I joined this group to gain info on Carver products. We recently remodeled a few rooms in our house to accomodate our interests. Our living room was transformed into a "music/reading room" by adding a rather large Ikea bookshelf, Ikea flooring, a piano, guitars, etc. We also transformed our dining room into a wine tasting room, but that's a topic for another forum. The main purpose of the music room is to expand my hi-fi hobby. I have a rather large collection of Polk Audio speakers and have been a member of the Polk forum for a number of years. I've gleaned lots of knowledge from that forum and thought I could expand my audio knowledge even more by joining this forum and learning about the Carver products I've heard much about throughout life. A girlfriend in college had a Carver Cube that always intrigued me.
Now down to business. The rig in the "music room" consists of a pair of vintage Polk SDA SRS 2.3's with upgraded RDO-194 silk tweeters and a custom silver coated SDA interconnect cable. I borrowed an Adcom 545 and Adcom GTP-450 from our bedroom setup that generally runs a pair of Polk Rt25i's in the bedroom, a pair of LC65i's in the bathroom, and a pair of Rt 35i's on our patio (routed through an Adcom GFS-6 speaker selector). The 545 does an admirable job of pushing the SDA's at modest listening levels, but I'm looking for a little more power for those times when the family is out and I push them to extended listening levels. My first thought was an Adcom 5802, but those are still pricey and all of my Adcom's (I have 3) are big, bulky and run extremely hot (not necessarily ideal in Central Florida). I was thinking of trying a TFM-45 and C-1 Carver setup, so please offer any feedback or criticism of that combo. I think the retro look of that system would go well with my 80's speakers and, on the aesthetics side, the VU meters would add a nice touch. There is a great looking example of a TFM-45 currently on e-bay that I have my eye on.
As stated earlier, any suggestions for the ideal Carver amp and pre-amp match for the 2.3's are welcome.