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SSVC4 Speaker Selector Dual Input 300W Volume Control w/Amp Protection

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Features & Specifications

The SSVC4 is low-profile table top volume controls with individual A/B input selectors for each listening zone. The SVC300, a 300 watt autoformer volume control is utilized in each SSVC for uncompromised sound quality and performance. The screw down terminals to 14 gauge cable. The SSVC’s feature 16 gauge steel construction with our durable black wrinkle powder coating and gray silk-screening.

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The SSVC4 is low-profile table top volume controls with individual A/B input selectors for each listening zone. The SVC300, a 300 watt autoformer volume control is utilized in each SSVC for uncompromised sound quality and performance. The spring-loaded guillotine-style push terminals accept up to 14 gauge cable. The SSVC’s feature 16 gauge steel construction with our durable black wrinkle powder coating and gray silk-screening.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

50 Questions & 52 Answers
Mike
from Utica, NY asked:
July 2, 2019
I Just hooked up this product.  I have it running 3 sets of outdoor speakers.  I pair of Definitive aw 6500s and 2 pairs of Advent Marbl2s.  It's being driven by an old 50-watt receiver.  Zones 1 & 2 work great but I can't get zone 3 to operate.  When I switch the wires around I can get the zone 3 speakers to work from the zone 1 terminals. Any thoughts?
1 Answer
Hi Mike:

First, try connecting the Zone 3 wires to Zone 4. See if that is working ok. Internally there are two jumpers that handle the Impedance Matching per zone (right and left transformers). There is a possibility that the jumpers came loose on Zone 3. I am going to send you an image of the internal setup of the SSVC4. There are 6 pins per each of the eight channel. The Pin setting should be 4X pins 4 and 5. There are 12 small screws that hold the cover in place. I would first determine if Zone 4 works. I would remove the cover (if you are comfortable with that) just unplug the input/output connectors before starting. It is a passive switching box with no AC Power Supply to deal with. Check if the jumpers are in place. Then let me know if that is the issue.


tim@osdaudio.com

Submitted by: Tim Leahy on July 3, 2019

Ken
from LI NY asked:
March 19, 2019
I have a 260 W amp with matching 4 ohm speakers and a sub woofer and would like to add outside speaker. Would this unit work with what I have and if so could you recommend a set of outside water proof speakers that will work
1 Answer
Hi Ken: Your question creates additional questions. What 240 Watt Amplifier do you have (Brand and model number)? 4-ohms speakers (Brand and Model), one or two pairs? What is your preference for outdoor speakers, Rocks, Garden or Patio speakers? The SSVC4 will work for your application but need to no more so I can help connect your system. tim@osdaudio.com TL/5460
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on March 22, 2019

Jesse Sasser
from FL asked:
January 1, 2019
Help I bought a house that has a sscv4 three sets of speakers are in the wall now i don't know about what power source I need for the ssvc4 to turn my speakers on Please help if you can
1 Answer
Hi Jesse: You need an amplifier like our AMP300 or the newer Class D XMP300. Then you need to decide on a source to connect to the AMP. Can you tell me which speakers you have and which rooms? I am assuming since they used the SSVC4 which features internal Impedance matching Volume Controls then your speakers are wired directly to your central location. I can provide additional help but would need to know more about your system. There are more choices than ever for sources and more on the way. Maybe if you could send me an image of the wiring to your SSVC4. My email address is tim@osdaudio.com. Also, include a contact phone number and the time best to reach you to discuss further. I can supply you with info and wiring diagrams. Note: I am located 3 hours behind you here on the West Coast. TL/5347
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on January 5, 2019

Dustin
from West Virginia asked:
December 28, 2018
Is this rack mountable, as in does it come with the tabs? I have the preamp which had the ears to rack mount, so I wanted to Kane sure this came with the tabs as well
2 Answers
Hi Dustin: We do not have rack mount option for the SSVC4 speaker selector. The Pre-one has rack ears built into the front face plate. I can honestly say this is the first request I have seen for rack mount ears for the SSVC4. Standard 1U rack space is 1.75", the SSVC4 is 2.75" an oddball size. I am not sure you could find universal rack mounts. Depending on the rack manufacturer there may be a shelf option available for components without rack ears. Sorry about that TL/5345
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on January 4, 2019
HI Dustin: The SSVC4 does not come with Rack mount ears whereas the Preamp has a faceplate where rack ears are integrated.
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on December 31, 2018

Martin Park
from Seattle, WA asked:
December 20, 2018
I have [2 x 250W(RMS) @8 ohms] power amp and 4 pair of speakers [@8 ohms-50w RMS].All same model. SSVC4 model has impedance jumpers inside. Is it needed to change jumper into 'x1 or x2'? There manual read, ' These settings correspond to the number of speaker pairs you will be adding to each zone and should be adjusted accordingly. The default is 4X for each.' Is it good match with amp - ssvc4-speakers as I mentioned above?
1 Answer
Hi Martin: The Impedance setting number corresponds to how many 8 ohm speakers you have connected in parallel to your Amplifier/Receiver. The SSVC4 features four outputs connected in parallel (so, 4X would be the setting if you have 3 or 4 zones hooked up). If you only connect to 2 of the zones, then the Impedance setting would be 2X. Now, If you hook up a single pair of speakers to Zone 1 and Zone 3 and then connect two pairs of speakers to both zones 2 and Zone 4 so you would have six pairs of 8-ohm speakers connected in total to the SSVC4. The setting would be 8X for all four zones. Note: If you have 4-ohm speakers you need to calculate these as two 8 ohm connections. TL/5338
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on December 21, 2018

