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    Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    Alright, I decided on speakers a few days ago and I think I have decided on an amp for them, but its a little higher power than the RMS on the speakers so I was going to adjust the input sensitivity to help with that. My question is do I really need or want to match my amps power to the RMS rating on my speakers, or will a little under that rating be better?(example: powering a 90rms speaker with 70rms)

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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    in general it is okay to give more power that the speaker's rms rating. also in general a speaker can handle more than its rms rating daily. the key here is just to watch your gains. set your gain correctly using a dmm or the sticky in this forum.



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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    generally with music, you're only using around 10% of your amps rated power anyway.




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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    Ok, so if I powered a 90rms(per channel) to a 60rms speaker it wouldent blow durring daily use because it would rarely, if ever see the maximum power?

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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    yes, just don't clip the amp.




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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    honnestly after personally tring the DMM....i found that the DMM think works well for speakers and a 1KHz test tone, and doesnt work at all when using the 50Hz to set the subwoofer gain level. The sub is barely moving now i do it by ear.And yes the only think i get sure of, is that the amp can provide enough rms to the speakers, so its more dificult for me to clip the amp in order to feel that speakers are well powered.




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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    I was wondering the same thing. I've tried to ask this very question for about a week now but it won't let me start a thread.




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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    CLEAN power is more important than the AMOUNT of power. i've heard 12.5 watt amps that absolutely blow away 1200 watt amps. you'd be better off with a good CLEAN amp that makes less power than an amp that makes more power but more distortion.




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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by DIGIDIGIBOMBO
    honnestly after personally tring the DMM....i found that the DMM think works well for speakers and a 1KHz test tone, and doesnt work at all when using the 50Hz to set the subwoofer gain level. The sub is barely moving now i do it by ear.And yes the only think i get sure of, is that the amp can provide enough rms to the speakers, so its more dificult for me to clip the amp in order to feel that speakers are well powered.
    Then you did it wrong or didn't have your other settings right... or the subs just ****.



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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    Quote Originally Posted by thefunkybunch
    CLEAN power is more important than the AMOUNT of power. i've heard 12.5 watt amps that absolutely blow away 1200 watt amps. you'd be better off with a good CLEAN amp that makes less power than an amp that makes more power but more distortion.
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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    nope not doing anything wrong, because no matter what i am doing, at the end i am getting the right voltage...with all subs this is hapening to me, i guess the cd music i use must be recorded at a very low level, thats y the sub is barely moving...dunno:S for example if i have a sub rated at 4ohms SVC, 400rms=>V=40volts, so if i am getting the 40V=> i am not doing anything wrong nomatter what are the eq settings..etc




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    Re: Matching amplifier wattage to speakers

    am i correct or what??i really cannot undersatnd why this is hapening to me when setting gains for the subs output is so ****ing poor

    Lets even imagine that my output was great etc...for some music i find myself playing with the eq HU ex: setting L=+3, on some songs i use L=0, but when using the DMM method, after the setting is over i must forget about the HU and only remember what is my maximum unclipped volume right? i cannot play with the L/M/H settings anymore.
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