Sorry if this has been asked before.
I really love my Reference 3.1 - have 6 of them in HT setup, with 2 fronts being the stereo system. The problem is that I started driving two fronts quite hard, and would like to hear any experiences from folks that might have done the same.
The question is how far can they go in terms of watts? The specs mention that continuous load on both posts should not be more than 350W. I have absolutely no issues running each of the fronts with one Bryston 4B SST that is 2x300 W (one channel is feeding the main post, other sub post). I have also been running bridged 4B SST into main posts at 900W, and similarly no issues. In both setups I tried stereo (lots of live performances) and HT at realistic listening levels, and got comfortable that both combos are safe (if anything in life is).
Has anybody been driving them harder without the issues? Or alternatively, is there a sad story about a burned pair of Reference 3.1s that someone would share.
The problem is that they do sound better and better with each 100W thrown at them, but it is also certain that they do have limits, like all things do. Ideally I'd like to drive main post with 900W and sub with 300W for total of 1.2 KW. I tried this one with relatively loud sound levels, and it worked without issues, however not sure if that would be safe on a longer run.
From talking to a Mac dealer that I know, he confirmed that on 8 ohm loads that are more difficult to drive than Reference 3.1, Mac 1K monos are operating between 250-350 W and peaked out at 700-800 W when driven to provide realistic sound levels (i.e. extremely loud), all in rooms that were generally larger than my 100m3 HT room, and with short cable runs, while i (unfortunately) have 8 m runs to fronts.
Input will be appreciated. I know that I am playing with fire, and have accepted potential consequences upfront, so no need to warn me that what I am doing might not be the smartest thing in the world.