I only have room for one ceiling speaker, what should I do?
In a whole-house audio setup, small rooms, bathrooms, hallways, etc. often only have room for one speaker. While you can't achieve stereo imaging from a single speaker, there are two ways you can still hear both the left and right channel of a stereo recording:
1.) If your whole-house audio setup includes one of our multi-channel amplifiers, we include a feature for "merged stereo". This setting allows you to "sum" the left and right channel of information at the amplifier before sending the amplified signal to a regular, single in-ceiling or in-wall speaker. In this situation, you run two-conductor cable from the amplifier to the speaker. If you are installing a stereo volume control in between the amplifier and the speaker, you will only use either the left or right input and output on the volume control.
Please note: If you are using the multi-channel amplifier in combination with just one or two sources, then every channel on the multi-channel amplifier can be set up for "merged stereo". However, if you are using the multi-channel amplifier with a more Advanced Setup that includes a separate controller for switching between more than two sources, then only two of the zones for each multi-channel amplifier can be set up for merged stereo. Please contact us by phone for further explanation.
2.) If you are using a more basic whole-house audio setup where a single stereo amplifier is used to power all of the speakers in the home, then you will need to install a special stereo in-ceiling speaker in every room that just has one speaker. The MP-S65 is our only speaker model that accepts both the left and right channel of information. The MP-S65 includes two tweeters (one for the left channel and one for the right) and a dual voice coil woofer (one for the left and one for the right). For this speaker, you run four-conductor cable from the stereo amplifier to the speaker: positive and negative for the left channel; and positive and negative for the right channel. If you are installing a stereo volume control in between the amplifier and the speaker, you will use both the left and right inputs and outputs on the volume control, just as if you were connecting to two speakers.