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indiviual small amps per driver or 1 big one...which better??
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Old 7th October 2004, 07:47 AM   #1
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Default indiviual small amps per driver or 1 big one...which better??

Wondering if there is a difference on how you connect drivers to amplifiers.

If you have 4 drivers that equal 8 ohms total in series/parrellel and you connect them to one 50 watt amp, will that be the same as just connecting each one individually (8 ohms) to a 50 watt amp? Other than for the sake of stability?

Would connecting 4 drivers each with a 25 watt amp be better then all 4 to one 50 watt amp? (just random number I'm pulling out of my byte)
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Anyone???

Seems like a pretty logical question.....
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Old 8th October 2004, 12:56 AM   #3
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All things being equal, one amp per driver has better chances of sounding good. Depending on your amp design, it may make no difference at all, but it also could. You're simplifying the load that each amp sees, eliminating the chance for driver crosstalk, as well as isolating the back-EMF from each driver. It's the same idea as why monoblock/dual mono power amps are generally considered more hardcore than stereo power amps.
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4 drivers is 6db louder with the same total power whether it's 1 50 watt amp or 2 25's. Each doubling of power gets you 3db more. Amplifier quality varies drastically and double power doesn't necessarily mean double price. Get one amp that handles 2ohms mono or 4ohms stereo and wire in parallel to get the most bang (or in this case boom) for your buck.
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