Carver Audio Silver 9-t Amplifiers

4/5 (7 Reviews) MSRP : $1200.00


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550 watts - Magnetic Field Solid State Amp


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Value Rating:1
Submitted by 300ZX_twinturbo a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2006

Bottom Line:   
This review is for the Silver 7t, not the 9 as there was no listing for that one here.
Ok, first off these are possibly the worst sounding amps I have ever heard. The bass is as muddy as a river bottom, the highs are rolled off, and the mids as thin as wet toilette paper.
I read a review recently by a stereo magazine editor who was reviewing the Amazing Loudspeaker, which he held in high regard, but also thought these amps were probably the worst effort BC ever put forth, so it wasn't only me that though so.
They do have a cool look, and a lot of power, but that's where it ends.
I've owned several Carvers, and these are without question, so bad I would easliy listen to a $300 Yamaha first. I did think the 1.0t was pretty good, and I love the 4000 and C-1 preamps.
To be fair, every manufacturer produces crud from time to time, no one is perfect, but I wonder why if the 7 was so pathetic he would let the 9 out the door?
Anyway, if you are considering these, listen first before you spend a ton of cash on utter crap-ola. These amps in my opinion are worth about $100 each, and only if the application is for a lot of power that will be used in the venue of a drunken hoard as otherwise your ears will bleed.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $1000.00

Purchased At:   used



Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by jld1965 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 9, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I was very enthusiastic when I purchased the Carver 9T's. I paid $1200 for two new units at Brandsmart in 1995. I was using them to drive Snell C IV's (very nice speakers at the time). My brother and I have been listening to jazz, classical, blues, reggae and rock since the early seventies. We like all types of music. That's why I decided to purchase the 9T's; seemed like the best bang for the buck. My front end consisted of a Linn Sondek and a California Audio Labs Transport and separate D/A processor.

My initial thoughts where that these amps were great. However, after listening to many familiar tunes I quickly realized that the amps lacked sound stage depth and mid range quality.
In fact, I did an A/B test with a used Audio Research(AR) hybrid that cost approximately $700.00 at the time. The AR amp simply put the Carver 9T to shame. The 9T seemed to not play music in comparison. The AR amp had a soundstage so deep and wide you thought you could jump in with the musicians.

The 9T's do have power, but that all they have. They have a boomy bottom end and tin like highs. This is not an amp for people that want realistic playback.
They're probably good home theatre or for loud playing.

Anyone about to purchase one of these should take a look inside. Small transformer cheap circuit board. The laws of physics don't change; you need a large transformer to swing current to drive your speakers. You get dooped on this one.


The only good thing about these amps was that I sold them for almost what I paid.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $1200.00

Purchased At:   Brandsmart



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by errivera a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I purchased a pair of these monoblocks when I purchased the Carver Amazing Platinum IV speakers. I researched that these speakers would need tremendous amounts of power to be driven well.

Fortunately, my decision was correct. I quickly found that an older Audio Research D-120 and the Mark Levinson 200w/ch amp I was currently using would not drive the speakers beyond average listening levels.

At $1200 each, I was somewhat 'concerned' at the sound quality. I had owned Carver products in the past (M400 amps) and remember liking them however, I was totally dumbfounded when I connected the amps to my speakers. The ability to reproduce the dynamics and lifelike sound I was hoping for was immediately noticed.

The amps continued breaking in over the next few months (so did my speakers) and I have not seen the need to replace either one to this date. The amps have never given me any trouble whatsoever and the speakers are still 'kickin'.

These amplifiers were probably one of the best deals in audio history. Compared to the mega dollars of amplifiers, they cannot come close to the value of the Carvers.

I would have liked buying a 'brand name' high powered amp like McIntosh, Krell, or the like, but their price tags were prohibitive.

I recently saw a pair of these sell on ebay for $2000/pair. In my opinion, well worth it.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $1200.00



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by STEVE YERELEK a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 30, 2001

Bottom Line:   
My comments are for the older Silver 7t, should sound the same as Silver 9t, but they are different color an the vu meters are not lighted. These amps are not for the faint in heart. They were designed to drive Carver platinum series ribbon speakers, which are notoriously inefficient. Even in today's standards Silver 7t or 9t is a winner. I think they were produced until 1993; it's still possible to find a good matching pair on the used market.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $2800.00

Purchased At:   sund factor



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mitch a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I have a pair of Infinity Kappa 9 speakers, notorious power hogs that run at very low impedances. The Silver 9t's bring them under very tight authority and makes them sing. All of the dynamics and tight bass these speakers are capable of become apprarent. As ugly as these amps are, I have mine prominently displayed....they are great conversation pieces.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   Pre 1995




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