8 Impedance speakers on a 6 Impedance amp?

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  1. Agent_Trig

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    My mates buying my Teac Ref-300 amp off me soon which is 6 Impedance and he's looking to buy some Tannoy F1 speakers which are 8 Impedance.

    Would he encounter any problems in doing this? Or is it a defo no no when it comes to not matching impedance ratings?

    Cheers :)
     
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    A quick search should bring up loads on this subject, IIRC a lower impedance amp is fine, it is the other way round where you may have a problem with overheating the amp or clipping & blowing the speakers/amp. As with all kit it needs to be driven within its limits.

    A search for M&K speakers will tell you a lot as the vast majority of these were/are 4 ohm
     
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    He'll be just fine. :smashin:
     
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    Yes, to confirm what Nobber22 said, this won't be a problem.

    Likely the amp in question is not a 6 ohm amp, but an amp whose power is rated at 6 ohms because many many speakers today are also 6 ohms, and the manufacturer wants you to know how much power you will have to a typical load.

    It is virtually an industry standard among consumer amps for them to handle 4 ohm to 16 ohms loads. Occasionally, you will find an amp like a NAD that is rated as low as 2 ohms, and among commercial amp, you could even see ratings as low as 1 ohm but most consumers will never encounter an amp like this.

    So, on general principle, as long as your total per channel load impedance stays between 4 ohms and 16 ohms, you should be ok.

    Steve/bluewizard
     

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