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Clipping Isn't Cool

Clipping Isn't Cool

When I started working here at Big Jeff Audio, going on 6 weeks now, I didn’t know anything about Ohms, Watts, gauges or what continuous power meant. I was like a deer in the headlights.  

Of course, I didn’t let that slow me down. I enjoy learning new things and well, to be honest, I work with an amazing team that has truly helped me along the way. I still do research in my down time and ask questions when needed.  

Did you know that you want your amplifier to have 2x the continuous power rating of the speakers you’re connecting to? In not having the correct amount of power that’s required, you will likely deal with clipping.  

Clipping occurs when more power is required from an amplifier than it is able to deliver, and this can cause distortion. You can use a limiter to help fix the clipping or De-clipper, another good way is to use a compressor.  

If you are playing light dance music and the amplifier's a 4 ohm, the power should be 1.6 x 100 W or 160 W continuous per channel. To handle heavy metal/grunge, the amplifier's 4-ohm power should be 2.5 x 100 W or 250 W continuous per channel. 

Now this is all good information, even though we don’t do installs here, we have a pretty decent bit of knowledge and if we don’t know that answer, we’re going to do our best to find it before suggesting that you call or go to an installer.  

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