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P90s

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After a gazillion years, my beloved Carver pre-amp and amp are on their last legs for my home audio system. I'm looking for an integrated amp, hoping to spend under $1,000. I've read about Cambridge Audio, Peachtree, Marantz & Onkyo. Does anyone have any opinions?
Thanks,
P90s
 

mixwiz

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Not meaning to be flip but if you really like the Carver stuff, why don't you get it fixed? Probably be way less that 1K.
 

Lance

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You can get some great stuff on eBay these days. I see SAE 100W amps & pres all day long for around $200.00 each. Do not get SAE 2! That was when they went off shore, and the quality went waaay down. I have about four SAE amps with two of them having major mileage, and are about to crap out. The 2200's & 2201's are built like tanks.
 
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I like SS sound. Around 15 years ago, I wanted up "upgrade" my stereo to a highly revered unit- and scored myself a Sansui 9090DB. I really hated that thing. It was too soft around the edges, too round. I eventually got another, more "modern" unit- but that was missing 'something.' A few months ago, I was doing some work for an acquaintance- he paid my by giving me his old Pioneer 838. I have to say I really like that thing. I don't know if it's something like a generation after the 9090DB, or if it was just more cared for or aged better- but it's cleaner sounding, musical, but not overtly "colored" or round.

And it's got pretty blue and green lights. :D




I'm now on a mission to find one of the high powered, later 70s models. Pioneer, Sansui, Marantz...
 

billyguitar

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Something to remember is that class A 20 years ago, except for CD players, would probably still carry a very high rating. That's the case for having a tuneup on the old gear.
 

mrmuzikhead

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that Rega Brio R looks cool. ND also has a good selection of phono pre's if you need one. Most of these amps have no phono stage.
 

Sam Sherry

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The audiophile version of TGP is http://www.audiogon.com. Blazing classifieds.

A lot of audiophile guys treat hi-end gear like toothbrushes: "Use and dispose . . ."

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I'm running a Bryston B60 into Vandersteen Model Ones. No, it's not up-to-the-minute . . . sure does deliver a lovely sound-stage, though.
 

Rockledge

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I think the best sound came from the old Marantz recievers.
Give me a 35 watt a channel Marantz over anything by anyone else.
Also, they hold up a LONG time, the fact you don't need to look all that hard to find one is testimony to that.
 

Schroedinger

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I think the best sound came from the old Marantz recievers.
Give me a 35 watt a channel Marantz over anything by anyone else.
Also, they hold up a LONG time, the fact you don't need to look all that hard to find one is testimony to that.
I have a 2215B in my workshop with some homebrew speakers. That little 15 watt receiver is still the best sounding rig I own.

My opinion on HiFi is: for digital source material, today's machines are the best ever made. My Playstation 3 is a much better sounding source than the much more expensive Parasound CD player that I sold, fan noise aside. Same goes for loudspeakers. But amplification- until you get to the really high end stuff, today's amplifiers sound no better (and often worse) that the stuff made in the 70's.
 

chinaski

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I like SS sound. Around 15 years ago, I wanted up "upgrade" my stereo to a highly revered unit- and scored myself a Sansui 9090DB. I really hated that thing. It was too soft around the edges, too round. I eventually got another, more "modern" unit- but that was missing 'something.' A few months ago, I was doing some work for an acquaintance- he paid my by giving me his old Pioneer 838. I have to say I really like that thing. I don't know if it's something like a generation after the 9090DB, or if it was just more cared for or aged better- but it's cleaner sounding, musical, but not overtly "colored" or round.

And it's got pretty blue and green lights. :D




I'm now on a mission to find one of the high powered, later 70s models. Pioneer, Sansui, Marantz...
a friend of mine has one of those high powered pioneer 70's things. sounds great and weighs a TON.
to the o.p.: i love the sound of good carver stuff too! i'll bet you'll be happier in the end if you have it serviced.
 

'58Bassman

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After a gazillion years, my beloved Carver pre-amp and amp are on their last legs for my home audio system. I'm looking for an integrated amp, hoping to spend under $1,000. I've read about Cambridge Audio, Peachtree, Marantz & Onkyo. Does anyone have any opinions?
Thanks,
P90s
Why would a preamp be on its last legs? It's not as if it sees any of the effects of being rode hard and put away wet. Even a power amp shouldn't need much more than re-capping, setting the bias and possibly changing the emitter resistors if they show signs of excessive heat.

I would have it checked out and serviced. The preamp may need to have the controls & switches cleaned, bit that's about all.
 




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