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What kind of speakers are you driving? That's the most important factor.
Decware, Bottlehead, and Welborne are best suited for speakers above 94dB efficiency with fairly stable impedences above 8 ohms.
I have Welborne DRD 300B monoblocks and they are stunningly transparent and revealing. The most "pure" 300B amps have ever heard. But, 7 watts per channel will only get you so far.
I have driven 90dB/4ohm Jean Marie Reynaud monitors with them and the combination was great for acoustic, jazz trios, and chamber music. But, larger scale, more demanding works would run out of gas.
Be sure to add Diy HiFi Supply's kits to your list. They have fanatastic low power amps and a 40W PP amp.
Sorry to bring this up, but only two of the kits mentioned so far will do your Vandy 5's the least bit of justice - the Velleman K4040 at 90wpc and the Transcendant BEAST at 165 wpc. In fact, the Welborne, Audio Note, other Transcendants, Decware, and Bottlehead amps should never even be considered.
My brother has Vandy 3A Sigs and they are a demanding impedence match. Even though the 5's have a built in 400 watt subwoofer amp, the 3 other drivers are still rated at 87dB w/ an impedence that fluctuates to 4 ohms.
You really want to look for an amplifier in the 75+ wpc range with a stiff power supply to do these speakers any justice. If it was me, I'd go 100+ wpc and there simply aren't many kits in that range.
Hell, the 5's have been known to cause the Audio Research 100.2 to run out of gas on large orchestral works. And that is a serious high-current solid state amp. My brother uses it to run his 3A Sigs.
thank you both for your input. I new I would need large amp to drive them. Hmmm? I just have this desire to try some tubes amps. I've auditioned the ASL Hurricanes and they did a good job - of course - no kit though. I may end up just buying a pair of Hurricanes and maybe play around with mods. Thanks again for your help.
Darkmoebius, Yes, I spoke with Response. Sounds like they are very familar with the Hurricanes. I may check that out. I'm trying to keep my overall investment in my system lower than I have in the past. I've found that there are deminishing returns per dollar spent and am actually cutting back. Trying to get the best bang for the buck. Thanks for your correspondence.