Question about Carver Amp and Polk Lsim705

chonk
chonk Posts: 20
edited April 2013 in Electronics
Hello.

I am the proud owner of the Polk Lsim705 but need to get an amp to push them.

I have a few opportunities to purchase either a Carver TFM-15 or TFM-45.

TFM-15
  • 100 wpc
  • Able to bi-wire them using the have A and B on them


TFM-45
  • 375 wpc
  • NO A and B
  • Will bi-wire with the two channel


My questions: Is the TFM-15 strong enough to push the Lsims? By bi-wiring with the A and B channel does that equal out to 200wpc? Is the TFM-45 @375wpc too much power for them?

I'm a noob to amps so please excuse my ignorance and thank you for your help.
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  • george daniel
    george daniel Posts: 12,072
    edited April 2013
    If I had only those two to choose from,,, TFM 45 hands down.
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  • chris23120
    chris23120 Posts: 95
    edited April 2013
    I agree with George.
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  • EndersShadow
    EndersShadow Posts: 17,216
    edited April 2013
    TFM-45. You need lots of power for quick transients in music and movies. That and the 45 is just a good amp overall.

    Also bi-wiring the LSiM's is pointless so dont even worry about that option.
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  • pitdogg2
    pitdogg2 Posts: 18,564
    edited April 2013
    I have one and you need one so buy it. Forget you ever heard of that TFM15
  • chonk
    chonk Posts: 20
    edited April 2013
    Also bi-wiring the LSiM's is pointless so dont even worry about that option.

    Why shouldn't I worry about bi-wiring? Should I just jump to bi-amping? Thank you for the response. :)
  • EndersShadow
    EndersShadow Posts: 17,216
    edited April 2013
    chonk wrote: »
    Why shouldn't I worry about bi-wiring?

    Sorry, bi-wiring the LSiM's is ok (using one set of connectors on the amp end and and 2 sets of connectors on the speaker end)
    chonk wrote: »
    Should I just jump to bi-amping? Thank you for the response. :)

    Bi-amping using the TFM-15 on the LSiM's is what I meant to say would be pointless...
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  • chonk
    chonk Posts: 20
    edited April 2013
    Thank you for the clarification. Can you let me know your thoughts on using the Onkyo Integra M-504 with the LSiM's?
  • Fongolio
    Fongolio Posts: 3,516
    edited April 2013
    I have a TFM-45. It will easily power any Polk speakers. You will never regret buying it. Mine's even signed by Bob himself!
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  • F1nut
    F1nut Posts: 45,753
    edited April 2013
    By bi-wiring with the A and B channel does that equal out to 200wpc?

    Nope, still 100wpc.
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  • saganized
    saganized Posts: 59
    Howdy...I realize this is an old thread; but I have a similar question. Is a Carver TFM-35 (250 wpc into 8 ohms) sufficient? It seems to work well with my LSi15; but I'm considering the LSiM705 before the F&F Special expires Sunday. Thanks and Happy Easter y'all~
  • ken brydson
    ken brydson Posts: 8,023
    You'll be fine. LsiM's are easier to drive than the LSI's
  • saganized
    saganized Posts: 59
    Ken, thanks! I'm not smart with wpc's and ohms, etc. I had worried 250 wpc might under-power the 8 ohm 705s. Reassuring to learn it would be okay...thanks again!
  • saganized
    saganized Posts: 59
    PS for Ken, my very first Polks were RTA8t's in 1990. Loved 'em for 12 years, then got the LSi15's in 2003. Thanks again!
  • warren
    warren Posts: 751
    F1nut wrote: »
    By bi-wiring with the A and B channel does that equal out to 200wpc?

    Nope, still 100wpc.
    Then why bi wire?
    I just bought a pair of lsim 905’s, at Amazon they’ll arrive tomorrow, hopefully.. unscathed.

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  • teekay0007
    teekay0007 Posts: 2,292
    edited October 2020
    warren wrote: »
    F1nut wrote: »
    By bi-wiring with the A and B channel does that equal out to 200wpc?

    Nope, still 100wpc.
    Then why bi wire?
    I just bought a pair of lsim 905’s, at Amazon they’ll arrive tomorrow, hopefully.. unscathed.
    Bi-wiring is best suited for people who already own an identical pair of speaker cables and they don’t want to just leave them lying around in a box. It gives you something to do with them so you don’t think they’re being wasted. I’ve tried bi-wiring several pairs of speakers (including the 905’s - I mean the 705’s) and have never noticed any improvement.
    Just cable up to one pair of the binding posts and a good pair of jumpers and you’ll be fine.
  • invalid
    invalid Posts: 579
    teekay0007 wrote: »
    warren wrote: »
    F1nut wrote: »
    By bi-wiring with the A and B channel does that equal out to 200wpc?

    Nope, still 100wpc.
    Then why bi wire?
    I just bought a pair of lsim 905’s, at Amazon they’ll arrive tomorrow, hopefully.. unscathed.
    Bi-wiring is best suited for people who already own an identical pair of speaker cables and they don’t want to just leave them lying around in a box. It gives you something to do with them so you don’t think they’re being wasted. I’ve tried bi-wiring several pairs of speakers (including the 905’s - I mean the 705’s) and have never noticed any improvement.
    Just cable up to one pair of the binding posts and a good pair of jumpers and you’ll be fine.

    I used to think the same thing until I got apogee duetta 2's bi-wiring makes a pretty substantial difference with them. Some speakers it doesn't make any difference.
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