I would like to hear about experiences from connecting 4 speakers to a Connect:AMP. Both good and bad!
I’m building a new house and are able to wire exactly as I’d like.
I would like to connect 4 B&W M-1 8-Ohm speakers to my Connect:AMP. According to Sonos this is doable, https://sonos.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/269/kw/connect:Amp%202%20pairs%20of%20speakers?&_ga=2.142373233.2117714235.1518856759-457690909.1481985784#4_speakers , but my local hifi-pusher says it’s gonna blow the speakers with 70% certainty... I’m a little reluctant to connect 4 speakers then... Or is my hifi-pusher playing it safe or not a hifi-pusher at all :8
All replies with thanks in advance!
Best answer by Kumar
The other problem is that the nominal 8 ohm spec usually does not inform of how the speaker impedance and therefore power draw changes across the sound frequency to be reproduced; there are 8 ohm speakers that stay at 8 ohms and there are 8 ohm speakers that drop impedance to 6, 4 or even 2 ohms. Four of the latter "8 Ohm" speakers may drive the Connect Amp to overload, triggering the protection circuitry.
It is however unlikely that the OP will have a problem of the amp or speakers blowing, because of how the Connect Amp is built with protection circuitry in it; if the power draw is more than what it can supply, it will shut down to protect the kit on both sides.
PS: a good idea would be install an impedance matching device between the amp and the speaker pairs. In addition to not letting the amp go into a self triggered shut down, the volume controls that are also available with these devices will allow each speaker pair to have its own volume control.