amp running at 1ohm vs 2ohms vs 4ohms etc. load

ok so here's the set up: i have kicker zr1000 amp and 1000 watt sub/s wire to 4ohm load which the amp will put out 1000 watts. let's say another amp of the same wattage but get 1000watt at 2 ohm load and same sub/s also wired to 2 ohm.

or something like this

1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @4ohms

1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @2ohms

1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @1ohm

so here's the question, is it better for your batteries/electrical/alternator and will it put LESS STRESS running at higher ohms or lower ohms? or since your wattage output is the same it wouldn't matter? what's the advantage when running subs at lower/higher 1-4 ohms if any?

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well first off if iam correct ur zr1000 is rated at like 1000 at 2 ohms so running at 4ohms is prob like half that...also for ur ? well the lower the ohms are on the amp the more power its pushing which means more draw ,and running ur amp at lower ohms =more power to the subs

hope that helps

so here's the question, is it better for your batteries/electrical/alternator and will it put LESS STRESS running at higher ohms or lower ohms? or since your wattage output is the same it wouldn't matter? what's the advantage when running subs at lower/higher 1-4 ohms if any?

Re: amp running at 1ohm vs 2ohms vs 4ohms etc. load

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**xtcxyooj** ok so here's the set up: i have kicker zr1000 amp and 1000 watt sub/s wire to 4ohm load which the amp will put out 1000 watts. let's say another amp of the same wattage but get 1000watt at 2 ohm load and same sub/s also wired to 2 ohm.

or something like this

1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @4ohms

1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @2ohms

1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @1ohm

so here's the question, is it better for your batteries/electrical/alternator and will it put LESS STRESS running at higher ohms or lower ohms? or since your wattage output is the same it wouldn't matter? what's the advantage when running subs at lower/higher 1-4 ohms if any?

If those amps all put out 1000watts at 1,2 0r 4 ohms they will all draw the same amount of current from your car's electrical. It puts more stress on the amplifier running at the lowest impedance load.

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In theory running your amplifier at a lower load stresses it more (already said), produces more heat, and generally reduces it's useful life due to being run harder.

Re: amp running at 1ohm vs 2ohms vs 4ohms etc. load

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**xtcxyooj** 1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @4ohms

1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @2ohms

1000 watt amp + 1000 watt sub/s @1ohm

so here's the question, is it better for your batteries/electrical/alternator and will it put LESS STRESS running at higher ohms or lower ohms? or since your wattage output is the same it wouldn't matter? what's the advantage when running subs at lower/higher 1-4 ohms if any?

If they're the same class there won't be much difference, but typically amps that are powerful at 4 ohms will be a/b, and those will be higher demand on your charging system than a class D that's 1000w at 1 or 2 ohms.

The advantage of running at low impedance is just power, and the fact that most amps that are high power/low impedance are also very efficient - at least compared to the average a/b.

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**n2audio** If they're the same class there won't be much difference, but typically amps that are powerful at 4 ohms will be a/b, and those will be higher demand on your charging system than a class D that's 1000w at 1 or 2 ohms.

I don't know if that is true in all cases though. Class D amps **** down a good bit of juice too. Granted, Class D amps generally do a better job with that current they pull, but some pull just as much, if not MORE at lower impedance loads than a higher quality Class A/B will pull @ 4 or 8 ohms.

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The thing about a class D, is that even if it's IN-efficient for its class (say 65% - which is UNUSUALLY low), it will be the same or close to the same throughout its power range.

An EFFICIENT class a/b that's 65% or so at full power will be 30-40% at 1/2 volume.

I can't think of a single comparison that you'd have less current draw for any 1000w a/b vs any 1000w D, or at any other power level. I know JL's slash amps aren't very efficient at min impedance. Maybe there's an a/b somewhere that is close. Still - at anything less than full power the JL would be on top, no question.

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thanks that helped a lot. i asked because i was thinkin about sellin the amp and gettin a 1ohm stable.