• The 305 Black Beauty Mono Blocks are built to a high standard and offer a very small footprint.
• This mono block offered excellent timbres, tonality, macro-dynamics, and has the power to drive virtually any type of speaker.
• It comes with a seven-year warranty and Mr. Carver will replace any tubes free for one year.
Since these mono blocks use the KT-120 power tube at a fraction of
their power rating, tube replacement will occur infrequently.Low Points
The 305 Black Beauty Mono Blocks do not have a tube cage; therefore,
the hot power tubes are exposed. If you have children or pets, this
might be a serious concern.
• The retro-styling of this mono block might not fit the physical appearance you are looking for to accompany your decor.
The 305 Black Beauty's top-end extension and refinement fall a smidgen
short of reference level when compared to its own excellent midrange and
bottom-end performance.Competition and Comparison
price bracket around $12,000 for tube-based power amplifiers, the major
competitors would either be Audio Research Corporation Reference 150
Stereo Amp 9,
valued at $12,995, or the Vacuum Tube Logic
S-200 Stereo Amp, which is valued
at $10,000. Both are new editions for each company. I have auditioned
both companies' last generation of amps. In my opinion, the 305 Black
Beauty Mono Blocks offer many of the strengths, the natural timbres, the
ability to produce a large soundstage, have precise imaging and the
capacity to drive all types of speakers that the other companies' amps
deliver. However, because the Black Beauty 305s are mono blocks, they
can be placed closer to the speakers to gain the advantage of shorter
speaker wire length, along with each mono block having its own power
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If you're looking for a pair of mono block
tube amps that can drive any speaker load, offer some flexibility at
changing their overall sound by just flipping a toggle switch, use a
long lasting power tube and are built to a high standard, then put the
305 Black Beauty Vacuum Tube Mono Block on your audition list. The only
caveat is how sensitive you might be to its somewhat closed-in high-end
presentation. If that part of the sonic spectrum works for you, then
you will enjoy the rest of Bob Carver's LLC Black Beauty 305 Vacuum Tube
Mono Block's performance.Additional Resources
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