Carver C-500 Amp?

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Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by glass car » Fri Apr 08, 2011 8:54 pm

Currently on ebay there is a C-500 amp selling for $700 asking price. I know nothing about this series of Carver amps. My experience is limited to the M1.5t, C-1 and TX-11. Is this a good amp? Is it worth anywhere the asking price. I'm thinking of setting up another system in my home office.
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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by OconeeOrange » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:00 pm

If it is this one, I think we do have an expert on it here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... :MEBIDX:IT

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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by kingman » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:08 pm

The C-500 was the first amp Bob produced after leaving Phase Linear. It is very similar to the Phase Linear 400 with the same output and chassis build. OO is referring to the M-500t which is a totally different amp. IMHO $700 is very high. I'm thinking $350 to $400 for a good unit operationally and cosmetically. BillD has one of these I think and can explain more.
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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by Mr. M-500t » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:13 pm

OconeeOrange wrote:If it is this one, I think we do have an expert on it here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... :MEBIDX:IT

Contact Mr. M-500t at memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&u=1993

Don't forget to call DIBBS !!! :lol:
He's talking C-500 you dumb ass ! ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) NOT MMMMMMMM :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by Mr. M-500t » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:15 pm

kingman wrote:The C-500 was the first amp Bob produced after leaving Phase Linear. It is very similar to the Phase Linear 400 with the same output and chassis build. OO is referring to the M-500t which is a totally different amp. IMHO $700 is very high. I'm thinking $350 to $400 for a good unit operationally and cosmetically. BillD has one of these I think and can explain more.
=D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> =D> BillD is the one to talk to. Not me !

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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by OconeeOrange » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:18 pm

Mr. M-500t wrote:
OconeeOrange wrote:If it is this one, I think we do have an expert on it here.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... :MEBIDX:IT

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He's talking C-500 you dumb ass ! ](*,) ](*,) ](*,) NOT MMMMMMMM :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Good deal, that just leaves the two of us going after the "T". 8)

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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by Mr. M-500t » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:32 pm

You just leave that T alone Mr...................................... :x :x :x :x

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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by BillD » Fri Apr 08, 2011 9:47 pm

The C-500 is indeed a bit like the Phase Linear 400/700. Unlike the 400 which had 200 WPC, the C-500 has 250. It's a big EI transformer amp (no finesse here, just brute force) Huge heatsinks and it runs pretty warm. I have mine located on a metal wire book stand to maximize airflow, and the inrush current torque actually moves the stand a bit. The amp weighs 35 lbs.
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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by beemers417 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:04 pm

$700 is way too much!!! The seller has wishful thinking.
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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by glass car » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:11 pm

beemers417 wrote:$700 is way too much!!! The seller has wishful thinking.

Thanks. That is what I was looking for.

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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by Mr. M-500t » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:17 pm

I wouldn't feel bad about spending half of that for a nice one ! It is quite old and will need lots -O- TLC.

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Re: Carver C-500 Amp?

Post by beemers417 » Fri Apr 08, 2011 10:21 pm

It is a great amp but will need refurbished for another two decades of service. There are several mods I know for that one as well. :-k
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