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Carver M-1.5t Review (Vintage Amp)

Rate this amplifier:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 98 50.8%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 80 41.5%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 10 5.2%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 5 2.6%

  • Total voters
    193

gattaca

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^^^ I owned quite a few CarverM200T cube units at one time in a larger HT setup using 1 per channel. I sent them in for recapping and general service every few years and the last time I asked Rita (no longer in business) if there was any way silence them better. As I recall, her response was these were always a bit "hissy" mainly due to the routing of internal wiring and PCB layouts - especially with higher efficiency speakers. She managed to re-route wiring and they got a bit quieter but were not silent 6" away.

I'd hope the Hypex would be dead quiet. IDK about the delivered power.
I still recommend switching off any AMP when not in use b/c these components will only last so many hours "on"...

Check out the "Buckeye" thread where you can have one made with the 12V triggers. YMMV. Peace.
 

davidc

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Wonder how much deterioration due to age affected the measurements?
A huge amount. There is a very large cult following for Carver stuff from the 80's and 90's. There are a few very well qualified restoration companies that will fix these things up for $250-$350 and make them perform better than new. It's a shame we don't know exactly how this unit has been refurbished. The owner saying "the capacitors have been upgraded" is enough to make me think this amp was NOT suitably restored.
 

davidc

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I should mention that peaking through the heatsink shows a very clean amp. So it was well taken care of.
Not necessarily. It just means it was cleaned up when the caps were replaced.
 
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