What does clipping mean?

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  1. Antonio_B

    Antonio_B Stunt Coordinator

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    Hi all,how are you?

    I would like to know what does clipping mean?
    For example when you say my subwoofer or my speakers clipped twice.

    Thanks a bundle in advance!!!
    Later.

    Antonio
     
  2. BrianWoerndle

    BrianWoerndle Supporting Actor

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    Clipping has to do with amplifiers, not speakers, but it affects speakers.

    The basics:

    When an amp does not have enough power to play at the desired level, it clips part of the sound wave off. That causes a very hard type of distortion is sent to the speakers, which can cause a lot of damage.

    Now read a very good article with nice pictures for more details:

    http://www.jblpro.com/pub/technote/lowpower.pdf
     
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  4. Brett DiMichele

    Brett DiMichele Producer

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    Simply stated:

    When you Drive any amplifier past it's linear amplification
    range it takes a sine wave and clips the top of the wave off
    turning it into a more square wave.

    Speakers (especialy Tweeters) can not reproduce square waves
    very well. And thus when they try to reproduce a clipped
    square wave they get damaged (the tweeter is the one that
    usually fries since it's the most delicate).
     

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