Inside the Sunfire Cinema Grand

nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,622
edited September 2009 in Electronics
I have just completed the installation of a new lamp for the power level indicator inside my Cinema Grand. I was quite apprehensive about going inside this thing given the way it is put together. The entire job took just about one hour, including removal and reinstallation of the amp into my rig. The job was reletively easy followed by several minutes of shear terror as I powered it on again. Happily my fears were unfounded, and my efforts were rewarded with the warm sounds and tube-like glow from the Joule Meter I have come to expect from the Sunfire flagship amp. Judge for yourselves about the build quality of this beast as I have never seen the inside of one until today. The inside was virtually dust free when it was opened which I found quite impressive given the amp is around 12 to 15 years old at this point... In short, a very well thought out and well executed design built with absolute attention to detail and quality.:)
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-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

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  • ConradiclesConradicles Posts: 5,776
    edited September 2009
    Very nice John!
    The Sunfire Theater Grand Processor of mine is very impressive as well. I'm hooked.
  • jimmydepjimmydep Posts: 1,309
    edited September 2009
    Nice John, It must feel good to have your amp "whole" again.

    Did you have to solder the new bulb in place?

    Jim D
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,622
    edited September 2009
    yes... solder is the only way to go. Sunfire send TWO lamps for free... guess they are trying to entice me to buy a new one!
    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-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • SherardpSherardp Posts: 8,048
    edited September 2009
    Sadly you may be replacing the lamp again shortly. I heard they don't last long. While you were in there, did you see if it were possible to do LED instead of bulb? Nice work anyway, I went with Sunfire due to its smaller profile but yet they pack a punch and sound great.
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  • thuffman03thuffman03 Posts: 1,330
    edited September 2009
    Cool you took pics. I would love to own one of these some day.
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  • michaeljhsda2michaeljhsda2 Posts: 1,877
    edited September 2009
    Nice work John. That's a good looking amp. I'm surprised it didn't have more dust in it considering it has a fan.
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  • cfrizzcfrizz Posts: 13,235
    edited September 2009
    Thanks John. Nice to know what the inside of my amp looks like.
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  • danz1906danz1906 Posts: 5,152
    edited September 2009
    Nice pics!
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  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,777
    edited September 2009
    Great looking amp and I love the blue caps; Bob's always been a fan of them.
  • engtazengtaz Posts: 7,516
    edited September 2009
    Great pics. Thanks
    engtaz

    I love how music can brighten up a bad day.
  • PedlerPedler Posts: 95
    edited September 2009
    Very Nice pics. by any chance do you know what the value of the main Capacitor's are?:D
    Thanks.
  • megasat16megasat16 Posts: 3,534
    edited September 2009
    They appears to be 20000uF 150V (for each cap).
    Trying out Different Audio Cables is a Religious Affair. You don't discuss it with anyone. :redface::biggrin:
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,622
    edited September 2009
    Pedler wrote: »
    Very Nice pics. by any chance do you know what the value of the main Capacitor's are?:D
    Thanks.
    I did not look. but was very impressed with the build quality and attention to detail. If I happen to take a peak inside again, I will look it over more closely;)
    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-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • BernalBernal Banned Posts: 991
    edited September 2009
    I have just completed the installation of a new lamp for the power level indicator inside my Cinema Grand. I was quite apprehensive about going inside this thing given the way it is put together. The entire job took just about one hour, including removal and reinstallation of the amp into my rig. The job was reletively easy followed by several minutes of shear terror as I powered it on again. Happily my fears were unfounded, and my efforts were rewarded with the warm sounds and tube-like glow from the Joule Meter I have come to expect from the Sunfire flagship amp. Judge for yourselves about the build quality of this beast as I have never seen the inside of one until today. The inside was virtually dust free when it was opened which I found quite impressive given the amp is around 12 to 15 years old at this point... In short, a very well thought out and well executed design built with absolute attention to detail and quality.:)

    Congratulations.
    Thanks for the presentation. Excellent product. My LSi sing like angels with Sunfire.
    Good to see its first-ever solid construction.


