Home speaker system (HELP!) (in Off-topic)

{Wookie}-Jir.Vr- February 22 2009 7:13 PM EST

Ok I've never really messed with speaker systems before. My knowledge on the subject is very limited so I thought maybe someone here would be able to assist.

I have a Phillips Mini Hi Fi System model number: FW775P
120V 60hz 165W

I have the two speakers that came with it: 6 ohm speakers no other information is available on them.

I basically just inherited a Yamaha system including 4x 8ohm speakers
and two smaller 8 ohm speakers.

It looks like this:

2x Larger speakers:
8ohm each
Model Number: Ns-9595
Nominal Input : 150 Watts
Music Input : 300 Watts

2x Smaller speakers:
8 ohm each
Model Number: NS-A535
Minimum: 10 Watts
Maximum: 140 Watts

On the back of the Amp there is 2x red/black jacks for "front".
1x "Center" jacks.
2x "Rear" jacks.
(Center/Front/Rear = surround sound setup obviously)

Now for whatever reason the only output jacks that I can get to work are the "Front" 2.
(I only just learned this as I've only had the two speakers up till now)

So... I currently have the two larger Yamaha speakers setup, each going to one of the "front" jacks. No problems.

But I also have 4 speakers sitting doing nothing. :(

I'm wondering other than upgrading to a better/new (and working) amplifier if there is a way to get "more bang for my buck" if you will? I'm very ignorant when it comes to this sort of thing, so is it possible to plug two speakers in one jack? (Plenty of speaker wire)

My only concern is that no harm comes to the speakers as they are in very good condition and I DO plan on upgrading the amp but not for another month or so.

Any help would be appreciated.


bartjan February 22 2009 10:27 PM EST

I'm a bit confused. Do you have 4 or 6 speakers?

With the DPL button you can cycle through various modes, including "Stereo". Here you want "Center Phantom"
With the "Test" button you can output a test signal to all speakers. Then you can adjust each individual volume with the Balance/Center/Rear buttons. Make sure Rear is not set at zero.

That's all I can think of when reading through the manual.

Jersey February 22 2009 10:46 PM EST

worst case you just splice the wires from the 2 channels to all speaker, unless you have separate tweeters, mid range, and sub woofers it wont matter, if the different frequency's are split between the speakers then don't splice them as you will blow the tweeters and subs with the mid range frequency's

Adios Muchachos February 22 2009 10:50 PM EST

not necessarily Jersey, subs can push mid-range frequencies but they can't thump using them

bartjan February 22 2009 10:53 PM EST

Hooking up speakers in parallel ("splicing wires") will reduce the impedance. Amplifiers won't like having lower impedance than they were designed to handle. 2 speakers of 8 Ohm in parallel gives 4 Ohm. 3 speakers of 8 Ohm in parallel gives 2.7 Ohm. 2.7 Ohm is *very* low...

Jersey February 22 2009 11:02 PM EST

subs will blow with too high of frequencies, and bart, you can run different wires to each speaker but into the same jack, but the ohms does not make much of a difference unless it is really high end gear, and you dont have to parallel wire them

Adios Muchachos February 22 2009 11:12 PM EST

i did say mid-ranged right?
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