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    looking for some help

    Having recently moved house i've set up my decks in a small room which is above my kitchen.

    As there is a small drilled hole in the floor boards down to the kitchen where a pipe was coming through I've dropped a speaker wire through it and hooked up a spare speaker in the kitchen; the idea being that I can nip upstairs and stick an lp on to listen to whilst washing up, etc.

    ideally it would be great if the speaker could be switched on/off from the kitchen (so my missus can tune in if i'm playing music upstairs - does anyone know if there is anything on the market that would be useful or can anyone recommend anything. a small speaker would be good so can blend in with the kitchen but needs to have good sound....

    just got bare floor boards at the moment and few holes yet to be filled in so there potential to extend speakers in other rooms just now.

    however i'm not the most technical and in experianced so any pointers on this would be greatly appreciated

    i did have my house re-wired and had considered discussing option with the electrician but wanted to avoid any added expense to the job

    ..also can anyone advise how long can you realistically go with speaker cable before sound quality starts to decrease?

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    You could use a simple speaker switch (like this - note no connection with seller etc etc). Just put it in series with the wire to your kitchen speaker and sit it on top of it.

    Some (if not most) amps do not take kindly to having part of their load (ie.e speakers) abruptly cut off, especially at volume, so tread with care - I'd advise against it. However if you want to try it, for speaker cable, just use standard 2 core double insulated mains flex from a DIY store. The relatively small increased resistance of the cable run is unlikely to be a problem until about 20 feet. To avoid damaging the amp's output transistors, I don't recommend using a volume pot on that line . Neither should you attempt to connect an extra pair of speakers to an amp only designed to drive one pair.

    To control volume remotely, the cheapest /safest way is probably amplified speaker(s) in the kitchen - the sort used on PCs etc. If the cable run is not more than 6m, you may be better off feeding a line out from the amp's tape sockets through the hole to the amp'd speaker downstairs and use its volume control.

    There are a number of other options such as Lpad wallplates etc. but these are either not for the layman, or require considerable wiring/fixed installation /expensive specialist equipment.

    HTH
    "THIS IS A FINE TAPE AND BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF YESTERYEAR WHEN THE MUSIC WORLD WAS GOOD AND NOT FOULED UP BY THE LONG HAIR SCURVES WHO JUST BEAT WILDLY ON ANYTHING AND COME UP WITH A LOT OF STUPID NOISE THat only damnfools and liars say they like it"

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    • #3
      sounds like an opportunity to convice your partner that now might be a good time to invest in Sonos. I bloody love that thing.
      I know your game Lionel! I can see what you really are!

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