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I have an old Carver M500t power amp that has been a workhorse over the years. I think I bought it sometime in the 80's and have loved it ever since. Recently it started humming in one of the channels which would go away with a little adjustment on the input cable. I figured it had something to do with the two RCA inputs so I had a friend who works in the electronics business come over the house to check for cold solder connections etc. He brought over his pro soldering iron and touched up the "problem area" and checked for other trouble spots. Well the channels are dead now and I am debating whether it's even worth sending out for repair.

I have a Denon 2807 utilizing the carver as the front amplifier. I'm thinking that the 2807 on its own should be more than fine and just putting the Carver to rest. So is it worth the time and money getting the Carver fixed or will the 2807 and its updated power amps be a better choice anyway?

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Depends what you are driving. High efficiency speakers in a small room, no prob.

Low efficiency in a big room...?
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Ah I guess it would be helpful to know what speakers I have.

I am running Klipsch RVX-42 LCR speakers for the fronts and center speaker. The room is about 12x12 or so.

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You're good.
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Thanks for your help. Kind of sad to see the Carver end up on a shelf in the closet. Good sounding amp and looks cool too.

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The M500t is a wonderful amp and well worth having it refurbished. The cost is the same regardless of what it needs, and it will be brought up to better than original specs. New power caps, etc. Bob Carver himself has a repair shop that will do it for $175. Check here. There's a couple other shops too, prices range up to $300 for similar service. You will be amazed at how good it sounds.
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Awesome! I think I'll pack it up and ship her off for some TLC. I really hate losing this amp. Thanks for the link!

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Whoa! I didn't say my friend f'd it up. He tried to take care of a problem that was already there. I really don't think he did anything to screw it up. For all I know it was me cleaning out the 20 plus years of dust.

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Whoa! I didn't say my friend f'd it up. He tried to take care of a problem that was already there. I really don't think he did anything to screw it up. For all I know it was me cleaning out the 20 plus years of dust.

Ok. You just said that he attempted to repair it with a soldering iron and now it doesn't work at all. Sorry for reading to much into it.

BTW, I deleted the post because I checked out the link more throughly and see that $175 is flat for anything apparently.
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Awesome! I think I'll pack it up and ship her off for some TLC. I really hate losing this amp. Thanks for the link!

Be even cooler if you could manage to get Bob's signature on it!

BTW, there's a "MKII" modification being done on that amp that essentially turns it into a M-1.5t. I doubt that the repair shops will do that though, and it costs a fair bit.
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Ok. You just said that he attempted to repair it with a soldering iron and now it doesn't work at all. Sorry for reading to much into it.

BTW, I deleted the post because I checked out the link more throughly and see that $175 is flat for anything apparently.


I was busting his chops all night about it. It was really ready to let go anyway and without a schematic it's tough to troubles hoot.

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Be even cooler if you could manage to get Bob's signature on it!

BTW, there's a "MKII" modification being done on that amp that essentially turns it into a M-1.5t. I doubt that the repair shops will do that though, and it costs a fair bit.


Man a sig would be pretty damn cool. Maybe I'll ask.

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Especially on one of his "signature" amps.
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Especially on one of his "signature" amps.

I have a Cinema Grand Signature 5-ch. I've read of people getting the old Carvers signed too, so it's not impossible to get.
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The M500t is a wonderful amp and well worth having it refurbished. The cost is the same regardless of what it needs, and it will be brought up to better than original specs. New power caps, etc. Bob Carver himself has a repair shop that will do it for $175. Check here. There's a couple other shops too, prices range up to $300 for similar service. You will be amazed at how good it sounds.

I don't know how much to read into that.

I think for $175, it'll be repaired to meet or exceed original specs. However, I'd not necessarily say it implies a total refurbishment.

Just because there is a knob doesn't mean you should turn it.
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