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Old 18th January 2008, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default 7W enough for 90dB speakers?

Is 7W push-pull enough for small room cca 4x3 meters and 90dB efficient speakers?

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Old 18th January 2008, 12:47 AM   #2
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I would say, yes.
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Probably, unless you want it really loud.
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Old 18th January 2008, 01:03 AM   #4
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If it's a really good, low distortion, 7W amp and the speakers have a reasonably flat impedance curve, you'll be fine. I often drive 85dB speakers with 15W and don't feel it too lacking, but some speakers and amps don't play well together.
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Old 18th January 2008, 01:04 AM   #5
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Default Re: 7W enough for 90dB speakers?

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Is 7W push-pull enough for small room cca 4x3 meters and 90dB efficient speakers?

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IMO, 7 WPC is not enough. Paul Joppa provides a useful rule of thumb. PJ's rule tells us that an amp/speaker combo should be capable of 102 dB. SPL peaks at a 1M. distance. The rule is for a "typical" space. Adjust accordingly. 4 M./3 M. is not especially small. So, I'd go for the 102 dB. peak. 16 WPC are needed with 90 dB. sensitive speakers.
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Old 18th January 2008, 02:25 AM   #6
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7 watts is 8.45 dBW; i.e. capable of 8.45 dB more output than 1 watt. With 90 dB/1 watt speakers a single channel should achieve 98.45 dB. With two channels, twice the power, twice the membrane area for an increase of 6dB. Total output = 104.45dB. There will be losses, of course, but this is pretty loud for most types of music. My room is about the same size and I've been quite satisfied with SE 6BQ5s and similarly inefficient speakers, but I don't like Metallica or AC/DC. I listen to Dave Grusin, Chris Botti, Brian Culbertson and Fourplay.

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Old 18th January 2008, 02:35 AM   #7
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Hi,

No one has asked a very important question.... how big is the room they will be used in?

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Old 18th January 2008, 02:46 AM   #8
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My room is fairly big (~7m x 11m x 4m). Fonkens are about 90 dB. RH84 ~5W. Most of the time it is fine, but sometimes i'd like more. Working on paying odd a PP 2A3 and helpwe woofers are under development.

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Default Re: 7W enough for 90dB speakers?

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for small room cca 4x3 meters

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No one has asked a very important question.... how big is the room they will be used in?
Lets guess 2.5 m ceilings

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Noone has asked another important question...what kind of 90db speakers
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