Need assistance - hooking up 30W speakers to 17W amp - will not work
My knowledge of audio is VERY limited and I need a little help.
I'm trying to recycle my old car stereo by turning it into a home stereo.
The car stereo outputs at 17W RMS and 50Wmax per channel (4 channels)
I have a set of speakers that are 60W max, 30W RMS, 4Ohm.
From what I understand the weaker amp should power more powerful speakers without much issue. I tested the setup and ran into a problem.
The speaker works fine as the stereo powers up and begins to play. As I increase the volume the speaker suddenly cuts out.
The stereo volume goes up to 50 (I don't know what 50 represents. Arbitrary value?) and the speaker cuts out around 21.
The volume at this level is much, much, lower than what it was when this stereo was in my car. I assume this is due to the power mismatch with the speakers. Is this a fair assumption?
What could be the reason for the speaker cutting out?
The speaker wire I used is 22 gauge, which could be a little thin. It's all I had on hand while testing. Could this be related?