|Sunfire Theater Grand Processor III|
|Home Theater Preamplifiers AV Preamps|
|Written by Thomas Garcia|
|Friday, 01 November 2002|
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Though most functions will be accessed via the remote control, the limited contrast between the faceplate and selector labeling makes the TG III impossible to read in any environment other than a well-illuminated room. Additionally, the processor display window may be difficult to read from some listening positions. Sunfire also chose to forgo THX certification, therefore excluding any THX features, including THX Ultra II. The exclusion of bass management for multi-channel analog input continues to be a shortcoming for most processors on the market.
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with the Sunfire TG III. This was the easiest processor to set up that I have experienced to date, and also the most intuitive to operate. Sonically, the TG III leaves nothing to be desired, comparing very favorably with any of the fine, competing processors at or well above its asking price. At times, I found it difficult to review the TG III, never wanting to interrupt my listening or viewing enjoyment of music, concert videos or movies to stop and take notes. The TG III is truly intoxicating and engaging, offering the user endless possibilities for achieving audio bliss. The sonic signature of the TG III remained extremely neutral, always sounding dynamic and effortless, without creating any sign of fatigue. I could listen to my system with the TG III as the centerpiece all day long, and as a matter of fact I often did. Add in the extensive, unique features set, the very nice remote, and the clever and foolproof upgradeability, and you have a slam-dunk recommendation. I will punctuate my endorsement of the Sunfire TG III even more poignantly by writing a check to make my review unit part of my reference system.