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Breathe Audio BA-6640MS 6 Source 6 Zone System

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Features & Specifications

BreatheAudio’s 6 Source, 6 Zone Whole Home Audio System lets the music play, with features that will amaze. The slick, clean styling of its keypad makes for an impressive interface for the consumer, while the Allport provides simple, straightforward installation. All at a price point that makes this 6 source 6 zone system the best value in the marketplace. Get 40 watts of true high-fidelity digital sound for the same price as other systems with half the power or less.
Easy expandability to 12 zones provides flexibility for mid to larger installations at an unmatched price point.   Amazing Allport connection hub cuts installation time to a minimum with no guesswork to worry about. Final installation is instantaneous with VERY simple plug-and-play steps.   • 6 audio sources are sent to 6 rooms in the home, and are easily expandable to 12.
• 40 watts of power per zone produce high-quality, full highfidelity sound.
• Allport connection hub reduces installation time and features no muss, no fuss, behind-the-rack wiring.
• RS-232 serial port allows for easy home-automation integration.
• System has Philips Class D digital amplification, which provides higher output, cooler operation and prolonged life of the system.
• Built-in IR pass-through at keypad controls source components and offers quick and easy wireless control; specially designed to block interference from sunlight, plasma and fluorescent lighting.
• Fixed and variable outputs are provided on zones 1 through 4 to use with higher-powered external amplifiers (BA-200, 200 watt amplifier sold seperately) when greater output is required.

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Other Product Info

BreatheAudio’s 6 Source, 6 Zone Whole Home Audio System lets the music play, with features that will amaze. The slick, clean styling of its keypad makes for an impressive interface for the consumer, while the Allport provides simple, straightforward installation. All at a price point that makes this 6 source 6 zone system the best value in the marketplace. Get 40 watts of true high-fidelity digital sound for the same price as other systems with half the power or less. Easy expandability to 12 zones provides flexibility for mid to larger installations at an unmatched price point.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

31 Questions & 34 Answers
Barton
from Illinois asked:
November 26, 2017
I'm hoping you can help me. The 8 yr old home we bought earlier this year has a BA-2430. We didn't get much of a tutorial from the previous owners, but other than not having a remote control, it appears to work just fine. My question is whether the system can be upgraded or adapted to work with wireless / smart home options that would let me control the system from my iPhone / iPad. If possible I'd like to be able to select the zones and control the volume remotely rather than adjusting them at the wall panels. Any chance something like this is possible at a reasonable cost? Thank you.
1 Answers
Hi Barton: Good question, the Breathe Audio BA-2430 has been discontinued for many years. It was originally created and marketed by NUVO. NUVO has since been sold to Legrand. Breathe Audio had been discontinued before the acquisition. The BA2430 new inventory was long gone by then. Legrand did carry over some inventory of the six zone system but that is gone now as well. The BA2430 is a 2 Source four zone system. One idea is you can add a wireless/streaming source like a SONOS Connect or even a NUVO P300 Wireless Pre amp. These would have apps that would allow you to control the device including the volume levels. There is also IR senors built into the Control panels which send signal to your sources connected to the BA-2430 Base unit. It came with IR emitters that would plug into IR emitter outputs on the back panel then run to the source units and cover up the IR sensors of the Sources. There are IR apps for Smartphones, iPhone and all the tablets to control these devices as well. But you are limited to source selection and Volume levels. The remote did not control the zone selection. You would need to call NUVO/Legrand and see if they might still have the IR Remote Codes. https://www.legrand.us/contact.aspx Good Luck TL/4666
Customer Service - Q&A
on November 29, 2017

