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Date: Fri, 29 Apr 2005 00:47:18 +0100
From: Pooh Bear <>
Subject: Re: I think I blew my amp??!!

"© rbnospam" wrote: > This is all very interesting and highly technical. But to lighten the mood > a little, has anyone else ever taken a tiny speaker out of a broken > transistor radio, and wired it up to a 100w amp to see how much it would > take? I have, and it went pop quite spectacularly. Not that I'm condoning > wanton destruction, you understand, I was just bored. That was after > making an industrial spud gun with a compressor and a gas pipe. Boredom is > a terrible thing... Not quite. I *did* once connect an old 12" 25 watt speaker of no useful value to a 100 watt amp to conduct a similar test also when bored. The result was quite smoky but absent of flames. In the early days of high power sound reinforcement in the UK a certain brand of amplifiers was popular since they were about the only model made in the UK and available at a sensible price unlike US models. Their internal cooling was 'optimistic' to say the least and it was popular for these to 'go DC'. Such failures were indeed known to cause some spectacular speaker fires. Graham

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