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Chris

Chris
July 16, 2012

The Ultimate Amp Matching Guide

THIS INFORMATION IS BASED ON MANUFACTURER SPECIFICATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE FROM PROFESSIONAL SOUND ENGINEERS. ALWAYS CONSULT THE EQUIPMENT’S MANUAL OR CONTACT THE MANUFACTURER TO MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF YOUR EQUIPMENT.

If you don’t have much experience setting up powered amplifiers with passive PA speakers then you have come to the right place. First I’m going to explain how to setup a traditional PA setup with one stereo amplifier and two speakers. Next I will explain how to add speakers to that system. Finally, I will explain bridge-mono, when you use it, and how you set it up.

Two Speaker Setup:
There are two simple rules of thumb you must follow when you are choosing an amp for your PA speaker setup.

1. Get an amp that’s 50% more powerful than your speakers.
2. Match your speakers’ ohm rating to your amps ohm rating

Let me take a moment to explain watts …