Two systems, one pair of speakers?

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by fiddlefye, Oct 6, 2018.

  1. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye Senior Member

    The "main" system is the one in my study, it is all tube and gets a lot of hours most days. There is one problem, though. Much of that time is spent listening to classical through the tuner while on the computer or reading and it always somewhat annoys me to be burning through nice tubes for the purpose. It has occurred to me that a nice small-form-factor SS receiver with a good tuner section could do the job almost as well. I have a couple of possibilities - a sweet Scott 348 and an Advent 300. Both have very nice tuners and either would do the job perfectly adequately I suspect.

    I don't have any desire to run a second set of speakers, nor room to set them up so how to arrange things? I could run two sets of speaker cables and unplug/plug in with each changeover, but it could get annoying do it over and over. The answer would be some sort of switching box, but how to accomplish that without any degradation of the signal when running the "good" gear?

    Anyone else ever have this issue and, if so, how did you resolve it?
  2. Ernie

    Ernie Activated

    Luther built me a source selector box, that seems to be silent. WE cotton co-ax wire, and an Elma selector switch from Parts Connexion. Three in, one out. I imagine it could be reversed, as the switch breaks before making. Since you are only using two, you could use a simple toggle. Maybe this one. Good for 6 amps, so it should handle your speaker load. You would still have to be careful about the tube amp not being powered up when you switch to the other system.
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  3. fiddlefye

    fiddlefye Senior Member

    Yes, one would indeed have to be careful to be sure nothing is powered up when it shouldn't be! Thanks....

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