Which Amplifier Is Best For My Speakers, Part 2: Harmonics and Clipping

In Part 1 we covered a lot of mumbo-jumbo in preparation for Part 2's mumbo-jumbo which is meant to prepare us for Part 3's mumbo-jumbo about actually matching amplifiers and speakers.

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Which Amplifier Is Best For My Speakers, Part 3: Compare the Numbers

Hopefully there are some useful hints here, but remember three very important things:

Deal with people who know what they're talking about and whom you trust.

Listen to each component whenever possible but understand that how it sounds in the showroom is not how it is going to sound at home. If you're buying without listening, on-line for example, buy from a manufacturer whose reputation for not fudging the numbers can be trusted.

If your components and speakers sound good in the showroom (especially your speakers) they will very typically sound the same or better at home.

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Listen to each component whenever possible but understand that how it sounds in the showroom is not how it is going to sound at home. If you're buying without listening, on-line for example, buy from a manufacturer whose reputation for not fudging the numbers can be trusted.

If your components and speakers sound good in the showroom (especially your speakers) they will very typically sound the same or better at home.

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Which Amplifier Is Best For My Speakers, Part 1: RMS, Peak-to-Peak, PMPO.

The system was loud enough, it just sounded like crap. The mid-range was non-existent because of all the clipping and the highs were so muddy and distorted that they actually made my sinuses hurt. There was bass though. Lots and lots of bass. I tried in vain to explain to him why he was going deaf at an alarming rate, but I guess all the technical details were just boring. He just wanted his system to be loud enough.

I haven't seen this person in years and years, but I am sure a significant portion of his monthly income now goes to keeping his hearing aid batteries fresh. His system was developing plenty of SPL, it was unfortunately just not musical SPL, it was mostly noise SPL.

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Some Basic Facts and A Few Opinions About Speaker Break-in

There are two radically opposing schools of thought regarding the need to burn-in, or break-in, new speakers. With some experience and a word directly from KEF's engineers, here's the low-down on what you can expect from your new speakers when you pull them out of the box.

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Audiophile Essentials: Dave Brubeck's Take Five

Serious music fans and audiophiles alike all agree on one thing: Dave Brubeck's Take 5 is an essential part of the American musical conversation.

Here's a quick, and not-very-scholarly look at the quintessential American jazz song.

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Take 5 is an essential part of the American musical conversation.

Here's a quick, and not-very-scholarly look at the quintessential American jazz song.

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