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Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

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Post Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:53 pm

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

To be specific, it was the Marysville Goodwill store, but I'm not sure if that makes any difference or if it was just the luck of the draw. It (and many local, inner Puget Sound Goodwill stores) are tied into the "Seattle Goodwill" consortium, and they ship merchandise as far north as Mt. Vernon, and as far south as Federal Way, I believe. The price: $25 with a 7 day return if I was not satisfied for any reason.

I'm working now to come up with a reasonably quick way I can A/B it with my current amp, given the funky connectors (incompatible with banana plugs, it appears) that came stock on the M-500.
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Post Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:12 pm

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

thats the story, I was lookin for..... :D :D :D

you got a great score.
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Post Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:57 pm

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

I'm working now to come up with a reasonably quick way I can A/B it with my current amp, given the funky connectors (incompatible with banana plugs, it appears) that came stock on the M-500.[/quote]

Just run a short set of jumper wires off your banana plugs. Use the banana's for amp A and the jumpers for amp B. \:D/
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Post Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:29 am

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

Nice Find, and at a great price!!! Congrats. Glad you got it working. :D
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Post Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:31 am

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

stereo_buff wrote:I'm working now to come up with a reasonably quick way I can A/B it with my current amp, given the funky connectors (incompatible with banana plugs, it appears) that came stock on the M-500.

MRHP wrote:Just run a short set of jumper wires off your banana plugs. Use the banana's for amp A and the jumpers for amp B. \:D/

Great minds must think alike - that's what I thought of last night as well. I'm going to secure the supplies I need today and try it tonight! I've never owned an M-500 before and never listened to one, to speak of (my buddy, however, does own an M-500t). I'm really curious how it will sound.

FYI, the rest of my current listening station includes:

- Sunfire Vacuum Tube Preamp
- Sunfire 300 ~two Amplifier
- Sunfire TSEQ-10 Subwoofer
- Sunfire CRM-2 Cinema Ribbon Speakers
- Carver TX-11 FM Tuner
- Carver C-9 Sonic Hologram Generator
- Rotel RCD-1072 CD Player
- Rega P5 Turntable (w/ TT-PSU Power Supply) and Ortofon Super OM 40 cartridge

... and a bunch of CDs and LPs that I can listen to!
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Post Tue Jun 26, 2012 7:47 am

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

stereo_buff wrote:- Sunfire Vacuum Tube Preamp
- Sunfire 300 ~two Amplifier
- Sunfire TSEQ-10 Subwoofer
- Sunfire CRM-2 Cinema Ribbon Speakers
- Carver TX-11 FM Tuner
- Carver C-9 Sonic Hologram Generator
- Rotel RCD-1072 CD Player
- Rega P5 Turntable (w/ TT-PSU Power Supply) and Ortofon Super OM 40 cartridge

... and a bunch of CDs and LPs that I can listen to!


Thats a nice setup, what tubes do you run in the Preamp?
TFM-75 serial #0001
PT-2400 serial #0001
Lightstar serial #0008
Lightstar serial #0008
Carver Black Magic 20/pair
300x2
SD/A 490t
Sunfire Tube preamp
DENON DP-62L TT
ProJect TT Tube preamp
Technics RS-1500US Reel to Reel
DQ-6c's
DQ-20's
JL Audio 12W7's
After showing SNOOP65 a set of outrageously expensive tubes on ebay he says:
OK ERIC, LET GO OF THE MOUSE AND BACK AWAY FROM YOUR PC WITH YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR. NOW SLOWLY LAY FACE DOWN ON THE FLOOR!!!!
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Post Wed Jun 27, 2012 1:17 pm

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

I'm running 'old' Sovtek tubes on the main preamp PCB, with NOS Telefunken and RCA tubes on the phono PCB.

Listened to the M-500 last night. Based on memory alone, it not only sounded different from my Sunfire, but also from my M-1.5t (currently in storage) of nearly the same vintage. I'm going to drag out the M-1.5t soon and actually compare it against the M-500. One thing that is very cool (to me) about the M-500 are the large meters on the front panel. Watching them dance about is almost as much fun as listening to the music!
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Post Wed Jun 27, 2012 2:55 pm

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

The M500 is certainly Bob's best looking amp.

And maybe the best looking amp period.

A reputation of being "very musical" as well.
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Post Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:05 pm

Re: Picked up a Carver M-500 at the thrift store...

frankieD wrote:The M500 is certainly Bob's best looking amp.

And maybe the best looking amp period.

A reputation of being "very musical" as well.

It definitely sounds different! And not all that bad, either. Of course, my pair of CRM-2 speakers does not put a significant (current) load on the amp, compared to ALS or some other models.
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