Actually, I did just find the manual through vintageaudiomanuals - $12 delivered in paper form, seems reasonable enough.
I do have another question about using AV 806x though - I am presently using my HT receiver (NAD T763) as the preamp. It works fine, but I thought I should get a preamp and sell the NAD while it still has value. Do certain preamps sound better with Carver amps? I definitely want to spend under $1k on this.
How much do people think HDMI matters for audio? I am presently sending the audio from my Direct TV box and DVD via HDMI directly to the TV and using Toslink optical out of the TV back to my receiver. This seems to work fine, but sometimes if I turn my TV on to an analog signal, it has no sound, and I need to restart the TV on an HD station to get sound back. Does HDMI direct from DVD and cable box sound better than being run through the TV first?
I ask this because I am presently debating between getting the new Emotiva UMC-1 ($699), the Outlaw 970 (presently $299 on super sale), or waiting until all the Emotiva freaks get their UMC-1 preamps on order and pick up an earlier Emotiva preamp at a discount (less than $300 perhaps). The new UMC-1 would allow for HDMI audio to go direct to the preamp, which seems convenient, but do you think it will make a difference in sound? Any opinions on which sounds better with Carver amps - Emotiva or Outlaw?
.....or should I look for something like an earlier used Rotel on Ebay?
This will be my first preamp - I am a newbie.
Thanks for your help in advance.
HT and music at home:
Amps: Carver 806x (fronts), Carver TFM 15cb (rear)
Pre-amp: JBL Professional (JBL badged Lexicon MC-6)
Speakers: B&W 805 Matrix (fronts), B&W 601 (rear)
Sub: Epik Vanquish
Music at the office:
Amp: Sherwood S5000 II tube integrated
Speakers: B&W 620