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  1. Hello all, Bob is back. Carver Direct, internet direct to customer store is under construction. Bob has 4 products designed and being prototyped after extensive testing under simulations. This site will build and distribute products in addition to our California location. We will have 2 locations producing certain models, operating on independent supply chains, to help build robustness into our capacity to meet the demand. This is not a retail location. There will be a great listening room for testing and doing demonstrations of the latest products. You can always call and set an appointment for a visit. The location is in Rockford, IL.. I'll open 'the vault' and show you 'Bob's Black Book' of designs he has provided. We have awesome designs that we computer simulate with amazement at their performance characteristics. Bob will be at the 'Hydraulic Rd' facility often for final inspections and testing, before signing off on the production release authorization for each new product being produced at this location.. Other times, I'll take the product to Seattle to Bob's lab. This location was a bank. One CS member and dear friend suggested naming this location "the basement" in reference to some unkind and false remarks posted on-line. When I say 'Bob's Black Book is in the vault' it really is in the vault.. It makes a great storm shelter. The building has been vacant since February. Here are some pictures before clean-up and conversion to manufacturing. Its zoned light industrial. Soon Bob's signature will be above the door. Working so closely with Bob and Peggy is a great joy. Having Bob available for consultation everyday is terrific. Bob has a view of 'everything' that is brilliant and often unique. Its just an amazing time working with Bob and our team. Bob is back! Very humbled to work with Bob and do this lifting and legwork for him. Like Bob says, "I'm old, but its not my fault". We have your back my friend. Jim Clark
    15 points
  2. Things are moving along. The Carver Direct building is gearing up. Products are being produced to quality standards modeled after the aerospace industry from which our team members each evolved. Soon the V12 will be on Bobs bench for the final tweaking and sign-off before production begins. Renderings of the new 285 amp are coming soon. Here are some picture updates. Soon the stock rooms will fill up and awesome Bob Carver products will flow to people around the world.
    14 points
  3. Over the last several years I've been asked this question many times, as a dealer for Bob Carver. Over the last 2 years a company called Glass Audio built Bob Carver products under license, in California. Glass Audio closed at year end 2021. Bob was not a partner in Glass. Bob has started a new company to produce and market his vacuum tube audio products. Bob Carver is a legal entity owned 100% by Bob Carver and his wife Peggy. No investors, No partners. Bob and Peggy's baby. Bob is at the helm and his creativity is guiding the ship forward. The on-line store is coming soon. Thanks for your time. If you have any questions please ask here, or call (815) 985-3557. Here is a press release that was released in the last few days. You will see it in print and on-line from many sources soon, but you can see it first at The Carver Site! Bob Carver Announces Important Changes Bob Carver has announced he is moving his company into the 21st century, with an upcoming on-line store at his website. Customers will soon have the option to purchase direct from Bob Carver with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee with no restocking or shipping fees attached either way. Soon you will be able to have your own Carver Amplifier Challenge in your home and system, with no-risk to your audio budget. You can experience the work of Bob Carver, anywhere UPS delivers in the USA. Bob Carver will continue to deliver the innovative, high performance products that made him world famous. In recent months, supply chain issue has disrupted shipments of Bob Carver products to our customers. We have been working overtime to solve these issues, and we believe we have. We regret the delays and how this has caused worry and upset to our wonderful customers. The recent closure of Glass Audio America has again caused a disruption in our shipments. Glass Audio built Bob Carver products under license. We know the good people at Glass Audio are in great demand within the industry. Their individual futures are all very bright. As a response, Bob has taken personal stake in multiple USA manufacturers to produce Bob Carver products under his direct oversight and guidance. In recent years, demand for Bob Carver products has exceeded supply continuously. Bob hears your demands and is going back into USA manufacturing of his products. In the near future, you can see what products Bob has planned for 2022. Exciting changes ahead for Bob Carver fans at https://www.bobcarvercorp.com Questions – Concerns - Needs CALL US! --- (815)985-3557 For Immediate Release_Bob Carver Annouces Important Changes .docx
    14 points
  4. Over the past few months I've been doing a lot of changes around my house, including, and especially my den/music-room. The fruits of all that labour started to come to life last week, but the big main step came tonight, when I finally switched over from my trusty and well loved M1.0t to a lovely pair of Crimson 275's. Since I completely overflowed my cabinet (with days of setting it up) when I first put the C1 & M1.0t into operation, I realized I needed to expand in a major way. To do that I created 2 new cabinets to flank it. and rigged them with both switched and unswitched power - partially to blame for the new name (Spaghetti Monster) that has been inflicted by one of our esteemed members, who will no doubt make some comment. And yeah, they are already almost full, and I've only just started using them. In any case, here's a picture, and if any of you doubt the sound or power of the Crimson's, let me tell you they sound absolutely divine!!! 😎 I still have a bunch of cleanup to do, and the Thorens TT, does need some further work, yet, but I think I have my long term system at last. A big Thank-you to the Bob-Father for his many generations of genius, so far!
