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Unread 07-18-2005, 05:25 PM   #1
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(amp output) RMS power vs. dynamic power

if an amp says

RMS power @ 12.5
140 x 2 into a 4 ohm load

and....

Dynamic power @ 14.4
200 x 2 into a 4 ohm load

how do you know what you are getting?

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Unread 07-18-2005, 05:52 PM   #2
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You are getting this when your car is turned off and you are running the system off of the battery's 12.5V

RMS power @ 12.5
140 x 2 into a 4 ohm load

and.... you are getting this when your car is turned on with the alternator charging your batteries at 14.4V

Dynamic power @ 14.4
200 x 2 into a 4 ohm load

HTH. This is a sub amp I assume?
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RMS and Dynamic have nothing to do with how it is being powered. RMS is the amount of power it can put out continually under a certain threshold limit of distortion.

Dynamic power is kind of like Peak power that it can put out for brief loud passages or things like bass notes or the temporarily loud peak dynamics of a band or singer. It's kind of like running a sprint vs. running a marathon... amps can put out more peak dynamic power for musical peaks than they can sustained RMS power.

RMS and Peak is also how power from a signal is measured... RMS is a more conservative measurement, peak and peak-to-peak are measured using more of the waveform.

Like "Music Power" and "Peak Power" are both kind of misleading terms used by some equipment manufacturers or retailers to boost an amplifier's wattage ratings as much as possible to make the amplifier seem more powerful than it really is. Using the RMS power to compare between amplifiers is really the only way to compare power on an apples-to-apples basis.
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Oops, read that wrong... I thought both said RMS
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