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post #1 of 4 Old 06-27-2014, 11:18 AM - Thread Starter
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Amplifier control over loudspeaker

I was led to believe, based on articles I have read by engineers versed in electronics, that the idea that one solid state amplifier exhibits better control over loudspeakers than another just because it has a higher damping factor.

Yet, I still see people making such claims in this forum. Has new evidence come to light, or is this one of those audio myths that won't die (does any audio myth die?)

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Did not quite follow the first line...

Damping factor is overused as a simplistic figure for output impedance, which is what really matters (along with speaker impedance, natch). Impedance over frequency, magnitude and phase.

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What I am saying, is that I have read multiple articles by people who seemed to know of what they speak, and they downplayed the importance of the damping factor spec for amplifiers. I have read that damping factor is practically pointless as a measure of amplifier ability to control speaker drivers.

I would think the speaker design itself is the important factor in controlling loudspeaker motion.

Someone made the claim that amplifier power is less important than the amp's ability to control loudspeaker motion. That statement did not agree with my understanding of the situation. Amplifier power IS important, but perhaps not as much as people think ( due the law of diminishing returns,) and it seems like any solid state amp has sufficiently low output impedance to not worsen any issues with speaker driver overhang, etc.

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