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Sony STR-DB940 Receiver Speaker Impedance Question

I know the manual talks about 4 and 8 ohm speaker loads, but my question is how low the load impedance can safely go. Basically, I want to wire the center channel output to a pair of speakers hanging off my Pioneer PDP-5020FD plasma TV. I figured I would wire them in parallel. I measured the ohms of each speaker; one is 6.8 and one is 7, so in parallel it would be around 3.4. Is that a safe load? It's not much below 4 ohms, and I know many amps can handle down to 2 ohms, but I don't know if my receiver will. Please help. Thanks!

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  • jsdittmer Mar 03, 2009

    Thanks Gene. I might not have described my situation well enough for you. The speakers are detachable from the plasma, so they are not hooked up to it at all now. I want to attach the center channel of my Sony STR-DB940 receiver amp to this speaker bar. The bar has two speakers. I would like to use both if possible. Right now I have the center channel of my receiver hooked to only one speaker.

    My question was that if I hooked up both speakers in parallel to the receiver, the load would be cut in half to around 3.4 ohms, and if in series it would be 13.8 ohms, would either work? It is the Sony STR-DB940 receiver amp that I want to hook to the speakers. I would do either based on a professional recommendation (or neither if the receiver won't handle it). The receiver specs only state 4 and 8 ohm scenarios, but it's a beefy receiver, so I was wondering if it will actually handle 3.4 ohms (since many can handle as low as 2 ohms). Maybe this is a question only for Sony, but I figured someone on here might know. It would be on everyday, but normally at pretty mild levels. I just didn't want to risk anything without professional advise.



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    i no the cumin speaker wires are 4ohm but is the rj output 8 ohm



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Whats the rating on the Plasma? How many watts at 4 ohms? If the plasma is rated 100 w at 8 ohm... hanging a 3.4 ohm load would put a lot of strain on the plasma's output amp. At 3.4 ohm the amp would be trying to delive close to 200 watts at full power. But it depends on how hot you normally run the volumn. Remember an amplifier output is AC volts. 1 ohm of resistance is close to a dead short. The amplifier would have to work its *** off to supply that type of power and would probably burn the output op-amps. If the outputs burn & it pumps any DC current through the speaker wire..the speakers would be toast...if not catch on fire. Try to keep the speaker load at or very cloe to the plasma's output load rating. Also if the plasma doesn't state it will handle loads down to 2 ohms...It probably won't.

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Since the Sony receiver has preamp outputs for all channels, you could use the center channel preamp output to drive the existing amplifier in the television set. This will avoid concerns over speaker impedance and make the cabling simpler as well. By the way, if you measured the speaker "impedance" with a DC ohmmeter, you haven't actually measured impedance. DC resistance is a scalar quantity measured with an ohmmeter, but impedance is a vector quantity consisting of resistance and reactance.

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