Once it comes to connecting speakers to amplifiers, quite a few people don’t know how to connect 4 speakers to a 2 channel amp. That is only to be expected as the process is no cakewalk and varies between setups. Unable to devise a way to put everything together on your own? Then you have come to the right place.
Connecting all the 4 speakers in a Series configuration
Although it is not advised to connect multiple speakers in series to an amplifier, yet, it has been seen that even if you connect all the four speakers in a series configuration, the amplifiers and the speakers perform comparatively well and tend to produce a decent amount of sound altogether.
However one thing which you should notice all the time is that you should be extremely careful so that the speakers and amplifiers do not exceed their stated limits for or you can be forcibly impeding extreme damage to the speakers and amplifiers at same time.
So, following are the steps by which you can connect 4 speakers to a 2 channel amplifier in series configuration:
- Firstly, we need to identify the positive and negative terminals of the amplifier. Mostly, this can be done by following the markings or checking the dog tails of both the wires, which might have the positive and negative marking imprinted on it. So, once this is done, you will now need to connect the positive potential terminal of the amplifier to the respective positive potential terminal of the first speaker in series connection. Once this has been done, you will now need to use another wire and make a connection between the negative potential terminal of the first speaker and the subsequent positive potential terminal of the second speaker in configuration.
- Hence, in similar terms, you will now need to connect the rest of the speakers with the same technique and make sure that there is no scope for loose connections, which might cause severe sparks and abnormalities.
- So, once all the connections are made, you will now need to close the loop. In order to do so, you will need a separate wire to connect the negative potential terminal of the 2 channel amplifier to the negative potential terminal of the last speaker in your series configuration.
So, the above mentioned ways, you can easily connect four individual speakers to a 2 channel amplifier for the best sound.
Connecting all the 4 speakers a parallel configuration
It has been practically seen that when the speakers are connected to the amplifier in a parallel connection, it tends to produce the best sound. But, the problem which emerges here is that once the speakers have been connected to the amplifier in a parallel connection, the speakers tend to produce excessive load on the amplifiers and consequently, the connections and the overall condition of the amplifier might get degraded very promptly. However, if the rating of the amplifier is good, it can accommodate 4 speakers quite comfortably.
Technically speaking, in a parallel connection, all the four speakers are connected to the 2 channel amplifier in a “Daisy Configuration”. Basically, the daisy configuration is a type of connection in which the speakers are connected, almost, directly to the amplifier and thus, it is the simplest process to connect all the speakers to the amplifier.
Connecting all the 4 speakers with a speaker selector switch
Last but not least, you can use the speaker selector switch to connect all the 4 speakers to a 2 channel amplifier. This is, perhaps, the safest way to connect multiple speakers to a single amplifier. In this procedure, you will need to connect the input of the speaker selector switch to the output terminal of the 2 channel amplifier. Subsequently, you will need to connect the output of the speaker selector switch to all the terminals of the four individual speakers.
This type of connection is, perhaps, the best connection for a multi-speaker system in your home. This is primarily because the speaker selector switch can accommodate most of the resistance and impedance which is created by the speakers and still function properly without overloading, both the speakers as well as the two-channel amplifier. Apart from this, it is mostly seen that the speaker selector switch has an added volume controller, by which you can control the volume of each speaker connected to it.
So, these are the techniques by which you can easily connect your four individual speakers to a 2 channel amplifier and enjoy the best sound effects at your home or office.
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