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Unused power is available for use, which is very important for content such as music.
It doesn't become relevant until it is used. Of course if you need it for peaks it makes some difference. But by definition if its unused it csnnot make a difference at least in the four dimensions of the universe we experience. Fwiw,at my usual listening levels (-10 to -20 dB from reference) with a sub average levels likely require a tenth of a watt at most with max peaks maybe needing 10 watts for a tenth of a second or so every now and then.
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Unused power is available for use, which is very important for dynamic content such as music.
OK sea lawyer. But it has no effect on sound when it is not being used. Everybody needs some overhead over average power dissipation. But audiophiles have the impression that 20 watts from a 200 watt amplifier sounds different from 20 watts from a 50 watt amplifier and that simply isn't true..
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Amps provide watts & current. These create an amp's sonic signature.

Some argue that all amps sound the same - and they are right.

Others find that amps have a distinct sound that varies by brand and model. They are right also.

We all hear differently, and percieve sound differently.

That's why there are a variety of audio component choices.
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I see a XLR preamp in your future. The difference continues to be huge at this level.
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Unused power is available for use, which is very important for dynamic content such as music.
Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought most movie soundtracks (obviously not all of them) actually had more dynamic content than music did. Especially modern music that tends to be dynamically compressed.
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Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought most movie soundtracks (obviously not all of them) actually had more dynamic content than music did. Especially modern music that tends to be dynamically compressed.
It's easy to make movie sound good, it's very hard to make music sound good. Music is far more demanding/complex input.
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It's easy to make movie sound good, it's very hard to make music sound good. Music is far more demanding/complex input.
I think we're talking about different things. My post was just in the context of which content generally has a greater dynamic range. Like I mentioned, I am under the impression that most movie soundtracks have a greater dynamic range than most music and especially most modern music, which is often highly compressed.

That said, high levels of compression can result in music being more demanding on an amp if the average playback level is higher.

"Sounding good" overall is much more dependent on speaker and room than amp. So long as that amp is transparent (most are) and supplies sufficient wattage for the intended listening level.
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