Center channel ohm rating.

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  1. Tod Golden

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    Being in need of a center channel, I came across a new, in the box, cerwin-vega RL-25C for twenty bucks. (Just couldn't pass it up for that price) My question is this. Its rated at 6ohms nominal, will there be a problem incorporating this into my system?

    Pio VSX-810, JBL HLS-610s all the way around, Cheap Sony SW (Next thing to upgrade)

    Also, is this a good match for the JBLs. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to listen to it because my display has crapped out and I'm still waiting for the service to be completed.

    Thanks for the input - Tod
     
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    I don't think it's a good match for your other speakers, but for $20, you can't complain. Try it out, if the system sounds strained, don't use it. Most likely, it won't be a problem, as long as the other speakers are 8 Ohm.
     
  3. Tod Golden

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    Here are the specs for the CV and JBL, if that helps. Stupid question. How can I tell if the system is being strained?

    Cerwin-Vega
    RL-25C Description: Dual 5 1/4" 2-way center channel
    Frequency Response (+/-2 dB): 65 - 20 kHz
    Recommend Power: 20 - 100 watts
    Sensitivity: 92 dB
    Impedance: 6 ohms nominal
    Protection: Self-resetting PTC
    Video Shielding: Yes

    JBL HLS-610
    Sensitivity (2.83V @ 1m): 88
    Impedance: 8
    Bass Driver: 6-1/2"
    Midrange Driver: N/A
    High-Frequency Driver: 10mm mounted in Constant Directivity Horn
    Recommended Power Amplifier Range: 15 - 125 watts
    Frequency Response (±3dB): 55 - 20kHz

    Thanks - Tod
     
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    You'll know the system is strained when it starts to sound harsh or crackly, and the sound becomes less clear. Many receivers will simply shut down to prevent damage if the impedance drops too low.
     
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    Thanks John, much appreciated.

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    Follow-up

    I haven't been able to audition RL-25C with a DVD, still waiting for the service on my display which is supposed to be today. I contacted Pioneer and they said it might overload the receiver. I am still waiting for a response from C-V.

    Last night, just for S & G, I threw in DSOTM on SACD. The receiver never went into protection mode and the thing sounded fantastic. Especially the sax on Money, which is played through the center. I checked the receiver and noticed no excessive heat.

    I am thinking that I should have no problem after reading this My receiver is 8 ohms but your speakers are rated at 4 ohms. Is there a problem? since mine is 6 ohm.

    Not a bad deal for 20 bucks if it holds up.

    Tod
     

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