Explain speaker RMS to me?

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  1. ww_Crimson

    ww_Crimson New Member

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    I'm looking at buying some speakers and I'm trying to determine how exactly the RMS works on speakers (not a sub).

    I've seen.. What exactly does the first number mean?

    6-50 watts RMS power range
    2-45 watts RMS power range
     
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    absolutely nothing. If you are using a factory HU, then you are getting between 6 and 20W RMS. Aftermarket you are getting 15-30W RMS.

    When looking at speakers like this, I would look at the sensitivity. That would be stated as W/m or SPL
     
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    ww_Crimson New Member

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    I'm more wondering about an aftermarket amp, not an aftermarket HU. We both plan on keeping our factory HU's, but he will not have an amp, I will.

    The amp I have is rated:

    60w x 4 @ 4ohm
    80w x 4 @ 2ohm

    So basically my buddy doesn't need to worry about speakers too much since he won't have any extra power is what I gathered from your post..

    I'm thinking for me I can get something that is rated at like 50-60 RMS and get some good power out of it?
     
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    You would be fine with either of the speaker specs that you listed.
    You would want to find speakers in the 40-80W RMS. Match the speakers to the amp rating at the specific load, ie 2, 4, or 8 ohm.
    Some aftermarket speakers are 2 ohm, while most are 4.
    The best advice I can give you is to try and listen to speakers at shops near you and pick what you think sounds best.
     

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