#1
Hey guys, just had a drunk thought and was wonding if you could help. I know there's really a minimal difference in volume between 10 and 100 watt t00b amps (like 16 db? 20?) and the real kicker is headroom. So if there's really that little difference in terms of sound pressure, why do speakers rated at 100watts have massive magnets while speakers rated at like 20 hve little dinky fridge magnets on them? I would think they would be more uniform since they're dealing with not much difference of output, but I could be wrong. Anyone know more about this and care to chime in,?


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#2
More magnets = more watts.



And there IS a big difference between 10w and 100w (100w is twice as loud and will sound way bigger, but for various reasons besides wattage) You're right about headroom though. The 100w will break up later and will be much louder doing so than the 10w. It also depends on the circuit too.

The little difference is between 50w and 100w. While 100w is twice the watts of 50w, there's only a 3dB volume difference.
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#3
Magnet size doesn't factor into output. It's a design choice for tonal reasons. And for the rest of the speaker design, despite the moderate increase in sound level, there's considerably more power being dissipated in the circuit.
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It's your ears that are logarithmic, not current. Ten times the power equates to ten times as big even if your ears only think it's double.
I know I overly simplified that but in essence that's the answer.
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It's your ears that are logarithmic, not current. Ten times the power equates to ten times as big even if your ears only think it's double.
I know I overly simplified that but in essence that's the answer.


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#6
Cool, thanks for chiming in guys!
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Highway One Tele (w/Custom Shop 51 Nocaster pickups)
Standard Tele (modded to Nashville specs)
Reverend Roundhouse

Orange Rockerverb 50 MKI
Vox AC4c1
Jet City JCA20H

And pedals!



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