Full Volume Through External Speakers

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by marty1990, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. marty1990 macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2011
    Just a quickie. My iPod Touch I use with external speakers. They're only portable speakers so don't have volume hardware on the actual speaker, so it's all done through the iPod. I know that you can blow speakers by playing something too loud. What I want to know is, if I have the speakers connected to the iPod, and have the volume on full on the iPod, could that do something to those speakers... or not because the sound is only coming from the external speakers?

  2. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    You've heard right, in a sense. Even the most expensive speakers can be "blown" by trying to push too much voltage (i.e. volume) through them.

    You say that the external speakers have no volume control. Does it use batteries or external power at all? If not, then I wouldn't worry too much. The iPod touch's headphone jack doesn't deliver enough power to damage the vast majority of small external speakers by itself. I'd worry more about getting tinny sound that lacks in the bass department.

    However, if it does have batteries or an AC adapter that amplify the incoming sound, then there is a risk of speaker damage. If this is what you have, set the iPod touch's volume to low or medium power initially, then adjust slowly upward until you reach a volume that's loud without distortion.

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