STACEY
from BARRIE, ONT asked:
May 18, 2012
was wondering if you could use this system with outdoor wireless speakers....i'd appreciate the feedback as we are looking at this system and planning out as we are having a new home being built.
1 Answers
Hi Stacey: The Breathe Audio System features 4 preamp outputs where you can bypass the internal amplifier for zones 1 to 4. You have two choices for output, variable when you still want to control the volume with the Breathe audio control pad which you would install in the respective zone where the wireless speakers will be located. The unit includes a remote control as well that can control basic features of the source you have selected through the IR sensor located in the key pad when selecting the variable output. The fixed output (the other option) would be when you plan on using the remote control that comes with the Wireless speaker set. That would only control the volume up or down and turn the speaker on or off. My recommendation would be still plan to run a key pad to that zone and connect the wireless transmitter to the Variable output. You would need to run only a single Cat 5 network cable to the key Pad (no speaker wire of course for that zone). Checkout page 5 of the owners manual, bullets 3 and 4. So no problem adding up to four wireless speakers for the Breathe Audio System. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on May 18, 2012

Dusty
from Canada asked:
April 5, 2012
What is the best amp to use to get better sound out of a couple zones. Should I include a sub?
1 Answers
Hi Dusty: The Breathe Audio Control Amplifier features four pre-amp outputs (Zones 1-4) which allows you to upgrade the power in those zones. It gives you a choice of Variable or Fixed output. The Variable setting allows you to control the Volume of that zone by the dedicated Breathe Audio Zone controller located in that room/zone. Fixed setting would be for non Breathe Audio Volume Controsl. We would recommend our AMP200 which features a 12 volt trigger that can be connected to the Breathe Audio Control Amp. It is a high current amplifier that has additional features like Speaker A and B output, Automatic Dual Source switching and features a pre-amp output where you can run to a dedicated Power Subwoofer. OSD Audio can also fullfill your needs for CL3 Rated speaker wire and has a full line of In-Wall, In-Ceiling, Rock and Patio Speakers for any application. Thank you for considering OSD Audio. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 9, 2012

Josh
from Holmen, WI asked:
October 27, 2017
Is it possible to control the volume with a 3rd party control such as a mobile app or TV remote rather than the keypad or IR Remote?
1 Answers
HI Josh: This unit is no longer available through Outdoor Speaker Depot, But to your question the unit came with a remote that would allow you to use a universal remote that has learning capability. It also has a RS232 connection so can be controlled by other components that feature RS232 compatibility. Breathe Audio was part of the NUVO company that has since been purchased by LaGrand. Breathe Audio has sold through their last remaining stock. TL/4612
Customer Service - Q&A
on October 29, 2017

Phil
from Orange County asked:
January 3, 2017
I have 12 zones and want to know if you can connect 2 systems together?
1 Answers
Hi Phil: We do have Speaker Selectors that feature dual source. The SSVC4, DSM4/6/8 features individual A or B switches per zone. The SSVC6P and both TSM8 and TSM 12 features a single master A or B switch so you are limited to either A or B but not both at the same time. I would be curious to know more about your system setup so I could better answer your question. Please contact me at tim@osdaudio.com. The more info you supply including layout (possible blueprint), product you have on hand or intending to purchase (including brand and model numbers). TL/ 4161
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 12, 2017

Diana
from Sweden asked:
July 21, 2016
Hello! I bought this package and i loved it but now the amplifier is broken and i need a new one, where can i buy only this or is anyone know another one that will work with this system?? Please need help Diana from Sweden
1 Answers
Hi Dianna: I can check with the factory if they might have a B-stock unit (Control Receiver only). These units come in bundled with all six control panels, IR emitters and Allport wall plate. I will send you an email when I find out availability. At this email address... diana@kontorshjalpen.com TL/3990
Customer Service - Q&A
on July 22, 2016

Roch
from Canada asked:
January 2, 2016
What is included for the price? Amplifier, wall keypads, all-port connector, cables. Are the speakers also included?
1 Answers
Hi Roch, The system includes 6 keypads with black, almond, ivory and white trim plates for each, Allport, 6" Allport cable, 10" Network cable, AC Cable and 6 IR emitters. It does not include speakers or cat5 and speaker wire. CS 3644
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 20, 2016

