tryin to kill a couple hundred birds with one stone on this thread. Can the outlaw 770 really hit 300 watts at 4 ohms? As i understand it alot of recievers cant get to the watts it actually says it is and when i look at how many watts that thing is and how cheap it is, i gotta ask. I've heard 2 different things. In a long ago thread somebody told me that you should aim alittle bit lower in watts then the speaker can actually handle, then in another thread somebody told me a speaker can handle more watts then its power handling rating. Somebody told me they get there power handling number by using as many watts on the speaker as they can before it goes, so im confused. Lets say i have a 400 watt amp and a 250 watt speaker and i put 400 watts into the speaker (though i could never see why i would) would it be fine or would it just blow or shut off or do whatever speakers do when there gettin to much power. Another question is, is it safe to say that i would never put 300 watts into my speakers thus getting an amp with over 300 watts being pointless? Im guessing you would get a more expensive amp with lesser watts because the amp gives a speaker better power then the other amp? Just to make absolutely sure, does the amp effect what the sound sounds like or the pre amp or the processor? "Audio signals come from a source (CD player, DVD player, VHS player), then go to a processor to have it divided for multichannel output (Dolby Surround, DTS, Dolby Digital). Then go to pre-amplifier to get some corrections and make it a standard level (also may have treble and bass regulated- as well as overall volume level), then go to (power-) amplifiers who produce power (voltage times current), so it can drive a speaker and make a lot of noise." reading that i'd basically say "the processor makes the sound and the pre amp fixes it a bit" but like can the amp effect it, like would a rotel amp on a B&K ref 50 sound different then say an outlaw amp on the B&K ref 50?