Audio / Video Introduction
Think about this for a moment. You have a 100 watt amp. That means it is capable of 100 watts maximum and no more. In order to get a full 100 watts of sound, you would have to turn the volume up to the full maximum limit. That means “All the way up, baby”. But if you did that, chances are very good that you would kill the amp in seconds. 100 watts is the limit of the amp, and when you push electronics to their limits, they tend to stop working soon.
If you are throwing a party in an auditorium, then consider a much higher wattage stereo to fill the space with clean volume. But in most average homes, any more than a 100 watt stereo, is a waste of power and money. You will never turn up the amp so high that it actually delivers 100 watts. In fact, I doubt you will ever have the volume so loud that it produces more than 50 watts.
The truth is that listening to your stereo at typical normal listening levels, you are probably not using more than 10 to 15 watts of the power from your amp. Cranked a little to enjoy your favorite tunes, maybe 20 to 24 watts. Listening to low romantic music only uses around 5 to 8 watts. And YES, even with deep bass. I know it is hard to believe, but you need to stop thinking of wattage as volume.
When using terms like wattage and power, it is easy to confuse what they mean with what they do. As I said, wattage does not mean more volume or more bass. Wattage is what allows that higher volume to sound cleaner without the fuzzy edges.
The Speakers And Wires Are The Keys To Quality
The key to good sound quality today is in the speakers and the wires that connect everything. Good quality speakers can make the difference. Most speakers do not have to produce deep pounding bass anymore. We have subwoofers that do the job much better and smoother. Good speakers today are designed to have a wide dynamic range for cleaner and sweeter midranges and highs.
When you add deep bass to the same speaker as the midranges and highs, the bass tends to color or distort the other sounds. By removing the deep bass from the main speakers, it lets the speakers produce much cleaner and much more natural sounds as they were originally intended. The result is natural and brighter sound.
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