Jim
from Calgary, Alberta asked:
March 16, 2015
I am thinking of a Ba-6640ms that I would retrofit into a home? I have two questions I would like help with please. I am retrofitting the system into an existing home and would like to install two of the keypads outdoors in a moisture proof box. Temperatures outside will be colder in the winter. Can this be done? I have Bose 151 outdoor speakers which are 4 ohms. Can the Ba-6640ms drive these speakers? Volume will normally only be ambiat level. Appreciate any assistance.
1 Answers
Hi Jim: The control Pads should be fine in a weatherproof box. And as long as you are connecting just a single pair of the Bose speakers to a single zone with a dedicated control pad you should have no problems. TL/3192
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on March 18, 2015

Fimmy
from Lagos asked:
February 19, 2015
Kindly advise me on the amount type of cables I would need to run to all the 4 room with 2 speakers each in them.
1 Answers
Hello, Each room will need a CAT5 wire for the digital keypad and two 2-conductor speaker wires for the speakers..
Customer Service - Q&A
on February 19, 2015

Fimmy
from Lagos asked:
February 12, 2015
Kindly advise me on the best receiver for this items
1 Answers
Hi Fimmy: This unit is a combo Pre amp with six stereo digital amplifiers all in one package. It also includes control pads for all six zones a well. You just need to add speaker wire that needs to be run from each room back to the EZ Port connection located in the wall behind the BA6040MS. You will also run cat 5 cable from a control panel that will be installed in each zone. The speakers and cat5 wire will run independent of each other from each zone back to the EZ port. There will be a single cable for the speaker connection from the Box to the EZ Port wall plate and one Network cable as well. You will have to terminate the Cat5 cable at each end so it can be plugged into the back of the control panel in the zone and plugged into the EZ port at the central location of the EZ Port. Now you can add up to six analog sources to the box to choose from. You can control sources that feature IR sensor since the control panel in each room features a IR sensor that can send signal back over the Cat5 cable thats connected between control panel and EZ port (which is connected to the box with a single network cable; terminated Cat5). I would also look into a Audio Video Receiver that features a second zone Pre amp output. This can be one of your six sources (and it is usually IR controlled). You might also look for a receiver that is network controlled and offer an APP for your Smartphone or tablet. I hope that answers your question. TL/3140
Customer Service - Q&A
on February 12, 2015

