What is Watts in Speakers

What is Watts in Speakers

Quite often, we hear people talking about their speakers’ potential and emphasizing the watts’ value. 

So what are watts in speaker, and how much does it tell us about sound quality and loudness?

When manufacturers want to express the speakers’ strength, that’s normally when you look at the watts value.

Watt is a term used as a measurement unit of electrical power in the loudspeaker. That’s why it is good to know the watt potential and tolerance it can withstand. 

The number of watts will tell nothing of the sound quality, however, nor will it guarantee it in any way. Also, watts will ultimately not reveal how loud your speaker will reproduce audio.

The sound quality is very hard to measure, and it demands a lot more factors to determine it. 

Nonetheless, the watts value is essential information that explains more things for users who want to be informed about the sound. There are many values such as dB, frequency response, and so on that correlate and depend on one another. 

As a standalone value, the watts potential doesn’t tell much except that it can withstand that amount of watts inducted through speakers. Like watts, decibels, frequency response, and watts are standalone information.

Sound quality is a mixture of all those specifications, and together they create an audio image. We can visualize the sound quality with all that information before we hear it if we understand the specs’ characteristics. 

If you are really interested in audio quality, all these values are good to know because you will end up with the minimum amount of surprises by the end of the purchase.

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What watts will not tell you also is that it will not guarantee a matchup with the other systems you possess. Combining with different wattage systems may be hazardous and should not be operated without knowledge. 

If you are a newbie in the audio space, avoid any experiments with sound systems and devices without consulting someone with more expertise. Audio devices are not something to play with and should be approached with care. 

Especially when we are talking about amplifiers, If not adequately handled, it may cause hazardous outcomes. We also must mention that some amplifiers work on high watts stats and contain a fatal amount of electrical potential, and in some cases, it had has had severe outcomes on live stages. 

That happened to the professionals, so it can happen to anyone who loses their focus on the severity of electrical capabilities. Therefore, be aware of the amplifiers of high power potential and educate yourself before handling such devices. 

That also states for high-watt audio devices because it does not tell us how much precise amount of power it demands, but we know that a high number will use a high amount of electricity with some of the % that varies up and down. 

As we said, a watt is just another specification of a speaker that tells us one attribute that we use in correlation with other attributes to visualize the entire audio image.

This article was last updated on May 4, 2021 .

By Denis Loncaric

My name is Dennis. I have been in the music business since 2005. I have always been interested in music production, equipment, and sound in general. I work full time as a studio drummer. I've done more than 9000 live gigs and more than 500 sessions. Mixing music is my passion.