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Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:50 pm
by bigerik
Wonder if someone could point me in the direction of any info on the Carver Corp from 1999 (when Bob took it over again) until 2004 when it was sold to Phoenix Gold. Looked around but haven't seen much of anything.

I do remember seeing a Carver HT receiver in 1999, I think it was. Maybe 2000. Really beautifully made piece of equipment. Then it all kinda vanished....

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 2:38 am
by TNRabbit
I believe you're referring to the C1000 receiver. James has one.

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:33 am
by OBI56
Wabbit, wasn't that simply a repackaged Sunfire Cinema Receiver that Sunfire custom built for Carver?
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Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 5:28 am
by TNRabbit
From what I understand, there were quite a few differences between the Sunfire TG and the Carver C1000. Can someone confirm/refute?

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:11 am
by bigerik
Yup!
Thats the one I saw. Anyone know if they sold many of these? I wouldn't think so considering the outcome.

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 9:29 am
by TNRabbit
Want details on the C1000? Check this out:
http://www.carveraudio.com/phpBB3/sear ... mit=Search

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 10:30 am
by Toy Maker
Bob said a friend of his designed it... I guess it was not a Sunfire design. It is close to the Sunfire Ultimate Receiver, but not the same.

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:06 am
by bigerik
TNRabbit wrote:Want details on the C1000? Check this out:
http://www.carveraudio.com/phpBB3/sear ... mit=Search
Lots of great info there, but I was more thinking of the company as a whole.

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:07 am
by bigerik
Toy Maker wrote:Bob said a friend of his designed it... I guess it was not a Sunfire design. It is close to the Sunfire Ultimate Receiver, but not the same.
Interesting.
Wonder what Bobs thoughts were around saving, or rebuilding, Carver. Seems to have been very much on the back burner.

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 11:44 am
by docadillac
I remember that the two audio "salons" that carried Carver became dissatisfied with the company around '91-'92 and dropped them from their lines they carried. I believe that there was the opinion that Carver was going more Lo-fi with products that in their estimation had become "cheaper" and thus inferior. I don't remember the specifics of the conversations I had then because it was so long ago but I do remember the winds of change were blowing for the company and it was not all positive. Maybe that was here in B.C. It would be interesting to hear from other people with stories from that time period.

Re: Carver 1999-2004 - What happened?

Posted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 12:47 pm
by TNRabbit
use the SEARCH button up on the upper right corner; there is a ton of information already posted here. For example:

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