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Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by dave7310 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 7:18 pm

I'm slowly getting everything I need for my HT set-up.

Due to height, I need a center speaker no more than 6" high and want to stick with B&W.
A good used CC6 should be perfect, it's rated @ 25-120w.
The TFM-6's are 180w bridged mono ( probably ok if I'm careful. )
Was there a smaller Carver amp around 120w bridged that might be better?
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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by OBI56 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 9:19 pm

Dave, the TFM-6 is the smallest stereo amp that Carver made. Rather than using it bridged, you should consider using it in mono mode (only 1 channel conencted) so that he power steering feature borrows power from the unused channel if and when needed. This will give you almost as much power but with much better damping and bass control. One thing to remember is that the TFM-6c is NOT bridgeable anyways, only the TFM-6cb is and only into an 8 ohm load, not a 4 ohm one.
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Post by dave7310 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:21 pm

OBI56 wrote:Dave, the TFM-6 is the smallest stereo amp that Carver made. Rather than using it bridged, you should consider using it in mono mode (only 1 channel conencted) so that he power steering feature borrows power from the unused channel if and when needed. This will give you almost as much power but with much better damping and bass control. One thing to remember is that the TFM-6c is NOT bridgeable anyways, only the TFM-6cb is and only into an 8 ohm load, not a 4 ohm one.
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"Power Steering Feature"...Is that something built into the TFM-6c? If so that set up will work perfect for me !
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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by Rainman » Mon Feb 09, 2009 10:53 pm

You could also consider a TFM-15 or TFM-15cb if you like the look of the cool Carver meters it would match good with your TFM-35... My wife has a TFM-15 that has performed much better than I expected it to.. Several years ago I ran it really hard for awhile making it drive a pair of Polk RTI's and it never even hiccuped.

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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by Jag_97470 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:02 pm

I've had the TFM-15cb I purchased in 1994! and I'm still using in my system. This amp kicks major ass!!! I would consider getting one of these for the center and like the other post said, only use one channel > that would work Awesome! Good luck

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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by dave7310 » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:10 pm

I like the TFM-15 idea !

I'm going to need more rack/cabinet space though. I don't even have room left for any of the video equipment as it is ! lol
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Post by Rainman » Mon Feb 09, 2009 11:24 pm

We too have been down that road... Our final unit is a custom piece that a friend of ours built for Rainwoman. It is solid oak, 65 inches tall by 80 inches wide and weighs around 400 pounds empty. It took 4 of us about 3 hours to get it into the house! We had to remove a door frame and enlarge the opening with a Dewalt sawzall in order to get it into the living room! That is a good example of how far it can go when things get out of hand...
If you would like to see the beast I can probably dig up a pic to post. :shock:

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Post by dave7310 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:01 am

Rainman wrote:We too have been down that road... Our final unit is a custom piece that a friend of ours built for Rainwoman. It is solid oak, 65 inches tall by 80 inches wide and weighs around 400 pounds empty. It took 4 of us about 3 hours to get it into the house! We had to remove a door frame and enlarge the opening with a Dewalt sawzall in order to get it into the living room! That is a good example of how far it can go when things get out of hand...
If you would like to see the beast I can probably dig up a pic to post. :shock:

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I have a plan B...

Years ago I took an old X-Ray machine chassis ( real rack mount ) and painted it black. It's almost 5' tall and on casters.
I used to keep the M-1/CT-7 and keyboard/guitar stuff in it. I still have it in the garage, just need to pic out a good spot in my living room for it!
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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by Rainman » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:56 am

For some reason I could not find a good pic of the beast so I will take one in the morning and throw it up for you. I was digging your customized cabinet idea as well as having it in the living room.. I am a big fan of having things in the house that are NOT what the "Jones" families from suburbia all have because they saw it on Home and Garden or Bob Vila! Due to what I have spent the last 20 plus years doing you can probably imagine how far from ordinary some of my house has become...

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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by BillD » Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:03 am

The credenza I bought for my HT setup I assembled in the room I planned to use it in. When I decided to change rooms (the room was too small), I had to disassemble the credenza to get it out of the room.
It should sound like it isn't there!
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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by dave7310 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 4:50 pm

I dug her out of the garage and cleaned her up today.
Needs to be sanded and repainted again and then was thinking of putting some nice birch or cherry on the two sides.

All the Carver stuff should fit and it's all on wheels.

(excuse my floor, it's finally getting refinished in April) This house has been a 12 year project !
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Post by OBI56 » Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:09 pm

That has the looks of a serious looking audio rack if it were to be finished with wooden sides and maybe partial doors on the front to cover unused spaces, or maybe install some shelves or drawers for your CDs. One thing for sure is that in the case of an earthquake, the rack would probably be the only thing that would survive!!!!
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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by Rainman » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:23 am

I was moving things around the other day and remembered to snap a couple shots of the oak "beast" my buddy made for Rainwoman. When looking at the pics keep in mind this thing is as tall as I am because the pics do not really portray it's actual size very well..

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Post by TNRabbit » Mon Feb 16, 2009 10:48 am

Nice, Mike!

However.... "keep in mind this thing is as tall as I am" doesn't really say a helluva lot...




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Re: Center Speaker Amp ?

Post by Jag_97470 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:40 pm

Thats cool! hey, what kind of speakers are those R/L? They look a lot like my MB Quart Speakers, except mine look taller as there is a bass port in the bottom front. I need to figure out how to post pictures.

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