A Look At Vintage Carver Audio Products


When it comes to music and those who make the equipment, there are many companies that have defined themselves over the past couple of decades. At the forefront of concerts and home use, these companies became synonymous with music culture and continue to exist long after the company closes.

One such company that has changed names over several decades is Bob Carver LLC, known previously as Sunfire in 1994 and Carver Corporation in 1979. At the heart of the company was high end Carver Amplifiers that were reasonably priced at the time and challenged some of the best and most expensive competitors on the market. As a result, some of his vintage models have become collects as people have sought to add them to their collections. Lets take a look at some of the models created by Bob Carver.

1. The Magnetic Field Coil Power Amplifier

The Magnetic Field Coil Power Amplifier used vacuum tubes, coils of wire, and transformers to turn high voltage low currency to low voltage high currency output. This was perfect for amplifying the sound of something. In addition, Bob Carver incorporated a power supply that reacted to the demands of the amplifier, making it an ingenious design and among the best selling Carver Amplifiers. With its history and truly vintage look, it is no wonder the Magnetic Field Coil Power Amplifier is so sought after.

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2. The Auto-Corrector

As its name might suggest, the Auto-Corrector was created to help correct audio sounds prior to amplification through limiting the amount of background noise. In addition, the Auto-Corrector split noise reduction into four distinct frequency bands, Carver audio was able to reduce tape hiss and other such sound problems of the day. This was done through the use of bandpass filters, making it unique among Auto-Correctors on the market. As a result, it has quickly become a vintage collectors item.

3. The Sonic Holography

The Sonic Holography was created by Bob Carver to make his Carver Amplifiers better for anyone listening. This was done by introducing a signal in each speaker which helped cancel out the interference experienced by the listener. The interference stopped the sounds from the left speaker hitting the right ear, and vise versa. With so much attention from Bob Carver to make his Carver Amplifiers better for the listener, it is no wonder that Carver audio lives on today, both in production and vintage design.

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4 thoughts on “A Look At Vintage Carver Audio Products

  1. I purchased my Carver receiver in 1984 while serving in the us army in Europe. I dusted my Carver off today and it still looks and sound great.

  2. You could get away without i suoppse it’s going to be a mono signal regardless. I like to run the´╗┐ y splitter to ensure full signal strength and it’s a nicer looking install as well, as oppose to having an RCA just dangling there.

  3. Anyone know about Carver Class H amplifiers? I believe a multi-channel version was offered by one of Mr. Carver’s companies in 2005(?), and a new version (the HTA-5) is available in Canada (manufactured in China). Any information appreciated.


  4. Dear Sirs:
    I have purchased a model c2 5.2 center / 98013560031 center along with the
    speakers. No manual; how do I hook this up please?

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