“The horn sounds so real it’s scary”
~Mark Pearson – Positive Feedback ISSUE 89
“I spooled up Breaking Silence on my Otari MX-55 and played it back through the Shaman MK2 amplifiers, I again was shocked at how good this recording is and how each song took on new meaning.
If you are fortunate enough to be shopping in the price range of the Shaman MK2 power amplifiers, I hope you get a chance to hear the Raven gear and decide for yourself if their list of attributes scores on your sonic checklist.
I should also note that if you purchase a pair of Shaman MK2 amplifiers, Dave Thomson will personally deliver them to your house and set them up for you.
The Shaman Character
The Shaman is Raven Audio’s crowning achievement of musical perfection! It is impossible to describe the experience of listening to a set of Shaman monoblock amplifiers but, we will try.
If you listen to acoustic instrument recordings like a symphony orchestra, it is the closest representation to being there possible. If you listen to multi-track recorded music in a studio like most other music, it is magical and otherworldly! The Shaman can drive the most expensive and exotic speakers in the world, to musical heights they have never achieved before. Strangely enough, it can make many more reasonably priced speakers sound nearly as good.
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
The Shaman’s unbelievable power is in part derived from a custom Raven power transformer designed specifically for the Shaman. The power supply alone weighs in at over sixty pounds. Raven Audio’s 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||325 to 400 watts depending on tube selection|
|Frequency response||20Hz - 20kHz|
|Input terminals||Balanced XLR and single-ended RCA|
|Speaker terminals||4 and 8 ohm|
|Recommended speaker sensitivity||Any efficiency|
|Dimensions||W 15" x D 24" x H 11"|
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