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what's the harm in replacing an 8 ohm speaker with a 16 ohm please?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by vbf, Feb 9, 2012.

  1. vbf

    vbf Supporting Member

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    Hi guys, I have an amp and want to swap the speaker. The stocker is 8 ohm and I have a speaker that I want to use that's rated at 16 ohms. Pardon the dumb question but what's the harm in doing this please? I figured I'd ask before doing a potentially dumb and harmful thing to my amp.

    NOTE: The amp is Fender Mustang iii (SS) that I will never get any where near max volume....probably never even to half volume.
     
  2. Frank Speak

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    Don't quote me on it, but I don't *think* it matters much on an SS.

    Disclaimer: I'm not an amp tech. ;)
     
  3. vbf

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    Thanks, I hope you're right. :aok
     
  4. SteveO

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    It doesn't matter that much on an SS amp, as long as you go higher in impedance, so you should be just fine. However, increasing the speaker impedance on a solid-state power section will decrease the amp's output power.
     
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    If the speaker's ohms and the amp's ohms match your amp will sound it absolute best. And it should last longer too.
     
  6. vbf

    vbf Supporting Member

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    Thanks for all the info guys. The stock speaker is really pretty lousy and lower output is fine as I won't be pushing the amp at all. In fact, what your describing may actually help the amp tonally. I'll try it and report back. Thanks again!!!
     

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