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What Makes the Speakers so Loud?

| On 27, Oct 2020

When it comes to speakers and how loud they are, there is a popular opinion that the bigger the speaker, the louder it is. However, the truth is that their loudness isn’t directly connected to their size. The size of the speaker plays its role, but there are several other factors involved like materials, design and execution. There are even speakers of quite small dimension which are capable of producing loud and clear sound just like a bunch of big portable Bluetooth speakers

Now, let’s take a look at all the elements of the speakers that make them so loud.

Total number of Watts

When we talk about watts we can refer to them as a unit power. If the speaker has power amps then it will use the watts as it should. Without the power amps the wattage represents only the ability of the speaker to handle power.

One of the key elements directly connected to volume and loudness is the amount of power running through the speaker. Basically, the total number of watts featured by your speaker between the amplifier and the receiver will have a significant effect on its loudness. 

Speaker size matters

As we have mentioned before, the size of the speaker plays its role in the overall loudness. For example, older speakers and sound systems had greater dimensions in order to produce louder sound. However, if there isn’t enough wattage the speaker won’t reach its full potential no matter what’s its size. So, we can say that the number of watts and the size of the speaker are equally important. 

The conical shape of the speaker

The traditional design of the speaker is conical. When we think of the shape of the speaker, we normally imagine a conus. This design has been present for years and hasn’t changed. The smallest part of this cone is made of strong and durable reflective materials and each time the speaker makes a sound the cone rebounds in place. This makes it possible to produce a loud bass which plays a great part in the overall speaker loudness.

Insulation is the hidden factor

The speaker boxes are insulated and their interior and exterior are carpeted to prevent sound leaking. It results in a clean and resonant sound thanks to the insulation. The same is insulation is used for car speakers and in-wall speakers. The most effective dampening material you can use to insulate your speakers is rock wool and it is the preferred choice of some high-end audiophiles.

Position the speaker properly

The speaker volume is also directly connected to the position of the speaker in the room, as well as its angle to the walls. This is specifically important for large rooms where the ceilings are high. If you angle the speaker upward it will be a bit louder. On the other hand, if you angle the speaker downward the sound won’t be able to project and will be a bit lower. Remember, proper angle and direction have a good effect on the loudness of our speakers so it’s well worth it spending some time to find the best position and angle for your speakers.

As you can see there are several different elements which play their part in the overall loudness of the speaker. All of them combined will result in a loud speaker with crisp and clear sound at high volumes. If you have had a chance to listen to various loud speakers you must have noticed that some of them sound better than the others. The sound quality depends of the elements listed above and we can say that, in this case, every single detail matters.