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Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

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tah800

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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:47 pm

Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

I bought the TGP-5 to finish my sound system and replace my old 2 channel C1. The TGP-5 is a great processor and is a great addition to my surround but in the 2 channel mode it's not really better soundwise than my old C1. I've done a lot of back and forth and figured the $3500 dollar Sunfire(original retail) would allow me to sell my old C1. I don't think I'll do it. I might even give the C1 the edge. I never thought I'd say that but my ears never lie. I've always maintained that little inexpensive preamp was a great unit. Now I'm even more certain Art
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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 1:57 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

Must be one helluva quiet C1...
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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 3:46 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

Are you sure you're making a fair comparison. To do so, you need to set your mains to large and your subwoofer to normal (not enhanced bass). This bypasses all the digital frequency processing and bass management, and is only available to analog sources. This makes it just like a C-1. Otherwise, you are putting the TGP at a disadvantage right off the bat, because it converts all incoming signals to digital.
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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:46 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

My mains are set to large. I'm not using a subwoofer.The Carvers should provide all the bass I need . I wouldn't use a subwoofer in 2 channnel anyway. I set my TGP-5 to direct source which should send the signal direct to the amps without any processing.
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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:00 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

tah800 wrote:My mains are set to large. I'm not using a subwoofer.The Carvers should provide all the bass I need . I wouldn't use a subwoofer in 2 channnel anyway. I set my TGP-5 to direct source which should send the signal direct to the amps without any processing.

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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:21 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

Well, if that's how you tested, there you go. Did you test phono?
It should sound like it isn't there!
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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:04 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

I know the purists will hate me for this but getting rid of my records and having Cd's was one of the best things that ever happened to me.The ony memory of my records was Snap , Crackle and Pop.
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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 7:35 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

Well, your preamp is only as good as the source, and to do a true test, you need to run analog to both the C-1 and the Sunfire, so you're testing the CD player, not the preamps, IMHO. No wonder they sound the same.
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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:13 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

There is an article out in the AARP January/February 2010 Albums are back! Vinyl is making a comeback with record sales! Stores are considering/starting to stock small sections of vinyl now. I enjoyed reading the article and made me happy I still have my some 100 + vinyl albums from my younger days in the 70's, Yeah! Did I say AARP? Dam, giving away my age, haha.
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Post Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:46 pm

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

tah800 wrote:I know the purists will hate me for this but getting rid of my records and having Cd's was one of the best things that ever happened to me.The ony memory of my records was Snap , Crackle and Pop.



I have to agree with ONE caveat; SACDs have been the best thing that happened to me (next to Sunfire & AL-IIIs).
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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Post Fri Dec 11, 2009 2:24 am

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

I'm still waiting for them to bring back 78s! (drum roll, please) :D
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Post Fri Dec 11, 2009 10:24 am

Re: Sunfire Theater Grand V vs my old Carver C1

basspig wrote:I'm still waiting for them to bring back 78s! (drum roll, please) :D


And do we hear > The round RCA cylinders playing on the Horn speaker??? Do we Do we!! :lol: :lol: (more drum roll, please) :lol:

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