Parasound 2250 v2 or Adcom GFA-555 II Carver TFM-45

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  • motorstereomotorstereo Posts: 1,296
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    No experience with the 2250 but I did have a couple Adcom 555's and a tfm45. The Carver easily bested the Adcoms on my 2.3's. As was mentioned you can do much better than either of those amps but they will get you by. The Adcoms also do not have dc protection if that's a concern
  • kevhed72kevhed72 Posts: 3,716
    Parasound 2250 v.2
    I had that version of the Adcom 555....much better suited for HT than music IMO
  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,045
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    Here is a setup we had at Carverfest a few number of years ago. Some of the most rare of Carver gear is seen in this picture. The preamp was one of only one ever made. You see the famed Silver 7's and Silver 9's in this photo and custom speakers built by James Sauter. This system literally shook the ground I was standing on (gravel driveway) 40 feet away from the system.

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    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,314
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    Woody material right there. Bucket list one of these days
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 21,320
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    treitz3 wrote: »
    Here is a setup we had at Carverfest a few number of years ago. Some of the most rare of Carver gear is seen in this picture. The preamp was one of only one ever made. You see the famed Silver 7's and Silver 9's in this photo and custom speakers built by James Sauter. This system literally shook the ground I was standing on (gravel driveway) 40 feet away from the system.

    DSC01953.jpg

    Tom
    The Silver Sixes are pictured as well. I lost the EBay bid for those by the princely sum of fifty cents. It was after that Bob said he would help me build the amps I am using now.
    The Gear... Carver "Statement" Mono-blocks, TriangleArt Reference SE with Pass Labs Xono Phono Preamp, Walker Precision Motor Drive, ClearAudio Goldfinger Diamond v2 cartridge and Origin Conquerer Mk3c tonearm, Polk Audio "Signature" Reference Series 1.2TL with complete mods, Pass Labs X0.2 three chassis preamp, PS Audio PerfectWave DAC MkII, Pioneer Elite SC-LX701, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

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  • treitz3treitz3 Posts: 13,045
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    Good eye, John. I had forgotten the Sixes were in the bunch that week as well. When the week was over, we were going to take my Tyler's over to this cabin to listen to them on the Silver 7's. This is when they got launched into mid-air when James tripped up on the handicap ramp.

    That was a fantastic week up until the point the speaker hit the ground.

    The Legacy's in the background didn't sound that bad at all. They were a well rounded, full range speaker and I wish I had heard more of them that week but even though we have all that time, the week goes by quick! About the only thing I remember that I didn't like about the Legacy's was something on the top end I didn't take too kindly too but otherwise, a very nice speaker.

    If memory serves, RobertR brought them to the 'fest and DaveS brought them home with him. That seems to happen often at the 'fest with some of the gear that comes.

    Tom
    In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

    The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to good analogue reproduction.

    ~ When the law ends, tyranny begins ~
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,207
    I took the parasound amp down with 45 min left. Had zero bids. Started the bidding at $700. Maybe ill try over at yhe carver sight to see if anyo e want to trade.

    I did get $90 for yhe Paradigm tweeters!
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,207
    Old I know. But a little update. Just sold my Parasound. Been in contact with Greg Garska about a TFM-45 he is refurbing. Looks like that's the route I'm going. Should be good for another 25 years. Next is a new SACD player and stand alone DAC.

    Thanks to everyone who gave some input here. Good reading!
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,336
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    Let us know how it sounds when you get it. My refreshed 1.0 sounded very nice. I just couldn't get past the imaging clarity of the B&K mono's.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,207
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Let us know how it sounds when you get it. My refreshed 1.0 sounded very nice. I just couldn't get past the imaging clarity of the B&K mono's.

    Will do. Who did your refresh?

