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    Owner-Publisher Jerry Del Colliano's Avatar
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    Bob Carver To Release a $2,100 20-watt Tube Amp in July

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    Bob Carver's first foray back in to audiophila since Sunfire started with a $13,000 pair of tube amps that are very very nice but well out of the reach of many.

    Now he is back with a 20-watt tube amp that is priced at $2,100 which is expensive but aspirational in price.

    The new amp should ship in July 2012.

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    VTA20S
    Black Magic 20 Watt Stereo Amplifier
    Input Impedance
    20K ohms in stereo, 125K ohms in mono
    Nominal Voltage Gain
    26dB (into 8 ohms)
    Input Tubes
    12AX7B
    Output Tubes
    1 complementary pair of EL84Ms per channel
    Rated Power (Stereo)
    20 Watts
    Rated Power (Mono)
    40 Watts
    Speaker Impedance
    4 to 16 ohms
    Noise
    Better than 96dB A weighted ref. into 20 watts
    Frequency Response
    8 Hz to 40 kHz (-3dB)
    Full Power Bandwidth
    26Hz to 43 kHz without filters
    Distortion
    Less than 0.5%
    Hum
    -100dB
    Generator Source Impedance
    1.5 Ohms
    Weight
    17 pounds
    Color
    Black with silver fleck and silver trim
    Country of Origin
    Point-to-point hand wired in the United States
    Warranty
    7 years (1 year on tubes)
    The VTA20S lists for $2,100 and will ship in July.

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    Administrator Tracy Rainwater's Avatar
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    You would have to have some really efficient speakers for this to be a viable option for amplification. In the grand scheme of Carver's tube amps, $2100 is pretty cheap.

    Is he marketing it to the headphone fanboys?

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    Tekton and Parker Audio type people.

    My Focals would run on this amp.

    j

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    That there's a market for this is just amazing to me. I sure have more useful hardware to buy for $2100. Obviously, to each his own.
    Richard

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    Don't underestimate the allure of tubes in a two channel rig. I would do something like this if I had the room and the "right" speakers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Rainwater View Post
    Don't underestimate the allure of tubes in a two channel rig. I would do something like this if I had the room and the "right" speakers.
    You might very well be right, but I will never know.

    BTW I have parts of an AV rack all over my media room. As soon as I can find help, I'll start with the amp. which I'm putting at the bottom. Way too much thinking going into where to place items in the rack.
    Richard

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