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M_Klipsches

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    Cooking, Car stuff, Audio, Film, Frisbee, Darts, Chicago Cubs, Dogs, Cats, & whatever else strikes my fancy at the moment.
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    Music Room: La Scalas - usually for 2.1 Stereo, Heresys for 5.1, subwoofers are a Table Tuba and 15” DIY Sub.
    Control & power by Yamaha RX-A1070, and a Carver A400X Amp.
    Music Hall turntable plays the vinyl.
    Family Room: RP280Fs L/R, RC62ii C, RP502S Surr., T18 subwoofer Powered by
    Denon AVR-X3500H.

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  1. The amp has been reinstalled, and after several days of listening, I’m happy to report that it is functioning perfectly. It seems that it was in overall good condition, nothing fried or burnt, the problem was apparently with the off-auto-on switch. It’s been gone through, renewed, tested & even has a warranty. Hopefully it will have another twenty years or more of service left in it. If anyone has any Carver gear in need of TLC I’m happy to recommend Greg at Nelion Audio. If any issues arise, I’ll update. Again thanks to all who had recommendations for repair services.
  2. Status report: Greg at Nelion Audio messaged me today that my amp has been restored to full factory function. I might add, well ahead of schedule. I should have it back in a few days. I’ll update once I get it back in the system. Thanks to @jjptkd for turning me on to Nelion, as well as others who offered other repair options.
  3. Nice! Congratulations on the second set of Klipschorns. All in the same system? Either way well done. It’s good to hear from someone who’s fortunate enough to have compared the Carver gear head to head, in the same room, on the same speakers, with some high end McIntosh amps. I Well what d’ ya know? It is indeed, a small world.
  4. Nice! Congratulations on the second set of Klipschorns. Are you running them all in the same system? Either way well done. It’s good to hear from someone who’s fortunate enough to have compared the Carver gear head to head, in the same room, on the same speakers, with some high end McIntosh amps. I’m happy to hear that gear similar to mine holds it’s own, as I figure I’m just about all in with my “music room” set up. At least barring an affordable pair of KHorns showing up on my radar (or lottery winnings).
  5. My M-1.0t doesn’t sound bad, at all and I’d not though of it as lacking “detail”. I described it as “thin”, perhaps just semantics? Maybe it’s just not suited to the La Scalas? I’ve got an integrated tube amp that sounds great with Heresys, it’s my two channel, vinyl system. It reminds me of the way we used to hear most music. Hook it up to theLa Scalas, and it’s, meh, ok. I will have a few months to listen to it, as my Sunfire likely won’t be back until January. Maybe I’ll look into upgrading the M-1.0t after that.
  6. Thanks for the info and suggestion. I shipped the Sunfire off to them today. If busy is any indication of the quality of their work, then they must be good. My repair is scheduled for January. I might get bumped up, if they can. I’ll let everyone know how it turns out.
  7. Most of the Carver stuff I’ve heard sound damn good to my aging ears. The Sunfire certainly does. I’m sure there is better gear out there, but you said it yourself “price point”. The very same reason I drive a five year old Volvo wagon, and not a Porsche Panamera Sport GTS, a better car by most any measure. I’ve little doubt that a rack of McIntosh amps, would sound great, but that pesky, “price point”. So there’s the “Why”.
  8. Thank you for the recommendation. As my collection of vintage Carver stuff seems to be growing, it’s good to know there are options.
  9. Thank you for this as well. It really looks like I’m likely going to have to find other options. Yes they are great amplifiers (insert Caveat here) I’m kicking myself for selling my other Cinema Grand. At least I know I’m not qualified to work on it. Well I did replace the meter bulb in my old one, but that’s about all I’m qualified to do.
  10. Damn it Thank you. I’d not heard this at all. I am on the “wait list” but that doesn’t sound too promising. Well either way I hope he does ok, he sounds like a stand up guy.
  11. It’s a multi-purpose system, mainly music which is 2.1, La Scalas, with a Table Tuba Subwoofer; Movies, TV & Gaming is 5.1.2 with the La Scalas, three Heresys, the TT Sub, and RB-61iis for presence/height speakers. Currently the Yamaha RXA-1070 is running the Heresys and RB61IIs. I honestly had no idea that Carver still existed.
  12. That’s basically what I’m experiencing, it’s just not as full sounding. It reminds me of electrostatic speakers, which I’m told are great, but every pair I’ve ever heard was disappointing, to my ears anyway. They just lack presence, this amp strikes me the same way.I really don’t think there’s anything “wrong” with it. Although, it did take fairly solid hit during shipping, which made me wonder if it could be malfunctioning, but don’t think so. I guess the Sunfire, really has me spoiled. I suppose now I know why there is a wait list to have the damn things repaired.
  13. In order to not reinvent a thread perhaps I’ll resurrect this one. I’ve recently acquired a Carver M-1.0t. It is pinch hitting for a Sunfire Cinema Grand Signature, which has malfunctioned and is on Flannery’s repair wait list. Safe to say, that I like Carver stuff, at least most of what I’ve heard Does anyone else have an opinion on this amp powering La Scalas? Given it’s legendary status, I’m just not as impressed with it as I’d expected to be. It doesn’t seem to have the full, rich sound that I’ve had with the Sunfire. It seems a bit “thin”, if that’s a real thing. Don’t get me wrong it will get stupid loud with no effort. I don’t think I’ve seen it hit even 30 Watts, and that’s about when I start to run out of room. Plenty of amp & speaker left, but the room itself can’t handle the volume (13’x20’) I suppose it could be out of spec, but it’s dead quiet with no hums, pops, or clicks. I’ll also say that it may be sounding better after a few days, maybe I’m just getting used to it?
  14. I can so relate to this post. My first pair of Heresys, had two coats of white under a coat of black. Mine were not decorators, but were H-BRs (Heresy-Birch Raw. I used an orbital sander on mine as well. Be very careful, as that veneer is really thin. I went a bit too far on the top of one of mine, it still bugs me. I wish I’d gone slower. Mine still work well and look decent. Yours will too. I’d not worry too much about replacing capacitors just yet, lots of folks will tell you yours are bad, I’ll bet they sound fine. Maybe consider matching up the woofers at some point.
  15. Sorry, I wandered off. My amp is the 19” Signature 400 - Seven. I’ve had it about a year or so. I’m kind of all in with this unit,it wouldn’t make sense to spend nearly what I’ve got in this one for another unit. Might as well get this one refurbed. Obviously when buying vintage electronics, failure is a possibility, so I factored in potential repairs. Figuring on at least being able to have it refurbished if it failed. That being said, repair costs were a bit lower a year or so ago. But c’est La vie. I’m sure it’ll get sorted, if not I guess I’ll try find something new that I like as much, for something approaching a “reasonable” price. Which might not be easy. For now at least I’ve got adequate sound. I’ll update as things progress. I’ve yet to contact the folks at Atlantic, but there’s a chance I might be in the northeast in the not too distant future. That might make a $ difference, to eliminate at least half the shipping costs.
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