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The Difference and Distinction of Collecting Vintage Audio Equipment

Aug 23, 2008
Musicians and audiophiles know that the quality of your equipment can mean the difference between greatness and just barely getting by. The fidelity and quality of the sound that your equipment is able to produce and the higher-end your speaker equipment is, the more crisp and clean the sound of your music. It's important for anyone who appreciates only the best in sound equipment to know what's out there and available, and just like in many other areas in life, sometimes the classics are still the best. Vintage-era Carver Audio equipment is a highly sought after treasure by those involved in sound production, but why? What makes the equipment such a commodity in the audiophile community, and why might you want some for yourself?

The fonder of the Carver Corporation, Bob Carver, was an extremely talented engineer who is most famous for designing the most powerful consumer audio amplifier available in the early 1970's. His innovation and invention in the realm of commercial audio continued to drive forward and produce some of the most famous pieces of audio technology to come out of America. In the most famous incidents of his career, he was accepted two seperate challenges to duplicate the sound of superior and much more expensive audio equipment at a fraction of the cost. Despite being unable to examine the design or even open the lid of the equipment he was duplicating, Carver Audio managed to succeed both times. Eventually, he created the still amazing Silver Seven and it's later models, which sold for 1/40th of the price of amplifiers of the same quality sound.

Carver Audio products from the 1970's and 1980's are still highly sought after pieces of equipment. Carver audio equipment from this vintage era included technology that is still in use today, the foundations of modern audo technology. Noise reduction correlation, sonic holograhy, more sensitive and discerning FM and AM tuners, all are features of Carver Audio stereos and amplifiers that were leading in their field, and in some cases the literal inventors of the technology. The quality that is packed into each piece of Carver equipment is undeniable, making it a true collector's item for people interested in the best quality of sound.

There are any number of websites with information about the various Carver Audio (and its ancestor company Sunfire) products, and also sites to buy or sell such equipment. Now that you understand more about the Carver difference, you should take time to explore the possibilities, and narrow down the equipment you are interested in to what would best fit your needs. There's a wide range of very high quality speakers, amplifiers, and stereo products that are still available from the golden era of sound innovation, perhaps it's time to make some of it yours.
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