Well, I think for that budget any combo you do pick, if it is going to do those fine speakers justice, it will have to be used, and even then it's a tall task. Sorry if this isn't a lot of help.
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These are mono block amps new for 2000 dollars.
There built like tanks and sound great.
For a straight preamp, the Emotiva the RSP-2 Preamp is the one.
Its made in China and thats why the cost is low. Its 700 new.
You can read the review on here of the Emotiva stereo amp and the RSP-2 Preamp
For the Mono block amps, here's 2 reviews.
I would look at Audio Research for a pre and Classe for power, I sent you a mail in reply to yours.
Yes its true that budget isnt really on par with the class of speaker you are looking at but with a AR tube pre like a model 16 used and say a Classe CA 150 or higher you are atleaat in the ball park, can also get most of your money back reselling those items as you step up into more worthy models over time. But dont be fooled into thinking you cant be thrilled on a budget by snobs, you can have a very pleasing performance at your budget but in time you will want to step up your game. Cheers
The Pass has no pre/main in/ out that the Vandy 5 needs for the line level x-over. Here are a few names to look at,
Just power amps with tube or tube like preamps:
Byston st3 st 4
krell kls 100
There are many combos that can work all I can say is that
you do not want too soft sounding matches , a little tube
preamp with a strong power amp can work well.
What ever you do you will hear it though the Vandy 5 you
also MUST tune the bass EQ with a meter and test tones or it
will sound like crap. good luck