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Option 2: Speaker Selector

This option is kind of an extension of the first option. The key is that you run the main or secondary speaker output from your receiver to a switching device called a speaker selector. The speaker selector splits the input signal into multiple outputs; each output runs to a set of speakers installed in a separate room. Depending on the model of speaker selector you choose, you can send a single speaker signal to up to six different rooms.

Most speaker selectors simply split the primary power between the selected speakers, thus reducing your overall system power. However, some higher-end speaker selectors include small booster amplifiers that provide individual power to each set of speakers.

The speaker selector system offers some advantages:

  • Inexpensive. This system doesn't require any additional amplifier equipment.

  • More variety. You can send music to up to a half-dozen different rooms.

Of course, there are some disadvantages to this type of system:

  • One source only. Whatever you're listening to in the main room is piped to all the other rooms.

  • Not a lot of power. Unless you use some sort of booster amplifier, the more you split the original signal, the less power you send to each room.

  • More complex installation. You probably want to install individual volume controls in each room you connect.

As with the first option, using a speaker selector is a good choice only if you're interested in background music.

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