I've done some googling and reading on the threads but I'd rather not make a very costly mistake so I'll ask a very specific question.
I have an amplifier rated to deliver 500Wpc at 4Ohm (Anthem Statement P5, assuming you have 2 circuits dedicated to it). I do not, intentionally. I wanted to buy an amplifier that was futureproof for my next space (a new house) but could serve my purposes today. My logic is that if I present it with half the amperage/wattage (1 circuit), I should get half the capacity which puts me significantly closer to reasonable numbers for my 4Ohm nominal impedance speakers in Confidence C1/Center and Contours. This could be completely fallacious so correct me if I'm wrong.
Today, while watching How to Train Your Dragon on TV, I started to hear some cracking/popping noises in the speakers which of course was a large cause for concern. My question is this - I do not listen at THX reference (80dB?) - typically more like -10 to -20 relative, depending on the source. How does this translate into what load the speakers are presenting to the amplifier? I do not hear any bottoming out/etc. and I hadn't heard anything indicative of an issue until today. I want to be careful and want to have a firm understanding of the system's limitations.