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  1. My vintage Heathkit system I built around 45 years ago. The power amp is 200W a side, all day long. Still works, and sounds pretty good IMHO. The speakers were unique with a 15" woofer facing the rear. The speakers have a very adjustable crossover. Power Amp AA-1640 Preamp AN-2016 Speakers AS-1348
    10 points
  2. I promised this a while back, and actually completed it in October with my audio buddy Travis. The initial question - What sounds better, SACD or DVD Audio? I happen to have three (3) different albums in both formats, AND I have all three on CD (FLAC) as well. I will start by saying that this sounds like a fun challenge, but I assure you, it was anything but. I found it difficult, annoying, and frustrating AND it had the added bonus of pretty much burning me out on these albums. In fact, I was so annoyed with the whole challenge that I neglected to even write it up here. Then a
    10 points
  3. In times past I've regaled you lot with tales of my various system escapades. I've gone through several pair of speakers before settling upon a wonderful pair of Polk towers, near completely upgraded to a level that might make even Michael Bay pronounce it "enough". Sources have gone through various media players including a rather nice Marantz universal disc (Blu-ray / SACD) before settling into a stellar Oppo 103D, based upon the advice of a few here, most notably the esteemed Sk1Bum. With both fore and aft of the good ship Audio laid upon the keel that is my living room at Sch
    9 points
  4. See, it's not just newbies who smell bad so take heart. Balok recently wrote me to tell me that BluesPower had passed away so I wanted to drop in and offer my condolances. I'm not 100% sure but I think I sold him a Sonic Frontiers preamp that blew up his speakers many years and he was happy to return it to me in exchange for a big box of CDs. I still have that preamp here in constant use, I forgot to tell him the shut down sequence so that surprised both him and his girlfriend with the fireworks... I tried to log in but saw I was Retired so figured I must have gotten
    8 points
  5. Hello everyone! I just found this forum this week while looking for owner’s and repair manuals for my Carver M1.5t and C-1 preamp. I bought them both off of E-bay back in 2019. The C-1 came in its original box along with original manual, which was inside of a larger shipping box. The M1.5t came loosely packed in a too-big box with a corner of the amp actually sticking out of the box. Everything still works though. I haven’t opened up the cabinets to see if everything is ok on the insides, probably should one of these days. Lol. I was an amateur audiophile back in the high school a
    8 points
  6. Hello All, As a guest I was able to read several threads, this sounds like a group that should prove to be interesting to be a part of. So, I guess the first thing I'm supposed to do is tell you about me and why I decided to join. The part about me might take a while, so we'll save that for later. Why I decided to join, may sound familiar, I too have had some Carver equipment for many years. And.... like many others have written, have decided to get it out of storage, bring it back to life and enjoy it again. The second thing that seems popular is to describe what Carver stuff I have
    7 points
  7. The creation of Steely Dan's Aja
    7 points
  8. Hi I'm an old electronics guy that still repairs electronics. Though I'm supposed to be retired my customers won't let it happen. I mostly repair guitar tube amps but thought I'd dabble in vintage stereo equipment since the pandemic has taken much of my business away. Musicians aren't playing much if any these days, so they don't need their gear repaired. I'm looking forward to both contributing here and getting advice.
    7 points
  9. A quick shot of my bench. Quite a bit of Heathkit gear that I built as a teenager. Any questions I'd be happy to answer. I built the bench when I was 17 and still living with my parents. I was working for a lumber wholesaler at the time so cost me less than $50. I had to saw it in half to get it out of my parents basement, and into mine about 35 years ago.
