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10-13-2006, 12:21 PM

I've been looking around for a pair of floorstanding speakers and these Cantons caught my eye;


The only problem is that these speakers are rated at "4-8 ohms".
I'm concerned that my receiver won't be able to handle these. Both of my receivers ask for speakers rated 6 ohms or higher. I called CantonUSA and they stated that the speaker was 4 ohms but good for amplifiers between 4 and 8 ohms. Does anyone know?

Or should I just go with Infinity Beta 50's since I already have the Beta center channel?

10-14-2006, 08:27 AM
I went ahead and ordered the Infinitys.

10-14-2006, 05:25 PM
Truthfully, I'd be surprised if all but the smallest A/V receiver couldn't handle a Canton, 4 ohm speaker. They're fairly efficient and not difficult to drive. Most 8 ohm speakers drop to around 4 ohms at some frequencies, so maybe that's what Canton is implying.
If you added a bunch of them to a home theater system, the demands for current at high volume levels could strain the receiver.

Better safe than sorry, but I'm sure you would have been fine.