Will Upgrading Speakers effect Receiver?

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  1. NickC

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    If I was to buy a new set of speakers to replace my current ones, will this effect(damage, effect sound, or anything) my receiver in any way? I just bought a new Yamaha htr 5490 and I am running some old speakers until I get the Money to purchase a new pair.. right now I have 6 ohm speakers and I plan on getting 8 ohm, I have my receiver switch set to handle 4 ohms and higher, but when I get the 8 ohm speakers I will switch it to the 8 ohm setting?

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  2. Chu Gai

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    Your receiver is rated somewhere around 100 watts. Assuming your room is not some gigantic cavern you're pretty much open as to your choice of speakers. Changing speakers will not damage your receiver. The sound though will quite likely change. If your new speakers are more efficient than your old ones, then the same setting will result in a louder volume. They will likely sound different, maybe even substanially so.
    Use this time to your advantage as you go shopping. Set yourself a price that's comfortable and take your time auditioning them. Don't pay too much attention to what others say, since they're not listening to their favorite speaker in your room and they likely don't have your own tastes. Take your time...listen...examine different brands. perhaps if you have the room dimensions and have an idea of how loud you like things, you can focus on certain speakers that meet mimimum efficiency criteria.
    Good luck...have fun!
     
  3. RobertSchaez

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    I agree with Chu. Changing speakers can be THE single biggest and most satisfying change you can make to your system. Just remember, be absolutely sure your receiver is turned off, or better yet, unplugged, BEFORE you change that impedance switch on the back.
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  4. NickC

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    Thanks alot, I will definantly keep everything off and unpluged when I am changing speakers/impedence.
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    I agree changing your speakers will not damage your receiver. But I would power it off when changing your speakers. The more efficiant the speaker the louder they will seam to sound at the same volume. Also the better the speaker the better your receiver will sound. Example you could have a realy nice $3,000 receiver with cheap speakers that will not sound as good as a $1,200 receiver with a really nice set of speakers. Speakers can make a medioker receiver sound as nice as a more exspensive receiver. Although there are few exspeptions to this rule, lol. I would buy the best speakers you could possible afford for this IMHO will define how your stereo/ht sounds.
     

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