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Total Ohms

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by dfreeman, Oct 17, 2002.


  1. I have a 4x10 that is 8 ohms, what if I get a 1x15 that is 4 ohms? How many ohms will I have total?
     
  2. I'll save you the multiple "do a search, this has been done before" replies.

    Total Ohms will be approximately 2.67
     
  3. awesome

    awesome

    Aug 14, 2002
    Belgium
    1/Ohm1 + 1/Ohm2 + .... = 1/OhmTotal
    =>1/8 + 1/4 = 3/8

    => 8/3 = 2.67 Ohms

    Understand?
     
  4. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    2.67 ohms isn't a safe load for most amps. Your best bet would be to get an 8 ohm 1x15, making your total load 4 ohms, when used with the 4x10.
     
  5. shakeyeraz

    shakeyeraz

    Aug 25, 2002
    Connecticut
    To calculate the impedance seen by the amp (or presented by the cabinets) use:

    A * B / (A + B)

    Where 'A" is the impedance of one cabinet and 'B' is the impedance of the other.

    So, for your situation:
    A = 8
    B = 4

    4*8 / (4+8) = 2.6

    This is why some amps (SWR for example) provide a power rating at 2.6 ohms.

    You best advice to avoid limiting what amps you can use is to go with another 8 Ohm cabinet.