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  1. Khoa Tran

    Khoa Tran Supporting Actor

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    Hi, i'm wondering if these amps will be able to power 4 ohm speakers...on the website it rates at 8 ohms but have any of you guys tried using these at a 4 ohm load? ...thanks
     
  2. James Bergeron

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    I'm running them on Dahlquist QX10's. They are rated at 4Ohms. They run them without any problems to blistering levels and I haven't heard any clipping. The QX10's are fairly sensitive that is part of the key.
     
  3. Khoa Tran

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    do you think my speakers will work they are 88db sensitive
     
  4. Michael R Price

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    Khoa, I would not recommend using the Wave amps to drive a 4 ohm, 88db speaker unless you only listen at low levels. What specific speakers are they? Some have reasonably easy loads and some don't.

    Some tube amps (and almost all Class A amps) decrease power into loads lower than what they are designed for. Some have switchable output transformers that allow you to use the amplifier's maximum power into any load. So, I would be careful about this, and maybe contact ASL's tech support regarding this decision. With speakers of that type you may be able to bi-amp using a tube amp for the highs, but you probably need solid-state power at least for the bass.
     
  5. Khoa Tran

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    blah i'll just get a solid amp then
     
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  7. Khoa Tran

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    103.8 db....=) from three feet away
     
  8. James Bergeron

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    Khoa unless you only listen at low levels you may not be very pleased with the ASL's with those speakers. I was running Dahlquist QX6's which are also I beleive 88db and they sounded great, but started to clip at about half volume and it wasn't very loud at all. The better efficiency of the QX-10's made a HUGE difference. I'm much happier now, the output is cleaner at lower volumes as a result.

    Just for reference I also used B&W 303's with the same results as the QX6's.
     
  9. Yogi

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    88 db is not so efficient so you might run into some problems. If you want to experiment with tubes why not try one of the Jolida integrateds in the 30 W range. I have heard nothing but great things about them and they should be able to play sufficiently loud.

    Best of luck.
     

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