Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

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Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by jjptkd » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:46 am

Just worked out a deal with Angelo for one of his Carverfest tube amps he had listed on eBay yesterday, really looking forward to trying it out in my main system. He tells me the Carverfest amps are superior to the factory version the VTA-20 which I really liked myself.

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"The 2020 was based off this design but used tag boards. Tubular joe talked smack about what bob ferineli did on those prototypes before the production ones where sold. I would be very interested in your feed back on this little amp"

Back when I had the VTA-20 I was able to compare it head to head with a Lightstar amplifier and an original Sunfire 600x2, I actually liked the sound of the VTA-20 over the 600x2 up to its power limits, remember thinking the little tube amp sounded closer to the Lightstar than the 600x2 did.

Anyway, just really excited to try this out as my living situation has changed and I no longer need big power to drive my system so this may end up being a keeper for awhile. I'm going to try it head to head with my refurbished Sunfire 325x2 (thanks Doug!) and see which works better for me. I'll post pictures as soon as I get it set up and running.
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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by kingman » Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:01 pm

Congratulations! Look forward to your review.
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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Don » Sun Feb 03, 2019 11:29 pm

Look forward to your thoughts also. In my setup, I preferred the CF 20 amp over my 400X7 at sane listening levels. Just posted my thoughts under another thread as to why. I have the Mullard tubes in the little CF 20, but to be honest, not a big tube roller. Put those in and never looked back.
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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Magnaryder » Mon Feb 04, 2019 10:39 am

I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on the 2011 amp. They work really well driving my Stax headphones also.

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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by jjptkd » Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:43 am

I plan on testing the amp using my Oppo Sonica DAC as a preamp initially, will be comparing it to my Sunfire Ultimate Receiver first. After that I have my Sunfire TGP-IV & 325x2 combo I'll try out and for the final showdown it will probably be using the TGP-IV / Oppo combo with the Carverfest amp versus the 325x2.

I would like to run just the Oppo DAC and tube amp if possible (that was a major justification for spending the money on that DAC initially) but I found that I needed some tone and crossover controls to dial back the bass response as my speakers will quite easily tear up my room if left un-checked with the 325x2 / Oppo combo. If I had to guess I'd say I'll probably end up with the TG-IV as a volume / tone / crossover control using the Oppo as a streaming device / DAC with the Carverfest amplifier.
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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Dennis47 » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:49 am

@jjptkd

I obtained a 2011 CF tube amp last spring and have been rolling tubes since.
I find both power and driver tubes can make quite a difference in detail and soundstage.

I keep coming back to EL84 Telefunken (circa 1955) power tubes and
6AX7 NOS Tung-Sol (circa 1952) driver tubes. The new-issue Russian and Chinese
tubes just sound flat and grainy to me.


I recently obtained a 6N2 to 12AX7 socket adaptor and have tried Genalex reissued
12AX7 gold pins (not bad at all...good wide soundstage). I'm now looking at obtaining
a pair of 12AX7 Telefunkens and Amperex Bugle Boys. The prices are outragueous!

My point is you may want to add tube rolling into the comparison.

Is your amp wired for 6AX7 or 12AX7 tubes?

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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Ben D. Rinkin » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:12 am

Looking forward to hearing how the little EL-84 plays music versus some of the big dogs. That would be some really fun listening sessions.

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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by kingman » Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:38 am

Did it ever arrive?
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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by jjptkd » Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:43 am

kingman wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:38 am
Did it ever arrive?
Hasn't come in yet, scheduled to be at my house on Thursday but I'm out of town until at least Saturday so it will be a bit still before I get a chance to spend any time with it. I know I'm eager to check it out I think it will be perfect for my current situation / set up. \:D/
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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Scarabeo » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:48 pm

jjptkd wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:43 am
kingman wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:38 am
Did it ever arrive?
Hasn't come in yet, scheduled to be at my house on Thursday but I'm out of town until at least Saturday so it will be a bit still before I get a chance to spend any time with it. I know I'm eager to check it out I think it will be perfect for my current situation / set up. \:D/
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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Ben D. Rinkin » Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:32 am

That sounds pretty cool. Tube amp for headphones, Pics, pics, pics.

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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Scarabeo » Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:56 am

Ben D. Rinkin wrote:
Fri Feb 15, 2019 4:32 am
That sounds pretty cool. Tube amp for headphones, Pics, pics, pics.

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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Ben D. Rinkin » Sun Feb 17, 2019 6:16 am

Nice. Looking at those tubes in there all I can think is they look like a caged animal. Hope they sound....ah...wild.

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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by Scarabeo » Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:45 am

You May not had them long enough yet but Any Opinion yet on the Tube amp? 3D imaging - sound-staging & musicality? Tubes rock man!
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Re: Awaiting the Arrival of a Carverfest Tube Amp from Angelo!

Post by kingman » Fri Mar 01, 2019 8:17 am

jjptkd wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:43 am
kingman wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:38 am
Did it ever arrive?
Hasn't come in yet, scheduled to be at my house on Thursday but I'm out of town until at least Saturday so it will be a bit still before I get a chance to spend any time with it. I know I'm eager to check it out I think it will be perfect for my current situation / set up. \:D/
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