Curiosity and neurosis…
Coupla items… I’ve been traumatized and scarred when young… I burned out tweeters. I built these speakers when I was a teenager… wow they were good (at the time)! I since learned, as you pointed out, tweeters burn out more from under powered amps clipping than high power amps.
But also, I want to get the max out of my system and my neurosis tells me if I am clipping, I am not getting the most purity. Also, I don’t want to be stressing my components for longer life. I use a PrimaLuna HP Integrated with KT150 power tubes… I love this amp and configuration and want to preserve its life. It is also a step down in power from my prior amps… VTL Deluxe 300s… with 16 6550 tubes!!! The PLs put out about 100 watts into 8 ohm with the KT150s, the VTLs about 300 watts no load spec’d.
Plus just intellectual curiosity… It is a tough decision when buying an amp… how much power do you really need or want? Over the years, I came to the conclusion that you generally want a high watt, high current amp. These amps just work with whatever speakers or system changes you make in the future. Plus, on those (notso) rare occasions when the Pilsner Urqells get the best of you and you start crankin’ it up… well bad things can happen with under-powered amps.
George Martin in his book “All You Need is Ears” advised watching out for volume creep… Ever enjoy your system for an hour or so, then leave the room to do something… comback and hit PLAY and … yikes … that is LOUD! Why did your perception change? Anywho… knowing the volume that your system starts clipping is a handy thing to know… kinda like bumper stops.
Bruce in Philly