- May 2, 2017
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Maybe Hendrix wasn’t simply cooking the voice coils, but actually causing over-excursions. I might be wrong, but I always thought of burning up a voice coil and actually damaging the physical suspension of the speaker to be two separate things.Hmmm, that's eight 12" speakers rated 30W each? I've seen (well, I will in this case assume that Johan isn't having us on) Segeborn push a dimed 100W Marshall head into a single Greenback for about 3 minutes. It didn't fail, but he thought he might be pushing it too far. Heat will be the main factor there. Celestion are notoriously conservative in their ratings. Assuming that Jimi had the cabs loaded with Greenbacks, I would initially find it hard to believe. That said, he played with feedback a lot, and that will load the circuit in a continous fashion. Sounds excessive to me, but not impossible.
Taking the 170W from Pete's reference, that's 21.25W per speaker assuming they're all equal. I'd reckon that a 30W or even a 25W rated Celestion would handle that without too much trouble - also for prolongued periods of time.
Unlike the EV SRO, Celestion simply state a power rating, which - one can only assume - is based on RMS.