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Stereophile had first filed suit against Carver for reprinting the magazine’s copyrighted material without authorization. In any case, the perceived silent background of the Sunfire adds to one’s sonic insight into the music. The use of shifting bias allowed the unit to stay in Class A as the demands on its power output shifted. The 70, and its descendants the Mk2 and 3 versions—came along just as stereo sound was being born. Two magazines accepted the challenge. Create new account Request new password.

Retrieved from ” https: What kind of sound would that produce from even the most inefficient speaker? Remember that when the Wpc Phase Linear was introduced in , 50Wpc was considered a powerhouse. BTW, I have the very first pair ever made in for audition! To this end, it has two power cords and two power switches in the back. Dynaco ST The David-Hafler-designed ST not only sold in huge numbers, it became the blueprint literally and figuratively for generations of mid-powered tubed amplifiers.

Able to run as a W mono amp or as a 75Wpc stereo amp, it proved so popular that it returned for an encore years after ceased production. What made it an interesting product, aside from its unusually smooth sonics, was the fact that it was called a Class A high-powered unit. Bob Carver used ” distortion pots ” to introduce amplifier characteristics, fine-tuned to null-out any sound differences.

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Log in or register to post comments. Of course I would love to hear Silver Sevens, but I sunfier tried to keep it to ones I might actually be able to purchase sometime.


A later version, called the Lightstar 2. Constellation Inspiration Stereo 1. Carving a Name For Himself.

Capabilities beyond the wildest dreams of decades past. These t-modified amps are modified to sound like someone else’s amps.

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This is unknowable, but I would opt for the answer “better than most” because its quietness and detail presentation and other non-stereo virtues must make its true soundstage performance better too. The only real point of reproduced music is access for everyone.

One happy exception to the sleeping through: Especially when it was hooked up to some forte’s Carver AV The general question of noise is one of the great unsolved problems of audio. When they worked without breaking down, they were unlike, in sound, anything ad on the market. Sign me up as a reader of the Anachrophile column!

The Lightstar’s front panel is dominated by two illuminated power meters; at night, it looks as if you’re being stared at by some sort of robot or monster with bright slits for eyes footnote 1. Without taking away in the least from the technical accomplishment of attaining such performance in a relatively small, lightweight amplifier, I want to emphasize the sonic consequences, rather than any details of how the power supply design works, obviously remarkable though it is. So far my favorite amp.

Carver’s literature on the Lightstar states that the design team had two basic goals: Whatever the reason, the Sunfire presents a highly detailed sound picture, without presenting an aggressive tonal balance in the least. Two magazines accepted the challenge.


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Submitted by georgehifi on July 5, – More Good Sound in Tampa. Part of this is just literal.

Audio Research DT His huge stereo amplifier was, in its time, a breakthrough in tubed design, both in power output, and, in the more elusive aspects of reproducing a facsimile of a concert hall eeries.

In any case, Carver’s choice with the Sunfire came out to be musically satisfactory with all the speakers I tried. Indeed, in tonal terms, the Sunfire is the opposite of aggressive.

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Luxman M power amplifier. But a class act. Phase Linear It was and Bob Carver saw the future and brought to market a product that would cqrver the stage for a new audio segment—affordable, mass-market, high-performance audio. He xeries, through his measurements, that tube amps could swing volts, while their solid-state counterparts only 35 or so.

One listened to the source and the speakers none free of coloration, that’s for sure, unfortunately. It could make solid-objects disappear into a nowhere dimension.