The following links are directly related to Phase Linear, or Bob Carver and the companies he founded and the electronic components they manufactured. What is most significant is that Phase Linear's founder, Bob Carver, is still very active today and a true audio maverick and innovator. In addition, we are adding links covering other vintage stereo equipment of interest.
Rick Stout's website for audio User Manuals, Service Manuals, Brochures and more. He has Service Manuals for most of the Phase Linear units mentioned on this site.
This website is perhaps the best site on the web for detailed technical information on Phase Linear components, put together by Dean the last service manager at the company. There is specific information on output devices used in production, and acceptable replacement parts. A very valuable resource for Phase Linear owners. (Note from Rick Stout) Dean had a note on his site recommending this site and was lamenting that it was down (for about a year). When I resurrected it here, I wrote to him to let him know. He immediately removed all reference to it as if he had not previously recommended it. I guess he must have thought we might possibly sell a manual. Seems pretty cheesy to me.
After Bob Carver founded Carver Corporation, he improved the ribbon speaker concept, which is illustrated on this web page. But this page is actually Bob Carver describing the condition of Carver Corporation long after he had left and was asked by the Board of Directors to salvage the company they had managed to run into the ground. This is Bob Carver bearing his heart and soul over his namesake company.
Click on the Carver hyperlink on the left of the webpage that comes up and read his own words.
From the Summer 1998 issue of Audio Ideas comes this interview with Bob Carver, discussing his new company Sunfire and his new component designs.
"The Sunfire Amplifier, A White Paper." A conversational approach by Bob Carver describing his magnificent Sunfire stereo amplifier. From the VXM.com website.
From the AudioReview.com website come these helpful reviews of the Phase Linear 400 amplifier. Unfortunately, there are no reviews of the 700 or other Phase Linear amplifiers. Reading these reviews convinced me to buy a Phase Linear 400.
What would an obsessive-compulsive audio engineer build for his own listening pleasure in the 1970s? Richard S. Burwen built a system around 17 Phase Linear 400 amplifiers, and it gets even more fantastic from there. This eye-opening article appeared in the April 1976 issue of AUDIO. The link above is from Wayne Larmon's informative speaker building website.
Michael Bierig of Germany is a Phase Linear enthusiast who took real interest in this site. So much so, I decided to create something of a mirror site, but in German! Have a look.
A number of the Phase Linear engineers left the company prior to the takeover by Jensen from Pioneer. They formed a new company to make professional audio equipment. This brain trust, headed by Steve Brakken, included Brakken's wife Linda, Larry Winter and Rick Bernard. They were joined by two other Phasers, Dennis Bohn and Terry Pennington. All these people are still guiding the company today, two decades later. They constitute Phase Linear's engineering legacy today. Rane has built a reputation for building world-class professional audio components. Have a look.
The Dual Classics Website is similar in spirit to this site, in that it covers the wonderful turntables Dual built over the past few decades. In addition, it covers it current models and other components Dual manufacturers today. If you have ever owned a Dual, you will enjoy this very well designed and information-rich website.
The Lansing Heritage site is dedicated to the pioneering speaker engineering of James B. Lansing and the companies that carry on that legacy today. This is a very comprehensive site and beautifully done. You can spend many pleasant hours here. With the Lansing name, it is good to know "They still build them like they used to."
Andrew R. Lear's Audiophile Home Page is a very well done site dedicated to audiophile equipment links. If you are interested in the state of the art of stereo equipment, and home theater, this is a wonderful site to visit.
Andrew's Audio Hi Fi Recommendations is one of the most fascinating audio sites on the internet. It is an immense labor of love, but Andrew pulls no punches as he pokes holes in grossly over-priced audio components. Of course, high end audio equipment is always expensive, but it is the stratospherically priced equipment he takes pleasure in taking to task. Visit his site and see what I mean.
Steve Eckblad's Audio Related Internet World Wide Web & FTP Sites qualifies as the most comprehensive audio links website in the world. It is constantly updated and is a vast resource of both current and vintage audio and audio-related websites. Many hours of happy surfing are yours at this site. Highly recommended!