They are so efficient you can drive them with almost anything. Tubes would be nice. He could get a hafler 220 for that price. I still have one and its a great little amp.
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If you or buddy can get a a hold of a Luxman R-117 receiver, you would be hard pressed to find a better sounding solid state receiver to mate with a pair of Heresys. I drove my Heresys with vintage Marantz, NAD, B&K preamp/amp combo, and other misc. integrateds and receivers, and nothing could touch what the Luxman could do to the Hersesys. Fast, punchy, accurate bass, sweet midrange but not over warm, and very detailed. The R-117 can be found on the used market from $300.00 to $500.00.
Something different for you to consider- not a 70's or 80's amp, but I would recommend a rebuilt Baldwin amp by Will Vincent. He goes by member name "Autospec" here on the Gon. I haven't seen any for sale lately by Will himself, but they come up from time to time in the classifieds. There's one for sale right now over on AA, but it's a "Super Baldwin" and he's asking $800.00. I know you can get a standard one for around your price range. Had one driving my Klipschorns for a while and they were a match made in heaven. That Baldwin amp held its own up against some very expensive amps I had.
I have used 2 tube amps with my 97.5 db Klipsch Quartets. A 10 wpc Vista Audio i84 El 84 PP amp very nice sound not problem driving htem and now a Grommes PHI26 1.75/6 WPC TRIODE/PENTODE amp. 1.75 watts drives it well.
The vista Audio amp was about 400.00. I think you could find a nice EL84 amp that would make them sing
Though they are indeed efficient enough that you could drive them with almost anything, I would definitely choose tubes for sure. You have tons of great suggestions here. If he does want something newer, the PrimaLuna line works very well with the Klipsch. Another classic combo was Klipsch driven by McIntosh.
Thanks a lot guys. I am trying to talk him into tubes. It is just hard to find decent tube gear on his budget. Tube gear is bringing a big premium over SS everywhere we look. I would need a preamp and a tube power amp or a tube integrated. It is hard to make money stretch that far. Might have to save for awhile. The search continues....
Jolida Fx10 tube integrated is in your range. I've heard it. A slam dunk in your case if input support is sufficient.
Glow audio also has inexpensive tube amps that have impressed me for <$1000.
There are inexpensive Dared tube amps sold on amazon that get good reviews as well.
Or even [url=http://www.amazon.com/Qinpu-3-A3-Integrated-Amplifier/dp/B0057ODYX4/ref=sr_1_7?s=aht&ie=UTF8&qid=1379606218&sr=1-7&keywords=dared]This $200 tube integrated.[/url]. What have you got to lose trying that?