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Old 16th January 2008, 03:52 AM   #1
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Want to finish an old speaker project. Turns out my speaker/crossover combo will be down to around 4 ohms. 2 identical 8 metal cone woofers ans a 1 tweeter.(see old zetag posts) My HT pioneer is only good for 6-8 ohms. Any easy way out?

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Old 16th January 2008, 01:29 PM   #2
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not a valid question? I have all these drivers and parts....why did I choose this as my first large scale DIY project?
The way I see it I could, bag it all and just use my AR3s or
start over and make 4 2-way speakers or
buy the new crossover parts, put it together, run it and see if the receiver lives or use an active crossover/amps setup and fill up my space with more units or spend a pile of money on impedance limiting transformers. I do know that I have gone about the project the wrong way, I will do better next time. Current design: 2 identical 8" metal cone woofers(6.2ohm), 1 custom vifa tweeter(7.1ohms). Crossover, lower bass, 1st order 6db with zobel, 105hz, upper bass 12db at 3000 with notch and zobel, and tweeter 12db at 2500hz. Can I make this work, my concern is the low impedance when using my HT receiver which is not 4 ohm stable. Of course any advice, suggestions or even admonishments appreciated!
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Old 16th January 2008, 02:06 PM   #3
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Hi Dan,

Wire your woofers in series and adjust your XO to suit?
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Ditto. Reciever amp will be much happier.
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Old 17th January 2008, 01:42 AM   #5
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Thank You! Now would this require a complete redesign of the crossover network?
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Old 17th January 2008, 03:04 PM   #6
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Not a complete redesign. The topology can stay the same. But the values on the woofer half of the crossover will change because of the impedance change.
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Old 17th January 2008, 03:06 PM   #7
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Keep in mind that as long as you don't crank your volume, your reciever probably can handle the 4 ohm load. It's just not ideal.
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