High resolution audio speaker damage

August 26, 2021
 by Paul McGowan

9 comments on “High resolution audio speaker damage”

  1. You can talk about it all you want but it don’t mean s**t until you take the time to sit down & hear it.

    If you want to damage your loudspeakers then turn your amp up to ’11’…that’ll do it.

    1. Since most amps only go to ’10’, you can pretty-much guarantee
      that ’11’ is most definitely in the land of clipping.
      The bonus is that you can’t destroy your hearing (ears) because
      of how quickly the voice-coils will burn-out 🙂

      1. Good afternoon FR!
        If not turning up the volume too high, then turning up the treble will fry out your tweeters.
        Too much bass, will fry out your woofers.
        Too bad the kids with those big power amps and large speakers in the trunks of their cars don’t know this yet.
        But then again, they don’t listen to high rez audio either.

  2. ‘Ask Paul’ how to angle loudspeakers (Aug 24)
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    Hmm…I’m sensing a theme here.

  3. Always is what we can hear and how what we hear impacts the sound we finally hear. What is the dynamic range of vinyl compared to CD medium, being a vinyl collector it is nowhere near CD, and in fact, so needles can track the LP they have to limit the bottom end and dynamics, the more dynamics we hear for equipment and speakers the more open and forward, which is why Quad speakers sound so pleasing they don’t do the above as well as dynamic speakers, and dynamic speakers cannot match a well designed open baffle speaker. Now can PCM 16 bits sound superb sure it can, like all medium it starts and ends at the master quality and engineering quality, and let’s face it for many years both on a whole has been God awful to the point the cheaper the system the more current music sounds better because a good system lets you hear the crap that it is.

    Always exception in Jazz, Classical, but the rest of MP 3 quality is good enough and on a mass made system you be hard press to hear the limitations of MP3 format which is why 99% of the buying public enjoy it. We Audiophile are a dot on the map as far as consumer sales go, do you think music manufacturers give one iota about us? MQA? for what? SCAD for what, neither will catch on to the mass market because 99% of the buyers don’t care nor have the system to produce the quality that they have and SACD is better by far than MQA. Then again on many times do they expect us to keep buying the same old music we own just in a different format, and that is pushed by magazines ” the next best thing” nope, if the recording sucks it sucks in any format. It starts and ends there.

    1. Absolutely right! High-res formats were a must for recording and mastering equipment (DSD recording offering the best resolution in time) and high-res PCM necessary for an acceptable digital volume control. It also helped designing cheaper digital filters. Even the best resolving stereo system will barely reveal more than most subtle and most marginal and barely audible differences in sound quality between a high res and a RBCD track both downsampled from a high-res master. But with the availability of cheapest CD-ROM drives for personal computers the high-end industry had to invest in marketing strategies for creating better profits and high-res was a most simple idea here. Most strange: DVD-video had always high-res audio without making such a hype about sound quality.

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