I think your only option is going to two stereo tube amps. If everything is in the same room I would think a 5.1 system would be a better fit for you. Two amps and a powered sub.
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Here is where my naiveté comes in. I don't know if my speakers are tube friendly. They are Polk Audio Monitor 60's. Like I said I'm playing in the shallow end. I don't think I'd be able to swing two amps out of the gate but I would be willing to drive just 1 pair of speakers to try out the tube experience.
Out of these specs, what would I be looking for in terms of amp friendliness?
Overall Frequency Response 38Hz - 25kHz
The one spec speaker manufacturers NEVER divulge, but can be found by test in a lab is very important to tube 'friendliness'
That is: Phase Angle vs frequency.
In any reactive load.....capacitive or inductive voltage and current are out of sync. The amount of out of sync is measured in degrees.
I don't know about your Polk speakers.
In general, large swings in impedance and in phase angle are not fun for tubes to drive.
Stereophile may have tested your speakers, in which case the data will be available.
Impedance and sensitivity are nice to know, but only when you know the 3rd leg can you make an educated guess.