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    Default Minimum Speaker Wattage

    I have just bought STRDSA5000ES. Wattage power on this puppy is 170W per channel (at least thatís what advertised in the manual). Do you think if I put 200W speakers, they will work fine i.e. they wont flutter etc or do I need to get tad bit higher?

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    Don't worry about it. It'll work just fine.
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    If you are asking whether you need to buy speakers with a higher power rating... no.

    You could put speakers with a much lower rating than 170 W and be just fine. I ran 45W speakers on 375 wpc for years with no issues. Your ears protect the speakers...
    Last edited by Tour2ma; 03-01-2005 at 06:25 PM.
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    ZT, keep in mind that speakers use only the amount of power that they need for a certain loudness level; the amplifier, regardless of its maximum power capability, doesn't force more on them than they want. At a typical comfortably loud average listening level most speakers use about 1 watt. Brief split second peaks might use as much as 100 watts or more depending on factors such as distance of the listener, size of the room, dynamic range of the program material and the average level at which the listening is happening. As T2 points out, amplifiers with far higher maximum output capability than the speaker rating can be safely combined because all that extra power isn't actually being used.

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    Thanks all. I had same thoughts but just wanted to make sure before I buy speakers

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    You're welcome...

    While I'd quibble a bit with JK's numbers, that's the essence of it...

    Also know that speaker ratings are for continuous power and they can handle transient, short-term peaks much higher than their "rating".
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