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Carver C-1

Sonic Holography Preamplifier

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Carver C-1


At the heart of the C-1 is a high-performance console preamplifier with precise RIAA phono equalization for moving-magnet and moving coil cartridges, extremely low noise and distortion, high slew rate, wide dynamic range, and a high degree of control flexibility.

The built-in Sonic Hologram generator distinguishes the C-1 from all other fine preamplifiers, breaking through the limitations of listening room acoustics and the conventional two-channel stereo medium itself to provide remarkable three dimensional you are there realism, with a sonic image which extends far beyond the loudspeakers in breadth and depth.


Frequency response: 5Hz to 200kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.04%

Signal to noise ratio: 86dB (MC), 82dB (MM), 96dB (line)

Dimensions: 3.5 x 19 x 10 inches

Weight: 2.7kg


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Reviewed Jul 17th, 2017 by jerryrard

The Carver C-1 continues to be my go to preamp. I've let go of various pres (tube and solid state) because they did not match my modded Carver C-1. Yes, it has been modded to the BillD Mod specs, which I did myself. I guess that's why I love it so much too.

Reviewed Mar 08th, 2015 by bguzman

My C-1 is the best bang for the buck piece of equipment I have purchased. Great phono stage, multiple inputs, and full tone control.



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