I have some speakers rated at 88db sensitivity, and rated to use 100w input. I have paired them with a Nad stereo amp capable of 50wpc with a "soft clipping" feature. I'm wondering at what point I might need to worry about damaging a component in terms of volume. I've already been told that a "loud source" wouldn't cause the amp to use more power. I suppose that means that the variable output from my PC doesn't make the amp work harder whether the volume is set to 5% or 100% (or that's what I took from it). Now I'd like to know about the other ways in which my equipment can be damaged. I'm asking because I have the gain knob turned to about 9 o'clock, and it seems scarily loud at times from 3 metres away. Am I really not damaging anything? Could the "loud source" cause the cones to vibrate so much they can be damaged? Is the "soft clipping" feature protecting anything? Is 9 o'clock on the dial actually safe, or am I in fact being too cautious? People often talk about taking the volume dial up to the half way mark, even, though admittedly my amp is half the power that my speakers are rated for. Sorry, it's a lot of questions. I think I basically want to know A. how far I can safely push my amp, B. whether "loudness" can damage speakers regardless of power draw.