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  1. I started this journey in the early to mid 1970's with a Marantz 2270 receiver, Dual 1229 turntable, Rectilinear IIIa speakers and a Sony Cassette deck. I also had a pair of Klipsch Cornwalls (before the II, III, and IV) but didn't like them for classical music listening. As time went by, that stuff all got sold or traded and I moved into Audio Research tube equipment, buying some new and some used. The wife didn't like the ARC bi-amped Tympani IIIa Magneplanar "room dividers" , as she called them, with a set of bass panels, so they got traded for a pair of KEF 105 (no suffix, just original
    11 points
  2. Hi, I just got an MXR-130 receiver and I am going through it to bring it back to good operating condition. So far I have found one bad cap and I have a few missing knobs. Anxious to get this baby fired up and playing some music. Glad I found this site to help me along the process and maybe I will be able to offer some useful information as well. I have a lot of vintage audio equipment from the late 1970's, having served in the armed forces and accumulated most of my gear overseas. I have an electrical engineering background, now retired, and I'm not afraid to tackle a new
    11 points
  3. Like all of you, I have several Carver components. Not sure what Mr. Carver was up to when, in 1976, I purchased my first set of gear while visiting Japan; a Sansui 8080, Technics turntable and Kenwood 777 speakers. When I discovered the “Carver Receiver” in 1985, I became a proud owner of one. Currently I run two M1.0t(s) bridged mono driving a set of appropriate Kenwood speakers (not the 777s) along with a McIntosh MC402 into a pair of B&W DM 604 speakers, tied together with a NAD preamp, 1400 WPC. I’m not an electrician. What brought me to this site was researching the best way to
    11 points
  4. Hello all, I’m an electronics/software engineer and an old Carver fan since the late 70’s early 80’s. I currently own a TFM-42 and a small TFM-15 which I’ve upgraded, serviced and recapped. The TFM-42 is driving a pair of JBL 4425’s in my home Studio and the TFM-15 is currently driving a pair of JBL L65’s and sometimes a pair of JBL L100’s in the living room. I’ve gone through a lot of equipment over the past 40 years but got hung up on the Carver/JBL sound in my environment and my music (rock, blues, metal and so on), which mainly comes out of this era. I’ve also done a lot of restorati
    11 points
  5. As most anyone who reads my spectacular rail accidents we might call 'posts' may know, about a week ago I acquired a Carver M1.5t in a bit of a spontaneous action. The only issue I saw was that my only Carver preamp, my CT-3 (properly a preamp/tuner, I know, you detail oriented gits) was already spoken for, having been betrothed to my TFM-25 in an odd ceremony that shall be henceforth known as "thats all what I had on hand". This goes doubly so, now that Kev has pronounced his doom upon the CT-3. Not wanting to mix any of my other components with the new amplifier (to do so would
    10 points
  6. I must bring this thread back from the nether, for I have progress to report. I was mucking about on the Drop forum and found a thread very similar to this one. One participant had achieved some success by re-purposing an old Apple router as a music source for his stereo. I happen to have several boxes of cast-off computer bits, and I found a pair of old Airport Wifi routers in there. I took the newer of the pair, which is called the Express, or Extreme, or Exuberant, or whatever marketing superlative they used. The important part is that it is an 802.11alphabet router
    8 points
  7. Hello, It's a pleasure being here after owning a MXR-130 and Polk Monitor 5's since 1984. Recapped and reflowed it continues to work great. Will replace other items for continued reliability. Obtained 2 more which have various needs, from relays on one, to many failed components on the other. I also have two Yamaha M-50's that have the X-power supply similar to the Carver units. Repaired one, the other is confounding. I look forward to tapping the wealth of knowledge here. Cheers, Lee
    8 points
  8. Just because I haven't been here doesn't mean I have not been finding new Carver bits. No, in fact I've been running hither and thither and snapping up Carver shinys like a certain madcap Italian plumber chases gold coins that inexplicably hover in mid-air. We won't speak of the mushrooms. As if the burgeoning stacks of audio components that threaten the structural integrity of the very floors of Schloss Butcher were not enough, I happened upon a quite equitable deal for an M1.5t recently. In a matter of hours, cash was placed in palm, amplifier placed in boot, amplifier added to
    8 points
  9. Anybody else still running a Quad system and collecting Quad vinyl? Quad vinyl is getting harder and harder to collect in VG++ to EX condition at reasonable prices! 😡😡 Probably doesn't help that I'm also a cover snob.
