Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

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Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by jjptkd » Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:42 pm

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

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Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by Mr. M-500t » Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:08 pm

BillD has one I think ?

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Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by treitz3 » Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:34 pm

Never even heard of it before, much less heard it.
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Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by BillD » Sat Mar 05, 2011 7:40 pm

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

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Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by kingman » Sun Mar 06, 2011 8:20 am

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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Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by BillD » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:24 am

Pretty much the same except for 50 more Watts per channel.
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Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by treitz3 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:26 am

How would you compare it, sound wise, to your M-500t? Well, I guess in your case before and after the mods?
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Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by jjptkd » Sun Mar 06, 2011 11:40 am

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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Re: Carver C-500 Laboratory Standard Amplifier

Post by BillD » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:44 pm

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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