How addictive is the audio business? One indication that audio is more addictive than pistachios is the return of Bob Carver and Bob Farinelli to the fray. They have launched "Bob Carver LLC" which will be known by its commercial moniker The Vacuum Tube Amplifier Company."
Besides being amazed that the company name hadn't been already taken during the last 75 years of commercial audio endeavors, you can't help but be impressed by the initial offerings' pricing and the company's ambition. Two power amplifiers and one super speaker system have been promised for an October ship date. Hopefully we'll be seeing them all in person at RMAF.
Early specifications and photographs reveal two fairly standard looking basic tube power amplifiers and a line-array speaker. The primary distinguishing characteristic of the amps are the SIX power tubes and three front-end valves. The specs promise an A-weighted noise rating of better than 110 dB S/N.
The speakers look especially interesting. Here's what Carver wrote about them recently, "This speaker will produce 121 dB SPL without distortion. Power handling is 2,000 watts rms without distortion. Sensitivity is 96 dB SPL @ 2.83 volts rms. It uses four vacuum tubes, four for the active crossover...It does not need a sub-woofer because it has so many drivers that the total air displacement is vast. All it needs is low frequency equalization for the woofers to make the system flat. That job is performed in the crossover box that comes with the speakers.
The imaging and tonal characteristics are similar to my Cinema Ribbons, the differences being that these speakers possess a majesty, a bigness, and a sound with sonic and emotional envelopment that normal speakers cannot. They are the best speakers I ever designed. Les Williams said they may well be the best speakers EVER! All based on the work so far."
So, if you're a big fan of tube amplifiers, line array speakers, and Bob Carver, October is going to be a good month.