Carver Audio SD/A-360 CD Changer CD Players

SD/A-360 CD Changer

Dual 1-bit D/A converters, 3-beam laser pickup, 5 disc changer

User Reviews (9)

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Timxtreme   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 24, 2003]
Strength:

Sounds full & crisp. One of the warmest cd sounds I've heard.

Weakness:

No programming or shuffle capabilities. Remote not compatible with all Carver products.

I bought this Carver SD/A 360 to replace a Teac cd changer D1200 that had terrific specs but sounded very tinny. I LOVE THE SOUND of the Carver. I only wish I could have afforded the 390t tube Carver.

Similar Products Used: Carver TFM-15 amplifier, Carver CT-17 Pre-amplifier, Sony TA-N220 three channel amplifier, JBL speakers & sub
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
mark   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 08, 2002]
Strength:

still sounds great,soft eq

Weakness:

none

This is for the sd/a-450 since there is no listing for it. I''ve owned this player since 1991 and have had no problems with it.The sound remains clear and strong.The feature that initially drew me to this player was the soft eq(digital time lens).This still comes in handy when playing older cds which were poorly mastered from tapes originally intended for lps.It really does help.Of course with the newer material the soft eq isn''t needed.Although cdrs weren''t even heard of when this player was built,it has no trouble playing them.Hccds weren''t out either , but if tou have that decoding downstream,tou could use the digital out and process it that way i suppose. Overall an excellent sounding and durable cd player.

Similar Products Used: first and only
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
mike stehr   Audiophile [Mar 07, 2000]
Strength:

good sound. lots of features.

Weakness:

not produced anymore.

I have a 490t single disc player. Players I've had in my life:'86 sony d2 discman, Then a '89 denon 10 disc changer,Used both in the home off and on over the years.So you could understand the night and day difference when I bought the carver home player for 200 bucks at a hock shop and hooked it up.More volume level. Warmer full sound.(tube Output).No harshness like some other cheaper players with solid state outputs.I have'nt heard any 4 digit priced cd players to compare it with,But I'm sure these carver players are comparable with the spendier units.Its the best player I have ever heard,Thats me though.Look at the features,Fixed out,variable out,two digital outs, all the goodies a audiophile priced cd player has.It could probably be a tweakers dream project!Was warned about tube upgrades though.Emailed a place in Everett Wa.(Last of carver),Still does service,Guy said stick with yugo 6dj8 tubes.Players come in with burnt tubes because they were not yugo 6dj8's.Love to know why,Especially when there is many better upgrades for the yogu 6dj8.Would like to hear it through a all tube system.I'm keeping it going as long as I can.You find one used...Buy it,Its a bargain.Use Yamaha c70 pre-amp,m70 power amp,ax-592 integrated,and a nad 2100 bridged for a sub.Wished they still made them too.Or a Outboard d.a converter.5 stars.Made in feb.1991 I've tortured it for 4 years and plan to for many more.

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Matt   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 25, 2001]
Strength:

Optical out on an early unit, build quality (great transport), and the sound is superb for a mid priced CD changer.

Weakness:

Had to clean it once ; )

I just love the sound of this strong performer, I was just looking up my gear in the site and just had to review this little beauty.

I've had this thing for like 6 years or so and had to clean it once...I cannot believe the durability of the transport and laser assembly. As for the sound, I used the analog outputs for many years and now with my new Marantz AV-9000 I can use the optical output. I can't say I'd ever get rid of this unit. Great sound, durability, and Carver...what more could you ask for!

Get your Carver stuff fixed at www.carverservice.com

I have a C-20v for sale along with a AV-405, great dolby pro-logic system for a steal! Email me.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
Mohan Nair   an Audiophile [Jul 09, 1998]

The sound of the Carver SD/A 360 five-disc carousel comes nowhere near that of the SD/A 390t (five-disc carousel model with tube output) or the 490t (single-CD with tube output). While the sound of the former is good, the latter two are more detailed and transparent. Vocals on them have a presence that the SD/A 360 lacks.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Mohan Nair   an Audiophile [Jul 08, 1998]

Since the last review was actually about the Carver SD/A 490t or 390t (sigle and five-disk CD palyers with tube output stages)I will confine it to the SD/A 490t, which I acquired very recently on the Net. This is a remarkable CD player and deserves the word "Reference" that Carver has used in the name. While the sound is warm, the player does not color it the way some tube eqipment do. Unfortunately, Carver doesn't make these anymore, but if you see it advertised for sale on the Net, grab it. I will rate this superb player as deserving at least four stars.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
Gosha   an Audio Enthusiast [Jun 17, 1998]

I own this unit for almost two years and like it sound very much. The built quality is also exceptional, haven't had any problem with it, no skipping even on heavily scratched disks and the only time it refused to play a disk was when I put a computer CD in it by mistake. It was connected to Carver HR-895 receiver and recently I took it off from my HT setup and coupled it with JoLida SJ502A tube integrated amp. I am not going to describe sound in audiophile terms - just want to say that I simply enjoying it. I'm listening to rock, jazz and classical and could do it for hours with this player. I got this unit as a store demo for $260 and going to keep it as long as it would lasts.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
Jeffrey Kerwin   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 23, 2000]
Strength:

Clean design, Bus link for remote control of other Carver equipment.

I acquired the SD/A 360 via used market and I must say that I have been very impressed so far with the unit. I have the player going throught a Carver ct-17 preamp and two bridged Carver m1.5t amps and the sound is very crisp and clear. The imaging is detailed enough for even a hack like me to be impressed. I have even noticed that when I get the watts and db's up to 30% of their maximum, and mind you this is a 1300 watt system that the sensitivity is very firm. I play a variety of musical styles through the Carver and have been impressed enough to recommend to anyone who might be interested.

Similar Products Used: NAD 5225
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ralph D. May   an Audiophile [Dec 30, 1996]

It is most unfortunate that Carver has taken this model out of their line-up. I've owned mine for around 4 years and I wouldn't trade foranything that I've heard before or since. The "t" in the model name stands for tube. I've taken the cover off of mine and investigated rather
thoroughly. The built in pre-amp stage is pure class-A tube. It sounds excellent. Count on spending an hour or so to warm up the tubes to
peak performance, but for sweet sound, it's hard to beat. Freq. response is rated at 10hz-20khz but the tubes add a nice, uncolored warmth
to digital recordings. Signal to noise is measured at 100 db. I have never been able to hear any sign that the unit is on without looking at the
display or, of course, playing something. It has a 3 beam laser, 1-bit MASH translator, and Wow and Flutter rating of: unmeasurable.
Dynamic range is rated at 100 db. But of course, the final analysis is in the listening. I would definitely give this unit a 5 (if that's the top of
your rating system).
Incidently, the unit also has optical and co-axial outputs, if you should wish to use an outboard D/A converter. Maybe if enough requests go
to Carver, perhaps they'll start making them again.

OVERALL
RATING
5
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