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Jakeisuseless
10-10-2005, 04:07 PM
Can anyone tell me anything about this amp? Possibly to power a pair L166's...

"Duke" Spinner
10-10-2005, 04:53 PM
What ...??

should be cheap ..

shuld be loud

shouldn't break ...

what ...??

Jakeisuseless
10-10-2005, 05:12 PM
I was thinking more along the lines of sound characteristics.

jblnut
10-10-2005, 06:40 PM
This is the one Carver you don't want. Not sure why but this one has a big reliability problem - many broken ones show up on ebay.

I'd recommend something from either the "PM" pro line (like PM-175, PM-350) or the "TFM" home line (TFM-6, 15, 25, 35, 45, etc).

I've got some of each, all are at least 15 years old and all still see regular duty with no issues.

jblnut



Can anyone tell me anything about this amp? Possibly to power a pair L166's...

Wardsweb
10-10-2005, 06:45 PM
I can second the TFM line and the later A500x and A760x. I own all of these and they are rock solid. I would get a least the TFM-35 for good power and high current. You won't be limited to what speakers you can drive. I use my A760x for electrostats that sent a m1.5t into clipping at normal listening levels. The A760x is good to one ohm and the A500x down to 2.

Hamilton
10-10-2005, 06:55 PM
I bought one new about 15 years ago and it blew the power transistors just after it was out of warranty. http://audioheritage.org/vbulletin/images/smilies/mad.gif

After the repair it has been fine.

majick47
10-11-2005, 11:36 AM
If your on a budget and want to get a lot of amp for your money check out older used Yamaha pro amps, $200-$300 will get you a quality amp in the 250x2 watt range.

Dynacoman
10-11-2005, 03:48 PM
I've had one powering my 2245 subs for several years now. Never a problem and no need for bass shakers.

jblnut
10-11-2005, 06:55 PM
If your on a budget and want to get a lot of amp for your money check out older used Yamaha pro amps, $200-$300 will get you a quality amp in the 250x2 watt range.

Couldn't have said it better myself :) .

Be on the lookout for :

PC2002M
PC2602M
P2200

There's more info in the archives if you dig for it...

jblnut

Triumph Don
10-13-2005, 10:25 PM
IMO the sound is just OK. Until something breaks, not an "if" but "when". I am an old Crown fan, VERY reliable but a little [ahem] bright on the highs. The Yamaha will work great with the 166's, anything over 150 WPC is overkill. The coolest old amp for these speakers [once again, IMO] would be a McIntosh 2105 $400 and up on eBay