Speaker Selector Switch Opinions

Discussion in 'Equipment Reviews & Opinions' started by Keneye, Feb 12, 2019.

  1. Keneye

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    I have 2 receivers and want them to play nice with one set of speakers. But the speaker selector set ups I see are in the $75-100 range. Unless I am Missing something, all I want is a manual switch to select receiver one or two. Any suggestions for a simple cheap way to achieve that? I have seen "knife" switches as one option. Thoughts?
     

     

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  2. 70's Rockfan

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    here's what the inside looks like.
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  4. Keneye

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    I only see one amp in. Want input for two amps.
     
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  6. 70's Rockfan

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    OK , lets try it this way. since their are no electronic components
    inside this switch the terms in and out are meaningless.
    lets rename amp in as X.
    when you push button A it connects to X as does B or C
    connect the speakers to X and receiver 1 to A and receiver 2 to B
     
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  7. bbqjoe

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    I've also heard nothing but awful speculation on doing this, due to possible amp damage if both are on, and the speaker load is dropped from one of them to the other.
    Or possibly back feeding an amp.

    I'm no stereoligist.
     
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  9. Keneye

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    Thanks. Think I will just use receivers in rotation and manually switch. But I think 70s rockfan has the solution. Worth the few bucks to try it out. Stay tuned for any sparks.
     
  10. HTHMAN

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    A double-pole double-throw knife switch is the safest way. With some selector switches you can accidentally engage both leads with disastrous results. Make sure whatever you buy does not allow that. Most speaker switches allow you to use A+B
     
  11. TomBig58

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    They DO manufacture "break, then make" A/B switches to avoid accidentally sending signal from both amps but a homemade DPDT box isn't that hard to make. I've done it with a regular speaker box like post #3 but veeerryy carefully...ALWAYS!!
     

     

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  12. don philipe

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    I use one of these,
    Technolink TC-616 6-Way Stereo Amplifier / Speaker Comparator
    Reasonably priced and will do exactly what you want.
     
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  14. Keneye

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    Once again, Thanks to everyone for the great suggestions.
     
  15. drtynes

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    If you're looking for inexpensive, try some Speakon connectors (4 wire) male and female, will give you a quick disconnect
    from one receiver to another in seconds...
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