Speakers and power amps.

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Faze 2 Studios
Member Since: Aug 15, 2005

Is it bad to have speakers with a much higher power rating (in watt's)then your amp can deliver?
a Peavey pv 900 power amp powering 2 Peavey TLS4X 3-Way Dual 15" Speaker? will it over heat my amp?


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Typo Szar
Since: Jul 04, 2002

Mar 13, 2006 01:57 am

Dont quote me but from what i nkow aobut guitar amps and cabs, its only a problem if your amp is higher power than ur speakers. IF your amp is lower power than your speakers, you just wont be getting all you can from your speakers.

Prince CZAR-ming
Since: Apr 08, 2004

Mar 13, 2006 09:51 am

crux got it,

no, you won't hurt anything, the amp won't work any harder.

It is a consideration that the impedance is correct, but with solid state amps, it's not much of a concern.

Some consider that the speakers won't be working in their sweet spot, but I don't put too much weight in that theory, especially with PA equipment. That consideration would be better for high end HI FI speakers/amps.

Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Mar 13, 2006 07:30 pm

PA gear is the same, under powered speaker's will actually sound differant then if they are being powered to their full potential. They will actually be kind of weak sounding. Bass response will be there, but not as much thump if it were being powered to its max or close to it. AS well the high end will fade before getting very far from the cabinets.

Peavey should have a minimum power requirement listed somewhere for those cabinets.

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