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  1. The old setup with my Sunfire VTCC..... Next in line for A Nelion Audio Restore Setup with the C-19.....Rockin' All I can say is WOW!!!!..... Excellent Restore Job by Nelion Audio Sounding OSONICE..... Thank You Greg...
    20 points
  2. I did not want to bring this up, but over the last week or so, certain events have forced me to address this. This forum is public access with common sense security measures to prevent spam and other unwanted solicitations. So while guests don't have full access to all topics, anyone with a valid email address and shows some willingness to behave as a mature adult will be approved as a Novice to obtain full access. This forum welcomes all people. This forum accepts that people are different and sometimes those differences clash. This forum accepts points of view and all
    19 points
  3. Well everybody. I think it is time to brag a little, which I normally don't do because I am not that kind of person but the amp is finally done and a great big thank you to Greg and Jenny. You guys are awesome for allowing me to receive the first upgrade. I don't know much about the history of the amp before @BarryG but I do know that it was his and then @kve777 who then sold it to me. I will keep this amp in the community. I have been camping all weekend after picking it up from @Nahash5150 so I haven't been able to listen to it yet. That will happen tonight. The 4.0 is an amp that I wa
    17 points
  4. System Consist of Carver M-1.5t amp, Carver CT-6 preamp, Pioneer GR777 EQ, Sony Blue Ray DVD using USB input. Custom Marble enclosure Sub (to minimize box resonance) Franken Mission M31 for mid and high.
    17 points
  5. Been a long time for a system update. took me about a year to get to this point. Still not finished. Eventually the system so far 2x carver 1.0t magnet killer option 2 power plants operate the Empire State buildings upfront and the Eiffel towers in the back (stereo) 2x carver cathedral of pain 8 channel power plants powering 7 channels of the atmospheric pressure system 1x carver total fkn madness 75 giga watt power plant powering 2 18” a home down foundation killers in my designed boxes 1x Sony ear synthesizer 3100
    16 points
  6. I've had a couple of suggestions to do a quick update, and I do owe showing off the handiwork of one of our many talented members. Since first getting together my Carver based system, OCCD, and related illnesses, have not eased their grip on my poor addled brain, so more gear keeps following me home. My system now shows off my serious addiction to SH by having 3 different forms of SH to choose from and play around with: (1) The built-in SH (with Gundry mod) in my C1 preamp. (2) A bog-standard C9 unit (my first Carver component, and how I wound up o
    16 points
  7. For Thanksgiving, a kind member here, Walrus Gumboot, sent me his pristine TDR 2400 dual cassette deck free of charge, as a gift, because I don’t have a cassette player, can’t afford one and I have hundreds of my old live gig tapes on audio cassette and no way to listen to them! This has been one of the greatest gifts of my life really- the kindness of a stranger and rediscovering my musical past. Thank you to everyone that helped him find me and especially thanks to him for making my year. Merry Christmas everyone!
    16 points
  8. Here’s my system in my Study. It’s a repurposed bedroom, so it’s not the optimal for acoustics, but I’m happy with it. My Carver stack on the left is (From Bottom up): TFM-45 purchased from and rebuilt by Ray, this drives Magnepan LRS speakers TFM-35 purchased from Carter and rebuilt by Greg, this drives JBL LX-55 (10 inch 3 ways) TFM-35 rebuilt by Ray, this drives Altec System 3’s (8 inch, 4 driver, 3 ways) TL-3600 10 disk CD changer TD-1400 Cassette SD/A-490t CD Player C-15v (Note: Greg is rebuilding my C-16 – This will be slotted in - replacing
    15 points
  9. After some challenges, I have a functional system. The M-200t was randomly going into overload protection ended up being caused by the C1’s outputs were gunked up with excessive rosin. Did a thorough cleaning of all solder joints (alcohol and q-tips). Was thinking about using the wife’s ultra sonic tooth brush but thought better of it 😇 been over a month now with no overload so I’m going to say solved. had the TX-11 for years and it developed a left channel drop out, took it out of storage and found that the output jack board connection had cold solder joints. Re-flowed those and
    15 points
  10. Ah, a topic with which I am infinitely familiar... Snobbery is one way your new audio approach can be viewed, but unless the "snob" looks down upon everyone who doesn't achieve the same height I'd rather take that word as the response a limited mind has to stimulus that it can't yet grasp. Pardon me, lads, as I embark on one of my usual lengthy tales. Imagine if you will, you're a teenager, its 1978, and your only exposure to audio is the Kenwood receiver that your family has, along with some file cabinet-sized speakers, and some arcane Garra
    15 points
  11. Was thinking today, not usually a good thing, but...... We've all been to many, many other free sites and have been bombarded with ad's and pop-ups right? I think we all owe @Nahash and all the other admins and staff a big Thank You for all their hard work and providing an ad and pop-up free TCS website. Thanks for all you guys do and the hours spent working behind the scenes making TCS possible !!! THANK YOU !!!
