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  1. 3 minutes ago, jjptkd said:

    Same with my speakers KPT-335's one of the reasons I bought the Carver 275 in the first place. I guess I should just order one only way to know for sure hard to beat that price-- sure I could resell or find a use for it somewhere if its not my cup of tea thanks.

    I switched my DAC filter to tilt high end down a smidge and I have a parametric eq that I can enable as volume increases to tone down the aggressive nature I feel the need to crank it. 

  2. 15 minutes ago, jjptkd said:

    Any further comment on the sound? I may be in the market for something new soon thanks.

    Detailed and crisp sound on my system.  Imaging, soundstage and micro details suffer a bit (compared to my class A amp), bass is great, but could be a little more extended/authoritative.  Again, for $350, Im nitpicking and this little amp is exceptional.  Compared to my hypex, less extreme control over the bass and much more crisp up top (perhaps more aggressive/fatiguing for some?).  It should be known that my speakers are 3 dB hot up top in crossover from the factory (behind the screen speakers) as are my speaker cables and interconnects.  So take my opinion on the amp knowing those variables.   

  3. 14 minutes ago, ClaudeJ1 said:

    About the DAC running 25 db higher with lower Power Amp Gain: For people with sensitive Horn speakers, this is the reason why I recommend using an the Attenuator Box with a dual ganged 20 Kohm potentiometers between Pre and Power Amps with NO gain control. It forces the signal level UP for a better S/N ratio at the source, and make the Mechanical Rotation (or Numeric Displays) operate "up the scale" for finer volume control latitude. In my case it was to give my Pre Pro's Operational WINDOW the optimum volume level for it's YPAO system acoustic feedback adjustments. In other words, it's a way to give any system it's BEST SHOT.


  4. 15 minutes ago, Khornukopia said:

    I was noticing that also. Amp can be used for so many applications.

    Its an EXCELLENT Subwoofer amp and has great control over the woofers.   Fan has ZERO noise at all until you really push power through it.  Weighs very little and it's affordable with built in DSP. What more can you ask for at this price point?

  5. Going from a high gain amp with double the wattage that this low gain topping provides, my DAC output is up almost 25 dB higher for the same average level, however, this likely runs the DAC more in its sweet spot for output and SNR anyhow.   This is a very interesting little amp. I can see why people like it. I honestly believe this amp would be good enough for most people, that's a praise I can give it already.  For the money, it's crazy good.  I'm going to stay up a bit (even though I work tomorrow and have to be up very early) and listen to it if that tells you anything... 

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  6. 2 minutes ago, jjptkd said:

    Bob Carver seems to be a love him or hate him kind of guy-- any chance for the hate him crowd that he has embarrassed numerous times over the years to pile on him it usually turns ugly pretty quick. The Carver amp challenge some 40 years ago sent shockwaves through the industry and a lot of people have hated him ever since, a much bigger deal than this little amp.

    I think I've only ever has two Carver amps. One a two channel sunfire that I liked, the other an old school PA amp. Both served me well, sounded great and I had no complaints for what I paid for either 

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  7. I'll have to spend some time with this little guy, but my quick initial thoughts are that it is VERY crispy up top, imaging and soundstage have shrunk from what I am used to and are more jumbled together, bass is pretty good, but again lighter and less extended than what I am used to.   But that is compared to a $3k class A am.   Now, being that this unit is 10X cheaper brand new, I might say I'M IMPRESSED so far.   Granted my mogami balanced cables and kimber speaker cables both brighten things up. I may just switch filters in the DAC to tame that a touch.   Solid work Topping.   Quality feels nice as well. 

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  8. 2 minutes ago, jjptkd said:

    No need to hold back on my account it is what it is as sad as it is. I do like the sound but the more I think about it the more I feel chumped. 

    Even though I liked the sound, I would be in the same boat as you. That's not small change and that money can buy lots of nice audio. 

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  9. 10 minutes ago, captainbeefheart said:


    Nobody has said anything about it sounding terrible and nobody would have a problem if it was sold as a 15wpc amplifier. But selling a 15wpc amplifier as a 75wpc amplifier especially for the price is what the problem is. Add in the glued down parts, and lack of standard safety protocols and the Crimson doesn't look so appealing.


    $2500 is a lot for a basic 15wpc push pull amplifier.

    OK, no argument there. I was, disappointed seeing the tear down and testing thereafter.  I won't beat this amp up as someone here owns one. 

  10. Price is $550 FIRM SHIPPED or $525 FIRM picked up 


    Located in Torrance, CA 90504 

    Up for sale I have a Crown XLS 2502 Amplifier in excellent condition. Amplifier works perfectly and has no issues. It has had light use and was only used for home use. It will ship in the original box with the manual and power cord. 





  11. 19 hours ago, 001 said:

    they are using 15 watts Edcor output transformers ,the output stage is  way under-biased , no wonder the Tubes last , they are anything but warm  , you want to increase  bias , the transformers cant handle the quiescent current , no wonder the amp is so  light it's a 15 wpc amp  sold as a 75wpc  - 


    I dont understand how they can test the amp at the rated specs  ,  and in order to safely reach the advertised 75wpc   , you would need 30 watt output transformers as a minimum ,plus as you said a decent power transformer ,  and the added bias , or else , people are gonna damage 15 watts  transformers prematurely  and even risk a fire   before the warranty is expired -


    anyway you look at it , these amps will not  last unless they are babied with very low usage -

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