    7 points
  10. New here, not new to Carver. Looking for a place where I can get se reasonable answeres to se questions. I have an original Sunfire 5c early release. Traded a tfm55 for the deal.
    6 points
  11. Get one of each
    6 points
  12. C-1 is better imho, has more adjustments, the ct-7 has a remote and a tuner. if you spin vinyl, the c-1 has a better phono section. if you need a unit with built in tuner, I would go with the ct-7. barry
    6 points
  13. Just wanted to introduce myself.......I'm not new to this site, but it's been years. Anyhow, long time Carver fan.....I've owned at one time or another tons of Carver gear. Anyhow, I've got a set of Platinum MkIV's that a friend brought to my place for a Polkfest back in 2008 (I sold him my original ALS's and he in turn sold them to acquire the MkIV's).....and listening to a Telarc disc at high volumes after a few too many adult beverages, a ribbon bit the dust. So, they've been lurking in a closet for, what, 13 years? Anyhow, getting off my duff.....sourced a pair
    5 points
  14. Yep, I still have the Marantz 4400 Quad Receiver, in its original double box, that I purchased in January 1975 at the Navy Exchange in Yokosuka, Japan when I transferred back to the US. I also have the Marantz SQA-2 Decoder and Marantz RC-4 4-Channel wired remote that I bought with it; both in their original boxes also. And, yes, I still have all of my Quad (SQ and Discrete) LPs that I bought way back then and a JVC Discrete Demodulator.
    5 points
  15. A 28 year old jazz singer from Chicagoland, who has the vocal control of someone twice her age....
    5 points
  16. Same family as the TFM-42/45 and the Silver-7t Note the notched corner on the amp board - as required by the shape of the 7t chassis. (Second photo from NelionAudio) The M1.5 is - I believe - an earlier version of that group, the amp boards are similar, but it uses TO-3 type transistors.
    5 points
  17. Thats a particular divvy bit of prat that afflicts otherwise brilliant early models of the Stereo Dimensional Array speakers from Polk. An interconnect cable conjoins the two speakers carrying out of phase versions of each amplifier channel to the opposite channel's speaker. That signal is passed to one side of the SDA array, maths and physics happens, and each channel's crosstalk is nullified before it can reach the opposite ear. Quite nifty, actually. Bob Carver, the genius, did it with electronics so you can have a similar effect in most any good system without towers that are near two yard
    5 points
  18. Greta Van Fleet, The Battle at Garden's Gate is released today, April 16, 2016 "After listening to it repeatedly, I found the standout element of “The Battle at Garden’s Gate” to be the beginning of trying to part ways with the sound that the band’s detractors accused of being too similar to Led Zeppelin. Their newest effort sees Greta Van Fleet looking for its own identity, trying to forge its sound, and showcasing an ambition to continue conquering the hard rock skies. The only problem will be if the enchanted fans who felt for the proposal that reminded too much to Led Zeppelin
    5 points
  19. https://www.ecmrecords.com/shop/1603290520/uneasy-vijay-iyer-linda-may-han-oh-tyshawn-sorey
    5 points
  20. I never imagined anything like this...
    5 points
  21. Well, kept finding pretty good deals so now I ended with a 2nd m4.0t and another tfm-55x lol… addiction at its finest
    4 points
  22. Yes they are the same only difference is the tfm-4.0 has the black face and was only produced for one year and limited quantities, I think that’s how the story goes
    4 points
  23. Hello fellow Carver-holics I've been planning to do the MkII mod on my M500 for some time. I've searched the net looking everywhere for parts list, test points and procedures for days and days, always coming up empty. Is this info still available? Do any board members have it willing to share this info?
    4 points
  24. I have purchased from them without issues. As time moves forward we keep finding more and more of the big 'lytic caps are no longer available. Sometimes it's a matter of adapting modern caps - or arrays of caps to suit the requirements. Not as simple as a direct drop in, but if you peruse some of the repair and upgrade threads here, you will see a number of substitutions & solutions.
    4 points
  25. Welcome Frank if we can recruit a couple more retired EE's we might be able to turn this ship around.... Lots of great folks here tp help you along your journey. If you can't find what your looking for please ask, its probably here, and there are many who know where to look . Welcome to the TCS club, jump right in the waters fine !!!
