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Old 10th December 2012, 11:52 PM   #1
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Default carver tfm-25 vs adcom gfa 555

I was told if I loved the warmth of adcom then I would love carvers tfm-25 I can say there is no truth to that the adcom blows away the carver in almost every way except maybe the carver is brighter in midrange that said there is no presence in the carver nothing that makes you want to listen to the carver. I got rid of my adcom for this amp makes me sick. Can anyone tell me what amp in the price range of these two amps that has the presence of adcom if any meaning the warmth. Thanks ahead of time for the response
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Old 11th December 2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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Anyone lol need advice
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Old 12th December 2012, 01:22 AM   #3
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I'm not quite sure what you are asking.

I am not sure that you can find another amp that is as good as, let alone better than an Adcom 555 in the same price range.

I must confess my bias, I run a tri-amped system, all Adcom:

565, preamp
545 II, tweets
545, mids
555, bass

And reason not to get another 555?

Good luck.
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Old 12th December 2012, 02:02 AM   #4
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Weird responses.
IMO/experiences the Adcom was a Dawg..
Cheap *** builds with the least amount of sophistication possible to produce a working unit at minimum cost.
Carvers' were always second tier as well. Sad but true and I knew the man.. just to add injury.
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Old 12th December 2012, 02:11 AM   #5
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well I want brighter midrange but not the ear piercing from the carver adcom is good don't get me wrong, but audio bliss is what I want, I have the BA 1 boards I can make a ba 3 but it would take alot of help from those who know what they are doing to build it would the ba 3 get me the power and beautiful sound I am looking for?

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Old 12th December 2012, 02:42 AM   #6
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Weird responses.
IMO/experiences the Adcom was a Dawg..
Cheap *** builds with the least amount of sophistication possible to produce a working unit at minimum cost.
Carvers' were always second tier as well. Sad but true and I knew the man.. just to add injury.
Bare,
Hi. More helpful if you add your recommendation and not only your condemnation.
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Old 12th December 2012, 09:28 AM   #7
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Still would like a some idea on the Ba 3 and if the help from the forum would get me where I need to be
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Old 13th December 2012, 11:22 PM   #8
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Lol any suggestions
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Old 15th December 2012, 07:28 AM   #9
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Forget any class AB amps and build the BA3.
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Old 15th December 2012, 11:43 AM   #10
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The Adcom GFA 555 can be picked up for about $275-375. It is a nice amp and at that price it is a great value.

They are getting older, so it is wise to check for DC offset and check the bias. The electrolytic caps should be replaced. The main PS caps can be bypassed (done in the later version) and it should sound great. IMO, its strength was a clean and tight bass (with the new caps)

Good luck
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