Amp that will drive 2ohm speakers?

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  1. Phil_DC

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    I have a Pioneer 49TX and I am running M&K 150THX speaker system including 4 SS150 tripole surrounds. These speakers are rated 4ohm, however the manual says that to use these speakers in full mode will drop them to 2ohm and would require an amp that could drive 2ohm speakers. I would not even try to run them that way with my 49TX.

    I have never heard of an amp that could drive 2ohm speakers in fact I have never heard of 2ohm speakers. Does anyone know if there is a 2 ohm capable 4 channel amp to drive these four surrounds that I could incorporate in to my system? I don’t want a new receiver I am very happy with my 49TX that’s why I am thinking separate amp.

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    Most decent amps won't have too much of a problem with your speakers. Any class A amp could breeze though em.

    Don't worry about it too much. my speakers drop to 1.2 ohms and every amp and integrated I throw at them don't have too much trouble. they strain a little bit, but don't konk out unless I push them.

    Otherwise an amp that has verified 4 ohm ratings should be pretty good.
     
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    As far as I know, both Aragon and Acurus amps will drive a 2 ohm load. That is, maybe not a nominal 2 ohm load, but a higher rated load that drops down to 2 ohms across the freq spectrum. I agree, most "decent" amps would too. B&K, ATI, Rotel, Sherbourn, Krell, Mark Levinson, etc.
     
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    It's funny... i was just thinking how i didn't realize that my PSB Stratus Silveri 's are 4 ohm speakers. I've never had a problem driving them with my current receiver, a Denon 5803 and the receiver i had before that, a B&K 307. In moving to seperates next week with a Ref50-Ref200.5 combo, i checked and sure enough, B&K amps are 4 ohm rated. Effectivily 375 WPC for my main's. I don't think there's any "switch" or anything to take advantage of the 4 ohm capabilities of the new amps. It just draws what it needs ??? I think this is how it works.
     
  6. Ted Ross

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    I've never had a problem driving them with my current receiver, a Denon 5803

    I know the 5803 & the Yamaha RX-Z1 are rated down to 2 ohms
     
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    The Sunfire amps will easily handle 2 ohms. In fact, they will have double their 4 ohm rating into 2 ohms, and the 4 ohm rating is double the 8 ohm rating.
    This is a quote from Sunfire's page for the Cinema Grand Signature amp, which is a five channel amp:
     
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    AMC claim that their amps are 2-ohm stable. You can check them at their website - amchome.com. You can also do a search for AMC amps in this forum. There are owners of these amps that can only say good things about them.

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    check out Cinepro they make some very fine amps that will play multiple speakers very easy, and they are rated to play 2 ohm speakers at full load for long periods of time,
    www.cinepro.com for the money you can not beat them
     

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