Kay
from Atlanta asked:
February 4, 2015
ood day, Kindly read through your response highlight in red below to my question so that you can better under where am starting from. Yes this is a new construction and I will have access to run wires from the central location to each of the selected rooms. Please can you provide me with all the items I would require to have this solution installed. Just a recap of what I want. I want to be able to play music to every room. I want to be able to play different music to every room. I want every room to be able to control it's own volume. I would like a 5.1 surround sound in the living ( kindly advise how to go about this) I have a total of 24 speakers to install I would like the option of a ipod docking system in every room - (if possible) Please can you explain to me what zone means i.e where it is refer 4 zone, 6 zone Regards Kay Dear Kay, Thanks so much for your interest in Outdoor Speaker Depot and in Breathe Audio BA-6640MS 6 Source 6 Zone System. We have looked at the question you asked and we have an answer for you. Your question and our answer has also been published to our website where it can help other customers who are interested in Breathe Audio BA-6640MS 6 Source 6 Zone System. Thanks for your contribution. Just as a reminder, you asked: Hi, I would like to install speakers in all the rooms in my house this would include living room, dining room, 4 bedrooms, a study room and a media room. In my novice estimation I would need 24 speakers. Am not a specialist but you came highly recommended. I would like your advise on what system I should go ahead and purchase. Regards Kay Here is our answer: HI Kay: The first question is this new construction or a retro fit. Will you have access to run wires from a central location to each one of your selected rooms for speakers? The Breathe Audio System you inquired about is for six zones, 6 pairs or 12 speakers. They do have an expander model that will add 6 more zones, 6 pair or 12 more speakers (equal to your 24 speakers). You will need to run cat5 cable to each room along with the speaker wire. The cat5 will go to a control panel in the room and speaker wire directly to each set of speakers. Along with the Breathe Audio think about a Custom Home Theater in your main room where you can take advantage of a second zone out from your receiver. Please let us know more... TL/3126
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Hi Kay: Did you submit a Blueprint of your house layout. That would help in answering your question. You can go to our learning center and upload the diagram/plans. Note: a zone refers to a room where so if you want speakers in the kitchen that would be zone 1, then the great room (or family room) that would be zone 2. The garage maybe zone 3 (yes men are concerned about having sound in their last sanctuary). So you figure out how many rooms you want sound in. A zone is a room where you have some form of control either a volume control, or key pad or even controlled by an app on your smartphone. Each room/zone can have a single stereo speaker, a pair of speakers or even two pair of speakers. You could have a Kitchen and Family room on a single control so the two rooms would be considered one zone. The key is with new construction is to be able run wires where ever possible either to a central location or in some cases with the new wireless options to wire the speakers in the room (left and right) to a wall-plate in that room that can connect to the wireless Receiver (which receives its wireless signal from a smartphone or tablet) otherwise it has a power wire and speaker wires connected to the back (not totally wireless). You have options with todays technology that will allow you to create a basic system that you can expand on as your budget allows. Also take into consideration a Home Theater System first since that will be the focal point of the system that can be tied to the whole house. Most new AVR Receivers feature second zone out which can become one of your sources to what ever control system you finally choose. The combination will also determine what your wiring scheme will be. I hope that answers your basic questions. Good Luck TL/3128
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on February 6, 2015

Kay
from Atlanta asked:
February 2, 2015
Hi, I would like to install speakers in all the rooms in my house this would include living room, dining room, 4 bedrooms, a study room and a media room. In my novice estimation I would need 24 speakers. Am not a specialist but you came highly recommended. I would like your advise on what system I should go ahead and purchase. Regards Kay
1 Answers
HI Kay: The first question is this new construction or a retro fit. Will you have access to run wires from a central location to each one of your selected rooms for speakers? The Breathe Audio System you inquired about is for six zones, 6 pairs or 12 speakers. They do have an expander model that will add 6 more zones, 6 pair or 12 more speakers (equal to your 24 speakers). You will need to run cat5 cable to each room along with the speaker wire. The cat5 will go to a control panel in the room and speaker wire directly to each set of speakers. Along with the Breathe Audio think about a Custom Home Theater in your main room where you can take advantage of a second zone out from your receiver. Please let us know more... TL/3126
Customer Service - Q&A
on February 2, 2015

Lance
from denver, co asked:
January 6, 2015
I have 8 zones "home run" to my basement. Each run has a 4-wire and a CAT 5 wire run to wall locations in the zone. From there, in each zone I have the typical speaker wire run from the wall to the ceiling for 2 speakers. I presume this was run this way so that I can attach a volume control on the wall for each zone. Question: The manual says I need to "home run" each speaker to the All Port. Do I wire nut my 4-wire to my 2 speakers and then connect the home end of my 4-wire to the All Port? Thanks!
1 Answers
Hello Lance, Correct. The amp will have a network cable and a power cable running to the All Port wall plate. Then, from the wall plate, you will have a cat5 wire going to a keypad in each zone as well as your speaker wire going to each zone.
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 14, 2015

Josh
from Wisconsin asked:
October 1, 2014
Is it possible to upgrade the controls on this system?
1 Answers
Hi Josh, I don't believe so, but if there is, it's not something we carry. You would want to get in touch with the manufacturer, Breathe Audio (NUVO).
Customer Service - Q&A
on October 1, 2014

