Can you pair speakers with a receiver rated higher in watts then the speakers

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  1. K-dogg

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    I have a Sony receiver (I require no advice on that lol) that states an output power per channel of 145 watts (not entirely accurate I suppose). Most satellite speakers I've looked at in my $$ range don't go that high, the highest being around 120-130. Is that ok? Any satellites out there that are rated that high? Am I a fool for asking this question? I'm kinda new to this stuff (previous owner of a htib). Don't have lots of $$$$ to spend. Thank you all :)
     
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    Ignore wattage ratings. They mean absolutely nothing.
     
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    The accuracy of the specs is usually highly suspect anyway. It is better to have too much clean power than not enough and start sending distortion to the speakers - and at those levels usually your ears will start to bleed before the speakers give out.

    A good article on the subject can be found here: http://www.axiomaudio.com/power

    "The lesson in all this is that you can never have too much power, and that big amplifiers rarely damage speakers. Little amplifiers driven into clipping burn out speakers. In the scheme of high fidelity, that last barrier to realism is having enough power and being able to approximate real-life loudness levels."
     

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