Damping Factors

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  1. JohnSC

    JohnSC Stunt Coordinator

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    How important is the damping factor on amplifiers? What is a good rating? I am considering purchasing either a 5-channel amp or a 2-channel amp from ROTEL. I don't really need a 5-ch but thought it would be good for future upgradeability etc. I noticed that the 2-ch amps have a better damping factor however, and not wishing to compromise sound, am wondering whether the damping factor is important.
     
  2. Rich G

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    I asked this question before on audiogon. My understanding is that is has to do with voice coil contol ie how fast it stops at the end of a note. It is more important for woofers and I see sub amps with very high damping factors.

    If you are using for a HT which will be crossed over I don't think it would be as important as other factors. I would be more interested in how a particular amp sounded as far as imaging, performance into lower impeadances, clarity, power supplies, etc.
     
  3. Jagan Seshadri

    Jagan Seshadri Supporting Actor

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    Those super high damping numbers come down drastically when you figure in speaker wire resistance.

    A damping factor of 80 is fine.

    -JNS
     
  4. Michael Mohrmann

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    Hi,
    I think these three sites all discuss the issue of an amplifier's damping factor and how a speaker and the speaker cable can impact it.
    Interesting reading and an eye-opener for me.
    Michael
     

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