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austinstephens

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Post Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:01 pm

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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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"Despite all the amputations, she could dance to a rock and roll station, and it was all right"....Lou Reed
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kingman

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(pair of) SILVER-7 TUBE AMPs

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Post Fri Mar 11, 2011 11:10 pm

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Nice system you got there!!!!! =D> =D> =D>
In reality, it only matters what it sounds like to YOU!!!
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jjptkd

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Post Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:12 am

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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~
Sunfire TGP-III
Sunfire 200x5
Klipsch KP 250 II
Samson SX3200 (750x2 Sub Amp)
(2) 18" Klipsch KP 480 Subs
Klipsch RSW 15
PS Audio DL-III DAC
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Mr. M-500t

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Post Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:18 am

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Welcome aboard austinstephens. Nice setup.
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Scarabeo

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Post Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:04 am

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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...
BillD, You will be forever with us! RIP until we meet again on the other side...
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Magic_Physicist

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Post Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:41 am

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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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engtaz

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Post Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:48 am

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Nice setup Congrats
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Carver M4.0T in front channels to Caver AL VI's in SACD & 2 Channel setup
C 16, PT 2400, Slim Device, Carver TX-8, 490T and Rega TT w Grado Gold cart in the 2 channel setup
Bogen SRB20 is computer amp
Carver PM-350 donated for youth church use
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TFM Carmine

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Post Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:00 am

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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>
CT-29v,TFM-55, PM 1200
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mbskeam

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Post Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:42 pm

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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!






lets talk......
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CARVER: TFM-75, TFM-45(3), SD/A-490T
SUNFIRE: Tube pre
2 sets of ALS'3, set of SILVERS, set of PLATS
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treitz3

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Post Sat Mar 12, 2011 12:52 pm

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austinstephens wrote:I'm looking at attending 2011...Hope to see everyone there!!!!
Keep us posted, we'd love to see you there.
In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

The best way to enjoy digital music reproduction is to never listen to a good analogue reproduction.

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helicopterpilotdoug

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Post Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:57 am

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=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

http://www.douglasconnection.com
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helicopterpilotdoug

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Post Sun Mar 13, 2011 5:57 am

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=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

http://www.douglasconnection.com

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