when buying speakers companies are guilty of misleading the consumer...most advertise peak wattage...this is not the true power of a speaker!! look for RMS wattage...if the packaging of a speaker only shows peak wattage or peak power or only shows just a wattage number then you can take roughly 70% of that number to be your true wattage...also...look for the SPL rating of a speaker...this is a speakers sensitivity rating...if a speaker says 88 dB at 1 watt....or 98 dB at 1 watt or what ever number at 1 watt..the higher the number the more sensitive the speaker is...in other words a speaker with a rating of 98 dB at 1 watt will be louder then a speaker that has a SPL rating of 88 dB at 1 watt..thats 2 speakers of the same wattage but 1 with a higher SPL rating..this is a good reason to stick to one brand of speaker in a set up..different speakers have different SPL ratings....so look for high SPL ratings as well as RMS wattage for the best overall speaker...if you want a little reason behide RMS wattage and Peak Wattage...music has ups and downs, it is never constant at one volume..i.e. a big drum roll or build up in a song....music has peaks and vallys...so a speaker with a RMS wattage of say 50 watts has to be able to handle some peak wattages...so that same speaker would have a peak wattage of around 70 watts...the company lie would come because most companies will advertise that speaker at 70 watts, when really it is 50 watts...makes you think your getting more then you really are...anyway..that said most reputable speaker companies now advertise in RMS wattage...hope this helps
Last edited by boil359; 05-01-2012 at 03:57 AM.
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