The two "positive" speaker terminals.As they are bridgable, can you clue me in as to which two speaker binding posts result in the bridged (mono) configuration?
You already have excess headroom. I don't think any amp sounds good in bridge mode. This effect varies with the amp. Remember that your damping factor just got cut in two, and that is not the entire reason for the difference in sound.I'm aware of the power of these puppies, but I love to have tons of headroom.
That is the very worst thing you can do! Do not run these Carvers through anything. Use really good quality outlets rated at 20 amps minimum. Wire each amp directly to the breaker panel directly, and on the same phase. Nothing ever gets put between a high power amplifier and the AC supply.I am using a line conditioner by PowerVar to power the units. Hopefully this will temper any AC irregularities that may come about.
I can't see that happening. What is more likely is that the added resistance from this ....Here in the UK, our mains frequency is 50Hz, the carvers were designed for 60Hz operation.
is causing the line voltages to sag badly when the Carver attempts to grab a ton of current.We're using industrial triac surpressors (30A choke in a can with class X and Y capacitors) wired back-to-front (like you would on a washing machine, because the interference is generated on the load side).
The reason the transformer might smoke is the - voltage drop created by the filter!!!! Carver amps have very good amplifier protection, but it wasn't designed to be used with high resistance power supplies. When the voltage drops, the regulation circuit requires the amplifier to draw more current (just like a standard switching supply) to compensate.There is no thermal sensor in the transformer windings so the amp is prone to overheated windings - smoke and a smell of urine !
The chokes are not going to deal with the chopped sine or distortion. They are there to filter out RFI. I can't say as I've ever really noticed them actually.The chokes between the inlet and the triac are a little on the flimsy side so the carver 'carves up' the mains.
I'm with Chris on this one - don't even think about trying to use carvers in bridge-mode!