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Can you convert a 32 ohms speaker into a 16 ohm?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by reel big bassist, Aug 9, 2000.


  1. reel big bassist

    reel big bassist

    Mar 27, 2000
    Maryland
    I went to rewire my 4x10 cabinet, to bring
    the impedence from 8 ohms to 4 ohms.
    I assumed each of my speakers was 16 ohms.
    Big Suprise! They were 32 ohms, man am I
    steemed.

    Is their any way I can make a 32 ohm speaker
    a 16 ohms speaker. I relize this is probably
    improbible. So I would appreciate some
    suggestions for replacement speakers.

    Thanks,
    Greg P
     
  2. rcrimm

    rcrimm Commercial User

    Jun 20, 2000
    Meridian, MS USA
    Customer Service, Peavey Electronics
    There is nothing you can do to change the impedance of a speaker. It is what it is.

    I must say that 32 ohm speakers are pretty rare. 16 ohm bass speakers are pretty rare too. If I wanted a 4 ohm, 4 x 10 enclosure, I would get 4 ohm speakers and wire them series/parallel. That would give you 4 ohms total.
     
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  3. You got a Fender cabinet? Fender used (4) 32 ohm 10's in Bassman 4-10 combos, so they could wire them all parallel and get 8 ohms. Man, sell the 32 ohmers and buy what you want. Somebody probably wants them crazy thangs! I would if I had any money. :D

    The only way to change the impedance is to recone and change voice coils. Probably not worth that much trouble.

    Chris
     
  4. I opened back of my 71 Kustom B200 to find that the (2) CTS speakers are 16 ohms wired to read @ 8 ohms
     
  5. Zant

    Zant

    Jan 1, 2017
    They are not rare,any 8 ohm 410 has 4 32ohm speakers in it
     
  6. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    And?
     
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  7. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    Not quite right. four 8Ω drivers wired series parallel will equate to an 8Ω total impedance.
     
  8. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Thread is 17 years old guys. :thumbsup:

    That's about as zombie as I have ever seen.
    :wideyed:
     
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  9. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    It's kind of out the window to re-wire a 8 Ohm 4x10" to 4 Ohms, but it is usually possible when you have 6 or more drivers.
     
  10. BogeyBass

    BogeyBass

    Sep 14, 2010
    or just add another 8ohm cabinet.

    ill guess this is a attempt to go to 4ohms to get "more power" from the amplifier. but if you need more sound level ,need more speakers.
    the distortion free linear area of a 4x10 still sits most likely withing the power range of the amp at 8 ohms.

    its good design, no series loads all parallel to get 8ohms. a good design point. so if the speaker area is doubled its a 4ohm load which isnt to low in impedance to cause amplifier thermal issues like a 2ohm load would.

    lol just n case 17 years later you haven't got a bigger cab yet or just dont play so loud anymore......booo lol
     
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  11. Paul
    I was expecting to see (2) 8-ohm speakers
     
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  12. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    I know but I had to correct a more modern omission. :D
     
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  13. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    In actuality parallel wiring is preferred for use with a tube amp. One of the reasons the fridge has eight 32Ω drivers. :)
     
  14. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    Two 8 Ohm speakers would have been 4 Ohms total.
     
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  15. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    True dat! :)
     
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  16. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    The OP was last logged in on October 29 2005!
     
  17. K B D ....unless they were wired parallel? Then 2 -8 ohms = 8?

    If K200B is 8 Ohm Head and it has 2 speaker outputs : Would that read @ 4 ohms if both cabs were 8 ohms?

    I never ran it through a second 2-15 cab but did run it through my 4ohmSunn

    Saw that pilot light grow dim then glow full!
     
  18. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    Two 8Ω drivers wired in parallel is a 4Ω load. Wired in series it’s a 16Ω load.