Value, Quality & Service since 1980
- Is it possible to "under power" a speaker
- No! That is just as dumb as it sounds - complete nonsense.
- Speakers are damaged by too much power, not too little
- This "technote" was published by JBL in the
seventies, before most power amps had clip limiters, and it was describing
home stereo listening, not professional concerts. Though some home listeners
might be inclined to "Crank it up" JBL was addressing high fidelity
systems and completely disregarding the fact that some users will push
things until something gives. If you are blowing speakers, it is because
you are pushing them TOO HARD. I guarantee that changing to a more powerful
amplifier will NOT keep them from blowing. They will blow sooner because
you will just turn it up more, until something gives.
- . . . . To prevent blowing speakers:
- 1. Turn it down (everybody else thinks it's too loud
- 2. Get more speakers. You are trying to get too much
out of too few of them.
- 3. Switch to horn loaded cabinets. Especially if you
- 4. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a lower volume level. Most
events are too loud these days.