View Full Version : Value of Carver 6250 Receiver?

03-04-2007, 02:53 PM
Need some help. Been offered an absolutely mint Carver 6250 receiver, complete with original remote and manual. This one has the rack handles, and I bet it's seen low hours.

The owner has asked me to make him a fair offer, and I don't know what that should be. I've seen them go on eBay recently for under $200 on average. Seems low for a receiver of this quality but is that the new normal for this model?

Want to be fair to both sides. Any ideas?

Thanks - Patrick

03-04-2007, 11:15 PM
Valuation question- moved to Dollars & Sense forum.

03-05-2007, 09:41 AM
All I can say is that I purchased one, also mint, about 5 years ago, and paid $ well spent. The 6250 came out either at the end of 1988 or the beginning of '89. It has a lot of inputs, Carver's proprietary FM noise filter works extremely well, the Sonic Holography feature is fun to play with, the overall build quality is excellent(never had the slightest problem), and the sound quality (to my ears, of course) is exemplary. Not as rich sounding as the vintage HK or Sansui's I have, but more in line with the neutral sound of the Yamaha line. The only negative I can conjure up is the lack of pre-out/main in jacks.......I'd love to use the Carver as a preamp with my HK or Sansui amps.
I would offer the guy $150.......if he accepts, don't forget to take your mask off when you get home. :D

03-05-2007, 10:14 AM
I would hold off and get an original "Receiver". From my experience, the quality and collectibility went down in the late 80's. I owned a second-generation Receiver. I was not the same as the original, IMO. They outsourced the work (???) and it was not as good as one would expect. The second generation is the one with the rosewood side panels and integrated rack handles. I would get the first generation, with removable rack handles.


03-05-2007, 10:29 AM
Thanks to all for responses. Think I'll hold out for an earlier model after all.


03-05-2007, 10:21 PM
Joe - It's a decent receiver, however, just doesn't have the allure of the earlier gear which was much more impressive looking aesthetically and probably built to a higher standard.
You may be correct as to the build quality, vintage, (although the 2000 and the 6250 came out within a few months of each other) but aesthetically I would have to disagree with your assessment. In a previous post you stated that the "2000 was the last truly great" Carver Receiver. If that is so, then some of that greatness may have rubbed off on the 6250 because it looks almost identical to the Receiver 2000.......same knobs in the same places, same gunmetal finish, same power meters, same buttons....... basically all the same features laid out in the same way. The Carver receivers that came after '88-'89 were all black and, I think, more cheaply constructed. The 6250 ain't one of 'em. Just my opinion, of course. :D

03-05-2007, 10:54 PM ( (

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They look pretty similar to me.

03-05-2007, 11:21 PM
I'd bag the receivers alltogether and find some seperates. Those say "Carver" to me like nothing else. Since the demise of my Receiver, I was fortunte enough to find a Carver preamp at the Goodwill. Now I need to find an amp, something like a TFM-25, I think. That's a sweet vintage setup.


03-06-2007, 04:49 AM
Sorry, Joe. That's the unit I was thinking of and that's no Carver 2000 appearance-wise.
Geez....and here I thought it was my ears that were failing me. Now I find out my eyes are shot, too. :tears:

04-07-2007, 08:52 AM
Stereo Review, Feb 1989...Lab measurements -

Tuna section -
Tuner Sens - 13.5dBf
S/N - 67dBf Stereo
Harmonic Distortion - 0.65%
Channel Sep - at 1Khz, 53.5db
Freq Response - 30-15Khz

Amp section -
Output at clipping, 1Khz - 156, 175, 195w into 8-4-2 ohms
Dynamic output - 248, 350w into 8-4 ohms
Distortion at 125 watts - 0.045%

Generally positive review.