The Dayton Audio in-wall speaker distribution center was designed for fast and
easy installation in new construction and existing homes, offices and commercial buildings.
It is designed to be used in conjunction with IMPEDANCE MATCHING VOLUME CONTROLS. (A diagram
showing the entire system setup is shown at the bottom of this page or click here
distribution center gives you the ability to connect up to 4 sets of speakers to a standard
home/office entertainment center without the need for speaker switching devices. The in-wall
design hides the unsightly "bird's nest" of wires common behind large home and office sound
The removable PCB wiring connectors allow you to pre-wire your system during new
construction before the drywall stage, reducing the risk of damage to the unit. The
connectors make installation fast after construction. Gold plated heavy duty three-way
binding posts and the Decora style design make this unit match other components in most high
end home theatre installations.
- Select Location Select a convenient location behind your sound system or
entertainment center. The most common location is at the same level as the electrical
and cable TV outlets in your home or office. CAUTION: Be certain that there are no
electrical wires, water pipes, heat or cold air return ducts in the planned
installation area before you start cutting into the wall. If there is an electrical
outlet anywhere nearby, turn off the circuit breaker to avoid possible injury. Use of an
electrical wire finder and/or stud finder (found at most home center stores) may be of
- Mounting Box The Speaker distribution center is made to be mounted into a standard
triple duplex electrical box (also found at most home center stores). Mount the box using
the instructions provided.
- Speaker Wire Use UL approved CMR, CL-2 or CL-3 jacketed speaker wire when possible.
Use minimum 16 gauge wire on runs under 100 feet and 14 gauge on runs over 100 feet.
- Connector hookup Remove the blue speaker PCB connectors from the back of the unit.
Loosen the set screws in the connector. When hooking up the speaker wires to the connectors
be sure to observe the correct polarity. This is very important because improper polarity
will cause unwanted frequency response aberrations. Leave approximately 6-8 inches of wire
length inside the box. For future reference, mark the wires inside the box with their
location using a permanent marker. Remove 2" of the jacket from the speaker wire. Using wire
strippers remove about 1/4" of insulation from each wire. Twist the strands of wire tightly
before inserting them into the connectors (for the best possible connection, you may want to
tin the wires if you have a soldering iron available). Insert the speaker wires into the
connectors and tighten the set screws.
- Panel installation Remove the six 1/4" screws that attach the trim plate to the PCB assembly.
- Attach connectors Push the blue connectors with wire attached onto the posts on the
PCB. Since all of the connectors are wired in parallel, you may attach the connectors in
any order and any combination you like.
- Install the panel Install the distribution panel to the triple duplex gang box by
gently pushing the wires into the box and mounting the panel to the box using the six
1" flathead screws supplied. DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN.
- Reinstall wall trim plate With the six 1/4" screws removed earlier reinstall the
- Install volume controls NOTE Use ONLY impedance compensating volume controls with
this speaker distribution panel. Use of standard autotransformer or resistive volume
controls will damage your amplifier.
- Amplifier hookup The binding posts on the front of the speaker distribution panel
will accept up to 10 gauge wire and single or double banana plugs. As with any sound
system, always observe correct polarity from the amp to the speakers.
Power Handling: 200 Watts RMS per channel max
Outputs: Any combination up to 4
Input wire specifications: Up to 10 ga (five way binding post)
Output wire specifications: Up to 14 ga (compression quick connects)
Impedance protection: None. Use with impedance compensating volume controls ONLY
Mounting configuration: Standard single duplex electrical box
Dimensions: 4-1/2" H x 2-3/4" W x 1-7/8" D (depth in wall 3/4")