Can my receiver damage my speakers?

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  1. Joe Maiurro

    Joe Maiurro Stunt Coordinator

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    Is it possible for my receiver to damage my speakers if the receiver isn't that good? I have a Pioneer VSX-D509S powering my Cerwin speakers (CERW V12F, CERW V5M,CERW V5C, NO sub). Am i ok?

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    A higher grade receiver would be less likley to damage the speakers if you were really cranking the volume but assuming all of the equipment is working properly the Pioneer will have no problem powering your speakers.
     
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    most people actually damage a speaker by blowing out the tweeter - NOT the woofer. this is caused by a receiver being pushed harder then it's designed to. this causes a clipped signal to be sent to your speaker, usually resulting in a blown tweeter.

    if you truly blow out your woofer, then you *over* powered your speakers. that' something you should brag about! [​IMG]

    ps, it looks like you have some good questions. have you read the faq primer yet (link at top of forum)? lots of good info in there.
     
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    Woofers are a lot harder to damage, but the damage can occur the same way it would to a tweeter - burn the voice coil due to distortion. Tweeters just tend to blow first because their voice coils are muich smaller.
     

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