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Well, technically you could if you ran the amp on clip all night long.

 

It may or may not fry the driver. Depends on quality of driver and if the amp is delivering as many watts as it says it does.

 

Although that's user error and not the amplifiers problem

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Double the power is what MIGHT work well in a theoretical, ideal world but the majority of recone and repair work that come into the shop has been powered this way and there are way too many real world variables that come into play to make this a reasonable recommendation for most users.

 

It also depends on how realistic the speaker ratings are, how long yo expect your speakers to last when being driven hard, and your ability to avoid unfortunate accidents and lapses of good judgement. This also depends on proper high pass filtering, processing set-up etc.

 

For most pro audio speakers from reasonable manufacturers powered by reasonably careful users, 1.0-1.5x the RMS or continuous ratings is probably a pretty good ballpark for most reasonable users. If you are an average user, then closer to 1.0x the RMS rating is probably better, and if you are an advanced user who always brings engough PA to the job, has proper processing and set-up, good judgement and control over bad things that might happen, then closer to 2.0x the RMS rating might be ok.

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