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Raven Audio Shadow Reference tube stereo amplifier

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Stereo two-channel amplifiers are still the most popular and convenient configuration in high-end audio. Raven Audio's 14-tube Shadow Reference Stereo Amplifier delivers a robust 50wpc with the sound you just have to hear.

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The Shadow Reference chassis is machined-from-solid-billet aluminum with solid-bronze corner posts, brass trim and stainless-steel screws. Chrome ball footers isolate the amplifiers and tubes for better sound while avoiding scratches on your fine furniture. The Shadow Reference is all hand-wired point-to-point with silver-plated PTFE-coated conductors, three types of solder and a 99.999% pure-copper buss bar.

The Shadow Reference is designed to expresse the best of what Raven Audio can do in a stereo amplifier using KT-88, KT-90, KT-120 or 6550 output tubes from Philips, GE, National, KenRad and Tungsram. You can enhance your Raven Audio experience with NOS (New Old Stock) 6550S by RCA, Sylvania, GE, or possibly even the revered Tung Sol if available. All Raven Audio amplifiers are auto-biased; you never have to adjust tubes for a perfect match.

Raven Audio tube components bring the added dimensions of emotion and excitement, a nearness to the music that makes everything breathtakingly real. The clarity, air, soundstaging, sheer palpability and smooth frequency response allows listeners to easily suspend disbelief and fall into the music in a completely visceral way. The richness, the closeness, the musicality of tube components is totally captivating.

Besides sounding wonderful, Raven Audio products have a sumptuous look and feel. This is one of the best-looking, if not the best, amplifiers we've ever seen and we appreciate that very much because sometimes high-end audio looks like a piece of equipment from a factory, just because of "simplicity." That's not the case here, fortunately, Raven made beautifully-designed audio component that is not just audio but also focal point of your system.

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