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Niles VCS100K

Stereo volume control with impedance magnification

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Overview

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Niles volume controls deliver sound to your speakers without getting in the way of the music. While lesser components add pops, clicks and static, Niles brings you pure enjoyment. Their premium-quality parts and construction ensure high-fidelity sound with amplifiers rated at up to 100 watts per channel of continuous power.

Hear the music, not the volume controller

Niles volume controls deliver sound to your speakers without getting in the way of the music. While lesser components add pops, clicks and static, Niles brings you pure enjoyment. Their premium-quality parts and construction ensure high-fidelity sound with amplifiers rated at up to 100 watts per channel of continuous power.

Great for systems large or small

These in-wall stereo volume controls offer intuitive operation for your multi-room audio system. The high-power, impedance-magnifying design lets you safely connect as many as eight controls and eight pairs of speakers to a typical receiver or amplifier without installing a speaker selector or any other type of protection device.

If your amp's minimum impedance is 8 ohms, you can connect up to 8 pairs of 8-ohm speakers using these volume controls. If your amp's minimum impedance is 4 ohms, you can connect up to 16 pairs of 8 ohms speakers, or 8 pairs of 4 ohm speakers.

Product Highlights:

  • connect up to 8 pairs of 8-ohm speakers to a single stereo amplifier (requires 1 volume control per speaker pair)
  • recommended for use with Niles speaker connecting block
  • adjustable impedance magnification (2x, 4x, and 8x)
  • power handling: 100 watts per channel
  • 12 step control, 48dB maximum attenuation
  • pop-free switching between all steps
  • removable screwless connectors accommodate up to 16-gauge wire
  • Decora-style wall plate and snap-on color insert for quick and easy color changes
    • includes: white, light almond, bone and black wall plates
  • fits most 18-cubic-inch single-gang junction boxes at least 3" deep
  • 2-3/4"W x 4-1/2"H (includes faceplate); depth behind plate: 2-9/16"
  • UL-rated for safe in-wall installation
  • warranty: 10 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • VCS100K rotary volume control
  • 4 Decora wallplates (white/light almond/bone/black)
  • 4 Decora inserts (white/light almond/bone/black)
  • 4 Knobs (white/light almond/bone/black)
  • 2 Mounting screws (Length=1")
  • 2 Faceplate screws (Length=3/16")
  • Installation & Operation Guide
  • Limited Warranty Card

Very good and very reliable control.

Ken, Burlington, IA

Reviews

Niles VCS100K Reviews

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(26 Reviews)

Easy install and well-made

William from Wallingford, PA on 3/3/2019

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This is just what I was looking for. I have speakers in n nearby room and needed to control the volume in that room otherwise it take two people to set the volume and turning it down quickly would mean running to the other room. It was easy to install. It was heavier than expect so the quality surprised me in todays cheap components. I with that the control was a slider more than 10 clicks. I just installed but I am sure there will be times when I want it set between click 5 and 6. Having the optional colors for the faceplate was a surprise as well. I called Crutchfield for a recommendation stating what I needed to do and this was recommended. Only installed yesterday but works great.

Pros: solid construction, 4 optional color faceplate

Cons: just wish the volume control was variable

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Ken from Burlington, IA on 2/24/2019

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Very good and very reliable control.

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Great Service!

Crutchfield customer from Tioga, TX on 2/13/2019

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Great product and excellent customer service! The lady I spoke to was extremely knowledgeable and understood my needs.

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Superb audio control

Neil from Bend, OR on 6/28/2018

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Quality item, received quickly at a fair price.

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John from La Crosse, WI on 6/11/2018

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Rock solid construction. It's my go to control for multi room audio.

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james from Longwood, FL on 4/29/2018

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Excellent product, works well, looks great, includes a choice of cover colors in the box and installs easily and securely. Fast service and delivery.

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Crutchfield customer from Alto, MI on 1/21/2018

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Installs easily and comes with multiple color combinations for the wall.

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Donna from Hewlett, NY on 12/27/2017

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Wonderful product and customer service.

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Crutchfield customer from Eden Prairie, MN on 11/28/2017

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Works handsomely

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Paul from Elkins Park, PA on 11/9/2017

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I installed 3 way speakers in my kitchen, opting for excellent sound quality. With that came a higher volume that those speakers provide (matching another set in another room). This device is fantastic, allowing me to lower the volume easily in that room, without affecting the volume coming out of the main speakers that supply the other rooms (I'm hard wired: old historic house, thick walls, some are stone). The sound quality and volume potential were not compromised with adding this in.

