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What power amp for a 4ohm + 8ohm setup?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Chazinroch, Feb 7, 2003.

  1. Chazinroch


    Feb 2, 2003
    Ontario N.Y.
    I have a 4 ohm SWR goliath jr (2X10) and an 8 ohm goliath (4X10). I know that the combined ohm load is 2.6. So my ampeg B2R won't drive both cabinets. My question is if I go for a power amp (QSC, Crown etc)and pre amp (SVP, FX-1 etc.) and run it in stereo will the different ohm loads on each side be a problem? I figure I can balance the volume with the amp controls. I'm also considering a B5R as an option.

    Advice welcome!!! Thanks
  2. Bingo! Won't be a prob with a power amp. As you say adjust to differences in sensitivity and taste via power amp LR volume controls
  3. Petebass


    Dec 22, 2002
    QLD Australia
    Yep most power amps nowdays go down to 2 ohms bridged or 4 ohms per side stereo. Can't hurt to check specs before you buy.

    You're right that the 4 ohm cab will recieve more watts that the 8 ohm, which is a shame in your case because it's also the smaller speaker cab. So you will indeed need to wind down the volume on that cab.