How many watts per channel do you listen with?

Clipdat
Clipdat Posts: 9,550
How many watts per channel do you listen with on your main/most popular 2ch system?

How many watts per channel do you listen with? 104 votes

1-20 wpc
8%
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20-50 wpc
1%
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50-100 wpc
10%
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100-150 wpc
16%
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150-200 wpc
10%
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200-300 wpc
25%
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300+ wpc
26%
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  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,430
    300+ wpc
    I have had various power levels over the years, and enjoyed them all. My current system is 1200/w per channel, and I am completely satisfied now. However, when I was first getting used to it I broke both speakers (Magico S5 v1) at the time. Now I never come close to doing that again. :)
    Lumin X1 file player
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on source, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • Tony M
    Tony M Posts: 9,677
    100-150 wpc
    My NAD c370's specs;
    Output power: 120Wpc (20.8dBW), continuous average power into 8 ohms, both channels driven. IHF dynamic headroom into 8 ohms: 3dB. IHF dynamic power (8, 4, 2 ohms): 210W, 340W, 450W. Frequency response: 20Hz-20kHz, ±0.3dB. THD: 0.03%. S/N Ratio (A-weighted, ref. 1W): 94dB. Damping factor (ref. 8 ohm 1kHz): >150. Preamp output impedance: 100 ohms. Headphone output impedance: 220 ohms.
    Dimensions: 17 1/8" W by 5 ¼" H by 13 13/16" D. Weight: 26.5 lbs.
    Most people just listen to music and watch movies. I EXPERIENCE them.
  • treitz3
    treitz3 Posts: 14,412
    300+ wpc
    I put down 300+ but that's not my amplifier's rating. That is actually only 210 @ 4 ohms. But, I have two direct servo subs that are both 800 watts RMS. So, I guess around an available 1,800 watts and high current.

    With that said, I have had systems that were well over 3K watts and some down to 8 watts. I had a lot of fun with that 8 watt rig and the one thing I have learned in my travels is that watts really don't mean a hill of beans. It really doesn't equate to much to me but that's what the "public" usually goes off of.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    ~ The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction ~

    ~ Not all things that can be measured can be heard and not all things heard can be measured ~

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • marvda1
    marvda1 Posts: 4,321
    150-200 wpc
    do you mean the total watts of the amp or how much of that total we use most of the time?
    Amplifiers: Norma IPA 140, MasterSound Compact 845, Ayre v6xe, Consonance Cyber 800
    Preamp: deHavilland Ultraverve 3
    Transport/Dac: L.K.S MH-DA004, Cayin Venus cd-100i, Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkI,
    Musical Paradise mp-d2 mkIII
    Speakers: Rosso Fiorentino Volterra II
    Speaker Cables: Organic Audio Organic Reference 2
    Cerious Technologies Graphene Extreme
    Interconnects: Argento Organic Reference 2, Argento Organic 2, Gabriel Gold Reckoning
    Power Cables by: Argento Organic Reference, Cullen Cables, 6sons Audio, Swiss Cables

  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,550
    100-150 wpc
    Whatever your amp is rated at into 8ohms.
  • Clipdat
    Clipdat Posts: 9,550
    100-150 wpc
    treitz3 wrote: »
    It really doesn't equate to much to me but that's what the "public" usually goes off of.

    I agree. This is just meant to be a fun informal poll.
  • polrbehr
    polrbehr Posts: 2,698
    50-100 wpc
    I have an Adcom GFA 535ll that I believe is rated at 60wpc? I have read that it tests higher but who knows, I never push the 2Bs that hard anyway.
    So, are you willing to put forth a little effort or are you happy sitting in your skeptical poo pile?


    http://audiomilitia.proboards.com/
  • BlueFox
    BlueFox Posts: 14,430
    300+ wpc
    Clipdat wrote: »
    Whatever your amp is rated at into 8ohms.

    My answer was based on how it is rated at 4 ohms, which is the speaker rating. At 8 ohms it is 600/w per channel.
    Lumin X1 file player
    Sony XA-5400ES SACD
    Pass XP-22 pre, X600.5 amps
    Magico S5 MKII Mcast Rose speakers, SPOD spikes

    Shunyata Triton v3/Typhon QR on source, Denali 2000 (2) on amps
    Shunyata Sigma XLR analog ICs, Sigma speaker cables
    Shunyata Sigma HC (2), Sigma Analog, Sigma Digital, Z Anaconda (3) power cables

