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Sunfire 300~two
4 Reviews
rating  4.25 of 5
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Description: <ul> <li>Intrinsic frequency response 1 Hz to 80kHz</li> <li>Signal present auto-on switch senses input signal</li> <li>12VDC trigger input with 1/8" mini jacks</li> <li>Balanced XLR and unbalanced RCA inputs</li> <li>High quality five-way binding posts</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joe bako a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Sunfire 300 x 2 power amp . Been using this amp for a while now . l love it . very clean , smooth , hard hitting power . I have it paired with my sunfire tube pre amp . I use it to power my martin logans . If you're currently pushing electrostatics with less than 300 watts per channel , this amp will amaze you . Sounds like all the punch of solid state , along with the warmth and detail of tube . Love it . Don't know how Bob Carver did it , or why these aren't being produced anymore .

I want to bi amp my system , so if anyone has a sunfire 300 x 2 , that they're not in love with , please contact me . These amps are really hard to come by now .

Joseph R Bako

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by JOSEPH R BAKO a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: June 16, 2010

Bottom Line:   
Sunfire 300 watt x 2 channel power amp . This thing puts out . I run it with the sunfire tube pre amp . Very smooth hard hitting power . I use it to drive my martin logans , and man does it bring them to life . takes a few minutes to warm up .

The police have only been to my place twice , to ask me to turn the volume down . I can supply music to my entire neighborhood with this amp . It will improve the overall sound quality of your system if you're currently running electrostatics with anything less than 300 W per channel .

Too bad sunfire doesn't manufacture this amp anymore .

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by FicklePhile a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I have had this amp for some time and must say that it is absolutely incredible! I guess the last reviewer did not understand just what makes this amp so special. The special touch that a sunfire unit has is that it sounds warm like a tube amp but with the sharpness of otherwise...which has always been sort of an oddity of the amp market. I fully recommend this purchase to anyone lucky enough to get their hands on one of these classics! (I do not know if the newer ones are as good as the classics...seems that they can go either way sometimes depending on the economy of things)

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1000.00



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by pc642 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 13, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This is only the second time I have been sufficiently moved that I felt I should write a review. The first time I wrote a short review on JBL's LX series speakers, it was very positive. This review is for the Sunfire 2x 300w Load Invariant Amplifier.
I've been working my way up the Hi-Fi ladder for a couple of years now, I'm on a tight budget so its a slow process but its fun too. I have to sell my exsisting equipment to finance my next system so there are gaps in between setups, and a head to head comparison is not possible. I sold my Rotel Setup to buy a Sunfire Classic Vacuum Tube Pre-Amp and a Sunfire 2x300watt Power Amp. First thing I noticed when I unpacked the Amp was "There's No Power Switch".... Hmmm thats strange, I've never seen that before, not even on lowly Main St store gear. There was no 12v Trigger input or output and the power cord, while decent, was fixed and not detachable. I noticed some "stuff" in the joint between the case and the front faceplate so I decided to open it up and see whats going on. When I opened it I found that the "stuff" was actually Silicone ooze used to attach a bracket to the inside of the case to facilitate securing it to the faceplate. Nice!!!
At this point I'm already really disappointed with my choice/purchase but I figured I may as well hook it all up and listen, I mean thats what its really all about anyway, right??
I have to be fair and say that this is quite a detailed and musical amplifier, especially teamed up with the Classic Preamp. I played it through my M&K S-100B's with an M&K MX-70B Subwoofer. Cables are all Monster. It sounded good, but IF it was any better than my old Rotel RB-1080 it was very very subtle... What I did notice, and it wasn't subtle at all, is that this amp had nowhere near the output of the Rotel, not even close. This amp is rated at 300wpc into 8ohms (600wpc into 4ohms)by Sunfire, the Rotel was rated 200wpc into 8ohms (330wpc into 4ohms)and the Rotel absolutely left it in the dust (in my humble opinion).
I got caught up in the hype...I used to have a good opinion of Sunfire after owning a True Sub MKII, and then later, a True Sub Signature. I loved the subs, but this amp (and also the tube preamp) have left me wondering how they can possibly be sold at the prices they retail at. Maybe I'm missing something here, but if you're seriously considering purchasing one of these, check it out first.... go listen to it at a Sunfire dealer and compare it with other brands around the same price or less. And make sure you check for sticky gum in the cracks. If you somehow are able to take a peek inside I'd bet you don't buy it.
It has all gone back on ebay and this was my most disappointing purchase to date. Sorry Sunfire lovers, but I had a 60wpc Adcom Amplifier that could give this amp a run for its money in every respect.. and beat it hands down on build quality.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Audiogon.com




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