Speakers: 4 ohm or 8 ohm?

Volvo 850, S70, V70, XC70 speakersMVS Volvo Forum member PDLarson writes “I know some people are tired of speaker threads and I ended up posting a question in another thread but I didn’t want to hijack it even though my Q was somewhat related. My twist is that I have 4 ohm OEM Volvo speakers but I keep reading that Volvo uses 8 ohm speakers.

I am working on door panels, noticed that one of the stock speakers was bad, went to the JY to get the only locally available replacement and it was worse than my bad speaker. My door panels were supposed to be done and I wanted to get something (yes rushing things, 1st mistake) so I went to the local stereo shop (2nd mistake?), talked to a guy who has been there forever and who I do actually trust. We did not discuss the intricacies of Volvo systems, just identified + and – on my OEM speaker. Anyway, found a nice pair of Alpine 6.5 inch component speakers SPS-610C, disassembled my OEM speakers / mounting standoffs and installed the new speakers. The fit is fine but now I’m not so sure that the sound is right.”

My Volvo Speaker says 4 ohm, why does everyone say 8 ohm?

One Reply to “Speakers: 4 ohm or 8 ohm?”

  1. The Alpines are going to sound miles ahead of the stock drivers. While Volvo does use 8 ohm speakers, the 4 ohm Alpines will work fine. All it’s going to do is make the amplifier work a little harder. 4 ohms is fine, but if you were to hook up 2 in series, that would be 2 ohms and I wouldn’t trust the amp to take that load for very long.
    Good luck.

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