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How to connect 4 speakers in one room to the source output...

Posted by roger_northeast (My Page) on
Mon, May 29, 06 at 9:27

Supposed I have a room where I want 4 speakers to be playing the same source.. how would I wire them? Do I run 2 pairs of wires (one pair for each speaker pair, ie 4 wires) all the way to the distribution source and then tied them together or can I run a pair from the source to the first speaker pair 1 and then a short run from speaker pair 1 to pair 2? If the latter, how would I wire them? In series or parallel?

Thanks
Roger


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RE: How to connect 4 speakers in one room to the source output..

parallel. normal home speakers are 8 ohms. if you run a pair in parallel then the total impedence would be 4 ohms which is ok.


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RE: How to connect 4 speakers in one room to the source output..

No. Most recievers cant handler 4ohm loads.


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RE: How to connect 4 speakers in one room to the source output..

Hi Roger, assuming your amplifier has 4 connectors for output, I believe you should run four separate wires.


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RE: How to connect 4 speakers in one room to the source output..

OK. I will run 4 separate wires to the unit in the basement but then the question remains: If I connect them in parallel (each wire to the same speaker terminal in the amp), then the amp will only see 4ohms. I'm guessing this is not good. Do I need a separate box in between to fake the amp into seeing 8 ohms? Does such a thing exist?

R.


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RE: How to connect 4 speakers in one room to the source output..

Connect them in series. How big are these speakers? In series they will be 16Ohms but should be good ebough power for most. Or you can buy a impedance matching speaker switch from partsexpress dot com If you dont have speakers anywhere else you could connect them to the surround speaker connections of a reciever and set the reciever to phtantom or 5 channel stereo so it sends same signal to all speakers


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