Wired Home SS4 Speaker Selector Impedance Matching 1 In 4 Out

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The SS4 is a low-profile speaker selector that allows you to distribute a stereo speaker-level (amplified) signal to multiple listening zones. These speaker selectors feature a manually activated impedance protection circuit.
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  • Manual impedance matching protection circuit
  • Accommodates up to 14 AWG speaker wire
  • Loop-through output from the source amplifier
  • Select any one or all of your connected speakers

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Wired Home SS4 Speaker Selector Impedance Matching 1 In 4 Out

The SS4 is a low-profile speaker selector that allows you to distribute a stereo speaker-level (amplified) signal to multiple listening zones. These speaker selectors feature a manually activated impedance protection circuit. The protection switch can be turned ON to prevent the impedance to your amplifier from dropping below 5 ohms, regardless of the number and impedance ratings of your speakers. The protection switch can be turned OFF when used as part of a system incorporating impedance matching volume controls, allowing you to get the most out of your amplifier.

The terminals on the rear of the speaker selector will accommodate up to 14 gauge cable; sufficient for cable runs exceeding 100 feet. For shorter distances, 16 ~ 18 gauge cable will suffice. For in-wall installations, we recommend using CL-2 or CL-3 rated cable for compliance with local building codes. If unsure, contact you local building inspector. When connecting a speaker and amplifier, it is important to maintain polarity; positive (+/red) to positive and negative (-/black) to negative. Be careful to maintain correct polarity between the amplifier, the speaker selector, the volume controls and the speakers. Power: 70 watts/channel impedance protection off, 140 watts/channel impedance protection on. Dimensions: 8-1/2" W x 2-1/8" H (with feet) x 5" D (including wire terminals and push buttons).

Product Specifications
  • Inputs (Source)Single (1 Pair)
  • Speaker Outputs4 Pair
  • Volume ControlNo
Wired Home SS4 Speaker Selector Impedance Matching 1 In 4 Out
  • BrandWired Home
  • ModelSS4
  • Part Number300-970
  • UPC844632080241
  • Product CategorySpeaker Selector Switches
  • Unit of MeasureEA
  • Product Rating
    (21 Reviews)
  • Weight2.44 lbs.
  • California Prop 65

    Warning: California residents only. Please note per Proposition 65 that this product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.

