Damn I'm driving my SHOs and modified JBL8320s with 250RMS 8Ohm by 3x epq1200s. It was the only way to keep up with dual DTS-10s running 4Ohm each off 2x ep4000s. The dark side of me wants to swap out the epq1200s for epq2000s and double the juice to 500RMS just to have extra headroom on tap.
With the gain structure on the AVR set correctly I'm never clipping the epq1200s. The lights get up there to the top but I never see the clip light. Used to get real close on occasion with the JBL8320s when they were the stock soft dome. They were being run +7dB hotter to keep up. Not since modding them for CD, they can run at levels closer matching the SHOs. I know the SHOs can handle more:juice