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Old 27th March 2010, 04:15 PM   #1
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Default Dear Dr. Nelson Pass

Dr. pass,

I have a question for you and that is why so many hifi amps including some of yours are designed with such high power outputs given that most modern speakers are efficient and only require say 50 watts at most to deliver a reasonable level of sound?

I feel that there might be some good reasons for this, can you explain this?
Old 27th March 2010, 05:06 PM   #2
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thd is at lower point near you speakers operating range? (0-50 watts?)

my guess......
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Old 27th March 2010, 05:12 PM   #3
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If you are going to claim professorial status, then IMO you should reveal your true identity especially if you intend to correspond with a public figure and draw attention to his professional status in such a public fashion. To add insult to injury, you have misspelled his name.

Old 27th March 2010, 05:27 PM   #4
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It's about peak to average levels. If your listening level is 1W average, and there is a peak 20 dB above average, that's 100W needed. A 50W amp would be severely clipped trying to keep up.

Not that most speakers can handle 110 dB peaks, but at least the distortion won't be from your amp if you have plenty of power. Not to mention less chance of damaging your tweeters with the extra high frequency energy produced by clipping.

[rant] Much popular music is terribly compressed. Watching the levels on many songs by major pop names like Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones and many others' recent recordings, the meters seem to hang between 0 db (clipping) and -2 dB rarely venturing south. If that's your musical preference, you can use a 50W amp quite comfortably because there won't really be any peaks to worry about. Take a look at the levels of your recording before thinking that the system sounds bad. [/rant]
Old 27th March 2010, 05:56 PM   #5
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His first name would be Zacchary

and I am not a doctor, although I play one on TV.

To answer the question, I sell what people want. Many of them
want more power. Of those, some need it, some might think
they need it later if not now, and some don't need it.

Old 27th March 2010, 06:18 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Nelson Pass View Post
I sell what people want. Many of them
want more power. Of those, some need it, some might think
they need it later if not now, and some don't need it.


Saw that Mr. Smith?
Even to ask, there is a lot to know before we do.
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Old 27th March 2010, 08:02 PM   #7
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there's no replacement for it litres or watts...
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Originally Posted by intouch1 View Post
there's no replacement for it litres or watts...
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Originally Posted by Professor smith View Post
Dr. pass,
According to me if we want to provoke our good Papa,
we call him a guru rather, than for a doctor.

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Old 27th March 2010, 10:34 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Nelson Pass View Post
and I am not a doctor, although I play one on TV.

Not sure, Nelson...
Doctor is the higher degree in universities..
A master + 3 years to sustain an original research thesis..
An engineer that has a long practice can undoubtly be
granted a doctor degree based on his career track...

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