    14 points
  12. Top to bottom live wire power conditioner Tascam CD-200 Emotiva UMC-200 Carver AV-405 Carver M-0.5t Denon DP-300f turntable polk LSI-15 mains Mirage nansats for surrounds changed the picture, close up of the rack mounted gear and an overall picture of the entertainment console. I made the console with the idea of left and right 19” rack mounts (I play guitar and was going to make the left side into a guitar rack, never got past the idea stage on that one). Center channel speaker spot was made for the Polk center channel speaker. The rest of
    14 points
  13. Hello Everyone, I recently retired, have many hobbies, and enjoy electronics in the winter. Over the last couple of months, I restored a few vintage power amplifiers from the 70's. I created an account on this site because I own a Sunfire subwoofer since the late 90's which is still working today, just purchased a dead one, and since I've been able to get it working, I will be doing a full restoration. I figured that it is time for me to share any knowledge or info that may be helpful for others and have just started doing so on other forums. Thanks, Bob
    14 points
  14. 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
    13 points
  15. Hello lads, its your slightly askew uncle Butcher here to talk about wonderful audio bits once more. This is a lengthy post, so perhaps pop the corn and draw a tankard of ale. Today we gather to discuss the new gear that has shown up at Schloss Butcher. Yes, I hear some of you saying "but you just said mere days ago that you were on hiatus until other things stopped costing you money". This is true, yet when one crosses paths with a proper deal, one must make the most of the opportunity. It was with this tenet in mind that I approached a wonderful stack of equipment an
    13 points
  16. Thanks for the addition into the group. My first pieces of Carver equipment came by way of accident. I worked in Woodenville, Washington making custom furniture for a shop called "Regency Oak". Next door was Bob Carver's building. We traded a custom made cabinet to Bob and received a M-0.5 Amplifier and a CT-7 Tuner. I still have both pieces today. About two years ago, I decided to get an audio room together and met Greg and Jenny. So far I've added a pair of AL-III Oak trimmed speakers, a C-11 Preamp with the BillD mod, and two black faced M-500t MKII Amps. Right after getting these items my
    13 points
  17. 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
    12 points
  18. Hi Carver-fans! It's amazing to see such a devoted group of followers. I picked up a used M500t off of C/L back in 2015 or so and have been enjoying it since. I have it running a warmed up pair of Polk 10Bs. It is currently fed by an Adcom GFP-565 Pre. I have a C-2 but it will needs a thorough cleaning. Anyway, within the last 30 minutes, my M500t was delivered to Greg for the mkII upgrade! I always felt like the left channel was louder than the right, and upon power up, there has always been this short "bungggg..." sound from the chassis. I felt it was time to ge
    12 points
  19. Hi, I've been visiting intermittently for a number of years - but only recently created an account because... I acquired a set of Carver Amazing's Platinum Edition (Oak). I am quite certain this is the used audio acquisition of a lifetime. Fun story how I obtained these. Last year my wife said she saw a set of large speakers for FREE on a Facebook list called "free things for local pickup". I was floored that she even brought my attention to such large speakers. Boy am I glad I married the right girl! Several hours later I am the owner of a working set of Carver
    12 points
  20. I’m finally getting around to posting a picture of my gear. I’ll see if I can add a few more in the future but I’m having trouble sizing it appropriately.
