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05 Oct 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64.

Cheers mate, dont know why it wouldn't allow me to do it?? I'm having one of those nights:)
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05 Oct 2010   #12

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate

I dont really have a picture atm.

I use a 1984 JVC A-K11 Amplifier - which is pretty beastly for me. I adore this little unit, and it packs an extremely good punch. Its hooked up to its original speakers (JVC S-40's), which i have the girlls off - because old speakers look so beautiful 'naked'. It is hooked up to my computer as well, along with a Sony CD Player (just a budget one) and a JVC T-K11L Tuner - which is temperamental at best.

Its pretty loud for its age. Surprised it was still working now its so old - think hardly any of the JVC products made in the late 90s will see 2040's! I usually have it on 1 (out of 10) with the computers master between 80-100. And even then its pretty loud, although i have had it up to 4 playing hip-hop... and with all doors/windows closed in my house - you can hear them thumping away in my garden XD.

I do have a video though, of the setup playing Bass I Love You...

YouTube - JVC S-40 - Bass I Love You
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05 Oct 2010   #13

W7 Professional x64

That's some nice travel. I have an Onkyo receiver hooked up to the output of my computer, running very old speakers (talking mid 70's). The names have worn off of them, but I have had the police called while playing video games loud to reports of gunshots in the area.

I'm fairly certain that the receiver and speakers combined weighs in at over 100Kg, easy.
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05 Oct 2010   #14

Windows 7 64-bit Home

i have a klipsch 2.1 system... i like it for computer sound
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13 Oct 2010   #15

win7 profesional 64bit

Hi I'm new on here, but my computer is running through my Kenwood KR 5030. I had it put away for many years and when I got it out I blew speakers left ,right and center. I just googled yours the way I did mine and there is all kinds of info for you there, They are still very wll thought of. I fixed my speaker problem by trolling used store flea markets and such and after blowing many of them I found some that work. I Have f bought new big Pioneers with the watts to handle but they gave out at about 4 with the loudness off so I put on 4 Allegros from the same time period and with the six I can now hit 6 with the loudness on and 7or 8 with it off(forget the woofers and watch the windows!!!).I think your amp is rated for 150 watts by Kenwood, but that isn't the same now days it would just throw the breakers in new 150's and I don't know enough to know why.(just experience). Anyway there is lots of info there to see have a look and good luck they're sweet recievers.
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13 Oct 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Wattage has very, very little to do with how loud speakers actually get. The primary factor to determine how loud something is is actually the sensitivity (or efficiency of the speaker). A speaker rated at 90dB will produce music at 90 decibels from 1 meter away with 1 watt of power. Generally speaking, the human ear can register a change of +/-1dB. An increase of 10dB is what is required for the human ear to hear a doubling a volume.

And the lower the sensitivity of the speaker, the more power it takes from the amplifier to reach the same levels of volumes. For example a speaker that is rated at 85dB takes 2x as much power to play at same volume levels of a speaker rated at 88dB. So, this efficiency is extremely important to consider when determining volume levels.

If you take a stereo amplifier that produces 50 watts and you compare the maximum volume levels to an amplifier that produces 100 watts of power, you will not hear a 2x increase in volume. Instead, you will gain approx 3dB...which is noticeable...but not dramatic. The general rule of thumb is that you would need 7-10x as much power to generate a 10dB increase. Thus, if you want to ensure 2x the loudness level of a 50 watt amplifier, you would need a 350-500 watt amplifier to accomplish it.

Here is an article which goes into far more depth;
Stereo Amplifier Power - Amplifier and Speaker Efficency - Amplifier Power and Speaker Loudness

And here is a thread that discusses this as well as it relates to guitars;

One other thing worth noting, is there isn't a standard for measuring the power output of receivers that is reliable. Some manufacturers like Sony usually max out 1 channel and then just assume 110 watts (max from 1 channel x 7 channels) = 770 watts. However, the problem is the amp does not have the current to even come close to supplying continuous power to push all 7 of those channels anywhere near that max. It's likely to max out around 7-10 watts per channel before it clips so bad it blows speakers.

On the other hand, some manufacturers (like Harmon Kardon), actually list their power like this 65 watts per channel with all channels driven. See this link ( But would you believe some people won't buy a Harman Kardon because it's only 50 or 65 watts per channel and instead they just get something else listed at 100-150 watts per channel. Oh well, that's marketing for you.
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13 Oct 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Prisoner View Post
We're not quite sure of a lot of things about our amp. My dad bought it off of someone back in the late 70's, and back in 2000 he wanted to know more about it. He took it to a shop to see if they could find anything on it, and came to find out that *supposedly* (we dunno if it's true) it's a commercial amp made in Germany that was used to power the PA system speakers for supermarkets. We know that it's well exceeding 2000 watts... just don't know by how much.
Actually, most of this information is wrong

Your amplifier listed here is a Kenwood KR-8050

Here is the brochure on this exact model, it's 120 watts per channel or up to 150 watts per channel if PowerBoost is activated with a 8ohm load and this is only a 2 channel amplifier. So, it's nowhere near the 2000 watts that you estimated above.

I'm not positive on the dates of manufacture, but I think that the KR-8050 was released in 1980

My PC outputs via onboard sound via optical cable to a Sony STR-845 receiver

My speakers are a pair of Polk RT800i's; (mine are black, not cherry)

And I also have a Polk PSW-350 subwoofer;

These are basically the remnants of my old Home Theater system that I replaced with nicer equipment.
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13 Oct 2010   #18

win7 profesional 64bit

Thanks for the help, I no nothing technical but knew my 5030 is only 60 watts and pointed to the info on Google.
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13 Oct 2010   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate x86

curently using Logitech X-530, 5.1 Speaker System, 70W RMS it isn't that powerfull but powerfull enough to drive my neighbours insane!
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13 Oct 2010   #20

W7 Professional x64

Just looked up the info on my system, and I have 6 speaker outputs, all rated at 160W, any two pairs can be used at a time. Since my speakers are getting very old, and are paper, I might see about replacing them with new cones
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