"Power Steering Feature"

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"Power Steering Feature"

Post by CLPOLK1 » Fri May 08, 2009 10:13 am

"Power Steering Feature"Is this something all amps have? Or is it just Carver.

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Re: "Power Steering Feature"

Post by thuffman03 » Fri May 08, 2009 10:19 am

I know a lot of Carver amps have this. I am sure someone here can give you a list of the ones that do. Not all amps power steer but I am sure there are others out there other than Carver can do this. I just don't know what ones.
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Post by engtaz » Fri May 08, 2009 10:35 am

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Re: "Power Steering Feature"

Post by treitz3 » Fri May 08, 2009 11:05 am

Clpolk, I have never heard of power steering before. What piece of gear are you referring too?
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Re: "Power Steering Feature"

Post by CLPOLK1 » Fri May 08, 2009 11:26 am

Me either I read about it here in a center channel thread.

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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Re: "Power Steering Feature"

Post by treitz3 » Fri May 08, 2009 1:08 pm

Well, that figures as I'm a 2-channel guy. Welcome to the forum.
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Re: "Power Steering Feature"

Post by BillD » Fri May 08, 2009 3:21 pm

This is verbatim out of my M-400 Owner's Manual
The M-400 is remarkably efficient: considerably more efficinet than conventional amplifiers. Its power supply can momentarily "assign" power as required: Unused power from one channel is available to the other by as much as 300 watts.
But I don't necessarily think this is the sole province of Magnetic Field amplifiers. Maybe some EE can step in here and help us out, but it seems to me that any rail switching stereo amp that shares a power supply should be able to do the same thing if the output devices can handle more current. With only one channel driven, the power supply can still deliver most of its power to that channel, with only the power required for the low rail on the other channel subtracted. An M-400 has three rails. An M-500 has only two, so it should be able to deliver proportionately less.
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