# What happens when you mismatch impedance?

## What happens when you mismatch impedance?

If speaker impedance is much higher than amp impedance (infinite for nothing connected), all power gets reflected back into the amp causing serious damage to the output transformer. If speaker impedance is lower than amp impedance, the amp needs to work harder to get the same output level as with an impedance match.

### How do I change the impedance on my amp?

A common method of changing speaker impedance is by adding another speaker, either in series or in parallel with the existing speaker. While this will change the output power of the amp, the speakers will share that power.

#### What does changing the impedance do?

According to Ohm’s Law, if you change the resistance (speaker impedance, in this case), the power developed changes accordingly. Amps and radios have an upper limit to how much voltage they can put out, so the maximum output doesn’t change if you increase the speaker impedance.

How do I know the impedance of my amp?

Calculate Z = V / I to find the impedance at resonance frequency. This should be the maximum impedance your speaker will encounter in the intended audio range. For example, if I = 1/123 amps and the voltmeter measures 0.05V (or 50mV), then Z = (0.05) / (1/123) = 6.15 ohms.

Can you run a 4 ohm amp into a 16 ohm cab?

Higher impedances will draw less current. That means the amplifier won’t be able to drive as much power to the speaker, so you won’t be able to get as loud as an equivalent 4 ohm speaker, but you won’t have to worry about damage.

## How do you change the output impedance?

You cannot change the existing op-amp output impedance; you can buffer its output by a voltage (emitter, source, ets.) follower. Indeed, there is another more exotic idea – by connecting a negative “resistor” with resistance of -50 ohm in parallel to the load.

### Is higher or lower impedance better for speakers?

All speakers have an impedance rating in ohms, which represents how difficult the speaker is to power. The lower the impedance, the more efficiently it allows the electric signal, which is basically the music, to pass through the speaker.

#### How do you match impedance?

Impedance (Z) is a measure of the opposition to electrical flow, which is a complex value with the real part being defined as the resistance (R), and the imaginary part is called the reactance (X). The equation for impedance is then by definition Z=R+jX, where j is the imaginary unit.

How does impedance affect amplifier?

As stated above, speaker impedance determines the current drawn from the amplifier. Remember impedance impedes (or restricts) the current, so the lower the impedance, the more current can flow. A greater current requires the amp to produce more power.

How does impedance affect sound quality?

Headphones with higher impedance (25 ohms and over, approximately) demand more power to deliver high audio levels. As a result, they are protected from damage caused by overloading. They can also be used with a wider range of audio equipment.

## How does a tube power amp work?

A guitar amp’s tube power amp works on the principle of matching impedance. In practice, this means using corresponding speakers and amps. For example, if you connect an 8 ohm speaker to the 8 ohm output on a tube amp, the internal resistance of the source (that is, the tube output stage) is exactly that of the load, or speaker.

### Can I plug an 8 ohm speaker into a tube amp?

For example, if you connect an 8 ohm speaker to the 8 ohm output on a tube amp, the internal resistance of the source (that is, the tube output stage) is exactly that of the load, or speaker. In this way, and only in this way, can the amp unleash its full power on your unsuspecting audience.

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What happens if you mix impedance combinations on an amp?

If you do, the result will be a high level of induction voltage that could damage – or even destroy – your amp’s output transformer and tubes. As long as you remember this, you should be on the safe side, even with a mismatched setup. But what happens exactly when you use the various impedance combinations?