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I think, possibly, that 50 watts is considered too little by people because of some crappy receivers that advertise more power but cant deliver.
An honest 50 watts of power should be able to drive 90 dB sensitive speakers to decent SPL levels.
A watts is a watt, providing it really is a watt...but some receivers won't deliver the watts they say they will deliver.
To give you an example of what I mean, I remember a few friends who bought some cheapo receiver likely rated for 100 watts, and when you turned the volume knob, it hardly seemed to get louder. Maybe you experienced that? No good talking about how that receiver should have been great based on it's specs - it's junk, and you should not base your thinking on such things.
I never owned one, but I am sure some of you know about some Harmon Kardon receivers that were rated around 50 watts, and were said to be great systems.
The writers of some of the articles and books on amps I have read, seem to feel that 50 watts is quite good as well.
Of course there are variables such as room size, room acoustics, speaker sensitivity, speaker impedance and desired SPL. I was making a general statement about how much power is needed for clean sound as reasonable SPL in an "average" setup.
"But this one goes up to 11"