Correct OHMs

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by loanzac, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. loanzac


    Mar 17, 2010
    Chicago, Il
    Got a silly question. I bought a SWR Goliath 3 cab, and am unsure if it is 8OHM or 4OHM, their are no markings on the back of it indicating which version it is. I want to pair it with a thunderfunk 420 is this a good idea? meaning will the OHM rating be compatible and no blow-up of either head or speaker?
  2. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    You'll be fine either way as long as you run the one cab by itself, it just won't be as loud if it's 8Ωs. You could remove one of the speakers and see whats printed on the back. If they're 4 or 16Ω, chances are it's a 4Ω cab. If they're 8Ω, chances are it's an 8Ω cab.

    This shows the common wiring for 4 speaker cabs.
  3. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    You have to get someone to measure it. Note - it will not be exactly 4 or 8, but around there.

    What is the impedance of your Thunderfunk cab?

    You need to be sure that the combined impedance is not less than your head is rated for.

    ie: 4 & 4 = 2 Ohms 4 & 8 = 3 Ohms 8 & 8 = 4 Ohms

    If the cabs are different impedance, then note that the cab with the lowest impedance will get 2 x the power of the other one and must be able to handle it.
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