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Clyde Metz

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Is an amplifier used to just add volume? Would a 100 watt/ch receiver give good audio to most speakers? (Examples
Paradigm Studio 60, Dahlquist QX10, Rockets 710, PSB Silver Stratus or Swan 6.1.)And if these speakers need more power than the 100 watt/ch receiver can produce would one use, for example, a 200 watt amp with the receiver through the pre outs? Thanks
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Jonathan M

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Would a 100 watt/ch receiver give good audio to most speakers?
That depends on a number of things including:

1. Size of room
2. Efficiency of speakers
3. Actual power rating of the receiver (As opposed to manufacturers rating).

Generally, though I would expect 100 watts would be enough in most average sized rooms with reasonably efficient speakers, to obtain reasonably loud levels.

If you find that 100watts is not sufficient, you can add a power amp to the pre-outs on the receiver and run your speakers off that. I would suggest that a standalone power amp will give a cleaner (not necessarily louder) sound than most receivers of similar ratings as in general they are rated accurately. There are some notable exceptions to this such as H/K and NAD.

Hope this helps.
 

Clyde Metz

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Another question. If an amp is rated 200watts/ch at 8 olms does that mean it puts out 100watts/ch at 4 olms?
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Khoa Tran

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if it's an ideal design it should put out 400 watts at 4ohms but usually it would put out 300 watts
 

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