180 watts per channel too much for Z6s?

Discussion in 'OT Technology' started by Ronin, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Ronin

    Ronin Guest

    I am a careful person when it comes to stuff like this and am not one to keep the music pounding at ear damaging levels but I don't want the Z6s to be stressed and then explodinate.

    and the other thing is that the Z6s are listed at 3 ohms :confused: what do i need to factor for that?

    i want to power them with a 4050-xxk arc audio 4-channel bridged to 180x2 @ 4 ohms.

    Z6 specs from BA.com

    Recommended Amplifier Power
    20-400 watts
    Nominal Impedance
    3 ohm
    Sensitivity [1 watt (2.83v) at 1m]
    90dB
    Frequency Response (±3dB in car)
    40Hz-22kHz
    System Type
    2-way

    perhaps I should just play it safe and use a weaker amp?? not sure
     
  2. ngsm13

    ngsm13 New Member

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    You should be fine, there will be a slight impedance rise.

    Also, set your gains using a 0dB test tone CD, and a DMM testing for AC voltage.

    sqrt[(watts * ohms)]=AC voltage

    :)
     
  3. JRock10

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    you'll be fine. better to over power than to under. stronger amp will not work as hard to make the speakers loud.

    comparison: 6500lb trailer, Chevy 2500.
    You can tow the trailer with a 350 in the truck and it will pull. Or you can pull it with a 454 and the truck will pull easier. The 454 won't work as hard to move the load.

    on another note, do some testing with the music at a fairly high volume. monitor the speaker outputs on the amp for DC voltage and temp of the amp. DC voltage can be an indication of distortion or clipping, which will damage all of your components. If you don't get more that ~3-5v DC continuously, you should be fine. My Orions are 3ohm rated and I don't have any major problems out of them.
     
  4. Ronin

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    ok thank you and ngsm for the reassurance
     
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    no prob
     
  6. ngsm13

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    Werd.

    Where'd you pick up your BA's from?
     
  7. Ronin

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    i havent ordered them as im carefully planning my configuration before hand but i will most likely do an online dealer or something, id ask loudsystem but he takes way too long for my liking :dunno:
     
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    If my Pro 6.5's are any indication, pretty much nothing is too much power :big grin:
    They suck it up and just sound better and better :)

    Should be noted though, that even with 50 a side (from a PPI PC6600.2) mine are QUITE loud...bridged to 100 a side and they'll just insane.
     
  9. bearsdidit

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    I put 150wrms to some older pros the other day and it sounded great... the z6s should handle them fine... nice choice in amps. you might want to take into consideration an active set up???
     
  10. Ronin

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    active is just one more thing i dont want to have to worry about
     
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    Active is great, just get a HU that has a built in 3-way active xover ;)...

    Like my Alpine 9835 for example...

    :)
     
  12. bearsdidit

    bearsdidit OT Supporter

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    i have a great hookup on a clarion drz 9255... i think i'll be using that in my next setup
     
  13. ngsm13

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    w00t. Do it.

    Doesn't it only have up to 18dB/oct slopes tho?
     
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    18db/oct should be fine.... i'll be running a dls a7, a3 or a2, and iridium 6.3s.... i cant decide on a sub yet... i'm thinking two 8s in the back of my tacoma. who knows, i'll probably change my mind next week on the entire setup.
     
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    ngsm13 New Member

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    Indeed, the A7 is quite the sexy amplifier... got the chance to fondle one in person... was amazing...

    Sounds like a good setup, I'd recommend a pair of RL-i 8's for your substage if you stick with 8's ;)...

    www.soundsplinter.com

    :)
     
  16. bearsdidit

    bearsdidit OT Supporter

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    i've heard really good things about the rli8s... haven't had the pleasure of listening to a set. i was either thing a set of IDs or arcs.
     
  17. ngsm13

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    The rl-i8s are amazing... very impressive. They are extremely accurate, great SQ, and the output is crazy for an 8"...it'll compete with decent 10's...
     
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    they're freaking huge man
     
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    Indeed they are... but they're still tits. ;)
     

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