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Glad to be here, new member from Virginia. Recently got interested in Carver and have acquired several units:

 

C1 pre - I would like to recap this soon

M1.0t - Hopefully the MKII opt 2 is in order

M500t - Also hoping to do the MKII 

A set of ALIIIs 

 

I'm planning on bi-amping the ALIIIs with the M500t running the ribbons and the M1.0t running the subs. 

 

Any advice/recommendations?

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Hello Innovatejlb, and welcome to thecarversite.com. We're glad you're hear. ;) There is a lot of information here, much technical know how, and a pretty good bunch of folks that are happy to help.

 

A very nice set of Carver gear, and that is what I call jumping into the deep end of the pool. The mkII upgrades for the amps will transform them from great to stellar. For the C-1, I highly recommend the BillD upgrade along with the recap. The BillD C-1 with those amps running your ALIIIs should sound phenomenal. 


Once you get to Novice status, please consider uploading some pics of your gear in the Members Systems area. We all like pics of all kinds of audio gear.


In the meantime, kick your shoes off, turn up the music, and welcome aboard.

 

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20 hours ago, Innovatejlb said:

Glad to be here, new member from Virginia. Recently got interested in Carver and have acquired several units:

 

C1 pre - I would like to recap this soon

M1.0t - Hopefully the MKII opt 2 is in order

M500t - Also hoping to do the MKII 

A set of ALIIIs 

 

I'm planning on bi-amping the ALIIIs with the M500t running the ribbons and the M1.0t running the subs. 

 

Any advice/recommendations?

 

Welcome !! We are all happy you are on board.

 

Advice? Take your wallet out of your pocket. Hold it in both hands. Talk to it gently, explaining how you are sorry for what you are about to do to it. Let it know it will be OK after it gets a chance to recover - probably in 3 - 5 years...

 

Recommendations?

 

The C-1 should be given the "BillD" treatment. Easily one of the best "bang for your buck" mods you can do and it creates an excellent foundation for a system.

 

Your choice of amplification is excellent, IMHO. You will have plenty of clean power on tap, especially once they are both updated / upgraded.

 

Check the foam surround on the woofers in the ALIIIs. If they are original they will need the surrounds replaced.

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Hey guys, 

 

I'm not sure where to post this as I'm new, but I got my ALIIIs setup this evening Bi-Amped with the M1.0t running the subs and the M500t running the ribbons. Overall I'm really really happy. The surrounds on the subs are performing really well (Maybe a future upgrade/mod are in order), but I did notice some ribbon buzz at certain ranges (a few really specific freqs).... I switched the amps to confirm it was the ribbons- with buzzes on slightly different ranges on both ALIIIs... I pulled the foam and there are a few small undulations in the ribbons where the buzz comes from.... I also checked and made sure all the screws along the back were tight. I was anxious about this as I'm not very familiar with ribbon drivers.... So here's the brass tax:

 

1) given the buzz is only at specific ranges how difficult are the 48" ribbons to repair?

 

2)Are quality replacements available? I've seen parts express links but they appear to no longer be available

 

Any help/advice would be much appreciated!

 

--also definitely talking sweetly to my wallet... And my wife...

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The B-G replacement drivers formerly at PartsExpress are no longer available. Bohlender Graebener was bought up by a company that doesn't wish to sell in the component market.

 

Repairs? Get in touch with member Sea here and talk to him about that! He has the replacement ribbon material and the jigs to do proper rebuilds.

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Thanks! Just messaged him. Looks like he's just down an in NC worst case scenario. I was really anxious about the ribbons as I'm not very experienced with them.... but for the most part they are amazing! Any other VA, NC, MD members here? 

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