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How many watts per channel do you run with?

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TNRabbit

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Post Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:49 am

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

Martin, check with Eddie; he used to have a shitload of Sunfire amps & now that he's running the Tube 305s, perhaps he'd part with one....
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WhackJob

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Post Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:51 am

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

The service to my home limits me to 200Amps x 240V....so only 48,000 watts if I don't run the dryer....
Somebody mentioned a "Whack-job medal" in a certain thread. Bad, bad idea IMHO!!
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TNRabbit

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Post Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:55 am

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

I'm running a Sunfire 400x7 into a pair of modded AL-IIIs (active bi-amp), which puts me at about 800 wpc possible to EACH woofer & EACH ribbon, plus I'm running the other 3 channels into Sunfire Center/Surround CRS-3 speakers at 6 ohms for a possible 600 wpc to each of those. Total POSSIBLE watts: 5600 watts.

I've never blown the circuit breaker, so I guess I'm running less than 1800 total at the most in reality.
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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 Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:14 pm

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

Martin1970 wrote:
kingman wrote:There have been some great buys on ebay lately. I believe the last 600x2 went for around $1200!!! That is a steal!!!!! Be patient and keep looking...there is a 400x5 on there now, but listed as a parts unit. From the description the bulb burned out may be all that is wrong.


I was thinking that too. I'm trying to get that one. Not totally sure how much I'm willing to gamble on it. It's been hell trying to find a 400x5 or 400x7 at a decent price lately.

Martin, Chris...make the guy an offer..... http://www.ebay.com/itm/SUNFIRE-BOB-CAR ... 3f1d6e3a67
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Post Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:46 pm

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

kingman wrote:
Martin1970 wrote:
kingman wrote:There have been some great buys on ebay lately. I believe the last 600x2 went for around $1200!!! That is a steal!!!!! Be patient and keep looking...there is a 400x5 on there now, but listed as a parts unit. From the description the bulb burned out may be all that is wrong.


I was thinking that too. I'm trying to get that one. Not totally sure how much I'm willing to gamble on it. It's been hell trying to find a 400x5 or 400x7 at a decent price lately.

Martin, Chris...make the guy an offer..... http://www.ebay.com/itm/SUNFIRE-BOB-CAR ... 3f1d6e3a67


:-k :-k

Bid placed...
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Post Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:52 am

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

I had a pair of Silvers awhile back, my TFM-45 didn't seem to power them very well. I ended up with a 300x2 on them and while they sounded much better I could tell they were thirsty for a lot more. :shock: I believe they're rated at 575 RMS so don't be afraid to juice them up!! :D
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Post Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:12 am

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

jjptkd wrote:I had a pair of Silvers awhile back, my TFM-45 didn't seem to power them very well. I ended up with a 300x2 on them and while they sounded much better I could tell they were thirsty for a lot more. :shock: I believe they're rated at 575 RMS so don't be afraid to juice them up!! :D


I was hitting my Silvers with a bridged TFM-55 on each channel, that REALLY made them come alive :-) My Lightstars worked good too!

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Post Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:49 am

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

Now I'm proudly pushing 300 x2! \:D/ \:D/

And the silvers sound, well, Amazing! :D :D
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 Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:52 am

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

I was using a A-760x pushing 385wpc to my silvers. I picked up a Sunfire 600x2 a few months ago. Great improvement.
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Post Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:45 pm

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

RevAmish wrote:I was using a A-760x pushing 385wpc to my silvers. I picked up a Sunfire 600x2 a few months ago. Great improvement.


Good pick up as the prices on these will only rise. For stereo in a price range humans can save for and own, this is the one to search for.
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Post Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:26 pm

Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

575 per channel front, 380 per channel rear, 250 for the center when I am in HT modes and 250 for a passive sub (again, for HT). So I guess that's 955 left and 955 right plus the center & sub (another 500). That's at 8 ohm but my primary 4 speakers are all 4 ohm (ALS & AL-III). :D

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