8 ohm Vs 6 ohm

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mark Larson, Mar 19, 2002.

  1. Mark Larson

    Mark Larson Supporting Actor

    Mar 3, 2002
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    Is there a difference between the two in any way other than the 6 ohm needing more current?
    I'm looking at a pair of 6 ohm speakers but am worried that whichever amp i buy won't be able to run them. (I don't have an amp yet)
    So does it make that much of a difference? I mean sure 4 ohm vs 8 ohm is a lot, but 6 ohm???
    Thanks! [​IMG]
  2. Chris Tsutsui

    Chris Tsutsui Screenwriter

    Feb 1, 2002
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    8 ohm has more resistance, is all..

    Most amps prefer 8 ohm speakers because it's less demanding on the current draw. If you buy a separate amp, I think most of them are able to run stable under 4 ohm loads, so 6 ohm will be fine.

    I also read somewhere that with speakers, the actual resistance is sometimes lower than what the manufacturer states so keep that in mind.

    If you are buying a separate amp, 6 ohm speakers will be fine. If you are buying a cheap integrated amp, then I'd read the specs to see if that amp will be stable.

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