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I wonder if a Receiver Rated at 6Ohms will safely be able to drive speakers rated 8Ohms?? Or do they both have to be rated the same?
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Easily. Not a problem at all. Receivers rated at 6 ohms will also handle 8 ohm loads.

Which receiver and speakers are you speaking of?

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Easily. Not a problem at all. Receivers rated at 6 ohms will also handle 8 ohm loads.
Which receiver and speakers are you speaking of?

Sony Receiver DDW990 (part of a HTIB set). I'm looking to buy the set for $100 but I just want to be sure that if I buy better speakers down the road and they are rated 8Ohm that they will work. Thanks for your quick reply.

Pics of the set: http://ebay.4lowestpricearound.com/Listings/sony%20ht-ddw990/add.html (Purchasing from Kijiji)
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HTIB receivers generally use either 4-ohm or 6-ohm ratings to advertise more power output with more often then not much higher distortion values .. in the Sony HTIB's case ... 140W into 6-ohm at 10% THD. eek.gif As is usually the case with most HTIB receivers, you'd be buying a very low quality receiver. You would be much better served buying a stand alone AVR with much better audio quality specs. A much better value for your dollar is a refurb Denon 1612 which also has more HDMI inputs as well.

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Some HITB systems come with a standard receiver. But it will be an economy model in most cases. Yamaha sells packages like that.

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HTIB receivers generally use either 4-ohm or 6-ohm ratings to advertise more power output with more often then not much higher distortion values .. in the Sony HTIB's case ... 140W into 6-ohm at 10% THD. eek.gif As is usually the case with most HTIB receivers, you'd be buying a very low quality receiver. You would be much better served buying a stand alone AVR with much better audio quality specs. A much better value for your dollar is a refurb Denon 1612 which also has more HDMI inputs as well.
http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1612/DENON-AVR-1612-5.1-Channel-A/V-Home-Theater-Receiver/1.html
So if you still decide to go the HTIB route, consider selling the whole setup when upgrading the speakers rather than keeping that receiver.



Well the thing is that I already have speakers. All Sony satellite or bookshelf size and a Sound Dynamics (Energy) 8" powered sub. All rated at 8Ohms. I really just need the receiver. But the Sony DDW990 HTIB I'm interested in on Kijiji is only $100. Which at this point fits my budget. I guess I'm a bit impatient. I really want a decent receiver but it's hard to wait and save up the money.

Right now I'm using the two speaker version of this: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-mini-stereo-HI-FI-component-system-60-CD-Changer-dual-Cassette-MHC-MG510A-/160773767356?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item256edd00bc#ht_509wt_1180 as my sound system. I just run the analog audio from the HDTV to the back of the stereo.
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If that's your budget then get what you can and save up until you can afford a dedicated AVR like a used Denon 1612. You can likely resell the Sony HTIB for what you would pay for it.

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If that's your budget then get what you can and save up until you can afford a dedicated AVR like a used Denon 1612. You can likely resell the Sony HTIB for what you would pay for it.

I hate to sound cheap but yeah I don't have a lot of money right now. What I'm using does work just fine. But it may make more sense to take the money I would put on this HTIB and put it towards a solid spec'd modern AVR. I just have to be patient I guess. They say good things come to those who wait. We'll see.

In the mean time while slowly building my new Surround system would these be a good catch? http://ottawa.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-electronics-PSB-Alpha-Speakers-Nice-W0QQAdIdZ391148291
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You'd be much better served asking speaker related questions in the Speakers forum.

http://www.avsforum.com/f/89/speakers

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You'd be much better served asking speaker related questions in the Speakers forum.
http://www.avsforum.com/f/89/speakers

Okay then.

Just came across this. http://ottawa.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-sell-electronics-DENON-AVR-1312-5-1-HOME-THEATRE-RECEIVER-ALMOST-NEW-W0QQAdIdZ388338149

Is this a good deal? Supports HDMI 1.4 and the latest Dolby and DTS. Not a lot of I/O on the back but it may serve me well for what I need.

This is the asterisks at the bottom of the Amazon page for it. "75 watts per channel (20Hz-20kHz, 8 ohms, .08% THD), 110 watts per channel (1kHz, 6 ohms)" Does this mean there is an option to choose either one? I have 8 Ohm speakers.
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I'd keep looking for the next higher model, 1612 as I mentioned before as it includes the Audyssey MultEQ speaker EQ and calibration, although if you can't find one, then the 1312 would serve you better than the Sony.

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I'd keep looking for the next higher model, 1612 as I mentioned before as it includes the Audyssey MultEQ speaker EQ and calibration, although if you can't find one, then the 1312 would serve you better than the Sony.

Well having auto calibration (or not) isn't a big deal to me. I can't imagine it'd be too hard to set up manually. Plus I've only found the 1612 in one place that sells it for under $200 but shipping is at least $70. http://www.accessories4less.com/make-a-store/item/DENAVR1612/DENON-AVR-1612-5.1-Channel-A/V-Home-Theater-Receiver/1.html That high price in itself makes the 1312 very appealing right now. I may go to Future Shop tomorrow to check out there "open box" models but most it seems don't have the remote. I don't care to use one of those Harmony remotes they offer in place of the original.

Sucks that I don't live in Toronto cause there's a lot more options on Kijiji.
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Although setting up the AVR manually won't come close to comparing to what an Auto EQ program can do, if you aren't worried about it, then the 1312 is likely your best bet for your budget. Also note that the vendor you quoted (AC4L) does not ship to Canada.

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