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Can I use a pair of 6 ohms speakers on a 8 ohms receiver? My Sherwood receiver is a 8 ohms but I found a Pioneer bookshelf speakers at Best Buy that are 6 ohms and I don't know if they will work fine on my Sherwood receiver. If not I will just have to get the Polk Audio T-15 or so since they are the same price range.
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Yes. You'll be fine.
     
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Well I kinda wonder why on my manual for my receiver say to use min or 8 ohms or higher. I thought that 6 ohms or less will not work right and will overheat the receiver. I know 4 ohms will forsure get hot if turned up loud and will stress the amp but I don't know about 6 ohms. The Polk one is 8 ohms so I know forsure it won't heat up the receiver.
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The Pioneer speakers I' am talking about is the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR. Also the Polk speakers are the T15. I don't know which one is better out of the two but I wondered which is better sounding overall. All I know is that the Pioneer is 6 ohms and not 8 ohms like Polk.
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Originally Posted by Dallas2coolio View Post

The Pioneer speakers I' am talking about is the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR. Also the Polk speakers are the T15. I don't know which one is better out of the two but I wondered which is better sounding overall. All I know is that the Pioneer is 6 ohms and not 8 ohms like Polk.

I run Polk T15's as my surround speakers. Listen to both and go with one that sounds better to you. Both of those speakers will work fine with your receiver. smile.gif
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Basically if the impedance of the speakers are too low compared to amp, assuming you have a solid state amp, you can cause overheating of your amp. But you should be fine.
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Basically if the impedance of the speakers are too low compared to amp, assuming you have a solid state amp, you can cause overheating of your amp. But you should be fine.

He is talking about small book shelf speakers with a Sherwood receiver. I don't think the pull will be much with either set.
post #8 of 18
I currently run those same bookshelfs off a sony amp that is rated for 8 ohms. You will be fine. I have been running them like this for a while now. I also have pioneer andrew jones floorstanders, and the center channel on another sony amp that is 8 ohms or higher. I say just go for it. As long as you don't peg the volume constantly, the current draw will be at low enough levels that the mosfets won't overheat and blow out.

These speakers are less sensitive than others, so be ready for that.
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You CAN do it, and it will probably be fine. Dont blast the volume all the time, and check to see if it is hot after extended use. Should be ok....
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post #10 of 18
The general idea is your pumping 8ohms of power into a 6ohm speaker only if your tuning the volume to 100%. Just never go past 70% volume and you should not harm the speakers at all
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