Blackhawk MK3

Integrated Stereo Tube Amplifier

Building on the same philosophy as the Nighthawk, the Blackhawk adds Raven’s premium custom capacitors and other components in the signal path, the result is a wider and deeper soundstage. Available in Metallic Black with Silver trim.

$3,795.00$4,225.00

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Blackhawk MK3

Integrated Amplifier (Ships Mid-December)

Building on the same philosophy as the Nighthawk, the Blackhawk adds Raven’s premium custom capacitors and other components in the signal path, the result is a wider and deeper soundstage. 

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"This sound is BEAUTIFUL and does indeed beat my $10,000 McIntosh MA-8000"

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"Here I am right now, listening to the Raven Audio Blackhawk LE . . . and the sound just floats around me . . . the vocals are as pure as pure can be, uber realistic and haunting. This sound is BEAUTIFUL and does indeed beat my $10,000 McIntosh MA-8000 when it comes to that sound.

In fact, I would say that if you were looking for a great tube integrated, I have never heard any better up to $6500 and it sounds VERY similar to the Audio Research VSi75 that comes in at nearly $10k, but with more authority."

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The Blackhawk Personality

The 20 watt per channel Blackhawk Integrated is Raven Audio’s next step up from the Nighthawk. With the addition of Raven's cost-no-object capacitors and other upgraded internal components, the Blackhawk commands an even wider soundstage with more three-dimensionality. Just like all Raven Audio amplifiers, there is no roll off in the high frequencies or haze which negatively affects high-end detail and the bass is fast and high.

Twenty watts per channel may not sound like a lot of power to some but, it in terms of driving speakers it is equivalent to a high quality one hundred watt per channel solid state amplifier.

Raven Audio products are made in the U.S.A. and are built to military specifications. They last a lifetime. Quality is in our DNA!

*Volume Remote Control Included

American Made

Did we mention Raven is American made? This is directly related to our core culture at Rave Audio. Our quality of construction and sound quality standards, mean that we must manufacture in America. We hold our partners to the highest level of quality requirements which means we have to be physically near every part of the manufacturing process.

High-Pass Crossover

This addition to the Avian series provides an extraordinary advantage when using a subwoofer. It frees the power amp from 65% of the load it normally has to bare. This is like tripling the power of the amplifier in terms of its ability to drive speakers. It also frees smaller speakers from reproducing low bass frequencies that they really don’t reproduce very well which lowers overall distortion. This is all achieved with a gentle 6db per octave slope making it easy to achieve a seamless transition with a good quality subwoofer.

Proprietary audio/power transformers

Because power and audio transformers to the Avian series design, custom transformers for both electrical power and audio had to be designed. Again, these are built in the U.S.A and are designed to last a lifetime.

Audiophile Connectors

All of our MK3 series Avian integrated amplifiers have upgraded nonpc board audiophile grade RCA connectors. They are made of 99.95 percent oxygen-free copper and are gold plated. Each heavy duty connector is individually hand soldered.

The speaker binding post are also 99.95 percent oxygen-free copper with gold plating. They accept banana, spade, and bare wire as large as 8 gauge.

American Made

Did we mention Raven is American made? This is directly related to our core culture at Rave Audio. Our quality of construction and sound quality standards, mean that we must manufacture in America. We hold our partners to the highest level of quality requirements which means we have to be physically near every part of the manufacturing process.


High-Pass Crossover

This addition to the Avian series provides and extraordinary advantage when using a subwoofer. It frees the power amp from 65% of the load it normally has to bare. This is like tripling the power of the amplifier in terms of its ability to drive speakers. It also frees smaller speakers from reproducing low bass frequencies that they really don’t reproduce very well which lowers overall distortion. This is all achieved with a gentle 6db per octave slope making it easy to achieve a seamless transition with a good quality subwoofer.


Proprietary audio/power transformers

Because power and audio transformers to the Avian series design, custom transformers for both electrical power and audio had to be designed. Again, these are built in the U.S.A and are designed to last a lifetime.


Audiophile Connectors

All of our MK3 series Avian integrated amplifiers have upgraded nonpc board audiophile grade RCA connectors. They are made of 99.95 percent oxygen free copper and are gold plated. Each heavy duty connector is individually hand soldered.

