|Carver C-1 Sonic Holography Preamplifier Preamp|
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|Get high-quality sound from your music system by connecting to the Carver C-1 amplifier. To deliver a rich sound, this Carver amplifier uses the Sonic Holography technology that adds dimension and realism to the output. For flexibility of use, this Carver amplifier offers you MM and MC compatibility. The tone controls of this Carver C-1 amplifier let you adjust it for the best possible sound.|
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To start this review, I am not some sort of Techno-Geek Audiophile that spouts technical jargon when it comes to discussing stereo equipment. I am just a guy that enjoys listening to music and the experience is so much better heard through some fine equipment. Over the years I've assembled a quality stereo system that will rock most anyone's world so I feel I have some room to talk. With that, I perceived that a preamp I had was giving me some trouble and it needed to be replaced. To that end, I set my sights on and finally managed to purchase a Carver C-1 preamp and its never given me a reason to look back. The Carver brand name in stereo equipment is one that is synonymous with quality when it comes to upper end audio gear. The C-1 is sort of a "little brother" to the C-4000 and C-4000T but in basic functionally I will never know because I will never use all the "bells, buzzers & whistles" contained on the C-1. I acquired a free downloadable owner's manual though an internet search and found a site dealing with Bob Craver the man behind Phase Linear, Carver and Sunfire audio equipment. I read the manual to reserch what the Sonic Holography feature is really all about. I discovered that this is the stuff of a certified Audio Engineer and I would guess that if one took a count of the percentage of the people that would actually go though all the trouble of designing a designated listening room to take full advantage of the Sonic Holography feature, it could be totaled up on one hand with fingers left over.
As a basic preamp the C-1 has multitude of functionally and control but one does have to remember this is a so called "vintage" piece of sound equipment that has certain things many current day audio components might be missing because their usefulness has expired over time. An example is the two tape inputs and outputs. Back in the day, many people had multiple tape decks so they could produce their own party mixes and dub from tape to tape. There are two phono inputs, one for a moving coil cartridge and one for a magnetic cartridge so a person better confirm what they play their vinyl with before connecting their turntable. There are also two auxiliary inputs where a person can plug in a CD player or other components. To go along with the afore mentioned inputs there is pair of of inputs and outputs for an external processor such as an equalizer that a person can loop through the system using those input/output jacks. To complete the input section there is set of RCA jacks for a tuner. For "outputs" there are two Line Outs and either one can feed a separate power amplifier so "biamping" is no problem. On the front face there is separate bass and treble controls for both the right and left channels so there is a lot of flexibility to fine tune the sound. To go along with those tone controls there is all the other necessary buttons and switches to move from component to component. An interesting thing is that the manual states that the preamp really doesn't come into its own until the volume knob is positioned at 50% of maximum output. If those listening levels are too high, it might be wise to have a power amplifier with adjustable gain controls. Another thing about this preamp is that one should mount it as close to eye level as possible and maybe get a small articulated reading lamp positioned to provide some needed light because of the low contrasting colors of the face plate and control labels.
The C 1 Preamp performed very well as described.I am very satisfied with the music Played through my stereo system.I would definitely recommend it to audiophiles who need a good preamp...
I wanted a backup for my Mac that Im having repaired...A great backup...I luv older equipment..The preamp works fine luv it