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Niles SSVC-6

6-pair speaker selector with volume control

Item # 190SSVC6

If you're installing speakers throughout your home, you'll get the most out of your system if you can control each...

If you're installing speakers throughout your home, you'll get the most out of your system if you can control each...

Item # 190SSVC6

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About the Niles SSVC-6

If you're installing speakers throughout your home, you'll get the most out of your system if you can control each pair of speakers independently. Niles Audio's SSVC-6 gives you 12-step volume control plus on/off switching for up to 6 pairs of speakers. It also offers impedance-magnifying circuitry to keep your amp or receiver running safely, even when driving all 6 pairs!

If you're installing speakers throughout your home, you'll get the most out of your system if you can control each pair of speakers independently. Niles Audio's SSVC-6 gives you 12-step volume control plus on/off switching for up to 6 pairs of speakers. It also offers impedance-magnifying circuitry to keep your amp or receiver running safely, even when driving all 6 pairs!

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  • 12-step volume control
  • selectable impedance magnification for safe operation with any amplifier
  • handles up to 100 watts per channel
  • includes room/speaker labels
  • accepts up to 14-gauge speaker wire
  • rugged all-metal chassis
  • 17"W x 2-1/16"H x 9-1/4"D
  • warranty: 10 years
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What's in the box:

  • Speaker selector with volume control
  • 72 Stick-on room labels
  • Installation & Operation Guide
  • Warranty and Registration Card

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Niles SSVC-6

Crutchfield customer from Montoursville, PA on 6/10/2019

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This is an exceptional piece of equipment. Works perfect

Pros: Love the small size and ease of using it

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Naperville, IL on 5/11/2018

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I like the several Niles switchers that I own however they only have a finite life. After about 5 years one the channels goes out

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Perfect solution for sound distribution!

David from Chattanooga, Tennessee on 2/5/2018

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First, let me say that the whole purchase experience was incredible. The staff helped me pick the perfect unit to fit our need for sound distribution. Installation was simple and we are completely satisfied with our purchase. I highly recommend Crutchfield to anyone looking for the best solution to their particular situation. David Hill - Turner Funeral Home / Chattanooga, Tennessee

Pros: Ease of installation

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Drums, PA on 12/17/2017

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The Niles SSVC-6 is the perfect unit for sending music to all six rooms in my home. The volume control for each room allows for the best volume in each room -large living room (18x24) vs. small study (11x11).

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Crutchfield customer from Stuart, FL on 7/16/2017

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cant beat the price....the added feature of volume control allows for so much more flexibility.

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Crutchfield customer from Manlius, NY on 2/24/2017

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Amazing product. It delivers!

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Touchy Setup but all good

TomA from New York on 6/10/2015

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Had some trouble getting it up and running (just one pair of speakers for some unknown reason) but all good now.

Pros: Very heavy, well made device. I have 5 pairs a varying speakers (different sizes, etc...) and they are all sounding as good as they did when they were connected directly to the amp. It does what it says it does.

Cons: I wish the speaker selector buttons had lights to indicate which were on. The speaker wire harnesses on the back requires you to use a screwdriver. They are difficult to work with but they do unplug, which makes it much easier. I had trouble with one pair out of the 5. It was one of those times where you try a number of things and suddenly it works with no explanation. Perhaps I did not have the wire properly seated in the harness. Crutchfield Support was stellar as usual - love those guys!

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Rick from Alabama on 4/3/2015

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Easy to set up, good piece of gear

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Edward from Washington, DC on 2/24/2009

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Easy Install. Is as expected; have speaker zone and volume control to multiple zones in house.

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Poulsbo PC from Poulsbo, WA on 11/15/2008

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This device was relatively easy to use. It provided the needed amperage to the four sets of speakers we used with room for 2 additional.

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Glenn from Atlanta, GA on 4/29/2008

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Running 5 zones in house off of an old Yamaha receiver. Set-up was tedious with screw-in wire connectors, but that allows you to change the sequence of the speaker terminals later without un-doing anything (just un-plug & re-plug blocks into the desired terminal). Sound is solid, even with no amplifier on 6-yr old low-end receiver. Drawbacks (2) are minor - first is the price which seems excessive even though the unit appears built to last. second is the lack of range on the volume selectors and the adjustability is limited to "clicks" instead of fine tuning. Overall a solid piece of equipment that allows for easy push button zone selection. Crutchfiled experience was excellent (as usual).

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Does exactly what it is supposed to do

wguiot from Tucson, AZ on 4/21/2008

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I installed 2 of Niles speaker selectors for my house. I have installed 12 pairs of speakers and needed to select among them and adjust the volume appropriately. I have since installed 5 more speaker pairs, and just ordered a 3rd of these Niles. The product features a high quality construction. They are built like a tank. The volume knobs are sturdy. No hiss, no noise, no cracking. I'm very impressed. I think the ultimate test for a speaker selector is to turn on a single pair, and start turning the others one at a time. Since the Niles automatically adjusts the impendence as you add more speakers, you can't even hear volume variations on the first pair you had on. That is a testament to how smoothly it performs the transitions from 1 pair to all 6. That smoothness is what your amp needs to be protected. I personally like the screw-in terminal. When you are dealing with 18 pairs of speaker, you need to be able to take your time and space screwing in the wires and ensure there are no exposed wires. Then, the terminal plugs in perfectly on the back on the Niles. At that point the space and visibility can be limited, but you know it is plugged in correctly (the connectors are keyed so that they can't go in backwards), and the wires are secured in place. I set up my Niles to have all the speaker volumes 2 positions below the maximum. That allows room to increase the volume 2 notches in places I want to be louder (by the pool, or garage), without sacrificing quality.

