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Tony Smith:
Scenario and Question - If you have Subs rated at 900 [email protected] and an amp rated [email protected]  - amp gain set below half and you are achieving  the level and sound desired, you should be good right?  As long as you remain within those parameters you should be safe?  Yes or NO.

Brad Weber:

--- Quote from: Tony Smith on March 18, 2011, 05:52:02 PM ---Scenario and Question - If you have Subs rated at 900 [email protected] and an amp rated [email protected]  - amp gain set below half and you are achieving  the level and sound desired, you should be good right?
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By "amp gain" do you mean the level controls?  They are really two different things.


--- Quote from: Tony Smith on March 18, 2011, 05:52:02 PM ---As long as you remain within those parameters you should be safe?  Yes or NO.
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There is no guarantee but with the caveats that the overall system gain structure is good, that there is no clipping earlier in the signal chain and that no one tries to run the system louder such that it causes clipping, you should be fine.

Ivan Beaver:

--- Quote from: Tony Smith on March 18, 2011, 05:52:02 PM ---Scenario and Question - If you have Subs rated at 900 [email protected] and an amp rated [email protected]  - amp gain set below half and you are achieving  the level and sound desired, you should be good right?  As long as you remain within those parameters you should be safe?  Yes or NO.

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As Brad was hinting at-the level controls are just that-NOT power controls as many people "think" they are.  Even with the controls turned down the amp can still put out full power-if you hit the input with enough signal.

And you are correct, if you are getting the levels you need-without anything clipping-then you are fine and nothing to worry about.  The loudspeakers should live a long healthy life.

John Livings:

--- Quote from: Ivan Beaver on March 19, 2011, 10:21:55 AM ---As Brad was hinting at-the level controls are just that-NOT power controls as many people "think" they are.  Even with the controls turned down the amp can still put out full power-if you hit the input with enough signal.

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Would it be correct, that turning down the input gain on an Amp will cause a "Lower" input signal to produce Maximum output?

Regards,  John

Chris Hindle:

--- Quote from: John Livings on April 14, 2011, 10:17:09 PM ---Would it be correct, that turning down the input gain on an Amp will cause a "Lower" input signal to produce Maximum output?

Regards,  John

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Other way around.
Lower the gain knob, and more input level is needed to reach full power output.
In most cases, it is called a "Gain Attenuator", as in Turn it up, and there is less attenuation to the input signal.
Chris.

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