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Antonio_B

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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
 

BrianWoerndle

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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
 

Brett DiMichele

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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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