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Old 08-04-2008, 11:50 AM   #1
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I've been shopping around for Speakers and have noticed something interesting. All the speakers that sound good to my ears are rated at 6 ohms or below. My Sony STR-DG910 will only handle 8 to 16 ohms. Now my choices are: (A) Get a crappy set of speakers that are 8 ohms or above or (B) Replace my receiver (the unwelcome alternative). Suggestions anyone?
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Sounds like you understand the situation pretty well. Do whatever sounds best and still fits within your budget. I will say that you should have no problem finding quality speakers that have an 8 ohm or larger resistance.

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Old 08-04-2008, 12:38 PM   #3
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There are alot of good speakers in the 8 ohm range. Paradigms are a good example.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:54 PM   #4
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:17 PM   #5
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I've been shopping around for Speakers and have noticed something interesting. All the speakers that sound good to my ears are rated at 6 ohms or below. My Sony STR-DG910 will only handle 8 to 16 ohms. Now my choices are: (A) Get a crappy set of speakers that are 8 ohms or above or (B) Replace my receiver (the unwelcome alternative). Suggestions anyone?
If you don't mind me asking, what speakers have you listened to that you like?
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:31 PM   #6
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I run 4ohm speakers on my receiver, which is set at 8ohms. You could always get an amplifier if your receiver has "pre-outs". Amps are expensive though.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:42 PM   #7
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You could always run a resistor inline.

Or just hook the 6 ohm speakers up. At normal listening levels this shouldn't actually damage anything and when you take the impedance rise of the full system, you're very likely not running at 6 ohms too often.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:20 AM   #8
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I'd say 6 ohms would be alright. I ran my Technics with my SR-800 receiver and didn't have too many problems. Just watch the volume level on them though...
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