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Carver TFM Series for HT

Carver TFM series amps work well in a home theater application

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crazygreekangelo

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Post Thu Jul 26, 2007 12:54 pm

Carver TFM Series for HT

Power handling differences aside, do all the Carver TFM series amps sound identical? Did Bob use his "transfer function" technique to make these amps sound exactly the same?

I own a TFM-15 and a (broken) TFM-25, and I would like to use them as a basis for a HT system. If I get more amps in the TFM series, would they work well together?
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Post Mon Jul 30, 2007 1:50 pm

All else being equal, yes. They'll work fine together.

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Post Mon Jul 30, 2007 5:24 pm

I'd use something else for tight bass, though. If it's 5.1, a good powered sub is fine. If you are bi-amping full range speaks, I'd use a non-t for the bass.
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Post Mon Jul 30, 2007 6:27 pm

A TFM-75 doesn't have the T mod. \:D/
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Post Tue Jul 31, 2007 12:26 am

TFM not T

Biker I thought the tfm meant "Transfer function mode", the difference being the "t" models sounded like someone else's tube amp and the tfm like Bob's tube amp. Is that wrong?

Frank.
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Post Tue Jul 31, 2007 1:04 am

Re: TFM not T

frankieD wrote:Biker I thought the tfm meant "Transfer function mode", the difference being the "t" models sounded like someone else's tube amp and the tfm like Bob's tube amp. Is that wrong?

Frank.


You are right Frank. \:D/
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Post Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:20 pm

That's how I always understood it to, but I was told by a couple of other member that the TFM-75 did not have the T mod internally? I also thought the TFM-75 and the PM-2400 were basically the same.
If that's wrong then someone please correct me, and I apologize for spouting hearsay.
My M-4.0t's have the silver seven transfer function also, and according to my service manual the M-4.0t, TFM-4.0, TFM-42 and the TFM-45 are all the same amp.
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Post Tue Jul 31, 2007 5:51 pm

bikerdude523 wrote:That's how I always understood it to, but I was told by a couple of other member that the TFM-75 did not have the T mod internally? I also thought the TFM-75 and the PM-2400 were basically the same.
If that's wrong then someone please correct me, and I apologize for spouting hearsay.
My M-4.0t's have the silver seven transfer function also, and according to my service manual the M-4.0t, TFM-4.0, TFM-42 and the TFM-45 are all the same amp.




In 1995/96 I called Carver Corp about this very subject and was told the TFM-75 was a more neutral voiced amplifier. The Carver rep said there was little if non " T " modding on the TFM-75.

All I can say what the dude told me at the time and don't know if he was correct or not. But I will say the TFM-75 has a voice/sound that is in a class by it's self. My other Carvers come close to it but just not the same.
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Post Tue Jul 31, 2007 9:42 pm

-TFM = SILVER 7 TUBED !

-TFM= 'transfer function calibrated to closely replicate the sonically pure characteristics of our ultra-high-end Carver Silver Seven Vacuum Tube Reference Amplifier'
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