2012
Great control for settting up one pair of outside speakers. Recieved it in a timely fashion and was easy to wire. Only difficulty was putting the connections in the enclosed box, limitted space to hide wires but a larger box would have only been too large and clumsy looking. Completely satisfied with purchase.
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Quality Construction, Easy To Use

Gto
Wood ridge nj
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Works great
July 6, 2012
Installing was very easy. Wires are clearly marked for left and right , negative and positive .

Dan
Pennsboro, WV
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Works like it should...
May 14, 2012
Great product! Installed easily into a hole I cut in my siding on the back patio. Placed it in the hole, connected the wires and used foam sealer to hold it in place and keep moisture out. Painted the unit to match the siding and looks like a original construction install. Works exactly how a volume control should!
Pros:
Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Patio speakers

Deep Sea Angler
Taylorsville NC
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Awesome company and products
May 4, 2012
I first purchased the 300 units. I had a problem with using those in my system. I exchanged those for the 305. NO PROBLEM with these. In just hook up the first one and I am extremely happy. I have to say, I was a bit leery do to the price $30.00. Its only been a few minites since I hooked the first one up, but I feel I will have a long time of enjoyment with this volume control. I also purchased there rock speakers # 690's. Very happy with this product too. I replaced my stereo stones speekers that cost alot more and my 690 sound just as good if not a little better. Well, I am going down to my dock to hook up the second one. Customer service is top notch and delivery was very fast. Thanks for your help OSD when I was having a problem, U ROCK Stephen
Pros:
Quality Construction, Easy To Set Up, Easy To Use
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Replacement

HandyMan Jim
Indiana PA
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

outdoor stereo volume control
January 11, 2012
did not know the control board was prewired and wires labelled, this made wiring very easy with use of junction box; quality was better than expected, price was very good
Pros:
No need to disassemble bo, Easy To Setup, Low Power Consumption, Easy To Use, Prewirednot shown, Quality Construction, Waterproof design
Best Uses:
Upgrade

Thom
Indiana
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

solid contruction
July 30, 2011
fast shipping
Pros:
Quality Construction, Easy To Use, Easy To Setup
Best Uses:
Upgrade

JC
Chicago
5 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Great Product!
July 28, 2011
Fast shipment and easy to install...No more running into the house to raise or lower the volume. Solid construction and very sturdy.
Pros:
Easy To Setup, Solid construction, Quality Construction

nabrno
Sparks, NV
4 Stars
I would recommend this item to a friend.

Just what I needed
July 25, 2011
I use this to control two outdoor speakers on my patio. My setup is kind of overkill but the unit works great. The unit is kind of large and one thing from an aesthetic point of view, is that the wire exit is not on center. I also unscrewed the faceplate and flipped it around so the lowest volume setting was in the bottom left corner. I ued a junction box placed right on top to make the connections. The wires from the unit were clearly labeled making setup a breeze. I'm wishing now that I got the grey color so it matched the conduit better. It's only been about two weeks and the white is already starting to turn yellow. Not sure why I didn't think of this...
Pros:
Quality Construction, Easy To Use, Easy To Setup
Cons:
Color Fades

Anonymous
Minneapolis, MN
5 Stars

Super high quality feel ...
May 21, 2010
Super high quality feel and sound at a great price! Love the make-before-break feature. Description says: The speaker wire inserts use lock clips and are detachable allowing. Mine came with long leads already attached - even better!

Denny
San Diego, CA
5 Stars

Shipping was fast, I ...
April 6, 2010
Shipping was fast, I ordered on Monday and UP S package arrived on Tuesday. Hook up to my outdoor speakers, great sound quality and price is good.