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ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

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indyaudio

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Post Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:12 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

mbskeam wrote:
To get it to suitable levels, the Sunfire volume knob is well past 1 o'clock.


sounds about right with this pre.

volume wise what used to be 10/11 oclock on old pre is now 1/2 oclock on the sunfre.

there is a whole lot more left of the volume control,
it kinda took me by surprise also, both my sunfire pre's act the same volume wise.

Fantastic, thanks very much for setting me at ease here too with the volume knob settings. With the RCA cables in place of the XLRs this is improved and the bass is much better. I will try some other XLRs sometime in the near future. Thanks again guys!
Main Room System(s):
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
Arcam rDAC
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Post Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:01 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

I'm loosing signal through the XLR cables
...I heard the XLR's provided more gain than the RCA's???? DUH????? ](*,)
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Post Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:06 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

kingman wrote:
I'm loosing signal through the XLR cables
...I heard the XLR's provided more gain than the RCA's???? DUH????? ](*,)


Me too...supposed to be the better signal path with XLR. I may have a bad pair of cables, that's why I am anxious to try another set.
Main Room System(s):
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
Arcam rDAC
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Post Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:33 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

I don't know about how much better the xlr outs sound compared to the rca outs but the sound great on my Sunfire and they are definitely louder. Sounds like you have issues with your xlr cables or the xlr outs.
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Post Sun Jan 01, 2012 6:21 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

XLRs were twice as loud in my experience, long runs is what they were designed for, stage applications I believe.
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Post Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:53 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

WOW! =D> =D>

Great room!
Chris

Living Room/main System:
Sunfire TGP IV
Sunfire 300x2
Carver Amazing Silvers
Apple tv
Carver SD 390t
Technics SL 1950 Turntable

Basement/system 2:
Carver MXR-130
Teac reel to reel
Musical Fidelity X-10D tube buffer
BBE 362 Sonic Maximizer
Nikko eq2
Cerwin Vega HED's
Klipsch SW15
Infinity RS10's
Pioneer 100 disk changer

Garage system:
Pioneer VSX something?
Polk Audio 2500
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Post Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:00 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

cring08 wrote:WOW! =D> =D>

Great room!


Thanks Chris, what started out as a home theater room has certainly taken on more of an audio look.
Main Room System(s):
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
Arcam rDAC
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Post Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:32 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

Everything is working great now. I probably just had too many components and some mismatched impedance as was suggested. Just listening to the beautiful music now, yippee!
Main Room System(s):
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
Arcam rDAC
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Post Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:04 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

Congrata, Mike! Glad your finally enjoying~

Is it everything you'd hoped?
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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 Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:09 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

Gary, woohoo! The sound is fantastic and so enjoyable from just about any type of well recorded music on CD or vinyl. Thanks for all of your help and advice in selection and getting it sorted.
Main Room System(s):
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
Arcam rDAC
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Post Wed Jan 04, 2012 3:10 am

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

Welcome to the "Dark Side"~
\:D/
TNRabbit
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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 Sat Jan 07, 2012 1:50 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

And yesterday I added a pair of Polks to the mix - hope this isn't blaspheme on this site!

Picked up a pair of SDA2Bs locally and after a bit of reconstruction, cleaning, and detailing, they are in the system. Looking forward to some listening later today.
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Main Room System(s):
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
Arcam rDAC
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Post Sat Jan 07, 2012 2:12 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

if you had said,.....
"Bose"
now that would be a hangin offense.....
get a rope boys.... :D :D :D



your room looks like mine..... #-o :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :D :D
Mbskeam


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CARVER: TFM-75, TFM-45(3), SD/A-490T
SUNFIRE: Tube pre
2 sets of ALS'3, set of SILVERS, set of PLATS
AUDIOCONTROL: phase coupled activator
KENWOOD: BASIC M2a (2)

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indyaudio

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Post Sat Jan 07, 2012 3:36 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

mbskeam wrote:if you had said,.....
"Bose"
now that would be a hangin offense.....
get a rope boys.... :D :D :D

Not the B word, yikes! I've seen some of the Carver folks over there on Polk too.


your room looks like mine..... #-o :lol: :lol: :lol: :D :D :D


Awesome, any pics posted?
Main Room System(s):
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
Arcam rDAC
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Post Sat Jan 07, 2012 4:02 pm

Re: ALiiis - Equipment Impressions

Mbskeam


#1 BLACK BEAUTY's made by the man, the myth, the legend Bob Carver
CARVER: TFM-75, TFM-45(3), SD/A-490T
SUNFIRE: Tube pre
2 sets of ALS'3, set of SILVERS, set of PLATS
AUDIOCONTROL: phase coupled activator
KENWOOD: BASIC M2a (2)

“Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, and drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.”
― Aristophanes

The only thing I'll feel......will be the RECOIL
Necronomicon Ex-Mortis....... Klaatu Barada Nikkto
"We should seek the greatest value of our action"
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