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Can someone explain to me in detail how a receivers and speakers work? I understand speaker power is measured in watts. What I don't understand is why a 60 watt speaker sounds like a 180 watt speaker as far as bass. Is there a myth to the wattage of speakers? Also, how do ohms come into play with audio systems. I am asking because I would like to build my own 5.1 surround system using a Marantz stereo with Definitive Technology speakers and don't want to screw anything up.

Asked By: - 7/16/2012
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Wattage is not representative of much of anything in speakers. It is supposed to be the amount of power input a speaker can handle but in reality there are just too many factors to put a number on this. If you take a 1 amp use, it should work with less than 1 amp and fail with more than 1 amp. A speaker isn't like... More
Answered By: Maniac - 7/16/2012
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First thing first. If you have a stereo receive you can not have surround sound. Most receivers in the market today are rated from 50watts RMS per channel up to 150 watts. Receivers can normally handle the 4 to 8 ohm speakers, but are rated for the 8 ohms. They can handle just about any speakers in the market today... More
Answered By: bbt91945 - 7/16/2012
 
"Is there a myth to the wattage of speakers... More
Answered By: Grumpy Mac - 7/16/2012
 
Wattage on speakers is meaningless. Wattage in general tells you absolutely nothing about sound quality... More
Answered By: Kevin L - 7/16/2012
 
lower ohms can make your system louder cheeply but you wont 8 ohms for qulity the more ohms the more power you need to equl up to say 3 ohms ... i cant remeber how it went but i think you can plug a higher ohms speaker in to a lower ohms system but you lose power and you cant do it the other way oy your amp/speaker... More
Answered By: Matt - 7/17/2012
 
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