HI - When matching a power amp to a speaker - would I go by the 'program watts' rating as the most power a speaker can continuosly handle?
I was looking at a pair of used Yamaha sv 112 12" mains and did some checking.They were rated as follows:
175wts noise/350wts program/700 peak (no ohms was given but I figure these ratings are for 8ohms?)
Would I go by the 175 or 350?
I understand peak is the most a speaker can handle with a short/transcient 'burst'.I've also read where you want to have a little bit more power than the speaker is rated for,but how much do you want to go over? 25wts,50wts?
I also understand that driving an under-powered amp to clipping will trash the speakers.
Basically - I guess I'm asking what size power amp would be suffient to power the sv112's (for a small blues band,a few vocals & a couple of guitars mic'd,drums & bass wouln't be mic'd).
Set-up for now might be 2 mains on one side of the amp (daisied @ 4ohms) and 1 montitor (8ohms)running off the other side.
Would this be feasable with a stereo power amp or would a dual-mono be needed?
THANKS for any answers (and your time
WES - what is the name of your band? It's been a while since I've been up thru Torrington - used to go up that way to go to Lime Rock races or trout fishing up by Winsted.