Carver MXR-130

Carver MXR-130


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.


Carver MXR-130 Back


The Carver MXR-130 weighs in at around 30 pounds, had optional rack handles and walnut side panels as well.


Carver MXR-130 Inside


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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some one got into my 130 before I got it and screwed up the AM antenna wireing. Do you hapen to know the color code for the wiring?



March 23rd, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Never been inside one. I do have a scan of the service manual if you want it? It does have a schematic.

March 23rd, 2013 at 5:15 pm

Hi Raiko,

I also have the manual, but it only shows the wires coming from the rod antenna (T101) to the “T” number with no color ID as to witch color( red, yel, blu, blk, wht)goes where.
My 130 has 5 “T” posts and 5 wires, though the schematic shows only 4.


March 25th, 2013 at 11:14 am

I’d try the guys over at . There should be someone there that has an MXR-130, or has worked on one, that can help you out.

March 25th, 2013 at 12:13 pm


January 14th, 2014 at 9:13 pm
Danny Garrett:

I have just purchased a Carver MXR 130. Does this receiver have sonic halography? Thank you.

July 24th, 2016 at 9:00 pm

I don’t think so.

July 24th, 2016 at 9:11 pm
Danny Garrett:

Thank you Raiko. I pick up my Carver MXR 130 yesterday. It has no sonic holography however I set it up with my Klipsch Heresys. It sounds fantastic.

July 26th, 2016 at 10:38 am
Victor J. Cano:

I have just taken my old Carver receiver out of storage and am experiencing dirty output relay contact problems. Can you tell me where I might buy a couple?
Thanks, Vic Cano

October 5th, 2016 at 7:21 pm

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