    Mapleshade Samson V.3 four shelf solid maple rack, Micropoint brass footers
    Three 20 amp circuits.
  • Jazzhead
    Jazzhead Posts: 150
    300+ wpc
    800 wpc @ 8ohms. I typically listen at lower volumes, but appreciate the improved dynamics and presence of high current amplifiers.
    Polk Audio original RTA-12s w/ 12 inch Polk Stands; DHS Speaker Service upgraded crossovers w/ Sonicap/Mills; comb filtering mod (hyperdamped outer drivers/mirror imaged); tweeter diffraction mod; Cardas silver-rhodium binding posts; Neotech UPOCC internal wire; Sonic Barrier 3-layer; Dynamat Xtreme
    Ayre K-5xeMP preamplifier
    Cambridge Audio 840C CD player; Herbie's Audio Lab Super Black Hole CD Mat
    D-Sonic Custom Audio M3a-600M monoblock amplifiers
    NAD 4155 FM/AM tuner
    Silnote Audio Morpheus Reference II Series II balanced interconnects; Virtue Audio single-ended interconnects
    Furez 10/2 speaker cable & connectors, shotgunned
    VH Audio Flavor 4 power cables w/ Furutech connectors (G)
    Herbie's Audio Lab system isolation: Tenderfeet, Big Fat Dots, Grungebuster Dots, Little Fat Gliders
    Dedicated 20A/10 AWG circuit; Furutech GTX-D (G) outlet; Furutech eTP80; Shunyata Research Venom Defender; Synergistic Research Orange fuses
  • Mike Reeter
    Mike Reeter Posts: 4,070
    200-300 wpc
    With one pair of Amps, 50 WPC Tube. With another Amp 250 SS.
    SDA SRS 2.3TL's/SDA SRS 3.1TL's/SDA CRS+4.1TL's and some other stuff
  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 18,569
    300+ wpc
    My Aragon is rated [email protected] ohm [email protected] ohm and doubles down to very low ohms. My 2.3tls sit at about 4 ohms and drop a little lower.
  • afterburnt
    afterburnt Posts: 7,897
    50-100 wpc
    My Dayens 100 watt monoblocks are in my 2 channel but my surround system is 250, 275, and, 150
  • gudnoyez
    gudnoyez Posts: 7,648
    edited May 2020
    200-300 wpc
    Parasound rated at 250 @ 8 ohms if that means anything . Others @ 200 @ 8 ohms and 100 @ 8 ohms and a couple @ 120 @ 8ohms.
    Home Theater
    Parasound Halo A 31 OnkyoTX-NR838 Sony XBR55X850B 55" 4K RtiA9 Fronts CsiA6 Center RtiA3 Rears FxiA6 Side Surrounds Dual Psw 111's Oppo 105D Signal Ultra Speaker Cables & IC's Signal Magic Power Cable Technics SL Q300 Panamax MR4300 Audioquest Chocolate HDMI Cables Audioquest Forest USB Cable

    2 Channel
    Adcom 555II Vincent SA-T1 Marantz SA 15S2 Denon DR-M11 Clearaudio Bluemotion SDA 2.3tl's (Z) edition MIT Terminator II Speaker Cables & IC's Adcom 545II Adcom Gtp-450 Marantz CD5004 Technics M245X SDA 2B's, SDA CRS+

    Stuff for the Head
    JD LABS C5 Headphone Amplifier, Sennheiser HD 598, Polk Audio Buckle, Polk Audio Hinge, Velodyne vPulse, Bose IE2, Sennheiser CX 200 Street II, Sennheiser MX 365

    Shower & Off the beaten path Rigs
    Polk Audio Boom Swimmer, Polk Audio Urchin B)
  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 45,754
    300+ wpc
    I have four 2 channel rigs, one is 500+, one is 8, one is 100 and the last is 45 or so.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


    President of Club Polk

  • gyosa
    gyosa Posts: 584
    200-300 wpc
    250 @ 8 bedroom Parasound A21 , SDA 1c’s
    200 @8 pool B&K ex442 , Boston acoustic voyager 7
    140 @ 8 den ps audio s300 , Salk SCST

    Bk
    Parasound A21 , Yamaha wxc-50 , Polk SDA 1c’s ( my first love .. ) , Kimber Kable 4TC, Sony 42” - BEDROOM

    B&K EX-442 ( it will go in my casket when I die ... ) , PS Audio 4.6 preamp ( old school , but it still jams on ... ) , Yamaha wxc-50 , Boston Acoustic voyager 7’s - POOL