    I got lucky, Greg Garska just happened to have a unit in stock that he is starting on this week. Seen very few TFM45s on the bay as of late.
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,336
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    Rolland at Hi-Tech. Lives about 30 minutes from me. I don't know Greg. You could contact Rolland also and see what he has other than a giant stack of components awaiting refreshing for customers.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • pitdogg2pitdogg2 Posts: 14,314
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    audioluvr wrote: »
    Rolland at Hi-Tech. Lives about 30 minutes from me. I don't know Greg. You could contact Rolland also and see what he has other than a giant stack of components awaiting refreshing for customers.

    Roland is the shiznet. I will be sending my C16 Preamp to him soon.
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,207
    fastz28 wrote: »
    ss state carver m1.0t mk2 or the m500t mk2
    or rebuilt m1.5t or m4.0t

    I'm sorry, but are you asking a question?
  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,336
    edited February 26
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    pitdogg2 wrote: »
    Roland is the shiznet. I will be sending my C16 Preamp to him soon.

    I saw Carvers, B&K's, Parasounds, H/K's, Adcoms, McIntosh, mixing boards, tube stuff and others in his floor to ceiling "To Do" pile.
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
  • RobbyKYRobbyKY Posts: 104
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    ss state carver m1.0t mk2 or the m500t mk2
    or rebuilt m1.5t or m4.0t

    Be careful with the 500t if you run SDA speakers, the outputs are inverting making them non-common ground so you would need a dreadnought or similar isolation transformer on the IC. The 1.0t comes as an inverting optioned model as well so check what you need. Not a fan of the mk2 modifications although many seem to love the extra power but I don't think the mods change the output grounding.

    If you need power, move on up the model chain. I have 2 TFM-55's, 2 M4.0t's, 2 M1.5t's and a single non-inverting M1.0t. I tend to like the 4.0's the best, maybe a bit warmer than the TFM's but have not done A-B switching in and out to determine if it's speakers, room or cabling that's making the difference.

    Published ratings (depending on where you look) but take all with a grain of salt.

    M1.0t mk2 8/4 ohm load->410/450watt
    M500t mk2 395/420 watts
    M1.0t stock 200/500
    M1.5t 350/550
    M4.0t 375/500
    TFM-45 375/500
    TFM-55 380/600

    I can listen to the 4.0's driving my SDA 1.2's without ever lighting up any but the bottom output LED's and run the family into hiding.
    SDA SRS 1.2TL x2 - SDA SRS 3.1 x2 - SDA 2BTL
    Adcom - Carver - McIntosh amps
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  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,207
    Oh I see he was asking for advice on his listed models.

    All I can say is I grew up with a TFM 25 in my father's system. Good amp. I owned for a short bit a TFM35. Also good. But with all the reading and reviews and professional opinions, the TFM-45 and the M4.0t are regarded as the warmest smoothest and just all around better sounding amp from the TFM and M amps.

    A M4.0t just hit Ebay. Does not appear to be serviced and the price seems a little on the higher end for a unrefurbished unit. That's just my opinion though.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/173810941844
  • CH46ECH46E Posts: 1,207
    My Carver is done. Just a little burn in going on and I should have it soon.

    I like the new led white bulbs.

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  • audioluvraudioluvr Posts: 1,336
    Carver TFM-45 Silver Seven Transfer functuoned
    Nice! What upgrades did you have done?
    Home System:
    SDA 1C's - Full mod with the help by Dave...
    1000 Va Dreadnought- w/ WireWorld Mini-Eclipse cables
    WireWorld Mini-Eclipse 7 speaker cables
    WireWorld Silver Eclipse IC's
    Cambridge Audio Azur 851N - DAC/Streamer
    B&K Reference 50 Pre/Pro
    B&K M200 Sonata Monoblocks
    BLE-Design 16mm Power Cables
    Denon DVD 2900

    Barn system:
    SDA SRS 2.3's Full mod done by myself
    Carver C-1 pre
    Carver M1.5t
    BluDenso - Bluetooth receiver/DAC
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