Sunday
from Lagos, Lagos asked:
July 27, 2014
1. Will I still get high fidelity digital sound from the four pre-amp outputs(zones 1-4) if I decide to upgrade the power in these zones with OSD amp 200 after hooking it up with the BA amplifier itself? 2. Using the OSD amp 200 to upgtade zones 1-4 will the variable settings allow me control the volume via the dedicated on wall keypad by BA. 3. And can I hook up a subwoofer to let's say zone 1 with upgraded power output? 4. I plan to run the IR emitters far from the main source do you recommend longer IR emiiter cables ( suggested distance is about 60ft maximum)
1 Answers
I believe you need an amp for each zone that you want more power on if you want to maintain different source capabilities for those zones. If you utilize the AMP200 for multiple pairs of speakers, that will be considered one zone on the Breathe Audio unit, meaning only one keypad will control that. Still great sound, but you would be sacrificing 2 source keypads. Everything else sounds good.
Customer Service - Q&A
on July 29, 2014

Sunday
from Lagos, Lagos asked:
October 14, 2013
Does this kit come with a remote control? I need to be sure it comes with a remote control cos its not in the picture
1 Answers
HI Sunday: The unit does not come with a dedicated remote control. It does feature an IR sensor built into control pad located in each room. It also includes six IR emitters that come with the unit that can be used to control your sources with the sources dedicated remote. Or you can use a Universal remote to control all of your sources that you have the IR emitter connected to the Breathe Audio IR outputs. TS-2273
Customer Service - Q&A
on October 16, 2013

Fakharullah
from London,ON asked:
July 9, 2013
What is included with it? Does it include six speakers and all the accessories?
1 Answers
The Breathe Audio kit includes the Amplifier, the wall mounted hub, and 6 digital keypads for each room. Speakers are sold separately. Call us at 562-697-2600 to discuss this system and your application. Thanks! -BM 2069
Customer Service - Q&A
on July 12, 2013

tom
from Philadelphia, PA asked:
May 23, 2013
Is it possible to use more than 2 speakers per zone? I want to control the on/off and source functions of my outdoor speakers from one keypad, but I have at least 4 speakers that I want to run. Is there a way to bridge zones to one keypad or should I run the wiring in serial or parallel to power the 4 speakers?
2 Answers
Hi Tom, We wouldn’t recommend either option. The Breathe system rates at 40W per channel. We recommend adding an external amp to one zone like the AMP200 to drive more than one set off that zone. The owner’s manual (available to view online) includes features and specs that outline to add an external amp. CL/MA 1925
Customer Service - Q&A
on May 31, 2013
Hi Tom, I wouldnt recommend doing either. This has 40 W per channel to work with. You should add an external amp to one zone like the AMP200 to drive more than one set off that zone. In the owners manual available to view in the features and specs, it touches on how to add an external amp. CL 1925
Customer Service - Q&A
on May 31, 2013

Godsdad010
from KC MO asked:
April 4, 2013
Love the BA-6640MS! I was looking to add 2 zones to my patio. Can I control just those 2 zones from 1 keypad to create 1 big zone?
1 Answers
Hello, You can add an amplifier to one zone, like our AMP200 to create a larger zone. Page 16 of the manual covers how to add an amp. We even have a diagram. Here is a link https://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/yhst-5323690727015/breathe-audio-elevater6.6.pdf CL/MA 1765
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 4, 2013

Jason
from Olympia, WA asked:
September 19, 2012
I was looking to buy the MDS-6A kit, because I have used it in the past and liked it. But it has not gone up in price from when I purchased it last, so now I am looking at other options. Can you tell me what the differences are between that and this one are? This one is so much cheaper, I could almost buy two for the same price..
1 Answers
Hi Jason, The Breathe Audio 6640-MS has the 'all port' wall plate, which makes wiring a little easier. The MDS Kit does not have this feature; therefore, all the wiring must go directly back to the unit. As far as wattage, both units are about the same; however, the keypads differ. CL/MA 1300
Customer Service - Q&A
on September 21, 2012

