Stereophile measured the 30,5 at 130 at 8 ohms and 195 wpc at 4 ohms and the .8 should be the same or similar so no lack of power reserves. The listed specs are for Class A only at .01 THD
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Buchardt S-400 and you can try it for 30 days and they pay the shipping both ways. Surprisingly good speakers for the money Also that Pass amp is a lot more powerful than it's spec's suggest. In reality it will put out well over 100 wpc.
It stays in class A at it's published rating. Somewhere above those ratings it goes into A/B and continues to 130 and 195 wpc at 1% distortion. Best thing you can do short of actually testing the amp with speakers is to read all the reviews of the 30.5 and 30.8 and see what speakers that used with them. Unless your listening room is cavernous and you intend on playing to concert levels then the 30.8 will push most any bookshelf speaker you find to "reasonable" levels.
I've never owned a Pass amp but have a couple of friends that have owned many of their models and they both think that the 30.5 and 30.8 are the best all around sounding amps in the line if their power works for you. One of the reasons I recommended the Buchardt is that you can listen in your home for 30 days and they pay the shipping both ways and refund your money if you don't care for them or they don't work for you. I am keeping mine. Another model to look at is the Reynaud Bliss Jubilee and you can call Bob Neill at Amherst Audio and talk to him about it as he has personally owned Harbeth's, Spendors and Audio Note's in addition to the Reynaud's. Both speakers will work well with the Pass and are extremely musical.