We understand, you love music and you've just experienced a tubed audio system… and you’re in love. The richness, the closeness, the musicality of tube components is totally captivating. But how do you buy into the tubular lifestyle without breaking the bank? To begin you'll need speakers somewhere between 84 and 95dB efficient plus your favorite source components and… you might even already be an owner of a Raven Audio Nighthawk or the even newer Nighthawk MK2!
Over the last few years many of our Nighthawk owners have asked us - what if we asked you to take our wonderful Nighthawk and try to get a little bit more high end sound out of what is already such a great platform. So guess what... this is exactly what we decided to do. So for 2015 a new baby was born to the Raven Audio family - The Blackhawk Limited Edition.
The 20wpc Blackhawk Limited Edition Integrated Amplifier is still considered one of Raven Audio's entry-level amplifiers. But your taste of tubes on a budget - with many of our Elite Series upgrades added, like Tokyo Ko-on, PRP, and Takman resistors, the add the fabulous proprietary RavenCap audio capacitor into the mix and you have a luxurious form of the Nighthawk MK2, and believe us, it handles digital and analog with a bit more delineation, a bit more ooomph!, a smoother more detailed and accurate sound stage, and more punch in the bass regions - it is just fabulous. If you don't believe us, go to the internet forums and read what our customers have said almost immediately.
The Raven Audio Blackhawk Limited Edition Integrated Amplifier is a hit.
What will we do next to make this one better? Well it just so happens that we have plans for that one too! The next step in the Avian Series? Well it will be called the Osprey... which is like a Blackhawk LE on steriods. The same sound, only with 50% more power.... wow!
The Blackhawk chassis is again manufactured of the same sturdy 14-gauge carbon steel with an aircraft-grade aluminum faceplate plus the same handsome small-signal tube plate on top. Even at this price Raven Audio doesn't skimp on quality; the handles are the same "made of schedule-20 carbon steel" that the Nighthawk MK2 features, and with the same high end knobs machined from aircraft-grade aluminum.
The folded carbon steel plate gets a high-quality primer again and several coats of an even higher-grade automotive enamel, from the Mercedes line that's baked and clear-coated several times with aircraft-grade sealant. The result is a little bit deeper, a little more lustrous finish that looks even more elegant and sounds totally awesome.
Besides sounding wonderful, Raven Audio products have a sumptuous look and feel and will last for generations, and have that incredible Raven Audio limited lifetime warranty! What's not to love!!! This is a great family to be in.