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Wired Home SDP4 4-Way Speaker Distribution Panel
What would be a suitable amp for this.
Assuming I was powering 8 speakers (4 pair). What would be a good amplifier output to use.
What this device does is takes the single amplifier output and breaks it off to 4 pairs of speakers. In doing so, the impedance doesn't change - which makes it an easy load for the amp. It's important to hook up all 4 pairs or that will change. Now, about the power. You can use any amp that has a stable 8 ohm output. BUT - it all depends on the other 4 pairs of speakers. I assume you will be installing in walls in 4 areas with individual volume controls. (Keep them all the same to make things easier to balance) If each speaker is rated at 50 watts, then 200 watts/channel is a fair sized amp. You can use up to 14ga wire from the plate to the various rooms. Don't cheap out on your wire. The longer the wire the higher the impedance and lower subsequent volume. Also - use wire rated and that meets construction code for inwall installation or you could have problems in the future. Inwall rated wire is critter resistant and meets insurance requirements in case something goes wrong.
Date published: 2012-07-12
If I were to use this to hook up 4 sets of speakers, will I need any additional devices for the Speakers?
Yes, this unit is designed for use with speakers wired to impedance matching volume controls. I've linked one below for your convenience.
Date published: 2011-05-16
I need to hook up four speakers in parallel to same amp. will be playing same source same volume. Will this work?
Using with SONOS music system. 4 8 ohm speaker in parallel.
This unit is designed for a different application. For speakers in a parallel configuration, a basic wallplate such as the one referenced below will be sufficient, and save you a few dollars.
Date published: 2011-05-23