Robert W. (Bob) Carver is an American designer of audio equipment based in the Pacific Northwest.
Educated as a physicist and engineer, he found an interest in audio equipment at a very young age. He applied his talent to produce numerous innovative high fidelity designs since the 1970s. He is known for designing the Phase Linear 700, at 350 W per channel the most powerful consumer audio amplifier available in 1972. He went on to found the Carver Corporation in 1979 and Sunfire in 1994.
Bob Carver is one of the five most influential people in the history of audio and his second company - Carver - was one of his biggest successes. Carver boomed in the 1970's and even into the 1980's but when Bob left the company, the brand lost its way. Bob started Sunfire which became a big success in the 1990's and into the 2000's but ultimately Bob had to sell to the conglomerate Nortek to stay competitive. Nortek now owns the brand Carver and services the legacy products.