    7 points
  10. Thinking a bit more and sharing a bit more on the flat screen mounted above the Mantle...., some thoughts for @PhilDent or anyone. The biggest issue for me was how to get power and other wiring up there with a brick and masonry monolith that the original house did not originally design in. I jumped in, and installed the fixture, over-sized (can handle a 72" at 120lbs. The first two or three times raising and lowering it, is a bit scary..., there's an adjustable spring and gas-shock assist system that makes it very easy - one finger can raise and lower, and stops anywhere along th
    7 points
  11. This may sound rather snobbish but it is not intended that way. Just like there are folks who never learned plumbing, auto mechanics, fine wine or the intricacies of any other field, there are many who have never had the opportunity to educate their ears as to what sounds good and what does not. If someone has never heard real live people playing instruments in person, are they able to tell which recorded and then reproduced version of a performance sounds the most accurate or real? If all someone has ever listened to is snippets of sounds that have been stitched together is there a set of "
    6 points
  12. As I have made aware to everybody on the site, I went vinyl. Today, I got a used Vincent Phono 8 from Fed-Ex. Good. Couldn't wait to heat how much better it was than the $30 phono pre that I was using until this pre got here. Quite a difference. Um, no hum in the left channel. Hey it counts... Still feel that there is more bass than before vinyl, and I already had enough. So we will see about soon. Only listened to a couple of albums and am waiting on shipping for more to arrive. Yup, different than digital. For me, it all grinds down to what media I am in the mood to hear. Each has it's
    6 points
  13. Hello everyone. Just found this site today. Wish I had found it sooner, as I sent two units off for a "chassis refresh" a week ago. Hopefully I don't read that where I sent them off to was a mistake. Anyway, I purchased most of my Carver components around 1987 while I was single and in the military. Presently I own a C-1 preamp, M-1.5t amp, which drive a pair of Cerwin Vega AT-100's. I also have TX-11a tuner and a DTL-200MK2 CD player. Non-Carver equipment include a Teac X-1000r reel to reel, dbx subharmonic synthesizer, dbx dynamic range controller, dbx single ended noise reduction, an
    6 points
  14. Hello all! I found your site because I wanted to get owner's manuals, and saw lots of great stuff! Very recently I was in a donation-type Thrift Shop, and saw a Carver M-200T amp on the shelf. I was a bit dubious if it would work, since it was so ridiculously cheap, and the outside was a bit battered up, like someone used it for their garage / workshop amp. Original owner was obviously proud of it as they electro-engraved their name and SSN on the case top and back (very shaky job, as you remember back in the day). As you can imagine, I snatched it up immediately, used my disc
    6 points
  15. I can't crank my system right now but tomorrow when I get home from work I'm going to blast it to see how it sounds! I'll see if I can peg the meters on the tfm-75, 2 A,-760X and PT - 2400! Two Carver amazings, two Platinum IV's, two Carver silver series( bi -amped), 4 301's and two Klipsch 400 w subwoofers. 5,960 pure watts of amp power on tap, so far. .Crank it, baby!
    6 points
  16. I have been meaning to reply to this for quite a while. My teenage kids had surprised me with a very thoughtful Christmas present. I was very touched. Most fathers out there can feel like nobody in the house “hears” them. They see me air drumming and tapping my feet when we are playing tunes in the house and car. I sold my drum kit right after college and haven’t played since. They assembled everything after I went to sleep Christmas Eve. We had just watched this movie... It’s back to practicing paradiddles because I am awful now. Great an
    6 points
  17. Hello, Hoping to learn more about some of the Carver equipment. Regards
    6 points
  18. Hey guys, been scrolling though and enjoying the content so far. Just got my hand on my dad's old carver TFM-45 and a pair of Bose 10.2 seires 2 speakers. Amp is in need of work but willing to fix it. Is there a place on this site I can get some advise for fixing this beast? Dont want to post in the wrong section or anything. I want to hear what this Carver audio life is like. Thanks.
    6 points
  19. I tried 20.7s in the living room but they were just too big but here's a shot from when I had them. The sound quality was just amazing but I needed another 6' in width and depth so off they went. If you've got the room for them, though, do it. You will have the sound of a live performance at your fingertips. I acutally found myself wondering how much it would cost to expand the house, ha, ha. I probably didn't express myself clearly; when I say a live performance I don't just mean volume. It's close your eyes and it sounds like the performers are actually standing
    5 points
  20. For those that may not know, @SteveFord is an ORIGINAL Carversite member. So don't mess with him...he is your senior.
    5 points
  21. Great video..., thank you for posting. If you are a reader, these two books will fill in a lot of gaps, too. and
    5 points
  22. I'm glad this thread popped back up again. I love finding new music - especially reference material. I sampled the Lydia Ainsworth track "floating dream" that mark linked and I immediately bought 3 of her albums. I've decided that my unemployment money should not only pay for groceries; it should also pay for music (and gun parts). However, I did not buy from Amazon since I was disgusted by their treatment of Parler.
    5 points
  23. Testing a preamp project before putting it into an enclosure
    5 points
  24. Hello from Manitowoc Wisconsin, on the west shore of Lake Michigan. I have wanted a Carver piece for a long, long time. My Pioneer SA-8100 finally gave out it was either spend ????$$$$ to get it repaired or take the opportunity to try something new. I now have a Carver Mxr 150. I loved the sound of my Pioneer, but this Carver is way better. Big Smile!!
    5 points
  25. Diana Ross - Missing You (2:20 to 2:43 to 3:20 She is a goddess. In the fucking pocket man.)
    5 points
  26. I just want to take a moment and thank all that have contributed to this thread - it has evolved into exactly what I hoped it would, and has become one of my favorite places to visit on the site. I have found so much new music that I enjoy, that I most likely never would have found had it not been for you all sharing so freely. THANK YOU!
    5 points
  27. That’s a bit far back for me, but I’d have to go with The Kingston Trio and their self-titled release.
    4 points
  28. Here's the upstairs which sounds really good, everything is sized just right. You don't have the ribbons with the 1.7s so you lose some resolution but you can't have everything. The SVS passive sub was listed here under Found Deals many years ago and it came with two little wall mount Magnepans which I hung up but never plugged into anything. Why, who knows. That sub really did the trick.
