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Old 07-16-2002, 06:15 AM   #1
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What's worse, too much or too little power?

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5.21 What's worse for a speaker, too much or too little power? [IDB]
Problems occur (in everyday operation) when distortion is fed to a speaker. This occurs MUCH more often when you are dealing with an underpowered system -- typically the owner will turn up the volume too much or set the amplifier gains too high to try and get more volume from the system. These introduce distortion to the signal -- this will destroy *any* speaker. (See section 5.22 Why is distortion harmful to my speakers? [RK].)

When a speaker is overpowered, however, it is not nearly as common to have these kind of problems, so speakers aren't blown as much. Of course, it is certainly possible to destroy a speaker (thermally) by overpowering it, but you'll have a pretty hard time doing this on your own, especially with standard car audio amplifiers.
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