Lexington, Ky. - Bob Carver, audio inventor, and home
automation's Bob Farinelli have formed a vacuum tube amplifier company called
Bob Carver LLC, based here, and are introducing its initial products.
Described in a statement as a company that "combines unconventional
thinking with precision engineering to create innovative audio products that
set new benchmarks in style and performance at affordable price points," the
two founders worked together for five years at Sunfire and "came out of
retirement to join forces and found this new business."
"We are American inventors with 75
years of design experience and 51 patents between us. We are committed to
building the highest quality audio products in the USA. These products will
deliver years of listening enjoyment and stand among the few of the greatest amplifiers ever designed. "
said Carver in a statement.
"I am thrilled to be partnering with Bob Carver on this new
adventure. He continues to amaze me with his vast knowledge of physics,
electronics, acoustics and -- most importantly -- how to make products that
just sound amazing," said Farinelli.
initial products are the Cherry 180
(VTA180M) and Black Beauty (VTA 305M). The Cherry 180 is conservatively
rated at 180 Watts rms into 8 ohms, the Black Beauty 305 Watts rms.
two models offer feature a high impedance input, an automatic DC restorer
circuit, a "set and forget" bias adjustment, and low idle current that greatly
increases output tube life. They have an ultra-wide bandwidth output
transformers with interleaved windings capable of the most nuanced voice as well
as huge peak output capacity, the company said.
VTA180M lists for $3,700, the VTA305M for $6,450, and both will ship in
information on Bob Carver LLC, its products and technology is available at www.bobcarver.com,
or call (859) 258-9794.