Compatability Question

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  1. JohannW

    JohannW Auditioning

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    I bought a really bad home theatre in a box a few years ago. I want to upgrade it slowly, starting with the receiver. So I've got enough money at this point to buy a receiver and I've seen some deals that look pretty good. If I use the speakers that came with the old package (I think they're 40w a piece), but the receiver outputs 100w per channel is it going to break? I wont be playing them louder then I was before because at the moment they are in a small room.
     
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    So long as you don't drive the receiver beyond its capabilities (into distortion), it is unlikely anything bad will happen, unless the impedance of the speakers is low, but odds of that are virtually zip. BTW, you probably won't get much if any perceivable improvement with a new receiver. Better speakers is another matter.
     
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    Johann,

    Indeed, as long as you play it just as loud as you did before, your speakers will not be in any danger.

    Even a bit louder will most probably not hurt them.

    Buying a good receiver is a neat first step to a beter system. Your audio may already sound a bit cleaner and more precise than it did before. As John said: better speakers may be the next step. If your current system doesn't have a good subwoofer (or rather a subparwoofer [​IMG] ), you might then consider adding a reasonable sub first, before changing the rest of the speakers.

    Good luck with your project!


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