Originally Posted by PhantomChaos
In my house the speakers I have are rated at 100 watts, I run alittle over 800 to each of them, in 4 year I have not blown a single speaker. I have put the same speakers in someone's house with a 50 watt amp and they blow them a few times in a year and I have to warranty them, finally I got sick of them blowing them and I kept telling them they needed more power so they would quit blowing them I put a 400 watt amp on them they were louder and never blew them again. that was a little over a year ago.
fourteen years ago I did a demonstration where I took a tweeter that was rated at 50 watts and told some of the people that came in the stereo shop that there was not an amp out there in the car market that had enough power to blow the tweeter, I had an o-scope set up so that we would not let the amps clip, and I built a good crossover network that would keep the signal within the range the tweeter was meant to play in, if some one would have shown up with a little amp it probably would have blown but of course everyone shows up with the biggest amp they could find and it handled all of them untill someone showed up with an earthquake 300 by 4 (looked like a surfboard), and we ran two of the channels mono into it and it played for several minuites but then finally melted the coil. so yes enough power will eventually use the coil as a fuse, but the moral of the story is that it did handle most of the big amps out there.
A speaker will handle alot more power as long as it is not distorted then it will handle when it is distorted. that is why I made the comment that I made