I have the Vandies, and have heard them driven perfectly well by a Audio Research VT-55. For what it's worth!
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At low to medium volumes, any of the amps will do fine as for power. The only caveat to tube amplification is you want to check and make sure the Vandersteen's low end sounds suitable using the amp you select. Sometimes, the low end can sound bloated with the wrong amp. The ARC amps are wonderful with this speaker.
Also, make sure you get these speakers set up correctly. It takes some time experimenting but it is well worth the effort. Follow the instruction manual and all will be fine.
If, depending on room size, you want to go over about 85db, you might want to look at more power. A good test is track one of the original Jurassic Park CD. It will let you know pretty quick about your bottom end requirements.
i have used my aronov intergrated 60watt with my old 2ci and i am now driving vandy 3asig--this is a great match with the vandys 2s and 3s
i found the bass was full and defined and the midrange with the aronov was great these go used for 1200 to 1400 on audiogon--i have had mine for over 4 years and it is the best value i have seen
In a small (10x12) room, I was able to use a 30 watt Berning EA-230, but this would not work in a larger room. I then got the 60 watt Quicksilver Mono's which worked fine for many years. I also used the 90 watt Silver 90's which had better bass than the 60 watter's, but even with the 60 watt's, I never heard them clip. This was in a 12x22 room. The Quicksilvers are a very synergistic match. I also used an 80 watt AMC tube hybrid, which sounded good too; very cheap, but not quite as refined as the Quicksilver's.
Thanks for all of the excellent information and amp recommendations. I am pretty partial to ARC right now, mostly because this is the only brand that I have been able to audition carefully and really liked the sound. Not to mention the extensive used market. Trying to stay flexible on the amps, but it's a tough decision when you don't live near many dealers and cannot use your own ears. I guess after a while you have to say to hell with it and take the plunge. By the way, has anyone had a chance to listen to the new ARC VS55 or VS110? Maybe I'll start a new thread on that one.