Originally Posted by Thxtheater
Hi all, perhaps this is a question better for Revel/Harman support, but does anyone know the excursion limit of the drivers on the Ultima2 Salons? I'm curious to see if there is a limit to hooking up an amp that has some serious wattage (1000wpc at 4ohms) and playing that at about 85-100db. I'm not worried about pushing the amp to clipping or distortion. Rather, I'm more concerned about pushing the speakers too much.
Not sure if my question is a non-issue, but I figured I'd ask to be on the safe side.
The Salons and Studios are capable of handling very high amplifier power. I do suggest two basic conditions:
1) Signal output does not go into clipping mode. Most well designed, high power amplifiers have either soft clipping which rounds off the top of any signal before it can get clipped off and resemble a square wave, or they will attenuate the input signal as distortion approaches some percentage, often 1%.
2) You play music or movies, not sine waves from a signal generator. Music and most sound effect signal peaks are very short, often just milliseconds.
I have Studio2s and two Velodyne DD15+ subs. I use various amplifiers between 600w/ch/8 ohm and 1500w/ch/8 0hm. The loudest I can stand for any listening is around 104dB average with 110dB peaks. The train wreck in Super 8 has a 116dB peak that sounds like you are at an actual train wreck. This volume level is for showing off. For steady listening the loudest is 96-98 dB average.
Big Revels, including the F52s and F208s love big power. Canon shots, tympani, kick drums, massed horns all take on a sense of real impact when the reserve is there.