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I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

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Post Tue Sep 28, 2010 6:43 am

I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

I bought a C-1, TX-11, M500, and M500t. So, did I get some good gear? My main question is, what is the difference between the 500 and 500t? And, do I need BOTH of them in a 2 channel system?
My speakers are Cornwalls, AR-3a's and JBL 166's. So far, I have only listened to the 500t with my AR's, and I am very pleased.
Any info regarding this gear is appreciated.
Thanks.
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Post Tue Sep 28, 2010 7:05 am

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

Welcome
Yes, you got great gear, The M500t is considered one of the best sounding (by some) amps of the Carver line. If you have bi-amped speakers then use the M500 on the bass and the M500t on the other .
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Post Tue Sep 28, 2010 8:57 am

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

WELCOME!

I wouldn't recommend bi-amping with those amps as the input sensitivities are different, if I'm not mistaken. If you had a way to adjust, that would work....but it appears you don't. Those amps are WAY more powerful than those speakers require~
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Post Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:13 am

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

Nice gear and I love those speakers. The M500t with the "t" on the end is transfer function modified or some like to say the "t" stands for like "tube sound". This is a well regarded amp and is more that enough to run both of your speakers.
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Post Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:15 am

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

Jag_97470 wrote:Nice gear and I love those speakers. The M500t with the "t" on the end is transfer function modified or some like to say the "t" stands for like "tube sound". This is a well regarded amp and is more that enough to run both of your speakers.



Yes, I am finding that out....so far I have only played the ARs, but they have never sounded so good.

One more question....is the 500t regarded more highlt than the 500?
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Post Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:15 am

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

Nice start on your OCCD. As for the 500 vs the 500t. That is a question only you can answer.
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Post Tue Sep 28, 2010 12:15 pm

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

I also have both of them. The M-500 is undeniably a better built amp (output inductors, transformer (field coil) cover, etc.), but has a different transfer function than the M-500t, which was designed to sound more "tubey". I find tubes make the midrange sound much sweeter than solid state amps, and I think this is what most people like about the M-500t, also. If I were using them to drive a single pair of speakers, I would definitely bi-amp them, as TNRabbit recommends, putting the M-500 on the bass (where it will do a better job of controlling the woofer excursion due to its higher damping factor), and the M-500t on the highs where its "tubiness" will shine. On the low end, "tubiness" becomes "tubbyness".

BTW, the amps do indeed have different sensitivities. The M-500 only requires √2V (1.414V) input at 1000Hz to drive it to 250W output, whereas the M-500t requires a full 2V to do the same.
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Post Wed Sep 29, 2010 4:41 am

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

Welcome to the forum. \:D/ Nice gear! :) Are you the one who got all that stuff for just $40?? If so, you got one hell of a deal! =D>
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Post Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:49 am

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

That's me.... 8)
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Post Wed Sep 29, 2010 8:27 am

Re: I just got my Carver gear and have a few questions...

mrjbq@aol.com wrote:That's me.... 8)

WOW!!! SUPER SNAG!!! =D> =D> =D>
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