Too much money to spend and too much tubes to roll on 250+wpc tube amps. They will use at least 6 tubes per channel. Becides you will not hear best of them with any tubes.
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VTL 450 would work or even possibly BAT 150SE I've owned both and I think they give just as much punch as solid state with lots of power. I don't think either will give the classic warm tube sound but they do sound good. If you can say for sure that you love your speakers I wouldn't switch those it is way easier to try a different amp if you are looking for a new flavor. Personally I don't think the heat and cost is worth it for tubes. There's a lot of great sounding solid state amps out there these days. What are you using now?
Those who can't either afford to maintain large power tube amps or just don't want hassle with rolling of 12 tubes or more or simply can't drive demanding speakers with any tube power enjoy performance of McIntosh solid state amps that sound very similar to tube ones.
If you research large macs such as MC352 and higher power models, I guess you find for yourself the best match. Mate it with matching tube preamps and your system will be no compromise to the BAT VK150se or VTL450(how many tubes are there???)
Let me give you an inexpensive option. I am currently running this package and I'm very happy with it. Prima Luna mono blocks on the top of the Salon's and a solid state amp on the bottom. I tie the two together with a dbx driverack that has been adjusted using rta and microphone. I was switching back and forth between SS and tubes depending on what music I was listening too that evening. I grabbed my driverack from my pa gear just for grins to see how it would sound using it as a crossover and never took it out of the system. That was my experience. The driverack used you can buy for about 200-300 depending on what series. Hope this gives you some food for thought. I now have the wonderful mids of tubes with the power and punch of solid state.
I'm very satisfied with a pair of Carver VTA 180 mono's driving my Avalon Eidolons. More than enough power with solid full bass and a luscious presentation. American made point to point wiring, no wire boards or crimp connectors. Easy to bias the six cool running tubes per mono with a seven year transferable warrantee.
The best way to have your cake and eat it too is to bi-amp. Solid state on the bass, tubes on mids and highs, I have heard this with several different Revels and it sounds fantastic. Arc ref 150 would work very well as a mid/high amp on the Salons. any older Classe or bryston amp or amps would work well for the bass, get yourself a DS speaker digital EQ/pre amp to put between your bass amp and pre-amp and you can get digital eq from 500 hertz on down, and solid state control. Bi amping this way will take your Revels to a new level, far more open and dynamic, more like real music.
Well they do have bi-amp possibilities. I actuall inquired with Harman about an active crossover but didn't get much help. The manual mentions that identical signals need to be sent to both upper and lower speaker jacks but may mean identical gain.
Otherwise it seems like a great speaker to bi-amp with an active crossover. High powered solid state is relatively cheap for the bottom and would put your tubes to good use on the top.
Would be very interested as to what you decide. BTW, I'm very interested in a pair of Salon 2s but like you have questions about the amps.
Without adequate power you will not be able to get the best from these speakers. With my NAD 2 I get decent sound, but looses composure and control. I personally think a pure Class A Pass Labs Amp or similar would be the way to go.
My revel salons are imposing, but with their Grills off and Mahogany finish, they are simply gorgeous.