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Hi guys.

Tweet: Nominal power is 130w @ 6ohm
Midrange: nominal power is 100w @ 4ohm

Connected to a 4CHANNEL AMP w/ nominal power of 50w x 4 @ 4ohm
Each speaker is connected to a single channel.

I computed (please correct me if I'm wrong) that my 6 ohm tweets are receiving 33.4 Watts and the midrange is 50Watts.

Is that enough or I'm underpowering my seps to a point its affecting the SQ of the system?

thanks in advance. :)
 

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if underpowering a speaker affected sound quality then mine would sound like ****. ;)

50 watts is plenty of power on a front stage. and in reality...you probably arent getting near that 50 watts anyway. you are fine with that amp.

BTW...what amp and components are they?
 

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The amp is an A4. The drivers are Morel Elates 6.
I had the impression that since the speakers has a nominal power of 100w, does that mean my amp also be rated as such?
 

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You really can't "underpower" a speaker. If you don't have enough power, they just won't get as loud as you like. But always, the less power you feed your speakers the BETTER they will sound.

I'm also not sure where you got those power rating numbers. "Nominal" power for most tweets is about 5 watts. Maybe 20-30 watts for a mid/bass. 50 watts continuous power over a tweeter is a phenomenal amount of power. I couldn't even imagine how loud that'd be much less that it could sound good or that you wouldn't damage the tweeter over the long term.
 

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npdang said:
You really can't "underpower" a speaker. If you don't have enough power, they just won't get as loud as you like. But always, the less power you feed your speakers the BETTER they will sound.

I'm also not sure where you got those power rating numbers. "Nominal" power for most tweets is about 5 watts. Maybe 20-30 watts for a mid/bass. 50 watts continuous power over a tweeter is a phenomenal amount of power. I couldn't even imagine how loud that'd be much less that it could sound good or that you wouldn't damage the tweeter over the long term.
Sorry, my mistake. :blush: The 130w for the tweets is the power handling. So does that mean my tweets can handle 130w of continous power?
 

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By the way, I've read on most columns its better to have a good headroom on the amp's power. That they are saying it's better to have more power for a speaker. It's contradicting your statement.
Can you kindly explain further what you mean that LESS power is actually BETTER for a speaker? Thanks
 

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most of normal or casual listening is done within 2 watt to each speaker, because most of the time 2 watt will give you about 90 db's of output overall.

since speakers have an overall efficiency of probably 1~10% (meaning most of the electrical energy that you give it is turned into thermal energy/heat instead of mechanical energy/speaker movement), the more power you give it, the more heat will be generated. the more heat generated, the more distortion it will cause (simply put). Not to mention the more intensely the cone moves the less control the motor has over it..

IMO, i think more power/headroom will allow the speakers to stay clearer at higher volumes because the amps are less likely to clip...but in the end, less power will be more accurate and sound better because everything is less stressed..
 
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