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Niles delivers decent speaker distribution

david from West Chester, PA on 6/7/2006

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I found this product very easy to install. What do you expect hooking up 6 pairs of speakers and 1 set to the amp. I have it distributed to 6 rooms on main floor including kitchen, dining, family, playroom, gameroom and office. I use in-wall Polk speakers. Its great to be able to set each individual room with a default starting sound level. Additionally any room can be turned off/on in any combination. I have a low-end Sony receiver as my sound source and it integrates nicely. I found the music delivered via the Niles box was clear and covered a wide spectrum. Bass was lacking but I expected that with smaller in-wall speakers. What is it lacking...No remote control capabilities at all on the unit but that can be suplemented by the receiver/amp that will be connected to it. Wire guage was difficult to get into adapters - switched down one grade and it was easy to insert and screw. No bass/treble controls. I recommend this unit for anyone looking for simple speaker distribution with above average sound and ease of implementation. Its not going to set any artist on fire but delivers as expected.

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Not for Audiophiles

Charles from Southern California on 11/11/2005

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The Niles SSVC-6 touts undistorted signal division for up to 6 pairs of speakers. Despite its rather tedious speaker-wire connection set-up, I decided to try it, based on the encouraging spec sheet. However, I was very disappointed by the flat, muted signal it actually transmitted. Even after reducing connections to one speaker pair, I was unable to get the SSVC-6 to produce a better signal. Increasing the volume (or signal feed) only made it louder, but still flat and two-dimensional. It was a relief to disconnect it and hear full, three-dimensional sound from my speakers once again. Especially for the price, this device is a big disappointment. Audiophiles beware.

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Features

Construction: The chassis is durable black metal with padded feet.

Speaker Switches: Each set of speaker outputs has an on/off switch so any combination of connected speakers can be played at any given time.

Removable Speaker Terminals: There are six removable speaker output terminal blocks and one removable speaker input terminal block. The blocks are removable, making it easier to wire the SSVC-6 into your system, and the blocks accept 14 to 22 gauge wire.

Protection Circuitry: The left and right channel ground returns are isolated to make the unit compatible with all types of amplifiers. The impedance magnification switch on the rear of the unit offers settings for up to six pair of speakers so the impedance load presented to the amplifier remains constant.

Volume Controls: The volume controls use autoformers instead of L-pads to minimize power loss and heat production. Each volume control uses a 12 position rotary knob with "pop-free" switching and 54dB total attenuation.

Labels: Included are 72 pre printed label stickers for easy identification of the front panel controls.

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 20-20kHz +/-1.2 dB
  • Power Handling: 100 watts per channel RMS at 8 ohms

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Works well to connect my existing speakers throughout the house to my Sonos Amp [ John  Jul 21, 2018 ]
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I had 2 before and it worked for about 8 years and now its partly working. [ Hal  Apr 04, 2018 ]
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Design department advice [ john  Dec 02, 2017 ]
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it fit the bill [ Alan  Sep 22, 2017 ]
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Replacement for older niles speaker selector that lasted 32 years. [ Walter  Aug 20, 2017 ]
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Build quality seemed to be great in customer reviews here and at other retailers' websites. Aesthetics are great, not flashy, not covered with lights and decals. I prefer electronics to be toned-down. [ Aaron  Jul 01, 2017 ]
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3 questions already asked

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I found out that my electrician wired some of my ceiling speakers in parallel and others not. Im nervous that I'll have issues hooking all 10 speakers up from an impedance standpoint. I don't plan to ever push the speakers real hard. Any advice on this situation?
[ MaRxx  Jun 01, 2019 ]
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Don't know if this helps but I put in 10 speakers. I replaced a receiver a few years later. Some had told me I probably had to many speakers and it probably burned up the receiver. It was an inexpensive receiver so I don't know. I never played the speakers loud either.
[ Greg  Jun 04, 2019 ]
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Hello MaRxx: As you may have done I went to the web and found this posting which may help you. Searching "audio speaker wiring parallel v series" the post by Geoffthegreygeek may be helpful. The Niles SS 6 VC I purchased 10 years ago and use daily with all 12 channels has been flawless. Happy summer listening; Paul
[ PAUL  Jun 01, 2019 ]
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Hi - I'd like something with two digital audio inputs that I could use to control 4 speaker zones with volume, preferably via an app. Any ideas? The Nuvo P3100 comes close but it's only 3 zones and no second digital input. All of my speaker sets are wired - thanks
[ lisanoon  Jul 29, 2016 ]
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I don't think we have a single device that will work for the 4 zone control like you seek. I recommend calling us on 1-800-324-9695 to speak with an advisor to see if we any combination of our gear will need your needs. We look forward to hearing from you soon! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101
[ Paul  Aug 01, 2016 ]  Staff
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What kind of amp would be best for this speakers selector and what type of speakers would sound best?
[ george  Apr 15, 2014 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on selecting the best amp I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences between the amp models and help you make the best choice for your system.
[ Krissy  Apr 16, 2014 ]  Staff

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