The speaker binding post are also 99.95 percent oxygen free copper with gold plating. They accept banana, spade, and bare wire as large as 8 gauge.


Features and Specifications

Output: 20wpc
Frequency response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
Speaker terminals: 4 and 8 ohm
Inputs: 6 single-ended RCA
Recommended speaker sensitivity: 85dB - 95dB
Dimensions: W 15.5" x D 14" x H 6.5"
Weight: 35lbs

Tube Complement

2 x 12AT7 - Preamplifier stage
2 x 12AT7 - Power amplifier first stage
2 x 12AU7 - Phase inverter/driver
4 x 6L6GC - Power tubes
Self-biasing (never needs adjustment)

Features and Specifications

Output: 20wpc
Frequency response: 20Hz ~ 20kHz
Speaker terminals: 4 and 8 ohm
Inputs: 6 single-ended RCA
Recommended speaker sensitivity: 85dB - 95dB
Dimensions: W 15.5" x D 14" x H 6.5"
Weight: 35lbs

Tube Complement

2 x 12AT7 - Preamplifier stage
2 x 12AT7 - Power amplifier first stage
2 x 12AU7 - Phase inverter/driver
4 x 6L6GC - Power tubes
Self-biasing (never needs adjustment)



1 review for Blackhawk MK3 Integrated Amplifier

  1. Ben Oleander (verified owner)

    I have been a long-time fan of solid-state equipment going back to the days of David Haefler and his wonderful sounding amplifiers and pre-amps. This equipment could be bought for a reasonable price as they sold them in kits, and then assembled yourself. This was my main setup for many years until about two years ago when I decided to retire this vintage equipment and upgrade my entire system.

    I went through the usual steps of reading reviews of many audiophiles as well as all the trade reviewers and started to wonder what a tube amp and preamp would sound like. I was always concerned that tube equipment would be too dark for my taste and not produce the detailed music I was accustomed to. During my research, I was drawn to a reoccurring theme amongst the many reviewers of various tube manufactures, the customer service provided by Dave Thomson from Raven Audio. He would personally speak with each person regarding any questions they may have with the Raven sound and how it would integrate with their existing system. Based on this, as well as the outstanding reviews Raven Audio were receiving for their superb sounding equipment, I made the call. To my surprise, Dave personally took my call and answered every question that I had. Not only did he answer all my questions, he was so passionate about the new Avian Series tube amplifiers about to be released, that I found myself feeling his excitement. I have been around a long time to know what a typical salesman sounds like, and Dave was not. He was proud of the accomplishment achieved with this new line-up that he wanted to share it with people. This was new territory for me as my Haefler was a 110-watt amp and the Blackhawk that I was looking at was only 20 watts, and my concern was the ability for this amp to power my 88dB speakers. Dave assured me that would not be a problem. So based on my listening preferences, Dave set-up my pre-amp tube arrangement and knowing that I had a 45-day in-home triaI….I figured I had nothing to lose.

    I now have had my Blackhawk amplifier for over 3 months now and I can tell you this truly is a wonderful sounding integrated amplifier. The sound is warm and detailed, not dark at all, but has the sound of a solid-state amplifier that I have always appreciated. The depth of the music along with a wide soundstage gives the impression of a live performance right in my listening area. Compared to my old Haefler, I am hearing instruments that I did not hear previously. Granted we are talking about 40-year-old technology, but the Haefler’s were known for their incredible performance in its day and still to this day. The Blackhawk is really a beautiful looking amp with a simplistic layout and along with a user-friendly remote has satisfied me completely, that I forgot about the 45-day in-home trial. The power of this 20-watt amplifier has amazed me as I have never once since I’ve owned this amp had to push this beyond half volume. It should be rated higher than 20 watts. Although I never listened to any other tube amplifier or pre-amp other than the Blackhawk from Raven Audio and people might say you cheated yourself by not doing any comparisons, I disagree. When you find the sound experience that takes you on a ride every time you listen to music, you know you have found something. I can’t state it enough, if you are in the market for an integrated amplifier that outplays its modest price point, you owe to yourself to take the 45-day in-home trial… you have nothing to lose.

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