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Old 5th November 2004, 04:06 PM   #1
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Default 16 ohm drivers?

I know that 16 ohm speakers are meant to be wired together to form an 8ohm load, for instance in an MTM. But, it is safe/advisable to run a 16 ohm driver like this one:

http://www.creativesound.ca/details.php?model=WR125ST

From a regular amplifier or reciever?
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Old 5th November 2004, 05:26 PM   #2
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You could run a 160 ohm driver on a "regular" amp and it wouldnt hurt it.

The higher the impedance, the lower the "draw" on the amp. So yes, you can. But remember, you will only get about half the power into a 16 ohm speaker as you would an 8 ohm.
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Old 5th November 2004, 06:17 PM   #3
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Many owners of tube amps prefer a 16 ohm load.
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Old 5th November 2004, 09:38 PM   #4
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thanks guys, looks like I will be ordering these
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But remember, you will only get about half the power into a 16 ohm speaker as you would an 8 ohm.
And half the distorion (in general)

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And half the distorion (in general)
Power shouldnt be a problem, this speaker will get the (claimed) 100wpc into 8 ohms from my mass market reciever. Your distrortion statement intrigues me though - my reciever (Pionerr 811s) has a pretty weak amp section, and does not 'officially support' a 4 ohm load, does this mean it will have an easier time driving a 16ohm speaker than an 8ohm speaker? Because with my big floorstanding 8ohm towers, it is not very dynamic, I ended up using the preamp outs for the front channels so I could use an outboard amp with some balls (1970's Yamaha reciever), and it would be nice to avoid the need for a separate amp for this speaker (center channel).
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And half the distortion (in general)

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Maybe you lose less than the theoretical 3dB with 16 Ohm series using small tube amps, especially SET? I would expect so with a high output impedance amp. Did you ever measure SPL when parallel (4 Ohm) double drivers vs series (16 Ohm) when fed off an 8 Ohm tap? Speakers are governed by voltage, so maybe less of a loss than expected? Do you subjectively feel not so much of an spl loss when using push push 16 Ohm vs push push 4 Ohm with tube amps? Planet 10?
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