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Carver C-19

Post by Snoop65 » Tue Feb 01, 2011 8:58 pm

Are there any Carver C-19 owners here? If there are how would you describe it's sound. I'm just curious.
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by frankieD » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:33 am

Snoop65 wrote:Are there any Carver C-19 owners here? If there are how would you describe it's sound. I'm just curious.
I would describe its sound as :


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Re: Carver C-19

Post by skip » Wed Feb 02, 2011 8:26 am

So would I. Very warm sound with a great soundstage. Excellent phono section too.
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by kingman » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:08 am

Skip is correct in his judgement. I have heard and seen his C-19 and it produces a very warm tonal quality.
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by thuffman03 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:24 am

I really like mine. Sound is very nice. You have lots of control to make it sound good in imperfect listening rooms. Well worth the money.
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by Snoop65 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:33 am

Thuffman03, how would you compare it to the Sunfire Classic tube?
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by thuffman03 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 11:27 am

I like them both. I have a hard time finding much of a sound difference between them.
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by kingman » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:06 pm

thuffman03 wrote:I like them both. I have a hard time finding much of a sound difference between them.
Good ear Tom!!!! I was thinking the same thing.
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by Snoop65 » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:16 pm

Interesting. Thanks for the reply fellas!
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by skip » Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:59 am

I bought my C-19 from a forum member that sold it to get a Sunfire tube pre. He ended up selling the Sunfire to get another C-19.
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by TNRabbit » Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:47 am

The C-19 is also WAY more versatile than the Sunfire Tube pre....
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by BillD » Thu Feb 03, 2011 1:29 pm

But it's really a solid-state preamp with a tube buffer attached to its outputs.
It should sound like it isn't there!
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by stereo_buff » Thu Feb 03, 2011 2:32 pm

BillD wrote:But it's really a solid-state preamp with a tube buffer attached to its outputs.
Bill is absolutely correct. The Sunfire is 100% tube in the signal path; the C-19 buffers the signal with tubes then passes it through op amps on the way to its destination.

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Re: Carver C-19

Post by Snoop65 » Thu Feb 03, 2011 11:34 pm

Good information. Never new that about the C-19. I always thought it was a traditional tube preamp.
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Re: Carver C-19

Post by Scarabeo » Sat Feb 05, 2011 2:47 am

I love the look of the Sunfire - The tube window was a cool match in the Sunfire line! Wish I had one...
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