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03-28-2013, 01:04 PM #11
Bottom line, CLIPPING distortion eats up speakers. All other distortion is simply noise/sound/signal for the amp to recreate. If the amp is operating within its normal range, the speakers will play whatever is fed into the amp just fine.
Totally Agree about clipping. I.e. gaining the system properly is of paramount importance hence my reference to cleanly powering your amplifier. Most of what I see on the water are over gained systems and clipping the heck outta speakers with square waves. When I hold tweak and tunes on the water, this is 80% of what I do. Adjust gains.
Re: distortion: garbage in garbage out. Amplifiers reproduce. Pretty simple. I've yet to ever see a guitar pedal in the signal chain hehe.