Date: Wed, 27 Apr 2005 07:10:14 -0400
From: Malt_Hound <Malt_Houndnospamm*>
Subject: Re: I think I blew my amp??!!

James Sweet wrote: > "Malt_Hound" <Malt_Houndnospamm*> wrote in message > > >>James Sweet wrote: >> >>>"es" <> wrote in message >>> >>> >>> >>>>yes i will do that today and does that mean i need to get i higher watt >>>>speacker becuse these are 140 w max i really didnt thing the saab amp >>>>can do that much. So what is the watt specs on the amp and where is i >>>>located >>>> >>> >>> >>>No you more likely need a higher wattage amp. If you drive an > > underpowered > >>>amp too hard it clips, and clipping is very hard on speakers. >>> >>> >> >>Yeak all that limited voltage and current wreaks havoc on the >>speakers... NOT. >> >>Where do you people get this stuff? >> > > > > Happens all the time, obviously you've never worked in the consumer > electronics service field. > > No, you're right. I've only worked in the military and medical electronics service fields for the past 30 years... I know you can overdrive speakers and blow them. What I'm saying is that it is not due to the clipping (unless we are talking specifically about tweeters). It's due to the fact that amplifiers can put out more than their "rated" power. Most people assume a 50 watt amp can only put out 50 watts, so it's safe to hook up speakers that are rated at 50 watts. That's wrong. As Colin pointed out, the amp's rating is at a particular usable distortion level. If you overdrive the amp, you are capable of putting out more power than the "rating" but at higher distortion levels. It's the power, not that distortion that takes out the speaker(s). It might appear to be "chicken and the egg" I suppose... but significant in this case. -Fred W

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