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will the lower east side dock have the same 200w power rating as the soma dock?

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    Chris Kyriakakis

    Hi Anthony,

    This is one of my favorite questions to answer because there is so much misconception around this topic.  The basic concept is this: amplifier power ratings are totally meaningless in a powered speaker.  They only mean something in a stand-alone amplifier when you don't know what speaker will be connected to it.

    The reason is simple.  In a powered speaker the characteristics of the speaker are taken into account together with the amplifier.  For example, one could put in a 1000 W amp and pair it with an inefficient speaker driver or a 50 W amp and pair it with a very efficient speaker driver.  The result would be that the speaker would play just as loud in both cases.

    So, in a powered speaker it's all about how loud the speaker can play.  The LES dock will play about 5 dB lower than the SoMa dock, but will still hit 95 dB at 1 meter listening distance.  That's really loud and much louder than normal listening levels.

    I hope this helps answer your question.

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    anthony harris

    so if i understand correctly, the soma dock plays at about 100 db?

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    anthony harris

    also, will it the les have a similar frequency range to the soma?

    design esthetics aside, i would like to try the one which is considered the 'flagship' model for sound quality. that is why i am asking.

    thank you,

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    Chris Kyriakakis

    Yes, it plays around 100 dB at a listening distance of 1 meter.  The LES has smaller woofers so we still consider the SoMa dock our flagship model.

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    anthony harris

    thank you sir.

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