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I bought some nice Technics speakers..well.. Answered

I'm gonna bug people once more, but this should be an interesting question for all. I bought some nice Technics SB-A53 tower speakers yesturday, they sound pretty good. Google it or look at the picture below, 260 watts each.

Here's the question:

Seeing as these speakers are rated for 260 watts EACH, thats 520 watts all together. My surround sound amp outputs 110 watts for each channel, this is JUST fine for how loud I listen to things (most of the time =) but I need to "test" them, I'm being serious here. I get up to -5db (thats what the volume units are on this unit) and it still isn't as loud as I KNOW they go.

Here's my idea, the amp has a B channel specifically for a second set of "front" speakers, If I were to connect the left and right channel of each speaker channel together (the negative and positive leads together, not all together, but seperatly together). Would this get me 220 watts per channel? Or just make some drastically horrible sound?


just get a higher watt amp

Oh wow, I forgot I still had this post, I should have deleted it ages ago, I don't even have that little sub anymore, the speakers seem to be just fine and I've got it figured how to make them punch through you chest at high levels, but still it's not quite satisfactory... I've come to this conclusion, I need to shell out the money to get a remote for my amp so I can actually change the friggin settings. I've thought of maybe an infrared transmitter for my computer, but that would require to me to have the remote in the first place to program the codes into the computer..unless someone already did it, but very....very unlikely. Oh and I've also thought of maybe one of those stupid $120 universal remotes with little lcd screens in them and you can reprogram them everytime theres a new code out, it would prolly do the trick, but come on, $120 remote to change a few settings on an amp I got for $10?? Lol

Unless your amp has instructions on how to "bridge" two amplifier circuits, you'd more than likely burn out your amp. I'd recommend not doing it. Do those speakers include a measurement for sensitivity? Normal speakers get pretty loud by the time they see 100 watts...Also, if your receiver measures in dB, it should go to at least +0dB and possibly up to +10 dB both of which will be major increases in volume over -5dB.

I figured as much, thought I would kill some time and ask, and no it doesn't get to +db's, it just displays as that, so say -50db would be 50 db less than what the amp can produce, weird setup as I know other stereos measure in that other than volume 15,17 ect,. And some music it's loud, others arent. Measurement? Well no, just what ohm and wattage, I can't find any data sheets online, it seems technics has gone directly to turntables and dj "cans". Also, what would be the best equalizer "setup"? I've got one pearched atop the amp, and I just hit a button and it patches the eq. in but not sure what I should set the bands to so I leave it off.

Yeah, I'm very familiar with dB volume measurements they're used in pro audio(I used to be a sound guy)...Technically it's dBU or dBV, 0 dB is a reference measurement (I can't remember the exact definition but it's something like a 1 kHz signal at 1 Volt into a 660 ohm load). Now, EQing is a slightly subjective thing. Some people use EQs for tone shaping, but I only use an EQ to flatten out a room, that is to try to achieve equal levels of sound across the audible spectrum (hence "equalizer"). Well, I might also use it kill feedback in a live setting. I would occasionally use the parametric eqs on the sound desk to shape a single mic but it would be a cold day in hell before you saw me doing that to the whole mix. If I had a home EQ unit, I wouldn't even plug it in (to avoid induced noise) unless I had a serious problem with certain frequencies in the room. Sorry to go on the anti-EQ rant but I'm just tired of seeing massively boosted lows and highs with diminished mids. That just sounds awful to my ear.

Yea, I had my sis's bf play with my eq just to see if it had much gain, I agree with you, but I have a really small room so I think some adjustments could be done to make it sound better, the stereo has acoustics adjustments just for my situation, but it can't be done withiout the remote which I don't have.

If you really think you have problems with acoustics see if you can borrow a real time analyzer and a pink noise generator. Pink noise contains equal amounts of sound from 20 Hz-20kHz and an RTA will show how loud they are relative to other frequencies and you could dial in the room.

that sounds like a good idea,..but where would I get something like that were I live?

Running an RTA on your room is most likely overkill, but if you really wanted to do it you could try a local pro audio shop that does rentals. It would probably cost you like 50 bucks for a days rental though.

Well there is a little piano shop (not just a section in a 5 store building on main street but an actual building) ironically called the piano man. But ya you're right, would be rather largely overkill. I'm not completely audiophile, so I don't pay noticed to things that audiophiles think they can hear. I'm just looking for something between a crappy 1980's boom box sound and a $3,000 surround setup. I'm sure having the extra speakers on (which I can't do without the remote dammit..) it would only sound worse, my room is only like 11.5 feet by 7 some odd or something, I'm thinking of hanging sheets on the walls to absorb the treble, when I have it cranked that's what you really hear bouncing around like MAD. I also appreciate all the help too.