Nominal Impedance question

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by BrianGC, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. BrianGC

    BrianGC Stunt Coordinator

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    My receiver says use speakers with nominal impedance of 8ohm to 16ohm. Some speakers I was looking at say they have nominal impedance of 4ohm to 8ohm, are these compatible or will they cause trouble?

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    BrianGC
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    It depends on the efficiency (sensitivity) of the speakers and the power output of the amp.
     
  3. Chu Gai

    Chu Gai Lead Actor

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    My way of thinking regarding your question is that if a receiver says 8 to 16 ohms, the manufacturer is telling you 'hey, this thing is gonna run into problems if you go out and toss a 4 ohm speaker at it'. it's going to have issues with running out of current, clipping, distortion, shutting down due to overload condition. There's lots of good speakers that're 8 ohms. The problem is finding one you like and that suits your budget.
     

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