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    Default 4 or 8 ohms speakers

    I have an Onkio TX-SR805 and I am thinking to buy new speakers. Should I get 4 or 8 ohms? It supports both. In general which is best?

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    Unless you plan on adding an external amp, you would be better off purchasing 8 ohm speakers.
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    Eight ohm speakers are easier to drive.

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    It's not really a matter of best, its a matter of design. You will see alot of nice speakers that are 4 ohm, this way the numbers look better, but looks are only skin deep, if you know what I mean, if you do not know, its probably for the best.

    Anyway, get the Polk 4 ohm speakers, they are great speakers and the rest of us will enjoy giving you recommendations for your future power needs, it's what we do.

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    If it were me I would stick with the 8 ohm speaker on AVR's. I did look at the spec's from Onkyo and yes it does say the Dynamic Power will go down to 3 ohms with 300 watts into one channel. And I have no doubt that it will power a 4 ohm speaker without much trouble. But I like I said before I would go with an 8 ohm.

    Remember that the 8, 6 or 4 ohm spec on a speaker is an average. A 4 ohm speaker can dip down to 2 or 1 ohm.
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    4 ohms buys you 3 dB of sensitivity (relative to 2.83 VAC, which is the usual "standard" for measuring speaker sensitivity) relative to 8 ohms... all things being equal.

    Fact of the matter is: loudspeaker impedance is a complex (in the mathematical sense) quantity that varies with frequency for most types of speakers. (ribbon drivers, IIRC, do tend to behave as purely resistive loads, so they tend to have 'flat' impedance curves). The "4 ohm" or "8 ohm" rating is a nominal impedance. Typically, it is the impedance "valley" observed a bit above a speaker system's resonant frequency -- the nominal impedance is typically measured in the neighborhood of 100 to 200 Hz for a fullrange speaker system.

    How easy or hard a given speaker is for a given amplifier to drive isn't generally represented very well by the nominal impedance... although speakers with lower nominal (or average) impedance will want more current from an amplifier, thanks to Ohm's Law.

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    The impedance plot above is for a speaker driver (woofer), not a speaker system, but it illustrates the point rather well.
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    that why I said its simply a numbers game for design, you get that higher sensitivity, but at a cost. what seems to reely!!! matter is the type of load the amp output sees, obviously a 200 watt amplifier will not produce that power into a 50K impedance at the resonance point.

    so to the OP like I said, buy the 4 ohm Lsi, go forth and be happy, they are great speakers. Matt Polk had a few of us up to his house last Oct., the sound I heard coming from his entirely stock Lsi9 was reely!!! something reely!!!! besides when or if you are into music you will not need to upgrade from the Polk Theater line.

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    For what its worth, I used to drive my Daki Ikon 6 speakers (6 ohms) w/ my Onk 805 with no problems.

    IMHO, the 805 will do fine with 4, 6 or 8ohms. I would not same the same about a 605/6 or 705/6.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphaone View Post
    I have an Onkio TX-SR805 and I am thinking to buy new speakers. Should I get 4 or 8 ohms? It supports both. In general which is best?

    Thank you
    Consider buying the speaker that sounds the best to you when you audition them with your favorite music or movies.
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