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  • BernalBernal Banned Posts: 991
    edited September 2009
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  • BernalBernal Banned Posts: 991
    edited September 2009
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  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,622
    edited September 2009
    what's up Bernal?
    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-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • messiahmessiah Posts: 1,782
    edited September 2009
    Cool pics John...makes my mouth water :D
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  • KexKex Posts: 3,262
    edited September 2009
    zingo wrote: »
    Great looking amp and I love the blue caps; Bob's always been a fan of them.
    There's a lot of blue stuff in there ... it reminds me of something ... what is it ... I can't think of it right now ... oh no! Could it be ... Emutika!

    Noooooooooooo!
    Alea jacta est!
  • BernalBernal Banned Posts: 991
    edited September 2009
    Kex wrote: »
    There's a lot of blue stuff in there ... it reminds me of something ... what is it ... I can't think of it right now ... oh no! Could it be ... Emutika!

    Noooooooooooo!

    Emutika????:confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:
  • TNRabbitTNRabbit Posts: 2,220
    edited September 2009
    Lasareath wrote: »
    That little fan is so funny, does it really do anything?

    I think it is to cool the microprocessor... :confused:
    TNRabbit
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  • KexKex Posts: 3,262
    edited September 2009
    Bernal wrote: »
    Emutika????:confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused::confused:
    I'm just messin'. You shouldn't read any of my posts, or take them seriously. Nobody else here does, because I'm stupid. Emutika is just a variation of Emu, which is a variation of Emo, which is an abbreviation of Emotiva Audio Corp., and their products are very blue ... inside boards and outside LED's!

    Actually, the boards inside my NAD are also blue. Boards used to always be brown or green. I suppose blue boards are the new thing these days.
    Alea jacta est!
  • TNRabbitTNRabbit Posts: 2,220
    edited September 2009
    Kex wrote: »
    I'm just messin'. You shouldn't read any of my posts, or take them seriously. Nobody else here does, because I'm stupid. Emutika is just a variation of Emu, which is a variation of Emo, which is an abbreviation of Emotiva Audio Corp., and their products are very blue ... inside boards and outside LED's!

    Actually, the boards inside my NAD are also blue. Boards used to always be brown or green. I suppose blue boards are the new thing these days.

    Blue conducts electrons more efficiently...
    :p
    TNRabbit
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    Ashly 1001 Active Crossover
    Rane PEQ-15 Parametric Equalizers x 2
    Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature Seven
    Carver AL-III Speakers
    Klipsch RT-12d Subwoofer
  • KexKex Posts: 3,262
    edited September 2009
    TNRabbit wrote: »

    Blue conducts electrons more efficiently...
    :p
    I've heard that before ... actually, I think it's why Lightman wears blue boots when he is on the rampage, intent on delivering the proverbial toe to the proverbial posterior of offending persons ... That's usually immediately prior, or immediately subsequent, to peeing on their bushes.
    Alea jacta est!
  • TNRabbitTNRabbit Posts: 2,220
    edited September 2009
    Is this while wearing blue, assless chaps or am I thinking of someone else...?

    (notice my font is the electron-conducting blue, as well)
    TNRabbit
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    Sunfire TG-IV
    Ashly 1001 Active Crossover
    Rane PEQ-15 Parametric Equalizers x 2
    Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature Seven
    Carver AL-III Speakers
    Klipsch RT-12d Subwoofer
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,622
    edited September 2009
    does that mean blue balls conduct.... well I won't go there.
    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-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

  • hi plmk the specs on the lamp, incandescent or what, voltage and watts please.
  • krazypolkkrazypolk Posts: 416
    hi plmk the specs on the lamp, incandescent or what, voltage and watts please.

    Thank you for asking, I've been wondering the same thing for the last 9 years.
  • nooshinjohnnooshinjohn Posts: 19,622
    And I have no clue... I just went with what I was sent.
    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-65, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-ray player, Sony XBR70x850B 4k, Polk audio AB700/800 "in-wall" surrounds.

    Saying that it's "too hard" to pursue your dreams is no different than admitting to yourself that you are too lazy to achieve them.

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