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ISS8 8x Pair High Power Speaker Selector with Impedance Protection and Easy Input/Output Connectors

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Features & Specifications

• Distributes audio from your amplifier to up to eight pairs of speakers
• Includes individual on/off selectors for each zone
• Play one pair, a combination of pairs, or all pairs simultaneously
• Impedance protection allows a single amplifier to safely power multiple speakers
• Control audio in eight zones
• Removable input/output connectors allow easy cable termination
• Includes on/off switches for each zone
• Low profile with black brushed aluminum finish
• Includes a two warranty

Designed to distribute audio to up to eight pairs of speakers, the ISS8 High Power Speaker Selector puts you in control of your whole house audio by giving you the option to play any pair, a combination of pairs, or all pairs of speakers simultaneously and control the volume. Easy to connect with a low-profile design that fits into a cabinet or equipment rack, the ISS8 speaker selector includes a dual source input so you can choose between two audio sources, and we even include die cut labels that fit within the recessed area on the buttons so you can label your audio zones (e.g., Bedroom, Kitchen, etc.,).

A passive device that connects to a high-current amplifier, front-panel push buttons let you turn each pair of speakers on or off independently, and the ISS8 also includes impedance-matching circuitry so you can safely drive all eight pair at once without damaging your equipment. Keep in mind that running eight pairs of speakers will require a high-current amp such as our AMP300 or a multi-zone amp such as our MX1260. Using an A/V receiver alone is not recommended.

Designed with quality in mind, the ISS8 is constructed of heavy-duty steel with a durable black powder coating, and we’re so confident you will love the ISS8, we include a five-year warranty.

Easy to Connect

You don’t need to be a tech-head to install the ISS8 speaker selector. We designed in European-style input/output connectors that are removeable, which gives you better leverage when terminating cable than traditional spring-loaded terminals. This speaker selector takes either four or two conductor speaker wire (up to 14-guage) stripped at the ends that are inserted into the screw-down input/output terminals for a tight fit to ensure the best signal transmission and sound quality possible.

Protecting Valuable Audio Equipment with Impedance Protection

When connecting multiple speakers to an amplifier, you need to stay above the amp’s minimum load requirements. Going below the impedance rating can overheat or even damage expensive equipment. The ISS8 includes selectable impedance matching protection circuitry that allows a single amplifier to safely power multiple pairs of speakers. This speaker selector handles 140 watts per channel total input power without the manual protection engaged and 70 watts per channel with the protection engaged.

Specifications

Other Product Info

The ISS4, ISS6 and ISS8 are low-profile speaker distribution systems with individual on/off selectors for each listening zone which distribute one stereo speaker-level signal to eight, six or four stereo listening zones. The ISS Series also provides manual power protection that is activated from the rear panel.

OWNER'S MANUAL

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

20 Questions & 21 Answers
Chad
from Atlanta asked:
January 9, 2019
You list the ISS8 as capable of handle 140 watts RMS "per" Channel if no load balancing. So the unit is capable of 8 x 140 watts = 1120 watts/channel in aggregate input. Within that, is it a HARD limit PER CHANNEL of 140 watts if only a few channels are used? For example, if I was NEVER going to use more than 2 channels (2 Pairs of 8 Ohms speakers), could this unit handle 400 watts RMS PER Channel being fed to it from a High Current Amp? Assume two pair of SAME speakers, so the LOAD would be IDENTICAL and evenly distributed on each pair. 400/2 = 200 watts to speaker channel on selector 1, 200 watts to speaker channel on selector 2. This exceeds the 140 watt per channel spec, but is well under the 1120 watt aggregate input I could feed if I had 8 identical pairs running x 140 watts/channel number.
1 Answer
Hi Chad: The ISS8 Speaker Selector is rated at 140 watts a channel with the Protection switch disabled, so it is a straight wire connection where all your speakers attached are in parallel. So when you disable the protection (and are planning to play more than 2 zones at a time, you will need an Impedance matching Volume Control per each zone to provide more comprehensive protection for your Amplifier because it is adjustable based upon how many speakers you have attached. But what you are not telling me is what High Current Amplifier are you connecting to a 39.00 dollar speaker selector? In reality, we do not recommend using anything more powerful than our AMP300 and making sure the customer is using the Impedance matching volume controls rather than the internal protection. And I typically recommend stepping up to the DSM8 (same rating) but the protection switch is hidden, on the back panel and you also have dual source A/B switch for each zone so you could play Source A for Zones 1-4 and Source B for Zones 5-8 or any combination. If you can not run Volume Controls and look for a higher rated speaker selector check out the TSM8 which uses Transformers internally for protection versus Resistors featured in the ISS and DSM series. It also features a protection switch where you select the number of speakers you will need to protect. There is a reason it is three times the cost of the ISS8. Good luck, tim@osdaudio.com TL/5364
Tim Leahy
on January 11, 2019

