Have you thought about Cary amps?Seems like a logical choice to me.
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Vintage tube amps are not really made for power hungry speakers. Do you know the sensitivity and resistance behavior (min Ohm) of the venerable DQ10 ? I would venture that you will need a more modern set up, as even SS amps of a certain age can get zapped with a high current draw. This happened to me with a really "good" Marantz 250M. It caught fire I am not kidding! I sort of overloaded it (long story). Obviously I am not implicating Marantz but you do need to excersize some caution and the better part of valor may be in supplying the DQ10s with amps capable of high curent delivery of a more recent vintage. Just some common sense.
A few years ago I had a slp98 experience that reminded me of the 3 bears. An 88r which I tried to like was too small. Then I switched to mb500 that was too big. Before both purchases I tried the V12 and it sounded just right. Unfortunately the first time the V12 was too expensive and because of a move to FL the second time the V12 was too hot. Someday I'd like to put the 98/V12 together in a second system. Most likely I'd be a happy bear.
Jon Dahlquist "voiced" the DQs to run off tube power. They like tube power, at least 35wpc - but they like much more if you can swing it - 70 or more watts. The crossovers are hungry - they eat up the power - must have a high-current amp. I say, why not give them more power? Most owners of the DQ-10s suggest a power amp of 125 to 150wpc, or more, and must be a high current-amp. Not sure what they mean by "high current" amp. What are the specs on the Cary CAD 120?
I traded in my V12R that sounded great with the SLP98P and yes the 50-100 watts is plenty, but the Cary CAD 120's sounds much better and has a little more power. The only drawback is that you can not fry a hamburger on it like you can the V12R. This is not a slam on the V12R but the 120's is much better. I also like the MAC275, but it sounds more solid state than tube to me. It runs very cool. If you get the V12R or monoblocks make sure the roon is big enough handle the heat or that you live in Alaska. Mine raised the temp in an air conditioned room set at 77 to 86+ degrees. It was nice in the winter and helped out with the electric bill, no kidding. Best of luck.