Mike
from Ellicott City, MD asked:
December 16, 2018
This is what I have: Living Room: - 4 built in speakers (2 front and 2 rear) - interior speaker wiring for all 4 speakers with speaker jacks on the wall where the tv resides --- also want to add a subwoofer for home theatre Outside: - 2 built in speakers - wired to living room with speaker jacks on the wall where the tv resides I do not have a receiver, and am trying to determine what to get. I'm now thinking that since I'll want the 5 indoor speakers OR the 2 outdoor speakers to be playing, this SSVC speaker selector would not work. What would the receiver requirements be?
1 Answer
Hi Mike: You need to look for a 7.2 Audio/Video Receiver with Zone 2 output. Something like the ONKYO TX-RZ620 or DENON AVR-X2400 H. Both these Receivers feature 7 channels, 5 of which will run your home theater (inside your living room) including 1 to 2 subwoofer outputs plus you have 2 channels (channels 6 and 7) which can be connected to your two outdoor speakers (I am assuming two speakers, one stereo pair). You can control your Receiver with a dedicated app and play the Home Theater while controlling your Zone 2 independently. Or you can switch your Home Theater to stereo mode and listen to the same source for both inside and outside. That would be all you need to control your existing system. You can expand your Home Theater by using channels 6 and 7 for DOLBY ATMOS/DTS:X. You would need to add two more speakers to your living room setup (in-ceiling would be an option depending on accessibility). Then you would need to add an external amplifier for your outdoor speakers. Then if you wanted to expand your whole house system, you would look to add a speaker selector like the SSVC4 with Built-in Impedance Matching Volume Controls. It depends on if you want to take advantage of all the features available to you. Good luck TL/5335
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on December 26, 2018

Carl
from Lincoln, Nebraska asked:
November 15, 2018
Does this mean the sound is mono and not stereo? And what if you have surround set up in one room ? This amp has a & b speaker switch’s but both can’t be played at the same time. I have another set of speakers in another room that I would like to have hooked up.
1 Answer
Hi Carl: The SSVC4 is a four zone speaker selector with internal Impedance Matching Volume Controls and Dual Source switchable per zone. It is a passive device with no power supply. You need a powered source for both A and B source input to utilize the dual source capability. You can use it with an Audio Video Receiver as long as you utilize an external amplifier connected to your Zone 2 Preamp output. No Audio Video Manufacture recommends connecting more than a single pair of speakers to a Zone 2 speaker level output. The SSVC4 is a stereo speaker selector with four stereo zones (Right and Left). The alternative is to go with a passive speaker selector utilizing impedance matching volume controls (one IMVC for each zone) connected to an external amplifier from the Zone 2 Preamp output. The point is we have solutions for almost any application. TL/5285
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on November 19, 2018

Jeremy
from Syracuse asked:
November 13, 2018
Hello, Im currently doing a sound system install at a local restaurant and Im wondering if the attached photo of my planned setup will work. Ive been reading through the customer questions here and other sites and they have mentioned about using a amp/mixer so it will give audio sources the extra volume it needs rather than just plugging the audio sources straight into the SSVC4 Just wondering if the Mackie mixing board in the photo will work as to what im doing. Kind of curious as ive never used a zone/speaker selector like this before. Thanks!
1 Answer
Hi Jeremy: I am familiar with the Syracuse area, having married a girl from Onondaga Hill. Both my parents and In-Laws lived in Skaneateles for many years. Where is the restaurant located? Regarding your system; Both the Mackie Mixer and the DENO Pro Tuner/Internet Radio with Bluetooth are Pre am only. They need to connect to an amplifier like the AMP300 or XMP300 before connecting to the SSVC4. Plus your drawing shows only four each of the Yamaha speakers (should that be four pairs where the SSVC would work). The Touch Tunes System looks like a streaming Jukebox for bars and clubs (app driven). But would like to know what hardware you use for of the Touch Tunes System (That may be powered based upon 7your drawing with the direct connection to the SSVC4). So please let me know how many total speakers you are looking for your setup. And what are you using to play your Touch Tunes System? Do you have a Blueprint or layout of the project? tim@osdaudio.com I will send you a diagram and send to your email. TL/5282
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on November 19, 2018

Jerome
from Palm Beach, FL asked:
October 12, 2018
Hi, doing some research on the ssvc4 and an amp for whole home audio. I have 4 separate rooms, each with 1 speaker that I would like to run mono. I do not have an amp/receiver yet as this is my biggest concern, how do I get mono to 4 separate speakers in zones with centrally controlled volume. Here are the specs on my speakers: Audio Specifications Sensitivity(2.83V@1m) 89dB Frequency Response(-10dB) 32Hz – 20kHz Nominal Impedance8 ohms Crossover Frequencies2.4kHz Recommended Maximum Amplifier Power100 watts Any recommendations would be appreciated!
1 Answer
Hi Jerome: I am assuming that you have already installed your speakers and have a two conductor wire (+/-) running from each speaker back to a central location. It would have been easier if you had run single four-conductor speaker wire (Right: +/- and Left: +/-) to each Zone and had picked out a DVC speaker with both Dual Voice Coils and Dual Inputs. The DVC speaker typically features two Tweeters as well. It takes a stereo signal then sums both channels into a Full range mono signal. Again, assuming you have speakers in place and two conductor speaker wire to each speaker you could use the SSVC4. But to pull this off, I would suggest using our AMP200 along with our Pre-1 Preamplifier and connecting your source to the Preamplifier. Check out the Pre-1 on our website. First, the Pre-1 features a 1.5V output gain for whatever source you connect to the selectable inputs (three plus a Phono input). The second key feature is the Mono stereo switch which combines the stereo input of whatever sources you select. So even though you will connect the Pre-1 to the AMP200 (Right and Left channel) and then the Right and Left input of the SSVC4 Source A. Then connections on the SSVC4 would be as follows; Zone 1: Left +/-, Zone 2: Left +/-, Zone 3: Right +/-, and Zone 4: Right +/-. You will have the ability to control the volume for each zone and also be able to turn the zone on/off as well. So if you need further clarification, please contact me at tim@osdaudio.com. Also, check out our ACE850 as an example of an 8" Dual Voice Coil speaker. Note: There are many source options to choose from including Turntable, CD/DVD player, SONOS Connect, AMAZON Dot, Chromcast Audio, iPod, Bluetooth Receiver, Lap Top, TV among others. Good Luck TL/5246
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 13, 2018