Chris
from Australia asked:
August 7, 2012
Hello I am from Australia and I am currently am using the 2 source, 4 zone breathe audio system. I want to upgrade to the 6 source/zone system for additional zones, and also the rs232 port. Will I be able to use all exsiting wiring. i.e is the port connector used in the 4 source system the same as in the 6 source system? I think I can assume that worst case scenario I use all existing speaker wiring, and cat5 back to zone controllers, and use the port connector that comes with the 6 zone? Also, will you ship to Australia?
1 Answers
Hi Chris: You should be able to use all the current wiring, you will just be swapping out the 4 zone Single gang All Port to the six zone dual Gang All Port of the Elevate 6640MS . Speaker wires will be run from the All Port unless you choose to add more powerful external amplifiers for up to 4 of the 6 zones (in this case speaker wires will be run directly to the external amplifier). The unit comes with the new Key pads which will have to be swapped out with the 4 zone unit. What's nice is you plug your existing Cat5 connections from one key pad to the new ones. Just plug and play. And yes we do sell and ship to Australia. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on August 8, 2012

Andrew
from Pennsylvania asked:
April 22, 2012
I have two questions .I am interested in this system but would only like to have a single speaker per keypad. Can you bridge the keypads amplifier with a single 8 ohm speaker? Also, do they keypads require any other wiring besides the cat 5 and speaker wire? Thank you
1 Answers
Hi Andrew, The internal amplifier's built into the main component and does not have bridging capability. If you are limited to a single speaker location in each zone, you should check out our Dual Voice Coil Stereo speaker. The single speaker, like our ICE640TT or AP550TT, features a dual voice coil that allows you to connect a four-conductor stereo right and left +/- cable from your Breathe Audio Allport wall plate where you terminate all your speaker wires and Cat5 connections. You simply connect all your individual stereo speakers with 16/4 CL3-rated cables. The keypads are connected with the CAT5 and only the speaker cable is wired directly from the Allport Plate to the speaker. The Dual Voice Coil speaker is available for in-ceiling, patio and even in a rock speaker. If you choose to run a stereo pair in any of your zones, you will want to run 16/2 two-conductor to each speaker. The Breathe Audio handles six zones and is expandable to 12 zones. Let us know if we can answer any additional questions. TL/MA
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 24, 2012

Lakh
from Kelowna, Canada asked:
March 4, 2012
Does this system have party mode?
2 Answers
Hi Lakh, Yes, the BA-6640MS does feature Party Mode. Check out page 10 of the Owner’s Manual (see download tab on product page). TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on March 5, 2012
Hi Lakh: Yes the BA-6640MS does feature Party Mode. Checkout page 10 of the Owners manual (see download tab on product page). TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on March 5, 2012

Dan
from Omaha NE asked:
January 26, 2012
I am thinking of purchasing for a new construction , do the keypads get wired with cat 5 cable?
1 Answers
Hi Dan: Yes, the Key Pads are connected by Cat5. All the Cat5 cables are home run back to the central location. The speakers are wired back to the same location. All are terminated inside the wall to the Allport terminal. Connection to the Allport terminal is a single network cableand a proprietary Allport cable which are the only two connections to the main Control Center. Check out the owners manual, just click on the download tab, view owners manual. You will find it very precise and informative. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 27, 2012

Roger Beau
from Vinton Iowa asked:
January 19, 2012
I bought this system for the house I recently built. I wired the system into the unfinished basement where the componets are located. Love the system, but will not finish basement untill next year. Would like to control on-off from upstairs. Is there a wireless controler I can use? I have a wireless router.
1 Answers
Hi Roger, The only control you have is through the keypads that come with the main unit. There is an IR receiver mounted in each of the keypads. Are you using all six zones and are any of them going for upstairs zones? For more tips and ideas, please contact the manufacturer directly. https://www.breatheaudio.com/explore_products.shtml. They are division of NUVO technologies
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 19, 2012

