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Question Stereo Integrated amplifier with lower power output against a speaker with higher power handling

ana45

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Right now, i have an existing B&W 683 S2 speakers with power handling capacity of 200W and i would like to replace my integrated amplifier with Cambridge Azur Integrated Class XD amplifier model 851A having an output power of 120W RMS into 8ohms. What would be the effect or consequence of such match?
 

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Right now, i have an existing B&W 683 S2 speakers with power handling capacity of 200W and i would like to replace my integrated amplifier with Cambridge Azur Integrated Class XD amplifier model 851A having an output power of 120W RMS into 8ohms. What would be the effect or consequence of such match?
No problem whatsoever.
(The sound match is up to you to decide).
 
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The power handling is simply the point beyond which the speakers are likely to be damaged. Your ears usually will tell you that rather sooner!

That has nothing to do with how powerful an amplifier you need. Factors affecting that include:- the sensitivity of your speakers, usually expressed in dB/Watt; the size of your room; whether you like realistic volumes or more background levels; the speaker’s impedance characteristics (a more technical aspect).

In most typical listening rooms any amplifier offering a genuine 100watts into 8 ohms will be fine with most mainstream speakers. Your B&Ws will be fine electrically. Whether they make an ideal sound match I cannot say, as I’ve not heard them, but I’m sure your nearest Richer Sounds will be able to help.
 

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