    14 points
  5. That Blue LED on my C1 preamp is an indicator of why I'm having a good Saturday night.......... I've got my gear back from Nelion and I'm currently sipping a beer and taking the upgraded C1 and M1.5t for a test drive. I got the Bill D mods on the C1 and the MKII upgrade to M1.5t. The units look and sound fantastic. You can definitely hear the difference (and feel it.... the extra punch in the amp is evident). Very happy I had the work done. And, I got to meet Greg when I picked them up. My trip to Michigan also netted me another m1.5t to add to my stack. (not yet upgraded, but working ok). I now have more amps than working speaker sets. I think I may have a problem.....
    14 points
  6. Attached is a picture of my current, primary system, housed in a Salamander Designs Synergy Twin 40 cabinet. In order to accommodate the depth of the McIntosh MC402 Amplifier, the extended rear panels are fitted to each side of the rack, with the panel on the amplifier side containing twin whisper fans, whose remote, thermostatic temperature sensor is attached to the McIntosh C2300 Vacuum Tube Preamplifier, which runs much warmer than the MC402! The MC402 is bi-wired, driving a pair of Bowers & Wilkins Matrix 801 Series III Loudspeakers on Sound Anchor Stands (not pictured). In addition to the items I previously mentioned in my introductory post, you'll notice I have an Adcom ACE 115 AC Line Enhancer on the top left, with a Phase Linear Model 1000 Series Two Autocorrelator/Dynamic Range Expander underneath. On the right side, from the top down, you can see my Radio Shack Tape Control Center (multi-input switch box), with the Carver TX-11 FM Tuner underneath. Continuing down, I have an Oppo BDP-105 Universal Disc Player, followed by a Parasound EQ300 12 Channel Equalizer/Analyzer, Nakamichi CR-2A 2 Head Cassette Deck (providing access to the format only), followed by a Marantz 2440 Quadradial 4 Adapter Amplifier, driving a pair of M&K SAT-1 loudspeakers (not pictured). On the top left of the rack is a Mobile Fidelity UltraDeck fitted with Mobile Fidelity Master Tracker MM Cartridge. On the right in my VPI HW-16.5 Record Cleaning Machine, on which I've cleaned thousands of records. I have the following products on standby: Adcom: GFS-6 Speaker Selector Switch; Carver: C-9, C-11, M-500, M-1.5t, 4000t; dbx: 3BX 3 Band Dynamic Range Expander; Parasound: Zphono Phono Preamplifier; Rega: P5 with TT-PSU Power Supply Upgrade; Rotel: RCD-1072 CD Player; SAE: 5000A Impulse Noise Reduction System; Shure: M97xE (NOS) Cartridge; V15 Type VxMR Cartridge w/2 spare NOS Styli; Speakerlab: Speakerlab 7 Loudspeakers; Stanton: 618EEE Moving Iron Cartridge (NOS); Sunfire: Classic Vacuum Tube Control Center w/Phono Option; CRM-2 Cinema Ribbon Loudspeakers; CRM-STAND Satellite Loudspeaker Stand Kit (pair); Tascam: CD-RW700 Professional CD Recorder; Thorens: TD160C Turntable fitted with Denon DL-103R MC Cartridge; Transcriptors: Skeleton Turntable fitted with Vestigial Tonearm.
    13 points
  7. Hello Everyone - I just recently retired and am in the process of getting back to my favorite hobby - audio gear restoration! I have a few Carver units of my own that i plan to rebuild, and while searching for information came across this site. Looks like there are more vintage audio people out there than i thought! So for now - just signed up and posted to say hello and hope to participate in the future. 3P I
    12 points
  8. @RobertR Has insisted to help with the manuals database, and other content that needs housecleaning. So I promoted him to Content Manager. He will be working with @wrf to convert the current 'manuals spreadsheet', to an actual database using the site's engine. He will also be correcting any spelling or grammatical errors along the way...so watch out!
    12 points
  9. I have a c-1 preamp and a TX2 tuner, a sd/a-490T along with a 1.5T amp and a pioneer PL-71 with a series 3 brick Acutex 320 STR, hooked up to my Klipsch Cornwall 3's. Carver system 2 is a c-7 pre/tuner and a 1.5t amp and a Sony PSX-7 turntable with an Acutex series 300 LPM 320 STR hooked to JBL4311b's and a Sunfire 12" sub. System 3 in not Carver its (2) Soundcraftsman PCR800 Amps and a DX4200 pre/Eq and a T6200 tuner, another PSX-7 Sony turntable with a AT20 NOS shabata stylus hooked to AR2a's. + lots of various stacks of Ill try this one day. Would Like to update my carver amps and the c1 soon, that is why I was poking around on this forum. Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
    12 points
  10. Has altec, carver, phase linear, crown, pioneer, akai, 3 way active xover.....
    12 points
  11. You're going to fit right in around here… here’s some of my own “standby” gear and speakers. The damn stuff just seems to multiply on its own, lol. Ignore the green circle - that was for another post.
