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    Question Question About Polk RT-16's with wattage?

    Ok guys got a ? for you all. Didnt really see anything in the forums that covered this so i figured i would just give it a shot. I have a pair of Polk RT-16's w/ Center Channel as well. My question is the other day i went out to go by a theater system as a package, I then ran into these speakers that my dad wanted to sell me so i bought them. But i noticed on the back that it said "Use Amplifiers From 30-250 Watts" So i decided to see if they would run on the system that i bought.. So i took the speakers off the system and plugged in the polk's Sounds great!!! But am i gonna hurt anything doing it that way.. Do i always have to have 30 Watts running through them? Im going to be buying a Harmon/Kardon reciever here within a week or two. But for the mean time am i going to be hurting anything. I know some speakrs have a RMS that you have to meet otherwise damage can occur. I just want to make sure that im not gonna hurt anything pushing them with a smaller reciever than i usual? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!.

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    The typical rule of thumb is the more power, the better. You can underpower speakers and that can cause damage, but you'd have to grossly underpower them or feed them a very dirty signal for that to typically happen.

    THe H/K stuff is typically ok. What power are you running the RT16's with currently and what's the wpc on the H/K that you're looking at?
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    Well currently the system that i am using is 300w total power. So i would assume if i divided that by five im pushing 60 watts per channel. Do you think that would be ok to continue to run them on or should i seriously consider getting the reciver. Now there is a subwoofer jack on there as well for a non powered subwoofer so i assume that might eat up a little wattage as well but not quite sure. If that was the case i would be pushing 50 watts per channel. Hopefully i shouldnt be hurting them to bad. But just wanted to make sure.

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    First of all, systems that advertise as XXXw total power are ones to avoid. DEFINITELY upgrade the receiver, and if you can manage to get a receiver that's at least 80-100wpc you will LOVE those speakers. I have 3 pair of them myself and for years ran them on an Onkyo receiver and was constantly amazed at how deep they can go.

    Good luck.
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