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Modern receivers and 4 ohm speakers

Discussion in 'AV Receivers & Amplifiers' started by sapkan, Jan 8, 2005.

  1. sapkan

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    :confused: Can modern receiver from the leading makes like Denon, Yamaha and Pioneer drive 4 ohm speakers? The reason I am asking is because I am planning a home cinema setup with 4 ohm speakers at the rear and 8 ohm upfront.
     
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    I think 4 ohm is generaly pretty hard for at least some makes to drive. I think Marantz are generaly considered to have a better amp section on their recievers, so you would have more luck with them.
     
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    Hi,

    I have a pioneer 2011 and have 4 ohm speakers all round and have had no problems what so ever! :smashin:
     
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    While most budget amps/receivers are not rated for 4 Ohm it´s usually possible to drive 4 Ohm speakers. Just keep the volume within normal levels and switch off the amp when it get´s too hot or the protection circuit kicks in.

    Using 4 Ohm speakers at the rear is less of a problem than using them upfront, so I reckon you are quite safe.
    As well setting speakers to SMALL helps reducing the load to the amp.
     
  5. sapkan

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    I am thinking of three blueroom cinepods upfront and two Blueroom Minipods at the rear. Its weird how the former are 8ohm while the latter are 4 ohm. They are the same make and have the same drivers?! Up until recently I thought that only the real high-end stuff is rated at 4 ohm
     
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    I've noticed that alot of budget speaker sets are 4 ohms
     
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    Which of these do you think will deal better (or deal at all) with the 4 ohm Minipods I have in mind?

    -Yamaha 1500 (its has 6-8 ohm switch at the back)
    -Denon 2805 (center,surround,surr. back 6-16ohm, A or B 6-16ohm, A+B 8-16 ohm)
    -Pioneer 2014 (?)
    -Marantz 7500 (says min 6 ohm at the back)
    - Onkyo 702 (?)
     
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    Why don't you email blueroom and ask them what they would recomend. I know that B&W own them (or used too) and Marantz have a Strategic alliance with B&W although Marantz and Denon are owned by the same people these days.

    Anywya i'm sure they would be able to surguest a particular manufacturer, or they may tell you to get a power amp :s
     
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    I wrote to Scandyna (not owned by B&W anymore) hoping that unlike the bigger firms they would actually answer but I have not received a reply yet. :(
     
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    The next step would be to phone them but thats a bit drastic. You could ask the place you bought them from or go to somewhere like sevenoaks and ask, they will be helpful and it should answer your quetion.

    Also most modern amps have a safety cut of switch in case it gets too hot/damge itself, so you would probably ok with anyone you choose.
     

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