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Hooking up muliple speakers

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Nato, Jul 4, 2003.


  1. Nato

    Nato

    Jun 2, 2002
    Hey i just got some older speakers from my grandma and wanted to add them to my current sound system but i am not sure if i will damage them with the difference in ohms and all. My current speaker are both rated 6 ohms and then i have a sub with them that is 12 ohms and the other 2 speaker i want to add at 8 ohms. So is it possible to add these 2 speakers without damaging anything else in the set up? All advise would be helpful. Thanks
     
  2. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    This all depends on a couple of factors:

    How will the speakers be connected? Paralell, in series?
    What can you sound system handle in terms of ohms?
    If your system specs claim that the mininum is 8ohms for example, and the total load on your system with all the speakers will be 4 ohms, then you will fry your soundsystem.
     
  3. On the back of your stereo it should say the ohms rating under or above your speaker sockets. Message us back with that then we'll work something out. ;)

    The safe option is to hook the extra speakers up in series with the 2 6ohm drivers already in your system. This will make the ohms your amp sees at 14 ohms. Not as much volume though....

    :D:D

    Merls
     
  4. Nato

    Nato

    Jun 2, 2002
    Acutally I think I am just going to use them on a differen't stereo cause that one needs it a whole lot more than the one I got. But I will see what the ohm rating is for my stereo just to try it out and learn a little more about all of this ohms stuff and how it works.
     
  5. Nato

    Nato

    Jun 2, 2002
    Okay I looked up the ohm rating on my stereo and it says it is between 6-16 ohms. So what could I do with this then if I wanted to add speakers? Thanks!
     
  6. Well you could add the other speakers in series with the ones you have. erm basically grab the positive from one speaker and the negative from the other and tie them together. The remaining two wires should be a Positive and negative, this goes to your left side of your amp. Do likewise for the other side.

    :D:D

    Merls