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Post 9 made on Saturday February 3, 2018 at 19:15
Mac Burks (39)
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May 2007
On February 3, 2018 at 13:09, james_aa said...
Do speakers draw watts from an amp or get fed watts ?

Eg. would a 60w speaker connected to a 100w amp draw 60w or get fed 100w ?

I am going to save you from reading all that craziness in the responses. Here is the actual answer to the question you asked.

On February 3, 2018 at 16:13, Ernie Gilman said...

The answer to this is yes and no. The speaker's 60W designation tells you that you're going to blow it if you feed it more than 60 watts (well, within the slipperiness quotient, I'll call it, of the specifications). You'll feed it 100 watts because the amplifier can put out that much power if you turn the amp up loud enough.


"Slipperiness quotient" is Ernie for the reality that watt ratings are usually a joke. Don't expect your 100W amp to "feed" 100W exactly. And don't think that you can turn your 50W amp all the way up with a 60W speaker and not blow it.
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