10. Pyle PVCS2
Designed for installation in a typical 1-gang electrical box, the Pyle PVCS2 (appx. $8) is a great way to streamline audio control in a home or business. With only 2 stereo channels, it’s relatively simple, but it gets the job done without taking up any shelf space.
- Individual or simultaneous operation
- 120-watt power handling
- Not ideal for multi-room systems
9. AVX 1602
One of the most straightforward options, the AVX 1602 (about $39) lets you toggle up to six zones on or off. With impedance matching turned off, it can handle 150 continuous watts per channel, though it drops to 75 when the protection is on.
- Easy-to-use spring-loaded connectors
- One of the least expensive choices
- Lacks independent volume control
8. Russound SDB-4.1
One of the highest-performing on the market, the Russound SDB-4.1 (appx. $267) allows you to switch each of its channels between one of the two sources independently of the rest, in addition to toggling them on or off and adjusting their levels.
- Can handle 200 watts rms
- For 4- and 8-ohm speakers
- Relatively expensive
7. TEC 7220
The TEC 7220 (around $120) isn’t particularly complex, but it is constructed using high-grade components that won’t introduce any noise into a quality sound system. Its gold-plated binding posts accept 12-gauge wire, banana plugs, or 90-degree spade lugs.
- Requires no power
- Doesn’t produce a pop when switching
- Outputs to only 1 channel at a time
6. Niles SSVC-6
From a company known for reliable audio equipment, the Niles SSVC-6 (around $226) offers 12-step level control and up to 54 decibels of attenuation. It can deliver an average of 100 watts to each of 6 sets of speakers, and won’t add any static or noise to the signal.
- Individual zone toggle switches
- Selectable impedance magnification
- Somewhat costly
5. Specialty AV TEC-905B
The Specialty AV TEC-905B (appx. $165) is a versatile piece of equipment that features 5 stereo outputs and dual inputs. It has individual volume controls, though they are incremental, rather than linear, which some users find inconvenient.
- Maintains signal quality perfectly
- Front-mounted headphones jack
- Allows you to toggle between sources
4. Specialty AV SP 93-V
A particularly heavy-duty unit, the Specialty AV SP 93-V (around $130) can handle 100 watts RMS on each of its 3 outputs. It offers dual inputs and an automatic overload protection circuit to keep your high-end amplifiers safe from damage.
- High-grade gold-plated connectors
- Accepts banana plugs
- Precision impedance correction
3. Nobsound Little Bear
The Nobsound Little Bear (around $67) comes in two distinct versions. One offers a single 3.5-millimeter stereo input and two RCA connectors, in addition to Bluetooth connectivity, while the other features two pairs of XLR jacks, for those using pro-level gear.
- Especially compact construction
- Balanced to unbalanced conversion
- Passive noise-free operation
2. AVX 1624
Six outputs allow the AVX 1624 (around $119) to accommodate most whole-home systems, and the independent volume controls make it easy to manage all the levels from one place. It’s engineered to maintain a consistent 8 ohms, no matter how many pairs are playing.
- Accepts up to 14-gauge wire
- Five-year warranty
- Offered at a reasonable price
1. OSD Audio ATM-7
One of the few remote controlled devices available, the OSD Audio ATM-7 (appx. $280) is remarkably convenient, and can accommodate a wide range of configurations. Its two-way circuitry can either feed 2 sources to 7 sets of speakers, or send any of 7 inputs to channels A and/or B.
- Peak capacity of 400 watts
- 5-meter cord on infrared receiver
- Two of them can be used in parallel