Recommend a Pass Labs amp for Dunlavy SCIVa


I have some really nice dunlavy scIVa's and my tube amps are not cutting it.  I have tried my McIntosh MC 60s and my citation IIs on the dunlavys and they just sound very anemic.  Talked to some friends and I have been advised a nice solid State amp will do the trick.  
I want to go with something in the pass labs used market and was hoping for some advice on what amps to look for and why?
Preamp wise I have the following to choose from.  A TRL, the dude, pass labs XP1, juicy music blueberry, and a very good citation I unit.
Thanks in advance.
robmag
A Pass XA-250.8 should do nicely. Mate with an ARC Ref 5SE pre and use OCC copper or silver wire.
I had a pair of Dunlavy SC4a running with a Audio Research Ref1 , Pass lab 350.0 years ago with Stealth Audio cabling. Good match with plenty of power.
Look for an amp having high damping ratio specs.

The Mac MC60 amp has a damping ratio of 12. The HK Citation II amp has a damping ratio of 18. These damping ratio specs are typical of tube amps.

The Pass amps have far better damping ratio specs, being 150 or above.

I used a Spectron Audio Digital One amp to drive my Dunlavy SCIVa’s. John Ulrick of Spectron Audio told me John Dunlavy voiced his SCIVa’s and others in his lineup with Spectron Audio amps (among others). Those amps typically have a damping ratio of 500.
If John Dunlavy used Spectron amps for his development evaluations then I'd be surprised.  That's not to say it didn't happen, just surprising if it did.

I owned Duntech Princess speakers for 19 years.  They were the older sibling to the DAL SC4 and 4a.  I enjoyed a few discussions with John at CES demos.  He did like some tubes as he utilized ARC electronics for  demos.  I know he also admired Adcom as an example of performance per dollar.  He revealed he was trying Adcom modules in development of a tri-amped self-powered model.

I experimented with several different amps over my time with the Princesses.  Toward the end of that ownership I found my best choice, the Parasound JC-1 monos.  From what I've read, the DAL models may have been more efficient than their comparable Duntech siblings, but I would still look for something close to at least 200 wpc with Pass.  Dynamics can be startling but you need current to realize that.
Another great choice. Parasound JC1 amps have a damping factor of >1200 (@ 20Hz).
I do have a crown studio reference II that has a dampening factor of 20,000.  Never considered it because it is not a real soothing amp.  It has raw power and I have used on home theater subs in the past.  This amp is monster for power and it will control any driver you hook to it
The amp I am really looking at in the used market is the pass X250.8.  I'm short a little cash and really wanted to only spend 3k but you get what you pay for
Be a long, long time before we’ll see X250.8’s for $3K but I’m waiting too so in the meantime my X250 plugs away making beautiful music. Nothing wrong with the original X250 and if you can find one it’s within your budget. Had a X250.5 at home for an eval and it is a better amp than the X250 but it was small and I couldn’t justify making the trade for the difference. X250.5’s pop up time to time but going to be upper $3K to lower $4K I think. If you want to experience a Pass the X250 is a safe place to start and if you don’t like it, it will resale quickly and probably not cost you anything.
I figure I will have to pay $6k for 250.8
Call Kent at Pass and ask him what you need, specifically whether a x150.8 might work.  You might be surprised.
@robmag - If you're short on cash, consider a BAT VK-255SE. 300 wpc @ 4ohms, sounds heavenly (My current amp) and disrespected in the market so usually in you price range.
robmag, for a year, in my 2nd sound room, I used a Crown Macro Reference Studio amp ( the home version which I owned) driving a pair of Sonus Faber Extremas ( the ones with the Kef B139 in the rear ), which were on loan to me from a friend. I thought the combo was excellent. Many components changed during that year in the system, ( including different amps ) but the Crown / S.F.s stayed strong and true in getting the job done. Enjoy ! MrD.