Rick
from Toledo Oh asked:
August 20, 2018
Something that is regular priced of $300 that’s now $88 causes me to question -why such a big discount? Is there a newer model that replaced it or something?
1 Answer
Hi Rick: Yes, $300 may be a fabricated MSRP (manufacturers suggested retail price). We had been selling this model at a MAP price of $129.00 MAP (Minimum Advertised Pricing) for more than ten years. Recently a couple of our competitors copied our design and had forced us to lower our price to meet competition. This design has not changed in the ten years we have been selling it online. It was a good value at $129.00, now a great value/performance deal at its current price. TL/5171
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on August 23, 2018

Rob Lowe
from Windsor, Nova Scotia asked:
March 24, 2018
I currently have an Omage SS-4R which I believe is a resistor based switch. I have an Onkyo TX-NR5009 which was their flagship receiver back in the day and outputs 140wpc. I currently have 4 pair of speakers wired to the switch powered by Zone 3 on the Onkyo. What benefit will I see by getting this switch to replace my resistor based one? (besides the volume controls?)
1 Answer
HI Rob: The Omage SS-4R is similar to our ISS4 which is also resistor based but has manual switch for the protection. We usually recommend adding impedance matching volume controls and bypassing the internal protection. When the protection switch is enabled and signal is diverted through the resistors the power handling is cut in half 140 watts to 70 watts. The SSVC4 has the impedance matching volume controls built in (300 watts peak, 150 watts RMS per each) Not only do they do the heavy lifting (protection) they give you additional control for each zone. Plus you have dual source option per zone between source A and B. There is also a manual on/off switch per zone as well. Good match for the ONKYO Receiver. Usually we recommend adding an external amplifier but the ONKYO typically is a high current amplifier that has the current o handle the application. TL/4862
Submitted by: Tim Leahy on April 5, 2018

Perry G
from Arlington Heights, IL asked:
December 24, 2017
I need to control 7 zones. Can I daisy chain two SSVC4 selectors in order to do that? Thanks!
1 Answer
Hi Perry: Yes you can use 2 SSVC4 but we have recommended going with either our Powerful High Current AMP200 or AMP300 and running a SSVC4 off each speaker output (A&B). One to speaker A and the other to Speaker B. You can even run two amps and have both amps connecting speaker A and speaker B and use the dual source option selectable per each independent zone. So you connect AMP #1 Speaker A to Source A on first SSVC4, then Speaker B to Source A on the second SSVC4. The second amplifier would connect Speaker A to Source B of the first SSVC4 and then Speaker B to Source B of the second SSVC4. Now you have 8 zones for either the single AMP setup or the two amp dual source setup. TL/4710
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on December 24, 2017

Ziggy
from San Francisco, CA asked:
December 30, 2013
I would like to find a speaker selector to power combinations of 4 and 8 ohm speakers using my NAD 218 THX 200W amp. Two questions: 1) Will these selectors handle 4 ohm loads in combination with other speakers if the amplifier is rated to drive 4 ohm loads? 2) It seems that the OSD speaker selectors (and many others) accept 14awg wires or smaller, is there a way to get get larger wires into them? Thanks!
1 Answer
1.) NO, you should never mix impedance. 4 and 8 ohm should be run through separate amplifiers. 2.) Not at this time as there is no benefit when running through a speaker selector box.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 6, 2014

Vanessa
from Tampa, FL asked:
September 17, 2013
I want to use a sonos system - can I use this with the sonos amp?
1 Answer
Hi Vanessa: Yes you can use the SSVC4 with the SONOS Connect Amplifier. The internal Impedance Matching Volume Controls will protect you SONOS from seeing a damaging load. Just connect the SSVC4 to the Speaker Right and Left (+/-) outputs to Source A Right and Left (+/-) inputs. Make sure you use the on/off switches per the respective zone to actually turn the zone on or off and not depend on turning the volume control counter clockwise until the music is in audible for that zone. Good choice TS-2232
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 17, 2013

Roy
from Florida asked:
January 16, 2012
What does the unit connect to?
1 Answer
Hi Roy, This speaker selector would input power from your amp or receiver and enable you to connect and control up to four pairs of speakers. It features an individual volume control, on/off switch and a choice of A or B source per each zone (speaker pair). It allows the amplifier/receiver to drive multiple speakers with the proper impedance matching to avoid shutdown or overheating. CL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 16, 2012

Jose
from Wilton Manors FL asked:
December 14, 2011
With dual source, can 2 zones be on amplifier A, and the other 2 zones on amplifier B at the same time?
1 Answer
Hi Jose: Yes you can play either Source A or Source B in different zones at the same time. So you could be listening to Source A in zone 1 and 3 while Source B is playing in Zones 2 and 4. The SSVC4 also features an on/off button for each zone as well. TL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on December 16, 2011

Gerald King
from PA asked:
February 5, 2017
Can this be used on a 70v system?
1 Answer
Hi Gerald: The SSVC4 does not work on a 70V system but we are developing a new Mono two zone 70V with thru output so you can daisy chain multiple 2 zone for 2, 4, 6 or even 8 zone. Each channel will have 100 watt mono internal volume control associated with plus a on/off switch per zone. It is probably 60 day s out. In the interim check out our line of MVC 70V mono volume controls featuring a true thru output connection allowing you to daisy chain multiple volume controls while creating independent zones.. In three sizes 100W, 50W and 25W. TL/4208
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on February 19, 2017

