We need your attention please! Because this year we have something very very special for you. The two new Elite Series integrated amplifiers that have finally arrived for 2016 are something the audio world will be talking about for a long time. SE Han has figured out something completely new and exciting. We have been working on this ultra-special design since 2012, and now it's so close to perfect we cannot currently imagine how to upgrade her further. So believe me when I say - The Reflection MK-2 and "The Raven" - its 300B powered sister amp - are so exciting that it is difficult to hold back. I almost cannot express how incredible these amplifiers are. They are both absolutely stunning and offer the owner a level of sound quality in a single ultra-high end machined anodized aluminum chassis that we think is completely unsurpassed throughout the high end audio industry. And we will absolutely guarantee that statement!
Taking the express elevator to the penthouse of Raven Audio's integrated amplifier range you will find the new for 2016 Reflection MK-2 Integrated Amplifier. With the current Svetlana 6550 power tubes, it puts out a healthy 48wpc on the test bench - however, this output rating is a very current-heavy design comparable to most 150-300 watt per channel solid state amplifiers - depending which one you are comparing it against.
The 2016 Raven Audio Reflection MK-2 Integrated Amplifier is a whole new animal, which might better be described as a healthy BEAST of an integrated amplifier. Add KT120's or KT150's and it is easily possible to achieve upwards of 75 watts per channel. That's the thing about hand wired point-to-point designs.... they are easily customized. Simple variations can make your amplifier match closely to just about any good set of speakers, so have a discussion with us before pulling the trigger so we can do our very best to make your system fly and sing to the best of its ability considering the different components of it.
Its sister amp is lighter, softer, with a really lovely sexy voice, a little rounder at the hips, and a maybe little more plump elsewhere in spots we can all appreciate, and - well its a 300B design, so most of the tube-loving world will already know what to expect there. And all of it is there in spades! These are highly special integrated amplifiers that will easily fit into any system, depending on what the owner wants to achieve.
What we will tell you next comes from almost 50 years of intense design and repair experience - from one of the leading vacuum tube designers in the world, Mr. SE Han. The new Raven Audio power supply regulates the plate and screen voltages so carefully and completely that there is now a less-than 1% variation in DC voltage supply to the power tubes. THIS new proprietary, and tightly regulated power supply now enables the power tubes last almost forever - for the better part of us out there. To make the statement clearer - we know that the first prototype that "SE" developed with this power source design is still on its same power tubes - turned off only when he leaves to go on business trips or vacations - for 17 years! For more information on this just call us and we will discuss it further with you.
There is of course more to the story than that, so let's just suffice to say that they will last a long long time. Tubes are tubes of course, and we have even seen a few fail - usually with all the fireworks of a small-town 4th of July display inside the glass - but if that rare event does in fact happen - you will never have to fret. We have so much confidence in this remarkable amplifier that we now guarantee it FOR LIFE~! Since there is a resister underneath each power tube that is designed to blow should this occur, we will indeed have to replace it - unless of course you are an electronic tech or DIY junkie. Should that be the case - we will walk you though the simple process of replacing it.
See the new limited lifetime warranty information available on this website.
While the Avian Series Nighthawk MK-2 Integrated represents the best Raven has so far been able to achieve at an entry-level price point, the Reflection MK-2 Integrated takes the opposite tack. It’s designed to expresses the absolute best Raven Audio can currently do when aiming for "absolute vacuum tube perfection" in an integrated amplifier. We have so much confidence in this new amplifier that we will allow you to take her home, put her up against ANY OTHER AMPLIFIER on the planet, and just compare for yourself~! If this product is not the absolute best integrated amplifier you have ever heard, just send her back home and get your money back~! No big messy divorce... just a simple annulment.