    11 points
  12. Corporate America has told me to return to the office next week, exactly 2 years after they told me to work from home due to the plague that had descended upon us. So, I guess now is a good time to reflect back on the last 2 years… When COVID started I decided I needed a new hobby- a mostly “at home” and solitary hobby, probably. My kids, thinking it was some kind of new fad, had bought some music on “Vinyl”. I chuckled and told them that I used to have a bazillion of what I called “Records” or “Albums”. It was then that I decided what my hobby would be…. I would rebuild my old audio setup from “back in the day”. So, I set off to buy myself some vintage audio gear. The system I had in college was a technics turntable, Onkyo receiver and tape deck, used Bose 601 speakers, Sony CD player and a 10 band graphic equalizer with fancy bouncing lights. Oh, those were the days. I had all the chicks in my dorm room admiring my sound system (I may be mis-remembering that). I was surprised that it did not take me very long to track down all the components to rebuild that old system. And, in the process, I learned my way around websites like “Hi Fi Shark”, “Reverb”, “Audiogon” and a sacred list by some guy named Craig. I had fun. But, somehow I wasn’t done. It seems I had caught a non-Covid bug in building this old system. I needed more gear. Why not build the system I actually WANTED when I was in college? Back to the websites and onto joining a group that calls themselves “THE Carver Site” … because, when I was in college, I wanted but could never afford- Carver gear. Since that decision, it’s been a whirlwind of activity…. First I bought a C1 preamp and an m1.5t amp from a local dude who assured me that 350 W per channel would not blow up my house. Then, I bought a TX-2 tuner. Then, I bought another TX-2 tuner, because the first one didn’t have fancy rack handles and I wanted to make all my stuff match (still hoping that chicks would dig my system, too). Next, I bought a restored Technics SL-D2 turntable (and over the last 2 years I’ve also collected over 100 albums to play on it.) Then, I bought a Carver 900 “The Receiver”… at this point, I had moved on to building secondary systems for my kids. Or, at least that was the rationalization. I briefly owned a pair of Polk SDA 2a’s then traded them for a pair of Infinity 8 Kappa’s I am still refurbishing. Then, I took my C1 and m1.5t to Nelion to be updated and receive the “Bill D” treatment, because that’s what all the cool Carver kids were doing. While at it, I bought another m1.5t. Hey, if one is good….right? Then, I bought a broken Carver TL100 CD player and unsuccessfully tried to repair it myself. Next, I bought an m0.5t amp for reasons that still escape me (it matches everything else, so……) Then, I decided to build my own subwoofer…. Because, well, I had so many extra amps… Then, I bought a Carver DTL200 CD player and, this time, successfully rebuilt it after ridding it of a nest of spiders. Most recently, I left the vintage world, and built my own hi def network music streamer out of a Raspberry Pi, a Schiit DAC and somewhat confusing software from some guys in Italy. I really don’t know what’s next. But, I’m pretty sure there WILL be a “next”. The COVID plague seems to be behind us. But, this hobby seems to be sticking with me. Writing all this down has caused me some introspection. I’m both proud and aghast at all I’ve done in these 2 years. At what point did a hobby idea become an obsession? It’s been a busy and fun two year ‘vacation’. (I probably need to have a garage sale….) Thank you goes to “THE Carver site” for advice and entertainment along the way. Here’s to more, plague free, years of audio fun!
    11 points
  13. @B-Man @Sk1Bum @compwaco @kve777 @Charlie @RodH All - I have to install some updates to the site - security, features, etc. I will have to take the site down for a while. It might break our custom theme, which is why I've been putting this off. But the updates are racking up. I'd like to start tonight, time permitting.
    11 points
  14. Hi all, i'm Paolo from Rome (Italy) a great fan of Bob Carver's amplifications, former owner of an M-1.5t and now of a TFM35x. I like music, i'm an electronic technician and my hobby is to restore old vintage hi-fi devices.
