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#273781 - 10/01/09 02:01 AM What is the lowest power amp with m80's
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Has anyone ever experimented with a lo power SET amp? I have a fantasy about pairing up my 2 watt per channel SET with some 80's. I'm pretty sure it will be a no go, but the effiency looks like it is there.
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#273783 - 10/01/09 04:28 AM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: Lampshade]
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Lampy, maybe the lowest power amp use that's been reported here with M80s is when Mojo connected the amplifier in his wife's boombox(probably about 2-3 watts realistically)to his M80s. At a moderate listening level the result wasn't audibly different from a high powered receiver.

Considering that the sound level at a typical listening distance of about 10'(both direct sound and room reflections taken into account)would be about 86dB for 1 watt with the M80s, a 2 watt amplifier would be okay for a peak level less than about 90dB.
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#273787 - 10/01/09 08:08 AM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: JohnK]
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#273788 - 10/01/09 09:37 AM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: terzaghi]
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Thank you JohnK.
I think I am going to find someone in my area with m80's and hopefully they will let me bring my amps over for a test drive.
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#273824 - 10/01/09 02:17 PM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: JohnK]
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 Originally Posted By: JohnK
Lampy, maybe the lowest power amp use that's been reported here with M80s is when Mojo connected the amplifier in his wife's boombox(probably about 2-3 watts realistically)to his M80s. At a moderate listening level the result wasn't audibly different from a high powered receiver.



I may have to try this experiment just to see it for myself. I don't believe it.

Not even with really expensive speaker cable...
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#273828 - 10/01/09 02:27 PM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: Zimm]
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This little amp I just ordered, despite it's marketing claim, probably puts out only 5-6 WPC cleanly. I'm looking forward to trying it with a few different setups (including my M60s) to see what it can do just for the hell of it!

If it works OK, maybe I'll buy a bunch of them for a setup in every room \:\)
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#273832 - 10/01/09 02:34 PM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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Well, clean is certainly the issue. I don't doubt you can get 86db of sound or whatever the math says, but I don't see getting the same sound quality at 86db.
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#273834 - 10/01/09 03:31 PM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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 Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
This little amp I just ordered, despite it's marketing claim, probably puts out only 5-6 WPC cleanly. I'm looking forward to trying it with a few different setups (including my M60s) to see what it can do just for the hell of it!


Ummm, you bought that for your Mom...............Right?
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#273841 - 10/01/09 04:25 PM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: Murph]
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Yeah, but I get to play with it for a couple of weeks until I visit her next and install it! \:\)
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#273843 - 10/01/09 04:49 PM Re: What is the lowest power amp with m80's [Re: MarkSJohnson]
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 Originally Posted By: MarkSJohnson
Yeah, but I get to play with it for a couple of weeks until I visit her next and install it!

Context is everything.
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