I remember years ago when I was just a dumb kid using an old stereo rig and actually having success.
It was a set of 15" realistic speakers from the 70's that had a huge midrange horn along with a foster tweeter of some kind. I maxed out the L-pads and ran them off a huge Realistic receiver of similar vintage.
The output was useable and actually outperformed the Traynor column PA we were trying to run at the same time.
The 15" woofer was really stiff and in a sealed cabinet and thats probably what saved it from destruction (that and keeping the VU meters on the stereo out of the red.)
Later on when I knew more I came to find out that receiver put out well over 120w/ch and the speakers were rated for 200. No wonder it outdid the 100w PA heads and columns we were using around that same era.