    11 points
  15. New member here. Just bought my first set of carver gear. Got a M1.5t, c1 pre and a tx-2 tuner. Running a pair of older klipsch Epic cf2 with the dual tens. Sounds descent sometimes but I know I need to do some work to it. Switching from an Adcom 150watt amp and can easily tell the difference in power. Got some low volume issues, I going to look around this site and see if I can figure out what I need to do
    10 points
  16. Just joined up here - because I ws lucky enough to grab a FREE Carver HR-895 off FB Marketplace...owner said the amp didn't work, and he cldn't fix ... but no plm for me, because the amp and preamp can be separated (as everyone here knows) ... have a nice tube amp, and the Carver drives it fine ... in fact, the 20+ yr old Carver sounds better than the 2 yr old Emotiva ... need to get an outboard DAC for it ... Is there a more comprehensive list of specs for the unit ?? Looking for preamp voltage, input sensitivity and output impedance ... Bill Clark Southern VT
    10 points
  17. I’m sure most of you are familiar with IMDB (Internet Movie DataBase). I recently came across a similar site for firearms in movies, IMFDB (Internet Movie Firearms Database). It’s a fun site - enter any movie, and it catalogues every gun/weapon used in the film, often with interesting historical information about the individual weapons. Try Die Hard or Lethal Weapon for a feel for how it works… Enjoy! http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Main_Page
    10 points
  18. My Uncle asked me if I wanted this??? I have the box, warranty card & manual. I opened it up to clean it but it looks new.
    10 points
  19. I was a member of the forum up until about a decade ago when business overwhelmed my personal time, now I'm trying to recapture a little of that down time. The folks back then helped me repair and assemble two systems, one in my work shop which has been streaming music almost everyday since, and the other in our living room which is dedicated to vinyl. I look forward to catching up on what's new in Carver world. Thanks for having me, VinylAddict
    10 points
  20. Hello my name is Boris I am from the Netherlands, but live momentarily on Curaçao. I looked for some time on this forum, to see all those nice Carver gear. for my self I own some Carver gear too, tree M500 amplifiers, that I sought and bought online, in broken condition that I repaired and upgraded to mk2 condition. and two C1 that I upgraded to Bill D specification. The M500 amplifiers I use to drive my Vandersteen 2ci loudspeakers, I use 2 in mono block configuration to drive the midsection, and one amplifier to drive the high section of the loudspeakers. And one Yamaha M45 to drive 2 Polk audio subwoofers. The sound quality of the Carver, is in my ears after some trail and error and tweaking amazing, really love that gear.
    10 points
  21. Amplification: Marantz SR5015 (for processing/pre-amp duties) Sunfire TGA-7401-230 Carver A-753x (currently not connected but too pretty to hide away) Carver M-200T (ditto) Speakers: Vaf DC-X mains Vaf DC-6 centre Vaf DC-1 Atmos (not true Atmos speakers but repurposed for the job) Vaf DC-2 rears (out of frame) Monitor Audio ASW-210 subwoofer Input Devices: Thorens TD-160 Super Turntable with Rega RB300 Tonearm & Adcom HCE High Output Moving Coil Cartridge & Platter Matter Mat Rotel RCD-855 CD Player with Simply Physics Isodrive Sony KD-65X9000H LED TV Panasonic DP-UB820GNK 4K BD Player Panasonic DMR-BWT800 Blu-Ray Recorder Kogan KABRP3D4KUA 3d Upscaling Blu-ray Player (this will play DVDs & BDs from any region) Foxtel IQ4 Digital Satellite Decoder/DVR (pay TV) AerialBox T2200 DVR (FTA TV) Topfield TRF-2400 Masterpiece HD DVR (FTA TV) Wintal DAB20C Internet & DAB+ Radio Driver arrangement in the Vaf DC-X speakers. I believe they are SEAS drivers modified for Vaf:
    10 points
  22. https://nelionaudio.com/index.php?/bobcarverletter/
    9 points
  23. My name is Paul and I'm new to the Carver world, and I love it. I have 2 M1.5ts and a TFM-24 I am currently refreshing. I also have a C-1 that I want to refresh as well. These are very interesting audio units! I'm not new to audio repairs but I am green when it comes to Carver gear. The way that it utilizes the power supply is something that I'm really into. Speaking of which, I am recapping one of the M1.5ts now and some of these 1uf 50V caps have way better specs than my new nichicons (They are new but it's what I had in stock)! The ESR on the old caps are half that of the new ones but that's up by the level meter circuitry so I figure they didn't get a lot of abuse. Should I order some new Low ESR 1uf 50V? I'm aware that this is important in power supply circuitry but here is it important? I do want the best performance I can get out of these amps. I tend to trade and buy and sell audio gear a lot. It's a great way to enjoy the different brands and designs over the years. Any suggestions with these refreshes would be greatly appreciated. I'm looking forward to learning from you guys.
    9 points
  24. Hello everyone, I found your forum while googling info on refurbishing my hifi gear. I like to tinker and would rather fix somthing old than replace it. Its coming up on 40 years old so it's time for filter caps for sure. I have an M1.0t (inverting) and a C2 preamp I bought back around 1985. I also still have the same speakers (re coned a few times). Any opinions or tips would be welcome, like where to get parts etc. My guess is I'll find plenty of options and info once I dive into the discussions.
