First, let me say I don't have 15" Tannoys, but 12" HPD's. I don't think that makes any difference when determining what amp works well. I have used an Aragon 3002 (300 Wpc), Pass Labs M2, and now Class D Audio 254 w/upgraded power supply, two modules bridged to mono @500 Wpc. The Class D is the best of them, but I enjoy my HPD's the most when using good tube amps, SET 300B, SET 845.
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Nelson Pass (and everyone else at Pass/First Watt) uses Tannoy's to test their amplifiers... so like @br3098 I suspect many of Nelson's amps could be great with your speakers.
I listened to Steve Guttenburgs recent Audiophiliac review of
the Tannoy Cheviot. Gutt is a true disciple of Nelson Pass-
owning multiple pieces from First Watt and Pass Labs. The Chevvy's
sensitivity is 4 points under mine. He said the FW was good but his 100.5 Pass monos were way better.
I now have a Pass Labs XA25 on order.
Thanks for all your above help.
Most of the time I'm using my McIntosh C2300 (with NOS ADZAM tubes)
Once in a while I swap in my vintage Marantz 7T just to justify keeping it.
I find both pair well with the XA30.5, and feel I've reached the end game with my core components.
Let me know if I can answer any other questions. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the XA25, so please share when you've had some time with it!
Contact Tommy at Digital Amplifier Company. I have one of his Stereo Maraschino Integrated Amps and it sounds fantastic on any speaker I drove with it. Plus he offers a 30 day no questions return policy.