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My JBL 2.1 spot speakers are 2w 6w I believe in each satellite. They can shred my ear drums from 10 feet at 90% volume, why do computer speakers even go up to like 40w satellites or even higher? I know for loudspeaker floor speakers you need more sound because you're usually filling a room or even most of your house with a few speakers, but why computer speakers?
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Sound quality has a lot to do with it as well. Higher wattage speakers will (sometimes) give better lows and sometimes crisper highs. There is also the RMS issue, which I am still to get my head around.
    
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I'm only talking about RMS... I don't know what you're talking about.
    
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What's the sensitivity on those? Relatively high? A less sensitive set needs more power to reach equivalent sound pressure levels.

Also, what kind of music? In general, if peak-to-average level is relatively high (i.e. high dynamic range), you may need more headroom for handling the loud parts, which would not be ear-splitting if it's only occasional peaks that are at a high level.
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All kinds of music pretty much. Mostly punk rock though I guess?

and idk the sensitivity
    
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