Brett
from Buffalo, NY asked:
June 7, 2016
Can you use 4 ohm speakers with this? if so, is there a special way of wiring them or same as normal?
1 Answer
Hi Brett: Whether you are using a single pair of 4 ohm speakers and (3) 8 ohm speakers or all 4 ohm speakers. you need to calculate the 4 ohm speaker as (2) 8 ohm speakers. So if you have a pair of 4 ohm speakers (counted as 2) and 3 pair of 8 ohm speakers (counted as 3) so 2 + 3 = 5, so the setting would technically be 8X but depending on if you are planning to play all the zones at once or depending what amplifier you are using you can get away with 4X for all. If you are using all 4 ohm speakers so your calculation would be 2 for each pair of 8 ohm speakers so 2 x 4 = 8 so setting on all pins would be 8X. There are 6 pins behind each internal Volume Control. Pin 1-2 = 1X, pin 2-3 = 2x, pin 4-5 = 4X and pin 5-6 = 8X. There is a jumper that connects the two pins at a time. Lastly you wire the 4 ohm speaker exactly the same as the 8 ohm. Good Luck TL/3917
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 8, 2016

Nathan Roberts
from California asked:
April 29, 2016
Does this switch support stereo speakers for each zone? If I wire zone 2 of my amplifier into the input will i be able to hook up 2 speakers in 4 different locations?
1 Answer
Hi Nathan: Most AVR recommend connecting a single speaker to ZONE 2 or ZONE 3 where applicable. They discourage adding more than one set of speakers, speaker selectors or even impedance matching volume controls to the speaker level ZONE 2 output. The output is for a single 8 ohm pair of speakers and that is it. All channels share a common power supply and all channels recommend a single speaker to it like your right front, center and left front. But most Audio Video Receivers feature a ZONE 2 Pre Amp where they recommend you connect to an external Power Amplifier like our AMP200. You would then connect the SSVC4 which features four internal Impedance Matching Volume Controls each with stereo output and individual On/off switches per zone. It also has dual source with individual a or b switches per zone. The external amp with the SSVC4 is an excellent combination. Good Luck TL/3849
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 4, 2016

Joshua
from Texas asked:
March 11, 2016
Please let me know what I should set inner switches to for 6 ohm speakers. ALL of my speakers are 6 ohm. Upgrading to Marantz sr7010(has ohm selection for 4, 6, 8) with outlaw 5000 amp for full 7.2.4 atmos and will use ssvc for switching and activating outdoor and front room towers (back/listening room is all ELAC) for all channel stereo 11.2 (Oppo bdp-103d media player) I have read the reviews, q&a's, and manual and notice ya'll have great customer service and answer that question. But didn't see anything about 6 ohm. Looking VERY forward to testing! Haven't done an upgrade like this in years! Wallet keeps reminding me!
1 Answer
Hi Joshua: Technically, when calculating the impedance setting on the Internal Impedance matching Volume Controls you have to base everything on 8 ohms. If you have 4 pairs of 8 ohm speakers you set the jumper to pins 4 and 5 for 4X. If you had 3 pairs of 8 ohm speakers and a single pair of 4 ohm speakers you have to treat the 4 ohm setting as (2) 8 ohm speakers making it appear to be (5) 8 ohm speakers. So the next highest setting is Pins 5 & 6 for 8X. So based upon that if you connect all four zones with 6 ohm speakers (4) x 1.5 or (6) 8 ohm speakers so 8X would be the safe bet. But you are using higher quality components that feature High Current amplification (like our AMP200 and AMP300) which I would recommend setting the pins to 4 & 5 for 4x. Note, I believe the SSVC4 comes from the factory with the jumpers set to pins 2 & 3 for a 2X setting. You will have to remove the cover (making sure nothing is powered up maybe even disconnecting all the input and output connectors) and change all the jumpers to 4X (pins 4&5). It is also a good idea to turn off a zone using the individual zone on/off switch rather than using the volume control to turn the sound down where you can no longer hear the music. I hope that helps TL/3750
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 11, 2016

Allan
from Ny asked:
January 4, 2016
Hi, I have two sets of speakers 4 and 8 ohms. My amp is rated 2 x 150 watts, is it ok to play both speakers at same time?
1 Answer
Hi Allan, It really depends on your amplifier if it can handle a 4 and/or 8 ohm load. You would want your speakers to match with what your amp can handle. More than likely you'll want to change the impedance for the 4 ohm speakers. CS 3647
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 20, 2016

Jonathan
from Minneapolis, MN asked:
September 2, 2015
I've got an Onkyo TX-NR626 receiver with powered zone 2. I am currently using this to drive a pair of patio speakers (AP65), but would like to expand to another 2 sets as I have a long patio (AP450s, probably). I'm assuming when you split the power so many ways, the power to any one pair decreases, yes? Should I be looking at a standalone amp to feed the SSVC4 from the line out on my receiver? Thanks, Jonathan
1 Answer
Hi Jonathan, Yes it would be a good idea to have a separate amp to use to power your speakers if you are planning to add more to your set up. Using a speaker selector on a receiver could eventually cause some damage to the receiver. Check out our AMP200, that would be a good addition to your setup. CS 3510
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on September 11, 2015

Walt
from Miami, Florida asked:
May 6, 2015
I have a Rockville RPA6000USB - 1000w - 4 channel Amplifier - Is the SSVC4 the right choice to run my two pair of 8 ohm speakers?
1 Answer
Hello, Not familiar with that amp, but this unit can only take 300w max per channel.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 8, 2015

mike
from libertyville Illinois? asked:
April 22, 2015
I am interested in this product. The receiver I want to connect it to has an audio output that accepts a plug in. Do you sell a cable that has a plug in on one side, and open wire on the other to screw in to ssvc4? Or do I have to cut the connector off of one end and strip it back?
1 Answer
Hi Mike, When you say a plug in, do you mean RCA? This unit is a passive device that needs to be run from an amplifier via speaker wire.
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 23, 2015

