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Post Sun Oct 09, 2011 8:58 pm

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Well tonight I just used one amp with the sda cable connected. I think it drove The 1C's nicely. I was really surprised to see the difference when I turned on the sonic hallography I closed my eyes and got into the zone I swore I was listening to a sound stange that extended out 180 degrees from both sides of my head talk about cool.
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Post Mon Oct 10, 2011 1:02 am

Re: How are you liking the sound from your CF tube amp?

Chauss wrote:Jesse-
He is running currently dual monoblock CarverFest amps so no common ground unless he goes to a single stereo amp.


I see, thanks. No point in running SDA's without connecting the cable.

hewlew1 wrote: I was really surprised to see the difference when I turned on the sonic hallography


SDA and SH = a whole lot of bad sound.
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Man, that's the truth. Harry, you never want to run the two together.
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Post Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:31 am

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received the jbl monitors from beemers today & hooked up a pre & my carverfest amp with all new tubes as I had alot go bad at the fest!! everything went great!! no problems!! thanks tom!! melody & I will enjoy our new system thanks to all of you!! good friends & good tunes!! what more could I want!! thank you all again!! \:D/
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Post Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:36 am

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How are you liking the sound from your CF tube amp?


If I could keep my tubes in my own amp for more than 10 minutes, I am sure I would love the sound! :lol: :lol:

I will admit, the 5 amps that I have built sound awesome, but the speakers that I am using definitely need a sub-woofer!!
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Post Wed Oct 12, 2011 2:38 am

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I may need a subwoofer too, but will worry about that later, real happy right now!! :D
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Post Wed Oct 12, 2011 3:37 am

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frenchguy wrote:I may need a subwoofer too, but will worry about that later, real happy right now!! :D



Lol, I have one, just too lazy to hook it up... ](*,)
My old Porch system ( monsoon sub that is self powered and powered speaker outputs, Mirage speakers and Kicker iPod/iPhone dock) is being ripped apart and reassembled as a stereo system powered by my CarverFest amp and the outputs on the sub bypassed so that it is a sub only. I can't wait to see what the little speakers and sub sound like when powered by Tubes rather than SS.
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Post Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:25 pm

Re: How are you liking the sound from your CF tube amp?

Pulled one of my CF tube amps out of the closet yesterday after dusting it off. Other one is in use in office system. Just for the jazz of it, hooked it up to a pair of Dunlavy 4a's which I was using as CC speakers in my HTR. The Dunlavy's are very sensitive, in the low 90's, if I remember correctly.

Fired them up using a Marantz receiver pre-amp section. Impressive. Bass did not appear as deep as the Sunfire 400 X 7 and a little looser, but soundstage appeared wider. Plenty of volume also from this little gem. Have a set of Mullard's coming next week I will try. Not a tube roller, but these have a very smooth midrange and are a little laid back in the upper register. Dunlavy's are very revealing, but have a tendency to be on the bright side with certain electronics. Also, this CF amp currently has the bottom of the line cheap Chinese tubes.

Anyway, nothing has been posted for a while. Therefore, thought it was about time to relate my experience with the big Dulavy's and the little CF tube amp.

Anyone else using the CF amp on a daily basis?
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Post Thu Jan 26, 2017 5:47 am

Re: How are you liking the sound from your CF tube amp?

Not currently using mine Don but you mentioned ordering some Mullards. I swapped out the Amprex gold pins to Mullards in my Sunfire pre and was talking to Ray about the immediate difference. They add more bass to my speakers without sacrificing top end. After you try them, see if you notice the same .
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Post Thu Jan 26, 2017 6:36 am

Re: How are you liking the sound from your CF tube amp?

Don wrote:Anyone else using the CF amp on a daily basis?


Don

I gave my tube CF amp and Lucas line stage to my daughter who lives
in Vancouver, its her only stereo so she has no choice but to use them both daily.

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Post Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:54 am

Re: How are you liking the sound from your CF tube amp?

BrianT wrote:
Don wrote:Anyone else using the CF amp on a daily basis?


Don

I gave my tube CF amp and Lucas line stage to my daughter who lives
in Vancouver, its her only stereo so she has no choice but to use them both daily.

Brian


Damn, lucky girl! I've never heard the CF tube amp but did have a couple of the VTA-20's and they sounded extremely good driving my large Klipsch speakers with 15" woofers. They got surprisingly loud with lots of good tight bass. I actually thought that little tube amp sounded pretty close to the Lightstar amplifier.
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Post Thu Jan 26, 2017 12:33 pm

Re: How are you liking the sound from your CF tube amp?

I used mine daily at the office until a power surge took out a power supply....I hope that's all it is [-o<

FWIW they sounded great. I've had them powering my modded Klipsch Forte, Alesis Monitor ones, Cambridge M80s, and the (CarverFest) Sonorous speakers. I also used them to drive my Stax 'phones.

Mine were heavily modded.

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Post Thu Jan 26, 2017 1:11 pm

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It's been a while since I listened to mine but I love it! I might take it to SoundSmith for some parts upgrades. I use Siemens EL84L and GE 5751 tubes in mine.
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