Sunfire TGA 7401 Multi-Channel Amplifier Reviewed

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Sunfire-tga-7401.gifBob Carver is a legend in the audio industry and for good reason. A physicist by training and a gadget head by nature, Bob has been building amplifiers almost all his life, and during that time he has made many ground breaking improvements on old themes. Starting with his early cube amplifiers and mighty yet tiny "True" subwoofers, Mr. Carver has never been one to sit on his laurels, and the new TGA 7401 continues in this tradition. Packing seven channels of amplification capable of producing 400 Watts per channel into all seven channels at eight Ohms, 800 Watts per channel into four Ohms and 1,600 Watts into two Ohms and stable into a one Ohm load. All this power comes to you for $4,450.

The specs only tell part of the story with this amplifier, Bob Carver's Sunfire Tracking Downconverter makes this ultra-high power amplifier lightweight and run cool so it can be mounted almost anywhere. The new fascia design mates perfectly with the new look of Sunfire components. The TGA 7401 offers both balanced and single ended inputs for all seven channels, and actually has two single ended connectors that allow for daisy chaining channels together allowing easy biamping or triamping of your speakers in case 400 Watts isn't enough for them.

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Read other Sunfire Power Amp and Multi-channel amps here.
Read more audiophile grade multi-channel amp reviews here from the likes of Sunfire, Classe, Emotiva, Krell, Mark Levinson and many others.

A fascinating option, the TGA 7401 has two 'types' of powered outputs for the front speakers, one works as most solid state amps, while the current source is designed more like a tube amp output, combining this with bi-amping can give you the soundstage and sonics of tubes for the top end and massive bass control of the bottom end with one amplifier, though it will consume four of your amp channels, it does make for a nice sound. The Sunfire TGA 7401 is clear and detailed with an open soundstage and thanks to the Tracking Downconverter, it produces more power than you'll likely ever need even for relatively inefficient speakers.

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