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  1. 30 minutes ago, amped said:

    I forgot to mention them. I got a few 12AU7 /ECC82 from them.

    Not currently using those but they were fine and helpful to deal with (describing characteristics of their offerings). I also like their story.

    You can find bad reviews on most. you just need to give them a try and see.

  2. Whats going on with the prices and availability of the vacuum tubes now days.  Haven't bought any tubes in a couple years. I'm now looking for a quad of KT77.  I like the JJ's, But are hard to find from a good dealer.    I did order a quad of KT77 GL from Kevin Deal, but still looking for other KT77 in a good price range.  Where are you guys now buying your tubes?    I was also looking for the psvane MKii gray glass, but can't find any in the states.    Who do you guys by these from?

  3. Well, i'm really happy to hear the Carver 275 is a very good amp after all, I had my mind set on that amp for a while because i just could not afford the Ayon spirit V at $6000ish and really wanting the Triton at $10,000plus. So the Carver fits my budget much easier and i hope to be an upstep to my trusty old modified Audcom Chinese amp of 20yrs, which sounds fantastic and proven its reliability.    

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  4. 5 hours ago, Travis In Austin said:

    I think as long as you don’t look at the specs, either the power or the distortion, and you like it, then it’s a “good amp” for those that are Carver fans, etc.


    none that have been independently tested measure up, at least that I have seen.


    the original 275 review did cause Carver to take back control of the company, and put Clark in as head of sales and marketing. I seem to recall he put one of his kids in somewhere doing something.


    My personal opinion is these designs are a crap shoot. The credibility of the specs, currently, is near zero. I would say these amps are not for those getting into tubes for first time, but for those who are familiar with his products, tube amps, etc. who can make an informed decision using the 30 day no questions asked return policy. 


    Carver does have a very good return policy.

  5. I'm a bit confused with the Carver275 being a good amp.  I had it on my list of amps to purchase and after more research including a thread on here, i found 1 long positive review on it and a bunch or really bad reviews.  A glued in meter, an output transformer no bigger than an autoformer and an output of about 20w/ch after testing.    Rated at 75/ch, so i moved on to looking at the Ayon amps once again.      so can someone clear this up as to the 275 being a good amp or a not so good amp?   After reading this post it has me wanting a Carver again, just need to know the  outstanding models to buy.   I'll keep on eye on your post for awhile.      Glad you got a good one.

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  6. Those amps are simply a work of art.   I would love to own one.   I will be replacing my 20yr old Chinese EL34 amp with something new after Christmas.  I have the Tool Shed, Ayon and Bob Carvers Crimson 275 on my list.  The Crimson looks like a bargain compared to these other 2.  The Ayon and 275 are rated at 75w/ch. The TS is 8w/ch i think.    I'm driving a pair of CornScala's using  B&C mid drivers.  Can 8w's drive these to 90db levels with plenty of low and mid bass punch?

  7. On 5/12/2022 at 7:42 AM, Curious_George said:

    Should be. 

    Just tried the tung sol JAN 12SL7GT.  Dont like them. I have to twist the volume up quite a bit to hear music.   JAN 12SL7 sound pretty good, these are a metal can style.  I just need to find a real good pair.

  8. 20 hours ago, mustang_flht said:


    If the manufacturer/gentleman tells you that it works with an MC, then trust him and test the ART9xi on your set. On the other hand if it does not work it will be necessary to throw the stone at this gentleman.


    As Micromara said if it doesn't work that way, then either an MC transformer suitable for ART9xi with a minimum of 100ohms load will have to be added.








    Ok, Thanks.   Will see what happens.   When the MM cartridge is ready for replacement I will be stepping up to the MC.

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  9. 19 hours ago, MicroMara said:

    Yesterday I wrote  " if I got it right " I  had a second view into the Marpletree E 3 Phono Pre and discovered that it has a low output Impendance < than 2,5 K Ohm. I haven´t seen that yesterday. Sorry for any inconvenience caused to you . However the AT ART 9XI is a really state of the art cartridge and there must be another reason why you´re not so satisfied with it. 

    I dont have the ART9xi. I have the MM Ortophon Black 250, which i think sounds very nice, but with be moving up to the AT ART9xi hoping for a bit more clearity or more life like should i say.    

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  10. 9 hours ago, kevinmi said:

    Dave, the room is looking great! I'm gonna have to make a road trip to check it out when its all done.

    Absolutely.   It will be done real soon.  I bought another stereo rack to match my current one.  This way i can get the TT together with the rest of the audio equipment. 

  11. I agree, Higher end equipment is needed to compete with digital.  The sound is a bit warmer with vinyl as well.   I went thru quite a few albums this past weekend and the only one that sounded compressed was Rolling Stones sticky fingers.    I think i will be with vinyl for a long time.

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