thomas gremillion
from arnaudville, la asked:
December 21, 2018
i have a Sony ES 4300 that powers my home theater, i have 4 outdoor speakers around my pool that i would like to power with that receiver. I would like to be able to play the outdoor speakers without the indoor speakers playing ,and vice versa. Will this work, and if not, what would i need to do that?
1 Answer
Hi Thomas: Interesting question regarding your system, but I have a few questions myself to better answer you. First, is the SONY model the ES STR-4300? How many speakers do you have for your home theater, 5.1 or 7.1? When, you say four speakers outdoors, are these pairs (4 pairs) or 4 each? I believe either way you will need a separate external amplifier for your outdoor speakers. Two pairs would be connected Amplifiers Speaker A and B. Four pairs might call for the addition of a speaker selector. The external Amplifier would be connected to the Zone 2 Right and Left Audio output. You can play an independent source outside while either listening/watching a movie or listening to the stereo mode for your front and surround sound speakers. My contact info is tim@osdaudio.com. TL/5339
Tim Leahy
on December 25, 2018

Rod Campagna
from Milford, MI asked:
July 6, 2018
I have a Pioneer Audio Video Multi Channel VSX-517 Receiver that I want to use the ISS8 to connect to 8 zones in my home. Will this product work for me? Each zone has a volume control.... not sure if this matters, just wanted to include this. I am novice when t come to audio equipment. I just want to hook all speaker in my home to this receiver and select different areas in my home to listen to music. Thanks for your help. Rod C
1 Answer
Hi Rod: Yes, you can connect the ISS8 to your Pioneer VSX-517 as long as that is all you are connecting your Pioneer Receiver too. Note, you will want to have an Impedance Matching Volume Control for each zone and all the must be set to 8X. Then make sure you do not use the Protection switch on the front panel. The Impedance Matching Volume Controls will do the heavy lifting (protection). When you use the protection switch it directs the audio signal through the internal resistors cutting your power handling in half from 140 watts to 70 watts. You could step up to a DSM8 for future expansion since it features Dual source input. You could add our AMP200 and a number of sources including Alexa, Chromecast Audio or SONOS Connect. Then with a flick of an A/B button per zone, you could play different sources through different zones at the same time. I hope that helps, contact me if I can be of further assistance; tim@osdaudio.com TL/5102
Tim Leahy
on July 13, 2018

Luke W Milka
from Rocky Mount, Mo. asked:
November 1, 2017
I want to us this on a police scanner so I can pick a zone at a time inside and out of my house. I will only be using one side of the switch ( left or right ). Do you see any problems using it this case?
1 Answer
HI Luke: I don't see any problems it is just a patch bay that organizes the wires in parallel. We had people wire it in Mono, just one of the channels. TL/4619
Customer Service - Q&A
on November 8, 2017

Ruby
from Canada asked:
November 9, 2016
I am thinking of buying this unit to power 16 speaker. Here is my setup :-- each room have 2 speakers and 2 wire cable comes from both speakers to my keypad location and at keypad location I had 2 -2cable speaker wire from 2 speakers and one 4 conductor cable which run from keypad location to back of my cabinet ( where I'll install this unit along with yahama rx667 or rx740 receiver with zone 2 feature. I Am also planning to use sv100 or sv300 keypad along with this unit. So I wanna know if my yahama receiver is ok to power 8 zones. Also what is the diff between Iss8 and dss8 model ? Which one suits my setup ? Please advice.
1 Answer
Hi Ruby: Most if not all Receiver manufacturers do not recommend connecting multiple speakers to the ZONE 2 output on the Yamaha V-667 (also labeled presence). This is recommended for a single pair of speakers only. Adding multiple speakers puts too much strain with the single power supply that powers all 7 channels.The unit does have a Zone 2 Pre amp output that we recommend using an external amplifier like our OSD AMP200 then add your speaker selector. volume controls then the speakers. It is recommended you use an impedance matching volume control like the SVC300 for each zone and let them provide the protection for the amplifier. In this scenario you would make sure to disable the protection switch on the ISS8 or DSM8; both are rated 140 watts when protection is disabled versus 70 watts per channel with it enabled. The Volume controls do a better job of impedance matching. The AMP200 is a high current amplifier so would recommend you set all volume controls to 4X and make sure you turn off the zones you are not using versus depending on turning the volume control to inaudible levels (all the way counterclockwise). The DSM8 has identical specs as the ISS8 but a nicer Black Brushed Aluminum face Plate and features dual source with independent A or B source switching per zone. This allows you to listen to two different sources at the same time on different zones. You could play Source A for zones 1, 3, 5, and 8 and Source B on Zones 2, 4, 6 and 7 as an example. Both boxes feature removable input/output terminal connectors. Note the ZONE 2 from the Receiver will allow you to use an App to control the source. I hope that helps TL/4120
Customer Service - Q&A
on November 10, 2016