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Wired Home SS4 Speaker Selector Impedance Matching 1 In 4 Out
Wired Home SS4 Speaker Selector Impedance Matching 1 In 4 Out is rated 4.7143 out of 5 by 21.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small Speaker SelectorCurrently I am using this in an outside weather box for 3 pairs of speakers. I purchased a new amp/speakers and wanted the option of being able to control the load /ohms on the amp and also turn off any pair for quieter nighttime listening. The load on my amp was lower when not using the constant load switch so I have that off. The selector unit is heavy and robust and does get a little warm but hopefully will continue for years to come. Would I purchase it again if needed. Yes
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than swapping cables.There was an acceptable change in audio quality on Klipsch Gallery speakers and the 50W class-T amp.
Date published: 2014-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Economical SolutionNeeded a solution for multiple speakers from a single source. This unit matches the impedance and simplifies the wiring of multiple ceiling speakers from a single source.
Date published: 2014-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A speaker selector switch that worksReceived promptly. Packaged very well. Easy to install and works.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great ProductI bought this unit to replace a Radio Shack unit that died. Surprising heavy. Very good quality spring loaded connectors
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dayton Speaker Audio SelectorGreat Speaker Selector. Excellent connectors. This unit replaced a Radio Shack unit that had connectors that were always loose and eventually failed. There are lots of units out there that use RCA connectors but as this is wired into the house I needed wire connectors. The unit is surprisingly heavy and well built. Works perfectly and the impedence selector will protect the stereo.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works as expected.I am a novice in this area, but this little box seems to do the trick for my garage system with multiple speakers.
Date published: 2014-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Far, So GreatBought this selector to replace one that was malfunctioning badly. Installed it about a month ago and find it working just right for me. Small, fits in the space and does not cause any distortion that I can tell.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but not great.Purchased one of these Dayton selectors to be able to control two sets of speakers; one set indoor and the other outdoor. This is being used with a Lepai 20wx2 amplifier powering a set of Sony bookshelf indoor and a set of Dayton weather resistant speakers outdoor. The setup is great for moderate listening levels... actually better than I expected. However when the time came to just listening to the indoor set, deactivating the outdoor on the selector, they were still music coming through one channel outdoor. After pressing different button configurations; finally just switched from speaker set 2 to speaker set 4. After this switch it worked as desired; thankfully just need it to control two sets and not four.
Date published: 2013-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and exactly what is was needing.Prior to purchasing this, I had two other sets of speakers that I would select by plugging or unplugging one banana plug from a wall plate. Since I got another set of ceiling speakers for our room and I knew I was risking damaging my receiver with low impedance issues, this was a no-brainer. Simple to set up and I changed out my wall plate with a bulk wire plate. This is so easy for my wife to use now in choosing which room(s) she wants the music in. And, I don't worry about damaging the receiver.
Date published: 2013-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from small price , big valuethe weight was surprising , but the quality was amazing . this unit work's perfectly on my Sherwood 5.1 surround and other speakers ( garage , back patio , front porch . i am very impressed .
Date published: 2012-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the JobHefty little unit for the price... the weight was surprising. Has everything you need to distribute... you could always pay up for the one with volume controls, but I'm going to put local volume controls so that wasn't an issue for me. Great value.
Date published: 2012-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great unitI was replacing a Radio Shack selector that never worked really well. The selector came quickly. In Fact, before I thought it would and just in time for a party. My call to the company was met graciously and was helpful.When I need something else, you guys get the first nod.
Date published: 2011-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for my needs!I was looking for a speaker selector that would work to power the speakers I installed on my front porch. I have a receiver with Zone 2 output, but wanted to have the capability of adding other speakers throughout the house and deck in the future. It has worked well and very pleased with the quality of the switcher. It comes with small labels so you won't have to remember which speakers "switch 1, 2, etc" controls.
Date published: 2011-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from very good for the bone$I have NO complaints, it works just like it should, now remember, it's cost is under $25.00 bones, so a very good deal. thank you PE, it's nice to have things at a good price & do there job in these trying times $$$
Date published: 2011-04-18
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Wired Home SS4 Speaker Selector Impedance Matching 1 In 4 Out

Can I damage my receiver by running too many pairs of speakers at once? I am thinking of using the SS4 with an older 45wpc receiver to switch between remote speakers. If I accidentally run 3 or 4 pairs at once can it damage the receiver?

Asked by: Luddite
This is designed to match the impedance and maintain a safe 8 ohm load assuming 8 ohm speakers are hooked up to it.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2014-02-06

Is the SS4 Selector Reversable, i.e. Use As Amplifier Selector?

I want to share a single powered subwoofer between two audio systems. In this configuration I would attach Amp 1 speaker out to SS4 Output 1 and Amp 2 speaker out to SS4 Output 2. Subwoofer attach to SS4 Input. Route desired amp to subwoofer by selecting 1 or 2 on SS4.Depending on the electronics (e.g. only switches and resistors) the SS4 may handle the signal in reverse. Can anyone speak to the SS4 electronics? Or has anyone tried this already with the SS4?I understand the risks of driving two amps into the SW at once.
Asked by: Nate2622
Unfortunately no, this is only functional in one direction.
Answered by: MattP
Date published: 2013-04-08

Can this be used to turn on zone 1, then turn off zone 1 and turn on zone 2?

I have 2 pairs of 4 ohm speakers, and my little bookshelf unit can't handle that I don't think - at least both at the same time - one at a time, it can. Sets of speakers to be placed in nearby areas and not used together, at one time. Receiver is rated 40w/ch and came with one set of the 4 ohm speakers. Would anything be different if I replaced one set of 4 ohm speakers with 6-8 ohm speakers instead?
Asked by: JMG1
The best thing to do is get a bigger amp/receiver these days amps put out 100 watts p/ch is standard. 40watts is not going to cut it, also when you have 4 speakers that are all low in ohms, some amps/rec don't like all that low ohm loads, so looking for a bigger amp is better you could do damage to the amp if you keep using it in this way...PE has a wide range of amps/receivers...
Answered by: ULTRASONIC
Date published: 2012-09-06

Max power?