Dave
from Drayton Valley, Alberta asked:
January 17, 2012
Following installation all the keypads have a flashing power button and will not work or turn on. Each keypad has its own ID as per the dial on the back. Any suggestions?
1 Answers
Hi Dave, According to the manual's troubleshooting guide, when the keypads are flashing there is a conflict with the ID settings on the back. Make sure that all six have their own dedicated setting: 1 through 6, etc. If there is a single conflict between two, then the other four will not work either. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 19, 2012

Steve
from Canada asked:
January 6, 2012
How long will it take for the equipment to get to Canada (Toronto)
2 Answers
Steve, That would take between 14-17 days all together with USPS priority International shipping (the most economical). This is an item special ordered from the manufacturer. CL
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 6, 2012
Steve, That would take between 14-17 days all together with USPS priority International shipping (the most economical). CL
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 6, 2012

Dusty Garnier
from Alberta asked:
December 30, 2011
Does the IR pass through actually let use control the input devices with your existing remote controls, or does it just control the breathe audio system with its own remote.
1 Answers
Hi Dusty, The IR pass-through should work on any of the remotes you want to use as well as the Breathe Audio remote supplied with the unit. Just make sure to use your emitters from the Breathe Audio to your sources. TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on December 30, 2011

Steve
from Guelph Ont. Can. asked:
December 14, 2011
I'm in the process of building a two story home and am not to sure what gauge of speaker wire I should run ? Also what speakers would go ith this system
1 Answers
Hi Steve: For runs up to 80 feet use 16 gauge 2 conductor CL3 rated speaker cable. And 14 Gauge for runs over 80 feet. I believe the Breathe Audio connectors accept up to 14 Gauge (the smaller the number the larger the Conductor). TL
Customer Service - Q&A
on December 16, 2011

dusty garnier
from edmonton alberta asked:
November 3, 2011
1.) will the i-port IW-20 be able to hook up the this system as an input source. (it says local zone and this is a multi-zone system) 2.) what speakers will give me the best sound with the systems capability.(indoor) 3.)can i use one input for a theatre room, or will i oly be able to power to speakers in that zone from an amp. 4.) now that this amp is discontinued, whats the best one to use.
1 Answers
1) There's no problem connecting the i-Port IW/20 as one of your sources 2) The best match for the Breathe Audio system is the High Definition series that features mica-filled polypropylene Woofers, Butyl Rubber Surrounds and Silk Soft Dome Pivoting Tweeters. It also features the widest range of speakers including 5.25", 6.5" and 8" in-ceiling, both in stereo pairs and Dual Voice Coil applications. There is also a complete selection of in-walls for your custom home theater speakers, including LCRs. 3) You can place the control amp in the home theater room alongside the Audio/Video receiver (AVR) and take an output from your AVR if it has a dedicated zone output and connect to the Breathe Audio system as one of the sources. This will allow you to play all source inputs from your AVR through the whole house as well. Note: You can select a set of speakers in your home theater room (front, left, and right as an example) to connect to both your AVR and one of the zones of the Breathe Audio. You would need an A/B switch like our OSD SVC-405 that allows you to connect two source to a single set of speakers. 4) The Breathe Audio line has been discontinued for a number of years now but the original manufacturer continues to supply us with inventory
Customer Service - Q&A
on November 7, 2011

bryan
from Salt Lake City asked:
October 27, 2011
I'm building a new house and am curious how this feature ". The external mute allows the music to be muted for a doorbell or phone ring." needs to be set up for this device. Can you help?
1 Answers
You have to connect to a trigger from either the doorbell or phone system, one or the other. Breathe Audio, a NUVO technologies company, tech support recommended using an Altronix 6062 programmable relay switch. Go to the link below and click on instruction manual. The problem with the standard doorbell or phone trigger is that it works only momentary (while the button is actually pushed or during the ringtone). The Altronix piece allows you to increase the delay up to a minute. Even with this device you can only mute either the doorbell or phone and not both. https://www.altronix.com/index.php?pid=2&model_num=6062 TL/MA
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on October 27, 2011

