Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Searing75 » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:45 pm

Just wanted to say that this amp is awesome! It is 4 pounds, 1 rack space, and sounds great! No lie! I didn't believe it at first, was very skeptical, but I am in heaven with it. I run an SMS into it, and bridge it for 200 watts into a K120. Again, sounds amazing! it is class A/B, and really simple to use.

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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Jon S. » Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:14 am

I also run my SMS into one into a pair of 8 ohm JBLs (one K120, one E120). The SMS + DCM200L + Gator rack together weigh about 14 lbs. At first I missed my Roctron Velocity 300 but having changed the V1 preamp tube in the SMS, I'm now very happy with the rig's tone.

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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Jon S. » Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:52 pm

Searing, is the spacing on the bridge banana plug inputs correct to take a standard type dual plug like this one?

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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Searing75 » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:11 pm

Yes Jon, it is.
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Jon S. » Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:46 pm

Excellent, I'll order one tonight (to try mine bridged into a single K120, too). :smile:
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Staemius » Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:19 pm

Yeah, I've been interested in this one as well! Bridging at 200 watts? Hehe, you guys play loud! I've been switching between a Mosvalve 962 or MC-50 - would love to hear comparisons with these or other amps - or clips?
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Jon S. » Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:19 am

For me, the bridging would not be to gain volume but rather to safely run into a single 8 ohm cab.
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Mr.Burns » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:01 am

From Carvin.com's DCM200L page:

FEATURES
- Frequency Response: +0/-5 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- THD 20-20kHz < 0.5%, (8Ω typical) < 0.05%
- Output Topology: CLASS D
- Power Supply: Switchmode
- Damping Factor: >400
- Sensitivity (@ 8Ω): 1.4 Vrms
etc., etc.

I'm confused here. It says here that the amp's output topology is class D but I did find another reference to this amp having class A/B topology on Carvin's site. As I understand it, D has more inherent THD but is more efficient/runs cooler? I guess my question is which class sounds better? And which class is this amplifier?!
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Searing75 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:59 am

Strange?? I could have sworn it was A/B?? It does say D in some places, but in others describes it as A/B???? Fuck it! It sounds Class kick Ass!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Mr.Burns » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:44 am

Any chance of someone posting an example of this amp in action?
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Searing75 » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:47 am

I will have my girlfriend help me to get some audio up here using the Carvin later this evening.
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby PurpleTrails » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:00 pm

At that weight it has to be class D. A 100W class A/B or A is going to weigh more than that because the power supply needs to be much larger and hence heavier because they run much less efficiently.
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby TeeJay » Wed Jan 08, 2014 7:38 pm

Forgive me if this is a stupid question but how would you connect a preamp with an 1/4 unbalanced out into this Carvin amp that appears to only have the XLR balanced inputs?
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby Searing75 » Thu Jan 09, 2014 6:15 am

Teejay,

The amp has 1/4" inputs. There are two inbetween the XLR inputs. The ground lift and parralled are the switched above. Look closely at the pic of the back.
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Re: Carvin DCM200L!!!!

Postby TeeJay » Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:48 pm

It doesn't matter if the output from the pre is unbalanced and the inputs on the power amp are balanced?
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