Thursday, April 2, 2009

Power Amplifier - Carver M-400a

I won't go into too many details as you can read a great little write-up of this Carver M-400a amplifier HERE. Suffice to say if ROCKS! I'm not a huge Carver audio fan - mainly because most of the vintage carver units I pick up have serious issues. Most of these issues involve the switches and buttons and the terrors of oxidation. I'd be curious to hear whether people living far away from an ocean have the same trouble with connections on switches and buttons. Hey - that's what the comment field is for :)

How does it sound? I'm going by memory here because I haven't plugged this in for about a year, but I remember being pleasantly surprised by how clean this little cube is. I have a Carver "The Receiver 800" too, and that doesn't have quite the punch that this fellow does.

If you have any photos or stories about your Carver M-400a, please leave a comment or send me an email.

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  1. There's one for sale on ebay starting 5-23-12.

  2. I've got a pair of QSC-CX6T home theatre amps (monsters!), a Carver CT-26V (with remote), an ElectroVoice EQ131 1/3-octave EQ and MORE I'll trade for the following good-working components:
    * A single Carver M400a amp
    * A Phase Linear 4000 MK1 preamp (with the joystick in front) or a PSC-50 preamp;
    * An ADC Sound Shaper SA-1 monitor, and
    * A DBX 3BX, 4BX or 5BX.

    Can anyone help me out here? I've got to barter what I've got, as I have no cash after health issues and car troubles (seriously).

    Please email me at, and put Audio Trade in the Subject line, and thank you sooooo much in advance!

    Chuck in Oklahoma



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