    PS Audio Stellar S300 , Cambridge Audio 851n , Yamaha wxc-50 , Kimber Kable 4vs , Salk Supercharged Song towers ( difficult choice between these and my family if I had to choose ... 😩 ) , Sony XBR-A8F 65” OLED , Onkyo TX-RZ610 - DEN , MAIN RIG

    Onkyo TX-nr609 , Polk atrium 7 , Boston acoustic sound ware (4) , Boston acoustic sub , B&W center , Sharp 65” TV - PATIO

    DAYENS AMPINO ( thanks Verb ! ) , KEiiD streamer ( this was only 60 bucks ?? ) , Polk atrium 8SDi’s - KID’s BEDROOM


  • tratliff
    tratliff Posts: 1,181
    Not sure how to answer this. 600 wpc with dual 600 watt subs but never get close to max.
    2 Channel
    Legacy Focus SE, 2 REL Carbon Limited, McIntosh C50, McIntosh MC601's, VPI Prime w/SoundSmith Zephyr MIMC, Parasound Halo JC3, Denon DP-59l w/Denon DL-301MKII, Marantz SA-14s1, Oppo BDP-105, Furman Elite 15PFi, Douglas Connection (Furutech) Alpha Interconnects, Douglas Connection (Furutech) Alpha Speaker Cables, Pangea Power Cables

    Vintage
    Pioneer SA-9800, Pioneer TX-9800, Pioneer PL-630 w/Ortofon 2m Bronze, Technics RS-1500
  • butterbean
    butterbean Posts: 324
    150-200 wpc
    Parasound A-23 [email protected]/[email protected] drives my 1-B’s just fine!
  • rburgess714
    rburgess714 Posts: 600
    edited May 2020
    100-150 wpc
    Parasound A23 @ 125
    Yamaha A-S501 @ 85


    Living Room
    Parasound HINT 6, Yamaha Aventage RX-A 1060, Yamaha BD-S681, Cambridge Audio Azur 851N, Polk S60, Polk S30, Samsung 60" LED

    Office
    Cambridge Audio 851A, Auralic Aries Mini, LSiM 703s

    Douglas Connection ICs and Cables
  • ZLTFUL
    ZLTFUL Posts: 5,473
    50-100 wpc
    I mean my 2 channel rig is 100wpc tube monoblocks.
    And there are 2 400+ watt subs in there too.

    Then my living room system is 35wpc tube stereo and 1 400+ watt sub there.

    The bedroom is 50wpc SS.

    The garage is 100wpc SS and also feeds the deck 100wpc SS.
    There is a 900 watt sub amp in the garage.

    The bar is ~65wpc SS and a 3000 watt sub amp. (There is also a set of 4 speakers in the ceiling aside from the surround system and they are powered by a 1000 watt pro amp).

    And then there is the theater...the theater at 4 ohms which is what the majority of the speakers are running is somewhere north of ~35,000 watts capability all in. The majority is pro amps but they are accurately rated class D pro amps (front 3 and wides will be running off a 650wpc class A/B amp).

    Not trying to swing my dick around...just been putting together a lot of power for the theater over the years. LOL.
    "Some people find it easier to be conceited rather than correct."

    "Unwad those panties and have a good time man. We're all here to help each other, no matter how it might appear." DSkip
  • HzTweaker
    HzTweaker Posts: 584
    100-150 wpc
    My Parasound:
    125 watts RMS x 2, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, 8 Ω, both channels driven

    I haven't ran it out of steam yet, so its a keeper.
    2ch rig:
    Speakers: LSi9s with VR3's Fortress mods
    Preamplifier: Parasound P5
    Amplifier: Parasound A23
    CDP: Denon 1520
    Cables: Wireworld Equinox 7 XLR ICs, Wireworld Ultraviolet 7 USB
  • mlistens03
    mlistens03 Posts: 2,751
    1-20 wpc
    My NAD is rated at 85 WPC into 8 ohms, but my Martin Logans are 4-ohm speakers and the NAD's 4-ohm rating is 150 watts. I put down the 8-ohm rating. I also sometimes use an Optonica SA-5105 receiver rated at 15wpc into 8, and I think 25wpc into 4 ohms? I can't quite remember. Both sound great.

    Now, the watts I use of that power? Given my speakers' sensitivity at 92DB, and my tendency to listen well below that even when no one else is home, <1 watt.

    -Micah
  • jeremymarcinko
    jeremymarcinko Posts: 3,696
    100-150 wpc
    Outlaw 5000 HT amp - 160wpc @ 8ohm two channels driven.


