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Spider 4 75 watt
on 2012-02-24 07:37:58
I have a spider 4 75 watt combo,I want to hook up a 4x12 cab and not use the 12 inch speaker in the amp,if I hook up a input jack to where the speaker in the amp was hooked up,what ohms does the cab have to be so I do not hurt the amp or anything like that???????
Re: Spider 4 75 watt
on 2012-02-24 07:51:16
Can I run the cab 16 ohm ,8 ohm or 4 ohm,......is it 8 and 16 ohms are safe,or is it 4 ohms and 8 ohms are safe?????????? I have heard there is some kind of rule that you can only go above or below the 8 ohms the amp puts out,I forget which it is,any help would be nice,thanks
Re: Spider 4 75 watt
on 2012-02-24 08:26:17
I found the answer on here
Q: What are the common ohm ratings for guitar speaker cabinets?
A: The common ohm ratings are 16, 8, and 4 ohms. It is important to look at the cabinet inputs to correctly match the rating for your setup to ensure the optimal output and performance of your amplifier. While some ohm mismatches are acceptable, other ohm mismatches can cause failure in your amplifier's power amp section.
REMEMBER: Resistance is measured in ohms. Resistance determines how much current will flow through a component. A very high resistance allows a small amount of current to flow (i.e. a 16 ohm speaker load draws less current than an 8 ohm amp is ready to supply, but it will work safely). A very low resistance allows a large amount of current to flow (i.e. a 4 ohm speaker load draws too much current from an 8 ohm amp, ultimately overheating the amp).
Unacceptable Ohm Mismatches: When connecting any amplifier to an external cabinet it is important to keep in mind that the ohm load of your cabinet should not be lower in number than the ohm rating of your amplifier (which can cause the amplifier to fail). I.e. - If the amp output has an overall rating of 8 ohms DO NOT run with an external cab that has an overall rating of 4 ohms.
Acceptable Ohm Mismatches: It is acceptable to run the overall ohm load output of an amplifier to a cabinet that is higher in number. I.e. If your amp output has an overall output rating of 8 ohms you can run into an external cabinet that has an overall rating of 16 ohms. Be aware that you will lose ~15-20 percent of perceived volume with solid state power amplifiers when running this type of ohm mismatch, but you will suffer no failures.
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