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Old 06-07-2015, 07:05 PM   #1  
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Default Need Help! Whole house speaker set up!

I bought a new house that was pre-wired for sound.
The main room is wired for surround sound with 1 central speaker wire, 1-4 strand wire for the front and 1-4 strand wire for the rear.
I only have the central speaker attached because I am saving up for decent in-wall speakers, so I will get to that in a minute.
I also have speaker wires in 3 rooms+outdoors.
I bought 2 Klipsch AW-650 speakers for the outdoors hung them and attached the speaker wires. There is a 4 strand wire adjacent to the one speaker. I was told it was for volume control, so I thought I could bypass it and just use Zone two on my Onkyo TXNR-636 receiver.
Much to my surprise, the only wires I could find were the surround sound wires (see above) and 2 Volume Control wires.
I opened 3 blank panels - and found the following:
box 1 - 1 speaker wire, 2 volume control wires
box 2 - 1 speaker wire, 2 volume control wires
Box 3 - 1 speaker wire, 1 volume control wire
The last room with speaker wires in it doesn't have a blank, which is even more confusing!
I am extremely frustrated because:
I can't find anything about how to attach the volume control wires at the speaker
I am not sure if I need an amplifier to run the speakers in the house on different zones. Specifically, I would like the outdoor speakers to be zone 2 and the rest of the house on zone 3.
(Keep in mind, I only have 2 volume controls wires arriving with the wire bundle at the receiver)
I don't mind making a modest investment here, but I am not an audiophile, so I really just want decent sound in all the right places. Simpler is better.
Can anyone help me understand the way this was wired and how to untangle it?
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:56 PM   #2  
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Update:
I had the installer come out t the house and trace the wires.
It turns out they ran speaker wire from speaker to speaker and intend for the 4 wire to act a 2 pairs of speaker wire to the volume controls. Then they ran the 4 wire in a loop around the house, so the impedance matching volume controls will need to be daisy chained together.
So, while this doesn't make a lot of sense to me, my question is, will this harm the volume controls? My receiver?
I am not very happy, but they won't re-wire under warranty so I am kind of stuck with it.
Any suggestions here?
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:23 PM   #3  
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I would seriously get on the contractors case about the wiring, it looks like someone didn't know what they were doing as far as the speaker wires, it should be one pair of wires for one speaker. (a plus and minus)

Unless they were going to set it up for a 70 volt commercial system, but that takes a special amp and speakers.

Someone FUBARD the job big time, I would tell them your contacting a lawyer, and really lay it into your real estate agent, if one is done like that then a safe bet that all the houses are like that.
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