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75% Recommend this product (6 of 8 responses)
By Lance
United States
April 30, 2015
So far...Great!
I seldom come back to write a review but as I researched this unit for months, I felt I owed other potential buyers one. That and I really like this new purchase! Just got my system hooked up to 6 zones. I have not hooked up the IR cables yet, so I'll come back and add comments when I do that.. - Service form OSD was great. It took a little over a week to get the unit because it was back ordered, but OSD Customer Service kept me informed 2 days after I placed the order. - Unit comes with a programmable remote (which I never saw on the specs.) Nice surprise but I haven't tried it yet. - Unit comes with mounting brackets for a steel component case. - Hook up (one I got good with CAT5 wiring) was a breeze. I haven't fully positioned the unit in it's final home, but the All Port is a slick device. You need to have good eye to get the speaker wire in, but that's with every unit. All in all, not one complaint. For the price, this unit provides great functionality and delivers on the sales pitch.
ProsHook up Key pads
ConsDidn't come with a little dude in the box to do all the hook up work!
By oc ke
dunn, nc
May 29, 2013
nice whole house system
easy to set up and install
Prosnice accessory for the whole house audio system
Consterminating the speaker wires
Best Usesoffice
By GAP
Alberta Canada
January 10, 2013
Super service and product
It's a great product. Setup and use is simple with great results.
ProsEasy To Use, Low Power Consumption, Easy To Set Up, Quality Construction
Best UsesUpgrade
By BK
Iowa
January 7, 2013
Very good systerm
The product has exceeded my expectactions. We built a new house and had someone else do all the wire runs. They quouted a system without speakers that was about $3500. I was able to purchase the speakers and system for a lot less. I was very surprised by how loud the speakers wound go and still sound great with system. We have used it much more than anticipated.
ProsEasy To Set Up, Easy To Use, Quality Construction
By Home Audio Enthusiast and Sparky
Orange County
June 24, 2012
easy to install but watch out for cables
Easy to install with one exception, the break out cable, I have installed both the 4 and the 6 zone versions, the toughest part is the break out cable from the unit to the 2 gang terminal plate. You will need a 2 gang switch ring for rough in, but you will also need a bigger space behind the ring to manage all the CAT5e and audio cables coming in, the terminal strips are small and tight. The best fit would be a 8x8x4 nema1 junction box, custom cut the front cover plate to accomodate the 2 gang ring mounted on top of it ( with the opening cut out on the cover plate and the 2 gang ring mounted to it ) and then mount the box to stud flush so that 2 gang ring sits like it normally would for drywall, then run either 3 - 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch and one 1 inch flex / conduit to the 8x8 in wall. This makes wire management to the the 2 gang termianl plate much easier when you have to stuff it back in the wall ( especially if you have insualtion in thr walls ). The speaker terminals on the back of the plate will not accomodate #12 speaker wire, they barely fit #14. I have had to splice #16 pigtails off the speaker terminals to the #14 / #12 speaker wires that run through out with clear crimp on splice connectors. Other than that the units are easy to set up.
ProsQuality Construction, Easy To Use
ConsMnge break out cable
By Andy
Minneapolis
July 11, 2011
Great product
I have installed a few of these and they are very easy to install as long as it is planned properly. OSD is fast and easy to deal with.
ProsEasy To Use, Easy To Setup
By Anonymous
Undisclosed
March 25, 2011
I contacted this supplier ...
I contacted this supplier for information on installing an whole houses sound system. I was replacing an intercom system and needed technical help with the existing wiring and systems to accomplish the goal. I was referred to their tech support and spoke to Dustin on several occasions. He was VERY helpfull and even gave me the phone
By Larren
Lafayette, LA
January 12, 2010
Very easy system to ...
Very easy system to install. Great sound. Met and exceeded expectations!!