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The Snell EII speakers are rated at 8ohm, however a pair I just picked up have a 4ohm woofer made in Norway. Can anyone shed some light on this?
I don't know about this Snell but the Audio Note speakers are rated 6 ohm nominal - the woofer and tweeter are likely factored into the overall impedance rating. I find AN speakers sound better on the 8 ohm tap - but it could be amplifier dependent or your preference.
They always had a 4 Ohm woofer but I read most of the pass band impedance stays above 6 OHm with some lower dips. If you read Stereophile review of Audio Note speakers which with some parts improvement is almost exact Snell copy you will see the impedance curve. Still , I think it should be rated 6 ohm at best or since it's dipping to ~4 Ohm a 4 ohm speaker. I would not worry about it much and if you use a tube amp try it on both 8 and 4 taps. It's the same with their efficiency ratings. Most manufacturers does that and speaker's impedance varies greatly depending on the model . I also have Snell II's among others and plan to put Audio Note kit drivers/crossovers in the boxes. The cabinet is lovely constructed ,lively particle board type which I "learned" to like.
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