Fresh from a preview appearance during the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, New Carver Corporation announced the retail availability of the first amplifier to bear the legendary brand name in a decade: the Microblok 1.5, with an MSRP of $149.00 USD.
Described as "a personal integrated amplifier," the new Carver model is designed for listening styles and tastes evolved from 1980 when the first Carver amplifier hit the market. The new amplifier takes its predecessors philosophy of size and price and updates it. It generates superb sound quality from an even smaller form-factor, and does it for a price that is 1/7th the amount of Carver's first amplifier, when adjusted for inflation.
The Carver Microblok's small footprint takes up as much space on a desk as a typical calculator or phone. In fact, the desktop is a primary listening application behind the amplifier's design. Today, most listeners spend more time with their PC's than all their other electronics combined, using them for music, video and internet radio. Usually those PC's play audio through plastic multimedia speakers. Microblok lets anyone listen to their PC through a pair of good bookshelf or mini-monitor speakers, and transform desktop listening into a high-end audio experience. The unit's separate volume, bass, treble and balance controls enable the user to adjust the sound for any source, speaker, or environment.
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The Microblok is rated at 15 WPC x 2 RMS, and features a dual-stereo bridged design. The shape is an expression of form following function: the amplifier's enclosure is an engineered heat-sink to keep it running cool.
The Microblok is built in a dedicated factory right outside of Vancouver, B.C. It is available through a select group of on-line and showroom dealers and distributors, and is the first in a series of innovative audio products coming from New Carver Corporation.