I have a customer who had an audio system setup in his business a couple months ago, and he's had some issues with it.
The relevant bits are that one of the original amplifiers blew upon initial install almost immediately, he tells me. Upon investigation, I've found that he's using an AudioSource AMP-100 amplifier, which is rated for 60W @ 4Ω or 50W RMS @ 8Ω according to the specs. His speakers appear to be 12Ω speakers (or higher), as best I can tell. (I measured the resistance of the speakers, and from the discussion I had in a chat room with a colleague, it appears that from the measured resistance of 9.6Ω, his speakers are somewhere in the ball-park of 12-16Ω. Obviously this is not a true value, but it's a good estimate. I don't have any actual data on the speakers themselves, he no longer has the boxes and they are ceiling mounted.)
Obviously these speakers have a much higher impedance than the amplifier is rated for, so could this be why the original amp failed immediately? Is there something I'm missing here? (I'm not an audio or A/V engineer, but from my understanding mismatching these values could potentially have significant negative impacts.) He currently has one of these running four other speakers in the building. (They are all wired into the same positive/negative contact set on the back of the unit. As best I can tell, they are wired all in parallel.)
I'd love to use the existing amplifier setup and just wire the additional two speakers into the "B" output if possible, but I'm not sure if I should replace that amplifier with something rated in the 8-16Ω range (and probably a higher wattage).