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FDP Forum / Fender Amps: Vintage (before 1985) / Twin Reverb II (Rivera-era) speaker impedance question



now even awesomer
Aug 21st, 2018 02:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

hi... I've been asked a question about the TRII by an owner in the Netherlands.... the manual says an extension speaker should be 8 ohms but there's an original-looking sticker by the relevant socket, obscuring the 8 ohm legend, and saying 4 ohms. The schematic shows four speaker sockets when in reality there are only two; two labelled 4 ohms, two labelled 8 ohms, plus a note 'alternate output impedance value - see backplate for value'.

So; they made some amps for 4 ohms and some for 8, yes? why?

Meanwhile, I guess this chap should ignore the manual and follow the sticker on the back panel...

Thanks for any wisdom!

scroll down for TRII manual and schematic

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Aug 22nd, 2018 03:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Hi SP, I'm no amp tech, but here's what I think for starters & I'm sure the tech pros on here will post soon.

I think it depends if your guy has a combo or a head unit. Both the combo & the head unit have only two speaker jacks on the back panel (One for the internal speaker on a combo & an external speaker jack. Two speaker jacks for external speaker cabinets on the head unit.)

The two speaker jacks on a combo are labeled for a minimum 4 ohms. The two speaker jacks on a head unit are labeled for a minimum 8 ohms. This info is from the amp pics on the Reverb website.

I believe the schematic is showing 4 speaker jacks (two labeled minimum 4 ohms & two labeled minimum 8 ohms) to accommodate both the combos and the head units on one schematic.

So I believe the combo is correctly labeled minimum 4 ohms because the factory internal speakers are 2×12 8 ohm speakers wired in parallel. And an external speaker cabinet should also send a minimum 4 ohms to the combo amp whether the speakers are wired in parallel or in series. (Also, taking into account, if the external speaker cabinet has one, two or four+ speakers.)

For the head unit, the external speaker cabinet should send a minimum 8 ohms to the head unit amp (either external speaker jack) whether in parallel or in series and whether the speaker cabinet contains one, two or four+ speakers. (I believe the #1 left speaker jack should always be connected first before the #2 right speaker jack is connected. I may be wrong on that.)

I believe this info is correct, but the expert amp techs should be chiming in with their info.



now even awesomer
Aug 22nd, 2018 03:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

hey Socal, thanks for this. It is a combo, what you say makes sense, and looking at photos on Reverb is a clever idea which I will keep in mind!

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Aug 22nd, 2018 03:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

Also, SP, if your guy has a combo, it could be that Fender used a head unit back panel instead of a combo back panel & just stickered over the minimum 8 ohm label. How is the #1 right speaker jack labeled? If it is a combo I think both speaker jacks are for 4 ohms.

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Aug 22nd, 2018 03:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Just wanted to help out what I could, SP. You do so much for PRIIs. Thx & regards, bro.



now even awesomer
Aug 23rd, 2018 01:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

That's nice of you mate, cheers.

The sticker labels both jacks as 4 ohm. Also, there's something on the parts list called '4 ohm plate'.

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