Carver Audio CT-24 Preamplifiers

2.92/5 (13 Reviews) MSRP : $500.00


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Rob Czar a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2017

Bottom Line:   
Tuner-preamps make a lot of sense. All the electronics in one box except the heavy lifting (power amp). WAF is high because of one box, and the power amp can be tucked out of the way or away from other components where it can get good air circulation. Is this one cheap junk from China? Well, it is mass market design and construction (making it inexpensive) and it is not up to Carver standards. But, if you don't get a lemon, it does the job just fine. Some people say then can hear differences in preamps, but nobody can demonstrate that when tested, no matter how well made the pre-amp is. The specs on this model are good and if it works as it should, there are no sonic penalties (but it may go bad over time). Keep the tone controls out of the signal path (i.e., don't use them, just like with the expensive preamps). If you listen to a local FM station, the tuner is fine, but it will set no records. If you listen to LPs a lot, move into the 21st century and ignore the additional phono amp stage. It will work find for occasional LP listening. The plus of this unit are lots of inputs and maybe sonic holography, if your speakers need it. A remote is also a plus for its day.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996



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

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2005

Bottom Line:   
I have owned this product for 7 or 8 years. It is always left on, running 24 hours a day. I have experienced none of the problems stated in the other reviews. It is attached to a NAD 214 amp. I run a cd player, a sacd player and turntable through it. I also listen to the tuner. It is quiet, efficient with no problems or concerns. It does everything asked of it. It allows the recordings to show their own character (good or bad) without adding anything to them, the goal of any component.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   circiut city



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Bart Sterman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Contrary to others experience, I have not had any problems with this unit. I bought it used on e-bay, and for the price, it would be hard to beat.

For me, the slow tuner is not a big problem as I primarily listen to only two local stations.

The remote works fine, the display is easy to read, and the unit has lots of inputs.

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1996

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   e-bay



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Greg Kidd a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2001

Bottom Line:   
Cheap junk final gasp output from gutted Carver Corp. Output cuts out randomly. As some of the previous reviewers mentioned, the tuner is close to useless. When you try to change stations, it takes so long you think it is broken. Unfortunately, it was/is all I could afford at the time and now.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $259.00

Purchased At:   Carver on line



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by dan a

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2001

Bottom Line:   
While this unit is aesthetically pleasing further review show significant weaknesses. The RCA gold plated jack covers fall off. Removong the wiring shows sloppy soldering
At first this unit sounded nice and warm but over the year I owned it , it slowly deteriorated. The remote would work intermittently, and the unit would not always turn on when pressing the power button on the front of the unit.
I finally made a call out the the west coast, and Everett Electronics gave me a full geneolgy of the unit and the company history. While, they were sympathetic of my plight, (they did offer to sell me a refurbished unit for $200 in place of the old one, which is now currently a door stop) this unit was produced in CHINA and they admit it is not made very well at all!
Before anyone buys any CARVER equipment you need to find out if it was post BOB CARVER, and if it was avoid it like a social disease

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Product model year:   1999

Price Paid:    $350.00




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