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    Hello to all. What is the school of thought out there on the installation of correctly sized fused protection for your spkrs. Most of us own spkrs that we want to hold on to and we all know that replacment drivers are hard or in some cases for me impossible (Yamaha) to come by ( thank god for E bay). Any thoughts? Thanks.
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    Hello and welcome to Club Polk. What exactly are you trying to protect.....and from what?
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    Using a little common sense and an appropriately sized amp used within it's limits (ie.not continously driven in to clipping)should negate the need for fusing.

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    Agreed, no gfuse is good gfuse.

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    Can an amplifier clip because of a defect? A fuse would be good to have in this case. My ADS L 710s and L 810s are both fused and some of my Polks are fused. In the late 70s I talked to the head of ADS and he told me fuses were not necessary and that sensible control of the volume was all the protection the speaker needed. What would be the maximum size fuse for a speaker? Some of mine have 1amp and two had 10amp that I changed to 1amp. The 1amp fuses in my Monitor 7s sometimes blow at moderate volume.
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    Amps would not clip because of a defect, but they may pass DC current or surge because of a defect or issue. Circuit protection is not ideal for sound quality, but if your speakers/drivers and not replaceable, you could fuse it for protection.

    If going that route, I would suggest something resettable like a polyswitch instead of an actual fuse.



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    Quote Originally Posted by DON73 View Post
    Can an amplifier clip because of a defect?
    They can clip because of a defect, but a speaker fuse will most likely not protect the speakers if the amp fails because of a defect. IE; the amp passes a high level of dc to the speakers. The fuse won't protect the speakers. If the amp shorts out, the fuse most likely won't protect the speakers, etc.

    Fuses are not necessary if you have proper amplification and don't overdrive that amplification.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zingo View Post
    Amps would not clip because of a defect, but they may pass DC current or surge because of a defect or issue. Circuit protection is not ideal for sound quality, but if your speakers/drivers and not replaceable, you could fuse it for protection.

    If going that route, I would suggest something resettable like a polyswitch instead of an actual fuse.



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    To be clear the above doesn't protect against a defect or issue or DC surge.

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    Keep in mind that polyswitch/fuse protection is usually only applied in series with the tweeter.They are dumb devices in that they cannot differentiate between a clipped or unclipped waveform,they only protect against excess current which ofcourse is determined by their rating.As Zingo pointed out they won't protect against a DC fault condition but since there will be a series capacitor ahead of the tweeter DC will effectively be blocked.Unfortunately the woofer has not such protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heiney9 View Post
    To be clear the above doesn't protect against a defect or issue or DC surge.

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    What does protect against the dreaded dc surge ?

    I had my 20 yr old amp in for service a few years ago, and after tuning up and replacing the relay, he installed fuses for the speaker outputs ... I thought it was a good idea, but recently, 2 4A fuses have blown in the left ch...I do not abuse the amp by any stretch (Parasound hca500 with Polk Mon 60's)) .. so what do the fuses protect, exactly ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kappclark View Post
    What does protect against the dreaded dc surge ?

    I had my 20 yr old amp in for service a few years ago, and after tuning up and replacing the relay, he installed fuses for the speaker outputs ... I thought it was a good idea, but recently, 2 4A fuses have blown in the left ch...I do not abuse the amp by any stretch (Parasound hca500 with Polk Mon 60's)) .. so what do the fuses protect, exactly ?
    As I mentioned the tweeter will be protected because it has a capacitor in series with it.As for the woofer you are at the mercy of the amplifiers DC fault protection circuit should it so have one.Thats not always the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTGV View Post
    As I mentioned the tweeter will be protected because it has a capacitor in series with it.As for the woofer you are at the mercy of the amplifiers DC fault protection circuit should it so have one.Thats not always the case.
    good to know .. thanks - maybe I will send an email to the good folks at Parasound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kappclark View Post
    .. so what do the fuses protect, exactly ?
    I touched on that in post #9.It protects against over current( over powering).Exceeding the current rating of the fuse will make it fail ,which if sized correctly will protect the driver from excessive power levels that might exceed it's thermal limits.

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    My son (7yrs) cranked the volume Blew the fuse for the tweeter. It's a 1amp - 250V fuse. I purchased the speakers used and want to know if this is the proper size fuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rkscwh View Post
    My son (7yrs) cranked the volume Blew the fuse for the tweeter. It's a 1amp - 250V fuse. I purchased the speakers used and want to know if this is the proper size fuse.
    Yes, its fine.

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    The dreaded DC surge can be held at bay by having output relays internal to your amp, which will open at the first sign of DC discharge at the amps output devices/stages. The inline fuse which I did install into my system will protect the spkrs from being overdriven by excessive volume beyond the rating to which it was designed. I am using 1.5 amps fuses and yes I have blown a few but am very happy to replace a fuse vice replacment of a spkr or its driver. I went dowm that road with the 3 Phase Linier amps that I have owned.
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    Tape- Tandberg 3014A.
    Tape- Nakamichi 600.
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    CD-Rotel 1078.
    Spkrs- Polk Audio RTI 150 Towers.
    Spkrs- ADS L1290 Towers.
    Spkrs- Yamaha- NS 670,NS 500m,NS 200m, NS 200ma
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