I recently acquired a pair of Paradigm monitor 7v.3 tower speakers. They sound pretty great, and are definately an upgrade from my old Athenas that I was previously fairly satisfied with.
I noticed my AVR (Denon 790) going into protect mode a couple times at somewhat high listening levels. It has happened 3 times over about 4 weeks, which is since I got the Paradigms. I was able to push my volume up higher when I had my athenas, and I never once had my AVR go into protect mode. Only now, with the addition of the Paradigms. I checked all my wires to make sure a positive and negative weren't touching together somehow, but that was not the cause. From here, I started worry that my fairly recent purchase of the Denon head unit could be showing signs of weakness. :/
I decided to put my multimeter on the speakers to see what they read for resistance, since the issue seemed to start with the speaker swap. They are reading 3.2 ohms! Right by the speaker terminal, the speakers very clearly read 8 ohms! There are two sets of terminals, and I currently have the plates in between them for a single speaker wire connection. I took the plates off, and checked the terminals separately. The top, which is the tweeter, reads 1 ohm. The bottom terminals ready 3.2 ohms. Together at the plates, the 3.2 reading...
What the heck? Am I doing something wrong here? I can't see wiring the two sets of terminals up parallel as being anything the manufacturer intended just to reach the 8 ohm load.. And I don't think that would even work because the tweeter doesn't carry the resistance... (please correct me if I'm wrong here)
Any help or even explanation as to what might be going wrong here is apprecaited!