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 $200.00 on 8-19-2019. 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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25 thoughts on “Carver MXR-130

  1. 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?

    Thanks

    Ted

  2. 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.

    Ted

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. I just bought one of these receivers last weekend (5/7/17)at a garage sale from the original owner 4 $10 in really nice condition.😀

  6. I bought a Carver MRX-130 last year, based in part on your review. Paid $200 CDN. Wow–it’s awesome!!

    So far, I have made the following upgrades: Cardas CCGR-FS Flush Mount Binding Posts, Circuits & Concepts Audiophile Grade Gold Contact Output Relays, KIMBER Varistrand hookup wire, Belden 19364 shielded power cable.

    Thanks!!!!

  7. Hello: I have “The Receiver” and need to replace 3 push buttons on the face ( AUX, FM and AM buttons ). Is this easy to do? Has anyone out there done this before? And where can I get replacements. Thank You.

  8. Just replaced the power and one of the small push buttons on mine.They are easy to replace, once you remove the top & bottom covers the front face assembly has only 4 screws holding it on, 2 on top 2 on bottom, after removing them the whole face assembly pulls forward then you just unplug 5/6 connectors going from chassis to circuit board on back of face assem. This will give you easy access to all buttons and knobs. The knobs are frequently on ebay but the buttons are much less so…Good Luck….Vern

  9. Trying to hook spkrs into a Carver MXR130. Got a signal coming out of a BSR MCD8000, but all I get is a power hum out of the amp when hooked up. The display lights are not lit on the front panel. I have checked the 7 amp fuse in the back, and it is good.

  10. I just picked one up with a broken fuse holder on the back next to the power supply. It looks the plastic casing of the fuse assembly was broken apart and the metal part shorted to the metal rear faceplate. I could use a copy of the service manual if anyone has it handy. I’m hoping I can replace the 10a 250v fuse assembly, plug her in and go! Any thoughts about what I should look for before lift off would be greatly appreciated!

  11. I inherited an MXR -130 recently and am looking to hook up some speakers (would like something used). Can you tell me what specks I should be looking for? Nominal impedance…

    Thanks!

  12. I got one for free with a bad channel and non-functioning tuner. After cleaning all controls I got sound from both channels, but the tuner would not work. I bought the replacement trimmer capacitor from Circuits and Concepts on eBay and that got the tuner working, except that it locks .1mhz higher than center channel on all stations (i.e. 92.4 vs. 92.3). No amount of tweaking the trimmer solves the problem. Still sounds great and the stereo light pops on. I can flip to manual tune and set stations on center channel. Puzzled as the cause of this symptom. Any ideas are welcome.

    1. If you are still looking for an answer to this, many FM stations broadcast digital signals approximately 100 kHz. Above and below the analog signal. This is known as “HD” (with the HD being for marketing purposes). These digital signals are between 10% and 1% of the analog signal level. My guess is that the MXR-130 tuner scan is locking on to the digital signal instead of the main analog signal. I’m a broadcast engineer and MXR-130 owner since 1982.

  13. I RECEIVED A MXP 130 CARVER AMP. THE TUNER DOESN’T WORK. THE GUY AT THE ELECTRONIC REPAIR SHOP SAID THAT THE CPU IS BAD. I GUESS THAT THIS IS A BIG COMPONENT. (I AM A MECHANIC NOT INTO STEREO REPAIR) DO YOU HAVE ONE THAT I CAN BUY? THE AMP WORKS GREAT JUST NO RADIO.

    1. I don’t have one. Not sure which chip it is. I’ve seen one on eBay HERE but not sure if that is the right one either. Even if it is you’d have to find someone to solder it onto the board.

  14. What do I need to fix the static and speakers cutting out on lower volumes? I also get a loud pop when I turn the Receiver off and on. Bought this receiver new in 1983 but quit using it for almost 10 years due to this problem. Was supposedly repaired many years ago but the static shorts came back a short time later. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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