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Carver m1.5t

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Posted on July 19, 2013 at 08:43:06
zutroye
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I just picked up a Carver m1.5t at a garage sale for $80.00. It came with some older KimberKable interconnects. I don't know much about vintage gear, but the amp looks beautiful. No cosmetic issues. I was able to plug it in and verify that at least 3 of the leds worked.

Question is, on the surface (I haven't heard it yet), is this a good deal.

Any opinions on this amp?

TIA
Zutroye


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RE: Carver m1.5t, posted on July 19, 2013 at 08:54:06
zutroye
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Another question: The Carver 4000t preamp is also available, and looks to be in great condition. What would be a reasonable price for that?

Is this a better question for the Vintage site?



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RE: Carver m1.5t, posted on July 19, 2013 at 09:31:40
Mechans
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You really can't say if you got a good amp until you try to use it. Otherwise it is just industrial art, albeit with lights functioning.
My take is you should get responses from both forums.

Steve

 

RE: Carver m1.5t I had one back in the 1980's it is a decent amplifier For $80 and it works is great. nt, posted on July 19, 2013 at 09:37:43
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Ifthe other amp is the 'cube' forget it. that one had a lot of overheating issues. nt, posted on July 19, 2013 at 09:38:25
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Yeah, it's a good deal..., posted on July 19, 2013 at 10:40:14
rlw
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The Carver M 1.5T was one of their "Magnetic Field" amps. They are pretty lightweight and have big power. Their reliability was not too great, but if yours is working well you made a pretty good score...

-CD-

 

Carver 4000t, posted on July 19, 2013 at 12:13:19
bgpowell
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I traded a Hafler DH-101 for a new 4000t back in the day. I had it for about a two days. My friend and I both hated it. Fortunately I was able return it and get the Hafler back. The dealer was very good about it. I got a Nakamichi CA-5 instead about a month later and kept it(well still have it in the closet. Awesome phono section for the price) for over 15 years. I would look at a different budget pre. The Carver amp on the other hand has a pretty good reputation.

 

RE: Carver m1.5t I had one back in the 1980's it is a decent amplifier For $80 and it works is great. nt, posted on July 27, 2013 at 17:28:38
Steve.
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I had one too, great find for $80

 

RE: Ifthe other amp is the 'cube' forget it. that one had a lot of overheating issues. nt, posted on July 31, 2013 at 11:10:42
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Cube was built like a Chinese puzzle box inside. Really tightly packed.

I NEVER had mine overheat in 20+years from new to sold. I also kept it OUT as much as possible and when in a cabinet, by itself with as much space above/below as possible. At one point, I built a FAN for it. I used a small AC boxer fan and built a shroud fitting the BACK of the amp. So when I was playing at the highest levels, the fan was pulling air thru the amp, keeping it cool. The speakers in question were Magnepan MG-1s and would use the entire amps output......
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