So this lists "140 watts/channel impedance protection on". Is this output on each channel? So this is capable of distributing power to 4 pairs of speakers at 140 watts/channel? (assuming the amp is stable at low ohm loads and is capable of at least 600 watt/ch)
Asked by: Charles
Depending on the impedance protection setting, it looks like either 70W or 140W per channel channel (NOT per speaker) . Driving 4 pair of identical speakers simultaneously, that works out to 35W per speaker, minus a little circuit loss, w/ protection on.
Answered by: Rumplestiltskin
Date published: 2012-05-02

Adds power or just a splitter?

is this just a box containing a splitter to just distribute the power from the original amplifier, or does this amplify the signal more?
Asked by: Nikolitis
It's just a splitter - it does not amplify the signal more.
Answered by: mossadacity
Date published: 2012-02-16

My Unit smells???

Is this because it's new or the Specs are wrong?"Power: 70 watts/channel impedance protection off, 140 watts/channel impedance protection on"...Shouldn't that be the othjer way around? I'm running one Marantz THX SMU-80U (140RMS per channel and that electronic smell devolopes after a while with the Protection circuit on so I turn it off. Please inform before I blow something up!
Asked by: LEDm
All new electronic equipment "outgasses" or has a slight electroniic odor to it which "burns off" with time. Some of it is due to the flux and transformer laquer used on the windings. If it smokes or smells funky, consider this equipment is sometimes shipped in containers over seas and sometimes is left for weeks in port before being shipped to retailers or consumers.The plastic parts, cases and knobs may outgas solvents used in the plastic molding process. This is what causes the film to form on new car windows after a few days in the sun; that new car smell is solvents leaching from plastic, fabric, and carpet materials.
Answered by: Fanden
Date published: 2014-07-21

why the fith output

I see the four zones on the back of the unit, why is there a pass through fifth zone underneath the inputs? Is that where the "A" speaker output is to go, then you have an additional four zones for a total of five? Or is it four zones total? The instructions don't tell.Thanks
Asked by: Parkertip
The input and output (marked) connectors are a "pass thru" or "loop" so you can run this thru your original set of speakers. It is not assignable/switchable. You also have 4 other outputs with selector switches for up to 4 more sets of speakers. I hope this helps.
Answered by: samplerman
Date published: 2014-07-21

Comparison to Dayton Audio brand.

In terms of specs and features, what is the difference between the SS4 and the TS-4?SS4:http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-970TS-4:http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?Partnumber=300-606Thanks!
Asked by: jasimpson
The difference is the location of the impedance protection switch. On the Dayton model, the switch is located on the underside of the chassis, to avoid any accidental de-activation of the protection circuitry. On the SS4, this switch is located on the front panel with the selector switches.
Answered by: RussR
Date published: 2011-07-05

How does with work with a 5.1 receiver?

Should the input to the SS4 only come from the front main speaker pair from the receiver? Instead, would it be just as effective to wire from the rear surround speaker terminal pair on the receiver to the SS4? Is there an impedance problem if I connect the front main speaker out terminals on the receiver directly to the front main speakers, and connect the rear surround speaker terminal pair on the receiver to the SS4, and from the SSR, connect two pairs of rear surround speakers?
Asked by: RSteve
The SS4 is primarily designed to be used to distribute stereo sound to different zones (up to four). We generally recommend that the input of the SS4 be connected to the front left and right speakers of a surround sound receiver (unless the rear channels are reconfigurable as a Zone 2 output).Additionally, it is recommended that the main speakers be connected to one of the outputs of the SS4 for maximum impedance protection.
Answered by: mikevv
Date published: 2014-07-28
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