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selder 17th December 2002 06:59 PM

Zen V4 and 16 ohm speakers
I've searched. I really have.
I've found numerous posts regarding the Zen V4 with 4 ohm speakers.
What about 16 ohm?

kristijan-k 17th December 2002 07:07 PM

Hello Steve,

The 16 Ohm speakers would work fine with
the Zen-V4 amplifier.
I tried it, and it sounds very good.

Best regards,
Kristijan Kljucaric

2Bak 18th December 2002 01:05 AM


The 16 Ohm speakers would work fine with the Zen-V4 amplifier.
Does this mean that a 16 ohm speaker will play louder than 8 and 4 ohms speakers on the same Zen 4 curent...? Simple Ohms Law I guess.

jh6you 18th December 2002 01:29 AM

I have understood that the specified sensitivity (dB) explains the loudness of the speaker, while the specified impedance (ohm) is reference to the choice of amplifier having proper damping factor and output signal current (and voltage) supply.


jh6you 18th December 2002 06:09 AM

Here we could read an interesting information about the proper speaker selection.


2Bak 18th December 2002 12:23 PM

JH, in 1977 I did in fact build some very efficient Lowther horns.
I made them 1,5 times normal size so they were monsters. Two meters high, 100 kilo each with folded horns in concrete.
I sold these dinosaurs many years ago and wouldn't go into such a project today, cause I don't want to use so much room for hifi anymore. What I'm looking for now are small DIY enclosures, booksleves size, with high efficiency to go with a cute little Zen 4 ;)

jh6you 18th December 2002 12:53 PM

Ah... I did not know that.
Since the article, Some Insight into Proper Speaker Selection, on the above quoted web page was useful read for me, I just thought that it would be also interesting for you.



2Bak 18th December 2002 01:13 PM

JH, thanks for the link, l'm sure it will be interesting reading.

selder 18th December 2002 05:37 PM

Thanks for your replies......
I'm afraid that I should rephrase my question.

I have the opportunity to purchase some drivers which I'll use in the 100 - 1000 Hz range. I can have them in 8 or 16 ohm. Assuming all other factors to be equal, would I expect the Zen V4 to perform worse, better, or the same with 16 ohm vs 8 ohm?
Thanks again,

Nelson Pass 18th December 2002 06:20 PM

You will definitely experience lower distortion into
16 ohms, but also about 1/2 the power.

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