Longtime audiophile Dave Thomson explained that he founded Raven Audio in 2010 and loosely based his 100W Silhouette Reference monoblocks ($12,995/pair) around the Brooke 10C amp circuit. Exhibiting a high level of fit and finish, and partnered with Raven Audio’s Reference preamp ($12,995, with built-in tubed phono stage), the Silhouettes seemed to have no trouble driving Joseph Audio’s Perspective loudspeakers. I noted a smooth, coherent sound, with a fine sense of momentum and flow.
I also spotted the attractive Raven Audio Nighthawk ($1595), a 20Wpc integrated based on a 6L6GC vacuum tube. This sample is the last available of a limited run of 15 produced last year. Thomson assured me that more would be manufactured, possibly in a run of 40.
In 2014, Raven Audio intends to expand their product line to include the 12Wpc Sparrow ($1295), 35Wpc Falcon ($1895), 50Wpc Eagle ($3500) integrated amplifiers and the Hummingbird headphone amp ($895).