I just unpacked my first set of Waferdalel speakers, 10.1!!! I love the sound from these little, beautifully, speakers. Art and performance in one package, ahhh.
I have a Question that involves amplification and performance.
I'm going to leave out the specs of my Amp at this point on purpose to see if your thoughts, are the same as mine as to my problem.
When I first hoked up the 10.1's, I would get cracking and some distortion at mid volume levels in the lower frequency range. Using the clock scale on the volume knob (6:00 being volume off and 4:00 being volume high, 11:00 loud and 1:00 is as high as I have ever driven the amp, and mid volume would be 9:00-10:00.) I would turn the loudness switch off and this would help, but as I would turn the volume up to bring back some of the power, the problem would reappear. The bass, mid-range and treb. were all set at 0. I do run a 12 band frequency equalizer with the settings at or just above 0, and with a small amount of gain added. bringing the gain down would help with the distortion but of coarse the power would drop. when I bring the power back up, the cracking would start.
I have two speaker out jacks, one and two. The Waferdales are hooked up to #1 and I have a 12" sub hooked up to #2. The woofer has a built in crossover for speaker hook up. After I hooked up the Waferdales to the subwoofer out jacks. the cracking stopped and the power ability of these 10.1 speakers rose dramatically, up to 11:00 with clear sound and just a hint of (don't push me further, coming from the Waferdals) My amp is a vintage amp with an 8 ohm recommendation for speakers. the power out put is well with in the specs of my 10.1's. But of coarse my equalizer gain feature adds power to the amps out put. I have been running this combination for more then twenty years with no problem. I didn't get larger waferdales for fear of not having an amp capable of driving them.
I don't know what the effect of a 6ohm speaker has on an 8ohm amp. so an answer to that would be great. I would all so appreciate thoughts on what some of the reasons would be for a speaker to be driven to cracking and distortion at mid and upper volumes. My guess is ether the 6ohm on a 8ohm amp, over powering the speakers, or a combination of both.