You can't go wrong with the Naim Nait XS.
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I'd agree that a good solid state amp is better for the S5e. (However, I prefer tube amps with the "classic" Spendor series.)
I owned a pair of S5es for a year or two and they worked quite nicely with a Bel Canto S300. BC makes an integrated version of that amp that you can often pick up used for about $1K.
Okay..... I'll be the dissenting voice. I've listened to most of the Spendor line to include the S5e with various Naim. The Sim and Sugden both clearly sounded better. More resolution, dynamics with control of bass and in particular the vocals were more open. Cabling was Analysis Plus Oval Nine.
I await the barrage.
Dear fsdaron, if you like jazz and vocals, try to get one of the graff amplifier, I used to drive my spendor s6e with graff 5050 power amp and they were magical.. Never heard a spendor in that sweetness and naturality.. To me, using solid state for the spendor is good but doesn't extract its naturalness to the fullest.. Since itwill be flatter and leaner..cheers..