Now you can match your favorite decora light switch with screwless volume control. All speakers have an impedance rating, typically 8 ohm for a pair of home speakers. To operate in the safest mode, most standard amplifiers and basic two-channel receivers are rated for an 8-ohm incoming load. To operate safely and consistently, the amp needs to see an 8 ohm load, and that’s where speaker selectors and impedance-matching volume controls come into play.
- Decora screwless style impedance-matching volume control for whole house audio systems and dedicated audio zones.
- Impedance-matching feature stabilizes the ohm load so parallel connections of multiple volume controls can be installed without damaging the amplifier.
- Front-mounted adjustable jumpers allow easy adjustment when multiple pairs of speakers are connected to a single receiver or amplifier.
- Accepts up to 14-gauge wiring and fits in a standard gang box with a depth of 2.9".
- Precision electronics provide low distortion and a ruler flat frequency response.
- 12-step linear rotary-style slider for a wide range of listening volumes
In a basic multi room system, only a Speaker Selector is used to connect the speakers to the amplifier/receiver. Not only does the Speaker Selector allow you to connect multiple speakers to the amplifier but also adds internal Impedance Protection which is enabled by a manual protection switch. Both our ISS and DSM series Speaker Selectors feature internal Resistors that protect the amplifier. The down side is that the power rating normally 140 watts is cut in half when the protection switch is enabled so rated at 70 watts with protection.
In a standard multi-room system (using Impedance Matching VC) you will typically have an amplifier/receiver, a speaker selector with 4 to 8 zones, and volume controls connected to all the speakers. Impedance-matching volume controls provide more precise protection for the amplifier/receiver versus the protection built into the standard speaker selector. Plus with the protection switch in the off position you will have the maximum power handling capability of the respective speaker selector. It is important that the protection switch is turned off when using the Impedance matching Volume Controls.
Most impedance-matching volume controls feature three standard settings: 1/2x, 4x and 8x, while some add a 16-ohm setting like our VMS series. These settings correspond to a chart in the owner’s manual based upon the type of amplifier (4 or 8 ohm) and the number of 4 or 8 ohm speakers that you will be using in the multi-zone/room/speaker system. You can use both 4 and 8 ohm speakers when setting up your system. But you need to count a 4 ohm speaker as two 8 ohm speakers when calculating your Impedance setting.
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- Volume Control Type: 100W Impedance Matching Screwless Slider Style
- Power Handling: 100W Peak; 50W RMS Per Channel
- Frequency Response: 20Hz - 20kHz
- Total Attenuation: 52 dB (Max)
- Steps: 12 (Make Before Break)
- Impedance Matching for 1/2, 4, 6, or 8 Pairs of Speakers
- *Can be Used as Non-Impedance Matching if Leaving Default on Jumper Setting at 1X
- Wiring Requirement: Up to 14 Gauge Wire
- Removable Input and Output "Quick Connect" Phoenix Connectors
- Fits in a Standard Single Gang Box - See LV1 for Mounting Bracket
- Unit Dimensions: (L x H x D) 1.62" x 2.5" x 2.5"
- What's Included? White, Ivory and Almond Plates, Inserts, Screws, and Slider
- Additional Colors Available: Almond, Bone, Black or Brown
- Innovative Screwless Volume Control has a Clean Look
- Warranty: 5 Years
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Sean Gill • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PM So, if I have 1 pair of 8-ohm stereo speakers, the switch should remain on 2?
Customer Service • 12/17/2019, 2:17:43 PMHi Sean: Technically the 2x setting with one set of 8 ohm speakers may show the Amplifier a 16 ohm load. So it would cut your audio in half. We recently added a non Impedance Matching volume controls that features a slider type control (vs. Rotary Knob). It is a resistor based volume control that has a broader Frequency Response with no high or low end roll off that is found with most Transformer type Volume Control. It is called an SKR-120. Another advantage for the resister based Volume Control is it disconnects completely when turned off all the way counter clockwise. The only Impedance matching Volume Control that you can disconnect is the SVC-205 (with On/Off switch). Unfortunately we do not have it in a screw-less front plate design (yet). TL/4683