Which amp do you like best?

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Which amp do you like best?

Post by frankieD » Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:22 pm

I know that I read a previous thread that listed most of the Carver amps and various opinions on them. I could not find it. So I am asking if you know where that thread is or "which Carver amp is your favorite"

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Post by DJMARK » Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:27 pm

I am not sure about that...but there is a thread about the most higly regarded carver amplifier...
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oops, I found it

Post by frankieD » Sun Apr 29, 2007 2:27 pm

After looking all day yesterday with no success, as soon as I posted the question, I found the thread. Oh well. Still like to hear from anyone. I just got my tfm42 and I am trying to decide between it and my 500t. What do you think?

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Post by boomer-X » Sun Apr 29, 2007 4:49 pm

375 wpc - 250 wpc?

375, no substitute for power... not that 250 is bad (run both myself).

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Post by tomstat » Sun Apr 29, 2007 6:30 pm

I love my M1.5t!
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Post by tfm75 » Sun Apr 29, 2007 7:01 pm

tomstat wrote:I love my M1.5t!
I love mine as well, =P~ as well as my M-500t =P~

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Post by skip » Mon Apr 30, 2007 7:14 am

Just got a pair of Silver 9t's and they are awesome, but there is no way I'll ever let go of my M-500t. Not only beautiful, but it has the cleanest sound I've ever heard come out of an amp.

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Post by audioassassin77 » Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:44 pm

any amp with the "T" is fine with me. just hooked up my new m200t and couldnt be happier. blends nice with the 500ts and 400ts. i cant believe the power this little guy puts out bridged running my center channel. 350 more watts added for a happily spent $150! =D>

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Post by Bill » Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:49 pm

Those M200t's are a sweet sounding amp.....I love mine, despite the problems that I've had with it....I love my M400t's as well, but I am looking to get into the TFM-45 realm here soon......
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Post by m1.5tman » Tue May 01, 2007 6:58 pm

The M1.5t of course. \:D/
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Post by Kahuna » Thu May 17, 2007 5:32 pm

Having just re-tooled my power system, (I've added a tfm-42 and an A-760x amplifier to my M-4.0t amp) I have come up with a new favorite! It is the A-760x. It has a very transparent sound with mids and highs very similar to the other 2 amps I now own. What really separates it from the other 2 is it's ability to to deliver deep tight fast bass with tremendous low frequency extension that the other 2 amps can't quite match... The 2nd honeymoon has just begun! ;)

The other thing that I have noticed is that it is very revealing of poor recordings... (It seems to make them a little fatiguing which was interesting to hear!) :-k
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Post by tfm75 » Fri May 18, 2007 5:43 pm

Do you have the review of the a760x from Stereo Review 1997. The review says the a760x is a kick-ass Amplifier that puts out ball of power.
Congrats on getting her.

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Post by Magnaryder » Fri May 18, 2007 8:56 pm

Living with both bridged TFM-55s and an M500t, I'd have to say it depends on tastes AND source material. The combination of the C-19 and M500t is easier on selection of source material. It resolves really well but not like the C-1/TFM-55s. It gracefully plays most anything you ask of it and at very loud listening levels. Imaging is detailed, the sound staging is precise, broad and deep. Bass has the SLAM you expect from one of Bob's amps. I've listened to alot of more expensive amplifiers that can't hold a candle to it. The M500 is a great amp and I'm happy to have it.

Now, the C-1 and bridged TFM-55s deserve serious listening time. Sheesh, I'm in awe. Image details are nothing short of amazing and the soundstage extends inside/outside/in front and *behind* the speakers. I'm hearing things in the music that just aren't there in other amplifier pre-amp mixes.

This is both good and bad. If you have great source material this combination is articulate but very musical. On Aerosmith's PUMP I can plainly hear Tom Hamilton's finger plucking his bass during 'Jamie's got a gun'. On Pink Floyd's Darkside of the Moon the clocks that prelude 'Time' actually go behind my listening position. IIRC something like that from the Quad SQ recordings from the 70s. I still had to look to make sure the surround was OFF. 2Kewl \:D/ Deep bass has SERIOUS SLAM.

AMAZING =D>

On the dark side, some of my CDs sound like crap. There is a graininess on them I didn't hear before that makes them unlistenable now. Maybe the return of the C-19 will make a difference, we'll see.....

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Post by boomer-X » Fri May 18, 2007 9:07 pm

Kahuna wrote:Having just re-tooled my power system, (I've added a tfm-42 and an A-760x amplifier to my M-4.0t amp) I have come up with a new favorite! It is the A-760x. It has a very transparent sound with mids and highs very similar to the other 2 amps I now own. What really separates it from the other 2 is it's ability to to deliver deep tight fast bass with tremendous low frequency extension that the other 2 amps can't quite match... The 2nd honeymoon has just begun! ;)

The other thing that I have noticed is that it is very revealing of poor recordings... (It seems to make them a little fatiguing which was interesting to hear!) :-k
I've read more than a few reviews from the so-called "experts" of the audio world that proclaim that the later series of amps after Bob had left the company had superior bass characteristics and overall better sound than his older models.

Interesting given the fact that many think anything made after he left the company was inferior to the "Bob" years.

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Post by Kahuna » Fri May 18, 2007 9:16 pm

tfm75 wrote:Do you have the review of the a760x from Stereo Review 1997. The review says the a760x is a kick-ass Amplifier that puts out ball of power.
Congrats on getting her.
I don't believe I have the Stereo Review material on the A-760x, but I just forwarded you the Audio 1997 review (possibly to post for access by others) of this amp that another member here sent me.

Presently the amp is being used with my C-16 Pre-amp. After I've had a chance to listen to my material for a while with the new amp. I will switch to my C-19 to see what that will add to the listening experience...

It just keeps getten' better 'n better... ;)
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