In wall volume control recommendations

Sonos amp, 2 sets of ceiling speakers, kitchen volume and dining room volume are separate.

We’ll split the output from the sonos to independent wall mount volume controls.

But I’ve not used wall (box) mount volume controls.

Any recommendations?
Aaron
Enabler Extraordinaire

Comments

  • vcwatkinsvcwatkins Posts: 1,975
    I used Niles controls around '90 for 6 zones. I thought they were very good quality at the time, but I'm not sure there were many other manufacturers available. I used Russound in '95 for 3 zones. I think they are not quite as good as the Niles were, but it may have something to do with the speaker placement (same Polk in-walls, but ceiling mount as opposed to the previous wall mount). Around '05, I put in a Monoprice outdoor box. Seemed okay but, a few weeks ago, I discovered that it had frozen up.

    I think if budget allows, I would go for the Niles.
    Den: Roon (Sonic Transporter) * PS Audio DirectStream Jr. * Adcom GFP-750 * Sunfire Signature II * PSAudio PP3 * MIT S3 * Polk SRS 1.2
    Study: Roon * ProJect Stream Box Ultra & Pre Box S2 * Pass ACA * PSA Dectet * DH Labs Q10 * Brines Folded ML-TQWT RS 40-1354
    Studio: Roon * LG v30 phone * Dared MP-5 * DefTech SM45
    Beach: Rega RP6 * AT33PTGII * Budgie SUT * Jolida jd9 * Roon * Sonore UltraRendu (LPS-1, WW Plat7, Iso Regen, Lush) * Schiit Yggdrasil * Joule-Electra LA-100 mkIII * Pass Aleph 30 / First Watt F5 Clone * PSA Dectet * MIT S3 * Polk SRS 2.3tl
    Beach Den: Sonore microRendu * Dayens Menuetto * Fostex BK-12m Folded Horn / KEF LS50 / Dynaudio Audience 50 / Revel M22

  • mantismantis Posts: 15,898
    Niles are the best overall in wall volume controls. They make a standard version and a high current version. Your amp will determine which model to get.
    They also make outdoor volume controls with weather proof boxes if you ever add outdoor speakers.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • tonybtonyb Posts: 32,431
    edited December 2019
    Is there a reason why it has to be in-wall ?

    Maybe a more simpler solution is to look for another used Sonos amp, and you'd have 2 separate volume controls at your finger tips, not on the wall.

    I have 3 sets of speakers on one sonos, just run a speaker selector switch with separate volume controls. Usually once the volume is set, I'm not monkeying around with it often.

    Something like this maybe...

    https://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Selector-Switcher-Control-Commercial/dp/B00UZ86M0E/ref=sr_1_37?keywords=speaker+selector+switch&qid=1576500389&sr=8-37

    Also wondering.....if the 2 sets of speakers are located close together, kitchen and dining room, how much of a volume difference is needed anyway ?
    HT SYSTEM-
    Sony 850c 4k
    Pioneer elite vhx 21
    Sony 4k BRP
    SVS SB-2000
    Polk Sig. 20's
    Polk FX500 surrounds

    Cables-
    Acoustic zen Satori speaker cables
    Acoustic zen Matrix 2 IC's
    Wireworld eclipse 7 ic's
    Audio metallurgy ga-o digital cable

    Kitchen

    Sonos zp90
    Grant Fidelity tube dac
    B&k 1420
    lsi 9's
  • ALL212ALL212 Posts: 1,194
    New construction- no walls at the moment so in wall is easy. My friends are not audiophile nor tech savy. Speakers are fairly close but they would like separate controls. Even a selector might be too much!

    Going to run speaker wire from sonos, split it to the volume controls.
    Aaron
    Enabler Extraordinaire
  • tonyb wrote: »
    Is there a reason why it has to be in-wall ?

    Maybe a more simpler solution is to look for another used Sonos amp, and you'd have 2 separate volume controls at your finger tips, not on the wall.

    I have 3 sets of speakers on one sonos, just run a speaker selector switch with separate volume controls. Usually once the volume is set, I'm not monkeying around with it often.

    Something like this maybe...

    https://www.amazon.com/Speaker-Selector-Switcher-Control-Commercial/dp/B00UZ86M0E/ref=sr_1_37?keywords=speaker+selector+switch&qid=1576500389&sr-Krogerfeedback

    Also wondering.....if the 2 sets of speakers are located close together, kitchen and dining room, how much of a volume difference is needed anyway ?

    I used Russound in '95 for 3 zones. I think they are not quite as good as the Niles were, but it may have something to do with the speaker placement (same Polk in-walls, but ceiling mount as opposed to the previous wall mount). Around '05, I put in a Monoprice outdoor box. Seemed okay but, a few weeks ago, I discovered that it had frozen up.
Sign In or Register to comment.

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!