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Denon AVR-3801 and Speaker Impedance

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by nickoff, Dec 6, 2000.

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  1. nickoff

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    Would anyone know if the new 3801 can run
    4 ohm (100W) main speakers?

    I'm cannot get an e-mail message through to Denon for advice as I am computer illiterate!

    The Denon dealer I have spoken to said that
    4 ohm speakers will be fine (they originally sold them to me when I brought a Denon 2500 pro logic receiver a couple of years ago).

    Would anyone have any advice or can some helpful forum user get advice from Denon? I would very much appreciate it.


     
  2. Reiner

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    Even the manufacturer claims the amp/receiver can handle 6-8 Ohm only it should work with 4 Ohm speakers, given that a) you don't drive them too hard and b) they have a high sensitivity.
     
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    I agree, Dennon uses high current amps in their equipment you should be fine. Just to be safe I might buy that extended "if I burn out my amp" warranty. Seriously though, the receiver should have a "clip" indicator light, when that comes on you are dirving the amps too hard. Also listen for the cooling fan....a good indication the that amp is working too hard.
     
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    I own a Denon A10-SE partnered with 5 Dynaudio speakers (4ohm impedance). Here's a small snip of an email exchange I had with one of the chaps in Audio-T when I asked this same question. Hope he won't mind me quoting him!

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    The issue of impedance although it pops up regularly is generally irrelevant particularly on amps with a lot of current delivery like the Denon. Japanese amps as well as more specialist British, Scandanavian etc. often have lots of current and easily drive speakers like Dynaudio's. A £150 Denon amp would drive them (although the sound may not be very nice !! ). The whole rating is based upon a fixed frequency, in a fixed environment. The truth is speakers change their characteristics with frequency anyway.
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    HTH,

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    Stuart Booth
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