No, not a silly question at all. I had already checked the wiring and it's fine....4 ohms at the plug. It's wired correctly. But your question does make me want to re-try the old Altec Lansing 425A-8's that I have. They sounded shrill and wimpy. I think I'll retry those and double check the wiring after the install. I might have had those out of phase when I tried them. I'll see what happens and get back to you all.