Fredric
from Sweden asked:
January 11, 2015
I have a spare 7.1 receiver which has Spotify Connect and Airplay receiving-capabilities. I am considering using this in order to power onwall and in-ceiling speakers I have in the lounge (2 speakers), the bathroom (2 speakers), kitchen (2 speakers) and bedroom (1 speaker). I was going to buy a selector but I have experimented some with the 7 channel stereo which seems to send L/R to front, rear, side and center speaker (which gets l+r). Would an speaker selector such as the SSVC4 add something to my install? Also is it advisable to put speaker level volume controls between the receiver and speakers or will this disturb the receiver? Down the road I am aiming for a proper multi-room setup but I am waiting for a multi channel amp with spotify connect and airplay capabilities as well as good app control for controlling the zones (most of which my 7 ch receiver has except the individual volume control).
1 Answer
HI Fredric: The SSVC4 would be perfect for your application. The internal volume controls will control the impedance matching needed when connecting more than two pair of speakers to your AVR (Receiver). An added bonus would be if your receiver featured a second zone output. If so this could be connected to the second source input of the SSVC4 (Source B). The L-R from the AVR output would go to Source Input A. This would allow you to play two sources at once at the same time. The speaker selector features a A/B switch for each of the four zones so you could be listening to source A on Zone 1 and 3 while listening to Source B on zone 2 and 4. Check your owners manual to see if it features the second zone out. Note if you do not have the owners manual you can find almost any Owners manual on line. One other point: The SSVC4 also features an on/off switch which you should use when not listening to a particular zone. Turning the Volume Control all the way counterclockwise does not turn the zone off. Good luck, TL/3092
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 25, 2015

Holger F
from Roseville, CA asked:
January 9, 2015
Hi, At the heart of my home AV system I run a Denon AVR3802 receiver. It, however, can only source- and volume-control 2 independent zones/rooms, which does not meet my needs of wanting to control 4 independent outdoor listening areas in addition to my living room. I recently inherited a NuVo NV-E6DMS six source, six zone amplifier, however do not have or want to utilize the in-wall individual zone controller keypads this multi-zone amplifier typically is set up with. Is there such a thing as a centralized multi-zone volume controller that would allow me to feed a single source signal to the Novo amplifier and then have that NuVo amplifier send up to 6 zone audio signals to a centralized volume controller which, in turn, would take the individual audio signals, modulate them individually to the desired audio level (incl. "off") and then send the modulated signal to 8-ohm speakers in the various outdoor listening zones I have? Thanks!
1 Answer
HI Holger: First question, does the NUVO NV-E6DMS work? If so it would be ideal for your setup but you will need the control pads to make it work the best. You can find the control Pads on eBay or contact NUVO directly. The unit is probably 6 to 10 years old but still should handle your needs. You would have the option to either utilize the key pads in each room if you have the ability to run Cat5 to each location or you can create a master control panel with all the control panels grouped together in your central location. The NUVO also gives you the ability to add up to 5 additional sources since it has a built in 6 source pre amp This is where you would connect your Denon second zone output. The control pads would allow you to select the different sources attached to the NUVO Amp/Preamp as well as control the volume, bass and treble. I believe there is also a party mode where you can control all your zones from a single control pad. I would love to recommend the SSVC4 but it is only dual source and you would not be taking advantage of all the features of the NUVO. TL/3090
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 25, 2015

Danette Larson
from Spokane, WA asked:
June 10, 2014
I have a Yamaha RX-V663 - 7-channel Receiver. I currently use the iPod Dock with Polk Audio RTiA7 8ohm speakers in the front speakers A port in my house. I would like to hook up 1 - 3 sets of Yamaha AW390 speakers (6ohm) on my covered porch either at the same time (A&B) or just A or B by themselves. First of all from what I am reading in the receiver manual is that if i want to run ports A & B front speakers at the same time I will have to have all 8ohm speakers and can only run 1 additional pair. Can i use this speaker selector for what I want to do?
1 Answer
Hi Danette, You have the right idea about what the speaker selector does, but your receiver isn't built to handle that type of load. You will need an external amp to run from your receiver to this selector in order to supply enough wattage and handle a 2-4ohm load. Check out our AMP200! BM 2745
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 13, 2014

DeMEritus
from Wisconsin asked:
November 30, 2013
I have a Yamaha RX-V390, and I wish to drive sound into two rooms - room One has a single set of speakers and room Two has two sets. Primarily, I want to achieve different volume levels in room One versus Two. I am confused by the wording of the RX-V390 manual...it describes front/center/rear capabilities rather than speakers A vs. B. Anyway, is the SSVC4 the right product to pair with this RX-V390 to achieve what I want?
1 Answer
Hi Demeritus, Sorry for the delay. Typically you wouldn't want to run multiple zones off a home theater receiver. This receiver is intended to run a 5.1 surround sound where you have a center speaker, a front left and right speaker, and then a back left and right speaker. If it has the ability to run a zone 2, you would only want to run one pair of speakers on that one zone. If you want to do a 4 zone audio system for music listening, I would recommend getting a stereo receiver or amplifier that isn't for surround sound. Check out the RX5502 or the AMP200. The RX5502 is more affordable, has AM/FM tuning, and has 4 zones so you wouldn't need the SSVC4. The AMP200 would require the SSVC4 if you wanted separate volume control on each zone, but does have much more power and efficiency than the RX5502. Call me with questions. 562-697-2600. Thanks! -BM 2364
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 24, 2014

Dwayne
from Ontario, Canada asked:
September 18, 2013
I am looking at a Onkyo TX-NR616 with 7.1. I would like to drive the SSVC4 from the multi zone 2 speaker outlet to 4 pairs of 8ohm speakers. One in the pool area, one on the front porch and 2 pairs in the kitchen/dining room. Not all 4 will be on at the same time, likely 2 maybe 3 sets at once. What would I set the impedance to inside?
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Hi Dwayne, Thank you for asking. First, I would like to suggest using a separate amplifier dedicated to the SSVC4, rather than running it off the home theater receiver. The reason being that most receivers can't handle more than an 8ohm load on the zone 2, and usually will advise against running a selector in the owner's manual. Contact Onkyo to make sure. If you can run it off the receiver, you should keep the impedance per all 4 zones at the default 1/2x setting. If you cannot run off the receiver, you can use our AMP200 to run to the SSVC4 at the same settings. Please feel free to call us for more details. 562-697-2600. Thanks! -BM 2235
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 17, 2013