Mario Abdalah
from Santiago, Chile asked:
July 12, 2016
Can I use 2 units to connect 8 pairs of speakers to 8 amps (taking the necessary safeguards obviously), as shown in the accompanying photo. I own about 6 different amps and 8 different pairs of speakers.
1 Answer
Hi Mario: These boxes could be connected as you have illustrated since they really are just passive switchers that could go both ways. My concern is with the speaker selector box with the speakers connected. Whether it is the six in your picture or 8 as you noted in your description. If you were to run more than 2 or 3 pair of speakers at a time the internal protection would need to enabled (button pushed in). Note when the internal protection is enabled the power rating is cut in half. Also note; I would leave the Protection disabled on the Speaker selector connected to the 6 amps. You would only need a ISS6 and ISS8 for the speakers. But checkout our TSM8 which features selectable protection so you could set the protection to the actual number of speakers you are wanting to play. It also features Dual Source which might even give you more flexibility. Either way you will want to use the internal protection on the speaker selector connected to the speakers. Interesting setup, would like to know what else makes up your system. tim@osdaudio.com TL/3980
Customer Service - Q&A
on July 14, 2016

Ornon
from Cedar City Utah asked:
January 13, 2018
I am using a Technics SU-V9 vintage intergrated amp pushing 120 watts per channel. I would like to know if this would be compatiable to old analogue stero systems? The Su-V9 amp was the flagship of technics back in the day but had only A and B channels for speakers. The problem is they cannot have both A and B on at the same time. I would like to be able to set up my stereo with zones so I can listen to at isolated location inside and out my Cabin?
1 Answer
HI Oman: The ISS8 is a good choice if you are planning on using Impedance Matching volume controls, one for each zone you are planning. The DSM8 is a better choice if you are planning two sources (another in addition to your Technics). These also need to have Impedance matching Volume Controls (we have interior and exterior choices as well). Both the ISS and DSM series Volume Controls feature internal protection when enabled reduces the power handling capability cutting it in half (140 down to 70) which is why we recommend the Impedance matching Volume Controls to handle the protection. In some cases where it is not piratical to add Volume Controls we recommend either the TSM8 (8 zone) or TSM 12 (12 zone) speaker selectors which feature large internal Transformers to provide the protection with out the deep loss in power handling. We also provide the SSVC series which feature the Volume Controls built in (one per zone). The 1, 2 and 4 zone versions feature selectable A or B per zone as well. The SSVC6D features A or B for all six outputs with a single master A/B switch. The Technics was obviously an 8 ohm only amp allowing you to play just a single pair either A or B but not together. If you connected two pair in parallel the impedance would drop to 4 ohms. The unit is an integrated amp that has the Pre amplifier built in. The specs I saw said it can go down to 4 ohm so it should have no problem in the whole House. I hope that helps. We can help with the layout, would just need blueprint and images and alist of equipment you have. tim@osdaudio.com TL/4749
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 17, 2018

