Why Do My Speakers Get So Hot?

If your speakers are getting hot, there are a few possible reasons. The most likely reason is that the voice coil is getting too hot. The voice coil is the part of the speaker that moves back and forth to create sound. If it gets too hot, it can start to melt the plastic or metal around it. This can cause the speaker to stop working or to sound distorted.

Another possible reason is that the amplifier is overloading. This can happen if you’re playing your music too loud or if you have the volume turned up too high. The amplifier has to work harder to create the sound, and this can cause it to overheat.

If your speakers are getting too hot, try turning down the volume or turning off the amplifier for a few minutes. If the problem persists, you may need to replace the voice coil or the amplifier.

The Physics Behind Speaker Heat

When a speaker is playing music, it is vibrating back and forth very quickly. This vibration is created by a magnetic field that is generated by the speaker’s coil. The coil is made of a material that is very good at conducting electricity, such as copper.

As the coil vibrates, it creates a magnetic field that interacts with the permanent magnet in the speaker. This interaction creates a force that makes the coil move back and forth. This movement causes the speaker cone to vibrate, which is what produces the sound that we hear.

All of this vibration creates friction, and friction creates heat. The heat generated by the speaker is dissipated by the materials that make up the speaker, such as the cone and the coil. However, some of the heat is also transferred to the air surrounding the speaker. This is why you can sometimes feel heat coming from a speaker when it is turned up loud.

How To Avoid Making Your Speakers Hot

When it comes to making your speakers hot, there are a few things that you can do in order to avoid this.

First and foremost, you want to make sure that you have proper ventilation for your speakers. This means that you need to have an area for the air to flow in and out of the speaker. If you have a speaker that is enclosed, then you want to make sure that there is a way for the air to circulate. Otherwise, the heat will build up inside of the speaker and this can cause damage.

Another thing that you can do is to use a fan to help circulate the air. This is especially helpful if you live in an area where it gets hot. You can either use a fan that is specifically made for speakers, or you can use a regular fan. Just make sure that the blades of the fan are not going to hit the speaker.

Finally, you want to make sure that you are not playing your speakers at a volume that is too loud. If you are, then the speakers will have to work harder and this will cause them to heat up. If you are not sure how loud is too loud, then you can always consult the owner’s manual for your particular model of speaker.


The main reason speakers get hot is because of the way they are designed. The heat generated by the speakers is caused by the current passing through the voice coil. The voice coil is what produces the sound by vibrating the cone. The more power that is sent to the voice coil, the more heat is generated.

If you’re looking to prevent your speakers from getting too hot, you might want to look into getting a speaker with a lower power rating. Or, you could try placing your speakers in a well-ventilated area to help dissipate the heat.

Jeff Levin

Jeff Levin is an audio enthusiast, and the lead writer for Speaker Inspector. He has been interested in audio since he was a child and has been writing headphones, speakers and audio equipment for the past decade.

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