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Is it possible to change the resistance of a speaker?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by scud133, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. scud133

    scud133 Tele-Holic

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    Dec 29, 2009
    Houston, TX
    Is it possible to change a speaker's resistance (e.g., 8ohm to 16ohm)? Like soldering a resister somewhere inside or something?
     
  2. jrfrond

    jrfrond Tele-Holic

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    Aug 11, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    The only way to change the impedance of a speaker is to recone it using a different voice coil impedance.
     
  3. scud133

    scud133 Tele-Holic

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    Dec 29, 2009
    Houston, TX
    righto. my fault for such a noob question. i was thinking merely resistance when i need to be thinking impedance. it's early in the morning, my bad.
     
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  5. megafiddle

    megafiddle Former Member

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    Feb 27, 2011
    VA
    If you're willing to give up 1/2 of the amp's maximum power, you could
    add an 8 ohm power resistor in series with the speaker.

    Sometimes guitar players like to get some extra overdrive without the
    extra volume, so it would act as a mild power soak at the same time.

    But as jrfrond said, you have to change the voicecoil to change the
    speaker itself (and maintain full power).
     
  6. dqami

    dqami Tele-Holic

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    Feb 11, 2004
    you could add another speaker to get your desired resistance.
     
  7. Raybob

    Raybob Tele-Meister

    You can re-cone the speaker with a different impedance coil, or just get a Weber Z-Matcher.
     
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