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TSM8 Dual Source 8-Zone Speaker Selector with Amplifier Protection Circuitry and Removeable Input/Output Connectors

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Features & Specifications

• Distributes audio from an amplifier to up to eight pairs of speakers
• Manually-activated power protection circuitry ensures amplifier stability
• Provides maximum power handling and ultra-high-quality signal transmission
• Autoformer-based operates more efficiently than resistor -based selectors
• Includes front-panel A/B switch to drive speakers from either of two amps
• Play one pair, a combination of pairs, or all eight pairs simultaneously
• Removeable, color-coded snap-in connectors for easy installation
• Includes custom die-cut labels to identify each listening zone
• Compatible with all high-current amplifiers
• High quality construction with two-year warranty

Designed for whole-house audio systems or commercial/retail environments, the TSM8 is a powerful yet affordable dual source zone speaker selector that allows you to connect up to eight pairs of speakers (eight listening zones) and select the zones with front panel push-button controls. A passive device that connects to a high-current amplifier and is compatible with in-wall volume controls, the TSM8 speaker distribution system also includes dual source switching (A/B) so you can choose between two audio amplifiers as well as individual on/off switches for each zone.

Equipped with Impedance Protection

This high-power speaker selector is equipped with a low-frequency protection circuit to reduce subsonic signals so you can drive multiple pairs of speakers without going below safe impedance ratings. Going below the impedance rating can overheat or even damage expensive equipment or cause the amplifier to automatically shut off. The TSM8 utilizes audio-grade impedance-matching autoformers to safely distribute maximum power throughout your system, and a rotary switch located on the rear panel can be used to set the appropriate impedance to be seen by your amplifier based on the number of pair of speakers connected.

Ease of Use and Installation
Accepts up to 14-gauge speaker wire, the TSM8 includes removable 4-pole color coded snap-in amplifier and speaker connectors for ease of installation when terminating. Another feature popular with our customers are the included die-cut labels that can be attached to each button to identify each listening, for example kitchen, patio, etc.

Specifications

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

7 Questions & 7 Answers
Maura
from Ireland asked:
November 29, 2016
Hi, I have 5 pairs of 8Ohm speakers matched to a 4 ohm amplifier. I will wire my speakers in parallel which will bring them down to 4ohms- so what is the setting I would need to set this selector to in order to match the ohms?
1 Answers
Hi Maura: You have 5 pair of 8 ohm speakers that would connect to the TSM-8 speaker selector. I am assuming you are not using volume controls in any of the 5 zones. With 5 speakers connected you will set the protection to 5. This will show a 8 ohm load to your amplifier. Depending on your amplifier which you say is 4 ohm the 5 setting will be the safest. If your amplifier is a true high current amplifier with all discrete components and is 2 ohm stable you could get away with a lower setting on the TSM-8 either 3-4 or even 2 speakers. That way you will get your amplifier to operate at 4 ohm getting more audio output. Note; if you use the on/off switch per zone it will affect the impedance as well. Also if you are connecting any volume controls per zone make sure they are set to 1/2x. Let the TSM-8 control the protection. Good luck TL/4137
Customer Service - Q&A
on December 1, 2016

ben-Nabiy Derush
from Hiddenite, NC asked:
April 18, 2017
Is there a 70V version of this?
1 Answers
Hi ben-Nabiy: This is not a 70V speaker selector. WE are developing a true Mono 70V 2 zone speaker selector with through output so you can stack multiple 2 zone selectors (you would need 4 to equal 8 zone TSM-8). It features 2 of our MVC-100 100 watt mono 70V Mono Volume Controls. It features an on/off switch for both zones. A single input an a direct pass thru for adding an additional speaker selectors or our MVC Volume Controls which feature a pass thru output as well. We hope to have these available by June 2017. TL/4312 You can also checkout our SPW8 which is an 8 zone patch bay, strictly a Parallel connection box, 8 stereo zones, no internal protection.
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 23, 2017

Mark
from NOVA asked:
October 7, 2015
I have 5 VMS300 VC's controlling 5 pair of 8ohm speakers. If I use this TSM-8 selector, what do I set the impedance matching switch to in each VC and what do I set the number of speaker pairs knob to on the back of the selector?
1 Answers
Hi Mark, Well, that's a bit tricky since both components have impedance protection. Ideally you would want to run the impedance matching from only one component (i.e., speaker selector OR volume controls). I would set each vc to 1/2x and then set the speaker selector to the appropriate number of speakers running.
Customer Service - Q&A
on October 26, 2015

