Originally Posted by ellisr63
I will be joining the DTS-10 club very soon! I have 2 of the original kit speakers coming.
They will be used for my 3500cf HT when it is finished. What is the smallest amp I can use with them if I just want to hit reference levels with 3-6db of headroom?
Congratulations on your formidable acquisitions. ("TWO
" DTS-10's, I'm so jealous)
I have just a single DTS-10 to fill an equal volume of space (3500 ft^3) but I can make reference level with just a couple hundred Watts using a Proton D1200 stereo amplifier. (I connected one driver per channel to keep the amp running cool)
Having 2 DTS-10's should automatically increase your output by 3 dB if your subs are spread apart, or 6 dB louder if the subs are co-located, using the same power levels per sub.
I think 200W/sub is the minimum, but Ricci tested the DTS-10 at Data-Bass
and ideally recommends around 2000W of power be available.
Whatever amp you choose, you should think about using an equalizer to flatten out the response, and an infrasonic filter to protect the drivers from bottoming out with high-power, low-frequency content.
I ended up purchasing a miniDSP to serve both functions after I discovered I could bottom out my drivers even with my low power amp on certain demo material. A 12Hz, 24 dB/octave highpass filter took care of that problem.
Enjoy your new purchase, and welcome to the club.Edited by stereo2.0 - 2/22/14 at 5:54pm