The Carver M4.0 is mine from a ways back...one of those keep forever amps....gotta get it sent out for a refresh I am sure as it buzzes a bit.
The Carver Silver 9's are Anthony's. he graciously left em here for me to play with for a while as he has more of these in house than he has tires on his car......seriously. He's a prince
From Polkfest, I heard both these amps on the Carver Platinums.... and the edge definitely went to the Silver 9's. I guess the little more heft they bring to the table do the platinums well. Both sounded great, with an edge to the Nine's. makes sense, I am sure these results dont surprise too many people.
Here is where it gets wierd. My 2 channel rig currently has my Teledyne AR9's running, so on a boring evening I decided to compare the amps on the 9's........and I liked the m4.0 much better, and not by a little bit.
make no mistake, the bas is a skosh more pronounced with the Silver 9's....more power, makes sense.
It's the mids and highs where things get odd. The Silver 9's came off real bright in this set up. keep in mind I prefer my sound laid back, and the room I have it in is mid bed room size, not too big. I readily admit that in a bigger room, some acoustic treatment, and different ears that prefer a different sound then me might very well vote the other way. for me, my 4.0t gives a beeter overall balanced presentation. Anthony's gonna stab me :p
meh, both amps are bad ass.........next set up will be biamping with my 2 Haffler DH500's....the amplification of choice for the AR9's when they were in my basement....wonder if that will be the same here in this new room.
gotta love it how a polkfest gets your audio juices flowing eh?