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RE: High powered amp + high Effeciency speakers =?

There are at least a couple of things to consider here.

First, let's talk about sound level, or SPL. You want to play your system at some level which you like. Once things start to get a bit LOUD, would you rather have your amp: a) Clip, or b) deliver the desired output?

Next, there's the issue of loudspeaker capabilities. What can it actually do, in terms of output at various frequencies (low, mid, high)? There are two critical parameters here: excursion and heat dissipation.

As long as your amp isn't clipping, and your speakers can do what they're being asked to do, you're good. You can put a billion watt amp into the chain, and if your SPL requires 100 watts peak, it's just sittin' there slackin'.

Having said that well-known and obvious info, here's the kicker: Many solid state amplifiers don't have good/high quality sound at low output levels. This is one reason why well-designed amplifiers run in Class A mode at low drive levels. My good friend John Curl can talk your ear off about this stuff (and correct me).

So, it seems to me that you should be concerned about output and having the necessary components to get it done, as well as having that first quarter of a watt be as pristine as possible.



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