recently a technician of a guitar shop told me I will have a clear sound selecting 16 Ohm on the head and using a 8 Ohms cab. After little bit of researches, I decide to ask here. (because you guys are awesome) Is it dangerous for the head? Should I do it? Thank you.


The only thing you definitely should not do with a tube amp is running it without a load. This will destroy the output transformer, because of the same reasoning given below (very high output voltage).

What happens if you connect a cabinet with lower resistance is that at same output power you will have a lower output voltage and a higher output current. That is governed by the so called ohms law.

If e.g. your amp would output 1.1A output current at 17.9V when connected to a 16Ω cab, using a 8Ω would result in about 1.6A at 12.6V.

You see what happens. The output voltage will drop, the output current will increase a bit. Really: 1.6A or 1.1A is nothing that will cause any trouble. The drop in output voltage will result in a loss in mids.

So: If you like the resulting sound: no problem at all.

Some amp manufactures (e.g. Hughes & Kettner) say that the impedance mismatch should at maximum be factor of 4.


I'm pretty sure he meant the opposite 16ohm head to 8 ohm speaker cabinet lol. It's not recommended guess you could disconnect 1 speaker if it's a 2x12

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