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Carver MXR-130

Stereo Receiver (1983)

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Carver MXR-130


Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 130 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.05%

Signal to noise ratio: 82dB (MM), 90dB (line)



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Reviewed Oct 25th, 2018 by gbpatt

I purchased this receiver in 1988 and still use it today. Due to age, some capacitors failed. Search the model on Ebay and seller CircuitsandConcepts has put together kits which replace parts on this unit that commonly fail. Les is an electrical engineer and specializes in these units. I have purchased his kits and refurbished my unit and it sounds great. I love the sound and power of this unit and I didn't want to give up the flexibility of using an external graphic equalizer through the Tape loop feature. This combination along with awesome speakers makes watching movies especially enjoyable due to the units ability to deliver big clear powerful sound without distorting due to demanding loads.

Reviewed Oct 15th, 2018 by badbob55

I purchased my MRX-130 about 3 years ago for $200 CDN and have been blown away by how good it sounds! Even better with upgrades!

Receivers are generally perceived as inferior entry-level products. But 'The Receiver' as the MRX-130 is know incorporates Carver's C-1 pre-amplifier, TX-11 Asymmetrical Charge Coupled Detector FM tuner, & TFM-25 amplifier. This is full-on audiophile gear!

My upgrades: Cardas CCGR-FS Flush Mount Binding Posts, Circuits & Concepts Audiophile Grade Gold Contact Output Relays, KIMBER Varistrand hookup wire, 4x CDE Cornell Dubilier SLPX 12,000 ?F 63 Vdc (79 Vdc Surge) Aluminum Electrolytic capacitors, Belden 19364 shielded power cable, Audio Sensibility Statement Component Grounding Device.

Turntable: Sansui SR-222, with Denon DL-103R MC cartridge
Speakers: KEF Reference Series Model 103.2



re: MXR-130

Is it compatible with remote control?

re: MXR-130


This receiver does not have any remote control capability.


re: MXR-130

That is incorrect. I lost my remote somewhere among many moves but it certainly had one. An odd feature was when using it to change the volume it activated a motor inside the unit and the physical volume control on the unit rotated.

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