Ok, like many other non-audiophiles I have jumped into the depths of ohms, wattage, channels etc and am just looking for a simple setup.
So here goes:
I have a ZP100 hooked to a impedance protected speaker switch that can output 8 pairs of speakers. There are 4 8 ohm pairs active all capable of being turned on or off. When each subsequent pair is switched on the volume cuts dramatically. It is so bad, that when only 2 pairs are on the controller has to be at 25% volume to hear anything and worse yet when all 4 are on at 75% volume it is louder than speech. So logic not knowledge (be nice here
tells me there is not enough wattage powering the speakers (y/n?). Also The impedance protection may also be culprit (y/n?).
So in short if I used a ZP80 with a strong amp (like a Carver TFM-25 225 per channel 8 ohms) would that make the difference as it would be providing more power to all 8 speakers? Do the additional speakers decrease the ohms? And why do i care about ohms anyway? (again, be nice, I know things you don't)
I want to keep this setup as all speakers in this "zone" of my house have wires clustered in one place. The other parts of my house will have their own ZP's so it makes little sense to break this setup.
Additionally, I have little interest in a "multiroom" amp as the are too expensive and since I already have the speaker switch why bother with the expense. Obviously, I love my music but am not a freak about it...yet.
Thanks for the feedback.