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    Question Powering SDA-iC

    Hav a chance to score ONK A-9555 under $300 looks pretty new. Is it any good for driving SDA-iC? I'll either use Pio VSX52 or VSX-33TX as pre.

    A-9555 rated 130 wpc @ 8ohms and 200 wpc @ 4ohms. My guess SDAs may get 160wpc.
    Is A-9555 anygood at $300?
    Can this amp be bi-amped?
    Is it wise to drive it with this at this time and may be bi-amp

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    I was under powering them with an Adcom GFA-545ii, they still sounded great but not deep enough. I was lucky to get a conrad johnson 200 watts per channel amp, and my speakers came alive. So very happy with my 1c. From what I have read on other post they need power, clean power. I am thinking on jumping the tube way, but...

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    It really depends on the current capability of the amp. I was really surprised on how an Audiosouce Amp300 sounded on my 1Cs, 150/8, 280/4. It pushed mine pretty hard with plenty of bass. It wasn't as defined as my Carver, but my friend only paid $120.00 for it.

    All amps aren't equal no matter the power rating, but rule of thumb, if you want to keep your budget around $300, then look for an Adcom GFA 555 (II) or Carver TFM 35...I know they will work spendidly with 1Cs and they aren't too hard to find.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vijayl View Post
    if you can talk him down to 400.00 I would snap that up as it is an excellent fit with the 1c's. I ran a TFM-35 with mine and the sound was excellent. :)
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    That's pretty much an average price for a TFM 45. $400 is a very good price. Is the 55x still on CL? He wanted $450 and might have taken $400.

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    Ron, I think u meant GFA-5500? Its still available.. I'll try for TFM-45 and if I don't get it, I may try GFA-5500

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    Quote Originally Posted by vijayl View Post
    Ron, I think u meant GFA-5500? Its still available.. I'll try for TFM-45 and if I don't get it, I may try GFA-5500
    No there was a 55x on CL in the Livermore/Pleasanton area for quite awhile. It was there the last time I looked. The GFA 5500 is not common ground. You'll need to check about binding the negative terminals with Adcom or have Ben make you a cable.

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    whew.. Thx Ron.. I'm going this eve to pickup the TFM 45. Lets see if I get it..

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    Just picked up the TFM-45 this morning. I'll go home and give a listen later at night.. I got it for a good price..
    I have a Question: the lights are not working on the amp. Can u please let me know where can I get the lamp and is there any special things that I need to be careful abt for replacing the lamps/bulb?

    Thanks everyone for the suggestions and it was very helpful for me..

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    Check the Carver site. There's usually someone who either has the lamps or instructions on replacement. There's usually a guy on ebay that sells the bulbs too. I hope you demoed the amp while there. The bulbs do burn out, but I hope it's not an indication of further problems.

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    Thanks Ron for the refl. I ordered the lamps already..

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    TFM 45 goes very well with SDA 1C. I don't hav a pre yet, but running off of iPod. So far so good. Any thots on using this AVR Pio Eli VSX-24TX as pre?

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    congrats on the amp. The lamps are easily replaced. I use an AVR for my pre and although it gets the job done, I am looking for something better. I would love to find a tube-pre that has HT bypass. For now I am sure it will get the job done.
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    Thanks John.. Whats ur opinion abt this? McIntosh

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    Quote Originally Posted by vijayl View Post
    TFM 45 goes very well with SDA 1C. I don't hav a pre yet, but running off of iPod. So far so good. Any thots on using this AVR Pio Eli VSX-24TX as pre?
    Looks good, though if you want to run a sub, I'm unclear from the specs if there's a sub pre-out...just mentions L/C/R/S 5.0. If there is a sub pre-out somewhere, then it looks like a fine HT pre to start with on a budget.

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    It does hav a pre-out for a Sub

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    Quote Originally Posted by vijayl View Post
    Thanks John.. Whats ur opinion abt this? McIntosh
    I have no direct experience with the Mac's but I do desire to try them someday:). I like the way this one looks on paper, but am not certain if the pricing is fair or about the way it will work with the Carver.
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    I'm powering SDA 1Cs (possibly soon to be replaced, but more on that later) in my HT with a Carver M-4.0t (Denon AVR-2807 with preouts to the Carver). Does a fabulous job.

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    Howdy polksda ! I just wanted to say that your website is very helpful and informative ! Thanks !!:D

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    Gotta Carver Pre CT-17 and CDP TL-3200. They sound awesome w/ TFM-45.. I have to hook up the 1Cs sometime this week

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