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Considering a speaker swap for my Traynor YCV40WR. Is there a general rule of thumb for speaker power handling capacity and amp output power? What would be the safest minimum power handling in this 40W 1x12?
This. If you're playing at lower bedroom volumes, 2x is not as much of a concern. If you are playing low volume, I wouldn't recommend going below the wattage of the amp though (i.e., I wouldn't use a Celestion 15w Blue).Are you the type to max the amp out and play loud? 2x is the rule of thumb for wattage handling, so 80w min for your amp.
Yeah if you're actually turning up your amps, then you definitely need speakers that can take it.Absolutely YMMV. For example, one night I blew a dozen G12M-70s in the course of one song. W/D/W rig, 100W Marshall dry into a 4x12, 9200 Marshall amp two full stacks wets. Not even turned up to the pain threshold. Current rig W/D/W Mesa RoadKing into a C90-loaded 2x12/ EV-loaded 4x12, and a SS power amp 300W/channel into 2 V30-loaded 4x12s, play it LOUD as F with zero issues for years.