If you are going to the 5A you need to look into the Aesthetics Atlas amp...its a tube/solid state hybrid with 400 watts at 4 Ohm's and has been enginered with input from Richard Vandersteen himself. It includes the inboard High Pass filters, is balanced and single ended and sounds fantastic...my dad is buying one for his Vandy Wood Quatro's.....its $8000 and plus you save on the high pass you need for the 5A so it actually will cost you around $7300 all told. Audition if you can, its zero feedback...powerful and fills your face with a big ole' smile when you hear it!
Chad I thought you could not live with the vandersteen 5a's. Too dark and boxy remember. I am glad to see you woke up and smell the coffee. Bye the way your girlfriend look very nice. She have ant single friends???? I am in Michigan.
I think you have me confused with another Chad, though I have not always been a huge experienced Vandersteen promoter I have for the last couple years. My largest issue with them was looks and I have heard them sound bad in the past with poor attetion to all the details with placement and equipment and accoustics but the 5A has been my dream speaker for some time now. But seriously look at that Atlas amp....its a killer!
They wouldn't accept my post I said by a brand of truly world class monoblocks another brand of 845s if you perfer and an inexpensive big co brand pre.The only thing is I know the fellow who wholesales one of the brands mentioned Comnplete disclosure. I hate these weekend morons.
I would definitely go for Art Audio Quartet monoblocks. They drive my friend Andra Eggleston,without any problem at all.They are so musical,they posses 3D layering,and the vocal makes you feel, the performer is in the room.
Audio Research Tube Mono Blocs such as the VTM 200 or the VM 220's would be a phenomenal match with the Vandersteen 5's. I've heard that combo a number of times... exquisite! well within your budget (used) as well.
As an added bonus, they'll also do a great job with your Martin Logans as you prepare to do the speaker upgrade.
this question has been posed before. my answer is still the same. i would buy a conrad johnson mv 125. i have aheard this amp several times. it is my favorite amp and i would buy one today, if it were available.