Can Poor Quality Sound Damage Speakers?

default -- Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:07

I am wondering if poor quality music, such as a bad mp3 (I know all mp3s are bad, but i'm talking really bad, like gain turned way up, distortion, etc., on the track) can damage your speakers? Or any other link if the playback chain? I searched the internet briefly but was unable to find a good answer for this.
The reason i'm wondering is that I live with several other people who listen almost exclusively to mp3s. Needless to say, they dont appreciate the same type of sound quality that i do and a lot of the music that ends up on the stereo is pretty bad. So bad, in fact, that I can frequently tell how bad it is from several rooms away while they seem to have no issue with it.
Also, any ideas on how I can convert these folks away from this music? Unfortunately our music genres don't line up completely so I can't just force them to listen to my stuff.


JR-1 (not verified) -- Tue, 06/30/2009 - 11:17

I may not damage your system but it will certainly disappoint your brain's appreciation for quality sound !!

Steven Stone -- Tue, 06/30/2009 - 12:30

 Short answers:
No, as long as they don't turn up the music so much that your amplifier is clipping your speakers are safe.
There are only two kinds of music in the world - good music and bad music. Good music is what YOU want to listen to, bad music is everything else. So by this universal yardstick, you are SOOL. Short of re-recording all your friends music into redbook or high def, if they are going to play their music on your system you will have to suffer through MP3s.
My favorite earplugs are the ones rubbery ones with the triple flanges...

Steven Stone
Contributor to The Absolute Sound,, Vintage Guitar Magazine, and other fine publications

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