BOB CARVER - CHERRY 180 MONOBLOCKS (PR)
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Brand: BOB CARVER
Category: Audio Equipment, Power Amps, Tube, Best of the Best Audiophile Gifts, Top-Rated Audio Equipment & Components.
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An Impeccable Statement of Both Form and Function
Bob Carver's Cherry 180 Monoblocks are Extremely Powerful and a Breeze to Set Up
Bob Carver's smaller pair of monoblock amplifiers, the Cherry 180s, are just as spectacular-sounding as the Black Beauties, but just have a little less power output for those of us without the most difficult-to-drive loudspeakers. After all, 200 watts per channel from six KT- 88s per side is certainly a lot of power, especially when it’s coming from an all-tube design such as the Cherry 180. Not only are these amplifiers visually stunning, they are examples of American-made workmanship that give new meaning to the saying "pride of ownership." Cool running; switchable negative feedback settings; extremely long-lasting tube life; no tube matching needed; all point-to-point hand-wired. We’ll put these amplifiers up against anything under ten grand in a heartbeat! In fact, we encourage you to do the same. They come with a money-back guarantee. Yet, from what we’ve been hearing, the Cherry 180s won’t be coming back!
"I am very excited about the [Cherry 180] amplifiers. Designed by a legend,
they offer a no-nonsense approach, with money spent in the right
places. We could talk in circles about parts and topology choices, sure.
But in the end, these amplifiers do everything well, volunteering a
sensory experience that normally commands a higher price. Indeed, this is a tube lover’s pair of amplifiers. They provide more
than enough power to drive all but the most inefficient speakers, and
boast an extraordinary level of refinement. The ability to drive
low-impedance loads, as well as the option to change feedback and alter
the amps’ character to suit personal tastes, are bonuses. If there’s a better pair of 200-watt-per-channel tube amplifiers out
there for this kind of money, I haven’t heard them yet. The Carver
VTA180M monobocks richly deserve an Exceptional Value Award for 2012."
From a listening perspective this amplifier provides a warm, rich sound with a sumptuous and enveloping sound stage, a great front to back depth of field, and very tight, pin-point imaging within that larger acoustic space. A special current feedback circuit allows the amplifier to “listen to the room” via feedback from the speakers acting as microphones (using the law of reciprocity). The room-speaker-amplifier interaction provides a sense of believable ambiance and acoustic space that is thoroughly realistic and quite enjoyable. Additionally, the transformer output impedance allows the signal to follow the impedance curve of the speaker system, allowing more voltage to be delivered to the loudspeaker at very low frequencies – providing an exceptional and satisfying low end response.
Number of Line Inputs: 1
Input impedance: 100 k ohms
Input Stage: 12AX7 current sourced long tailed balanced pair
Pre-driver Stage: 12AT7 current sourced long tailed balanced pair
Automatic DC Restoration: 6AL5
Nominal Voltage Gain: 30 dB (into 8 ohms)
Output Stage Configuration: 3 complimentary sets of KT88s in a push-pull configuration (6 total)
Regulated Screen Supply Voltage: 360V
Output tube plate voltage: 725V
Output tube Idle Power: Less than 10W each
Bias Adjustment: Rear panel pot, front panel meter, set and forget
Rated Power: 200 watts into 8 ohms, 230 watts into four ohms, 215 watts into two ohms
Noise: Better than 110 dB A Weighted referenced into 180 watts
Frequency Response: 2 Hz to 85 kHz. Without filters
Full Power Bandwidth: 24 Hz to 28 kHz. Without filters
Feedback Control Switch: 20dB for Vintage Amplifier Sound, 11 dB for Contemporary Amplifier Sound
Distortion: Less than 0.5%
Output Transformer: Interleaved windings, super wideband low leakage inductance design
Output Impedance: 1.3 ohms
Speaker outputs: 2, 4, and 8 ohm terminals
Built in Output Tube tester: Yes
Construction Method: Point-to-Point hand wired axial and radial leaded components with star grounds and no circuit board traces or de-plugable connectors.
Components: High reliability wire wound and metal film resistors, Metal polyester capacitors in the audio signal paths
Weight: 84 pounds for a stereo pair, 42 pounds each
Dimensions (WHD): 12.5" x 7.75" x 17"
Color: Cherry Red with Champagne Trim
Country of Origin: United States of America
Warranty: Chassis - 7 Years, Tubes - 1 Year
User Manual (PDF, 605 KB)
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