    9 points
  25. Hello, I just finished a month long project of building a White Oak Phase Linear 400. During that time I picked up a stock Carver C-1 as I didn't own a preamp, neither my Dynaco ST-70 or DIY WE91-inspired 300B amp needed one (IMO). While the C-1 is a fine preamp I think mine is overdue for upgrades/recap and I'll be doing the BillD mods in the near future. My other audio perversions include cassette/8-track/reel to reel, idler drive turntables, Gray 108/206 type tonearms, tubes, and big Altecs. Non audio fetishes include garden tractors/small engines/mowers/minibikes, old TVs and radios, Ham radio, reloading, and general automotive mechanic-ing.
    9 points
  26. Have to say thanks to Rob for helping me get a great setup
    9 points
  27. Hello everyone, I was suggested to post my modest setup here and get some feedback. I'm currently waiting on a refurbished Receiver 2000, but in the meantime here is my minimal arrangement. Receiver: Teac A-H01 (Burr-Brown PCM5102 DAC, 50w/2 class D ICEpower amp) Media player: Sony BDP-S1700 (coax to Teac, HDMI to TV) Television: Samsung un65mu6290 (optical to Teac) Streamer: Chromecast Ultra (HDMI to television) Subwoofer: JBL Sub 160 (RCA to Teac) Speakers: Bose 4.2, I also had a pair of Bose 141 in this picture, but those have been sold to fund the Carver Receiver.
    9 points
  28. Hi everyone. New member here from St. Louis. I've visited thecareversite in the past as a guest and it seems to be a wealth of knowledge. Looking forward to interacting with the community. Regarding my Carver gear, I'm the proud owner of a C-19 preamp. -Chris
    9 points
  29. Some of you know I fell a while back, I spent a week in hopkins hospital. I am out and in an inpatient rehab facility. I hope to be up on my feet soon. Nothing is broken but a lot of damage to my muscles! My chemotherapy is on hold until I can get out on my own! i need a beard trim! Barry
    9 points
  30. Hi Good to find the community! Got a TD-1700. Stripped and re-lubed the mechanism, new belts and tyre, mechanical and electrical alignment all done and it is making great recordings and playback! Jon
    9 points
  31. Our dear friend Bob was born on this date in 1942. Bob, Thank you for sharing your creativity with music lovers around the world. Its an honor and I'm humbled to play a small part. Great times ahead. We love ya man!! Jim
    9 points
  32. Found in Denver at a garage sale for $10 bucks. Luckily, since I fly a lot & have a 70lb bag allowance as it weighed in over 55lbs. After finding the Phoenix Audio forum, I began rebuilding it. I've since collected a few more Phase Linear pieces such as the 1400 EQ, 3300 II Preamp & just because it also looked cool a 5100 Tuner. I have been playing around with Sansui stuff and now have some real fun. Now I'm trying out some Carver stuff with a very clean M1.5t & C4000.
    9 points
  33. Yeah, was having a bad picture day, yesterday. Let's see how this goes. I saved all the pics out as different file names, looked right side up on my computer... not sure what happened. That worked. Thanks for the link.
    9 points
  34. …. started out with Dynaco gear and slowly accumulated the below items that I presently have. My son (ChrisTFM35) is also a member of this community and a big fan of all things Carver. He has a collection of Carver, Phase Linear, and Sunfire gear. He also recently gifted me some of the items below. Upon my son's suggestion I packed up seven pieces of my gear to get in various restoration queues. He then loaned me his Nelion Audio restored Carver C-4000 to tide me over. The combination of the restored Carver C-4000 from @Nahash5150 and a welcomed addition and nicely restored TFM15CB from @itchitch kept me captive in my basement for “a long while”. So even b4 posting this I benefited from being a silent member of this community. I enjoyed this combination. I have since reintroduced two restored TFM35’s back into the mix along with a PL 1000 Series II. The last three pieces of the puzzle (Items 12, 13 and 14) were in the capable hands of Nelion and now they are on their way home. When the three 15’s hook up with the two 35’s I’m sure to develop some new kind of affliction on top of the OCCD, like OCMWD. Bob P.S. Pictures? My current gear: 1. Sunfire Theater Grand IV (Just back from being restored) 2. Phase Linear 1000 Series II (Just back from being restored) 3. Philips AF877 Turntable 4. Marantz CD 6000 OSE 5. Bellari PA550 Phono Preamp (Gift from my son) 6. Pioneer Cassette Deck (Gift from my son) 7. Sony Blue Ray Player (Gift from my son) 8. Schitt Modi 3+ (Gift from my son) 9. Carver TFM35 (A previous addition from my son and back from being restored) 10. Carver TFM35 (Back from being restored) 11. Carver TFM15CB (from @itchitch, and a daily worker) 12. Carver TFM15CB (returning home from a restoration with Nelion) 13. Carver TFM15CB (returning home from a restoration with Nelion) 14. Carver TFM6 (returning home from a restoration with Nelion, into the Living Room system) 15. Marantz AV600 (restored and in Living room system waiting on the 6 to return home) 16. Marantz DP870 (in Living room system) 17. Lexicon CP3+ (feeling lonely at the moment)
    9 points
  35. I thoroughly enjoy this guys videos. His explanation of notes and music theory are at times hard for me to follow, but I find it informative nonetheless. I also love the fact that he can play just about any guitar (very well), bass, piano, and even drums. Also, he’s spent a significant amount of time as a music producer. I always come away from one of his videos knowing more than I did before I watched it. Here are a few of his videos that I have particularly enjoyed:
