Originally Posted by horst

J your point about a clipped signal sounding like shit is well taken, but you can't kill a speaker with it, you can only do that with overpowering or overexcursion.
The reason it was overpowering no doubt was because it was run in the red though.
The only way to stop overpowering is by using a limter.

It does sound kind of scary (At first I thought it was crap).

I'm just guessing, what damages speakers would be the coiled wiring melting wouldn't it? So that would happen from to much current.

I'll make up some figures to explain why it could. Say the speaker is rated to take a 1khz sine wave at 1A peak current. So it will only get 1A instantaneously at the peak of every cycle. Then compare that to a 1kHz square wave (extreme clipped sine), the coil will now have a constant 1A current flowing though it causing the coils to act like a heater and eventually melt.

Don't know how it would affect the amp as amps can be made to work with DC, would need and expert for this.

Edit: Great Article by the way!

Last edited by camlv: 20-Oct-09 at 11:33pm