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Was working fine. started burning ac line fuses and noticed a little smoke. I found a bad light switch going to the ac outlet it was plugged into, which I think has caused this whole problem. removed the switch out of the loop but amp still frying ac fuses. what's wrong and can it be fixed by somebody other than the overpriced rita's vintage (now $350.+ u pay ship both ways) Dano

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  • Dan Layman Mar 21, 2011

    Thanks, I ended up having to send it up to WA to Rita's anyway. Seems NOBODY in SoCal can get schematics or parts to repair these amps and keep the signature of the sound. Carver sold a ton of these (since 1996) in SoCal and there should be somebody down here that knows how to repair them, they do break occasionally. I've now had to send it to WA twice, which I guess isn't bad for owning it 15 yr. I did get a load of double tech talk from the Sunfire tech (at least I thought even though I know 0 about capacitors, diodes, rails, etc.) He told me I must have had a massive elec. surge which fried everything from power supply to main caps. I had opened the cover and nothing even looked fried. He wanted to replace the main caps with some used smaller ones from another amp since they no longer make the same size anymore. That's when I really started to get pissed off and started to complain about the whole thing. I paid $2300 for the amp in 1996 and supposedly it was the battleship of home theater amps, have spent $800 for 2 trips to WA shipping. Never abused it. Got it back and it sounds pretty good again but to this day I still don't know if the main caps were replaced with smaller ones. At this point I don't even give a fxxk..Next time it dumps on me I'm dumping it and going with another brand more local to my area. I will say in behalf of the sound of the Sunfire line that I love it. Strong, detailed, rich, and seductive with good depth and sound staging. That's what it's all about to me. Forget all that other technical and clinical BS. After a few beers or glasses of wine who can tell the difference anyway...................Dano



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U have a shorted primary power supply unit on your amp. for linear supply check diodes and capacitors. for smps chek switching transistor or any other switching component. if u have no idea get it repaired by a tech.

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I have a Sunfire 300 Two, when powered on and connected t the pre amp the output became very low, also the sound is not normal the sound is clipped and towards to high treble. I removed both the RCA cables to the pre amp and slowly touched the RCA pin to induce hum and this hum is high pitched towards high frequency not the normal 50Hz hum, occurs in both channel so I think its some thing to do with the Tracking power supply, removed the cover found no burned parts. any advise

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