    12 points
  21. For me, and I may be unique? or maybe not..., It comes down to the same thinking for everything else. The "journey"..., vs. some "destination." Choosing what Music to listen to on the player, radio, 2-channel, or whatever..., has to be good. And, as I get older, it seems it has to be "gooder" (emphatic "more good"), each time. Like wine, food, and other sensory experiences (let your mind wander) I think we search for something more each time/experience. Something to take us to the next "edge" and push the experience envelope to some "next level." And, e
    12 points
  22. The new prince arrived today. (M1.0T) Just waiting for the king to arrive back to the palace from its makeover in Northern MI 😋 So nice to have an amp again
    12 points
  23. 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
  24. Hi Don, the treatment program I am in is partnered with Johns Hopkins oncology! I am confident I will be treated successfully. I had a very good day of treatment today. Yesterday was one of those rare bad days, so far most days are good! I appreciate all the prayers, I really do think prayer helps a lot! Barry
    11 points
  25. 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.
    11 points
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. If you’re anything like me, you are always searching for new (what I call) reference material. You know the tracks - they are the ones you go back to over and over, when you’re auditioning new gear, or when you just want a reminder of just how awesome your current system sounds. The search for these tracks is never ending for me, and I’m lucky to find one or two in a given year. Last night I found two in the same night, and a planned 30 minute listening session ended up being about 3 hours... The first came courtesy of @jazzman53 from his post in the “new music” thread. When he p
    11 points
  30. Lately, I have found myself returning to the same SACDs, DVDAs and FLAC files with increased frequency. Further, with ~9,000 FLAC albums, I’ll surf to new stuff, and it the sound quality doesn’t impress me within the first couple songs, I’m off to other stuff, unlikely to return to that album. My tolerance for poor (or even mediocre) sound quality on recordings is almost non-existent at this point. The peril here, is that some of my favorite music happens to be recorded like shit. For example, when Eddie Van Halen passed a while back, I sat in front of the rig with the intention of a mini Va
    11 points
  31. OK, I'm slow to do this..., but after 7+ years, I suppose I'm getting closer to things settling down... (Not Really - OCCD will never allow it Hah!). Just upgraded my wife's system, today. I exchanged a couple of PM's with Mark @Daddyjt about a pair of NHT's that I came across on CL last week..., and with his guidance, I picked these up. (THanks Mark !) My wife's system was always a bit anemic in the speaker area..., had a pair of fairly new-tech Polk bookshelf speakers, somewhat opportunistic, somewhat because of budget, and somewhat because they were c
    11 points
  32. 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
    11 points
  33. I came here because I was looking for someone who could repair my MXR150. I really missed the days when I could just jam out and everything worked and sounded like it did when I bought it. It was a long road that I traveled before I found this website and then Greg. I will never forget the day I talked to him and in the conversation, because of all the other dead end roads, I asked him, “How are you a certified Carver repair guy”. He said, “ By Bob himself “. Ok I said and traveled to his house to meet him. While waiting for my receiver to be done I really got to know what this website w
    11 points
  34. Took my daughter out to the entrance to Antelope Island (about 1/2 mile from our house) to catch the sunset. I haven’t uploaded my DSLR memory card yet, but I snapped this one with my new iPhone 12. I must say, these new phones take pretty damn good photos...
