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Old 10-11-2001, 12:53 PM - Thread Starter
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I have noticed that volume control switches come with a power rating, just like speakers (peak/RMS, etc). So, if I have a volume switch rated at 60 watts peak (like the Niles Audio VCS-2D ) and my amp is 100 watts/channel, what happens when the amp puts out more power than the volume control is rated. Does it melt, get damaged? Does it mean that when the volume control switch is turned to max, it is only put out 60 watts, even if the receiver is putting out more? Is this stuff really important?

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Old 10-11-2001, 07:20 PM
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Hal:
If your amp puts out 100 watts/channel, in order for it to exceed 60 watts to the VC, you would have to crank it pretty far. In order to damage the VC , you would have to go quite far to damage it. If, however, you think you will test the limits here, you could instead of using the VCS-2's, send them back and get the VCS-2D-HP's rated at: 200 watts per channel. No fear, you won't damage your amp.

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Old 10-12-2001, 07:44 AM - Thread Starter
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Thanks Mr. Hookup. I have ordered one of the HP's. A local store had the VCS-2D's in stock, and it would probably work. But to be safe, I ordered the high power switch. It's probably overkill, but what the heck....
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