    Onkyo A-9150 Integrated 30wpc @ 8ohm. Bookies in family room.
    Oh, Listen here mister. We got no way of understandin' this world. But we got as much sense of this bird flyin in the sky. Now there is a lot that bird don't know, but it don't change the fact that the world is happening to him all the same. What I am tryin to say is, is that the course of your life, well its changing, and you don't even see it- Forest Bondurant
  • mantis
    mantis Posts: 16,228
    100-150 wpc
    I think people would be shocked on how little power we use on a day to day basis. In a full 7 9 or what have you surround system, you might be using 10-30 watts per channel under normal conditions and peak for seconds at a time to 100-200 watts per channel.
    Dan
    My personal quest is to save to world of bad audio, one thread at a time.
  • afterburnt
    afterburnt Posts: 7,897
    edited May 2020
    50-100 wpc
    Oh, I got a 70w (soon to be 250w) system, a 330w system and, a 125w system also.
  • soundfreak1
    soundfreak1 Posts: 2,886
    With the adv 6 ohm load 1 amp at 400+ 2nd amp 300+ my speakers can dip to2 maybe less ohm on occasion.
    Main Rig:
    Krell KAV 250a biamped to mid/highs
    Parasound HCA1500A biamped to lows
    Nakamichi EC100 Active xover
    MIT exp 1 ic's
    Perreaux SA33 class A preamp
    AQ kingcobra ic's
    OPPO 83 CDP
    Lehmann audio black cube SE phono pre, Audioquest phono wire (ITA1/1)
    Denon DP-1200 TT. AToc9ML MC cart.
    Monster HTS 3600 power conditioner
    ADS L1590/2 Biamped
    MIT exps2 speaker cable
  • mhardy6647
    mhardy6647 Posts: 27,359
    1-20 wpc
    mantis wrote: »
    I think people would be shocked on how little power we use on a day to day basis. In a full 7 9 or what have you surround system, you might be using 10-30 watts per channel under normal conditions and peak for seconds at a time to 100-200 watts per channel.

    Not those of us who choose to live fleapowered. ;)
  • soundfreak1
    soundfreak1 Posts: 2,886
    I bet my 2 amps never get out of class A operation except for milisecs at a time. Unless I get a little too twisty with my right hand. But adv listening levels prob less than a few watts. But when a note wants power ...they have it!
    Main Rig:
    Krell KAV 250a biamped to mid/highs
    Parasound HCA1500A biamped to lows
    Nakamichi EC100 Active xover
    MIT exp 1 ic's
    Perreaux SA33 class A preamp
    AQ kingcobra ic's
    OPPO 83 CDP
    Lehmann audio black cube SE phono pre, Audioquest phono wire (ITA1/1)
    Denon DP-1200 TT. AToc9ML MC cart.
    Monster HTS 3600 power conditioner
    ADS L1590/2 Biamped
    MIT exps2 speaker cable
  • Milito
    Milito Posts: 1,220
    edited May 2020
    200-300 wpc
    B&K 4420 Reference 225 wpc.
    Yamaha RX-A2070, Music Hall A70.2 integrated amp, Benchmark Dac1, Bluesound NODE 2i, HSU VTF-2 MK5, LSiM705, LSiM704, Douglas Connection Alpha 12AWG OCC Speaker Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha Analog Interconnect Cables, Audioquest Interconnects and Digital Cables, Douglas Connection Alpha 11 OCC Custom Power Cable, Cullen Gold and Crossover Series Power Cables, Signal Power Cable, Furman PL-8C 15 Power Conditioner, Fluance RT85, Parasound Zphono USB Phono Preamp, Sony 65" 900F, Sony UBP-X700, Fios.
  • Thorton
    Thorton Posts: 1,321
    300+ wpc
    2 channel – 400 watts plus 2 - 800 watt subs
    HT – approx.. 5000 watts
    _____________________________________________________________________________________________
    Ethernet Filter: GigaFOILv4 with Keces P3 LPS
    Source: Roon via ethernet to DAC interface
    DAC: Bricasti M1SE
    Pre/Pro: Marantz AV8805
    Tube Preamp Buffer: Tortuga TPB.V1
    Amp1: Nord One NC1200DM Signature, Amp2: W4S MC-5, AMP3: W4S MMC-7
    Front: Salk SoundScape 8's, Center: Salk SoundScape C7
    Surround: Polk FXIA6, Surround Back: Polk RTIA9, Atmos: Polk 70-RT
    Subs: 2 - Rythmik F25's
    IC & Speaker Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, Signal Cable
    Power Cables: Acoustic Zen, Wireworld, PS Audio
    Room Treatments: GIK Acoustics
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