Vanessa
from Tampa, FL asked:
September 17, 2013
What size of receiver could I get away with? I have 3 sets of outdoor speakers that I want to connect. Do I need the 7.2 still, or can I get away with a smaller receiver?
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Hi Vanessa, Excellent question! If you are going to use the SSVC4 speaker selector, or any speaker selector for that matter, you should use a high powered amplifier that can handle that kind of load. Typically, a standard receiver is only built to handle a pair of 8ohm speakers on each channel. If you haven't purchased a selector yet, you can use the SW-RX5502 4 zone receiver. Now, you can only control A+B and C+D on and off, but not each individually. So, if you need to have individual control on each zone, go with the AMP200 and SSVC4. If you would like to further discuss this, feel free to contact us at 562-697-2600. Thanks! -BM 2234
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 17, 2013

Rich
from Hauppauge, NY asked:
July 15, 2013
My receiver has 2 channels. If I want to use the Speaker Selector to control 3 pair of speakers, what is the best way to connect the receiver and selector?
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Rich, First, you want to make sure your receiver can handle a speaker selector. Search the owner's manual for any mention of this or call the manufacturer direct to inquire about that. Typically a standard 8ohm receiver can't handle anything but an 8ohm load, so a selector can potentially cause it to see a lower impedance load and do some damage. If you can't run one of your receiver, you'll need a high current amplifier, something like our AMP200. You simply run the left and right channel from the amp (or receiver if it can handle it) to the input of the speaker selector, like you would a pair of speakers. -BM 2082
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on July 22, 2013

WJL
from NY asked:
May 5, 2013
I am looking at the Yamaha 2020 3 zone receiver. Zone 1 is home theatre. Zone 2 is indoors - living room, dining room, kitchen with 3 pair of speakers @ 8ohms /pair. Zone 3 is outdoors with 2 pair of speakers @ 8 ohms /pair. Would I use the SSVC4 in Zone 2 - will it handle the 140 rms from the Yamaha into 3 pair speakers? The SSVC2 for zone 3? Any jumper changes I would have to make? Thanks
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Hello, The Zone 2 and Zone 3 outputs are designed for one set of speakers. You can, however, use the 'pre-amp out' into an external amp like our AMP200 to drive a speaker selector. With the AMP200, you won't need to change any jumper settings internally on the SSVC. CL/MA 1864
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 8, 2013

Ken Perkins
from Lafayette, IN asked:
April 6, 2013
Does the input/output connectors accept banana plugs?
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Hi Ken, The SSVC4 speaker selector with volume control includes bare wire terminals so it will not accept banana plugs. CL/MA 1778
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 9, 2013

Greg K
from Hilton Head, SC asked:
April 1, 2013
I have an Onkyo NR609 running a 5.1 surround indoors. I am adding 2 pairs of Bose outdoor speakers outside and a pair of your word rock speakers in a landscape area. I have also purchased your 200 Amp, the DSM 4, and this SSVC4. Could you let me know where to connect to my Onkyo using Zone 2, I presume to the Amp 200, etc,etc.....I believe I have everything needed?
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Hi Greg, You can either use an RCA output from your receiver into the line 2 input of the AMP200 or the powered Zone 2 from your ONKYO into the AMP200's "Speaker In." We offer the AMP200 high current amp with our 4-zone kit; however, you have two, 4-zone speaker selectors? Typically, only one would connect to the AMP200 by coming out of the Speaker A left and into the Input of the speaker selector left and right (as if it was a pair of speakers). For 8 zones, (16 speakers), consider our larger AMP300 if you want to run both speaker selectors. CL/MA 1757
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on April 2, 2013

joe stanger
from rancho cordova ca asked:
March 25, 2013
I have a game room as my primary sound hub and now I would like to install speakers around the house . I would like to use the receiver that runs the "sound hub" but I would still like to use the sub. How can I still make the sub part of the system. I guess if the receiver is its own zone then it will work, but not sure if the receiver is totally isolated now with a SS. So this system could actually be a 5 zone system with a 4 zone SS??
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HI Joe, We’ll need more information from you. What is the receiver you are using? Is it a 2-channel receiver or an AV receiver with a second room output? What kind of subwoofer will do you have and does it have a speaker level input as an option? Let us know so we can answer you more thoroughly. You can also upload a diagram of your layout in the Learning Center toward the top, right of the website. TL/MA #1732
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 26, 2013

Scott
from Tulsa, OK asked:
February 27, 2013
How do you change the jumpers on the SSVC4 unit?
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Hi Scott, Remove the cover and you will find the jumper behind each internal volume control. You will need to set each jumper to the same setting.The SSVC4 comes with the jumpers set at 2x (pin 2-3). To change to 4x, you will need to slide the jumper over pin 4 and 5. TL/MA 1663
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 1, 2013

Ryan
from Raleigh N.C. asked:
February 16, 2013
I am curious about using this with my Denon Avr 2313. I'd like to switch different speakers for different sound modes, and may want to double some of them. I.e. If I want two wide speakers and four rear speakers or vice versa. I was just curious if this is healthy for my amp switching around the two surround zones among the 6 speakers I have mounted for back, and doubling the surround channels into two speaker sets. My speakers are all Jbl satellites rated at 100 watts and my receiver is rated at 105 per discreet channel. And please tell me about "jumpers" that I have read about from other questions here and how it will effect my set-up.
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Hi Ryan, Yes, the SSVC4 speaker selector volume control will let you separate the zones. Be sure to remove the cover of the SSVC4 and manually change the jumpers to a 4x setting. Then replace the cover. CL/MB/MA 1639
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on March 1, 2013

