To conclude, the bottom line is that the higher the power of a speaker, the louder it will generally be. As soon as you reach the maximum power of your amplifier (50 watts), the speakers will start to distort almost immediately. A large meeting speaker can be 50 watts or 100 watts. What you should not do is connect a low power amplifier, for example, a 10 or 20 watt model, to a typical speaker and turn the volume up very high.
How many watts is a good speaker?
In short, it doesn’t make sense to rate products with internal amplification, such as soundbars, Bluetooth speakers and subwoofers, by pure power or even use power with a sensitivity rating. There seems to be some confusion when it comes to how “loud” an amplifier can be. But our goal is to choose the loudest speaker, and the bottom line is that increasing the sensitivity of a speaker increases the volume with a given amount of wattage. A good speaker for a small house party might be 50 watts if the dance floor is small.
How many watts of speaker is good for a house?
With a logarithmic scale, you can’t add numbers in the usual way: a doubled number is not double, but many times more. Translated into English, that means 90 decibels (SPL) with one watt of power, and measured at a distance of one meter from the speaker. When comparing speakers with different sensitivity ratings, look at the combination of sensitivity and wattage to find the most powerful speaker. Despite these concerns and in the absence of anything else, comparing speaker sensitivity ratings gives an idea of how loud a speaker is.
The measurement is made 1 metre away from the speaker and is usually carried out in an anechoic chamber (non-reflecting and soundproofed room). As for loudness, which is measured in sound pressure level (or SPL), a 10 dB increase in level is roughly equivalent to a doubling of perceived loudness. Both Bose and JBL speakers are a good choice.
Is 500 watts too much for a loudspeaker?
The above rating means that the speaker delivers 80 decibels at one watt when measured at a distance of one meter from the speaker. From the above example it is clear that it takes a lot of power, watts, to double the perceived loudness of a speaker. At home I have heard the best sound from my Zu Druid V speakers with Woo Audio 234 Mono amplifiers, which deliver 8 watts per channel. A watt (W) is a measure of energy named after James Watt (the man who started the practical steam engine).
Manufacturers typically specify the amount of dB a speaker can produce with a single watt of power at a distance of 1 meter. The same goes for higher wattages: a 100 W amplifier is not going to sound twice as loud as a 50 W amplifier; assuming the speakers are identical, it will only be 3 dB louder, which is noticeable, but definitely not a doubling of perceived loudness. It’s definitely not safe to say that a 500 watt speaker is going to sound louder than a 200 watt speaker (although it often is).
Is 30 watts loud for a speaker?
RMS watts are the reliable measure, but I’m not a physicist or engineer, so I doubt I understand the relationship between RMS watts and audio power even if eBay sellers list them, which they don’t.
They are loud enough and at the same time, they are easily transportable as you don’t need to carry a lot of gear. Choosing the most powerful speaker is a challenge, but now you can work your way through the technical jargon with ease and be better placed to make your choice. I have and have played with a Lonestar Special and an Egnater Rebel 20 and they are quite loud and with volume to spare.
The bottom line is that an 8 watt amp should be more than enough with the right box if you are someone who uses the volume knob on the guitar to control gain (like Jeff Beck), and that a 15-25 watt amp is more than enough if pedals are your primary method of gain. I consider 90dB to be a high volume, and 95dB is about what I’d want to carry for any non-small period of time, although I personally tend to listen more in the 80dB range.