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dirthog
03-05-2007, 04:58 PM
How much damage can clipping cause to the speaker?

squeak9798
03-05-2007, 05:00 PM
How much damage can clipping cause to the speaker?

Thermal failure, if the clipped signal surpasses the thermal power handling capabilities of the driver.

If the clipped signal stays within the thermal and mechanical limits of the driver...then it won't cause any damage.

helotaxi
03-06-2007, 12:06 PM
Can? One word: TOTAL.

How much WILL it cause? Impossible to say without specifics. It will sound like crap, that's enough of a reason to avoid it for me...

A/D/S-MbQuart
03-06-2007, 02:19 PM
I wonder how many amps are clipping at full volume. I hear all amps clip, some gracefully more than others. Quality speakers i'm sure helps. Some clipping can be inaudible.

iceteebone
03-06-2007, 02:22 PM
I wonder how many amps are clipping at full volume. I hear all amps clip, some gracefully more than others. Quality speakers i'm sure helps. Some clipping can be inaudible.

what do you mean by full volume? there are different variables that'll cause an amp to clip.

clipping occurs when you try to drive an amp past what it is made to put out and sends out a squared soundwave, so if you have a 200 watt amp and are trying to make it put out 500, it'll clip

TheBaron929
03-06-2007, 02:29 PM
i'm a noob - how would i know when an amp is clipping? what would i hear?

iceteebone
03-06-2007, 02:31 PM
i'm a noob - how would i know when an amp is clipping? what would i hear?

distortion.

read the gain setting tutorial in the amp forum

also a burning smell from your subwoofers maybe another indications

A/D/S-MbQuart
03-06-2007, 02:48 PM
what do you mean by full volume? there are different variables that'll cause an amp to clip.

clipping occurs when you try to drive an amp past what it is made to put out and sends out a squared soundwave, so if you have a 200 watt amp and are trying to make it put out 500, it'll clip


Yes but i think it's possible alot of peaple when playing music very loud could be clipping their amp, soft clipping? Even if the gains are set to mid-way. Without a clipping indicator on the amp it can be hard to know for sure.

iceteebone
03-06-2007, 02:51 PM
Yes but i think it's possible alot of peaple when playing music very loud could be clipping their amp, soft clipping? Even if the gains are set to mid-way. Without a clipping indicator on the amp it can be hard to know for sure.

if you set your gains using a 0 db sine wave you're amp won't clip playing music, unless you crank the bass boost up and turn the volume a lot higher then what you used to set the gains