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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. 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
    16 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
    14 points
  12. 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
  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. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. I think the Xbox needs to go and get replaced with a second amp🤔. Ultimately, I need a bigger house lol
    11 points
  36. 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
    10 points
  37. 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 S
    10 points
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. 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
  41. I'm a new member but longtime audio enthusiast. I used to sell Carver back in the early 80's when I worked at a regional northeast Hi-Fi store called Sounds Great. Does any one remember it?
    10 points
  42. Just joined the community today - a great wealth of info here! I am need of a belt for 490t that has the classic door opening problem. There is a file available on this site found here: Hower when I load the page it states on the right hand side above the file information ' Sorry, you aren't permitted to download this file. ' Are there other requirements other than being a member to be able to download this file? It is not in the manual database (database link points to the above mentioned page. Any help is appreciated!
    10 points
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. 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
  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 have long been a Hi Fi aficionado living in the Boston area. Starting way back, post college with Harman Kardon components, and a Janszen speaker system with a big woofer and 2 electrostatic tweeters. Stereo, of course. Over time I worked up through a McIntosh amp and preamp-vacuum tube, but kept the old speakers, because they were good. Graduated further to a Bryston 1B preamp and a Bryston 4b amp, and Snell Acoustics Type A speakers. Denon turntable and Denon tuner. Graduated to Carver TX-11 FM tuner. Ultimately phased out of Vinyl, and went to CD's - Rotel RCD-971. Sold turntable and a
    10 points
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