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Old 01-15-2021, 09:20 AM
Steve DeRosa Steve DeRosa is offline
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Originally Posted by stevo58 View Post
Speaker polarity is irrelevant in single-speaker amps...
I was told just the opposite by my former amp tech: while you're not dealing with potential phase problems as in a multi-/extension-speaker rig, even in a single-speaker setup you need to take cone excursion into account; as it was explained to me, the cone's suspension is designed for outward motion and rebound to a neutral position - when you reverse the polarity you're creating inward rather than outward movement and, analogous to a car whose suspension bottoms out on a deep pothole or hard bump, you run the risk of damaging the voice coil (possibly the cone as well) when it too bottoms out...
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