Are they to small?

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  1. Shane_M

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    Yesterday I picked up a pair of Paradigm Cinema 70's. This morning I hit up the Paradigm site to get more info on them seeing as the guy at the store hardly could remember his name... anyway.

    I have an Onkyo TX-DS696, which 100Wx5 @ 8 Ohms. I just noticed that these speakers are only rated from 15-80 watts. Am I looking at a possible issue with the smaller speakers? I'm using them as rear speakers.

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    I would be careful about turning up the volumne to the moderately extreme with DD/DTS.

    Maximum Input power is 40 watts which is continuous power with amp clipping no more than 10% per their specs.
    With 32 watts continuous input they can put out ~102 dB @ 1m or 3.28 ft using the room gain spl. -4 to -6db loss for every doubling of distance = ~96dB at 6.4 ft away.

    If you listen around 75dBC reference levels and about 6 ft away from speakers, you should be good to go. That would leave some headroom for max level peaks and still sound good and loud and not burn out voice coils.
    I hope you don't have kids though.

    BTW How do they sound to ya? When I auditioned them, they seemed to sound good but the demo room wasn't the greatest.
     
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    They do sound good, I like them more then what I had, which were front bookshelf Cerwins, but I'm wondering if I should bring them back and get the 90's instead.
     
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    Actually that would work for you because the 90s are 2db more sensitive meaning less wattage needed almost half. Those would get you closer to 85db reference if you want. [​IMG]
    For a 3db change = half or doubling of power needed.
     

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