Sub has more watts than amp


what will happen or can your subwoofers have more watts than your amp like your have a 700 watt sub and a 400 watt amp. will anything mess up and will it sound really bad?

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Username: James1115

Wilton, Ct

Post Number: 2563
Registered: Dec-04
it will just be underpowered but no it will not mess anything up, if it were the otehr way around that could damage your sub. The best way to get the best sound out of a sub while giving it less power is go ported or a large sealed enclosure.

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Username: Addicted2bass


Post Number: 564
Registered: Nov-04
yeh but you still can damge the sub by clipping it if you're pushing the amp to hard, but this can happen in any case.

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Username: Glasswolf

NorthWest, Michigan USA

Post Number: 7759
Registered: Dec-03
you WANT to have a lower amplifier output than your speakers' power handling.

the amplifier RMS power rating is actually how much power the amplifier puts out at peak output.

the RMS power handling rating of a speaker is only a thermal rating for how much heat the voice coils can handle without getting damaged.
it doesn't mean you need that much power to reach peak excursion.
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