How To Properly Hook Up Speakers to Amps
Proper ways to hook up Dual Voice Coil, Daisy Chain, & Multiple Speakers. --- Please read very carefully the amplifer specs.---
Typically, a 2ohm capable AMP can only handle that load in STEREO MODE, not Bridged. There are basically two ways to hook up multipule or Dual Voice Coil Speakers.
1. (Series) - Mostly used in car audio2. (Parallel) - Mostly used in Home or Theater Applications.
Most car Speakers are rated at 4ohms, while many Home speakers are rated at 8ohms.
Ohm Rating is very important for tempature related problems. The lower the ohm rating the lower the resistance. Amplifiers will burn up if the resistance is too low.(Meaning if your amp says handles 2ohm stereo, hooking a 4ohm subwoofer with dual voice coils in series will drop the load to a 2ohm load! >but the amp cannot handle 2ohm in mono/or bridged)
However, the amp can handle it in stereo mode, meaning channel 1 and 2 both need to be connected to a speaker (Not in bridged mode)-
(Series)Hooking up 2 4ohm DVC speakers = 4 4ohm single VC speakers (will obtain this)
|Wiring of 2 Speakers in Series|
Series Hookup(decreases Heat/Load on Amp) For use if using a DVC
+ meets - (looping speakers)
Remaining + & - Go to amplifier
3 wires are needed for this
Series decrease load on amp
Reccommeded if amp is getting hot
Increase Gain Not Resistance
|Wiring of 2 Speakers in Parallel|
Parallel Hookup(Increases Heat/Load on Amp) Both + run to same terminal on amp
Both - run to same termanal on amp
Typical 4 wire Hookup
Only Reccommended if amp can handle
#1 reason how amps get cooked -
2 ohm stereo is not 2 ohm MONO/Bridged
Enjoy your thumping