When you ask for tube integrated recommendations around $3K, that’s exactly what you’ll receive. If you have other specific requirements, beyond what you included, sharing them would make this discussion more focused. Knowing what speakers you have would also be helpful information.
I owned a Chronus Magnum back in 2014 for about 6 months. It was a good entry-level tube amp and ended up being the gateway for me to Air Tight and Rogers tube amps--which are in a completely different stratosphere (price and performance). I moved on from the Rogue because it was not a good match for my Harbeth SHL5+.
Spend a few hundred bucks on replacing the 12AU7 & 12AX7 tubes and enjoy some tube rolling.
no. i owned a cm ii for almost 3 years and all it did was sound transparent, smooth, refined, dynamic, throw a huge sound stage, and have some ballz. paired with harbeth c7es3 it smoked some much more expensive competition and made for a world class combo.
I used to have the 60wpc primaluna monos in a much smaller room than what I have now. I had them paired with APM-1s. That was a long time ago. I don’t know if 60 watts will be enough now, let alone 20 watts that the Raven has to offer. I’m trying to get the most tube power out of 1 unit, since I do miss the sweetness of tubes, but not go over $3k. The units suggested look good, I just don't know if they'll work for me.
I've owned both a Rogue Cronus and a Raven Audio Blackhawk, though not at the same time. For me, the Raven is a much more musical, better built piece of gear and you get exceptional customer service from Raven (never had a reason to ask for help from Rogue.) At the time I owned the Cronus I also had an AES/Cary AE-25 amp and matching AE-3 preamp and it also sounded clearly better than the Cronus with the Merlin speakers I had at the time.
I've used two pair of speakers with the Raven Blackhawk LE, Nola Boxer S1s that are 90 dB and currently the Reference 3A di Capo i. The di Capos are advertised as being 92 dB but SoundStage measured them at 89 dB.
The Raven will easily drive either to louder levels than I would ever want in my living room.
shtinkydog -- Yes, 20 watts per channel is more than enough. I didn't miss anything about the Rogue. It's a fine amp but just not quite as good as a couple other tube amps I've had and I found the way the bias adjustments were implemented to be sorta fiddly. In comparison, having well-implemented auto-bias on the Raven is nice.
i owned a raven audio blackhawk. loved the sound, it came stock with nos svet winged c power tubes and a mixture of quality nos small signal tubes which had a big impact on SQ. the current ravens use different power and small signal tubes. i sold it and replaced with a rogue cronus magnum ii to increase the impact and scale driving larger box british monitors. mission accomplished, dynamics and bass were increased noticeably. judicious small signal tube upgrades brought the SQ close to that of the Ravens. i would bet the sound quality today is closer out of the box. the ravens would sound more alive with higher efficiency speakers but that was not my case.