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austinstephens
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Post by austinstephens » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:01 pm

I've been a Carver fan since 1990 when I purchased a pair of Amazings from a friend, who foolishly purchased a pair of "Maggies".. (A month later he was asking if I would be interested in selling the Carvers back..Ahh, No!) I drove them with an old Soundcraftsman power amp that worked it's ass off trying to drive the demanding loads of the Amazings. What a beautiful sound the speakers produced. The amp finally died one evening in a puff of smoke to the crescendo of ELP's Tarkus..Next I purchased an Adcom 5500 power amp..It did fair, but again, just couldn't drive the low impedance loads..

Finally, I purchased a Carver C-1 preamp and a TFM 55 power amp..This set up sounds absolutely wonderful..The Adcom cannot hold a candle to the 55's imaging and soundstage, not to mention the raw power it produces. The California Audio Labs CD player is warm and close to vinyl..I'm going to update to the Delta Transport and DAC..

After reading of the cheap bell wire Bob used in his speakers, I broke out the saw horses, a soldering iron, a schematic and rewired the speakers and crossovers with 12 gauge Monster. I also replaced the wood screws holding the grilles on with rivnut inserts and real 10-32 screws. My living room looked like the Carver plant!! I was a little nervous when I fired them up after the rewire, I was either lucky or good, because they sound great!!

I had a C1 Preamp, but just wasn't too pleased with it's sound, it sounded flat and plain....I believe it was tired and needed rebuilding..All I know is the C2 sounds much better, and I've been told the c1 and 2 share the same components..But it did take me 3 different C2's until I found this one..One sounded like crap, and the other had a hum, even when grounded..

I have added the C-9 Holo Processor..I'm still experimenting with the different modes, but it adds much space and imaging to the sound..

I'm enjoying this forum, and meeting all the other Carver fanatics out there..I was wanting to make Carverfest 2010, but job requirements prevented it..I'm looking at attending 2011...Hope to see everyone there!!!!
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kingman
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Re: Me stuff

Post by kingman » Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:10 pm

Nice system you got there!!!!! =D> =D> =D>
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Post by jjptkd » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:12 am

Very nice! =D> =D> I've been watching very close for a pair of Silvers or Platinums to pop up locally-- for now I can only drool! =P~ =P~
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Post by Mr. M-500t » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:18 am

Welcome aboard austinstephens. Nice setup.

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Post by Scarabeo » Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:04 am

AWESOME and Welcome again! I got the same Audio rack and the same TV stand as you have - 2 of each.
Again enjoying the pictures and great write up of your goodies \:D/
Enjoy and see you around...
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Post by Magic_Physicist » Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:41 am

Nice......the old ALS and the C-9 remind me of home......along with that dumb bell (I have the same type on the floor next to me)

BUT....damn don't put it so close to that ALS......it doesn't take much to scratch them....as you probably know since you since you had em on the saw horses......I did that back in the 1980's several times but layed em carefully on my livingroom carpet 8)



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Re: Me stuff

Post by engtaz » Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:48 am

Nice setup Congrats
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Post by TFM Carmine » Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:00 am

I agree the tfm 55 is a wicked power amp with awesome clean powerful sound, I have 2 running, nice system you have there =D>
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Post by mbskeam » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:42 pm

Very nice! I've been watching very close for a pair of Very nice! I've been watching very close for a pair of Silvers or Platinums to pop up locally-- for now I can only drool!



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Post by treitz3 » Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:52 pm

austinstephens wrote:I'm looking at attending 2011...Hope to see everyone there!!!!
Keep us posted, we'd love to see you there.
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Re: Me stuff

Post by helicopterpilotdoug » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:57 am

=D> Very Nice!! =D>
Sunfire: Theater Grand IV, Cinema Grand Signature.
Carver: TFM-45, PST-24 Cassette, Extra Carver Gear: CT-6, C-11 (S/N 00001).
Polk Audio: Mains SRS 2.1TL, Center CSiA6, Surrounds FXiA6 and FXiA4, Sub DSW MicroPro 1000, Extra Speakers SDA 2A, SDA 2Btl, Monitor 10A.
Turntable: Dual CS 714Q
Bluray/SACD: Oppo BDP 83SE
CD: Sony 330 300 Disk changer

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Post by helicopterpilotdoug » Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:57 am

=D> Very Nice!! =D>
Sunfire: Theater Grand IV, Cinema Grand Signature.
Carver: TFM-45, PST-24 Cassette, Extra Carver Gear: CT-6, C-11 (S/N 00001).
Polk Audio: Mains SRS 2.1TL, Center CSiA6, Surrounds FXiA6 and FXiA4, Sub DSW MicroPro 1000, Extra Speakers SDA 2A, SDA 2Btl, Monitor 10A.
Turntable: Dual CS 714Q
Bluray/SACD: Oppo BDP 83SE
CD: Sony 330 300 Disk changer

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