Background:I've fallen into the fun world of ProAudio gear. I play Guitar, Keyboards and various other intraments and a month ago bought a Mixer to dump all the sounds into before sending to the PC for recording. The PC Speakers kinda suck, they aren't loud enough for me, thus came on my next project.
Currently I have a Alesis 8port Mixer, a few microphones and guitars and such. Included in this is a multitude of PCs (I'm an I.T. Director for a living) so I'm dumping a lot of pre-assembled audio through this system as well. My Newest purchase was a cheap Technical Pro LZ-1000 Amp, which lists it's stats as follows:
1000 Watts peak power
450 Watts @ 2 ohm
360 Watts @ 4 ohm
200 Watts @ 8 ohm
Inputs: XLR, 1/4", RCA plugs
Outputs: Speakon, Banana plug gold terminals
Dual Cooling fan
Iridescent blue LED meter
Dimensions: 19"W x 4"H x 9"D
(490 x 100 x 230mm)
Weight: 18 lbs (8.2 kg)
Now, since I'm playing on using each "channel" on this amp as Right/Left, and having ONE speaker attached to each, I did my research and saw that qualifies as "8ohm" so I've been looking for speakers wired at 8ohm already. I found MANY cabinets ready to do the job, but now I'm stuck on wattage. I've been looking at 300Watt RMS speakers to attach to this.
I know having an amp which has MORE wattage then the speakers can handle means my speakers are busted... So I was looking to OVERPOWER the speakers (200watt amp & 600watt rms speakers) attached to the amp to prevent that. During my discussions with people I was told by one that if I underpowered the speakers (i.e. 200watts through 600watt rms speakers) too much that it could be just as bad on the speakers as pushing TOO much power through them...
One of the other purposes for my overpowering the speaker RMS is I then can do two things. 1) Use the speakers in other situations (if I DO decide to use them in DJ/PA situation) and (2) I can upgrade my cheapy amp later to a higher wattage without replacing the speakers.
ANY advise is greatly appreciated. Thanks for allowing me to pick the brains of those who know.