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Question for mixing speaker (4/16) ohms for 8 ohm cabs

Discussion in 'Amps [BG]' started by waveman, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. waveman

    waveman Supporting Member

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    Ok, say I have two identical speaker cabs, and I want to the stock in one cab ( 2 - 16ohm ) speakers, and I want some others in a second cab ( 2 - 4ohm). So the two 16 ohm speakers will be connected in parallel and the 4 ohm speakers will be connected in series. Total wattage capacity will be the same for each individual speaker.

    Will one cab work harder than the other or take on more load than the other?
  2. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    Electrically both wiring schemes will result in 8Ω. The thermal power will be double of that of a single driver. Make sure you observe polarity by doing the battery test.

    How well the two cabinets will work together, if that's the plan, will be a crapshoot.
  3. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

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    The two 16 ohm in parallel will be 8 ohms and the two 4 ohm in parallel will be 8 ohms.

    They will get equal power. Each speaker will get equal power. The parallel cabinet might have a bit more high end presence, and the series may be a little bigger in the low end. They will likely play well together. Parallel on top will probably work best.
  4. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

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    I fix! :D
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    i'd suspect the speakers themselves just being by definition not the same would give you a different sound from each box.

    (they would all get equal power, though.)

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