Ayo
from Atlanta, Ga asked:
December 1, 2016
Good day I have Onkyo Receiver with AIRPLAY and AIREXPRESS NETWORK by APPLE, planning of extends speakers wirelessly to 8 zones. Can I use this to accomplish my tasks. Another Questions, I planned to use in-Ceiling speakers, do you have wireless speakers to use with Onkyo TXNR656 model. Thanks 2nd question planned to use this in overseas (The Onkyo - 220volts) Urgently needed
1 Answer
HI Ayo: The ONKYO TX NR 565 is not 220 V at least not the one you would buy in North America. I am assuming you would be able to find a CE version in Europe that is 220V. The ISS8 would work but the TSM8 would work better especially since you are not planning to use Impedance Matching Volume Controls on each pair of speakers. The TSM has a much better internal protection than the ISS8. If you are planning to run the 8 pair of speakers off Zone 2 output of the ONKYO Receiver the you will have to run an external Amplifier like our AMP200 which will work 220V. This will power the TSM and 8 pair of speakers. I am assuming you will be using the ONKYO Receiver for 7.2 or 5.2.2 Dolby Atmos. WE have many options for your 7 channels and powered Sub woofers that are Multi Voltage as well. Checkout our ACE 870 and ACE 670 angled speakers, the ultimate LCR, Surround and Effects speakers we sell. Good luck TL/4139
Customer Service - Q&A
on December 27, 2016

Jim
from Phoenix, AZ asked:
February 26, 2016
I have a Denon AVR-S510BT recdiver that has a power output of 70 watts and no zone 2. Can I connect the ISS8 to the Front Left and Right speaker connections along with the surround sound speakers?
2 Answers
Hi Jim: Are you planning to use the ISS8 to power all eight zones? Are you using Impedance matching Volume Controls for each zone or depending on the Internal Protection. I am assuming you are using the Denon as a Stereo Amplifier. Not sure what output you will get from the surrounds. The entry level Home Theater Receivers will definitely want to see a consistent 8 ohm load. Good Luck TL/3725
Customer Service - Q&A
on March 2, 2016
Hi Jim: Are you planning to use the ISS8 to power all eight zones? Are you using Impedance matching Volume Controls for each zone or depending on the Internal Protection. I am assuming you are using the Denon as a Stereo Amplifier. Not sure what output you will get from the surrounds. The entry level Home Theater Receivers will definitely want to see a consistent 8 ohm load. Good Luck TL/3725
Customer Service - Q&A
on March 2, 2016

Mark
from outside Chicago IL asked:
December 23, 2014
I have a Yamaha RS-500 (75 watts). With this switch can I run all 8 sets of speakers at the same time? And, what does the "manual protection to the amp" described in the listing mean?
1 Answer
Hi Mark, I wouldn't recommend it. Typically you're gonna need a higher powered amp to run this many speakers, such as our AMP300. Running that many speakers off a standard receiver is very risky and can lead to damaged equipment.
Customer Service - Q&A
on January 14, 2015

Jim
from Chicago, IL asked:
June 11, 2014
Would like to know if the OSD DSM^ Dual 4X or IS S8 *Zone Speaker Selector will work with the following: 4 Bose 301 Series IV indoor 1 AudioSource SW Two powered subwoofer indoor 2 RS670 Outdoor Rock Speakers Run off Nakamichi RE-1 Receiver (110 watts per channel 8ohms / 140wps 4ohms). Open to suggestions. Thanks, Jim
1 Answer
Hi Jim, The Bose speakers should be fine. Does the subwoofer have a built in crossover? Is it powered and you're just trying to send audio signal via speaker level input or are you trying to power the sub with a stereo amp? If it's a passive sub then it won't work unless it has a built in crossover to filter out the highs. If it's a powered sub and you're just trying to send audio to speaker level input, that may work but we haven't tested it. You probably won't be able to run these off your current receiver as it's only meant to run at 8ohms. I would recommend running an external amp from that receiver, such as our AMP200 or AMP300, and run the speaker selector from either of these amps. Let us know if you have any further questions. BM 2747
Customer Service - Q&A
on June 13, 2014

Nathan
from Randolph, OH asked:
April 14, 2014
Can you hook up in-wall volume controls with this speaker selector in 1 or more zones? and I also want to know if my Yamaha HTR-5440 AV receiver has enough power to have with particular speaker selector. or will I have to get a amp to assist with the power? thanks so much.
1 Answer
Hi Nathan, Yes - this speaker selector actually works best with impedance matching volume controls on all zones that will be active. The reason being that the impedance matching volume controls (ex. SVC300) do a more efficient job at controlling impedance than the selector does. Thus, if you run 8 SVC300s set to "8x", and disable the impedance protection on the selector, you will get the optimal output of power from your amp. Regarding your receiver, I wouldn't recommend it. Typically this kind of receiver can only handle an 8ohm load which you won't necessarily get even with impedance matching. On top of that, you wouldn't have enough watts to safely power all speakers. You should run our AMP300 to the ISS8 and an SVC300 for each zone. You can still run your receiver to the amp as a music source via RCA cable. Let us know if you have any further questions. Thanks. -BM 2616
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 15, 2014

