Distribution Hubs

Written by Serena Berger
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Distribution hubs are a simple way to extend the range of your home audio system. Most amplifiers are intended only to power two pairs of speakers, at most. It would be easy enough logistically to connect multiple pairs of speakers to the same amplifier in series. The problem with this, however, is that it can cause damage to the amplifier.

Sharing Audio with Distribution Hubs
As a solution, you can connect multiple pairs of speakers to a distribution hub. The distribution hub is then connected to the amplifier, which transforms the electrical signal from multiple pairs of speakers into the equivalent of that from two speakers. The protection is automatically enabled on many models of distribution hubs, meaning that the only action you need to take is selecting which speakers to turn on.

If you want to run speakers to multiple rooms, you should pair a distribution hub with wall plates and volume controls. These will allow you to use floor standing speakers in each room. If you prefer to use in-wall speakers, on the other hand, you will not need a wall plate in each room. While in-wall speakers are more discreet, they do not provide sound that is as rich as floor standing speakers.

This set up will allow you to extend the audio from your home theater throughout your home. It will only enable you to distribute a single audio source, however. If you want to be able to play multiple sources, such as different CDs in different rooms, you will need to connect each source to your wiring, as well. This may require using multiple distribution hubs if your intent is to play both sources in multiple rooms.

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