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Photobitstream

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Post Sat Jan 28, 2006 12:23 am

Carver fans joins forum, finally

Been lurking off and on here since I found a nice TFM-25 in a pawn shop last summer. Paid $50 for it, then recently spent another $200 getting it completely restored here in Austin. Not a bad price for a great amp.

I also have a CT-7 pre/tuner on the way from an audiogon seller. I've been using my Pioneer SX-980 to feed the TFM-25, so the CT-7 should be a nice upgrade, provided my wife lets me take the Pioneer out of the living room. She like the style. Oh well, I might end up with the Carver gear in my office.

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Living room - Rotel RDC-955AX, DCM TF-700 speakers, Zenith 20-inch LCD TV.
Office - Ohm Model L speakers, Nakamichi Cassette Deck2, Technics SL-1400 turntable, Sansui 7900Z receiver, Griffin iMic USB DAC, Power Macintosh G5, Samsung 20-inch LCD.
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Post Sat Jan 28, 2006 11:30 pm

Make your main rig the pre/power combo, and relegate the receiver to the office. This isn't AK.

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Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 2:05 am

Good to see George back in true form.
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Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 6:59 pm

George wrote:Make your main rig the pre/power combo, and relegate the receiver to the office. This isn't AK.
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I agree, but I must obey the wife. She thinks the Pioneer is too pretty to hide in my room. We'll see.
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Post Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:33 pm

Grrrrrr.

Thanks Jesse. It's slow but sure progress.
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Post Fri Feb 03, 2006 10:00 pm

The CT-Seven arrived today. Sounds excellent, especially with the Sonic holography turned on. My wife likes it enough that she let me move the SX-980 into my office. \:D/
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Post Fri Feb 03, 2006 11:38 pm

I am SO glad that you are not like the average AK member, and already saying that the SX-980 sounds just as good as Carver separates. Some of those boys take me right to the edge, and then some.

Congrats on getting the little ladies permission too.
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Post Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:24 am

The separates definitely sound better. Adding the TFM-25 to the SX-980 made a noticeable but subtle difference. The preamp on the CT-Seven blows away the preamp on the SX-980. Completely different league. Like going from AAA baseball to the Majors.

In fact, I'm thinking of buying separates for the office and selling the Pioneer. I already have a Yamaha CT-600 tuner sitting around. And, quite frankly, the tuner in the SX-980 is unimpressive. My humble Sansui 9700Z has a much better tuner.
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Post Sat Feb 04, 2006 8:39 pm

GREAT! Good for you. Now don't forget to report those findings at AK, so we can get the hatred from those damn Pioneer receiver lovers spread around a little better. I have small shoulders man, and the weight of that hate is getting to my knees.

Sell the SX-980 at AK. You'll probably get enough for it to buy three or four good separate components.

I think I have a busted one of those Pioneers in my garage somewhere.
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Post Sat Feb 04, 2006 11:36 pm

AK is definitely the place to sell the SX-980. Echowars rebuilt it last year, and it is in great shape. I can probably get what I paid for it. And yeah, if I look around I can find a preamp and a small amp for the office without too much trouble. Onkyo gear seems to be undervalued right now, so that may be a good way to go for the office, or maybe a Yamaha CA-810. I don't need more than 50 wpc with the speakers three feet away.
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Post Sun Feb 05, 2006 1:33 am

Look at older Onk stuff if you're going to seriously consider that brand. I'm not nuts about their preamps, but every Onk power amp I've had was a beautiful beast. Look for M-506 at 130wpc, or M-504 which started it's life at 130 but morphed into 160wpc by the time the production run ended. I had both of those and they're great. I have a super Onk, the M-5090 at 200wpc. It is a gorgeous sounding brute, and I use it to drive the woofers on my AR-9's. I have an Onk P-3060 or 306 preamp, but the controls are a little scratchy and they are sealed units those potentiometers. I can't figure out how to get in there and clean them.

The only Onk power amp in production now does not appear to be well made.
Think NAD as well. I have a couple 2200PE power amps and they are 100wpc. One is already sold, and the other.........well? Another real nice NAD is the 2150. IT is your 50wpc. I had one of those too.
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Post Sun Feb 05, 2006 2:46 pm

Hey George you know what the wpc is on a Onkyo M-5030 amp is I have two of them here and forgot the rattings on them ? I also have two P-3030 preamps here that scratchy vol controls! Onkyo made some good stuff like the M-508 amp and my fav Tuner the T-9090II wich I use with my Carver main gear now! Eddie
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Post Sun Feb 05, 2006 4:36 pm

Thanks for the info on the Onkyo preamps George. Sealed pots would be OK in an ideal world, but we live in a very dusty area. Ideally I'd like to match a Carver CT-6 with a TFM-15 for the office.
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Post Sun Feb 05, 2006 7:20 pm

Hi Eddie, how's it going?

M-5030's are 100wpc, and getting a little long in the tooth now. Probably rock solid though. That older Onk stuff is where it's at. The preamp that I have is P-306RS. That T-9090 is a killer tuner too! I have an older Onk cassette deck on my desk at work, TA-2056, that I would put up against just about any other deck I've ever heard. Just great stuff from back then.

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