lower east side dock... will the lower east side dock have the same 200w power rating as the soma dock? anthony harris - July 28, 2016 17:57
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.
so if i understand correctly, the soma dock plays at about 100 db?
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.
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.
thank you sir.