We have already done the comparison to several of what are considered to be some of the best integrated amplifiers on the planet - some costing upwards of $100K (a ridiculous price by the way) and have listened to the difference. This Raven Audio integrated amplifier is cleaner, more accurate, more beautiful in every way - and in most cases MUCH better built. The Reflection MK-2 Integrated amplifier is as far as we can tell, one of, if not THE absolute best single-chassis, push-pull, KT-88 through KT-150 and 6550 based integrated amplifier on this planet. There is only ONE OTHER integrated amplifier that may compare to it - depending on what type of power tube you prefer, and that is the all-new for 2016 "The Raven" which is the 300B based version of the Raven Audio Elite Series integrated design.
Oh but that one.... whew~! She is another story if you love 300B based amps... come see her if you dare~! She lives here in Texas too... until you hear her... then just maybe.... you may fall in love and take her home.
Okay, we all know that the advantage of integrated amplifiers is the preamp and amplifier sections are built into one chassis resulting in shorter signal paths and a smaller space requirement for the owner. It takes much less shelf or wall space, and eliminates the need for additional sets of interconnecting cables as well, in the end saving the owner space, and money.
All Raven Audio amplifiers are auto-biasing or self-biasing; so you once set, you never have to adjust tubes again - though it is always best to use matched tubes to keep the noise down as low as possible. To simplify further, the harder the auto-biasing circuitry in any auto-biased or self-biased amplifier has to work, the noisier it becomes. It will hum slightly the further apart the tube pair measurements are. So its best to be a friend to your amp and supply it with closely matched power tubes - NOT PERFECTLY MATCHED but CLOSELY MATCHED - and it is possible to achieve absolute silence within this design. More information is available about that too - when you contact us.
The Reflection MK-2 Integrated Amplifier is housed in a machined-from-solid-billet aviation grade anodized aluminum chassis. Chrome ball footers isolate the amplifiers from tabletops, and screw-adjust for imperfection should the base you wish to set them onto be uneven, like rock or brick and isolates the chassis for better sound. Better still, they also avoid scratching your fine furniture, should you install them onto hardwood or glass shelving. BUT~!!! The Reflection is a very heavy amplifier. Do NOT expect it's new lighter but still-hefty 60+ pound weight to simply float across soft wood shelving. Its best to always use a very hard surface like tempered glass (gently!), tile, marble, or metal shelving to hold this beast!
She is no lightweight to be sure! The best is usually not the lightest... those huge proprietary special edition Hammond transformers are heavy. And we do not scrimp on anything in this design. Sounds like another smoke-and-mirrors bull____ sales story doesn't it? Did I mention that we will give you your money back should it not solidly beat anything else on earth in its class?! Yeah.... I did. Believe it~! If you don't, just try us out.
The Reflection Integrated is all hand-wired point-to-point with silver-plated and 99.9% PTFE-coated conductors, three types of solder and a pure-copper buss bar. The Reflection is equipped with a Tokyo Ko-on motorized volume potentiomer - and a really great TKO stepped attenuator is available upon request/custom order.
Raven Audio amplifiers are made with quality parts like the brand new proprietary RavenCap (phenomenal!), Mundorf, MIT-RTX capacitors and specially designed proprietary Hammond transformers, mostly allied with classic tubes like Telefunkens, Valvo, Tung Sol, Seimens, Amprex, Sylvania, RCA, Philips, GE, National, KenRad, Mullard and Tungsram or the like. All Raven Audio amplifiers are self-biasing or auto-biasing; you never have to adjust tubes once they are set.
We understand that the richness, the closeness, the true human-like emotional musicality of tube components can be totally captivating, addicting almost, and completely unsurpassed by any solid state or digital amplification. Yeah.... digital and some solid state designs are going to give that "more perfect" measurement on the test bench. BIG friggin' whoopie!!! Perfection is NOT what makes music beautiful and emotionally captivating. Love is imperfect. True beauty is imperfect. Life itself is imperfect, and the best music is best left slightly imperfect~! Its that slight imperfection that gives the best performances that really special quality. Humans are so imperfect... and well, there you have it.
Raven Audio has designed the Reflection MK-2 Integrated to give the music lover big system performance in a somewhat more compact, extremely handsome package.
Besides sounding wonderful, Raven Audio products have a sumptuous look and feel. Stunning may be a better description - in both the looks and sound departments!