Speaker hookup


is it possible to hook up 4 speakers to a system with only two output jacks? like, would twistin the wires together from to different speakers and putting them in one jack work?

New member
Username: Willow

Post Number: 5
Registered: 02-2004
Sure you can. However here are some things to keep in mind
Assuming yours is a stereo setup:
- Make sure you maintain left right speaker pair connections correctly
- Maintain speaker connection polarity - dont interchange the connection pair to each speaker.

Also remember the amplifier will now be driving 4 speakers and hence needs the required power rating for this. Some amps have A/B outputs that allow for connecting two pairs of speakers.

Bronze Member
Username: Petergalbraith

Post Number: 13
Registered: 02-2004
The amplifier doesn't know it's driving 4 speakers, but (maybe worse) it sees its load going up from 8 omhs to 4 ohms (assuming all speakers are 8 ohms). So make sure your amplifier/receiver can handle that load.

Also, since the speaker impedance (e.g. nominal 8 ohms) actually varies a bit with frequency, combining different speaker models might sound weird.

Silver Member
Username: Geekboy

Post Number: 218
Registered: 12-2003
Anonymous: I'll add to what Peter wrote (which was excellent). You need to check the impedance of your speakers. By connecting them in parallel, you will halve the load seen by your receiver. That is what Peter was writing about. If you connect -- in parallel -- two 8ohm speakers you receiver will see a 4ohm load (this is known based on Ohms Law).

How do you connect them in parallel

Bronze Member
Username: Petergalbraith

Post Number: 19
Registered: 02-2004
Twisting the wires together and putting them on one jack or post is effectively putting them in parallel.
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