Jim
from Cape Canaveral, Fl asked:
December 16, 2014
I am connecting a 7.2 receiver to 13 speakers. zone 1 will be the main 5 speakers and a subwoofer on the surround side of the receiver.... On zone 2, I want to use the TSM-8 for the remaining speakers, actually 3 different pairs and 3 singles, all with impedance matching volume controls. will this work for me?
1 Answers
Hi Jim, I would not suggest running a zone B on a receiver to a speaker selector. Usually that channel is powerful enough for a pair of speakers. If you try to power more than one pair through the speaker selector, you would overwork your receiver and possibly damaging it. I recommend using RCA to run from your receiver into an amp, like our AMP300, then from the amp to the speaker selector. CS 3060
Customer Service - Q&A
on December 23, 2014

Jim
from Memphis, Tn asked:
August 19, 2013
I have a situation where I need to connect 2 of these units to the same amplifier. How will this affect the load seen by the amp? All of my speakers are 4 ohm on both Autoformers. My amp is 4 ohm stable. Would I set each unit so that independently, they would provide an 8 ohm load, thus when combined on the input channel, the load would be 4 ohm to the amp? Pls help. I do not want to let the MAJIC (smoke) out of my sound system.
1 Answers
HI Jim: Trying to use just one Speaker Selector (no volume controls) with all 4 ohm speakers with the Protection switch set to 7-8 speakers will most likely show a 4 ohm load coming from the box to the Amplifier. So you will already put more demand on the Amp. We would need to know what amplifier you are using and if it is considered High Current capable (which usually gives a 2 ohm rating in the specs). The safest solution is to add a High current amplifier like our AMP300 to drive the first box then connect the second existing amplifier to the line 2 output of the AMP300 (making sure to connect your source to line 2 input of the AMP300). The key is the 4 ohm speakers and how they double the current draw from your components. If you were to add impedance matching volume controls you would need to go with our VSM-300 which features a 16x setting which is what (8) four ohm pairs would need to be set at. TS-2156
Customer Service - Q&A
on October 16, 2013

Mark Warden
from England asked:
April 25, 2013
I have just purchased one of these from recommendation from an asked question of somebody else, for use with my soon to arrive Sonos Connect system. I want to use my Sonos Connect to feed my own amp (yet to buy) which will then feed this TSM-8 which will distribute for the time being to just 3 different rooms, two speaker in each room all 8 ohms via wall mounted volume controllers. Is this going to work!? Will I be able to run as many of the 3 rooms as I like at a time with flexibility to add 5 more in the future?
1 Answers
Hi Mark, The SONOS connect amp will not drive a speaker selector. It is meant for as many speakers for which it has outputs. For 8 pairs, you would need our AMP300 in conjunction with the TSM-8 speaker selector. CL/MA 1828
Customer Service - Q&A
on April 26, 2013

John
from Lawrence, KS asked:
September 16, 2012
Should I be able to test the ohms coming out with a multi-meter? I have installed this box for my system and have 8 speaker pairs hooked up to it. The speakers are 8 ohm speakers and the amp is an 8 ohm amp. If I understand correctly, after I have all 8 speaker pairs hooked up and I turn the dial to 8 speaker pairs, I should be able to test the Ohms coming out of the Amp by putting the multi-meter into the Amp A or Amp B circuitry. Unfortunately, I'm getting a reading of 0 ohms so I'm assuming something is wrong.
1 Answers
Hi John, You would not get an accurate reading from the speaker output on an amp. The TSM-8 has impedance matching; therefore, the speaker selector will appear (to the amp) as an 8 ohm load. Do you have everything hooked up? How does it sound? CL/MA 1293
Customer Service - Q&A
on September 19, 2012

Product Reviews

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100% Recommend this product (4 of 4 responses)
By Je
Virginia
January 13, 2017
Rapid delivery and works as advertised
The unit is doing its intended job as advertised, i.e, impedance matching a system with multiple speakers in parallel. I personally had a problem making reliable connections to my system because my cables are #12 gauge.and as the manufacturer's info specified, the maximum accepted is #14. However, I tried using a higher gauge but it was too fine (probably around #18) and would not clamp securely into connectors. I have found these types of connectors to be a general nuisance and would recommend a change. Their one asset is that they're small and the manufacturer can squeeze connections for eight speaker pairs onto the back of the unit.
ProsWorks as advertised.
ConsSome fine gauge wire may not be securely connected (clamped).
By Tim
Edgewood, New Mexico
January 28, 2016
Great product
Very pleased with the product. Great product! Great price!
By specTom
CA
August 3, 2012
Replaced a much more expensive piece.
This product will allow you to connect up to 8 pairs of speakers to one amp without overloading the circuitry. The speaker connectors are large and clumsy, and the name tags go into the middle of the buttons. Other than that ... very much like the name brand piece this replaced.
ProsEasy To Use, Easy To Set Up, Quality Construction
Best UsesReplacement, Upgrade
By Store use
Dallas, TX
August 29, 2011
Good value but metal box is really cheap
We use the product to switch one amplifier to numerous demo speakers. Unit works well, but the metal construction is poor.
ProsEasy To Setup, Easy To Use
ConsFlimsy Construction