Update... been away from the forum for a while and just updating some posts that I left open. I solved my problem. I ended up stumbling across an amp at a yard sale. For five dollars. And. It. Owns!
It's pretty old, and it can't compete with the yamaha in my living room, but for what I payed I'm more than satisfied. I'm not near it right now, but if anyone is curious I can break out a model number tomorrow. It's advertised as 50 watts per channel (2 channels). I grabbed a pair of old mtm kenwood bookshelves that my dad wasn't using. When you try and up the built in eq slider for bass it all goes to hell, but if you keep that down it gets plenty loud.
If I paid $100 bucks for it, I'd be bummed. But I paid $5 for the entire setup so I think I won. There are so many amps and speakers in this house, I guess I can live with the fact that each one won't win an spl and distortion contest.