This was one of legendary designer Bob Carver's first amplifiers. Last year one of the two dominant high-end magazines name the 'Phase 400' as one of the most significant amplifiers of all time. While reviewing Bob Carver's new tube amplifiers in the December 2012 issue of that same magazine, the Executive Editor has this to say about the Phase Linear 400:
"Until a review in this stupid magazine persuaded me to sell it and buy, sight unseen and sound unheard, a Marantz 500-which blew up the moment I plugged it in, before I'd heard a single note of music through it, in fact before I'd even turned the power switch on-Bob Carver's Phase Linear 400 was my favorite amplifier. I'd gone through my first Audio Research phase, owned D75s, D76s, and D76a's, but the Phase 400 seemed to me.......to have most of what the D76s had plus superior resolution, superior dynamics, superior transient response, superior power, and far superior bass. It was
a great amplifier, and I should've kept it."
This amplifier is rated 7/10 for age and no original box or manual. Not perfect but it is in nice condition for its age (early '70s). True high-end performance from a classic design and a legendary designer.
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•200 watts per channel @ 8 Ohms full bandwidth
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•Walnut enclosure included
•Lighted power meters
•Brushed aluminum front panel