PS, Dave, owner of Raven Audio said they are announcing The Nighhawk MKIII in a few weeks, anyone else hear about this news?
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I can't speak for the Nighthawk or Osprey as I have the Raven Integrated Reflection MK2. I can tell you that it is outstanding. Mine delivers close to 73 wpc and drives my Sonus Faber Speakers like a symphony. Dave Thomson is a super guy who has some of the best tubes out there. He also totally stands behind his product. I am hoping he can build me a 100 wpc amp later in the year. You will be super happy if you decide on Raven.
To answer helomech/willgolf, i did contact Schiit and since the Vidar is under warranty (only a few months old) i am shipping it back to be check out... Also, Dave of Raven Audio answered a few emails from me and i was impressed with his follow thru. His responses were personalized and in depth and he seemed to be impassioned with his products, ideas and goals. I don't think many owners (if any) would take the time to draft a lengthy and personalized email to answer a question on an entry level product. After the Vidar is given a clean bill of health you just may see it on eBay... I understood Dave to say his is going to announce the arrival of the Nighthawk III in a few weeks.... Is it a bird, is it a plane, no, its super Dave.. come on guys, that was funny..
Hang in there Will, I am working on a solution for you. Unfortunately the Mirage Integrated will not be out of development until next year. (If you can't open the link go to our Raven Audio Facebook page and scroll down to Dec. 5th).
It will feature a bank of KT150's and push out approximately 150 watts it looks like. It's proving to be a rather difficult beast to tame though, and I want our Raven Audio amps to all have that great openness and delicacy as opposed to brute force. So we are currently working on that. She's going to also be a completely different style chassis from the current Raven Audio stuff.
Start working out, she looks to weigh in at about 140#~! Since the cables come in at 45 degree angles its easier to put her against the back wall too. A better design for a better amp, if you love power.
djfst - I have the latest version of the SF Amati Homage Tradition. I have a super large room. My normal power on the Raven Reflection is just above the 1/4 point ( like 10 o'clock on a watch). The reason I want more power is to support the great Raven sound at lower levels. My wife thinks I play the music to loud. LOL