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

vbf

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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.
 

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.
 

EADGBE

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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.
 

vbf

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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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