Brian Victorero
from Colchester, Ct asked:
March 23, 2014
I bought 6 ICE810 and the 8 Zone Multi Room Audio Kit. I'm finally getting around to wiring this up and realized that these speakers do not have stereo input, however, the kit that I was sold requires stereo output. Is there a way to make my system work? I can only put 1 speaker in each room. Can I bridge the L/R outputs on the zones with this speaker selector.
1 Answer
Hi Brian, The ICE810's are mono requiring 2 to be used in pairs for stereo applications. You can use a 4 zone speaker selector to control the 3 pairs or you can use each of the 6 ICE810's in mono with a 6 zone selector. If you use as 6 zone, you will have 6 additional un-used outputs for future expansion. CS 2561
Customer Service - Q&A
on March 24, 2014

Mike
from St. Louis MO asked:
September 11, 2013
Can I hook sinlge speakers up in each room. And if so how would it get wired in stereo back to the switch out puts?
1 Answer
Mike, You can connect a dual-tweeter speaker off each zone, giving you stereo sound out of one speaker. The dual-tweeter speakers, such as the ICE640TT, have two terminals for stereo input. Thanks! -BM 2213
Customer Service - Q&A
on October 15, 2013

rob gray
from syracuse asked:
July 14, 2013
is there anyway to operate this unit from another room remotely either by RF or IR ?
1 Answer
Rob, Good question! Unfortunately the only speaker selector that we sell that is IR enabled, is the ATM-7. The ISS, DSM, SSVC, and TSM series are all analog with no IR/RF capability. Note that if you do go with the ATM-7, you need to use impedance matching volume controls on each zone, as it is also the only selector which we carry that doesn't have impedance protection. -BM 2080
Customer Service - Q&A
on July 22, 2013

Newhouse
from Texas asked:
June 25, 2013
I have the AMP300 and my house has 7 zones but the zone 2,3 and 4 is only one speaker. Can you please tell which speaker selector would be best for me. I am thinking of the ATM-7 or the DSM8 (ISS8) I could not tell the difference between. Other than ATM-7 has a remote. Can you please giver an advise? Also how I would connect my speaker in zone 2,3,4. Should I bridge left and right to that single speaker ? All zones have volume control. Thank you
1 Answer
Hi Newhouse, All of our speaker selectors are designed to run in stereo, with a left and right channel per zone. Consider replacing those speakers with a single stereo speaker like our MK690TT which has a left and right connection to each of the two tweeters. This gives you stereo sound with just one speaker. The ATM-7 requires you to use impedance matching volume controls. The DSM8 is solid but the ATM-7 has a volume control that allows you to control which zones are on. Do not bridge the zones together. Either connect left or right. Replacing those with a single stereo speaker would be ideal. CL/MA 2021
Customer Service - Q&A
on July 1, 2013

Jay Johnson
from fresno, ca asked:
June 25, 2013
Do you make a rack kit for it? Can you give me the deminsions?
1 Answer
Hi Jay, We do not carry a rack for this speaker selector. The dimensions are 17"W x 4 1/2"D x 1 3/4"H. CL/MA 2020
Customer Service - Q&A
on June 28, 2013

Newhouse
from Texas asked:
April 20, 2013
Can I turn on all 8 zones at the same time with this? Or I can only play one zone at a time. Thanks
1 Answer
Hello, We combine our high power speaker selector with our AMP300 high current amp. You can drive all the zones at the same time, and the speaker selector will distribute the power that it is given. Can you tell us what type of amplifier you plan on using? CL/MA 1814
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 22, 2013

Kristin
from Minneapolis, MN asked:
March 16, 2013
Is it possible to use the pin screw type of banana plugs in this speaker selector? Thanks!
1 Answer
Hi Kristin, This particular connector is meant for bare wire connection. The connector is removable to allow better leverage when terminating the bare wire. We do not believe it will allow banana plugs. TL/MA #1705
Customer Service - Q&A
on March 18, 2013

Gary
from new york asked:
February 7, 2013
are there individual volume controls on this unit for each zone?
1 Answer
Hi Gary, The ISS8 does not have individual volume controls for each zone. However, our SSVC6 speaker volume control includes up to a 6-zones with volume controls. CL /MA 1611
Customer Service - Q&A
on February 11, 2013

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