“The sound of Raven Audio is the sound that many of us are chasing after”
~Mark Pearson – Positive Feedback ISSUE 78
“The Shadow Reference simply sounds great from bottom to top and top to bottom. I find the bass definition to be very good, the mid range is outstanding, and the upper octaves are superb.
No instrument that I played back through the Shadow Reference had me thinking that it didn’t sound ‘right’ as in the amp couldn’t reproduce it correctly without adding distortion.
How great all of the instruments sound is of course dependent on the quality of the recording, but when you feed the Raven high quality source material, it will be reproduced with a very high degree of fidelity across the audio band.”
The Shadow Character
The Shadow is the smaller stereo version of the Silhouette ultimate tube amplifier and has no equal. This incredible stereo amplifier can drive speakers much louder with no distortion than solid state amplifiers rated at 5X its power but, with the musicality and emotion that only the finest tube amplification can deliver. You will also find that this amplifier will drive speakers louder and with a faster bass response than any other tube amplifier at its price point. Subtlety, nuance, and majesty are ways to imagine this amplifier without hearing it. The shortcomings that most amplifiers have that get in the way of the music are non-existent in the Shadow.
It is completely hand-wired point-to-point with silver-plated PTFE-coated conductors. In the pursuit of ultimate sound, Raven uses three types of solder and a 99.999% pure-copper buss bar.
Hand-Made in America
Hand-wired point to point and therefore 100% upgradeable forever. The Raven Audio Elite Series is made with the highest quality parts like Raven Capacitors, V-Cap, Mundorf, MIT-RTX capacitors and Raven transformers allied with classic tubes like Telefunken, Valvo, Tung-Sol, Siemens, Amperex, Sylvania, RCA, Philips, GE, National, KenRad, and Tungsram.
All of our Elite Series has 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 to oxygen-free copper wire.
The speaker binding posts are also 99.95 percent oxygen-free copper with gold plating. They accept banana, spade, and bare wire as large as 8 gauge.
Proprietary output/power transformers
Because output and power transformers are essential to the Elite series sound, we’ve designed custom wound transformers for both electrical power and audio output. Our proprietary transformers are designed to the highest specifications, are built in the U.S.A. and crafted to last a lifetime.
Capacitors have a significant impact on the sound of an amplifier. On tube amplifiers they are critical. This is why we manufacture our own capacitors. They are a cost-no-object design and are born out of our Elite series amplifiers engineering efforts.
The Elite Series chassis are machined-from-solid-billet aerospace aluminum plates with solid-bronze corner posts. Construction is maintained with high-grade stainless-steel screws throughout. The adjustable chrome-plated stainless steel ball footers insulate and isolate the amplifiers and tubes for a better sonic response which is freer of conductive resonances, also good for avoiding scratches on your furniture.
Features and Specifications
|Output||60-75wpc ( Depending on which power tubes are used)|
|Frequency response||20Hz - 20kHz|
|Input terminals||Balanced XLR and single-ended RCA|
|Speaker terminals||4 and 8 ohm|
|Recommended speaker sensitivity||82dB - 95dB|
|Dimensions||W 19.5" x D 13.5" x H 9.5"|
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