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Carver Audio TFM-55
13 Reviews
rating  4.77 of 5
MSRP  1095.00
Description: (1992-1994)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Geoffrey.K. a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2014

Bottom Line:   
I drive a pair of Klipsch la scala's (2002) modified with German upgrade crossovers,($550) and the result is absolutely riveting acoustics, also utilizing a pair of Klipsch subbies on top of the La Scala's.(12in x 2 passive radiaters in each). Anyway not only is the sound deliniative and silky, but the neighbours have aquired my taste in music for some reason.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



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

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2010

Bottom Line:   
First, i have the TFM-55x, which is the second version of the TFM 55. The TFM-55x had only 200 models built, and are extremely rare, and drive over 750 watts a channel!. Well first, i got this amp for free for my DJ setup to drive both of my MTX BLUE THUNDERS in a a ground shaker enclosure. I got my TFM-55x with a Carver CT-27v Pre amp and a Akai Digital Computer EQ. They just sound amazing and i have never had the over heating problems. I only have blow the fuse once when it was at a place with a power power supply. I would recommend any one to buy this amp.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



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

Date Reviewed: April 23, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I'm running a Carver System comprised of a C-19 (tubed) Preamp, SDA/490t CD(tubed) player, TX-11 FM tuner, 2(a bridged pair) TFM-55 power amps feeding a pair of Silver Edition Amazing Loudspeakers. A DBX 120X driving a Carver M500t(700 watts bridged) to a pair of 18"subs in a dipole arrangement handles movie lows. Peripherals include a Technics SL-1900b turntable, a DBX 3BX range expander, Tascam CC-222 MkII CD/cassette recorder, Optimus DCC-2000 DDC recorder, and a Nakamichi Dragon.

Once I added the TFM-55s, my system came alive. Like on the street there is no sustitute for power, hosepower or watts. At 1000watts bridged, this is the BIG DOG set-up. Anything less....is. Power from the godz, dynamic, rhythmic, and precise. Depth of the TFM-55 soundstage is breathtaking, and the precision of the image has to be heard to be believed. Strings and female voices take on life.

If you have marginal source material(rap and other low-life (c)rap) this kind of quality amplifier with show it in grand detail. I have a Telarc LP of Eric Kunzel directing the 1812 overture. The cannon shots were recorded at Baldwin-Wallace and the TFM-55 take you there on that fine spring day. You can feel the shots deep in your chest...that's power and only the TFM-55 can deliver.

Playing a DCC LP copy of Van Halen(the 1st one) I can hear Mike's fingers on the strings of his bass and Eddie sliding the pick BETWEEN the strings during his hammer runs on 'You Really Got Me' and 'Running with The Devil'. Alex pounds the drums like a madman and Diamond Dave is out front and insane. A direct-to-disc of Girls, Girls, Girls, the Crue is at their best. Vince's voice is clear and stable in the middle of the room and Tommy Lee's drumming is off the hook, fast, hard and convincing. Nikki and Mik sound like they're in the room with you. The recording is melodic, articulate and well rounded. Imaging is stable and the soundstage is grand.

On Sentmental Journey, The Chairman does what Frank does best...voice a song. No one does it better and these are some of his best. He's fronting The Duke and they rock the house. His voice is great, out front....I can see him sitting at the mic with a Kool burnnig between his fingers. Carver's TFM-55 takes you there.

The TFM-55 only gets warm to the touch when they're pushed hard, that means more than 112db for a long time. If you can find them they are worth every cent paid. The Carver Amazing Loudspeaker is known to be a tad inefficient and a bit difficult for some lesser amplifiers. The TFM-55 was designed to run hard into low impedence loads with power to spare and it makes my Silver Amazings come alive. 5 stars very highly recommended.



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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $849.00

Purchased At:   Swallen's Mansfield



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Wooden a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2006

Bottom Line:   
My brother perchesed the tfm-45 with it almost the exact same thing along with the carver c-11 with other peices of carver equipment all for $75. I have owned this for little over a year now and it is amazing it has blown every pair of speakers i have hooked up to it, mostly i hooked up 300-500 watt wal-mart speakers. untill i finally bought 4 800 watt Legacy with 4 350 piezo watt tweeters. I blew the side fo the box off with them. I traded the speakers with my brother for the amp. Also a friend i have own a tfm-55. All this happended after his g/f smashed it with a baceball bat and i fixed it. had to add a few fans inside it to keep it cool. powering those speakers it heated up and would kick off. but i fixed that problem.

I would highly recomend this amp. Still sounds GREAT.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   pawn shop



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Gman a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 20, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I have the TFM-55X and TFM-35X...they've been in boxes since 1999. From what I remember though, they sound pretty great pushing my Klipsch CF-4 speakers. Great range, sound good with classical music and you can't push them over the edge! I had them bi-amped last, with the 55X driving the mids/lows and the 35X driving the highs. Just getting ready to set it up this way again. Was going to ask if anyone saw any drawbacks in setting them up this way, but I guess this isn't a discussion board.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1997

Price Paid:    $700.00

Purchased At:   second hand, almost




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