Originally Posted by armystud0911
Having too many watts is good, this means your speakers will start to audibly distort before they are sent harmful square waves from amplifier clipping. IOW, when your speakers start to distort, just turn the volume back a bit and be thankful that your amp didn't distort.
Not exactly. THis discussion was brought up in another thread, and the conclusion was that too much power from the amp is what causes speaker damage, not clipping. When you start hearing audible distortion from just your speakers alone, watch out!!!
Here is one of my posts on clipping: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post9520704
The basic idea behind this (if you don't wan't to read the whole thing) is that the power getting to the speakers is reduced by clipping, not increased. Clipped waves are no more damaging than sine waves to speakers. The only reason they are normally associated with speaker damage is that amps that are turned up too loud clip. The amp being turned up too loud is what causes the damage, not the clipping. The clipping is just a clue that the volume is too loud.
The best way to aviod speaker damage with an overpowered amp is to never turn the volume up past a certain point. With an underpowered amp, you will get audible clues that your volume is too loud (such as clipping), but with an overpowered amp, you will have almost no audible clues.