    11 points
  35. Mark, I don't believe you're a snob in the least. I totally relate to you and rather, I think you've discovered the vast differences in the way source material was recorded and have a system now that very clearly delineates those differences. I, like you, have found my musical tastes have changed quite a lot since I've been enjoying my old restified Carver gear. I find myself listening to classical far more than anything else lately. I have also been going to the Abravanel Hall, downtown, to enjoy the Utah Symphony live. We truly are very fortunate to have the Utah
    11 points
  36. It’s always nice when you can kill 2 (or 5) birds with one stone. I just ended a 4 month work assignment (with zero days off), and REALLY needed a break. I’ve also been wanting to share some of what I saw during my prior assignment in CA with my family. My daughter has also always wanted to see the ocean. I wanted to see my great friend Tim ( @PhilDent )again, AND there was the issue of picking up a certain pair of NHT 2.9 speakers. So we rented a rig (free points) that would hold the NHTs and luggage, booked a hotel (more free points), and hit the road to CA Friday m
    11 points
  37. I think the Xbox needs to go and get replaced with a second amp🤔. Ultimately, I need a bigger house lol
    11 points
  38. I purchased a Carver system in 1987 that am currently still original owner of to power a set of JBL L100t's , and am still totally blown away by sound and performance to this day . I did recently have the speakers re foamed and after listening to a set of Polk Audio's , am in love all over again , there really is no comparison. I have the CT 7 pre amp and TL 3100 cd player. This was close to $5000.00 in the day but the richness and pure power that rocked on was priceless . I met a lot of neighbours with this system ( yes some dressed in blue telling me to turn it down ) but they always sai
    11 points
  39. Greetings! I recently learned about this site while browsing YouTube videos relating to repair/restoration of vintage Carver amplifiers. I myself am a "vintage" electronic engineer and former owner of an audio retail store (August Systems) and an electronic repair shop (Audio-Video Service Center) located in East Central Illinois. During my retail career I was a Carver dealer and authorized service center. Those parts of my career began in the 1970's and extended into the late 1990's. These day's I'm semi-retired but still restoring/repairing vintage audio gear for my f
    11 points
  40. New member but, old Carver customer. I have a M 1.5t Amp that needs some attention. Bought it in Hawai’i at the Army Exchange for $197 ! Still have the sales receipt. I’m in the Tucson, AZ area. Ideas from anyone ? I really wanna listen to my KEF 104/2’s again !
    10 points
  41. Hi everyone! Hoping to connect and learn from all of you! I am a Bob Carver fan, love the design and audio experience his equipment provides. I am enjoying listening to, as well as refurbishing, the following equipment - Carver C-1 Preamp Carver C-2 Preamp Carver TX-2 Tuner Carver TL-3200 CD Player Carver M1.5T Amp Phase Linear 4000 Preamp Phase Linear 400 Amp Phase Linear 700B Amp Everything is needing service/repair, and I'm hoping to get some guidance from the experts here in the forums. Cheers!
    10 points
  42. Greetings all, My first thread here on the Carversite. Very cool site, I've been snooping around it for the past couple of years in preparation for the day when I finally "get around to it" and start working on some Carvers. I do post occasionally over on AK, as I've been working on vintage Marantz/Pioneer/Dynaco type of stuff. But clearly the Carver expertise is concentrated over here, after all this is THE Carversite! I have always admired Bob Carver's designs since I started reading Stereo Review in the late 70's in high school. I am the original owner of a TFM-25 which
    10 points
  43. 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
  44. In my favorites, the Carver Site is #1. Wasn't always that way. In fact, before I started to read here much, I figured that this might just as well be 'The Biker Audio Site'. Yup, just good 'ol boys getting together for beer and music. The sites that I had been a part of before were different. Many thought that everything makes a difference in a system. Trouble was, they could have been at least partially right. I had started to read past those posts in search of something worth learning. One day, I came to this site just to check things out, and there was somebody making a tangical? tr
    10 points
  45. 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
  46. It's just over a year since we lost Wayne. Today would be his birthday. Take a moment to remember him. What a great guy!
    10 points
  47. I came for the technical, I stay for the family.
    10 points
  48. Hello everyone, as stated I am a new member, thought I would say hi. I have an active setup running two carvers and a sansui au-919. I use a carver a753x for both woofers and a single subwoofer, I use a tfm-45 for midrange and the sansui for highs. I also have a carver m1.5t ( I would like to get upgraded) and a carver pm-950. Thanks for letting me in!
    10 points
  49. I finally got motivated to reconfigure my system. This had been my setup for a while. I was using a pair of Elac Uni-Fi bookshelves for my center channel. As you can see the placement was not ideal. I thought a couple shelves would help remedy the issue. So I headed down to Home Depot and bought a 1"x12" piece of pine. After a few cuts, glue and screws, and a can of black spray paint I have a configuration I like much better. The Silver 9Ts are no longer precariously perched on the M500t (mkii'ed by @Daddyjt btw). They now have their own little cubby. For airflow the b
    10 points
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