This is sort of the inverse to the previous topic ("Recommended Wattage ..."): I'm putting together a new system but don't have all the money together at this point. What I would like to do is get just the speakers (B&W CM5s) and hook them up directly to my TV's audio out. The TV's (Pioneer PDP-5080) built-in speakers are seriously gutless so almost anything would be an improvement.
My question is as follows: the speakers' recommended wattage is 30 - 120, but the TV's audio is rated at 17W. Would the speakers be hopelessly underdriven? Obviously I'm not looking for audiophile-quality sound, as long as there is clearly an improvement over what I have now (especially given my less-than-stellar hearing). That way I can listen to TV music stations until I have the bucks for an integrated amp and source component(s) -- and improved sound quality would presumably also benefit whatever TV I'm watching.
I appreciate whatever insight can be provided.