Scott
from Tulsa, Oklahoma asked:
February 13, 2013
I have 3 pairs of 8-ohm speakers and one pair of 4-ohm speakers. Will the SSVC4 properly match the different impedance and protect my source amplifiers? I read another post that indicated there are "internal jumpers" that are set at 2x. Would I have to take apart the speaker selector in order to change jumpers? If so, how would I set them so my system is properly balanced?
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Hi Scott, Based upon your application, change the settings to 4x internally on all four of the zones. Technically, you would consider a pair of 4-ohm speakers as two 8-ohm speakers so you would have 5 speakers (adding three 8-ohm speakers to the 4-ohm speaker considered two more 8-ohm or five total). Therefore, go to 8x on the safe side. You also need to factor in the receiver or amplifier. An 8x setting would be advised if you are using an amplifier like our AMP120 or connecting to a basic audio/video receiver's second room option to do multiple rooms. A 4x setting would be advised on a high current amplifier like the AMP200 or a top of the line audio/video receiver. Let us know more about what you plan to connect to the SSVC4. TL/MA 1633
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on February 26, 2013

chris
from DC asked:
January 18, 2013
I don't quite understand what comes out of the receiver and from where to go into this. Is it out of the receivers native speakers outputs?
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Hi Chris, Our speaker selectors are all passive devices which help organize the speaker level outputs from your receiver (an amplified signal). A standard speaker selector features four, six or eight zone connections with a dedicated on/off switch per zone (like our ISS4, 6 or 8). It also features a button labeled for protection to be used in case you are connecting the speakers directly to the speaker selector without impedance-matching volume controls. The step up to the ISS series is the DSSM which operates the same way as the ISS but adds an independent A/B switch per each zone allowing you to select between two different sources. The protection switch operates the same as the ISS series. Now the SSVC series speaker selectors you reference to in your initial question is part of our speaker selectors that feature a dedicated built-in Impedance-matching volume control for each zone. TL/MA 1555
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 20, 2013

Dr B
from Georgia asked:
January 3, 2013
I have a Yamaha RX-V2095 AV receiver. I want to add additional speakers, e.g. outdoor speakers, bedroom etc. I am thinking of using the SSVC 4 to control the speakers and volume. I did this before just using one of the speaker output and dividing, I do not think that is best option. There are ways to connect an external amplifier and then a speaker selector. What are the best options here?
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Hi Dr. B, A simple recommendation is to go with our AMP200 connected to the Preamp Room 2 output of the Yamaha RX-V2095. Then, add the SSVC4 to the AMP200 to control your four zones. The Yamaha has a dedicated room2 output that allows you to play a different source for your room 2 at the same time you are using the receiver for surround sound. You can connect a single pair of speakers to each zone of the SSVC4 or a single Dual Voice Coil speaker where you have room for a single speaker. We have these available for in-Ceiling (ICE640TT), Rock Speakers (RS850TT) or even Patio versions (AP550TT). You also can connect up to two pair of speakers to a specific zone. The SSVC4 has internal jumpers to make adjustments to the impedance settings depending on how many speakers you connect to it. This will entail removing the cover of the unit and changing the jumpers. Note: The Impedance setting as noted in your attachment only pertains to the speakers you have connected for surround sound. It has no effect on the preamp setting. We would be happy to discuss your overall whole house audio design. Good luck! TL/MA- 1510
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on January 4, 2013

L
from Atlanta asked:
December 14, 2012
I am considering the SSVC4 for my set up and want to make sure it will work. I have a 2-zone Onkyo receiver and on zone 2 I have 2 sets of outdoor speakers (in parallel), each with a OVC300 volume control located outside by the speakers. This setup works great. I have great sound from each set of speakers. I now want to connect the zone 2 to a SSVC4, separate each of the outside speaker sets into a separate zone on the SSVC and also connect to 1 of the 2 remaining zones to a set of speakers in another inside room. All speakers are 8 ohm. I would like to keep the outside volume controls. Will this set up work? Can I have the outside volume controls after the SSVC4? Should I keep the volume control at the SSVC4 on max and control the outside speakers' volume with the OVC300? The only set of speakers that I really need the volume control for is the third zone that will power the additional room. If I have only the zone for that room turned on the SSVC4 (the 2 outside zones are turned off), is it passing all the power from the receiver to that room only? Is there a switch on the SSVC4 that adjusts the impedance, just like on the OVC300? what should it be set to? Thanks!
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The OVC300 has impedance matching, as well as the SSVC4. However, you do not want both components performing impedance matching. We would not recommend the setup you describe. Your zone 2 is really meant for a pair of speakers, not a speaker selector. We recommend adding an amplifier like our AMP200 with a speaker selector without volume controls, like the DSM4. You would go from your receiver to the amp, then to the speaker selector then to the volume controls and then on to the speakers in that order. CL/MA 1465
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on December 14, 2012
CL is right. You really need to go to an external amplifier when connecting additional speakers to your second zone. You have done a nice job utilizing the OVC300s to configure your two outdoor speakers. What we suggest is adding an OSDAMP200 then connecting your two outdoor speakers just like you have it now to Speaker A of the AMP. You can then either add the third (inside Zone to Speaker B). Assuming you do not have the ability to connect an external volume control for this new zone, you could add either a SSVC1 or a SSVC2 with potential for a 4th zone. The SSVC speaker selector would be optional and could be added if you feel you would need to use the Volume control. You would have on off buttons for Speaker A and B on the front panel of the AMP200. TL/MA - 1465
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on December 16, 2012

Andy
from MD asked:
December 9, 2012
This looks like just what I need. But so I understand when I am matching an amp and speakers.... Does the selector split the wattage between channels? So, if say, I use a 100 watt amp and 4 sets of speakers, will each receive 25 watts? AND if I select only one set of speakers and have the other 3 pairs switched off, does the pair that is being used see 25 watts or 100 watts? Or have I got this all wrong? :) I am trying to decide what wattage of speakers would be suited to a given amp wattage... Thanks for any help, Andy
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Hi Andy, What you want to look for are speakers similar in power rating and (at a minimum) rated to handle the power of the amplifier (connected to the speaker selector) if they were the only pair connected. If you have an amplifier like our AMP120, which is rated at 50 watts per channel, you need speakers rated at a minimum of 50 watts per channel. There are other factors involved but following this simple rule will have you covered. TL/MA 1456
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on December 11, 2012

