Originally Posted by Michael Sargent
P.S. Don't be surprised if you find that at a comfortable listening level you are putting out a lot less that 1 watt per speaker. Most speakers will kick out something around 90 dB for 1 watt (at 1 meter) and 90 dB is pretty loud.
But then, most people sit more than a meter away, and the sound level goes down exponentially with distance.
And if you want bass, it will soak up more watts.
But it's still true that most people aren't using a lot of watts, especially for a nearfield or desktop system.