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Post Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:42 pm

Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Anybody have any experiance with this amplifier? Looks a lot like the Phase Linear amps.

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Post Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:08 pm

Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

BillD has one I think ?
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Post Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:34 pm

Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Never even heard of it before, much less heard it.
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Post Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:40 pm

Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

See my avatar. It's a brute. 250WPC RMS into 8Ω, 454WPC RMS into 4Ω Damping factor over 1000 at 20 Hz Slew rate 80V/µsec. THD < 0.05%. S/N > 100dB

Oh, it sounds good too.
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Post Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:20 am

Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

I believe it was Bob's first amp when he started Carver Corporation hence it's similarity to the Phase Linear 400 Series 2.
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Post Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:24 am

Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Pretty much the same except for 50 more Watts per channel.
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Post Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:26 am

Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

How would you compare it, sound wise, to your M-500t? Well, I guess in your case before and after the mods?
In search of accurate reproduction of music. Real sound is my reference and while perfection may not be attainable? If I chase it, I might just catch excellence.

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Post Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:40 am

Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

The damping factor on that amp puts even most newer amps to shame. I would have to think that, depending on your speakers of course, that it would seem far more powerful then its rated output, especially when compared to the m-500. The way I understand it, watts are like horsepower and damping factor is like torque.
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Post Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:44 pm

Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Well, it has that unmodified solid state sound. Absolutely no coloration. Like a straight wire with gain. I think that's why Bob labelled it Laboratory Standard. I power a pair of M&K speakers in my office with it. They aren't much of a load for it to handle.
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