Pros: Excellent convenience to be able to control speaker volume on one set of speakers, while not affecting the others.

Cons: Difficult to figure out! The installation instructions from the manufacturer of this product are absolutely awful! They show that a part should be removed to more easily do the wiring, but don't tell you that you think you are going to break the entire thing off in doing so, nor do they give advice on how best to remove the part. After struggling for 20 min I called crutchfield and that was not useful despite them being attentive (and there! And in the U.S. to boot!!!).

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Crutchfield customer from Trenton, TN on 11/6/2017

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Easy to order. On time, and the right part!

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Niles has perfected the in-wall volume control

Jason from Alexandria, VA on 10/24/2017

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After purchasing multiple in-home volume controls, Niles has nailed the perfect volume control with ease of installation and performance boost. In days of past with in-wall volume controllers having tiny pin adapters to connect the wires, which either never hold or strip, Niles has perfected this with cam locks that make wire installation a snap. Going one step further, Niles has also incorporated variable amplification to further tune-in your sound. I would give this product 6 stars but I suppose 5 will have to do.

Pros: Installation ease and amplification control.

Cons: NONE

Nice product...works well

Matt from San Francisco, CA on 8/27/2017

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Seems well constructed and installation is straightforward enough. Nice that is correct.es with a number of face plates.

Pros: Easy set up...well built

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Gilroy, CA on 8/14/2017

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Great Product

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Crutchfield customer from Maria Stein, Oh on 7/31/2017

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excellent, easy to hook up and come with 3 different color face plates

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Great product

Ron from Center Point, IA on 7/13/2017

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Work as expected. Well constructed and consistent quality.

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Multi-Room Must Have!

Sean from Oregon on 6/30/2017

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At first I was concerned it would have some distortion or wouldn't keep my outdoor in-ceiling speakers as loud as I wanted. But after instal (which is very simple) they sound great through this volume control!

Pros: Convieniant Easy instal Multiple color options Sleek design

Cons: None.

Great "Detent" Type Volume Control

Anonymous from Nokomis, FL on 4/9/2017

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I used this switch on the interior side of the wall to control a pair of Polk RC80i speakers installed in an exterior Lanai is Southern Florida. The switch works great, and I can tell no distortion in the sound. The only "thing" I experienced is, the music source needs to be set at its Highest volumn to get a high volume out of the speakers. I made sure the switch's adjustable ohm setting matched the speakers (8 ohm), but it still might be due to something I did during installation! It really isn't that big if a deal though due to my receiver/speaker set-up. Was just a little surprising, that's all! The switch fits perfectly in either an "old-work" drywall ring or box, as long as the wall is thick enough. Mine went into a cut CMU block wall, but 2 x 4 framed wall should be deep enough! It also comes with a variety of different color wall plates and control knobs! One thing to maybe note is note that the switch is a Rotary "Detent" type switch, meaning it's various volume settings are "pre-set" by Eleven specific click positions (12 positions of you include "off"). That might be important to some folks.

Pros: Easy Install, Adjustable Impedance matching switch.

Cons: Not really a con, but this switch has eleven pre-set volume positions, which might not be sensitive enough depending on the usage of the control!

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John W. from Denver, CO on 3/23/2017

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Great, easy to use and easy to install. Comes with multiple wall plates to match your existing plates or paint.

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Crutchfield customer from West Richland, WA on 11/13/2016

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Just at advertised. Easy install.

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Todd from River falls wi on 12/28/2014

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Perfect came with four color options

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Below Average at Best

swell36 from Denver, CO on 11/6/2014

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The potentiometer in this device must be a $2.00 part. Stay with me and I'll explain. SETUP: I'm driving 4 pairs of in wall speakers rated at +/- 100 watts each with a Mark Levinson 27.5 amp through an ADCOM six speaker switch box. Each pair of speakers has a stereo Hi Fidelity Motronics volume control at the speaker locations. My sources include a tuner, CD player and MacBook Pro iTunes with Apple Lossless files I recorded. PROBLEM: This Niles volume control has almost no volume or volume control between the 7 and 12 o'clock position. The 6 o'clock position is off. (yes, I've tried all the impedance positions) That means you cannot listen at lower db volumes with any discernible Hi Fi information because there is nothing to hear. By the way my Hi Fidelity Motronics volume control devices resolve excellent Hi Fi sound from the 7 o'clock position around to the 5 o'clock max. CONCLUSION: If you intend to use this device in a location where you will be playing the music above the 12 o'clock position it will do the job but don't expect Hi Fi sound quality and if you want to play your music at high db levels look elsewhere. This is a seriously poor product considering the price point. Good Luck.

