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kaiser507

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Post Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:24 pm

long-time fan, new member!

hey everybody, I stumbled upon this site today after seeing a post from 'toy maker' on a forum on another site, where there was a discussion about Carver's Lightstar gear. Awesome to see a bunch of like-minded addicts getting together! I happen to own a perfect example of the Lightstar Reference amp and I've always loved it, but maybe never realized how rare they are. I purchased it from an iSoldit ebay store about 4 years ago, and I really don't think they knew what they were dealing with based on what they were asking for it... I tend to favor any amplifier that requires the use of a hand-truck to move it around.

Anyway, I've been a big fan of Carver amps since I was in high school and was looking for an amp with some serious horsepower after melting down a series of Sony and Pioneer receivers. The first one of my collection was a TFM-35x that I bought from Circuit City, remember them? The collection has expanded ever since, and the only component I've regretfully sold was that first TFM-35. Although I used the cash to help purchase an A-760x, so I justified it to myself. I ran the 760 bridged into a pair of cerwin-vega stroker 18" subs (1,600W RMS each) in some home-built fridges, oh i mean boxes. After a few months of some hard mileage, the 760 eventually threw in the towel by melting the solder off its output terminals. I had it repaired at a local shop and I think it has since forgiven me. I've since treated my equipment with a bit more respect...

Here's my current inventory:
- C-19 vacuum tube reference preamp
- CT-28v home theater preamp
- SD/A 390t vacuum tube reference CD changer
- MV-5 CD changer
- TFM-22 amp
- A-760x amp
- Lightstar Reference amp
- Tri-Trix transmission-line 2-way speakers
- (4) Cerwin-Vega L-7 2-way speakers

I can get some pics on here if anybody's interested!
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TNRabbit

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(pair of) SILVER-7 TUBE AMPs

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Post Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:30 pm

Re: long-time fan, new member!

First: WELCOME!

Second: AWESOME YOU MELTED THE SOLDER OFF THE OUTPUT TERMINALS!!! DUDE!!!!!

Third: Are you shitting me?!? OF COURSE WE WANT PICS!!!!

:D :D :D :D 8)
TNRabbit
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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kingman

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(pair of) SILVER-7 TUBE AMPs

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Post Fri Feb 26, 2010 8:50 pm

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That's a great line up you have!!! Congrats!!!! =D> =D> =D>
In reality, it only matters what it sounds like to YOU!!!
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kaiser507

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Post Fri Feb 26, 2010 9:58 pm

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here are a couple pics to give you a flavor of the current setup. No, i don't use three amps to power two speakers, but that would be interesting... :) The lightstar is the only one used right now, with the side benefit that it keeps my living room nice and warm!!
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TNRabbit

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Post Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:03 pm

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Beautiful~

I love the rack.
TNRabbit
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From FrankieD's lips to your ears: Sunfire - a quiet box of endless power.

Sunfire TG-IV/400~7 Amp
Carver SD/A-360 CDP
Benchmark DAC-1
Sony SACD/DVD-A
Active bi-amp: Ashly XR-1001 & 2 Rane PEQ-15s
Main: HotRodded AL-IIIs
Sub: Klipsch RT-12d
Center: Sunfire CRS-3c
Surround: Sunfire CRS-3 (x 2)

OconeeOrange wrote:"Gary likes to play it 'loud' as do I. His system begs you turn it up until you die"

RIP WIlliam B. Dibble, 1948-2012. I'll miss you my friend.
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Jag_97470

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Post Fri Feb 26, 2010 10:18 pm

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Welcome to the forum! That is a beautiful set-up, thank you for the pictures! I am curious :-k how are you integrating the ipod into your system? Welcome again!
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beemers417

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 12:35 am

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Very nice! =D> =D> =D> =D>
Gunter the wonder dog is watching you...
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engtaz

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:53 am

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Welcome can you say Lightstar baby. sweet =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D>
engtaz


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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Breaking Glass

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:01 am

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Welcome, nice system.
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thuffman03

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:09 am

Re: long-time fan, new member!

Welcome to the forum. Very nice setup!
Some cool Carver stuff!
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kaiser507

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 11:12 am

Re: long-time fan, new member!

I use a Gigaware docking station for the iPod, I think it's model #12-497. This is one of the nicest ones I've seen. It has a pair of RCA outs, composite video, S-video, and USB, so you can also play downloaded videos on your TV if you want. It also charges the iPod and has a decent little remote control. I still enjoy the sound quality of CD's, but you can't beat an ipod with 2000 songs on shuffle! One other thing, this model doesn't support the ipod Touch, my friend has tried it. Looks like the recess in the dock isn't wide enough for the touch, but the nano's work great. hope this helps

thanks for the comments about my system! :)
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Jag_97470

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 2:50 pm

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kaiser507 wrote:I use a Gigaware docking station for the iPod, I think it's model #12-497. This is one of the nicest ones I've seen. It has a pair of RCA outs, composite video, S-video, and USB, so you can also play downloaded videos on your TV if you want. It also charges the iPod and has a decent little remote control. I still enjoy the sound quality of CD's, but you can't beat an ipod with 2000 songs on shuffle! One other thing, this model doesn't support the ipod Touch, my friend has tried it. Looks like the recess in the dock isn't wide enough for the touch, but the nano's work great. hope this helps

thanks for the comments about my system! :)


Yes kaiser507 thank you, I will do some research on the Gigaware docking station, thanks for the reply on this.
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Zoot Horn

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 4:52 pm

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welcome to the forum--nice rig also.
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Scarabeo

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 5:22 pm

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I love the Equipment but also the audio stand NICE!!! Happy to have you with us...
BillD, You will be forever with us! RIP until we meet again on the other side...
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BrianT

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Post Sat Feb 27, 2010 6:01 pm

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Welcome.

Your gear looks real nice.

Brian.
VPI Classic Turntable (blk)
Transfiguration Phoenix Cartridge
Sunfire Vacuum Tube Control Centre. C/W Mod'ed Phono Stage
Carver Silver 7's Tube Amps
Raysonic CD-168 CDP (silver)
Carver TX11.
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