Ohms is a term you will often come across when reviewing speaker and amplifier specifications. It refers to the resistance a speaker puts up against current flow – the lower its rating is, the more easily current can flow through its coils; higher ratings indicate it needs more power for operation – this may be an important consideration when purchasing speakers and selecting how they connect into your system.
Mixing Speakers of Different Ohms
Simply put, mixing speakers of differing ohms is permissible as long as their connection to an amplifier or receiver supports them. There may also be other considerations you will need to keep in mind before making such a decision.
As the first step, make sure your amplifier or receiver can support the total impedance of all of your speakers combined. In most cases, their combined impedance will exceed what their connection device can handle as speakers tend to draw more power than anticipated.
Be careful to not exceed the maximum ohm rating of your amplifier or receiver as this could damage its components and cost money in repairs or replacements.
For best results, ensure each pair of speakers has an equal ohm rating. To do this, connect four ohm speakers to unused jacks on your receiver or amplifier and connect eight ohm speakers to any remaining unused jacks; this will ensure you do not exceed the max ohm rating and cause any interference with sound quality or functionality of your speakers.
Can 6 and 8 Ohm Speakers Coexist Together? mes Yes, as long as the device that you connect them to supports it. In most cases, this will not pose any difficulties; most devices can accommodate speakers of either ohm rating. When trying to mix speakers that span both ranges, however, complications could arise since these will need to be able to handle all ohm ratings without difficulty on their own.
To avoid this problem, if the speakers you’re using have highly variable ohm ratings, use an external crossover in your setup to even out their impedance and make them easier for both amplifier and speakers to work with. However, it is best to purchase an external crossover designed specifically for this use as this will prevent damage to amplifier or receiver as well as providing optimal performance for speakers.