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Speaker wiring question

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by donovan_chin, Aug 16, 2001.

  1. donovan_chin

    donovan_chin Stunt Coordinator

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    I was wondering if I can connect 2 speakers to one channel with a minimum requirement of 8ohms. I have 2 8ohm speakers that I would like to use as rear channels. The only problem that I have is that if I connect them in parallel, the impedance will be less than 8ohms.
    Can I connect them in series? That means, the red port from the first speaker to the red speaker port in the receiver.
    Then I connect the black post of the first speaker to the red port of the second speaker and then I connect the black post of the second speaker to the receiver.
    What is the impact of this? I know that the impedance will definitely be more than the requirement but how would it sound?
     
  2. Saurav

    Saurav Cinematographer

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    That would add the impedances, getting you to 16 ohms nominal impedance. This would be easier on your amplifier than 4 ohms (which is the nominal impedance you'll get by connecting them in parallel), but I have no idea how it'll sound.
    Why do you want/need to do this?
     
  3. donovan_chin

    donovan_chin Stunt Coordinator

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    I was thinking of using 2 speakers for the rear channel but I only have a 6.1 receiver.
     
  4. Mike Kao

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    Can't you simply plug both the speakers in the binding post and wallah... 8 OHMS?
     
  5. donovan_chin

    donovan_chin Stunt Coordinator

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    Mike,
    It doesn't work that way... if I were to connect it that way, it would be a parallel circuit. When resistances/impedances are connected in parallel the effective resistance/impedance is (R1*R2)/(R1+R2).
     

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