View Full Version : Carver amp for The Ark.... worklog.

04-03-2006, 11:42 PM
Well I was searching everywhere for an amp the would give me over 800x1 RMS for my HT woofer project. I really wanted an amp with a passive cooling solution, but the ones available with the kind of power I wanted were out of my budget.

My solution is in the form of a Carver PM-900 amp. It is a live sound amp by design, but I hope to tweak it into a quiet HT amp for my passive sub. I went with Carver because the amp in my car that powers my components is a Carver made in '87 and it sounds very very nice. If something that old can work so well..... then you have a customer for life..... even though Carver is closing down :(

This thread will be my worklog of the mods I do to the amp. If possible I will upgrade some of the capacitors and eliminate the fan completely..... if it still runs too hot at the least I will put in a MUCH more quiet fan than the stocker (it sounds like crap).

Here are some pics......


Teh GiZuts.


EWWW a fan!!


Ummm, yeah that's a DOMED cap.... deffinately going to replace that one.


#169 made in May 1990.


Let the strip-down and modding begin!


FET action.


04-03-2006, 11:51 PM
looks **** i wanna see the ark itself

04-03-2006, 11:53 PM
interested in a c1 to match? :D

04-03-2006, 11:53 PM
shibby. ill have to come over for a listen,. when its all done

04-03-2006, 11:54 PM
interested in a c1 to match? :D

Only if it's free? :p:

04-03-2006, 11:55 PM
Only if it's free? :p:
Eh, nope :crap:.

Still would have my m1.5t if I wasnt strapped for cash last year :(. Oh well....sold it for 4x what I paid for both :D.

Gl with the install.

04-04-2006, 12:00 AM
I almost had my hands on a Hafler 9000 but the guy wanted $700 and I was like.... "let's not go broke today" :laugh:

04-04-2006, 03:27 PM
Hafler's are pretty good, they are tanks...

05-03-2006, 02:02 PM
Update on this project: Replaced the resevoire caps with computer-grade 10,000uF units. Pulled out that domed cap (it actually was split and leaking on the bottom..pwned by eBay :( ) Ordered a bunch of replacement capacitors for the rest of the amp and have 20 rectifier diodes as well as one was split.

My soldering skills aren't as bad as I feared so I should have that stuff done in the next few weeks.

05-03-2006, 02:12 PM
More pics!

05-03-2006, 02:14 PM
Sheesh ok, I had the faceplate all painted up and then I found out that the paint needs like 5 days to cure, so the back side got an impression on it :furious:

Now I have to sand that one side down and repaint :(

06-06-2006, 10:55 PM
A few weeks did I say? I meant a month :crap: :laugh:

I replaced all the junk tonight. Now all I need to do is get some Arctic Silver (that's thermal paste for you non-computer modders) so that those FET's stay nice and cool :)

Before the Soldering...


After with shiny new caps :)


Johnny Drama
06-07-2006, 02:55 PM
I havent got to see the ark yet...post pics :)

06-07-2006, 03:19 PM
Not yet, slow going with the heat so high :crap:

Johnny Drama
06-07-2006, 04:00 PM
Not yet, slow going with the heat so high :crap:

Dam...PM me a link when you do put up pics :)

Or post then on SSA and Ill see them.