Carver M1.0t MKII

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Carver M1.0t MKII

Post by treitz3 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 4:47 pm

A review is being typed up as we speak.
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Re: Carver M1.0t MKII

Post by audiophile101 » Tue Sep 23, 2008 10:52 pm

Since your ok with me posting my review of the Carver M-1.0t MKII here, I'll give it a go.


Review of the Carver M-1.0t MKII (RichP714 Modified):

Sometimes starting a review can be difficult but this time it will be easy. I want to simply begin by once again thanking Rich for allowing me and a few choice others to have the chance to demo this amplifier. It is an incredibly nice thing for him to do and I appreciate it very much.

When the Carver M-1.0t MKII arrived I was very excited. Later on that night I took the time to set it up and started my first listening session. For reference, I was using a Carver M-1.5t that was just rebuilt and in top working order before I swapped the M1.0t MKII in it's place. Joined with a C-19 and some Yamaha NS-1000's I got busy. It was already late so I grabbed a few cd's that I know very well and started things up. I played a few classic rock cd's such as Yes, Rush, and Pink Floyd. I noticed major improvements in comparison to the M-1.5t in most every way possible and immediately! The bass was incredibly tighter and definitely more extended. The midrange were warmer and slightly more natural sounding. The treble was very direct and crisp with great frequency extension. When a cymbal was struck hard you heard it with near the same violence the as when it was recorded (or so you would think). The musical separation was great as well. Every instrument was well defined and played very enjoyably. Vocals seemed very nice as well but I won't say that they are the M-1.0t MKII's strong point. A very few number of times I felt the male vocals seemed ever so slightly dull. The only thing I didn't like at first listen was the soundstage. With my M-1.5t, I could sit back and point around to the different instruments playing and the vocals on most cd's were dead centered. The M-1.5t soundstage was very 3D and perhaps the best thing I liked about it. The MKII was lacking this, but not by a large margin. I could still sit and point but it seemed to be a bit on the shallow side, lacking the proper depth. I played with my speakers a bit and got it better but I could not get it quite as good as my M-1.5t. Don't get me wrong, it was still an impressive dynamic soundstage, it was simply one up'd in that department. Another thing that I liked so much is how it was so direct and in your face like many higher end solid state amplifiers, but it had that warmth about it that allowed higher listening levels without fatigue. I would say "tube like" but I honestly feel that tube amplifiers are in a league of their own sonically.... Ok!!! It was "tube like" in a way. :D Yes, I gathered all that the first night (ok, maybe two). O:)

From that day on I had a whole bunch of listening time and enjoyed whole slew of cd's and even some records (many half speed mastered and direct to disc). I was actually trying to be picky and find things I didn't like and it was tough. This amplifier is just simply enjoyable! One thing I noticed was how black the background was. Even on some recordings that had a bit of ugly background noise, they seemed to lay lower. To sum it all up, I think overall that the M-1.0t MKII is one of the best sounding solid state amplifier I have heard. I've heard amplifiers that were more natural sounding, and as stated above, have better soundstages and dynamics but this was by far the most enjoyable solid state amplifier I have used. From day one my thoughts didn't change much on this amplifier. It stood out and told me it's story right away. Usually over time I tend to sort out the pro's and cons of the overall sound but my original thoughts stuck with me for the entire duration I used it. I won't even talk about power output because we all know it's a monster! It was right up there with my M-1.5t and that thing is a powerhouse! This is the best amplifier for the money I have used. I believe they are somewhere around $650, and to me thats a bargain.

Hope you enjoyed this review. I tried to make it detailed but we all know there are only so many words we can use to describe what we hear.

Thank you.

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Re: Carver M1.0t MKII

Post by audiophile101 » Wed Sep 24, 2008 1:09 pm

Also, a quick review of Rich's S.T.D. (sonic transmography dongle):


The STD dongle thingy hurt performance in every way in my system. The bass was muddier (most noticable), the musical seperation were hurt and the tip of the treble was even lacking in some songs. The power output was hurt as well. I had to turn it up higher for the same level of sound. The already warm sounding amplifier was no more warm. I used it for a short period before dissconnecting it. I don't mean to sound direct and blunt about it but I'm just giving you my honest opinion. Nice try though.

Maybe it would work better on an amplifier that doesn't already have the "t" mod inside? Perhaps it was simply too much?

In case you didn't know what the S.T.D. was here it is directly from RichP714:

S.T.D ---- The lion's share of difference between the M-1.5t, M-1.0t and M-4.0t circuitry is in the feedback loop and output terminals; the 't' mod. While the 1.5, 1.0 and 4.0 have very similar feedback, a large difference between the 1.0 and others is the inclusion of a series resistor on the positive output terminals of the 1.5 and 4.0. In interviews, Bob Carver has said that he's determined that such a resistor is responsible for 90% of the 'tube' sound, and Sunfire equipment offers both current and voltage outputs.

The S.T.D. is a dongle type unit that has series resistors of the same value found in the M-4.0t. It features shoddy construction, plastic parts, and is only guaranteed to reduce the output power of the amplifier. Other than that, it's up to the demo guys to determine if it makes a difference (I haven't even tested it, but haven't you always wondered?).

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