Pros: It installed easily and looks nice.

Cons: It doesn't work at low to medium low volumes.

well made at a fair price

js from wilmington nc on 8/31/2014

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perfect for the job

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Todd from Peachtree City, GA on 5/2/2014

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What an improvement over the builder grade contollers I replaced. Night and Day. So glad I spent the extra dollrs on these.

Pros: Incredibly easy installation.

Cons: None

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Trickyt from Cypress, TX on 3/5/2014

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Works great

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ray from North Potomac, MD on 5/17/2013

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Purchase, delivery and functionality all were and are excellent. Never have used any other in-wall volume control system, so I have not comparison to make. Having the ability to impedance match seems like a good idea, but I have no experience with not doing so, therefore cannot comment.

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Features

Overview: The VCS100K (FG01652) is a high power stereo speaker volume control that connects between the speaker-level output of an amplifier, speaker selector, or a Niles distribution hub and a pair of speakers. Premium-quality parts and construction ensure high-fidelity sound with flat frequency response and 100 watts continuous power handling. It is designed for indoor use only.

Four Colors: The VCS100K installs in-wall in a standard single-gang junction box (J-box). The package includes a Decora faceplate, insert, and knob in each of four colors: white, light almond, bone, and black.

Selectable Impedance Magnifying Circuit: A universal impedance magnifying circuit enables the VCS100K to act as both stereo and an impedance magnifying volume control. You can magnify the speakers' impedance by a factor of two, four, or eight, allowing you to connect up to eight pair of speakers to a single amplifier or receiver. A sliding switch on the front on the volume control lets you set the impedance factor to 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x.

12-Step Control: The rotary design gives 12-step control, and a total of more than 48dB maximum attenuation. The high-quality construction assures you get pop-free switching between all steps.

Autoformers: Precision autoformers provide superior sonic performance, exceeding the audio quality of non-impedance magnifying volume controls.

Removable Screwless Speaker Connectors: Two piece, screwless speaker connectors make installation quick and secure. Each connector can accept up to 16-gauge wire.

Isolated Grounds: Isolated left and right-channel grounds ensure safety with any amplifier.

Mounting: The VCS100K fits into most 18 cubic inch single-gang junction boxes.

Impedance Compatibility: The VCS100K can be used with 4-, 6-, or 8-ohm speaker systems.

Removable Insert and Knob: The Decora-style insert and knob on the VCS100K are removable, allowing you to substitute a different color insert and knob.

Installation Considerations

Junction Boxes: The mounting depth of the VCS100K is 2-9/16". When installed, the unit extends 2-1/16" behind the sheetrock (assuming 1/2" sheetrock). For installation, you must use a standard 18 cubic inch or larger junction box.

Speaker Wire: The VCS100K will accept stranded copper wire up to 16-gauge. Larger (lower gauge) wire is not recommended, as it will not fit into the connectors. Solid-core, aluminum, or "Romex" wire is not recommended. Most states require in-wall speaker wire to have a specific "CL" fire rating.

Mounting Location: You can install the VCS100K in just about any location where in-wall space exists, though it should not be installed into a junction box with 110 volt devices, such as light switches or dimmers. Speaker wire can act as an antenna for electrical noise, and locating speaker wire too close to a light switch or dimmer may cause the speakers to emit a popping or buzzing sound.

Required Tools: To install the VCS100K you will need a 1/8" standard slotted screwdriver, a 1/4" standard slotted screwdriver, and a wire stripper. Other tools may be required to prepare the wall and junction box to accept the volume control.

Specifications

Audio Power Handling: 100 watts/channel RMS; 200 watts/channel peak music power

Frequency Response: 20 to 20,000 Hz (+/-2 dB)

Impedance: compatible with 4-, 6-, and 8-ohm speaker systems

Dimensions

  • Volume Control: W=1.532", H=4.066", D=3.421"
  • Cover Plate: W=2.95", H=4.711", D=0.255" (Cutout: 1.314" x 2.637")

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