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lhemrick
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Speaker wattage question?

If I have 80 watt speakers does the receiver I plug them into need to be 80 watt output? Or is the output wattage divided between the two? I guess the question is could I have a 160 watt output receiver? Thanks!

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Such specs should be

Such specs should be considered as "per channel."

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So what does that mean?

So what does that mean?

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Stereo has 2 channels. Each

Stereo has 2 channels. Each speaker, according to your specs, needs 80 watts and, therefore, each channel of the receiver should be capable of 80 watts (at least).

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So there is no danger in

So there is no danger in exceeding the wattage of the speaker?

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Not generally. Your ears

Not generally. Your ears will likely tell you when you are pushing too much and guide you to the volume control. There is somewhat greater concern of having too little power and driving the amp into clipping before achieving satisfactory listening levels.

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