As a baseline, my ALs were just updated with the Infinity Reference Kappa 10.1s (thanks for the posts Gary). They sounded remarkable, but were draining my pair of TFM25s (one on the woofs, one on the ribbons). I use a Linn Karik and Carver SDA360 carousel CD players; a CT17 for the Hologram effect; and a McIntosh C28 preamp to send signal to these and other McIntosh amps/speakers in the main system. Also use a Rega P2 turntable.
After unpacking 2 big boxes and rolling up a mile of bubble wrap for outbound shipments, I put the M4.0t in the existing system, swapping it out with the TFM25 running the woofers. Best bass I've heard yet from these bad boys! As I crank them up, the LEDs are flickering at the top and the meters are hitting the max on the 25. Incredible sound, very pleased.
Next, I tear down the existing system. Unwire most of it, move racks a few inches and build the new 3 shelf Salamander.
I hooked up the Sunfire amp and preamp and biwired as recommended in the manual, voltage and current. I was very unimpressed with the sound. Bass was thin, no punch and the gain control needed to be cranked to nearly max to get the level of sound I am used to hearing....what's up?! I checked and all connections were proper.
I realized with this configuration, I didn't have Holography and it makes a big difference in overall sound quality, but not to point of whimpy bass. So, I wired the CT17 back in for Holography and put the Carver M4.0t back in line to power the woofers, leaving the Sunfire solo on the ribbons. Now we are talking! Great bass again and the gain issue seemed to resolve. I'm not sure why, other than 2 volume controls on both units and somehow the signal seemed stronger with plenty of power left on tap to really crank it up.
That took me to well after midnight last night. Put my pair of TFM25s and other Mc amps in the new Salamander, got speaker cables run for various combos of amp and speaker swapping and hit the sack. More tweaking today and I'll post some pictures.
>Big WOW for the 4.0t! A pair of these and/or combo of 1.5/4.0 would do these justice for sure ( I haven't tried just the 4.0 solo)
>Sunfire amp was a BIG disappointment run biwired, very surprised at weak bass. Seems good feeding the ribbons only.
>Love the Tube Preamp with the volume control remote:) Tubes look cool through the window.
I'll continue playing today and will post some pics. Any thoughts on the Sunfire letdown, pls chime in, thanks!
Speakers - Polk SRS 1.2TL; Carver ALiii; KEF 101, 104/2; Pioneer HPM150; JBL S7R Sovereign, L112, 4312, 43111
McIntosh - C28, C26, C24 preamps; MC30 monoblocks, MC2205, MC2120 amps
Carver - M4.0t amp; CT17 preamp; C9 Holography; Digital Time Lens; SDA360 CD
Sunfire 300~2 (2) & Dynaco ST-70 tube (2) amps
Jolida tube & Linn Karik CD; Rega P2 & Marantz 6300 Turntables