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
:-k :-k

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Klipsch SW15
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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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Living Room/main System:
Onkyo tx nr 545
Sunfire 300x2
Carver Amazing Silvers
Carver SD 390t
Technics SL 1950 Turntable
Polk Audio outdoor speakers wired to deck
Polk audio wired to pool table room

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

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Pioneer VSX something?
Polk Audio 2500

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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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