    9 points
  36. To many to only pic one, like our children, I love them all....
    9 points
  37. Hey Guys, My name is Anthony. I don't remember if I posted when I first joined but I have been a lurker for the better part of a year. I have been a Carver fan since I first purchased a TFM-45 and preamp in the 90's. I have since purchased a few other models on ebay throughout the years. I actually have my first TFM-45 and an M1.0t going into Nelion audio in November so I am excited to see how they turn out. I look forward to checking out the rest of the forum!
    8 points
  38. Thanks Rod. Viet is a brilliant young Phd and one of 7 great guys on our team. His day job is interfacing between NASA and SpaceX with the Starlink system. We had Viet's mentor review Bob's circuit designs for the V12, before production just as another set of eyes, that Viet thought were way more qualified than his own. His mentor studied Bob's design thoroughly and ran simulations on the circuits performance. He came back with results using words like "brilliant", "shows a lifetime of work lowing distortion in vacuum tube amplifiers", "best I have ever seen" "genius".. Viet says, "this is a true testament to the genius of Bob Carver, and he did this without using computer simulations"! A young guy like Viet found Bobs ability utterly amazing. Viet's genius mentor found himself humbled at the circuits performance. The V12 was a hand sketch from Bob in February. We came this far that fast.. Lots of zoom calls with Bob on styling and details not circuit related. Bob is back! A nothing less than world class will meet his standard for these legacy products. Our entire team are guys similar to Viet in their own fields. All aerospace audio geeks, building Bob's designs to aerospace type quality standards. They are the best team we could have. Most have had careers within the war machine. At least 2 were chief engineers. Companies they worked for include: Lockheed , Northrup, GE Aviation, Raytheon, NASA.. When Bob says its ready, we make it. We work with Bob every day. I talked to Bob and Peggy yesterday while Bob was getting a haircut. This was yesterday. Bob's legacy is safe, and his designs are being executed to the highest level of performance using all of the technology available in 2022.. The 285 amplifier will be another great design come to life.. No changes to Bobs design, but very low distortion, due to the manufacturing engineering and simulation abilities to check EMI, avoid voltage creep and other fine details. The 285 will make full power to 20Hz and then some. At 1 watt into 8 ohms, THD is .09%. At full power THD is .16%. We have the team to show the full potential of Bobs work and make him proud. Humbled to do the legwork for Bob.
    8 points
  39. I’ve wanted to start this thread for a while now, so here goes. This thread is about one thing, and one thing only - Stunning recordings. Any format, any genre. You don’t even have to like the music itself - it’s all about the RECORDING quality. We all know several of the standards - Dire Straits Brothers In Arms SACD, Donald Fagen Nightfly SACD, Fleetwood Mac Rumors DVDA, etc. I’ve come across a few new ones lately too. Please consider sharing your new finds, as well as your “old guard”. Katie Melua, Piece By Piece off the Katie Melua Collection CD. This track has incredible space and imaging right out of the gate. The detail in her vocal presentation is on the level of many Alison Krauss recordings (That’s very high praise). The bass is extremely deep, but without a hint of bloat or boom. The actual lyrics of the song are even touching and deep. The CD is readily available on line for cheap, and I highly recommend acquiring it. https://www.amazon.com/Katie-Melua-Collection-Incl-Bonus/dp/B001B4JVKE/ref=sr_1_15?crid=3H9ZG5QGS9JTE&keywords=katie+melua&qid=1644770023&s=music&sprefix=Katie+me%2Cpopular%2C144&sr=1-15
    8 points
  40. What a fun site you guys have made here. At 16 years old I began saving for my first car by bagging groceries 5 days a week and working for a jeweler doing silver lost-wax casting. Unfortunately for what ever lucky car was going to be my first, I truly heard and felt music for the first time, yes my ear cherry was popped by an HR-772. Needless to say my first car would have to wait as I ventured alone into the audiophile forrest. The store pulled a new HR-772 and a Techniques 5 disc drawer CD player from the back as I debated a serious speaker conundrum. I wanted the Boston Acoustics T1030s but my budget took a massive hit from the shockingly priced Monster Cable and replacing all my tapes with CDs. I didn't have enough money left to purchase the Carver power amp so for the first time in my young consumer career I discovered compromising and settling. The HR-772 had 150 wpc and the BA T830 were rated at.... 150 wpc. As if it were all recorded, I can clearly recall feeling like a mad scientist bringing life to a machine the world had yet seen as I connected components, routed cords, twist locked cables... it was exhilarating immaging how it would sound. Would windows break, animals flee, neighbors call the police? For some reason I just sat back and stared at this glossy black representation of all the hours I had worked, time away from friends, missed parties and I knew before I even pressed the remote's power button I had made the right decision. I've been accused of hitting clearance sales at the $5.00 word store but I honestly cannot put into words the joy, the pride, the amazement I felt when I heard what had to be the closest any 16 year old had ever come to replicate being center stage at a Zappa concert. That system could go from Zappa to Mr. Bungle to Sinatra to Willie Nelson to Metallica to Prince and aside from some struggling with low ends of Metallica's One that I've heard every other car or home system miss, the system impressed me each and every time I hit play. That system cost me all of my saving and a few months later, my virginity. 😀 I am looking forward to bring the HR-772 back out. Next week a pair of VR-M90s will be coming home and the search for that elusive power amp continues. I've narrowed it down to a TFM-45 as I think that "tubey" sound might be perfect for all the older music I like but the TFM-55 and M500T Mkii are convoluting my decision. Any suggestions or advise?
