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New To The Carver Site - Hello!

Post by RustinR » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:11 am

Hello All!

I was introduced to this site by another member, HelicopterPilotDoug who mentioned this is a great site for all owners of Carver's great electronics. I've owned Carver components for quite some time, and presently have a Carver SD/A-450 CD player, and three amps (a couple of TFM-35's, and one A-500x). I'm using the amps in a 5 channel surround system with the front channels driven off of the A-500x and the rears and center driven off of the two TFM-35's. The A-500x is a new aquisition and I was wondering if anyone knows what all is different about the A-500 vs. the TFM? They sound pretty similar, but the A-500x is quite a bit larger and configured a bit different. In my system, at least, the A-500 has a slightly brighter sound and seems to project a larger sound stage. I'll have to listen to it for a while as I'm not entirely sure I like it better than the TFM-35 that was in the front-channel position before.

What do you all think?

Thanks!

Rustin

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Re: New To The Carver Site - Hello!

Post by TNRabbit » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:29 am

WELCOME, Rustin!

Your new amp uses multiple output devices to provide high current, not unlike the later Sunfire setup (without the tracking downconverter). It's set up to be less "tube-like" than the TFM series, so that would account for the brightness. Still, a very good amp.

Enjoy~
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Post by thuffman03 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:30 am

Welcome to the forum!
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Post by peck555 » Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:40 am

Welcome!

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Post by gdb » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:19 pm

Howdy ! :D

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Post by helicopterpilotdoug » Mon Jun 28, 2010 1:50 pm

HELLO RUSTIN WELCOME TO THE FORUM! Glad you made it over here. =D>
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Post by engtaz » Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:33 pm

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Post by frankieD » Mon Jun 28, 2010 2:52 pm

WELCOME !!

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Post by Scarabeo » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:15 pm

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Post by kingman » Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:37 pm

WELCOME RustinR !!!! Good to see the 500 made it to you. =D> =D> =D>...it not only produces high voltage but also high current flow compared to the TFM amps.
In reality, it only matters what it sounds like to YOU!!!

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Post by Zoot Horn » Mon Jun 28, 2010 8:14 pm

Welcome Rustin R (your last name would not happen to be Ricks would it?)

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Re: New To The Carver Site - Hello!

Post by RustinR » Mon Jun 28, 2010 9:24 pm

Zoot - Nope

Thanks for the replies all, and thanks for the explanation TNRabbit. Say, who is good for doing upgrade mods for Carver equipment? I would love to swap out those binding posts on my amps as they're a real pain for clamping stripped wire into, especially the silver-OFHC teflon wire I'm using...would be sweet to get some WBT's put in their place on the TFM's. Also, has anyone done any hi-perf mods on any of the CD players (or any in general, for that matter)? I'd be interested to know the improvements (if any).

Thanks again!

Rustin

PS - Doug, you have the coolest avatar ever! 8)

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Post by helicopterpilotdoug » Tue Jun 29, 2010 4:46 am

RustinR wrote:PS - Doug, you have the coolest avatar ever! 8)
LOL, Thanks Rustin. :D
Sunfire: Theater Grand IV, Cinema Grand Signature.
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