Originally Posted by Doc Mixwell
...its really not good to switch passive speakers on one amp because the switch drops the load on the amp momentarily, and that has the potential to cause damage to the amplifier.
Can someone elaborate on this please?
I know with guitar amps you need to watch the loading, but I (perhaps foolishly) never considered this with my monitoring amps.
Question... let's say you have two pairs of speakers set up on a switcher following one power amp. Then BEFORE you switch from speaker set A to speaker set B, you mute the audio going to the amp so it's at idle during the switching of the speakers, would this be ok? Or does it not make a difference?
A final question... is there ANY way to switch sets of passive speakers on one amp without it possibly being an issue or harmful to the amp?
I've done this for years and never damaged an amp, but of course this doesn't mean that it's ok to do. And I sure don't want to mess up my nice amps! I hope that there IS a "proper" way to switch passive speakers after a single power amp (without it being harmful to the amp) since most often I'm running two or sometimes even three sets of different passive monitors after a single amp and do of course have a need to switch them.
Any extra info on this subject would be appreciated. Thanks.