Carvin Audio


Carvin Audio

Carvin Corporation began as the L.C. Kiesel Company in 1946. The first tube amps were produced in 1948, with later models featuring 6V6 and 5Y3 rectifier tubes. Mother of Pearl covering and hand wired chassis were the norm of that day with Jensen speakers introduced a few years later. Dedicated bass amplifiers began in the 1960s. Popular models in the 1980s included the X100B guitar amp, which was used by Frank Zappa, Steve Vai and Craig Chaquico. Other popular models in the 1990s included the Quad-X preamp, Redline bass amps, Nomad, Belair and Steve Vai’s Legacy amplifier, which is still produced today in its 3rd generation. Carvin began manufacturing pro audio gear in the early 1970s, which became popular with many artists. In the mid 2000s, TRx loudspeakers were introduced, providing high-end audio to live audiences. In 2012, we released the flyable TRx3000 series, consisting of a wide dispersion line array, column array and large subs. We continue to build our audio components in the USA with features such as DSP controls, Baltic Birch enclosures and weather resistant DuraTec™ finishes. Loudspeakers, mixers, amplifiers and microphones are part of our pro audio lineup. Our legacy continues at our facility in San Diego, California, where our products are built in the USA. Take advantage of our personalized service by contacting one of our experts to help you put together the right sound system or personalized amplifier for you to your needs.




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Active Speaker Systems vs. Passive Speaker Systems Advantages and Disadvantages of Each to Help You Choose the Correct System

August 22, 2016 by Carvin Audio
I am frequently asked “which are better, active or passive speakers?” The short answer is “Neither.” The real answer is dependent on many variables. My production company currently has inventory of both active and passive speakers. We use both very frequently and often at the same events. Here are a few ideas that you might consider when choosing between active and passive speakers. Screen_Shot_2016-08-12_at_8.47.08_AM_large_2x Passive Speakers: Advantages Let’s first take a look at some of the benefits of passive speakers. The number one, biggest advantage of passive speakers is power and signal distribution. You ... [read more]