    4 points
  26. No mans life, liberty or property is safe when the Legislature is in session.
    4 points
  27. "Trading big romantic gestures in the one moment with impressionist subtlety in the next, the pianist's fingers navigate across the keys with rare conviction, as if he were reading the music off a sheet. In the process, Wania demonstrates relentless precision and effortless speed that appear to be informed by his background in classical music. The conflation of the classical world of piano music and jazz amount to an abundance of nuances, textures and forms in the hands of the pianist, covering a wide range of impressions, emotions and atmospheres in a matter of under an hour." continued
    3 points
  28. Already have the tfm-75….. Lol
    3 points
  29. It has been my obsession to get TWO of each... Damn near achieved it, save for the TFM-75
    3 points
  30. Ah, the amp challenges me then. This is more my brand of mead. The glove is dropped, and I look forward to experimentation. In your opinion, do you feel this amp would pair well with my Polk SRS? They're now being vastly under-driven by a 120wpc Hafler. I would think the extra current from the M1.5t would extend the bass well beyond what the SRS are producing with the Hafler. Yet I would shy away from any brittleness introduced, as the Hafler amps are sharp enough and then some.
    3 points
  31. I understand completely. Still, not a match made in heaven. Maybe an EQ would allow them to behave well enough. The M-1.5t is a difficult amp to match with, speaker-wise.
    3 points
  32. Oh, doing the repair myself. I tinker in these things. And what's the current source for the 10000uf 100v caps in these things?- The part number in all the posts comes up Obsolete. I found a pair on eBay, but I dunno if they are gonna be legit- I see lotsa warnings from peeps on these forums about getting fakes. It's the 40x70 snap in with two blank leads flanking the one positive lead. I just found this- Can anybody say anything about this source?: https://www.onlinecomponents.com/en/panasonic/ecet2ap103ea-44479994.html Thanks, guys!
    3 points
  33. These days, a good DAC can be found for not much money. I am using the Dragonfly Red by Audioquest. At $200, it won't break the bank, and I have no complaints. Wireless probably has gotten better, but I am still skeptical, being from the old ways of telephony.
    3 points
  34. A look at the backside of an M1.5t reveals the earth (ground) symbol adorning both negative posts.
    3 points
  35. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Assembeld-Remote-volume-board-HIFI-preamp-motor-ALPS-100K-potentiometer/322102761959?hash=item4afed219e7:g:L9YAAOSw2x1XMI-f
    3 points
  36. Here's a tune from Melody Gardot's new album; Sunsets in Blue-- and my go-to album to demo my new Jazzman MkIII speakers:
    3 points
  37. I waltz my fatass down to the local Walmart go to car audio pretty blue 14 gauge wire 50ft spool for 12.97 which puts us at the 25-30 cent mark sometimes it’s on sale for 9.99 which drops it under 25cents a foot cheers it’s copper wire and not cca
    3 points
  38. Welcome to the site. I also have the 42 that I am using at the moment. This is a great site and the people are helpful and fun. Sit back and enjoy.
    3 points
  39. I thought this was a favorite PICTURE thread. It’s turned into a another jokes forum. Let’s stick with pictures. Yeah yeah I’m a stick in the mud.It’s turned into a another jokes forum. Let’s stick with pictures. Yeah yeah I’m a stick in the mud.
    3 points
  40. Welcome @Imafed. I was a bit worried about your handle..., as there may be a few illicit-leaning activities and threads ... LoL. Momentarily thought we'd been infiltrated by a mole..., JUST KIDDING 😉 Love the handle. Now you need a suitable G-man style avatar to go with it ! Frank, really glad you found us. Ex military service, and your background..., you will fit right in. REALLY Glad you found us. A bit more activity and you'll be able to upload pictures. We'd love to see what you are working on, and how it comes together in your system.
    3 points
  41. It can be pretty expensive to top a BillD C-1.
    3 points
  42. I agree with @BarryG I have both. The CT-7 is, IMHO, the best of the Preamp-Tuners Carver produced. The remote is hard to find, but aftermarkets remotes are available. Besides the better phono section (which includes 2 phono - MM and MC), the C-1 also supports an external processor input (nice feature if you use an EQ or Tube Buffer). They both support 2 tape decks and Sonic Holography. There are lots upgrades available for the C-1; most notable are the BillD mod and Gundry filter. While I suppose the CT-7 can be upgraded, I've never heard or s
    3 points
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