How to Mix 6 Ohm & 8 Ohm Speakers

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How to Mix 6 Ohm & 8 Ohm Speakers
In order to mix speakers, wire them in series and parallel. (car audio speakers image by Alexander Zhiltsov from Fotolia.com)

Audio speakers come in a number of different impedance values. Impedance is the resistance of flow to an electrical current, and is measured in units called ohms. The most common in spakers are 4 ohm, 6 ohm, and 8 ohm. Any of these speakers can work with any receiver if you hook them up carefully. Every receiver has a minimum speaker impedance rating. Any speaker connected to that receiver must have the minimum speaker impedance or higher to avoid overloading the receiver. Overloading the receiver can damage the unit or cause it to shutdown repeatedly.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wire Strippers
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Instructions

  1. 1

    Connect the negative terminal of speaker 1 to the positive terminal of speaker 2. The combined impedance is 6 ohms plus 6 ohms or 12 ohms.

  2. 2

    Connect the positive terminal of speaker 1 to the positive speaker terminal on the receiver.

    Connect the negative terminal of speaker 2 to the negative speaker terminal on the receiver. Make sure these wires are connected to the same channel on the receiver.

  3. 3

    Test the system by turning the radio or receiver on. Turn up the volume to about 30% of its maximum value. Listen at each speaker to verify sound is coming from all of the speakers.

  1. 1

    Connect the negative terminal of the 6 ohm speaker to the positive terminal of the 8 ohm speaker. The combined impedance is 6 ohms plus 8 ohms or 14 ohms.

  2. 2

    Connect the positive terminal of the 6 ohm speaker to the positive speaker terminal on the receiver.

    Connect the negative terminal of the 8 ohm speaker to the negative speaker terminal on the receiver. Make sure these wires are connected to the same channel on the receiver.

  3. 3

    Test the system by turning the radio or receiver on. Turn up the volume to about 30% of its maximum value. Listen at each speaker to verify sound is coming from all of the speakers. The methods listed here are used to keep the number of speakers per channel low. Parallel combinations are also possible, but this increases the number of speakers which would have to be connected to one channel.

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