Carver MXR-2000

Carver MXR-2000

Ok, I’ll admit that some of Carver’s technology sounds like something out of a Star Trek movie. Magnetic Field Amplifiers (MFA). Sonic Holography (SH). Asymmetrical Charge-Coupled FM Detector (ACCD). Huh?

Nonetheless, Bob Carver is known for making great amplifiers and, in this case, a receiver. The Carver MXR-2000 , also known as The Carver Receiver 2000,  is part of ‘The Receiver’ line from Carver. It started when Bob Carver designed no model number The Carver Receiver which in time became the MXR-130 and had 130 watts per channel. Next in line was the MXR-150 which was just an upgraded MXR-130 and had 150 watts per channel.  Then along came the MXR-900 and the MXR-2000.

Carver MXR-2000 Left

The MXR-2000 can power most any speakers with 200 watts per channel and its above mentioned Asymmetrical Charge-Coupled FM Detector technology results in excellent FM tuning and separation. The Sonic Holography technology is said to give music extreme detail and soundstage. I believe the MXR-130 and MXR-150 both incorporated the ACCD and MFA technology while the SH tech was added in the MXR-900 and MXR-2000. The MFA technology reduced the need for large transformers and filter capacitors which resulted in a lighter receiver then you might expect for the power output.

Carver MXR-2000 Right

While Carver receivers are known for their technology they are also known to have reliability issues. You’ll find many threads on audio forums pertaining to the repair of Carver receivers. Still, they aren’t too difficult to fix as the problems are mostly well known. Many vintage receivers will need work at one time or another and some of them just aren’t worth the time or expense. The Carver receivers are, for the most part, worth it. In fact, I’ve seen repair kits on eBay specifically for the Carver receiver line. Hot running resistors, bad solder connections and plastic switching components are all weak spots in the Carver receivers. The MXR-2000 is known for the bad solder joints on the main board.

Carver MXR-2000 Side

While the MXR-2000 did have a more modern look from the front it still had wood side panels that now give it a classic vintage feel. Carver has a pretty loyal following so his receivers and amps usually sell for good prices. The MXR-2000 sells for anywhere between $400.00 and $600.00 with parts units reaching $100.00. If you can find one that’s already been serviced and had its weak links fixed then that is the way to go.

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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.

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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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