SDA SRS's biamped by a Carver AV-705x?

audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
edited October 2010 in Vintage Speakers
All,

I know of a good deal on a Carver AV-705x. First off, is that a common ground amp? I couldn't find anything one way or the other from a quick internet search.

Assuming it's a common ground amp, would that be a good fit for bi-amping into a set of SDA SRS's (the originals)? It's spec'd at 125 wpc if running all 5 channels, or 180 wpc if running just 2 channels.

I was thinking bi-amping to the SRS's would supply about 250 wpc (125 x 2). Would that be too stressful on the amp?

Should I hold out for something more powerful?

Alan
Post edited by audio_alan on

Comments

  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,798
    edited October 2010
    It's a 5 channel HT amp. Look for a real good 2 channel amp.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited October 2010
    Yeah, that's kind of the way I'm leaning. I just thought I'd throw the question out there in case someone had experience with that model and bi-amping...

    How about an Adcom 555 II? 200 watts into 8 ohms, 325 watts into 4 ohms

    Getting warmer, or still more power for the big boys?
  • AudioquestAudioquest Posts: 104
    edited October 2010
    audio_alan wrote: »
    Yeah, that's kind of the way I'm leaning. I just thought I'd throw the question out there in case someone had experience with that model and bi-amping...

    How about an Adcom 555 II? 200 watts into 8 ohms, 325 watts into 4 ohms

    Getting warmer, or still more power for the big boys?

    The Adcom is a decent amp for the money on the used market. If you want something a little better quality of sound and build and around the same power try a McCormack DNA 1, Bryston 4B nrb or st, Meridian 557, Forte etc. Pair it with a good preamp. A little more investment but will hold your attention much longer and also hold their value for resale down the road.
    HT: Polk SDA SRS 2.3 main fronts, Klipsch RC-25 center channel, Polk RTi-150 rears, M&K V1B sub, Denon AVR-5800, Samsung 52" LCD, Sony BDP-S550

    2 Channel: Carver ALS Platinum, Audio Research LS-2B preamp, Counterpoint SA-100 amplifier, Integra CD player, Denon SL7D tt, TC750 phono pre, Nikko tuner
  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited October 2010
    Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up picking up an Adcom 555 II for $225. I couldn't pass up that deal!

    Due to no pre-outs on my setup with the SDA SRS's, I wasn't able to test it out with them last night. However, I threw it on my system with the 2.3's for a few hours. It sounded great! :D It didn't get very warm either - man those heat sink fins are big!

    Now to find a good pre-pro... (it never ends, does it? :rolleyes: )
  • F1nutF1nut Posts: 41,798
    edited October 2010
    audio_alan wrote: »
    Yeah, that's kind of the way I'm leaning. I just thought I'd throw the question out there in case someone had experience with that model and bi-amping...

    How about an Adcom 555 II? 200 watts into 8 ohms, 325 watts into 4 ohms

    Getting warmer, or still more power for the big boys?

    I was speaking to sound quality.
    Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a t-u-r-d by the clean end."


  • phocionphocion Posts: 157
    edited October 2010
    audio_alan wrote: »
    Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up picking up an Adcom 555 II for $225. I couldn't pass up that deal!

    I also grabbed a 555 II over the weekend and have been very satisfied with the warmth and clarity on my 1C's. I beat the hell out of that amp for hours, and never got the fan to turn on, or the distortion light to flicker, so I am pretty happy with the performance thus far.
    The secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and greatest enjoyment is to live dangerously. - Nietzche
  • audio_alanaudio_alan Posts: 738
    edited October 2010
    phocion wrote: »
    ..... I beat the hell out of that amp for hours, and never got the fan to turn on, or the distortion light to flicker, so I am pretty happy with the performance thus far.

    Ditto - I'm happy with its performance as well. Hopefully you got a good deal too, Phocion.

    I really want to see how it does with my SDA SRS's though. I just don't feel like ripping apart one system to test the other one, and lugging two 180 pound speakers into the basement doesn't sound like fun either! :eek:
  • AudioquestAudioquest Posts: 104
    edited October 2010
    audio_alan wrote: »
    Thanks for the suggestions. I ended up picking up an Adcom 555 II for $225. I couldn't pass up that deal!

    Due to no pre-outs on my setup with the SDA SRS's, I wasn't able to test it out with them last night. However, I threw it on my system with the 2.3's for a few hours. It sounded great! :D It didn't get very warm either - man those heat sink fins are big!

    Now to find a good pre-pro... (it never ends, does it? :rolleyes: )


    Yes, a decent amp for the money to be sure. I had one some years back used with a set of Polk 600i at the time and I was pretty darn happy. Ran that amp with a used Counterpoint SA1000 tube pre.
    HT: Polk SDA SRS 2.3 main fronts, Klipsch RC-25 center channel, Polk RTi-150 rears, M&K V1B sub, Denon AVR-5800, Samsung 52" LCD, Sony BDP-S550

    2 Channel: Carver ALS Platinum, Audio Research LS-2B preamp, Counterpoint SA-100 amplifier, Integra CD player, Denon SL7D tt, TC750 phono pre, Nikko tuner
Sign In or Register to comment.

Howdy, Stranger!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!