It will be interesting what they do with the "Signature" series of amps and subwoofers. I looked at the website and found that they mention "Bob" a lot, without the "Carver". Only when they get around to the tracking downconverter, do they mention Bob Carver by name.
I think it makes little difference. We all know that anything with a Carver name on it after Bob left is of little significance. We still revere the Phase Linears when Bob was there, but shun the rest. It will be the same for Sunfire. When Bob's influence has worn off, and Sunfire has gone "mass market", we'll stop buying that stuff, too.
We all bought Carver-designed stuff because it was high quality audio equipment that was equal or better than anything in that price range, or, perhaps, double that price range. It doesn't mean that there aren't excellent products available - you'll just have to pay a lot of money for them. I'm always amused when there is disagreement on the forum regarding the merits of some piece of equipment based solely on its sonic capability without regard for price (e.g., the recent Oppo thread). Remember your roots guys. What brought you to Carver? You could have had a Krell.
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Carver: C-4000 & C-1 preamps, PSC-60 preamp/tuner, TX-11a tuner, M-400 (2), C-500, M-500, M-500t, M-500t Mk.II, A-500x, AL-III loudspeakers (2 pr.)
Sunfire:Theater Grand III processor, Ultimate Receiver, Cinema Grand Signature 400 ~ seven, True Subwoofer Mk. II, D-10 Subwoofer