Bob Carver's first intro into the receiver market around 1980 was his Carver MXR-130 or "The Receiver" as it is sometimes called. Carver equipment has always had a different look to it and this one is no exception. The receiver is basically a combination of Carver's C-1 pre-amplifier, TX-11 Asymmetrical Charge Coupled Detector F.M. tuner and TFM-25 amplifier. While a solid performer at 130 watts per channel it does have some weaknesses. It's under sized power resistors mounted too close to the circuit board tend to cause heat related problems over time. The output relays tend to fail as well but they can now easily be found for around $20 a piece. On the good side it has a great moving magnet phono preamp and great AM and FM tuning sections.
The Carver MXR-130 weighs in at around 30 pounds, had optional rack handles and walnut side panels as well.
The Carver MXR-130 sells for around $200. One in excellent fully working condition sold for $192.00 on 8-16-2011. If you can pick one up cheap and have some mods done to it you can get yourself one excellent receiver.
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