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16 ohm monitors

Discussion in 'Live Sound [BG]' started by timber22, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. timber22

    timber22 Supporting Member

    I have a big rack PA setup, but am looking into a small light simpler powered mixer to use for small gigs. Almost all of them include two 4ohm capable amps, usually one amp for mains and one for monitors. I want to be able to use four monitors. Does anyone make decent quality 16 ohm floor monitors (12 or 15 inch) so I can run four of them resulting in a 4 ohm load? I've done searches and haven't found much.
    Two 8-ohm mains will be fine, so that's not an issue.
  2. Hactar


    Sep 25, 2011
    Boulder, CO
    Ramsdell makes a 10", 300W, 16ohm monitor.

    There might be some discontinued Peavey's that are 16ohm.
  3. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    You can use 4 @ 8 ohm monitors, just wire them up series parallel
    It will give you 8 ohms, which the amp can handle fine.
  4. Jazzdogg

    Jazzdogg Less barking, more wagging!

    Jul 29, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    Using a powered mixer can be a lot like putting all of your eggs on one basket. Have you considered a passive mixer with powered monitors?
  5. timber22

    timber22 Supporting Member

    Seamonkey - thanks and I'll look into the series parallel wiring. But, I believe I'd rather not rewire my existing monitors because I most likely still want to use them with my "full" PA as they are.

    Jazzdog - I could do that, but I was hoping to use my current passive mains with the full rack PA or with a small powered mixer. That is an option though and i'll consider it.

    Thanks for throwing out some options I wasn't thinking about.
  6. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
  7. timber22

    timber22 Supporting Member

    I never knew they existed. Thanks.
  8. gearhead1972


    Feb 21, 2012
    Kent NY
    I would make my own series wired box, you could do it a lot cheaper than $34 with parts from parts express.
  9. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    yeah, but how much power will that mixer head push into an 8Ω load? now how about one fourth of that?

    you could end up dragging out and setting up 4 very weak, quiet wedges.

    for that matter, 4 wedges all on one mix is usually not so great anyway. (i'll go without before i share a monitor mix with someone else.)
  10. seamonkey


    Aug 6, 2004
    Watts hardly matter

    You want the wedges close to the players and keep the stage volume down

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