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I have a pair of old (relatively) Bose 501 speakers that are
marked as 4 Ohms, that I would like to use with a new
receiver that only offers 8-16 ohm connections.
From what I've been able to establish, higher end
speakers tend to be of the 4 Ohm variety due to greater
power associated with lower resistance.
What types of problems can I expect if I use 4 Ohm
speakers with my 8 Ohm system?
If my only problem will be reduced performance, then
I'm not terribly concerned. If I will cause permanent
damage to my new receiver I think I'll leave the
speakers in storage.
In the past, my father had wired a 4 Ohm resistor
(rated at 15 Watts) in
series with the speaker so that the amp would see
8 Ohms. Is it that easy?