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Steely164
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Recommended wattage for small speakers

I was wondering about "recommended wattage" for speakers from the amp. Is there any damage that occurs if I hook up a high current amp[ 250 watts and 60 amps ] to smaller speakers. Some of the best speakers I have heard in my price range are bookshelf or monitor size. The problem my amp is large but I no longer have room for larger speakers. Will this cause damage to the amp? I rarely play anything over 35% of maximum. Do the speaker receive any damage from to much current. Should I buy the 300$ Wharfdale 10.1 and just use them till they catch fire or will they be fine if I keep the volume low. This might be audiophile 101 stuff but I thought I would throw it out there. The amp is a Parasound A21.

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Yes, just don't crank it up too much

If you are confident that nobody will crank up the volume too loud, they'll work just fine. But, it might only take one time with a heavy finger and there goes your drivers.

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some speakers can handle more power even as bookshelves

For instance, the Peachtree D5's are rated for 200W and are a very nice speaker at $1000. I know this is a lot more than the Wharfedale Diamond, but should greatly decrease the likelihood of you killing them with too much power unless you are in a very big room. Others may know a few products that are similar and can handle a lot of power.

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A few clarifications

1. The fact that your amp is capable of delivering 60A does not mean it will do so: it will deliver just the amperage relateg to the output voltage, divided by the impedance of your speakers.

2. The fact that your amp is capable of delivering a high voltage only requires caution with the volume control, but in my experience it is easyer to ruin a good loudspeaker by using an underpowered amp (clipping does "nice" things to your tweeter.

3. Using your amp at low power (compared to its rating) might even keep you within the limits where it works in class A, which is a good thing.

4. The only drawback would be a slight degradation of the SNR, but I doubt this will be audible.

Enjoy your music!

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Steely164 wrote:

I was wondering about "recommended wattage" for speakers from the amp. Is there any damage that occurs if I hook up a high current amp[ 250 watts and 60 amps ] to smaller speakers. Some of the best speakers I have heard in my price range are bookshelf or monitor size. The problem my amp is large but I no longer have room for larger speakers. Will this cause damage to the amp? I rarely play anything over 35% of maximum. Do the speaker receive any damage from to much current. Should I buy the 300$ Wharfdale 10.1 and just use them till they catch fire or will they be fine if I keep the volume low. This might be audiophile 101 stuff but I thought I would throw it out there. The amp is a Parasound A21.

There is absolutely no problem using a large amplifier with smaller speakers.

It's sort of like driving a Corvette; you may have 440 horsepower, but you don't have to push the throttle to the floor...lol.

Just take it easy on the volume control and no problem.

I would suggest however, that you get the Wharfedale Diamond 10.2 speakers if you are not going to be using a subwoofer. The 10.1 is pretty light in the bass department. The 10.2 is a better all-around speaker.

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