Using 4 ohm speakers with 8 ohm amp


This may sound stupid but can i use my jbl control 1s rated 4 ohms as surrounds on an amp rated 6 or 8 ohms.

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Username: Project6

Post Number: 134
Registered: 12-2003
that is not a stupid question at all, it is better that you know and not guess and hope for the best, right?

anyway, there are very few amps that can handle a 4 ohm load without heating or working a little too hard and clipping or go into protect mode.

you may want to steer clear of that unless your amp can handle it.

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How can you say there are "few amps" that can handle a 4 ohm load? There are and have been for many years a WIDE selection of amps that can handle 4ohm loads.... are you sure you did not mean not many receivers ?


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Username: Project6

Post Number: 140
Registered: 12-2003
absolutely correct. However, I was referring to amps that are only specifically rated at 6 to 8 ohms.
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