I am new to this board and wanted to introduce myself. I'm a huge Carver fan, as I've owned a Carver system since 1991 to include the following components:
Carver SD/A 490t Reference CD Player
Carver TX-11b AM/FM Tuner (for sale)
Carver C-19 Reference Preamplifier (for sale)
Carver Silver-Nine-t Reference Amplifiers
Apogee Acoustics Centaurus Major ribbon loudspeakers
Carver DPL-33 Dolby Pro Logic Surround Decoder (for sale)
Carver Av-64 3/4 Channel Amplifier (for sale)
ADS L400 Rear Speakers (selling soon)
About 15 years ago, I tried to upgrade my $700 Carver CD player, and took home a $1,500 player to compare it with (I don't recall the brand), but it didn't come close to the Carver. Then I tried a $3,000 player, which came closer, but still didn't beat the Carver. I couldn't afford anything better, so Carver made a true believer out of me. And the Silver-Nine-t Amplifiers are amazing; they too sound better than amplifiers costing many times more.
I later discovered that I could get the best possible sound out of my CDs if I connected the CD player directly to the Amplifiers, without going through my pre-amp. I liked that setup so much, that that's the way my system's been ever since. As a result, I've now decided to sell my sell my tuner, pre-amp, and surround equipment, since I haven't been using them due to my "no preamp" setup. I just posted information about these under "Buy/Sell/Trade for Newbies".
About a year ago, my CD player started skipping, so I took it into a repair shop, but they were unable to fix it. Sadly, I threw it out, and now that I've discovered these boards, I highly regret that decision. I'm guessing there are people here who may have been able to help me fix it (ugh!), or at the very least could have used spare parts (my apologies).
Until I get enough money to buy another quality CD player, I'm running my iPod through my Silver-Nine-t's (that's really sad, isn't it? It's a FAR cry from the SD/A 490t).
Anyway, that's my Carver background in a nutshell. I appreciate a forum with fellow Carver fans!!!
Carver Silver-Nine-t Amplifiers
Apogee Centaur Major Loudspeakers