I'm new to the forum and Carver too. I wouldn't call myself an audiophile, but I am sensitive to harsh sound, and gain no pleasure from thin or flat sound. Trying to find a happy place working with, or adding to, what I already have (within reason). I'd like to have the richest, fullest, most detailed sound even at lower volume. Maybe these goals make me an audiophile want-to-be without deep pockets.
I just moved to a new place, and in the process found a Carver The Receiver 2000 in my old basement that belonged to a roommate who was sound engineer. I was looking for more volume and "umph" from my system while maintaining the clarity and deep silence that I get from my Sonic Impact at lower volumes. I figured the tone controls and power of the Carver might do the trick. I've invested $270 in repairs to get the two channel stereo back to spec, and it sounds great. I haven't decided if it's the right sound and match for me and my kg4 speakers, but it's working. The problem is that its working 80% perfect, but the last 20% is a problem with the Sonic Hologram feature. It may just be the switch, but it doesn't work most of the time, and when it does I don't know if it works properly because I don't know what to expect the Sonic Hologram feature to do to the music. Wondering if I should put more $ into it at this point??? I am curious if I would love the Sonic Hologram feature, as the stand alone units seem to be a popular item with Carver fans.
Any thoughts, suggestions???
Also, since I don't have a manual, I don't know what some of the buttons are suppose to do. Can someone clue me in on these:
Asymmetrical Detector - Engage
Asymmetrical Detector - Noise
Tuner Mute Defeat - is this to defeat the radio signal for both FM and AM? It's only defeating the FM signal currently.
Klipsch Kg4 (My main speakers - bought new, and still fall back in love with them at times)
Acoustic Research Rock Partners (adequate bookshelf speakers from college days)
Sonic Impact T-amp (super clean nice sound at lower volume, and can tame the Klipsch tweeters using a DC power source)
Carver The Receiver 2000 (deciding wether to pursue further repairs?)
H.H. Scott 299-B integrated tube amp (in need of repair)
Marantz CD player
Apple computers (iMac, MacBook Pro, iPod Touch)
Dragonfly usb DAC (paired with computer audio)