Ah, I see. It's just a speaker selector. It takes the powered signal from a left and right channel on your amp and distributes it across 8 channels. The amp for all intents and purposes is only putting out power for one set of speakers, but running it through the "control center" to multiple speakers lowers the impedance so the drop off isn't as bad as it should be. These things generally don't do too much for the quality of sound though, because it spreads the signal and power very thin.
This is what the previous owner had done but we didn't have a receiver so I found I could use the old stereo. We used to have a TV center holding a CRT and the stereo but my dad just got a plasma tv so we had to put a table TV stand that can't hold the stereo, which is shy I'm looking for a receiver setup now.
You're saying that instead of the speaker selector, plug each speaker directly into the receiver?
You're be better off just buying an receiver/amp that can push your speakers directly. Not to mention if you pick up a decent one that supports it (and you get a center channel speaker) you can run 7.1 surround. If you have and old "boom-box" around somewhere with RCA outputs and CD/cassette player, you could just hook that up to the receiver for the time being till you've got the ducats to pop for something better. What's your budget now, and what are your priorities (in order of importance please)?
Not much money now so I will save and wait a while and see if things come on sale in the holidays. Can I find a good system in the $150-$200 or $200-$300 range?