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Ohms Problem

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by jaxstarke, Apr 12, 2014.

  1. jaxstarke


    Nov 6, 2010
    Currently have a 4 ohm 4x10 cab and my head states that the minimum load it will tolerate is 4 ohms. I would really, really like to add another cab to my setup but I don't know if that's even possible with that 4 ohm cab in the mix. I've read a few things about running 4 and 8 ohm cabs in series and one guy even said something about rewiring the 4 ohm cab to make it 8 ohms but that seemed pretty farfetched to me. Any suggestions other than ditching the 4 ohm 4x10 cab for 2 8 ohm cabs? Thanks in advance.
  2. mbelue


    Dec 11, 2010
    Your cab can probably be rewired to be 16ohms. That will give you a very small percentage of the power you were getting before but you could add more speakers. Generally speaking the volume you'll gain from more speakers won't offset the loss from that higher ohmage.
    What amp are you using?
  3. jaxstarke


    Nov 6, 2010
    GK Backline 600. Just bought it used a few days ago.
  4. What cab is it? You might be able to order new speakers for the 410 but will likely cost more than a new cab.
  5. You can't rewire it to 8Ohms. Your best option IMO would be to get another identical 4Ohm cab and buy or make a series cable to connect them to your amp.
  6. jaxstarke


    Nov 6, 2010
    @B-string-Fender Rumble 4x10. Definitely not worth buying new speakers for. Thanks dmusic148. I'm going to do a little research and look into that option.
  7. jaxstarke


    Nov 6, 2010
    Would this box do the job?

    Attached Files:

  8. That will do the job.
  9. +1. Nicer option, no special cables needed.
  10. madmarvin


    Mar 7, 2005
    Ontario, NY
    Have you considered a two amp setup? Maybe a cheap Peavey to power a second cab?
  11. BassmanPaul

    BassmanPaul Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2007
    Toronto Ontario Canada
    There are problems associated with running disparate cabinets in series.

    1) You simply cannot anticipate how they will sound together.

    2) If the cabinets both have crossovers they could well interact poorly with each other.

    3) Unless the cabinets are of the same impedance, the power distribution will be way off. Say you add an 8Ω 2x10 to your 4Ω 4x10 in series, the 8Ω cabinet will be given twice the power that the 4Ω cabinet receives. This is opposite to what you actually want to happen.
    Last edited: May 7, 2014
  12. Blue9


    Jul 22, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Figured this might be a good place to ask my question.
    I'm looking at a cab on craigslist - it's wired for 16 ohms mono, or 8 ohms stereo. It's got four 16 ohm speakers. Can this be wired for 4 ohms? Would that be two sets of speakers wired in parallel, and then attach those two groupings in series?
    And a long-shot question here - any way to add some resistors to make the cab run at 5.3 ohms? I'm assuming that wouldn't work, or would mess with the sound, but figured I'd ask the dumb question.
  13. Yank all the wiring and re-wire them all in parallel for a 4 ohm load.
    5.33 ohms would come from yanking one speaker, filling the hole it occupied, rewiring the 3 remaining speakers in parallel and reworking the porting arrangements.

    4 ohms easy, 5.33 not worth trying.

    Also, if your head has two outs, you can use the stereo 8 ohm inputs and run it as "2 cabs" for a total 4 ohm load.
  14. Blue9


    Jul 22, 2012
    Portland, OR
    Awesome - thanks for the info! Definitely don't want to try the 5.3 route - 4 ohms is good enough!