#1
It's okay to run a 16 OHM head into an 8 OHM cab right? Or is it the other way around?
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#2
I don't think you can do that. You can do it the other way around, but you'll lose some power efficiency.
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I don't think you can do that. You can do it the other way around, but you'll lose some power efficiency.

Yeah, I know about the power thing. So I do have it backwards then? Can someone confirm?
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#4
NO. It is not. You will ruin your cab and maybe your head.
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#5
Noo thats not okay. The head has too much power, the other way round you could do it but it wont de as good as matching the impedence
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Other way round (8ohm head into 16ohm cab) will work, but will experience power loss. Never have a higher impedance in the head than the cab.
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#8
Depending on the amp, you might be able to do it (I know Mesas can), but your power tubes will die really really fast.
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#10
The way round you have it means that you are puttig strain on your Output Transformer, which is very bad.

The other way around puts strain on your power valves instead, which is only moderatley bad.

It's best to match them, because you will experience power loss either way.

Btw if your amp is SS then you can match the way round you're saying without any adverse effects apart from power loss.
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#11
You will get a different tone than if you were using the correct speaker impedence. More power will flow through the output transformer your output tubes will run hotter and something could blow or it could be fine your choice.

Here is something I found on the net if you want to read it.

http://www.geofex.com/tubeampfaq/TUBEFAQ.htm#XformImped
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