4 Ohm, 6 Ohm, 8 Ohm??


John McA
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This question began in the receiver thread on THX certification and was suggested to be its own thread. Is there any inherent engineering/sound quality benefit to designing a speaker with a given impedence?

I just bought an H/K receiver that suggests not to use speakers of more than 8 Ohms. Am I losing anything with respect to sound quality by following H/K's direction?

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Username: Paul_ohstbucks

Post Number: 1547
Registered: Jan-05
If you connect 4ohm speakers, you might lose sound quality. If you're shopping for new speakers, I'd recommend taking heed to HKs advice, and stick with 8ohm.

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Username: Edster922

Abubala, Ababala The Occupation

Post Number: 1151
Registered: Mar-05
Generally the lower the impedance of the speakers, the higher current the receiver or amp must be able to put out in order to run those speakers---in other words the bigger and more expensive the receiver/amp required.

So unless you are willing to drop some major cash on a higher end receiver/amp (I'd start at $1000 and go up if working down to 4 ohms) then 8 ohms is the safest way to go.
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