    8 points
  41. I'm a lifelong music lover, previously a musician, with a love for the audio hobby. I have several pieces of Carver equipment (4000t, C-9, C-11, M500, M1.5t), as well as a 1st Gen (no remote) Sunfire Classic Vacuum Tube Control Center (tube preamp) fitted with the optional phono stage. I primarily listen to LPs, owning over 3,000 titles, but also own over 1,000 CD, DVD-A, and SACD digital formats (stereo only). For my reference, I'm using B&W Matrix 801 Series III loudspeakers, coupled to a McIntosh C2300 Vacuum Tube Preamp and McIntosh MC402 Amplifier, driven by an Oppo BDP-105 UDP and Mobile Fidelity UltraDeck Turntable fitted with Master Tracker cartridge. For FM, I use a Carver TX-11 (non-A), the best tuner ever manufactured short of a Marantz Model 10B. I have nearly 50 years experience in electronics, so I know a little about the technology. I previously worked with Bob Carver as a 'lab jockey' (Bob's term) during development of the Atmos® subwoofer, ALS loudspeakers, and current (and previous) version(s) of the Raven monoblock amplifiers, so I'm very familiar with Bob and his thinking. I previously authored three reviews for The Absolute Sound magazine, a few years back, with two published in the magazine, at the time, and available on the web to this day. During one of those reviews, Bob loaned me a Silver Seven 900 for use in powering the loudspeaker that I was testing. For the other, I used a pair of the (then) 305 W monoblocks, also on loan from Bob. For music, I only listen to physical media (2 channel stereo), no streaming or file downloads, and I've recently been expanding my collection of DVD-A and SACD titles. I'm really interested in vintage equipment, of all brands, and this seems to be one of many good places to communicate with others in that realm! Good to be among others that appreciate this hobby!
    8 points
  42. I recently found a MXR 150 and a TL 3100 at a local estate sale. All manuals & couple of sales brochures on the entire line. Original owner. Everything looks pristine & works with no noise. No hiss, pops, or cut outs. All lights are 100%. They were in a glass enclosed audio cabinet & looked so nice they had to follow me home.!! So...time for some Carver Fun. I remember Carver at TECH HI-FI in Boston years ago & was impressed. I moved to South Carolina 3 years ago and in the " downsizing" process of the move I sold off most of my audio gear. Thought I be satisfied with a "KLIPSCH THE 1" playing music via blue tooth. As the kids say....NOT!!! I sold off a Hafler dh200 & 101 preamp I assembled in 1979 that I used to drive a set of Magnepans. Prior to the Magnepans I had a pair of ESS Amt 1b's. Great party speakers.😊 The Thorens 160 mk II & Grado cartridge and Nakamichi 3 head cassette deck vanished too. As did a couple of Adcom bits and various odd speakers made by Advent & infinity. I did bring down a old Nikko 35 watt rms receiver & a pair of Axiom m3's that I used in a bedroom. I have a onkyo cd player that sounds good & a AURIS blue tooth reciever that works well. A year ago the Nikko died , replaced it with a Sansui AU-D7 which is a sweet Amp. The Sansui all of the sudden started blowing Main fuses & was replaced by a Emotiva Ta-100. A not bad little amp & it was " new" and problem free. I ought to try to fix the Sansui but don't have the skill sets to do so. A couple months ago I found a pair of Boston Acoustics MR-90 towers. Like new. Had to buy. The Emotiva drove them OK but they sounded "thin". The Carvers makes these speakers come ALIVE! I like it - my wife likes it (a very good thing). So, I guess I'll play & tweak a bit and keep them. I probably ought to look at " service" items to keep everything in good shape. Looks like lots of good info & nice folks on this forum! Best, Mike
    8 points
  43. I have been a Carver enthusiast for man years and currently have a C1 Pre-amplifier and M1.0T amplifier. Unfortunately, the M1.T distorts in the right channel. I recapped the unit but the problem persists. I was hoping to get help trouble shooting this amp and also connect with other Carver enthusiasts. Cheers, Doug
    8 points
