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    I'm unfamiliar with Raven Audio and recently learned of their extensive options for Tube Amps and Integrated Amps at reference level and entry level price points. From what I can tell, they just opened up a new larger facility in Texas and everything is made in the USA. The owner, Dave Thomson, seems to be a really stand up and knowledge guy, especially in the tube world. They don't have a large dealer network and have only done some shows with Legacy Audio speakers. More recent reviews are coming out, and looks like their tube amps are a lot more dynamic than other manufacturers. Can anyone comment on their value/performance? Lots of competition out there: VAC, Line Magnetic, EAR, Primaluna, Rogue, depending on the price points. Don't much about Raven. From what I've read has largely been influence by Positive Feedback's Mark Pearson, who I know is on the Audionirvana page occasionally. Looking for more "feedback", no pun intended (ok maybe just a little )

  • #2
    I got to listen to their amps at the Lone Star Audio Fest, a few weeks ago.

    My impression was of cleanliness and transparency. They were very clean, very fast, and didn't sound euphonic or tubey, to my ears. And yes, very dynamic.

    This was through Legacy Audio and JWC Audio speakers. I would really love to hear a pair in my own system.

    I think that if you want neutrality, these should be looked at. If you want tube sound, maybe not.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Analog21 View Post
      I'm unfamiliar with Raven Audio and recently learned of their extensive options for Tube Amps and Integrated Amps at reference level and entry level price points. From what I can tell, they just opened up a new larger facility in Texas and everything is made in the USA. The owner, Dave Thomson, seems to be a really stand up and knowledge guy, especially in the tube world. They don't have a large dealer network and have only done some shows with Legacy Audio speakers. More recent reviews are coming out, and looks like their tube amps are a lot more dynamic than other manufacturers. Can anyone comment on their value/performance? Lots of competition out there: VAC, Line Magnetic, EAR, Primaluna, Rogue, depending on the price points. Don't much about Raven. From what I've read has largely been influence by Positive Feedback's Mark Pearson, who I know is on the Audionirvana page occasionally. Looking for more "feedback", no pun intended (ok maybe just a little )
      Oh Mark is around more than occasionally. Sure if you drop him a line, he will be glad to answer any questions.

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      • #4
        Hmm. I thought I responded to this a long time ago.
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        • Analog21
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          This post was up for a while with no responses. Somehow it got resurrected just a couple days ago.

      • #5

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obOHSJOxGZA

        Video from Texas Audio Festival of a Raven driving unknown to me speakers....I live in the Dallas area and had no idea there was such a show until I read this thread...Just up the road and I just missed it for 2017..Dang it!

        Outstanding sound even over the computer...Hard to believe 7.5 watts can sound like that! Wonder what the speakers are? Legacy? Model?
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        • #6
          Originally posted by Letsmakeadeal View Post
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obOHSJOxGZA

          Video from Texas Audio Festival of a Raven driving unknown to me speakers....I live in the Dallas area and had no idea there was such a show until I read this thread...Just up the road and I just missed it for 2017..Dang it!

          Outstanding sound even over the computer...Hard to believe 7.5 watts can sound like that! Wonder what the speakers are? Legacy? Model?
          I live in Dallas also. This year was the first year I was in attendance, and it really was a great time. The rooms with Raven amps all sounded really good.

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