How many watts per channel do you run with?

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

Post by TNRabbit » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:49 am

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

Post by WhackJob » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:51 am

The service to my home limits me to 200Amps x 240V....so only 48,000 watts if I don't run the dryer....

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

Post by TNRabbit » Sun Oct 07, 2012 11:55 am

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

Post by kingman » Mon Oct 08, 2012 2:14 pm

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

Post by cring08 » Mon Oct 08, 2012 7:46 pm

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

Post by jjptkd » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:52 am

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

Post by Magnaryder » Sun Nov 18, 2012 12:12 am

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

Post by cring08 » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:49 am

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

And the silvers sound, well, Amazing! :D :D
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Re: How many watts per channel do you run with?

Post by RevAmish » Sun Nov 18, 2012 10:52 am

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

Post by OconeeOrange » Sun Nov 18, 2012 4:45 pm

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

Post by Terry F. » Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:26 pm

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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