“I immensely enjoyed my time with the Raven gear”
~Mark Pearson – Positive Feedback ISSUE 72
“My first choice for product of the year awards has to go to the Raven Audio Reference Silhouette Reference monoblock tube amps. These are the amps that snapped me out of my solid state period and reinforced why I always loved the sound of good tube amplifiers.
After a run of tube amps that drove me nuts trying to keep them up and running, I swore off tube preamps and amps for several years. Listening to the Silhouette Reference monoblocks snapped me back to reality.
Time after time as I sat in my chair listening to music come to life, I said to myself that the sound I was obtaining through the Silhouette Reference preamp and power amps is the sound that lots of audiophiles are chasing. Raven Audio’s products deserve to be heard.
If you are shopping for tube gear in the price range of Raven Audio gear, I highly recommend you find a way to listen to Raven Audio products before you make a purchasing decision.”
The Silhouette Character
The mighty Silhouette Reference Monoblocks deliver a powerfully musical presentation with 120 watts per amp on tap and are Raven’s pursuit of the ultimate in sound. This no-compromise vacuum tube amp use cost-no-object components in every aspect of its unique design and the result is astonishing.
The Silhouette is built to order and is all 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 audio/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||125 - 140 wpc (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||84dB - 96dB|
|Dimensions||W 11.5" x D 19.75" x H 9.5"|
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