Nighthawk MK3

Integrated Stereo Tube Amplifier

The musicality of tube components is totally enthralling. So, how do you buy into the tubular lifestyle without breaking the bank? To begin you'll need speakers somewhere above 85dB efficient (most are) plus your favorite source components and… a Nighthawk! Available in Deep Grey with Silver trim. Order online or call us at 318-703-4542.

$2,995.00$3,425.00

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Nighthawk MK3

Integrated Amplifier

The musicality of tube components is totally enthralling. So, how do you buy into the tubular lifestyle without breaking the bank? To begin you'll need speakers somewhere above 85dB efficient (most are) plus your favorite source components and… a Nighthawk!

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45 DAY RISK-FREE GUARANTEE

Are you on the fence about whether or not a Raven Audio tube amp can truly make a difference in your sound? We understand your concern. The best way to know is to try one of our stereo tube amps in your system and hear for yourself. We're so confident that you'll love the sound, we'll give you 45 days to try it. If you decide you're not in love, just send it back for a full refund, minus shipping.Click here for details.

"One of the finest tube integrated amps I've ever heard,

regardless of the price!"

~Steve Huff - stevehuffphoto.com

"This integrated amp from Raven, the Nighthawk MKIII, is one of the finest tube integrated amps I have heard, regardless of price. It’s all about the sound right? If so, and you want a human kind of experience with your audio…and by that I mean you want rich, full, 3D, detailed, huge sound that sounds real, organic, human and delicate all at the same time..you must hear a Raven amp.

It’s not just me. Search around the internet for Raven audio opinions and reviews. User opinions and reviewers alike are praising this brand up and down. I tell it like it is, and IMO this company surpasses the likes of Cary Audio, Ayon Audio, and many others when it comes to what you get for the money. "  Click Here to Read More

The Nighthawk Personality

The 20wpc Nighthawk Integrated Stereo Tube Amplifier is Raven Audio’s entry-level amplifier, your taste of tubes on a budget. It handles digital and analog with a no compromising wideband, smooth, detailed and accurate sound. Unlike many stereo tube amplifiers, there is no roll-off in the high frequencies or "fog" which negatively affects high-end detail. You will hear everything that is in the recording but, with pure tube glory. Twenty watts per channel may not sound like a lot of power to some but, in terms of driving speakers, it is equivalent to a high quality one hundred-watt per channel solid-state amplifier.

Engineering expertise from our fifty thousand dollar Shaman Mono amplifier has been employed in the Avian Series in several places. This means bass will be articulate and fast! Raven Avian Series Integrated amplifiers are self-biasing; you never have to adjust tubes for a perfect match.

*Volume Remote Control Included

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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 means 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. This produces a quality that far surpasses our competitors' overseas endeavors.

High-Pass Crossover

The Avian MK3 series high-pass feature provides an extraordinary advantage when using a subwoofer. By removing bass frequencies, it frees the power amp from 65% of the load it normally has to bear. 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 which reduces speaker distortion. This is all achieved with a gentle 6db per octave slope making it easy to achieve a seamless and musical transition with any good quality subwoofer.

Proprietary output/power transformers

Because output and power transformers are essential to the Avian series sound, we've designed custom wound transformers for both electrical power and audio output. Our proprietary transformers are built in the U.S.A. to the highest specifications and are crafted 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. This produces a quality that far surpasses our competitors' overseas endeavors.


High-Pass Crossover

The Avian MK3 series high-pass feature provides an extraordinary advantage when using a subwoofer. By removing bass frequencies, 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 which reduces speaker distortion. This is all achieved with a gentle 6db per octave slope making it easy to achieve a seamless and musical transition with any good quality subwoofer.


Proprietary output/power transformers

Because output and power transformers are essential to the Avian series sound, we've designed custom wound transformers for both electrical power and audio output. Our proprietary transformers are built in the U.S.A. to the highest specifications and are crafted 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
5 single-ended RCA inputs and 1 single-ended RCA sub output

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)


4 reviews for Nighthawk MK3 Integrated Tube Amplifier

  1. Jim Milton – Secrets of Home Theater & HiFi

    Best tube amp under $3,000!

