How to Install Speaker Selectors

If you want to have music throughout your house emanating from a single source, one of the best ways to do this is to install speakers throughout the house, connected to a single stereo receiver through a speaker selector. Speaker selectors allow you to run multiple sets of speakers from a single source, giving you the option of powering one, two, or more speakers from the stereo.

Things You'll Need

  • Stereo
  • Speaker selector
  • Speaker wire

Instructions

    • 1

      Cut two lengths of speaker wire long enough to reach from the stereo's speaker outputs to the inputs of the speaker selector. Strip the insulation from the ends of the wire so that 3/8 to 1/2 inch of bare wire is available.

    • 2

      Connect the speaker wire from the receiver's speaker outputs to the inputs of the speaker selector. There will be two outputs on the receiver, one labeled "R" and the other "L", each of which will have two terminals, one marked "+" and the other "-". Connect the positive lead of each piece of the speaker wire to the "+" terminal, and the negative to the "-".

    • 3

      Connect the other ends of the speaker wires to the inputs of the speaker selector. As in Step 2, connect the positive lead to the "+" terminal and the negative to the "-".

    • 4

      Connect speaker wire from each output of the speaker selector to the speakers you wish to power. The number of outputs on your speaker selector will vary by brand and model, but each output will have one terminal labeled "R" and the other "L", each of which will have two terminals, one marked "+" and the other "-". Connect the positive lead of each piece of the speaker wire to the "+" terminal, and the negative to the "-", then connect the other ends of the speaker wire to the appropriate terminals of the speakers.

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