Best amplifier for Tannoy GRF Memory HE

I´ve just bought them and I want to buy pre and power amplifier. Tube or SS? Many people recomend me tube preamplifier and SS amplifier.
Anybody use Pass Aleph amplifier with this speakers type ?
I will apreciate all your suggest.
Hello, I have 15" red dual concentric Tannoy drivers in Belvedere cabs, before you buy anything, try your speakers with an OTL amp. I run mine with a Futterman design amp. After hearing this combo, I put away my Quad 63 USA monitors and my Maggies and never looked back. I have tried Tannoy's with several other tube/solid state amps and have felt their performance was just so so,BUT once hooked up to my Futterman/OTL amp, I felt their performance to be FIRST class.Thank you.
Normally I would just enjoy reading the forum articles and stay quiet. But not everyday you run into Tannoy and OTL lovers.

I have a pair of Westminster Royal (not the HE) and drive them with Nagra VPA or Tenor 75Wp both with good result. I used to be a proud owner of NYAL Futterman Signature OTL-3 about ten years ago with an extra set of GE replacement tubes. I got rid of them purely because of my stupidity. I would love to get them back and try them with the Tannoy.

I personally don't think you can make a Tannoy sound bad with any reasonable gear (SS or glass) since they are so easy to drive. Mind you, however, since they are so sensitive, the tube noise of Nagra's original junky Shuguang 845 was much louder compared to, say, the better built Cetron or KR 845. However, it never really bothered me too much once the music starts.

Although I must say Tannoy aren't the most accurate speakers in the world but I have never ceased to be amazed of how emotionally involved the listening experience was with the Tannoy since the very first moment. I’ve always read about them in Asian magazines like Stereo Sound. I finally ran into one while I visited Aki Habara in Tokyo in 1993. I was rivited in front of a pair of Edingburg while it was playing (Milstein?) Bach partitas and sonatas until the shop owner got rid of me by stopping playing *^#*^. There was not much to mention about the usual stuff that I sought after at the time - sound stage, depth, width, focus and etc. simply since these speakers were part of a 6 feet tall speaker wall. (Those who have been to Aki Habara would know what I am talking about). The remaining gears were not the latest and the greatest either – vintage Luxman pre-amp driving Marantz 9s. Vinyl was being playing also on an old Microseiki built in the 80s.

The music I heard was simply, well, musical. The BWV 1003 Presto sent chill down to my spine. I had already been in Hifi for almost 20 years at the time but I have never experienced anything like that. I would even go as far as calling it my first HiFi ecstasy  I was tempted to strangle the shop owner when he lifted the cartridge since he figured I had no plan of leaving until the music stopped. And by way I look he knew he had no chance of closing the deal since I was obviously a tourist.

I've lived with Maggies, Quad 63, 63Pro, 801s, N801, Guarnari, Amati, Wilson Watt/Puppy and finally landed on the Westminster Royal after all these years. I am not going to make statements like “they would be my last pair of speakers” like I have promised my wife so many times before. However, the fact that I have yet grown tired of them for one minute after nearly three years was a small miracle to my wife.

I know my comment didn’t help much but like I said you simply go too wrong with them as long as you don’t use any junky gears and overpower them.

The apperciation of the more expensive Tannoy Prestige and Kingdom lines has been a well kept Japanese/Asian secret. Hope to see more Tannoy and OTL lovers on this side of the Pacific.
Rdr4b, Couldn't agree with you more. I also visit Akihabara back in 1998 and was so impressed by the Tannoys. I wasn't into vintage gear then so I don't recall which model.
I now also own a vintage pair of Jensen coxials with my own GRF type of cabinet. I found the Jensens less thick sounding and more suitable to my taste.
The big Tannoys are lovely! As per amplification and given the plethora of choices out there, I would recommend any class A topology that suits your sonic tastes -- simply because that topology requires high VA power supply reserves. These are useful in taming the "thickness" chang refers to above.
You will also use twisted single-core copper wire (16 or 18gauge) for spkr cabling, of course, as a reference.
BTW, S23chang WHICH Jensens are you using on the GRF?

I'm not sure about the need for a preamp unless you use a TT.