  2. Dennis Bridges (verified owner)

    I have never written about a product before. However, I love this Nighthawk amp so much, I just wanted to let you guys at Raven know that it is my favorite peace of high-end audio gear that I have ever owned. I have always been a solid-state guy and I have owned Mac, Carver, Creek, Linn, and a couple of others. A friend of mine let me listen to his new Mac integrated hybrid. It was my first experience with tubes. The sound was so warm. I loved it.

    A friend told me to look into Raven Audio. So, I began talks with Dave Thomson at Raven. He taught me a lot about tubes and the tube sound. He sent me a Nighthawk MK3 to try for 45 days. He said, “if you don’t like it, send it back”. Well, you are not getting this one back! My Zu speakers never sounded so good. The mid’s and hi’s were so much warmer. The bass was tight. Side by side with the Rouge Sphinx and the Mac… this amp just sounded better. I have since got a few other tubes and love changing them up for different music. All I can say is… give it a try. You won’t be sorry and if you don’t like it you can always send it back if not happy. Thanks to James and Bryant also. This is a great company. It’s easy to reach them anytime and Dave is just a great guy.

  3. dcurtis53 (verified owner)

    I just recently purchased the Nighthawk MK3 and shortly thereafter upgraded to the Blackhawk Mk3 and am very impressed to say the least. I am presently running the Brimar Yellow T tubes in row 1, the Valvo tubes in row 2 and Amperex Bugle Boy 12au7’s in row 3. What clarity, dynamics, soundstage and musical involvement this amplifier brings. It has made my Tekton Enzo XL’s rise to new heights! I believe the Blackhawk is the finest most musical amplifier I’ve owned in my 50 years of chasing this wonderful hobby. I have had some very nice amplifiers including Vac Sigma, Leben, Einstein, Prima Luna and MacIntosh to name of few and I wouldn’t trade the Blackhawk MK3 for any of them!!

  4. allears4u (verified owner)

    Many of us music lovers dream of owning a fine stereo system. We read reviews, visit shops, wander web sites learning, wondering, and wishing. Choices abound…speakers, vinyl, cables, streaming. On each part of my system, I’ve foolishly spent money walking up product lines, discarding often at a loss the half steps until I reach the point of diminishing returns. Buying component after component my old AV receiver was finally left as the obvious weak link. I also knew I couldn’t afford to take missteps since my money would fail me. I really needed to choose the right amp in one shot. Embarrassing as it seems now, I thought I’d made up my mind several times only to read another review which either scared me off or lead me in another direction.

    Rogue Audio, Line Magnetic, Leben, Primaluna all caught my attention at one time or another. With each of these stereo tube amplifiers, I obsessively read and reread every review available. I studied each website. My spending limit was to be something shy of $5000. Then I read of Raven Audio. Reviews were excellent but limited in quantity. However, their entry-level amp was only about $3000. And more good news…this amp could be traded in for full credit as an upgrade within a year to move up the product line! Additionally, if it was a complete bomb I could return it for a refund (minus shipping ) within 45 days. I was skeptical it wouldn’t be as good as reviews were saying. Three weeks ago I ordered one. (Thanks for all the help Bryant W.)

    I’ve been increasingly amazed as it breaks in. If I had any doubts about this choice (I didn’t), last night while listening, my wife exclaimed, “How can that sound like this?” She was pointing at Raven Audio’s Nighthawk MK3 Integrated Tube Amplifier. We are both mystified how a mere collection of electronic circuits can produce human singing so life-like, so indescribably believable! Does break in make a difference? The first day I got it my wife said from the kitchen, “I don’t hear any difference from the old one!” A week ago she said from the office, “It sounds like he’s playing in our living room!” Referring to the cello we were listening to!

    Look, buy this thing. You’ve been dreaming of this sound. You’ve obsessed long enough. The search is over. Do it.

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