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Need a cheap receiver that will power 4 ohm speakers Help?

 

Erik Rogers
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I recently found a very good deal on the Wharfedale Moviestar 70+ home theater speaker set. It generally runs around $600 and I was able to pick it up for $150.

Anyways, it is my first home theater system and so now I need to purchase a receiver. The problem is the speakers impedence is 4 ohm and most receivers are 8 ohm.

Does anyone know of a specific receiver capable of powering my 4 ohm speakers. I am still a poor starving college student so the cheaper the better.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 94
Registered: Feb-05
Give Denon a look. See what they are running. I believe they can run 4 ohm speakers as can some yamaha.
 

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Username: Kano

Post Number: 351
Registered: Oct-04
Harman Kardon AVR230 would work well, try to find in on clearance at Best Buy as it has been rolled over to the AVR235.
 

Erik Rogers
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Whats the minimum I can expect to pay for a compatible receiver? $300 $250 $200. If you have any advice at all I would appreciate it. I've heard of people using 8 ohm receivers for 4 ohm speakers. Does this degrade sound quality at all? I know it increases the risks of frying your receiver but are there any other down sides?
 

Bronze Member
Username: Gavincumm

Post Number: 97
Registered: Feb-05
if you use an 8 ohm reciever for 4 ohm speakers you risk damaging your reciever. It is NOT AT ALL A GOOD IDEA! trust me on that one
 

Erik Rogers
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From what I have read thus far, most of the time you are ok powering 4 ohm speakers with a mid range receiver as long as you don't plan on cranking the volume and you keep it well ventilated.

Thus far that seems like the only option for me because i can't afford the 500+ range receivers.

If anyone knows of an alternative I am definitely open to hearing it. I definitely appreciate the comments thus far.
 

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Check out an older NAD reciever. NAD is known for thier high current amp designs which are ideal for 4 ohm speakers.
 

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Username: Kano

Post Number: 355
Registered: Oct-04
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=39794%26item%3D5754784852 %26

Your problem finding a cheap receiver is that a receiver needs a better power supply and power reserves to handle a 4 ohm load. Your best bet will be buying used or for a good deal.
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