VTL 450 signature works excellent even in triode mode.
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I don't see how ANY AMP DUNLAVY RECOMMENDED for his speakers should be taken into consideration really! RUN FOR THE HILLS!!!!.....
I was at Dunlavy's factory for a tour for 2 whole days, when he owned it, and EVERY single listening room and rig set up he had sounded WORSE THAN ANY, that's right ANY audiophile rigs I EVER heard!!! The sound was worse than I care to recollect! I was embarased for John really, as I saw a few other guests touring the factory during my stay, all pretty much shaking their heads about the sound as I did! No offense, I think highly of JOhn. But "Golden Ear" he aint!!...even if he is a well achieved engineer and speaker builder!
John has been known to say in the past that you can use "any 'ol amp" or "any 'ol speaker wire" and it shouldn't matter with his speakers! I must say, I've made his speakers sound NIGHT AND DAY better than he ever did at his shop! I do like a lot of things about his speaker designs. But his choices and recommendations for associated gear I think leave a lot to be desired! Just my input...
I've always felt that, while solid state will give you the better bass control in Dunlavy speakers, and there are some who like the Aloia amp with them, they really seem to come alive with tubed amplification. The best sound I've heard from the 4s and 4As has been with VTL and VAC amplification; the VTL did a better job in the bass, the VAC sounded terrific in the midrange. I think Mejames' suggestion is a good one; they also work well with the VTL 150 monoblocs and stereo amp.
Incidentally, J-D is also running a review of these speakers!
Other amps I liked with the IVa (but head J-D's advice) are the following:
YBA Passion stereo (ss)
Symphonic Line Kraft 250 (ss)
Jadis defy (tube)
(In no order of preference).
Note, I never lived with the IVa's -- just auditioned them at a friend's house.