Question about speaker wattage

Discussion in 'Speakers' started by Andrew Pezzo, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. Andrew Pezzo

    Andrew Pezzo Second Unit

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    If the receiver puts out more watts per channel than a speaker is rated for should I be concerned about blowing the speakers. For example, I currently have a Denon AVR-3803, 110 watts a channel. If I were to hook up the Energy Take 5.2 system, rated at 100 watts, would this be a problem. Someone once told me receiver wattage and speaker wattage ratings are not on a 1 to 1 relationship.

    Also, this may be a stupid question but is there some rule of thumb when it comes to price paid for 5.1 speaker setup in realtion to price paid for receiver?
     
  2. ColinM

    ColinM Cinematographer

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    Watts matters not. You are better off having more amp than you need. The Speaker's rating is based on many things, but what you should listen for are signs of stress in the playback. An smaller amp will run out of gas and do damage to the speaker before a bigger amp blows one from overpowering it.

    Rule = 1/2 to 2/3 of your audio budget should be 5 speakers and the sub.

    My .02

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