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Need Amp To Match Speakers

08 November 2016 - 08:43 PM

Hi all.

I'm a mobile DJ with a pretty basic setup. 2 speakers. 1 amp. Vinyl decks. Few lights. I'm getting quite a few gigs here and there. It's only my hobby really so not spent loads on equipment (although dread to think how much I've spent on vinyl!).

However, I don't think I'm getting the most out of my speakers. I don't believe my amp is powerful enough for the speakers (I bought amp and speakers as part of a DJ package a couple of years back). I find that my amp starts 'clipping' at what I consider to be a relatively low volume. And there's always that one person that says 'turn it up mate'...As much as I'd love to oblige I'm restricted by having to keep an eye on those dreaded red LEDs on the amp!

I have a pair of passive speakers. Each has the following ratings:
400 watts RMS.
800 watts max.
8 ohms.
90dB sensitivity.

My current amp delivers a max 200 watts to each channel (or each speaker) at 8 ohms (it doesn't seem to have an RMS rating that I can see).

If I understand it right, this means my speakers are only getting 200 watts each delivered to them, and yet the RMS is double that (400).

So, my question to you is...what amp spec should I look for that would allow me to get my speakers working at 400 RMS each? And maybe more importantly, have I actually understood the basic concepts of amps and speakers??

Any thoughts would be much appreciated!