don't throw it out!!! you can send it to carver/sunfire and he'll repair anything he's ever made! https://www.bobcarvercorp.comIt is rewarding after all these years to see an objective measurement of this amp. I bought one new in 1997 and used it in a number of configurations over the years. It finally gave up the ghost a couple of years ago and is confirmed as unrepairable by my local trusted tech and by Bill Flannery, the last standing dedicated tech for Sunfire products.
I was always attracted to the physical appearance of the amp. I expect the golden lit Joule meter was more Bob's obsession with tubes than a desire to provide any useful instrumentation. Look at the vacuum tube preamp from Sunfire, he uses mirrors to make the internal tube compliment look like it goes on for infinity.
I never had any issues with inrush current making my lights dim or the transformer groan. I did have a ground hum that I could never quell. The only solution was progressively less sensitive speakers. When I got to my 83db ET LFT8's it was as close to dead silent as it was going to get. Most of its service life was in 2ch, generally in a bi-amp for 4 of its channels, occasionally running the 5th for a passive sub. That is where it was when it finally died, but in HT running the front L+R and an SVS CS20 sub.
The "current" source taps were always a gimmick and again, some sort of sublimation of Bob's hot sweaty vacuum tube dreams. I used them on and off but always went back to the "voltage" source taps. Despite what some subjective reviewers have said about these amps (the original 300wpc stereo version and all of its descendants) I never found the sound objectionable under any conditions. I am gratified to know that despite the distortion figures these beasts did deliver the rated power.
As I look at the cold, dead hulk, sitting in my office, still unable to toss it in the e-waste pile at the county transfer station, I remain convinced that while it was not a bad purchase, had I bought a Bryston 4B at that same time it would still be running. Oh well.
Great! He should be able to repair all the Crimson 275s out there so they produce the advertised power.
That video is 10years old and the website listed can provide you with names of "Authorized" service professionals. If you have not checked out TheCarversite.com, you may want to as there are several resources you may be able to use to have amp repaired...
James Prescott Joule flipped over in his grave and I understand it was due to disrespect.Just corrected. Darn spell checker forced that.
Hate the product; not the Man!Ah perfect, another Carver myth put to rest. Gads his stuff was awful.
that's why i put a link in my comment to https://www.bobcarvercorp.com on that page there is a link to "service and support"That video is 10years old and the website listed can provide you with names of "Authorized" service professionals. If you have not checked out TheCarversite.com, you may want to as there are several resources you may be able to use to have amp repaired...
the point is you clearly have no idea what your talking about when you claim the noise is at -80dB.So you just fire up the system and sit there without actually listening to any music? People here have weird daily routines.
Without reference this makes no sens.If you can hear noise at -80db, that is.
This makes no sens since noises is independent from the signal.noise thats down 80db compared to signal?
How much you wanna bet that noise floor in your room will mask noise from this device?the point is you clearly have no idea what your talking about when you claim the noise is at -80dB.
first you said:
Without reference this makes no sens.
Later you said:
This makes no sens since noises is independent from the signal.
I have a pair of the earlier Nakamichi branded IOTAVX AVP1 - they are identical to the IOTAVX version with the exception that the standby circuitry uses an SMPS on the latest version and mine uses a linear supply. Mine are about 6 years old and have been completely reliable. They were originally used on my Linkwitz LX521s and now drive my active Maggies. I paid £499 each - so the current version is more than double that price.Sure, I for one would be interested to see the measurements of this one:
or this one:The IOTAVX AVXP1 is a High Quality, High Power, Multi-Channel Power Amplifier that offers 7 channels of class AB amplification with enough real world powerwww.iotaenterprises.co.uk
You don’t even seam to understand what the absolute noise output of this amp is.How much you wanna bet that noise floor in your room will mask noise from this device?