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jtokach's Avatar jtokach
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Hi,

I am considering both pro and consumer grade Carver amps. I'm looking though at the specs, and on the pro series the THD seems pretty high. Now, there's lots of other figures I don't understand so perhaps I'm not reading these numbers in context.

Carver A-220
20Hz-20kHz @ < 0.08% THD
http://thecarversite.com/manuals/man...r%20manual.pdf

Carver PM-300
20Hz-20kHz @ < 0.5% THD
http://thecarversite.com/manuals/man...r%20manual.pdf

Should I be concerned about the THD on the PM-300, or would I not notice? My listening habbits are 85% movies, 15% music, both at or below reference levels.

My AVR is an Onkyo 809, mains are Definitive BP-20. I recently demo'd a friend's Carver m-1.5t and noticed a significant increase in clarity and control at all SPL's.

Alternatively, I can get an Emotiva XPA-3 for a good price.

Please guide me!

Jim
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Anyone?
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Please, someone has got to have an opinion on this. I don't understand how the pro series numbers could be "worse" than the consumer grade. It doesn't make sense.

Jim
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Often times on consumer amps that is a "best case" spec at a certain frequency at a certain output say 1 watt at 1000 Hz.

The "pro spec is WORSE case spec.

That said it probably is not much difference IMHO.
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05-28-2012 | Posts: 128
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mmiles View Post

Often times on consumer amps that is a "best case" spec at a certain frequency at a certain output say 1 watt at 1000 Hz.

The "pro spec is WORSE case spec.

That said it probably is not much difference IMHO.

Thanks mmiles. I'll buy with confidence!
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