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Amplifier to match speakers - advice please

Main question:

I have a set of Canton CT 800 speakers. Din power handling 100W. Music Power handling 150W.
4 Ohms Impedance. Can anyone suggest a good amplifier around the £150 -£250 range that can supply enough oomph to run these. Do I have to get something that matches, or can I run them off say a 50W amp (and are there consequences)? I notice that most new amps are 8 Ohms, will this cause me problems?


Supplementary problem:

I've had a whole series of impressive second hand amps over the years. They run fine but slowly loose power over the years. Is this normal or am I doing something wrong? 

I would greatly appreciate advice. Thanks