    4 points
  29. I posted risque photos? I recall there was a best looking woman thread years ago but then it just kind of wound up being The Drunken Women Of Wal-Mart before it was finally killed off for just being too stupid for words. That was around the same time they had guess this component's guts and Kevin always won because he found some program to cheat with. Let me poke around this site some and see what's here. Just for the fun of it, here's probably my final guitar purchase (maybe), a 2008 Gibson ES-345. No, the house isn't sloping, I just can't manage to ever take a straig
    4 points
  30. I was running my 1.0 and 4.0 hooked up to a CT7. Max volume is @ 5 o'clock and I wasn't touching the max headroom. Loud and crystal clear. So why? Why cant I have full control of both amps and hit max headroom at say, 3 o'clock? When I run 1 amp I can max it out with no problem.
    4 points
  31. Welcome Hal! I just joined this site on Feb 3 and also have a C-1 and M1.5t in need of a refresh. I’ll keep an eye on how it goes for you while I continue to absorb as much as I can from the wealth of knowledge on this site.
    4 points
  32. Hooking up two properly functioning amplifiers should not create the issue that you present. The output of the Ct7 does have a resistor divider (1K/100K) followed by 2 series 470 ohm resistors - then on to the output. The 100K is insignificant, but even including it the calculation produces roughly the following results (I rounded the 470 ohms to 500 for simplicity): One amplifier with 47K input impedance you will get 94.9% of the signal to the amp: -0.45dB Two amplifiers with 47K input impedance you will get 91.2% of the signal to each amp: -0.8dB
    4 points
  33. The CT-Seven is running out of OP-AMP driving power. It uses a uPC4570HA-1 opamp for output(IC752). After it are R761/762(1KΩ) and R763/764(100kΩ) as voltage dividers. Theoretically, reducing the value of R761/762 and increasing the value of R763/764 should increase output, BUT! This may allow IC752 to drive at too high a current level.
    4 points
  34. Submariner here and happy to join the site - this is my first topic. I used that "handle" as I was driving a submarine in the late 70's out of Groton, CT when I became acquainted with and had never heard anything so crisp/realistic/nice as the Carver M-400 coupled a C-4000 powering Dahlquist DQ-10's. Sonic holography was simply astounding. Of course, neither of the Carver units nor the DQ-10's fit aboard my boat, but they did make my BOQ room rock. Later I got an M-500 when I decided to expand with a Dahlquist DQ-1W base cube and powered the cube with the M-400. I've found over the
    4 points
  35. Hello, thanks for adding me to the forum. A little background as why I asked to join the group, last fall I was at a local estate auction. There was a storage shed with some stereo equipment in it and most of it was carver (14 pieces). I am not interested in it and would like to sell the whole lot to someone that would appreciate it. I have no knowledge on how to test it for condition. Was hoping someone close to Montana would be as that is where I’m located. If this not permitted please delete. Thanks in advance, Tater
    4 points
  36. Hi! I’ve been a Carver fan sign my high school days when I would go to the local stereo store and dream about getting a Carver amp and preamp. Fast forward to 10 years ago when I needed amps for my home theater system and picked up 2 TFM-25 and a TFM-15. Now, I’m turning more toward more music application and wondering what I should pick up and should I get them recapped / modded. Btw I also acquired a C1 along the way. Look forward to learning more.
    4 points
  37. It's all about how it sounds to you. I've said several times on this forum that if two tin cans and a string sound good to you, then you're thousands of dollars ahead of me.
    4 points
  38. Welcome @Blueprintt, Glad you found us. Like @PMAT, I can relate to your party story too..., I have a pair of Peavey SP-2A studio monitors - the older models, with fabric surrounds, and horns..., that just jam for parties..., Today, I use them for Karaoke when the kids come home for holidays. Love your story on how you are coming full circle. You have found the right place. There are a number of folks here, contemporaries, that experienced the 60's 70's and 80's... Or, another way to put it, have experienced Bob Carver's Phase Linear, Carver Corp., and Bob
    4 points
  39. Thanks for the effort. I would never want to be a reviewer. As you said, I makes you never want to play that music again. That said, having a system that CAN resolve cool details in music is hair raising and addictive.
    4 points
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  41. It’s not often that I stumble across Jazz that I really like - it’s just not my thing. However, I do like a handful of artists, including Patricia Barber, Dave Grusin, Tom Grant, etc. I just came across another addition to my list - Italian Chiara Civello. She has a flat out beautiful voice, and she sings in both English and her native Italian. More of a “modern” or “smooth” jazz, and very enjoyable, AND quite well recorded.
    4 points
  42. I like Mark's choice. My dad bought that Kingston Trio album when he was in University. My folks haven't had a turntable for, oh, about 35 years but I have the records and that Kingston Trio record is one of my favourites.
    3 points
  43. Here we have the downstairs and a visit from my mother-in-law...
    3 points
  44. I also have those tracks that I like to hear on different setups and Godsmack is one of the groups that are at the top of my list along with Candlebox.
    3 points
  45. Hey Receiver 2000 thank you and great to be on board with you guys can't wait to check everything out on here!!!
    3 points
  46. I used to have it in vinyl...but gave it away years ago. I agree with you... it's an excellent album. Underrated...just like Fair Warning.
    3 points
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