Looking for technical advice on how to pair amps with speakers.
In the past I had a pair of Polk RTI A1s (20-125 wpc @8ohms) and drove them with a Sony receiver delivering 90 wpc. I eventually blew one of the speakers due to what I believe is called clipping.
Apparently you're suppose to pair speakers with amps that have at least the same wpc -- some people recommend that amps should have double the wpc of whatever your speakers can handle. This avoids clipping and damage to your speakers...
However, I've seen setups that have nice floorstanding speakers paired with low wattage amps e.g. B&W 804 (50-200 wpc) paired with a Rotel RA-1062 (60 wpc). How is this safe??? I've also seen expensive tube amps that have extremely low wattage. This seems risky..