  44. Hi everyone. Thank you for having me. My name is Mark And I am an Electrician of over 32 years. I currently reside in Northwest Georgia. This is my first post but I have been lurking on this site for a very long time. I own a bit of Carver of Carver gear etc. This is the first time I have felt that I should join and maybe do a post or two, or ask a question or three... I have some of the classic quandaries such as: Tone controls or bypass, Home Theater, 2 Channel, 2.1, or even 3.1 Channel (Big fan of PWK too). My "current" main system is: An M 1.5t, C-1, TX 11a, Project turntable w/ Sumiko cartridge, Esoteric SACD player, 2x Yamaha Kx-1200 cassette decks, and a pair of klipsch KG 3.2's; and for the " .1": an M 200t summed mono into a Fraizer 12". Yes I have a lot of other toys to play with due to my audio passion (or sickness as I have been told). 2.1 channel seems to be my favorite format right now. Most of my neighbors seem to like it too. I seem to get music requests from a couple of blocks away. I have had many "Audiophile" friends over the years. Hung out with the "Home Theater" crowd and know many "Musicians". My profession has led me to befriend many Industrial Techs, Engineers, and even a few dozen "Deluxe Tinkerers". What has finally gotten me to post is: The quest for more power and better sound. It seems that I have recently acquired a PM Mono for my " .1". Naturally the fan needed service but the rest seems to be fine. Should be back soon. It also seems that I have jumped into Pro with out a clue. Also a big part of why I joined the site. I will humbly solicit all of your advise and commentary. Doing a bit of reading, I have found that this is a pin 3 hot unit and my DBX223XL ( that came from the TED before they tore it down) is pin 2 hot. But I digress... This brings me to the fact that I seem to have the ability to ramble on and maybe even go off topic with out hesitation. Please feel free to tell me to stop rambling or stay on topic or simply shut up. Lol. I will sum it up as: I am a Carver fan, proud to be here, and finally joined up. Thank you. Mark
    8 points
  45. I have a Carver C1 preamplifier that is scheduled for Nelion Audio to go through it and rebuild and do the BillD upgrade in April. I also have a Carver TFM -15 CB amplifier. I would like to find a Carver M1 amplifier to have Nelion do an upgrade to. Glad to be in the group I am an audiophile all the way and have a very nice vinyl collection I am running a upgraded to the max Project Carbon DC turntable. Does anyone have a suggestion where I might send my Luxman M117 amplifier to have it recapped? I love vintage gear but Al so have new audio equipment as well. Thanks for the add. Tim Dykes
    8 points
  46. Hey All, Just a quick hello to everyone. Thanks for accepting my membership. I look forward to interacting with the community. My first question is: can someone please help me to determine which model of Carver Awesome speakers I have? If so, what do you need from me to do so? I've been trying for two days to find a picture or description of the different models but no luck. Any help is appreciated! Thanks, Jaws
    8 points
  47. I've told this story before, but I think it's appropriate to tell it again today, as we honor our beloved friend Bill. I confess to joining the Carversite because I needed something-- I had just purchased a pair of TFM-25's off Ebay with bulging caps and I had no repair experience and no clue what to do. After going thru the Service Manual and wading thru search filters on Digikey, all the unfamiliar terms and specs had me about ready to throw in the towel. So I posted some questions here on the site and got a few helpful tips. And then the very next morning, some guy named Bill D posted an entire TFM-25 recap parts list, with Digikey part numbers for all 39 caps, and then patiently walked me thru the process of recapping those amps. Bill didn't know me from Adam at that time, and I found out later that he didn't have any TFM-25's himself, so he likely didn't have a parts list already made up-- he did all that for a stranger (me) seeking help on the site. That's the kind of man he was. RIP dear friend.
    8 points
  48. New to the forum but long time fan. When I was 17 (1987) I got some money from an inheritance, I purchased a full blown Carver system with M1.5t, M400t, CD player and C-4000 preamp rocking among other things 4 15” Rockford Fosgate Pro Series subs in an old 24’ travel trailer. It was crazy, people sometimes got sick from the bass. Now I’m 51 and just got back into the Carver game. I bought a couple used M1.5ts then realized there are better options like the 1.0t and 500t. I’ve now got several of each and I’m on the waitlist to get them rebuilt/MKII. I have a few questions I’ll post in the appropriate forum, looking forward to the feedback.
    8 points
  49. Been an enthusiast for decades, I've owned many systems over the years (Pioneer, Technics, Sansui). Finally decided to go with a Carver amp & pre , made every one of my components sound better.
    8 points
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