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Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
A 16-Ohm speaker places a given load on the "source" [amp, receiver, etc]
An 8-Ohm speaker would double the load to said source, hence the speaker [Ohm] ratings for amps, receivers, etc.
If anything the potential for damage/failure is with the "source", not the speaker.
Originally posted by semperfortis
I have an old received and preamp that I can give him, but could you elaborate more on what to tell him about the "gain" issues....