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REVIEW: Carver Professional ZR1000 Amplifier (SS)

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Model: ZR1000
Category: Amplifier (SS)
Suggested Retail Price: $1000
Description: Tripath Chip Based Digital Amplifier
Manufacturer URL: Carver Professional
Model Picture: View

Review by RalphJames ( M ) on April 15, 2004 at 15:56:09
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I've got a Carver ZR1000. Just ordered a ZR500 to go with it, will get another 500 when I can afford it for my triamp setup.

It's a killer amp. I've built several Tripath amps from evaluation boards over the last 2 years and they are all killer too. I've sold them to a friend and am going with the pro line now for warranty (5 years) packaging (mine were on breadboards), robustness and looks.

Tremendous depth, great kick, symbols, vocals. Great ambience bloom around percussive sounds. Big soundstage with tight image. Very seductive. No faults. None. Zip. Well, except for fan noise. Hmm. I'm not going to be able to describe the sound. Never buy another class AB amp. Never. Waste. I've owned and heard some good class A over the years.. . .but the Carver's got serious kick and they don't get hot.

Product Weakness: Fan noise, excessive gain for home use.
Product Strengths: 200 watt SET.

Associated Equipment for this Review:
Amplifier: n/a
Preamplifier (or None if Integrated): home built OP275 based
Sources (CDP/Turntable): Oracle, Phillips 963SA
Speakers: home built planars, big, efficient
Cables/Interconnects: home built, tri amped
Music Used (Genre/Selections): all but rap
Room Size (LxWxH): 35' x > 40' x 10'
Room Comments/Treatments: some wall foam to sides
Time Period/Length of Audition: 3 weeks, Tripath 2 years
Other (Power Conditioner etc.): Furman pro
Type of Audition/Review: Product Owner

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Topic - REVIEW: Carver Professional ZR1000 Amplifier (SS) - RalphJames 15:56:09 04/15/04 ( 53)