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    Help with amp/speakers

    If i have one 150w speaker is it ok to use a 1000w amp for them? Plus im planning on getting another 150w speaker too.

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    It's OK. Just don't turn the volume up all the way!
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    So right now i only have one 150 w speaker so how high should i turn up my 1000w amp?

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    What speaker do you have and are you planning on buying the same speaker which would be a good idea. What amp will you be using? For most music you will be using just a few watts of power, even at loud volumes. And if you are using 1 speaker, I hope you have what ever preamp you are using set to mono otherwise you will be missing 1/2 the music
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    There is no set answer. Use your ears.

    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Chin View Post
    So right now i only have one 150 w speaker so how high should i turn up my 1000w amp?
    BR is giving you good advice. I only have this to add and, if you remember it, it will serve you well:

    If it starts to sound bad, turn it down immediately!*

    It's a warning that something is not happy and it could save you money in repairs.

    * This is good advice in all situations, not just here.
    Last edited by markw; 05-10-2013 at 04:54 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Chin View Post
    If i have one 150w speaker is it ok to use a 1000w amp for them? Plus im planning on getting another 150w speaker too.
    Speaker power handling ratings are often just a guess or marketing. What on earth are they based on? The power a speaker can handling varies with the frequency and duration of the signal, in any case. What speakers do you have?

    Do you really have a 1000 watt amp? What is it?

    You cannot tell how much power an amp is putting out from the volume setting. The power output is dependent on a whole host of factors. But as someone said, if the sound is distorted, turn the volume down!
    "Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony."
    ------Heraclitus of Ephesis (fl. 504-500 BC), trans. Wheelwright.

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