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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by TNRabbit » Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:10 pm

angelod307 wrote:i would let a sunfire 300x2 go for 725 shipped. superior i say.
Well, there ya go!
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by kirstenj » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:13 pm

Cool options! I like the reviews on the A-500X (lot of bang for the buck) and this particular unit has been serviced. :-)

I PM'd you mbskeam this AM with some questions about your TFM-45 but maybe you didn't see? I'm local to you.

Angel, I'm interested even though it's out of my price range, but don't want to have to pay another few hundred to get it serviced any time soon. Can you give me some info in this regards?

BTW, I think I've resolved the remote, volume control issue. I'm exchanging the Yamaha RX-A810 for the next model up, the RX-A1010; it has variable line output on both zones AND phono in, so I can play my LPs :-D

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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by angelod307 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:35 pm

i have 4 300x2 amps. one that was serviced by bill before i got it a few months ago. in a a/b test, i do not hear anything that makes the serviced one stand out. they are all pretty neutral and have a cleaner , clearer sound to them when compared to the carver amps. how far are you from bob service center?
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by kirstenj » Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:46 pm

Cool, I'm glad it sounds good to the ear. Not having bought something like this before, how often do amps like this need servicing? Is it due? I'm close to Bob Carver, about 30 minutes.

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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by angelod307 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:00 pm

from what i noticed in the one bill serviced, he replaced about a dozen or so small capacitors. he did a touch of what bob says you can do by using one value of cap to go in two places. anyway, it goes into the rule of if it is not broken, leave it alaone. and seeing how you are only 30 minutes away, i am sure you can get a sweeter deal in person than over the phone as i have noticed from a few of his customers. i could even swap out the caps for the price of the caps. i think i have most if not all of them on hand.
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by TNRabbit » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:01 pm

Service is usually required every 20 years, give or take & depending on how hard it's been beaten~
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by angelod307 » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:06 pm

yeah, what he said.
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by kingman » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:08 pm

angelod307 wrote:from what i noticed in the one bill serviced, he replaced about a dozen or so small capacitors. he did a touch of what bob says you can do by using one value of cap to go in two places. anyway, it goes into the rule of if it is not broken, leave it alaone. and seeing how you are only 30 minutes away, i am sure you can get a sweeter deal in person than over the phone as i have noticed from a few of his customers. i could even swap out the caps for the price of the caps. i think i have most if not all of them on hand.
Angelo is offering a sweet deal if the cosmetics are OK. I'd say jump all over it....IMHO.
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

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kirstenj- the above jibberish is because the webmaster has written code to stop a certain member from posting his one word posts which consisted of the word S-W-E-E-T....remove the dashes. Here is what happens when the word is typed normally....

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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by jjptkd » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:20 pm

Sweet
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by jjptkd » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:21 pm

That's funny! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by jjptkd » Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:45 pm

The A-500x is a very nice amp, one of my favorites. You can use it for the ribbons and let the receiver drive the woofers. If you can come up with the extra cash though, $725 shipped for a 300x2 is a very generous offering from angelo and a superior amplifier.
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by speakerlabfan » Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:50 pm

I have M500 and M500t amps and I'm in the same town. I might be willing to lend the amps if you would like to see how they do with the AL-IIIs. Based on my experience with Amazings, they will drive the speakers but you're gonna want more amp. Might be worth evaluating with your sources, though.

It sounds like a great offer and a deal on the Sunfire amp from a respected member. If you are still looking for the right amp, don't forget that you are in the Seattle area which is LOADED with quality vintage and new HiFi, keep an eye on the local Craiglist electronics list. You will find some killer deals if you are patient - buy local, evaluate the gear in person before you hand over your money. [Other than dealing with the fine folks on this site], there is no need to roll the dice online, pay shipping and deal with the usual sub-par packaging /damaged equipment scenarios. good luck with your project.
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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by kirstenj » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:19 am

OMG ROTFL over earlier posts. Tried to respond while at Mom's for dinner, but iPhone ran out of juice. Angelo, could you send or post some pics? You can PM me if you want, but that may not be as much fun. This has been a good thread.

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Re: Need low-budget power amp for AL-III Plus's

Post by kirstenj » Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:51 am

@speakerlab - thank you for the offer and advice. Pursuing the Angelo's Sunfire for now though.

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