Okay, couple days ago I said something stupid and I freely admit to it. I said I "blew" my SI BM MK IV subs due to pushing a small amp past its limits and it clipping. Now blow was the wrong term to use and I understand that but here is my question.
Can you or can you not hurt a speakers voice coil due to excessive clipping? You see these subs were happy with a Mosconi Zero3 pushing them. I could drive them to my hearts content and not have any issues ever. Never used all the amps available Power but used more than the subs are rated for. No issues ever.
In my next install I fed them with a 600 watt amp and I pushed that amp hard enough where many many times it went into protect mode and I know many times I sent a clipped signal to the speakers. Eventually they no longer performed properly at moderate volumes. There was no longer that high level of accuracy the subs were known for. They no longer liked to dig low as well. I tried them on a couple other amps (Sinfoni Prodigio, Mosconi Zero3, JL 1200/1) and they still did not sound right. So I believe that the clipped signal is what hurt the subs. Since then they have been replaced and now have 1200 watts available again and sound fantastic.
So in true SQ fasion I get ripped by a couple real smart fellers that I am an idiot for saying I blew the subs due to overdriving a small amp and sending an clipped signal to them.
So am I an idiot for making this assumption or is the clipped signal what hurt them? I realize "blow" was the wrong term to use and should have said "damaged" but usually people understand "blow" as just a plain hurt.