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Old 05-11-2008, 03:01 AM
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I was just wondering this.
Do you pick a speaker and then pick an amp 10% under the RMS (100W speaker with 90W amp)?
Do you pick a speaker and then pick an amp 10% over the RMS (100W speaker with 110W amp)?
Is the "overdriving" dependent on the speaker manufacturer?
Also, is it possible to have an all USA made system? I know that my pioneer HU is made overseas.
please advice
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WTF are you talking about
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I usually get subs that are about 100 watts rms more than the amp can push....
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and remember the amp numebers are usually MAX not RMS, so it might be a 200W 2 channel, but if it's a cheap amp it could be like 40 watts RMS per channel, and not even 200 max. I had one amp that was 200 but actually tested it at 261 watts max, so it depends. but don't put 100W RMS into a 50W max speaker....that's for sure.
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u can put a 1000w amp on a 200w sub...as long as there is no distortion everything will be ok...just has to be tuned right...
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depends on how hard you push the volume knob. I had 400 watts going to a 175 Watt RMS sub and killed it when I was pushing the volume. Burned the voice coil. It really freaks you out when you have smoke in the car
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I would say over since u can always adjust the gains on ur amp !!! and unlike if u go under your amp is already at its max
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