Hello every one,
I'm a drummer and usually hang out in the drum forum, but I've escaped from there, and I have a question for all the live sound guys on here.
My question comes from a conversation I had with a friend of mine about using a power amp to drive speakers, where the power amp is to "big" for the speaker ratings. I realize that this situation is going to damage the speakers, that's not the question.
My friend said that he runs the amp at about 50% so that will save his speakers. To give an example of the situation I'm talking about for lets say that some one is using a 1000W/channel power amp into speakers that have a 500W (program) rating. In this situation you only turn up the amp halfway, which would decrease the power sent to speakers.
Is this arrangement/assumption accurate? It make sense on a logical level, but I'm not sure that it would be true in reality.
This is probably a stupid question, but being a drummer I don't generally deal with these sorts of things, and it peaked my interest to find out more.
Thanks in advance.