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RE: Couple random questions from the newbie

Too many variables to answer quickly. Here's the gist of it.

Two amps with the same sensitivity at the same gain setting will produce the same power. If you ask the amps to put out more power by turning up the gain, the high power amp will do so. The low power amp will clip. A clipped signal sends DC to the tweeter. This will heat up the voice coil very fast and eventually burn it. Because a tweeter has such a small voice coil (compared to a woofer for instance) it doesn't have much capacity to dissipate that heat and burns quickly. Generally speakers will handle more than their rated power (at least briefly) so long as it is undistorted. But feed a speaker a distorted (clipped) signal and it won't last long.

Of course if you surpass the speakers rating, even with a clean signal long enough, it will burn as well.

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