Brian
from Toronto, Ontario, Canada asked:
November 23, 2012
If I supply this device with 100 W and run 4 pairs of speakers from it the max. power to each pair will be 25W? Or is 'impedance matching' allowing 100W to each pair.?
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Hi Brian, We’ll need more information to help you. What component are you using for the 100 watts? Will you use the unused channels of a 7.1 Audio/Video Receiver or a dedicated power amplifier like our AMP120 or High Current Amplifier like the AMP200? The SSVC4 comes from the factory with the internal jumpers set at 2X so it is designed to have a higher output, especially when used in conjunction with our AMP200. The jumpers need to be set to 4x or 8x when used with our AMP120 or with most Audio/Video receivers. With a little information, we can be more helpful. TL/MA - 1405
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on November 23, 2012

Edwin
from Austin, TX asked:
October 10, 2012
If I want the remote speakers to be louder than the signal from the main reciever, can I put a secondary stereo amplifier on the line into the ssvc4 and, if so, do you have a recommendation for such an amplifier?
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Hi Edwin, We recommend the AMP200. With this amp, you can connect your receiver as a source via RCA cables and let it drive your four zones while the receiver remains the source. CL/MA 1330
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 10, 2012

Dennis Maxwell
from Portland, Oregon asked:
October 3, 2012
How do you remove the speaker connector plugs? The instruction page refers to a "captive screw" on each side of the connector. I'm not finding that.
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Hi Dennis, The A/B input plug and also Zone1/2 and Zone 3/4 connectors are removable. They are not attached, but the connection is fairly tight. I find pulling on one side then the other while applying constant pressure works best. It is literally just pushed in. You’ll find that when it is removed, it is easier to terminate the wires because you have much better leverage. TL/MA 1318
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on October 5, 2012

Dan
from Atlanta asked:
September 17, 2012
Connection options to be sure I understand. My receiver has an A/B selector. Please confirm that I can connect this unit to my B speakers coming out of the receiver as 14 gauge speaker wire. The SSVC4 can split this signal into 2 or 4 zones with separate volume controls. If that sounds correct. Given this set up, will I be able to turn my amp volume down (my A speakers) and still crank up my B speakers much louder? Thanks for your help!
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Hi Dan, All of our speaker selectors will accept 14 gauge wire. What you're trying to do may be determined by what your receiver can do. Does it allow separate volume control for A and B? I am assuming it does not. Our volume controls are passive devices that allow you to turn down the volume; they do not amplify a signal. You might consider using our SVC300 volume control on the A speakers that you want to turn down. If you tell me more about your application, I can make a more detailed recommendation by knowing more about your system. CL/MA 1294
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on September 18, 2012

Steve
from California asked:
September 13, 2012
Can this unit handle 4 ohm speakers? I have 2 pair 8 ohm and one 4 ohm.
1 Answer
Hi Steve, Unfortunately, this speaker selector is intended for 8-ohm speakers only. CL/MA 1289
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on September 14, 2012

chris
from ny asked:
June 16, 2012
i have an home theater receiver, what is the best way to connect to this device? front, rear or center outputs?
1 Answer
Hi Chris: Check your owners manual or let me know what make and model Receiver you have. Most will allow you to use it as a 2 channel receiver. They usually mark the Front Right and Left speaker as Speaker A just for this application. They will be the channels that would have a full range signal output so that is where you would connect the SSVC4. If you are still unsure, let me know the make and model of the Receiver. You may have a second zone output setting which may connect to the channels 6 and 7 (if you have a 7.1 AV Receiver) which is another place you may be able to connect to the SSVC4. TL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 16, 2012

Jon
from Fort Wayne, Indiana asked:
June 4, 2012
I am considering a sound system with 3 separate pairs of outdoor speakers around my pool. I am also looking at a dual coil sub-woofer for the pool area. Wouls the SSVC-4 Speaker Selector be a good choice for me? Can I use one of the "zones" to control the volume of my sub-woofer?
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Hi John: if your subwoofer is passive with a built in crossover you will have no problem running the subwoofer from anyone of the four zones (powered by the same source as your three pairs). Even if you were to run a separate subwoofer amplifier you could connect it to the SSVC4 as Source B with your receiver/amplifier connected to Source A. So, yes this Speaker Selector will work for you. Another choice is use our DSM4 speaker selector with Dual Source as well but no internal Volume Controls. You could connect a dedicated outdoor volume controls in line for each of the three pair of outdoor speakers plus another Volume Control for the Subwoofer. These would be similar to the Impedance matching Volume Controls found in the SSVC4. You would set the impedance matching setting to 4x. You would run 16/4 or 14/4 from Receiver to Speaker Selector the out to each Volume Control then two conductor from the Volume Control to each speaker. I give you the alternative since we are back ordered on the SSVC4 until July. The Outdoor Volume Controls are OVC300 (white or Grey housing). Our CL3 rated speaker wire is also rated for direct burial and comes in 16, 14 and 12 gauge versions both in 2 and 4 conductor. We also recommend our Aqua Blue terminating connectors rated for direct Burial as well (filled with Silicon). Good Luck TL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on June 5, 2012

Smokey
from Louisiana asked:
May 12, 2012
I'm looking at the specs at the SSVC4, does this come in a D-100 and D-300 series like the SSVC6? The specs on the SSVC4 states 180w max per channel. But it also states in description 300w. The SSVC6 D-100 and D-300 states 180w max and 360w max respectively. I would really like 360w per channel but only need 4 channels? Thanks in advance Smokey
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Hi Smokey: 180 watts would be the RMS or nominal rating. 300 watts would be peak. The unit features (4) 100 watt per channel internal Impedance Matching volume controls. Are you planning on only using two zones or four channels or four zones and eight channels. It takes two channels (left and right +/-) for a stereo zone. I am assuming you are utilizing eight channels and need the four zones. I believe the SSVC4 should be able to handle your application. TL
Submitted by: Customer Service - Q&A on May 13, 2012

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